29 March


AHEAD OF THE 2018 BAHRAIN & CHINESE GRANDS PRIX

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Daniel Ricciardo “Bahrain is great. The weather is warm, the paddock is modern, the hotel is amazing and it’s a really nice week that I enjoy after such a busy home race in Australia. It’s actually quite a tricky event as the practice sessions are in the heat of the day but the important sessions, qualifying and the race, are in the evening when the track cools so you have to be very adaptive with the set-up. Normally if you’re quick you don’t want to touch the car but in Bahrain you are forced to as the conditions change so much in the evenings. The track is one that I’ve always done well on so let’s hope it continues to be good to me.
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25 March


2018 Australian Grand Prix: Race Report

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Mar 25, 2018

Event: Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 21)
Date: Sunday, March 25
Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track
Weather: Mostly sunny
Air Temps: 23.3-24.8 degrees Celsius (73.9-76.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 33-39.8 degrees Celsius (91.4-103.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari
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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FERRARI AND SEB OFF TO A STRONG START

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Great teamwork in Australia, with Kimi also on the podium

Melbourne – A trip to the Antipodes has delivered Ferrari’s 230th win, a ninth for Sebastian Vettel with the Scuderia (the 48th of his career) at the end of a race that was unforgettable in terms of the excitement it delivered and a perfect job from the team. Starting from third on the grid, Seb made the most of the Safety Car period to pop out of pit lane ahead of Hamilton, while Kimi Raikkonen, from second, rounded off the Australian podium in third place, doing a great job of fighting off an attacking Ricciardo in the closing stages. The Scuderia thus finds itself leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships on 25 and 37 points respectively.
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2018 Australian Grand Prix

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Grand Prix, Australia, Race | 25/03/2018

An encouraging inaugural race of the season for McLaren and its new relationship with Renault. Both Fernando and Stoffel started the race one place ahead of their original qualifying spots thanks to Bottas’ grid penalty, and made solid starts, narrowly avoiding any drama at turn one.

Both drivers drove a strong race, and a solid pit-stop for each under the Virtual Safety Car ensured Fernando and Stoffel maximised their respective strategies.
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2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Sunday

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25 March 2018

Renault Sport Formula One Team opened up its 2018 account with both Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz finishing in the top ten in today’s Australian Grand Prix.

Nico started from P7 on the grid and finished in that same position whilst Carlos started ninth and finished tenth. Both drivers ran to a one-stop strategy in a race where all the Renault-powered cars finished in the top ten.
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2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

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25.03.2018
Weather: sunny and dry, 23-25°C air, 33-40°C track

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team showed progress throughout the weekend with the race looking promising as Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc lapped with good pace. Ericsson made a good start and had already gained one position to 16th when he had to retire on lap six due to a hydraulic issue on his car, which is now undergoing further investigation. On the other side of the garage, debut Formula 1 racer Charles Leclerc had a strong race during which he put in a consistent performance that enabled him to finish 13th. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team leaves Australia feeling positive and heading to Bahrain with confidence for the second round of the FIA Formula 1 Championship.
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2018 AUSTRALIAN GP

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25 March 2018

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 8th
“I woke up this morning happy because it’s race day and it’s been too long since we raced so, already before the race I was just happy and smiling. It’s a long wait and in the week leading up to this race, you talk so much about the race and it’s like, let’s just do it. I’m happy with the way I drove today and we had a very fast race car. It’s not often I sit behind someone for most of the race but it’s a tight track and one of the more tricky ones for passing. There were a couple of times I had a look at turn three but Kimi was wise to that and could see what I was planning. Towards the end I applied more pressure on him but he was able to up the pace as well. I think we’re pretty close with Ferrari and our race pace is strong, which I thought would be the case, so we just need to get a few more tenths out of Qualifying and then we should be looking good. Being so close to the podium and getting fastest lap is definitely an encouraging way to start the season. I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting us today and now it’s definitely time to go and put my feet up for a couple of days after a busy week!” [Read More!]
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2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 25/03/2018

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Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Race: Pos. 15th

“It wasn’t a great race for me today, I locked the brakes into Turn 1 at the start and flat-spotted the tyres, so I had no choice but to pit because it was probably the biggest flat spot I’ve ever had. Then on the second stint I had a puncture, so it was game over from that point onwards and I think I had a little bit of damage on the rear from that, so I was driving around by myself all day. It was always going to be tough to get into the points today.”
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2018 Australian Grand Prix: Race Report

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Sahara Force India completed today’s Australian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez racing to P11 ahead of Esteban Ocon in P12.

P11 - SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-02
Strategy: New UltraSoft (24 laps) – New Soft (34 laps)

Sergio: “It was quite an unlucky weekend for us, but there are still positives to take from this race. We came close to bringing home a point although it was just out of reach. I was pushing throughout the whole race and especially chasing Sainz in the final laps. I got really close to him, but it wasn’t enough. Overtaking in Melbourne is very difficult – you could see the same with Bottas who couldn’t pass me during the first stint. The Virtual Safety Car also didn’t help us at all, but that’s just how things go sometimes. I am still happy with my performance and the job we did as a team. We will need to move on and keep improving, but I believe we will soon be in a position to battle for points. Hopefully our improvements will come as early as Bahrain. It’s a race where you can overtake and strategy plays a bigger part compared to Melbourne.” [Read More!]
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2018 Australian Grand Prix - Sunday

