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Team Statement on the Belgian GP
Brackley - 29/08/2014
Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met today in the boardroom of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS headquarters in Brackley to discuss the events of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg's Review of the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
A rollercoaster weekend for Nico Rosberg at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps saw his emphatic pole position neutralised by an eventful race - culminating in a tough recovery drive to second place.
In his latest video blog, Nico reflects on a controversial Sunday in Belgium:
"We had in important discussion after the race. The good thing is we have great leadership in the team - that is really important in such situations and I'm confident we'll get back to our way."
Sunday 24 August 2014
CHILTON MR03-02 P16 1:55.247
BIANCHI MR03-01 P18 1:56.347
We ended the opening race of the second half of the season with Max Chilton in 16th position and Jules Bianchi 18th, following a race of mixed fortunes.
Early baths for both our boys in Spa
Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean were both forced to retire from today’s Belgian Grand Prix. Pastor was ordered to make an early retirement as a result of suspected exhaust failure, whilst Romain’s race was comprised due to damage on track.
Though it wasn’t the result the Lotus F1 Team was hoping for, Romain’s E22 had a strong race at Spa, delivering impressive pace on the medium compound tyres despite the loss of downforce.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix – Race
Spa-Francorchamps, August 24, 2014 – Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has won his second consecutive grand prix, from fifth on the grid in Belgium. The Australian used a two-stop strategy, starting with two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre and finishing the grand prix on the P Zero White medium.
Ricciardo’s victory was the 50th for Red Bull and his third in six races. Underlining the consistency of the medium tyre in particular, Ricciardo set his fastest lap on the final tour of the longest circuit in the championship.
BELGIAN GP – ROLES REVERSED
Marco Mattiacci: “At the end of a weekend in which the topic of young drivers was very much in the news, I want to start by congratulating Raffaele Marciello on his first GP2 win and Jules Bianchi for his strong showing in yesterday’s qualifying. As for the race, we are very pleased for Kimi: today, he came close to the podium and scored his best result of the season, a result which sees us maintain third place in the Constructors’ classification. Unfortunately, Fernando’s race was compromised by a problem at the start. Without that, I firmly believe the podium was within his reach. We know we have missed out on a great opportunity, but we will learn from this incident to pay obsessive attention to our procedures, as we strive to improve reliability. The next race will be complicated because top speed is a strong point of the Mercedes-powered teams. We will try and defend with every means available, because the efforts of the team in terms of improving the car are producing encouraging signs.”
BELGIAN GP – RACE
Sunday 24 August 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 5th
“You know everyone was saying we didn’t really have a chance around here, but I think we had some really good pace today and surprised ourselves. It feels a bit surreal, but another win is very cool, very cool. It was difficult staying out at the end of the race. When you’re the leader as well you always feel like you’re the most vulnerable when it comes to a pit stop or not, but Simon my engineer came on the radio and said I think it’s 11 laps left, can these tyres get to the end? And I said I think I can keep more or less this pace, and we were able to, and then on the last lap I found a couple more tenths, so I was having a bit of fun then! There’s been a lot of good things about the win today, obviously the last two came from a more aggressive style of race, but today was more calculated and it was nice to win under different circumstances.”
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renault scored their third victory of the season in today’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo finished ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the hardest track of the year for Power Units. The win gives Infiniti Red Bull Racing consecutive wins following Ricciardo’s victory in Hungary, and back to back wins at Spa in both the V8 and V6 turbo eras. Ricciardo also becomes the third driver to win at Spa with a Renault turbo engine, joining Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix - Race
Spa-Francorchamps - 24/08/2014
Nico Rosberg took second place in today's Belgian Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton retired in the latter stages of a dramatic race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Lewis pitted on the second lap after suffering a puncture. He then stopped again for fresh tyres on laps 17 and 31 before retiring the car on lap 33
Nico ran a three-stop strategy, including a nose change on lap eight. He pitted twice further on laps 19 and 34
The team has finished on the podium in every race of the 2014 season so far, with a total of 19 top three finishes to date
Belgian Grand Prix - Race
Valtteri Bottas finished third and Felipe Massa thirteenth in the Belgian Grand Prix, with Valtteri picking up his fourth podium of the season.
