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The Bahrain GP is upon us, the biggest surprise was the pole set by the young Monégasque Charles Leclerc, which is the first ever in his career, the first monégasque ever pole, the second youngest polesitter. Another fun fact, is that he is the 99th polesitter in F1 history, and since the clock is ticking, this is F1’s 999th race.

The question is, will Ferrari allow the two drivers to fight? since Vettel needs a win and a fastest lap of the race to get closer to the first steps in the driver’s championship being fourth, that the german didn’t have the pace for quali, but could get the pace for the race. Ferrari said that it will not push them to fight, but there is a championship at stake here. Vettel congratulated his teammate, this is what it needs be shown to the camera, but in his helmet, there was a war going.

McLaren is doing good, even better than the first race. In the Australian GP, only Lando norris could be present in Q3 for the fight over top ten, this time, Carlos Sainz came and joined him to the 7th place, but due to penalty for Romain Grosjean, the Spaniard will start 6th. Grosjean penalty was beneficial to many a driver, one of which is Daniel Ricciardo, who is having a rough start of season, DNF in his home circuit, hid third in Australia, being able to qualify only 11th +0.044 shy of the 10th time in Q2.

The mid-fight is being tough still, Red Bull being in the top 5 with Verstappen and all the way to the 13th place with Gasly, Alexander Albon will be breathing down Grosjean’s neck in 11th and 12th, Ricciardo will try and go past all of those before him, Raikkonnen did struggle with FP1, FP2, and FP3 yet he could score a 9th position and will start 8th with his Sauber, his team mate did not find his pace yet.

The race is yet to come, and it is full of surprises, the fight will be tougher than the australian GP, will Mercedes find other horses left and squeeze them into the engine? will Leclerc score his first win? Will the monster in Vettel wake up?

The bahrain qualification session was entirely dominated by the Rossi, Ferrari scored a one-two front row lockout, followed by the Mercedes Team, and Verstappen in fifth.

Cherles Leclerc was the biggest ish surprise for the Bahrain Grand Prix Qualification sessions, he beat the world record set by Sebastian Vettel last year, 1m27s958 to set a new one 1m27s866, to sit on the pole of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and the first time ever in his career. Having a troublesome Australian GP, not being able to score maximum points, Ferrari came to Bahrain with a new aero and power package, the team worked in Maranello to find answers to the failing of the Aussie GP, and came back stronger this time to look for a win, and maybe the extra point for the absolute track record.

Mercedes two, Hamilton and Bottas are just behind the two Ferrari’s, Bottas has amazing race starts, so, would the red’s be able to defend from behind. Hamilton is confident in his car, yet he admits that this year’s Ferrari is the team to beat, that emotional advantage that Mercedes had for the past 5 years is not the same. Another dangerous man from behind, is the young flying dutchman, Max Verstappen, he scored a fifth place yes, but you never know how he can manage his race, especially that this year’s RedBull is powered by the Honda engine, and that Max could take him to his maximum potential.

Another surprise is McLaren this year, being in the top ten, Carlos Sainz is 7th, Lando Norris closes the door of the top ten, there is a lot of work going on, Alonso made another appearance, and is said to have a seat back maybe.

There is nothing to be done to William’s pace, the mighty F1 team, that in the before time was dominant in F1, is still struggeling to get some power out of the car and the engine, and not finding the correct balance. The two williams, G. Russel and R. Kubica are plain last with 4 seconds off the pace.

The race is tomorrow, C. Leclerc hopes to finish the work, Vettel knows how to overtake and to take wins, there is a completely new attitude to Valteri Bottas, and Hamilton knows where to place his car, just in case.

 

Le Grand Prix du Bahreïn a eu lieu aujourd’hui le dimanche 08/04/2018 et a été clôturé avec la victoire des rouges de la Scuderia Ferrari.

La grille de départ comprenait Sebastian Vettel et Kimi Raikkonën en première ligne, derrière eux, il y avait Valtteri Bottas pour Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport et Daniel Ricciardo pour RedBull Racing team. La surprise des qualifications était le Français Pierre Gasly en 5ème place et il faut remonter en 9ème place pour trouver le champion du monde en titre Lewis Hamilton suite à une pénalité de 5 places à cause d’un changement de boîte de vitesse. La deuxième voiture Redbull était en 15ème place à cause d’un accident qu’il a eu en qualifications le Samedi.