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25 March 2018

Lewis comes home second as Valtteri fights back to P8
Lewis Hamilton came home in P2 in Albert Park to claim his eighth Formula One podium finish in Australia and 118th career podium
Valtteri Bottas battled from P15 on the grid to claim P8 at the chequered flag
Lewis (18) sits P2 in the Drivers' Championship, seven points behind Sebastian Vettel (25), with Valtteri (4) in P8
Ferrari (40) lead Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (22) by 18 points in the Constructors' Championship
Driver Chassis No. Grid Result Fastest Lap
Lewis Hamilton F1 W09 EQ Power+/01 P1 P2 1:26.444 (Lap 50)
Valtteri Bottas F1 W09 EQ Power+/03 P15 P8 1:27.019 (Lap 54)
Strategy Start Stop 1
No.44 UltraSoft Soft (Lap 19)
No.77 UltraSoft SuperSoft (Lap 26)
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Australian Grand Prix

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25/03/2018

Race Notes
Lance Stroll finished 14th in the Australian Grand Prix, with Sergey Sirotkin retiring on his Formula One race debut
Both cars started on the supersoft Pirelli tyre, with Lance starting in 13th and Sergey 19th
Lance lost a place to the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas early on whilst Sergey retired on lap four with a rear brake failure
Lance first pitted on lap 25 for a set of soft tyres
The safety car was deployed on lap 28 when the Haas of Romain Grosjean stopped out on track, allowing Lance to make a second and final pitstop for ultrasoft tyres
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24 March


2018 Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap

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Mar 24, 2018

Event: Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 21)
Date: Saturday, March 24
Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track
Weather: Partly cloudy
Air Temps: 24.3-25.2 degrees Celsius (75.7-77.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 28.8-32.6 degrees Celsius (83.8-90.7 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:21.164 – new track record)
Result: Kevin Magnussen qualified sixth and Romain Grosjean qualified seventh

Note: Due to a three-place grid penalty incurred by fifth-place qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, Magnussen will start fifth and Grosjean will start sixth.
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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – “THE CAR WAS COMING ALIVE”

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Kimi and Seb felt handling improved during Qualifying

Melbourne, March 24 – A solid team effort for the first qualifying of the season resulted in Kimi and Seb taking second and third slots on the grid for tomorrow’s race, just one hundredth of a second apart. The weather stayed dry throughout the three sessions, allowing the two SF71Hs to put the softest Pirelli compounds to good use. Rain is not expected for the race either, although Melbourne is notoriously unpredictable when it comes to weather conditions…
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2018 Australian Grand Prix – qualifying

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Grand Prix, Australia, Qualifying | 24/03/2018

As feared yesterday, the Formula 1 community arrived at Albert Park to torrential rain and thunderstorms on Saturday morning. By the start of FP3, the rain had subsided, but left a very damp track and track temperatures peaking at around 27 degrees Celsius, almost 20 degrees lower than yesterday.

Despite this, the track conditions evolved quickly as the asphalt began to dry. The team went about its scheduled programme as planned, and took the opportunity to gather useful information on tyre compounds and track conditions that could prove useful in the event that tomorrow should bring similar weather. The session went smoothly for both drivers – Stoffel setting the ninth fastest time and Fernando just behind him in 10th.
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Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

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24.03.2018
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team concluded a positive qualifying session at Albert Park with Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc in P17 and P18 respectively. After a morning marked with heavy rainfall, the third free practice session gave the teams a chance to complete some laps on wet and intermediate tyre compounds. With the sun coming out in the afternoon, and in more representative running conditions, the two Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team drivers made another step forward. Tomorrow will bring a long and demanding race with the weather forecast still unpredictable, but Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc look confident going into the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 season.
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2018 AUSTRALIAN GP - QUALIFYING

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24 March 2018

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th 1:21.879 (Practice 3 – P4 1:31.680)
“Even with a small mistake I really enjoyed Qualifying today. It’s difficult to say what I expected heading into the session but it should have been a little bit better. I made a mistake on my last fast lap and went wide at turn 13 which lost me a few tenths compared to my previous run, we were still very close to Ferrari which is positive but maybe we could have been second. Mercedes were quite far ahead as expected, had I not made my mistake I think I would have only been about half a second off Lewis which is closer than in the past. All things considered and with the right strategy I think we can be competitive during the race tomorrow, with Mercedes I’m not sure but I think we can have a good fight with Ferrari. We are hoping to go a bit longer with our tyre selection so if we stay out of trouble at the start we can settle in and have a strong race. I am happy with the pace and feel for the first race weekend, so I’m hopeful we can improve and move forward from here, not just tomorrow but for the rest of the season.”
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2018 Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

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Sahara Force India competed the first qualifying session of the year with both cars progressing to Q2.
P13 - SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-02
Q1 1:24.344
Q2 1:24.005

Sergio: “It’s disappointing not to be in Q3, but actually our performance was pretty good. We worked the tyres well and I drove a very strong lap, but I think the end result reflects where we are at this moment. We thought we had a chance to make Q3, but tomorrow is when it really matters. I think some things could play into our hands tomorrow because our race pace looks better than the pace we showed today. There’s an extra DRS zone creating more opportunities and it’s a race where we often see the safety car. There’s a long way to go so let’s see what we can do.”
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2018 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday

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24 March 2018
Lewis storms to the first pole position of the 2018 Formula One season
With the fastest lap ever at Albert Park, Lewis claimed his 73rd career pole position - his fifth consecutive pole in Australia and seventh in total
Valtteri crashed on his first run in Q3 and will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from P15 on the grid owing to a gearbox change
Today's result marks the 20th front row place in Australia for Mercedes-Benz power
Both drivers completed one run on the UltraSoft compound tyres in Q1 and then two runs in Q2
In Q3, Lewis completed two runs on the UltraSoft tyres
Driver P3 Q1 Q2 Q3
Lewis Hamilton P8 P1 1:22.824 7 Laps P1 1:22.051 5 Laps P1 1:21.164 8 Laps
Valtteri Bottas P7 P9 1:23.686 7 Laps P2 1:22.089 7 Laps DNF 2 Laps
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2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 24/03/2018

