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ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING – BARCELONA TEST
14 MAY 2018
Please see below the driver line-up for the forthcoming test in Barcelona:
Tuesday 15th May: Max Verstappen
Wednesday 16th May: Jake Dennis*
* Jake Dennis is an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Simulator Development Driver and his RB14 test will provide useful correlation for his work in the simulator. For additional information on Jake please visit: redbullracing.redbull.com
2018 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
"A good step forward"
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Sunday 13 May
Fernando and Stoffel both fought hard races after a chaotic first lap, on a track where overtaking opportunities are at a premium. Both drivers dropped three places apiece in the incident at Turn Two, and battled to regain them through the mixed-up pack.
Stoffel made a late one-and-only stop in an effort to take advantage of fresher tyres in the closing stages, but his race was brought to a halt on lap 38 when he reported a loss of drive, with a suspected gearbox issue.
After a number of strong on-track battles that enabled him to regain the three places he lost at the start, Fernando finished eighth to bring home four points for the passionate home crowd – a fifth consecutive points-scoring finish in as many races.
SPANISH GRAND PRIX - RACE
May 13, 2018
A 12th place finish for Brendon and an unfortunate DNF for Pierre, read the reaction from our drivers and team from the Spanish GP.
Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Race: Pos. 12th
"I had a clean start and made up a few positions on the first lap. The mechanics did an amazing job to get the car ready for today - it was actually finished last night - we just had to do the car setup this morning. We decided to pit under the first safety car and go straight on to the medium to effectively do a one-stop. It worked, but it meant we lost a lot a couple of positions in the beginning. It was difficult to overtake today, I think some of the cars around us had a bit more top speed which made life difficult. I had a good overtake on Marcus at the end to get 12th and if I had made the overtake a little bit earlier there would have been the chance for 11th as well, because the pace was definitely there at the end of the race."
SPANISH GRAND PRIX – MONTMELÓ 13 MAY
Maurizio Arrivabene: “In many ways, this is a weekend in which nothing went right. Now, calmly and with accuracy, we need to analyse the reasons, and they are various, which prevented us from exploiting the potential we demonstrated in the previous races. Then we will prepare for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, in a professional, determined and confident manner.”
Spanish Grand Prix: Race Recap
May 13, 2018
Event: Spanish Grand Prix (Round 5 of 21)
Date: Sunday, May 13
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track
Weather: Partly cloudy
Air Temps: 14.9-17.1 degrees Celsius (58.8-62.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 28.8-36.7 degrees Celsius (83.8-98.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finishes in the points for the second time in a row, with Charles Leclerc in P10
Weather: cloudy and dry, 15-17°C air, 29-37°C track
It was a positive Grand Prix for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, finishing in the points for the third time this season with Charles Leclerc in P10, and Marcus Ericsson in P13. Both drivers gave a strong performance, fighting for positions in the midfield. Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc has brought home another point for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team just a few days after scoring his first Formula 1 points in Baku. Marcus Ericsson performed well, especially in the first stint, with good attacks and defence on medium tyres. The team now holds a total of 11 points this season (P9 in the Constructors’ Championship). Charles Leclerc is currently in P13, and Marcus Ericsson in P16 in the Drivers’ Championship.
2018 Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday
13 May 2018
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport start the European season with a 1-2 victory
Lewis took his 64th career victory today - his third at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and second of the 2018 season
Valtteri finished today's Spanish Grand Prix in P2 - completing a 1-2 for the team with his 25th career podium
Today's result marks the 36th 1-2 victory for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since Mercedes re-entered Formula One as a works team in 2010
Lewis (95 points) extends his lead in the Drivers' Championship from Sebastian Vettel (78 points) with Valtteri (58 points) in P3
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (153 points) lead Ferrari (126 points) by 27 points in the Constructors' Championship
Peter Bonnington, Senior Race Engineer on car #44, accepted the Constructors' trophy on behalf of the team in Barcelona
2018 Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday
13 May 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Carlos Sainz drove a strong home race to finish in seventh place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for today’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Emirates, with the points gained taking the team to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Nico Hülkenberg had a very short race after the rear of his R.S.18 was collected by a spinning Romain Grosjean, pitching both into retirement on the first lap.
SPANISH GP – RACE
13th MAY 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 5th
“I always feel quite good on this track and today has been a nice turning point after the first few races where it hasn’t gone to plan. To come back and get on the podium is really nice. The car behaved really well all race on both soft and medium tyres. It felt balanced and had good pace so I was confident I could push on and achieve a good result. We lost a bit too much time at the beginning behind Kimi and it would have been hard to overtake him. We got a bit lucky with him having the problem and therefore allowing us to get an extra place and increase our speed. After that I could settle down and concentrate on my own race. I saw Sebastian approaching but I knew I had relatively fresh tyres so it would be hard for him to overtake, this allowed me to manage the situation quite well. I had some damage to the front wing which luckily didn’t affect the performance too much. The piece fell off and it only meant a small amount of oversteer so I was able to keep a solid pace and bring it home in third place. We were quick here in the last sector which is all low speed corners so looking ahead to Monaco we can hope for a good result. We will concentrate on the set-up, get a good balance and hopefully put ourselves in with a real chance.”