Dès le départ, la course était mouvementée, Bottas a réussi à prendre la deuxième place à Kimi Raikkonën, Pierre Gasly est passé en 4ème, Lewis Hamilton était attaqué de tous les côtés, et Verstappen est parti en mission de voler des places à ses concurrents. Dans le deuxième tour, Verstappen déjà 10ème était en attaque sur Lewis Hamilton pour la 9ème place où il y a eu un petit accrochage entre les deux qui s’était terminé avec une crevaison pour le jeune néerlandais, qui a dû retourner aux stands en boitant afin de changer les roues. Dans la surprise de tous, son coéquipier s’est arrêté aux bas côtés du circuit à cause d’un problème mécanique. Si on croyait que tous les problèmes sont arrêtés pour le team RedBull, on est en tort, parce que, deux tours après, Verstappen s’arrête aussi sur le bas côté à cause d’une défaillance mécanique. Alonso s’était bien amusé à dépasser les pilotes l’un après l’autre et s’est trouvé en 8ème position, juste derrière l’Allemand Nico Hulkenburg pour Renault. Juste après la voiture virtuelle de sécurité, Hamilton a profité du DRS derrière tout le monde, et 3 d’un coup, dans la ligne droite des stands, il passe Alonso, Hulkenburg et Ocan, pour prendre la sixième place

Le premier à déclencher la guerre des arrêts au stands était le mexicain Sergio Perez pour Force India et a qui était chaussé des gommes Medium. à l’avant de la course, il a fallu attendre le 18ème tour pour que les choses bougent, Vettel change des Supersoft vers les Soft, Raikkonën de même, Bottas des Supersoft vers Medium, et après avoir été dépassé de la part de Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton, en 27ème tour, fait son arrêt aux stands pour se faire chausser des gommes Medium. Les Mercedes avaient un meilleur rythme de course que les deux Ferraris, déjà il y avait une nette amélioration du rythme, chose qui a poussé Raikkonën a rentrer une deuxième fois aux stands, au 36ème tour. Là, il percute son mécanicien, et a dû quitter la course; verdict de la FIA, Ferrari s’est prise une amende de 50,000€ pour unsafe release (libération dangereuse du pilote dans les pits). Après l’accident de Raikkonën, Ferrari a dû changer de stratégie, et au lieu d’avoir deux arrêts au stands, Vettel était obligé de continuer la course avec ses pneus Soft. Chose qui a failli lui coûter la victoire si la course était plus longue de deux tours, parce qu’en faite, dans les derniers trois tours de course, le Finlandais Bottas était à l’attaque complète et avait la victoire en viseur. Heureusement pour Ferrari, la course était terminée avec la victoire de Vettel devançant Bottas e moins d’une seconde.

Le classement par points du championnat du monde des pilote n’a pas changé dans la tête du classement, Vettel reste premier avec 50 points, 17 points le séparent du champion du Monde Hamilton. Bottas se place 3ème avec 22 points, Alonso 16 points et Raikkonën en 5ème place avec 15 points. Ferrari est en tête du championnat du monde des constructeurs cumulant 65 points sur les deux courses, et n’ayant que 10 points entre eux et le team Mercedes. La formule 1 se dirige vers la Chine la semaine prochaine. La course sera à 7h du matin, alors à vos réveils.

(en bas, un résumé en video de la course par Martin Brundle et David Croft, de Sky Sport)

 

Rosberg win

The Italian GP is done, won by Mercedes‘ diver Nico Rosberg, to be closer to Lewis Hamilton in the rank in the F1 championship standing. Ferrari was 3rd and 4th, advantage to Vettel over Raikkonen, 5th was Red Bull‘s Ricciardo.

The depart was won by Rosberg, Ferrari did an excellent start , jumping from the second row, to 2nd and 3rd. Hamilton found himself in the 6th place. Vettel ran second most of the race, he found himself third after his second pit stop. Mercedes was limited to just one stop starting with the soft tires, but Ferrari had an extra stop. Red Bull, who weren’t at their best, finished 5th and 7th, separated by Bottas. The point difference between Ferrari and Red Bull was reduced to just 11 points.

Ricciardo won the battle for the 5th place against Bottas with an excellent late breaking and early acceleration at the first S turn after the long start/finish straight. Alonso, who finished 14th, did not go home empty handed, he won the Grand Prix best lap time with a 1:25.340, a record to his name.

And even though it was Rosberg who won the Italian Grand Prix, the general ambiance was pure Italian, even at the podium, there were too many Red tiffosi and a lot more Ferrari flags.