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Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:35.438, pos. 12th, 16 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:24.532, pos. 16th

“It was a little frustrating today, I think one tenth would have moved us up a few places and the car definitely had it in it. In the last lap there were a couple of small errors and it’s frustrating to be so close to the cut off to Q2. I knew there would be huge track evolution through the run but we decided to go out first - a lot earlier than the other car - which could be considered a disadvantage but it gave us the option to maybe do two laps at the end. I think it was the right call, I just didn’t quite get everything out of it to get to Q2. The good thing is the car was definitely quick enough to get to Q2 today. This morning was really encouraging in mixed conditions and equally on the long run yesterday, so I think our strength is our long run pace. Once this said, this track it’s probably one of the hardest on the calendar to pass - it’s a tall order! Tyre degradation will be a big story, so maybe managing tyres and a good strategy can bring us into the game. We’re in that midfield battle, passing will be hard tomorrow and we’ll do our best…we’ll have to wait and see.”
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Australian Grand Prix Qualifying

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24/03/2018
Qualifying Notes
Lance Stroll qualified 14th and Sergey Sirotkin 19th for the Australian Grand Prix
Both Lance and Sergey qualified on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyre
Lance made a late improvement in Q1 to progress into the next segment of qualifying
Sergey went P13 with his first flying lap, but moved down the order as others improved. He set a personal best first and third sector on his second flying lap, but lost time in sector two, before the chequered flag fell
In Q2, Lance went P11 on his first run, but failed to improve on his second lap [Read More!]
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FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne

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Qualifying Session Classification
NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT Q1 LAPS % Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS TIME
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:22.824 7 100.000 1:22.051 5 1:21.164 8 18:10:20
2 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:23.096 5 100.328 1:22.507 5 1:21.828 7 18:10:27
3 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:23.348 7 100.632 1:21.944 6 1:21.838 7 18:10:42
4 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:23.483 5 100.795 1:22.416 6 1:21.879 7 18:10:33
5 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:23.494 5 100.808 1:22.897 5 1:22.152 7 18:10:14
6 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:23.909 8 101.310 1:23.300 6 1:23.187 3 18:09:38
7 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:23.671 8 101.022 1:23.468 6 1:23.339 3 18:09:31
8 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:23.782 8 101.156 1:23.544 5 1:23.532 3 18:09:50
9 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:23.529 7 100.851 1:23.061 6 1:23.577 4 18:09:45
10 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:23.686 7 101.040 1:22.089 7 DNF 2
11 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 1:23.597 8 100.933 1:23.692 6
12 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 1:24.073 8 101.508 1:23.853 6
13 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:24.344 8 101.835 1:24.005 6
14 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:24.464 8 101.980 1:24.230 5
15 31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:24.503 10 102.027 1:24.786 6
16 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:24.532 8 102.062
17 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:24.556 9 102.091
18 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:24.636 9 102.187
19 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:24.922 8 102.533
20 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:25.295 7 102.983
POLE POSITION LAP
44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:21.164 235.212 KM/H
FASTEST LAP
44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:21.164 235.212 KM/H

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FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne

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Third Practice Session Classification
NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.067 15 221.813
2 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.499 13 2.432 2.432 215.717
3 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:28.890 14 2.823 0.391 214.768
4 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:31.680 8 5.613 2.790 208.232
5 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:33.172 11 7.105 1.492 204.898
6 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:34.043 14 7.976 0.871 203.000
7 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:34.174 14 8.107 0.131 202.718
8 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:34.225 7 8.158 0.051 202.608
9 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 1:34.233 15 8.166 0.008 202.591
10 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 1:34.298 13 8.231 0.065 202.451
11 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:34.990 16 8.923 0.692 200.976
12 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:35.438 16 9.371 0.448 200.033
13 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:35.589 16 9.522 0.151 199.717
14 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:35.828 8 9.761 0.239 199.219
15 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:36.171 6 10.104 0.343 198.508
16 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:36.448 12 10.381 0.277 197.938
17 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:36.807 7 10.740 0.359 197.204
18 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:38.482 8 12.415 1.675 193.850
19 31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 1
20 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 1

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23 March


AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – NOT TOO BAD AS A START

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Kimi, Seb believe there’s much potential to be explored

Melbourne, March 23 – The first day of practice at Albert Park saw both Scuderia Ferrari drivers go through an extensive job of data collecting and car set-up work. At the end of the day, Kimi and Seb had covered 62 and 60 laps respectively using all three available tyre compounds (Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft,) running various fuel loads. [Read More!]
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2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Friday

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23 March 2018

Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz gave the Renault R.S.18 its season track debut at Albert Park today as preparations got underway for the season-opening Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Both practice sessions took place in the afternoon under blue skies in Victoria, with Carlos marginally quicker than Nico come the end of 180 minutes of practice.
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2018 Australian Grand Prix – free practice

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Grand Prix, Australia, Practice | 23/03/2018

In the bright midday sun, and with the track temperatures peaking at around 45 degrees Celsius, Formula 1 2018 officially got underway.