Valtteri managed his tyres well and showed strong pace throughout the race to make a two-stop strategy work and make up three places in total to finish on the podium.
Felipe’s race was hindered by debris that was lodged in his car at the beginning of the race that affected the car’s aerodynamic performance and impacted his pace.
2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
“Formula 1 delivered a magnificent afternoon’s entertainment here in Belgium today”
Spa-Francorchamps, Sunday August 24
Both McLarens featured prominently in an action-packed race on the world’s most challenging racetrack.
2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 24 August 2014
Marcus Ericsson, P17
André Lotterer, RET
Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 24.08.2014
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 13-16°C air, 21-31°C track
In the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps the Sauber F1 Team drivers applied different strategies, which in the end didn’t make a significant difference. Adrian Sutil, who stopped three times, finished in 14th , while Esteban Gutiérrez, who pitted twice, was 15th.
2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored two points in today’s Belgian Grand Prix as Sergio Perez finished in ninth place. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg finished in P11. The team has now scored 100 points, making this the earliest point in a season the team has reached this milestone.
Mixed conditions for qualifying in Spa
Slippery When Wet
Heavy downpours descended on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit within half an hour of qualifying commencing, ensuring a slippery challenge would be faced by all. Hail was even thrown into the mix, though it was a wet but drying track that the drivers met once it was time to set their laps.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Spa-Francorchamps, August 23, 2014 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position at Spa using the Cinturato Green intermediate tyre, becoming the sixth different driver to sit on pole in Belgium in the last six years. He beat his team mate Lewis Hamilton in tricky conditions, with Mercedes enjoying a pace advantage of around two seconds over rival teams.
Saturday 23 August 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 Q2 P16 2:12.470 14 laps
CHILTON MR03-02 Q1 P19 2:12.576 8 laps
BELGIAN GP – WET WEATHER WELCOME
Spa-Francorchamps, 23 August – The two Ferrari F14 Ts will start tomorrow’s twelfth round of the World Championship from the second and fourth rows of the grid and fourth placed Fernando Alonso admitted that the rain which, almost inevitably affected qualifying, helped him today. The Spaniard was pleased with his performance and so he should be, because his lap time was only fractionally slower than third placed Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.
2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“I simply can’t over-state how much I love driving here; it’s superb fun”
Spa-Francorchamps, Saturday August 23
In treacherously difficult conditions at the famously daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button drove carefully but forcefully to record qualifying lap-times that earned them grid slots for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix of P7 and P10 respectively.
BELGIAN GP 2014 - QUALI: TEAM REACTION
August 23, 2014
At the end of today's Qualifiyng here in Belgium, our Team and drivers give their thoughts.
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX: FP3 & Q
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 23 August 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: LOT 1:54.294, P21 / ERI 1:55.008, P22
Q1: LOT 2:13.469, P21 / ERI 2:14.438, P22
Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth and Felipe Massa ninth for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The changeable wet conditions were not ideal for the FW36 and traffic on their out laps in Q3 hindered the driver’s ability to get the full performance from the car.
Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 23.08.2014
Weather: wet/dry and overcast/sunny, 10-13°C air, 17-22°C track
Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps saw Adrian Sutil clinch 14th position, while Esteban Gutiérrez was stuck on P20. Once again over the course of this weekend he became a victim of technical issues. In Q1 there was a problem with the battery pack, which forced him to stop out on the track.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Spa-Francorchamps - 23/08/2014
Nico Rosberg took pole position for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix this afternoon, with Lewis Hamilton completing a Silver Arrows front row lockout in wet conditions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Today's result represents the team's fifth front-row lockout of the 2014 season in 12 races
Nico's 11th career pole position (and fourth in a row) is also the team's 11th pole in 12 races this year
Lewis secured his eighth front row starting slot of the 2014 season with second place
Both drivers ran intermediate tyres throughout qualifying in consistent wet conditions
BELGIAN GP – QUALIFYING
Saturday 23 August 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P13, 1:50.814)
“Yesterday was a different story to today. Today we did a lot more laps and I think the rain helped us, in dry conditions we couldn’t have qualified so high up. So, it was a good day for us and a good result and we should be a little bit more competitive compared to Mercedes in the race tomorrow, so let’s see.”