Italian GP result:

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes,              1:17:28.089

2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes,         +15.070

3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari,             +20.990

4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari,            +27.561

5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull,         +45.295

6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams,            +51.015

7. Max Verstappen, Red Bull,         +54.236

8. Sergio Perez, Force India,           +64.954

9. Felipe Massa, Williams,                +65.617

10. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, +78.656

11. Romain Grosjean, Haas,                +1 lap

12. Jenson Button, McLaren,             +1 lap

13. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas,              +1 lap

14. Fernando Alonso, McLaren,        +1 lap

15. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso,            +1 lap

16. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber,            +1 lap

17. Kevin Magnussen, Renault,         +1 lap

18. Esteban Ocon, Manor,                  +2 laps

DNF Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso (Dnf)

DNF Pascal Wehrlein, Manor (Dnf)

DNF Jolyon Palmer, Renault (Dnf)

DNF Felipe Nasr, Sauber (Dnf)

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Mercedes F1 team carries its domination over the times at the Italian GP. It had 1,2’s in all the sessions, including the qualifications’ session. The best time, and pole position were Hamilton‘s, dominant in all the qualifying session (Q1, Q2 & Q3). He did a flying last lap, beating all drivers to the pole, with a 1:21.135, leading his team mate by almost half a second.

Hamilton has the pole, yet, he will start with potentially flat-spotted tires, Mercedes will ask to change them, they may present danger on the driver himself and on the race. Ferrari locked the second row in the starting grid, Vettel (1:21.972) beat Raikkonen (1:22.065) for the third place, and the drivers will start on softer, faster tires, but will have shorter first stints. Vettel may have his 3rd place revoked, because he may have gone off track in the parabolica curve. Velteri Bottas was 5th, and Ricciardo 6th. Verstappen who was criticized for his driving style, by the race director Charlie Whiting, the F1 drivers, and even the GP2 drivers, did only achieve 7th place on the grid doing a 1:22.411. Haas, who put a driver in Q3 for the first time ever, had only the 10th position, Gutierrez had it, Grosjean will be having a 5-places grid penalty for changing his gearbox.

Esteban Ocon, who had electronic problems in the free practice on Friday, did not score a time today, and will start last, still not clear, if from the grid, or from the pits. His team mate, Pascal Wehrlein scored the 14th time, but will start from the 13th spot on the grid, due to Grosjean’s Penalty.

Both Force India drivers are behind William’s driver, Bottas, 5th on the grid. Sergio Perez was 8th and Hulkenberg 9th. To everyone big surprise Massa was out of Q2. He said that he did not get the grip he needed from his tires.

Mclaren will be having a quite difficult race with both drivers out of qualifying in Q2.

This is the provisional grid for tomorrow :

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Hamilton 44 Italian GP

After the dramatic F1 Belgian Gp, we head to the Italian GP, in Monza (or God’s personal race track). The two free practice sessions were largely dominated by Mercedes team, and Ferrari in the run. Mercedes had 1,2 for Rosberg first Hamilton, Ferrari 3rd, 4th, in favor to Raikkonen. In FP2, there was the same result for constructors except drivers exchanging places. Red Bull was a bit far in the ranks.

The two marking events of the day, were the return of Kevin Magnussen, after being cleared to drive, and Charlie Whiting, having “the talk” with the young Max Verstappen. The young Dutchman was criticized for his aggressive defense against Raikkonen, which was the theme of drivers debrief. Charlie Whiting gave the teenager a soft warning, telling him that what he did could have lead him to disqualification. Of course being a teenager, and being criticized by many of his colleagues, Verstappen prefers not to care, as Horner says.

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The first free practice session was dominated by Mercedes F1 team, Roseberg scored 1:22.959, right behind him, was Lewis Hamilton, 2 tenths separating him from the lead. Ferrari was 3rd and 4th, advantage to Raikkonen. Ferrari is doing great results, and closing to Mercedes thanks to new upgrades on the power plant. New elements including a new internal combustion engine, new turbochargers, new MGU-H, new control electronics, and a anew energy store were used for the Italian GP, and with this Ferrari has used all of its 32 tokens of development. Next time Ferrari will bring an update, it may risk the penalty. In FP1 Raikkonen did a 1:24.074 and Vettel did 1:24.307 which is a bit more than a second away from Rosberg’s time. In FP2, Ferrari closed the gap to the lead. to just 4 tenths for Vettel and 6 tenths for Raikkonen.

Haas did benefit from Ferrari new power unit, with less changes, the results were impressive, 6th place for Grosjean, 1,804 off the lead and 9th for Gutierrez, 2 seconds off. The results for the FP2 were not as good, but the team is confident that the results tomorrow will be better. Force India’s Perez kept with the 5th place, done with super soft tires. Force India ran with three drivers : Perez (5th in FP1, 13th in FP2), Alfonso Celis (who is Force India’s reserve driver, who did an impressive 1éth position) and Nico Hulkenberg who ended the FP2 being 12th.

One other remarkable result, is this of McLarenHonda. Even with difficulties for Alonso wit the gear box and the clutch, he finished in the top ten for the FP2, being a second and a half off the lead. Button looks forward to being a fourth time in Q3 tomorrow.