Both Fernando and Stoffel had a cautious start to the first practice session. Fernando’s crew detected a small issue around the exhaust on his car early on, so the team spent time thoroughly checking both his and Stoffel’s cars over a series of install laps before beginning the run plan proper. Once the team was satisfied the issue was resolved, both drivers returned to the track to complete some valuable mileage. By the end of the session, Fernando had done 16 laps, setting the eighth fastest time, and Stoffel 15 laps, in 10th.
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2018 Australian Grand Prix: Practice Recap

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Mar 23, 2018
Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2)
Date: Friday, March 23
Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track
FP1 Weather: Sunny and clear
FP1 Air Temps: 25.3-28.9 degrees Celsius (77.5-84 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP1 Track Temps: 38.7-45.2 degrees Celsius (101.7-113.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Weather: Sunny and clear
FP2 Air Temps: 28.9-30.4 degrees Celsius (84-86.7 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Track Temps: 40.3-43.1 degrees Celsius (104.5-109.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
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FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne

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Second Practice Session Classification
NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:23.931 35 227.458
2 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:24.058 34 0.127 0.127 227.114
3 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:24.159 34 0.228 0.101 226.842
4 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:24.214 39 0.283 0.055 226.693
5 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:24.451 38 0.520 0.237 226.057
6 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:24.648 34 0.717 0.197 225.531
7 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:24.721 28 0.790 0.073 225.337
8 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 1:25.200 28 1.269 0.479 224.070
9 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:25.246 30 1.315 0.046 223.949
10 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 1:25.285 34 1.354 0.039 223.847
11 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:25.390 35 1.459 0.105 223.571
12 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:25.413 30 1.482 0.023 223.511
13 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:25.463 35 1.532 0.050 223.380
14 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:25.543 32 1.612 0.080 223.171
15 31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:25.888 33 1.957 0.345 222.275
16 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:25.925 41 1.994 0.037 222.179
17 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:25.945 39 2.014 0.020 222.128
18 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:25.974 37 2.043 0.029 222.053
19 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:26.814 31 2.883 0.840 219.904
20 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:26.815 35 2.884 0.001 219.902

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Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

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23.03.2018
The 2018 FIA Formula 1 racing season has officially started. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has had a busy day of free practices ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. It was the first day on track after the recent winter tests in Barcelona, where the team got its first impression of the new C37. While Marcus Ericsson gave input on the car’s changes since 2017, Monégasque rookie Charles Leclerc had his first laps of the Albert Park circuit. The main focus of the day was on set-up work and tyre management in preparation for the race. A good improvement was made from FP1 to FP2.
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2018 Australian Grand Prix - Friday

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23 March 2018
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport shows promising pace in Friday practice
Lewis finished the first session of the year in P1 with Valtteri in P2
Lewis ended the day in P1 with Valtteri in P3
Lewis ran the UltraSoft compound tyres in FP1, Valtteri used the Soft (install) and UltraSoft
In FP2, Lewis ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres with Valtteri using the Soft and UltraSoft
Driver Chassis No. P1 P2
Lewis Hamilton F1 W09 EQ Power+/01 27 Laps 1:24.026 P1 35 Laps 1:23.931 P1
Valtteri Bottas F1 W09 EQ Power+/03 29 Laps 1:24.577 P2 34 Laps 1:24.159 P3 [Read More!]
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FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne

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First Practice Session Classification
NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:24.026 27 227.201
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:24.577 29 0.551 0.551 225.720
3 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:24.771 26 0.745 0.194 225.204
4 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:24.875 23 0.849 0.104 224.928
5 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:24.995 22 0.969 0.120 224.610
6 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:25.063 25 1.037 0.068 224.431
7 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:25.730 24 1.704 0.667 222.685
8 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 1:25.896 16 1.870 0.166 222.254
9 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:25.922 23 1.896 0.026 222.187
10 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 1:26.482 15 2.456 0.560 220.748
11 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:26.494 25 2.468 0.012 220.718
12 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:26.536 25 2.510 0.042 220.611
13 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:26.583 25 2.557 0.047 220.491
14 31 Esteban OCON Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.605 30 2.579 0.022 220.435
15 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:26.636 30 2.610 0.031 220.356
16 11 Sergio PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.767 26 2.741 0.131 220.023
17 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:27.035 13 3.009 0.268 219.346
18 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:27.745 16 3.719 0.710 217.571
19 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:27.964 28 3.938 0.219 217.029
20 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:28.853 28 4.827 0.889 214.858

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2018 Australian Grand Prix: Practice Report

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SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-02
FP1 1:26.767 P16 26 laps
FP2 1:25.413 P12 30 laps

Sergio: “We achieved a lot today. There were a lot of new parts on the car and we needed to learn quickly. It’s only Friday and I think we can find more performance before qualifying. That’s always been our strength as a team and we need to work hard tonight understanding the data. I said during testing that all the teams are much closer together and if you look at the times it’s certainly the case. We need to be perfect in qualifying because a small mistake will drop you a long way back. ”

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2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 23/03/2018

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Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:27.745, pos. 18th, 16 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:25.925, pos. 16th, 41 laps

“We missed a little bit of track time this morning in FP1 but we made up for the lost time with a good second session. Managing tyres is going to be a big topic for all the teams but we got some good data on both the long and the short runs. It looks like we’re in the battle with the midfield, but there’s still a bit to improve before qualifying tomorrow.”
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2018 AUSTRALIAN GP - FRIDAY PRACTICE

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MAX VERSTAPPEN
First Practice Session: 1:24.771, Position: 3, Laps: 31
Second Practice Session: 1:24.058 Position: 2, Laps: 34
“For me this has been a positive start to the weekend so I am really happy about that. The car has behaved well on this track which is always pleasing after only running in Barcelona to date. Of course we have only done two practice sessions so it is still hard to see who is strongest and how we will finish come race day. It is a bit of a guess when you come to the first circuit of the season. It takes at least two or three Grand Prix to understand what is going on, it then also depends on everyone’s development rate throughout the year. Race pace looks good, I think there is definitely some room for improvement and Mercedes look pretty strong, but I’m not concerned with how it looks at the moment. A little bit of rain over the rest of the weekend would help us out. Being wet means performance is less engine dependent and makes the power tricky to control. Our car is usually strong in the wet and I enjoy myself so fingers crossed we get some rain.”
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Australian Grand Prix Practice

