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Belgian Grand Prix Preview
24-26 AUGUST 2018
ROUND 13 OF 21
The sun sets on summer as we return to the race track following Formula One’s two-week “shutdown”. With five races over six weeks in June and July, teams were rightly rewarded with a fortnight’s rest to recharge before Belgium, host of Round 13. A favourite amongst fans, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the longest track of the year, made all-the-more exciting with its ever-changing weather conditions.
Preview – 2018 Formula One Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix
After the two-week Formula One summer break, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team returns to the race track with a fresh boost of energy and motivation – this time, heading to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the 2018 FIA Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. One of the most famous and popular tracks on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps offers various challenges to drivers and teams, of which the wide variety of corner types Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc find the most interesting. With often unpredictable weather conditions, this race weekend is one that demands high flexibility from teams in how they manage the ever-changing conditions. The team looks forward to getting back on track for the second half of the season.
Pierre Gasly to race for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2019
20th August 2018
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce that Pierre Gasly will join the Team from the beginning of the 2019 season, to race alongside Max Verstappen.
Pierre who had his first competitive taste of Formula One last year, joining our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso from the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, has had an impressive first full season in the sport this year, notably driving superbly to finish fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix and notching two further top ten finishes in the first half of the season.
2018 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview
Battle continues with Round 13 of the 2018 season from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Toto Talks Belgium
After five races in six weeks before the summer break, the shutdown came at just the right time. It gave us the opportunity to recharge a little and return energised for what will certainly be a hard-fought second half. Both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championship are extremely tight and I expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.
2018 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Welcome to the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix Preview.
Please find driver quotes below.
Daniel Ricciardo joins Renault Sport Formula One Team from 2019
3 August 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team is pleased to confirm Daniel Ricciardo will join the team from the 2019 season. He will team up with current driver Nico Hülkenberg.
Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel, who hails from Perth, Australia, joins Renault Sport Formula One Team for the next two seasons.
Daniel Ricciardo to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing at the end of 2018
03 August 2018
Daniel Ricciardo has advised Aston Martin Red Bull Racing that he is to leave the Team at the end of the 2018 season.
Having joined the Red Bull family in 2008 as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, with whom he won numerous junior titles, Daniel made his F1 debut in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. After two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniel joined us in 2014 and to date has brought the team seven victories, 29 podium finishes, two pole positions and 904 championship points.
Hungarian Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and Lance Stroll 17th in the Hungarian Grand Prix
Sergey started the race from P19 on the soft Pirelli tyre
Lance was forced to start the race from the pitlane, after changing his front wing during parc fermé following his accident in Saturday’s qualifying session
Both cars made clean starts and gained positions on the opening lap
Sergey pitted on lap 31 for the medium tyre whilst Lance pitted on lap 47 for the ultrasoft tyre
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Report
P13 - ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-03
Strategy: New Soft (39 laps) – New UltraSoft (30 laps)
Esteban: “A difficult race for us and we knew it was going to be a big challenge to score points today. The start of the race was strong and we made up a few positions, but we didn’t have enough pace to recover from the back of the grid and fight for points. I enjoyed some good battles with the Renaults, but the problems in qualifying yesterday really determined our result today. We have a few weeks off now and there is still a long way to go in the second half of the season. Everybody deserves a rest so that we can come back stronger in Spa.”
2018 Formula One Rolex Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 32-35°C air, 47-57°C track
It was a disappointing race outcome for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix. Starting from P14 (Marcus Ericsson) and P16 (Charles Leclerc), the two drivers went into the race ready to work their way into the midfield. Unfortunately, Charles Leclerc was involved in an incident on the opening lap of the Grand Prix, and sustained damage to his car that required him to retire from the race immediately. Marcus Ericsson was also involved in an incident on the first lap and fell to the back of the field. From there he was faced with recovering positions on a track where is very difficult to overtake. Marcus did his best to gain places during the race and ultimately finished in P15.