Massa, after announcing retirement at the end of this season, had his fair share of difficulties, with a boost problem in his Mercedes power unit. He could only achieve 14th and 11th place today. Ocon had a problem with his car which engendered a virtual safety car call.

Results of the two sessions are as below :

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.959s 37
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.162s 0.203s 36
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.047s 1.088s 16
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m24.307s 1.348s 17
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.650s 1.691s 32
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.763s 1.804s 17
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.785s 1.826s 37
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m24.982s 2.023s 25
9 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m25.113s 2.154s 19
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.120s 2.161s 17
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m25.351s 2.392s 23
12 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m25.367s 2.408s 30
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.507s 2.548s 14
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m25.840s 2.881s 18
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.853s 2.894s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.973s 3.014s 20
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.074s 3.115s 20
18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m26.391s 3.432s 30
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.439s 3.480s 21
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m26.762s 3.803s 28
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m26.811s 3.852s 35
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m26.956s 3.997s 32

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Practice Two timesheet
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:22.801
2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, + 0.193
3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, + 0.453
4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, + 0.626
5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, + 0.931
6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, + 1.202
7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1.458
8. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, + 1.498
9. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1.715
10. Jenson Button, McLaren, + 1.748
11. Felipe Massa, Williams, + 1.755
12. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, + 1.786
13. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 1.852
14. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, + 1.873
15. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 2.180
16. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, + 2.282
17. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, + 2.439
18. Esteban Ocon, Manor, +2.474
19. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, + 2.754
20. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, + 2.813
21. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, + 2.842
22. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, + 3.032

 

 

F1 Belgian Grand Prix

The qualification for the F1 Belgian Grand Prix was pretty intense today, marked by the high temperatures. Roseberg had the pole, with a 1:46.744 time, the 5th for him this season, beating Max Verstappen by a tenth and a half, Ferrari had a second row lock and fifth was Daniel Ricciardo, with a 1:47.216.

Roseberg and Verstappen times were posted in the first runs, the Mercedes and Red Bull driver did an astonishing fast lap each but couldn’t improve on the last runs. Verstappen becomes the youngest man ever to be on a front row. He is doing a stunning season so far, with a win already in his pocket. He goes on aggressive defense, and doesn’t give a quarter when attacking, so we maybe looking at his second win tomorrow. Behind him with a new diffuser, and 4 Spa wins, is Ferrari‘s Ice man, who was first in the FP3 session, and beating his team mate by two tenths of a second. Raikkonen maybe interested in another win, especially that the coast is clear, and there is just a Mercedes in front of him.

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Raikkonen didn’t have a good first run, going off the track at Stavolet, the car went sideways, but he did not lose control, which made him cut on his lap time and go directly to the pits, on his fast lap he improved on his time, and posted a 1:46.910. It was his best time for the day. He outqualified Sebastian Vettel, by two tenth of a second, strategy will play tomorrow. Raikkonen has more points in the championship than Vettel, but the German has a more aggressive driving. He also has one of the best race starts, so, if everything goes well for him, he can see to skip the two drivers in the first line and go for the win.

Jenson Button who is racing in his 15th Spa Grand Prix edition, posted the 9th time. His team mate faced many difficulties, and was racing Hamilton backwards to the last place, he ended up having it. Alonso did not post a qualification time, he was the only driver to do so. McLarenHonda is still on the struggle, after more than a year back to F1.

All eyes were on Hamilton, with a 55 grid place penalty, after two MGU-H and turbo unit failure, a third replacement, he stand on the before last position. He did a slow enough lap to keep him in the 107% time. Hamilton was eliminated in the Q1, he did 1:50.033, it kept him in the race, a race on which there are many gambles. Note that he has a 19 points advantage on the F1 world championship to his team mate.

The Force India team had a strong qualification session, the two drivers finished 6th and 7th, with the best time going to Sergio Perez. The race tomorrow could be in his advantage, being the driver who knows best how to manage his tyres and makes them last longer.

Deception for Williams, with the 8th time for Valteri Bottas and 10th time for Felipe Massa. Massa had a misfire in his outing lap, he wasn’t satisfied with the regulated tyre pressure, and it is going to be another long night for the Williams team if they want to have a decent race tomorrow.

This is the provisional grid for Tomorrow, of course, drivers like Gutierrez, Hamilton, Alonso and Ericsson will have grid penalties to serve, the advantage was to Mercedes power units, despite being the longest circuit in the F1 calendar, it had two long straight, and mainly fast turns. Ferrari had the advantage in the second sector, which has more turns to be dealt with.

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