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Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Today went well from the perspective that we achieved all the things we set out to do. There was a minor problem with the radio which lost Sergey some time this morning, and then this afternoon Lance’s car got too close to the power unit limits doing practice starts, so we stopped on track after the chequered flag to preserve the engine. But, other than that, it was a trouble-free day. We chose to run an extra set of tyres in FP2 because we anticipate wet weather for FP3 tomorrow and we won’t be able to make use of these tyres. We worked on balance, which is not too bad at the moment and the drivers were learning the track, particularly in Sergey’s case, and learning how to get the best from the tyres, which are working properly here, unlike during pre-season testing where the conditions were so cold. There’s clearly a very competitive midfield, so there’s a lot of work to do overnight to ensure we can perform at our very best in qualifying tomorrow.
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20 March


Australian Grand Prix Preview

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23-25 MARCH 2018
MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
ROUND 1 OF 21

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is officially about to get underway! The season is set to start at Australia’s Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, with WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING eager to hit the track after poor weather conditions during pre-season testing in Spain limited the team’s running. The first race of the year is always exciting, not least due to the mixed testing conditions all teams endured, but also with new cars and drivers lining-up on the grid. Williams’ new recruit Sergey Sirotkin makes his Formula One race debut in Australia alongside Lance Stroll, who enters his second-year in Formula One following a strong first season with Williams which included a podium finish. The Australian fans always turn out in force for the season-opener, and their passion and enthusiasm never ceases to add to the spectacle. [Read More!]
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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW

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Pierre Gasly (Car 10):

“I am very excited to get to Australia because it is the first race of the year but it is also the beginning of my first full season in Formula 1. It will definitely be a special weekend for me and I’m really looking forward to it! I’ve been there as a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing a couple of years ago, but this will be the first time that I finally race there - a new track for me, which is always very exciting. The first time I went to Australia I came back home and I told my parents that if one day something happens and for any reason I need to change goals and move from France, I would go and live there because I fell in love with Melbourne! The people are so friendly, helpful and they are smiling all of the time. When I was there the weather was great and the city was amazing, so it was a pretty good first impression of the country - it’s a place I really like!!” [Read More!]
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19 March


2018 Australian Grand Prix: Preview

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Sergio: “The race in Melbourne is something I look forward to all winter. It’s a really cool place to start the season. I love the city and it’s probably one of my favourite places to visit.

“One thing I love about Melbourne is the wildlife and the scenery. I remember driving down the Great Ocean Road a few years ago and loved the experience. I also enjoy visiting the zoo because I always like to see the koalas – even though they are usually asleep!

“You always arrive in Melbourne full of hope. There are lots of unanswered questions and it’s when you really start to understand your competitiveness. At the same time, it’s not a typical race because it’s usually quite unpredictable. Often, just finishing the race is the key to getting a good result.
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2018 Australian Grand Prix - Preview

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19 March 2018
An excited Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport looks ahead to the start of the new Formula One season.
Toto on Melbourne
Featured this Week: The Longest Journey
Stat Attack: Australia and Beyond
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Preview – 2018 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix

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1st Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 23rd to 25th March 2018
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team ready to start the 2018 racing season in Australia

The await is over. After a long winter, the F1 season opener in Australia has a special taste for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 as it marks the return of the iconic Italian brand to Formula 1 after more than 30 years as Title Partner of the Team. With the brand new C37, which is equipped with the 2018 Ferrari engine, and a strong line-up – consisting of Marcus Ericsson, a well experienced driver, and Charles Leclerc, a very promising rookie – the team is heading out to Melbourne ready for an exciting season.
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16 March


AHEAD OF THE 2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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Daniel Ricciardo
“G’day folks. Starting the F1 season in Australia means there is so much hype and so much build up, now with me being the only Australian on the grid there is extra attention, extra questioning and expectation. It’s a lot but it’s fun, it’s cool but it does mean I usually leave that weekend needing 48 hours of pure serenity and quietness. Melbourne in 2017 was a combination of my errors and some misfortune, I crashed in Qualifying and then we had a technical issue for the race. We were all putting our hand up saying “my fault” last year so 2018 is definitely time to get what we deserve in Melbourne, or get what we came for, that sounds better.
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10 March

Test Barcelona - GP simulation, Kimi’s day

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Testing ends at Catalunya: 157 laps for Raikkonen

Montmelò, 9 March – The second and final winter test at the Catalunya Circuit has now ended. Today, Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of the SF71H, having recovered, after being indisposed over the past few days. He rattled off 157 laps, the best of them in 1’17”221, set using the Hypersoft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari’s programme included set-up work and a race simulation, running different types of tyre and fuel loads. This was the hottest day of the entire two weeks of testing, with temperatures over 20° and the track around the 37 mark. [Read More!]
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day Four

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9 March 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed a productive pre-season test with an interrupted final day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Due to a gearbox issue precluding running for a significant period, the planned programme was revised so Carlos Sainz stayed on driving duties for the afternoon as well as the morning. Carlos completed 45 laps, setting a best lap time of 1min 18.092secs, the third fastest of the day.
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Barcelona Test No. 2: Day 4 Recap

Mar 9, 2018
Date: Friday, March 9
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps Completed: 181 laps
Distance Completed: 842.555 kilometers (523.452 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:18.412 (5th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:17.221 by Kimi Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari
Most Laps: 181 laps by Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team
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2018 Barcelona second test – day four report

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Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 93/433km/269miles
Best lap-time: 1:17.784s
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Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 4