HUNGARIAN GP – RACE
29 JULY 2018
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 12th
“We had a pretty good car and I was able to make it to fourth having been at P16 at one point on the first lap, so in the end it was a good result for us. The start was pretty chaotic and I took a hit on my front left tyre which caused some vibrations and we lost a few positions there. Ocon then went really deep in Turn 6, cut the chicane and stayed in front of me for two laps. That was frustrating, especially at the beginning when everyone is so close, you lose a lot of ground. After this with the pace advantage we had we were able to get on and do some overtakes, and I had some fun with that and could get up the field. Before the incident at the end with Valtteri in Turn 1, I knew he had some damage, so I knew it should be relatively easy to pass him, but he obviously just went too deep into that turn. I couldn’t see his car in my blind spot so I left room, and then I got the hit but fortunately I didn’t spin. I thought it was likely he would get a penalty but I really wanted to pass him on track, which fortunately I could do on the last lap. I was happy today, happy to finish and get some points and have a race I feel I maximized.”
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix - Sunday
Lewis wins in Budapest with Valtteri in P5
Lewis claimed his 67th career victory – his fifth in 2018 and sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Valtteri came home P5 after running P2 much of the race and defending the position strongly
Lewis (213 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 24 points from Sebastian Vettel (189 points) with Valtteri (132 points) in P4
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (345 points) leads Ferrari (335 points) by 10 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Riccardo Musconi, Senior Race Engineer car #44, accepted the team’s trophy on the podium
FORMULA 1 ROLEX MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2018 - Budapest
Race Final Classification
after 70 Laps - 306.630 km
NO DRIVER ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP INT KM/H PTS
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 70 1:37:16.427 189.134 25
2 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 70 1:37:33.550 +17.123 +17.123 188.580 18
3 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 70 1:37:36.528 +20.101 +2.978 188.485 15
4 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 70 1:38:02.846 +46.419 +26.318 187.641 12
5 77 Valtteri BOTTAS * Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 70 1:38:16.427 +60.000 +13.581 187.209 10
6 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 70 1:38:29.700 +73.273 +13.273 186.789 8
7 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 69 1:37:21.386 +1 LAP +1 LAP 186.273 6
8 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 69 1:37:58.161 +1 LAP +36.775 185.108 4
9 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 69 1:38:10.524 +1 LAP +12.363 184.719 2
10 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 69 1:38:11.045 +1 LAP +0.521 184.703 1
11 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 69 1:38:12.400 +1 LAP +1.355 184.660
12 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 69 1:38:18.622 +1 LAP +6.222 184.466
13 31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 69 1:38:27.230 +1 LAP +8.608 184.197
14 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 69 1:38:36.913 +1 LAP +9.683 183.895
15 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 68 1:37:57.725 +2 LAPS +1 LAP 182.438
16 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 68 1:38:07.313 +2 LAPS +9.588 182.141
17 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 68 1:38:08.022 +2 LAPS +0.709 182.119
2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 49 1:09:53.912 DNF 184.234
33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 5 7:08.059 DNF 183.885
16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 0 DNF
3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:20.012 on lap 46 197.115
Car 77 - 10 second time penalty - Causing a collision
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HUNGARIAN GP - QUALIFYING
July 28, 2018
What a result in Qualifying! All smiles in the garage today
Pierre Gasly (STR13-02, Car 10)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:18.139, pos. 10th, 22 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:18.577, (Q2) 1:31.286, (Q3) 1:37.591, Pos. 6th
"It was a crazy qualifying for us, especially in these conditions but I'm super happy with the outcome! It was very tricky to keep the car on track, but the team made a fantastic strategy with the tyres and I managed to put a good lap in. It was super difficult but I really enjoyed it! When I saw the rain coming before Qualifying I thought there could be an opportunity, and the result of P6 is just incredible, especially after the tough few weekends we've had, it's really an unbelievable result for the team. To get both cars into Q3 was a great job and it's a mega day for Toro Rosso. It's really important to have a good Qualifying here as it is hard to overtake and in the race we'll give the others around us a hard time! I think we have good pace so we need to stay focussed and prepare well for tomorrow."
2018 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
"The conditions were very difficult today and in these situations you need a bit of luck"
Hungaroring, Saturday 28 July
The final free practice before today’s qualifying session was rendered unrepresentative since it took place in dry and sunny conditions. Fernando and Stoffel ran through their specific run programmes – Stoffel’s session halted temporarily for a planned floor change – and the pair finished in 14th and 17th respectively.
Thirty minutes before qualifying, the heavens opened and storms began rumbling, leading to a last-minute change in strategy for everyone in the pit-lane. A dramatic session ensued as the drivers were forced into quick tyre strategy decisions to adapt to the ever-worsening conditions. Fernando qualified just outside the top 10 in P11, with Stoffel in 16th.