2018 Spanish Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored two points in today’s Spanish Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced to ninth place. Esteban Ocon’s day ended early with an oil pressure problem forcing his retirement.
Spanish Grand Prix
Lance Stroll finished 11th and Sergey Sirotkin 14th in the Spanish Grand Prix
Both cars started on the soft Pirelli tyre, with Lance starting 18th and Sergey 19th
Lance had an excellent start to climb to P12 on the opening lap meanwhile a crash between Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Gasly brought out the Safety Car
Sergey had to take evasive action to avoid the crash and then pitted under the Safety Car, swapping to the medium tyre
Lance stayed on the soft tyre until lap 20 when he pitted for the medium, with Sergey pitting for a second set of mediums five laps later
The Virtual Safety Car was deployed late in the race when Ocon stopped at the side of the track, with Sergey spinning at the restart
Sergey made his third and final pitstop immediately after, changing to the supersoft tyres
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA EMIRATES 2018 - Barcelona
Race Final Classification
after 66 Laps - 307.104 km
NO DRIVER ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 66 1:35:29.972 192.945
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 66 1:35:50.565 +20.593 +20.593 192.254
3 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 66 1:35:56.845 +26.873 +6.280 192.045
4 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 66 1:35:57.556 +27.584 +0.711 192.021
5 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 66 1:36:20.030 +50.058 +22.474 191.274
6 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 65 1:35:48.205 +1 LAP +1 LAP 189.418
7 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 65 1:36:24.940 +1 LAP +36.735 188.215
8 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 65 1:36:28.028 +1 LAP +3.088 188.115
9 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 64 1:35:30.601 +2 LAPS +1 LAP 187.076
10 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 64 1:35:36.153 +2 LAPS +5.552 186.895
11 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 64 1:35:40.965 +2 LAPS +4.812 186.738
12 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 64 1:35:49.920 +2 LAPS +8.955 186.447
13 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 64 1:35:53.903 +2 LAPS +3.983 186.318
14 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 63 1:35:37.411 +3 LAPS +1 LAP 183.933
2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 45 1:09:35.469 DNF 180.496
31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 38 58:49.632 DNF 180.288
7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 25 40:10.169 DNF 173.637
8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 0 DNF
10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 0 DNF
27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 0 DNF
3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:18.441 on lap 61 213.638
Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Successful qualifying for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team with Charles Leclerc in Q2
Weather: FP3: cloudy and dry, 21°C air, 31-36°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and dry, 18-19°C air, 26-28°C track
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has successfully completed qualifying ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix. The C37 proved to be strong on the demanding Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and both drivers worked well. Charles Leclerc successfully finished in Q2 for the second time in a row, qualifying 14th, while Marcus Ericsson struggled a a little with the softer compound and finished in P17, but overall is confident in his pace and ability to gain positions in the race.
2018 SPAINISH GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
"Definitely a step forward"
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Saturday 12 May
A more encouraging Saturday for the team, as Fernando and Stoffel qualified in eighth and 11th places respectively.
Although Stoffel was caught in traffic in Q1 - which made the final seconds of the first session tense, both drivers had the pace to comfortably ease through into Q2. There, the pair was more evenly-matched, separated by little over two tenths of a second by the chequered flag. Unfortunately, this gap straddled the top-ten threshold, and Stoffel narrowly missed out on a pass through to Q3, in 11th.
Fernando made a solid start in Q3, and for his final run opted to switch to the Prime tyre in the closing stages. This enabled him to break into the 1m17s bracket to qualify eighth, confirming the team’s best qualifying performance of the season so far.
SPANISH GP - QUALIFYING
May 12, 2018
Mixed fortunes in Qualifying for the Spansh GP, read the drivers' and team's comments after Saturday in Spain.
Pierre Gasly (STR13-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:18.886, pos. 10th, 17 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:18.550, (Q2) 1:18.463, Pos. 12th
"I'm pretty happy to make it to Q2 and qualify P12. We've got some performance back which was important after the last two weekends in China and Baku, so I think there's positives to take from today. We knew coming here it would be a bit tough because we saw some teams with big updates, but the most important thing for us was to understand our package, and I think we got some good answers. We still need to analyse our performance but overall we're pretty happy. Things have been working better this weekend, we were in the top 10 twice in FP1 and FP3, and in qualifying we weren't so far off the pace, so it's encouraging to see we are coming back into the fight. The race will be long and we know how tyre choice and strategy can make the difference. We will have free choice with the compounds for the start of the race, so I think it's a good position to be in."