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09.03.2018
With today’s session, winter testing in preparation for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season has come to an end. The final day of T02 on the Circuit de Catalunya was driven by Charles Leclerc. The young Monégasque driver completed 75 laps throughout the day. His running time was cut short due to a minor incident in the morning, in which he went off track and touched the barriers. With reduced track-time, the work was mainly focused on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, as well as tyre work.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: sunny and dry; air 9° – 21°C, track 12° – 28°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 75 laps, 349.125 km
Fastest lap: 1:19.118 min (P9, hypersoft tyres)
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 4

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport complete over 1,000 laps in 2018 pre-season testing

Date: Friday 09 March 2018
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (AM), Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 104, Lewis 97, Total 201
Distance Covered: Valtteri 484 km, Lewis 452 km, Total 936 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:18.825, Lewis 1:19.464
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY FOUR

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Friday 09 March 2018
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB14
Laps: 92
Best time: 1:18.327
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: K. Raikkonen (1:17.221)
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BARCELONA TEST 02 – DAY 4

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Friday, 9th March 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya (4.655 km)
Driver: Brendon Hartley - Car: STR13-03
Best time: 1:18.949 - Laps: 156
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PRE-SEASON TESTING - WEEK 2, DAY 4

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Sahara Force India concluded two weeks of pre-season testing with a busy day in Barcelona as Esteban Ocon clocked up 163 laps.

ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-01
Laps: 163
Best time: 1:18.967
Position: P8 of 12
Mileage: 759km
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08 March


Test Barcelona - Sebastian “in race mode”

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On his last day of testing, Vettel completes a trouble-free GP simulation

Montmelò, 8 March –Winter testing has now ended for Seb Vettel. The next time he meets up with the SF71H will be in Melbourne, for free practice at the Australian Grand Prix. The final day of testing for the German champion was given over to a programme that included set-up and tyre evaluation with different fuel loads, the classic race weekend simulation that signs off winter testing for every driver. By the end of the day, Seb had completed no fewer than 188 laps (equivalent to over 875 kilometres,) in all conditions, including a false start test, with other cars on track. His best lap was a 1’17”182, set on the new Hypersoft tyres that are making their debut this season.
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day Three

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Renault Sport Formula One Team completed another full day of testing with 148 laps on the board from Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Nico completed 79 laps in the morning, setting what would be the day’s fourth-fastest time, whilst Carlos went for 69 in the afternoon, setting the day’s fifth fastest time. Running to similar programmes, both drivers were evenly matched on times, with Nico setting a 1min 18.675secs lap and Carlos a 1min 18.725secs.
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2018 Barcelona second test – day three report

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Testing, Barcelona | 08/03/2018
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 151/703km/437miles
Best lap-time: 1:18.855s
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Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 3

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It was another productive day of testing for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson completed a total of 148 laps on the Circuit de Catalunya. The testing programme consisted of aerodynamic and tyre tests, as well as a race simulation.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: sunny/cloudy and dry; air 10° – 17°C, track 14° – 26°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 148 laps, 688.940 km
Fastest lap: 1:19.244 min (P7, hypersoft tyres)
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PRE-SEASON TESTING - WEEK 2, DAY 3

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Sahara Force India broke the 150-lap barrier on a productive day of testing in Barcelona.

SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-01

Laps: 159
Best time: 1:19.634
Position: P11 of 13
Mileage: 740 km
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 3

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport clocks up the miles, focusing on race simulations

Date: Thursday 08 March 2018
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 97, Lewis 84, Total 181
Distance Covered: Valtteri 452 km, Lewis 391 km, Total 843 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:19.532, Lewis 1:19.296
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Barcelona Test Two – Day Three

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Driver: Robert Kubica (AM), Lance Stroll (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Warm and dry
Temperatures (min-max): Air 6-15ºC / Track 14-30ºC [Read More!]
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BARCELONA TEST 02 – DAY 3

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Thursday, 8th March 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya (4.655km)
Driver: Pierre Gasly - Car: STR13-03
Best time: 1:18.363 - Laps: 169
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY THREE

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Thursday 08 March 2018

Driver: Max Verstappen
Car: RB14
Laps: 187
Best time: 1:19.842
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:17.182)
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07 March


Test Barcelona - A change of plan

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Seb and Kimi share the driving on the second day of testing

Montmelò, 7 March –It was a bit of an unusual Wednesday at the Catalunya Circuit, as both drivers had a turn behind the wheel of the SF71H. Scuderia Ferrari completed 115 laps, equivalent to a distance of 535 kilometres. Sebastian Vettel did 66 laps in the morning, the German’s best being a 1’19”541. Kimi Raikkonen was only able to drive in the afternoon, feeling unwell and staying in his hotel room until lunchtime. The Finn managed 49 laps, with a fastest time of 1’20”242, as he continued with the programme that had been affected by last week’s bad weather. Both men set their best times on the Soft tyres. Tomorrow, testing continues with Sebastian Vettel driving, so that Raikkonen can make a complete recovery. Kimi will return on Friday, thus bringing the second and final winter test to a close, prior to heading off to Melbourne.
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day Two

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Renault Sport Formula One Team completed a bumper 190 laps on the second day of the second week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Carlos Sainz completed 88 laps in the morning before Nico Hülkenberg broached three-figures in the afternoon with 102 laps completed. Running to different programmes, Carlos set a best lap time of 1min 20.042secs; Nico a 1min 20.758secs.
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2018 Barcelona second test – day two report

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Testing, Barcelona | 07/03/2018
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 57/265km/165miles
Best lap-time: 1:19.856 [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test No. 2: Day 2 Recap

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Mar 7, 2018
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps Completed: 78 laps
Distance Completed: 363.09 kilometers (225.576 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:20.237 (8th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:18.047 by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull
Most Laps: 165 laps by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull
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Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 2