2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
A wet qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps saw Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg qualify in P13 and P18 respectively for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
First day back at school gives mixed results
Romain Grosjean gave a taste of the potential of Lotus F1 Team’s E22 at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix whilst Pastor Maldonado’s day was cut prematurely short after an off at turn 9 early in the afternoon session.
2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 and 2
Friday 22 August 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 FP1 P19 1:55.782 19 laps FP2 P16 1:52.776 23 laps
CHILTON MR03-02 FP2 P18 1:54.040 18 laps
ROSSI MR03-02 FP1 P20 1:57.232 20 laps
2014 Belgian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
Spa-Francorchamps, August 22, 2014 – The Formula One season resumed at Spa-Francorchamps in cool conditions: a common feature of the legendary seven-kilometre venue in the foothill of the Ardennes. Track temperatures climbed to just 30 degrees centigrade in the afternoon, with ambient temperatures hovering around 18 degrees centigrade.
Mercedes were first and second in both free practice sessions, with Nico Rosberg fastest in the morning on the P Zero White medium tyre, and Lewis Hamilton fastest in the afternoon on the P Zero Yellow soft.
BELGIAN GP – THE CHALLENGE OF THE ARDENNES
Fernando Alonso: “Compared to the other race weekends, the story is a bit different here, because Spa is a high speed circuit and, after a month off, getting back to racing at a fantastic track like this is a real pleasure. It was nice to be able to run in the dry today. The weather is always changeable here and in fact, the possibility of rain is forecast for tomorrow, therefore, as usual, we will ensure we are ready for whatever comes our way. At this track and at Monza, engine performance counts for a lot. We know there is no magic solution but we will nevertheless try to optimise everything. The car behaved as we expected from our simulations and that is definitely something positive.”
BELGIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
22 August 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:52.972, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: Position: 8, Best Time: 1:50.977, Laps: 16
“I think we knew it would be difficult to break away from the mid field here - we see Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso and a few of the others are strong. Hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed and get ahead of them. Our long run is better than our short run pace, so that's not bad, if we have a good race car then Sundays are always more fun. If the track keeps rubbering in, and we'll see what the weather does tomorrow, then it should come a bit more into our hands. Eau rouge is still flat out, but you have to concentrate a bit more, it's not a Sunday drive through there anymore!”
Renault Sport F1 Belgian Grand Prix Practice Report
After a long summer break the FIA Formula One World Championship resumed with the opening day of practice for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix
The high speed corners, long periods of throttle and gradient changes of the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit present the hardest test of the season for the new generation Power Units
Scuderia Toro Rosso was quickest of the Renault-powered cars, with Daniil Kvyat seventh in FP2
Infiniti Red Bull Racing finishes eighth with Daniel Ricciardo, while Sebastian Vettel sits out FP2 after a Power Unit change between sessions
Three-times Le Mans winner, Andre Lotterer, gets his first taste of Renault power as he makes F1 debut for Caterham F1 Team
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 22 August 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: LOT 1:57.886, P21 / ERI 1:57.977, P22
FP2: LOT 1:54.093, P20 / ERI 1:54.050, P19
2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“With our low-downforce set-up, Eau Rouge is, er, interesting: you’ve got oversteer at more than 300km/h!”
Spa-Francorchamps, Friday August 22
Today was a satisfactory first day at Spa for the McLaren team, both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen relishing the challenge of tackling Formula 1’s return to one of the most daunting and most challenging racetracks on the calendar.