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It has been a positive day of testing for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, with Charles Leclerc back in the cockpit of the C37. The Monégasque rookie completed a notable total of 160 laps throughout the day. The main focus was on mechanical set-up and tyre work, as well as a race simulation session in the afternoon.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: sunny and dry; air 10° – 18°C, track 12° – 29°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 160 laps, 744.800 km
Fastest lap: 1:20.918 min (P13, supersoft tyres)
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Barcelona Test Two – Day Two

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Driver: Lance Stroll (AM), Sergey Sirotkin (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Warm and dry
Temperatures (min-max): Air 11-18ºC / Track 13-29ºC
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 2

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Both drivers hit the 1:18s on Day 2 of the second week of pre-season testing

Date: Wednesday 07 March 2018
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (AM), Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Lewis 90, Valtteri 85, Total 175
Distance Covered: Lewis 419 km, Valtteri 396 km, Total 815 km
Best Lap Time: Lewis 1:18.400, Valtteri 1:18.560
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BARCELONA TEST 02 – DAY 2

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya (4.655km)
Driver: Brendon Hartley - Car: STR13-03
Best time: 1:19.823- Laps: 119
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PRE-SEASON TESTING - WEEK 2, DAY 2

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Sahara Force India had a very productive day in Barcelona as Esteban Ocon clocked up 130 laps.

ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-01
Laps: 130
Best time: 1:20.805
Position: P12 of 14
Mileage: 605 km
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY TWO

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Wednesday 07 March 2018
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB14
Laps: 165
Best time: 1:18.047
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: D. Ricciardo (1:18.047)

Daniel Ricciardo today returned to the cockpit of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 for a marathon outing that resulted in the ‘Honey Badger’ claiming top spot on the timesheet, and the fastest ever time around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a lap of 1:18.047, set on Pirelli’s new hypersoft tyres. Daniel also took the lap count honours, with a total of 164 laps on a highly productive day’s testing for the team. [Read More!]
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06 March


2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day One

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6 March 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the first day of the second week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with both Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz taking turns behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.18.

Nico put in 49 laps in the morning, undertaking the first running with the team’s second chassis. Carlos completed 91 laps in the afternoon, including a race simulation. Even though ultimate lap times were not the target today, both drivers were very closely matched on pace, with Nico’s 1min 21.432secs just 0.023secs faster than Carlos.
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2018 Barcelona second test – day one report

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Testing, Barcelona | 06/03/2018
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 38/177km/110miles
Best lap-time: 1:21.946 [Read More!]
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Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 1

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The Circuit de Catalunya welcomed the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team back with rays of sunshine for the first day of Test 2. Catching up on the track time that was lost due to the tricky weather conditions during the first week of testing in Barcelona, Marcus Ericsson completed a total of 120 laps in the cockpit of the C37. The team’s main focus today lay in aerodynamic and mechanical testing, as well as tyre work.
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BARCELONA TEST 02 – DAY 1

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Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya (4.655km)
Car: STR13-03
Driver: Pierre Gasly
Best time: 1:20.973 - Laps: 54
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Barcelona Test No. 2: Day 1 Recap

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Mar 6, 2018
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Kevin Magnussen
Laps Completed: 96 laps
Distance Completed: 442.225 kilometers (274.740 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:21.298 (6th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:20.396 by Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari
Most Laps: 171 laps by Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari
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PRE-SEASON TESTING - WEEK 2, DAY 1

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Sahara Force India completed more than 90 laps as the sun finally shone over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-01

Laps: 93
Best time: 1:21.643
Position: P10 of 13
Mileage: 433 km
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2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 1

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06 March 2018
The Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ completes 177 laps in improved weather conditions

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 86, Lewis 91, Total 177
Distance Covered: Valtteri 400 km, Lewis 424 km, Total 824 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:20.596, Lewis 1:20.808
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY ONE

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Tuesday 06 March 2018

Driver: Max Verstappen
Car: RB14
Laps: 130
Best time: 1:20.649
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:20.396)
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TEST BARCELONA – PUSHING FOR THE 800

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That’s the distance in kilometres covered by Seb today in the SF71H

Montmelò – 171 laps of the Catalunya Circuit totals 796 kilometres. That’s the distance Sebastian Vettel reeled off in the SF71H on this the first day of the second and final pre-season test session.
This time, the weather behaved itself with air temperature reaching 15 degrees and the track hitting 26. Only wind in the afternoon affected the session.
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Barcelona Test Two – Day One

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Driver: Sergey Sirotkin (AM), Lance Stroll (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Warm and dry
Temperatures (min-max): Air 16-20ºC / Track 20-28ºC
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Tatiana Calderón becomes Test Driver of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

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The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Tatiana Calderón will be active as Test Driver for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season. In 2017, Tatiana Calderón started working with the team as Development Driver, being promoted to the role of Test Driver this season. She will be completing simulator training sessions and coaching with engineers both on-site during several GP weekends, as well as at the team’s headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland.
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01 March


TEST BARCELONA – TESTING ENDS AT CATALUNYA

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Barcelona Test 2018
120 laps for Seb today, almost 300 over three days

Montmelò, 1st march – The 120 laps Sebastian Vettel drove today, brings the total completed by the SF71H over what was effectively just a three day session to 298, equivalent to 1387.19 km/h. After yesterday’s snowfall, temperatures were very definitely on the up today at the Catalunya Circuit: at the end of the session, there had been a high of 12.7° air and almost 15 on track, but damp conditions in the morning still affected the work. It explains why, during the first few hours, Seb used wet weather Intermediate tyres, before switching to new and used Softs for the rest of the day. The final part of the session was given over to long runs, which yielded a best lap during these tests of 1’20”241. “The afternoon wasn’t exactly ideal,” commented the driver, “because of the track conditions and also a bit of time lost in the garage to sort out a few details. I’d have liked to have driven more, but we can do that next week, when we will start to get a clearer picture.”
The team also did some pit stop practice. Testing resumes on Tuesday 6th March, running through to the 9th.

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Barcelona Test No. 1: Day 4 Recap

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Date: Thursday, March 1
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Kevin Magnussen
Laps Completed: 96 laps
Distance Completed: 446.880 kilometers (277.678 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:20.317 (4th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:19.333 by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
Most Laps: 147 laps by Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso

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2018 Pre-Season Test, Day Four

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1 March 2018

Renault Sport Formula One Team concluded the first week of pre-season testing with both Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz returning to driving duties at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Nico started his day on a damp but drying track using Pirelli’s wet, intermediate and then the Soft compound dry tyres. Running into the cancelled lunch-break, Nico completed 49 laps with a best time of 1min 22.507secs. Carlos ran later in the day in improved conditions, completing 60 laps with a best time of 1min 20.940secs, the sixth fastest of the day.
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2018 Barcelona first test – day four report

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Testing, Barcelona | 01/03/2018
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne/Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: Stoffel 110/512km/318miles, Fernando 51/237km/466miles, total 161/749km/147miles
Best lap-time: Stoffel 1:19.854s, Fernando 1:20.929s
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Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 4

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01.03.2018
A first winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, which has been marked by challenging weather conditions, has come to an end. On the final day of test 1, Marcus Ericsson completed a total of 79 laps; Charles Leclerc took over the cockpit of the C37 in the afternoon, completing 59 laps.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Drivers: Marcus Ericsson (morning), Charles Leclerc (afternoon)
Weather: morning: cloudy and rainy; afternoon: cloudy/sunny and damp/dry; air 9° – 16°C, track 9° – 18°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
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Barcelona Test One – Day Four

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01/03/2018

Driver: Sergey Sirotkin (AM), Lance Stroll (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW41-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Cold and wet (AM), Warm and dry (PM)
Temperatures (min-max): Air 8-16ºC / Track 8-13ºC
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2018 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 4

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01 March 2018

Lewis sets the fastest time of the day as the first week of testing comes to a close

Date: Thursday 01 March 2018
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 60, Lewis 69, Total 129
Distance Covered: Valtteri 279 km, Lewis 321 km, Total 600 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:22.789, Lewis 1:19.333 [Read More!]
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PRE-SEASON TEST 1, BARCELONA – DAY FOUR

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Thursday 01 March 2018

Driver: Max Verstappen
Car: RB14
Laps: 35
Best time: 1:22.058
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: L. Hamilton (1:19.333)

Max Verstappen brought Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s first week of pre-season testing to close today in a stop-start session that was again affected by the conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya and by niggling technical issues. In the morning the team opted for limited running on the damp and cold circuit, with Max putting in 18 laps and focusing on short runs and aero testing. With the track drying in the afternoon more aero work was conducted before a mechanical issue affected running. A late spin for Max then saw his day end prematurely. [Read More!]
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BARCELONA TEST 01 – DAY 4

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Thursday, 1st March 2018

Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Driver: Pierre Gasly - Car: STR13-02
Best time: 1:22.134 - Laps: 147

Total laps completed (4 days): 324
Total kilometres completed (4 days): 1508 km
Laps completed by BH: 95
Kilometres completed by BH: 442 km
Laps completed by PG: 229
Kilometres completed by PG: 1066 km [Read More!]
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PRE-SEASON TESTING - DAY 4

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Sahara Force India wrapped up its first week of testing in Barcelona as Sergio Perez drove the VJM11 for the first time.

SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-01

Laps: 65 laps
Best time: 1:21.973
Position: P8 of 15
Mileage: 303km

Sergio Perez: “With the snow and rain yesterday, I finally got my chance in the new car today. After three months away from the track, it’s always a special moment when you feel the power of an F1 car again. It really makes you smile. It’s just a shame the weather has been so poor this week. It’s limited our mileage and made things a bit more difficult. Today was all about getting through the run plan and helping the team understand the car more. I think next week will give me a better idea of what we can expect when we arrive in Melbourne.” [Read More!]
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TEST BARCELONA – SNOW STOPS PLAY

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Testing wiped out by bad weather. Ferrari and Kimi take a break

Montmelò –Meteorologically speaking, spring starts tomorrow, but it seems that doesn’t apply to the Catalunya Circuit. The third day of testing was wiped out…following snowfall this morning. And even when it turned to rain in the afternoon, temperatures never reached the sort of numbers required to run a Formula 1 car. Air temperature just crept over two degrees with the track a fraction more. [Read More!]
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TEST ONE: DAY THREE

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WED 28.02.18

Well, today provided ample evidence of just why we call this winter testing.

Thanks to the so-called 'Beast from the East', the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was this morning covered in a thick blanket of snow, causing many of us to call for a swift return under the thick blankets of our hotel beds.
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2018 Pre-Season Test, Day Three

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28 February 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with the team’s drivers and car remaining resolutely inside due to the inclement conditions.

Snow begot sleet begot rain, with temperatures remaining constantly cold. Across the day, only a handful of exploratory laps were completed by six of the teams present, with only McLaren completing a timed lap.
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2018 Barcelona first test – day three report

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Testing, Barcelona | 28/02/2018
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 11/51km/32miles
Best lap-time: 2:18.545s [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test No. 1: Day 3 Recap

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Feb 28, 2018

Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps Completed: None
Distance Completed: None
Best Lap Time: None
Fastest Lap: 2:18.545 by Fernando Alonso of McLaren
Most Laps: 11 laps by Fernando Alonso of McLaren

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