As always, FP1 and FP2 were test sessions as much as anything else – but, even so, in running through all the team’s planned programmes, Jenson and Kevin both managed to make good progress in terms of set-up development.
Belgian Grand Prix Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We managed to complete most of the work we needed to today and overall this has been a positive practice for us. Typically Spa brings a few challenges for teams with the high speeds we run at this track, but the drivers and their crew did a very good job in diligently working their way through the schedules. We focused on aero work this morning and we then moved on to tyre tests on low and high fuel levels, with encouraging results. The objective is to remain fighting for podiums in the second half of the season and from today’s running it looks like we are still in the mix. We have a lot of data to work through and decisions to make tonight, and hopefully we can continue to progress the set-up of the car so that we peak on Sunday.
2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
The threat of rain did not materialise as Sahara Force India completed a productive first day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.
Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 22.08.2014
Weather: overcast and dry, 13-17°C air, 17-33°C track
The first practice day for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps didn’t go exactly according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. In the morning, the power unit in Giedo van der Garde’s car didn’t deliver the maximum power output, and in the afternoon the failing of the Energy Recovery System (MGUK) brought Esteban Gutiérrez‘ practice session to an end after just a few laps. Meanwhile Adrian Sutil was quite happy with the performance of his car.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix - Practice
Spa-Francorchamps - 22/08/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began the Belgian Grand Prix weekend at the top of the time sheets - Nico Rosberg setting the pace in the first practice session and Lewis Hamilton topping the second at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Lewis ended the day fastest, posting a best time of 1:49.189 on the soft tyres during the second session
Nico's best lap of 1:49.793 put him second fastest to complete a Silver Arrows 1-2 in both sessions
Nico's 2014 Belgian Grand Prix Preview
2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - 20 August 2014
2014 Belgian Grand Prix
Venue: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Race Laps: 44
Circuit Length: 7.004 km
Race Distance: 308.052 km
André Lotterer to replace Kamui Kobayashi at the Belgian Grand Prix
BELGIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW 2014
August 19, 2014
While our team is travelling to Belgium, here our Grand Prixview for you:
Nearly a month has passed since the last Grand Prix in Hungary and in that time, we have had the compulsory two week factory shutdown, as stipulated in the Sporting Regulations. It provided a well deserved break for everyone in the team to enjoy some holiday time with family and friends. But for motor racing fans, a month without a Grand Prix is far too long, so the entire Scuderia Toro Rosso crew is looking forward to this weekend's return to racing, all the more so as it takes place at one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar, Spa‑Francorchamps. It might be half the length it used to be, but crammed into its seven odd kilometres are bits of track that capture the essence of what the old circuit must have been liked to drive. But don't take our word for it, because you can still drive on the 'old' bits as they are still public roads, going through legendary and scary corners like Burnenville and the most feared section of all, especially if it was raining, the Masta kink. Give it a go, it's one of the best things you can do during the Formula One season, before tackling some famously strong Belgian beer, brewed by Monks who clearly had a sense of humour. (Take a taxi home afterwards)
2014 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview
Brackley - 19/08/2014
Round 12 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Belgian Grand Prix Preview
Belgium in numbers :
(with 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most severe)
Internal combustion engine 5
Fuel consumption 4
Energy recovery 5
AHEAD OF THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Above all, Spa is a racing circuit - one that really encourages exciting wheel-to-wheel action. That said, F1 has changed over the years and whereas Eau Rouge and Blanchimont were once the stand-out sections, now it’s probably the Pouhon downhill left-hander at Turns 10 and 11. That’s seriously, seriously fast – and probably a good place to watch the race from for anyone prepared for a bit of a hike through the Ardennes. Of course, given the Belgium Grand Prix draws in all the petrolheads, everyone’s perfectly happy to slog through the woods to find the best view. You bump into people who’ve been going to the race for five decades. And if you ever go into a pub or restaurant in one of the villages around the circuit, chances are you’ll see pictures on the wall of great drivers from back in the day, standing where you are and doing what you’re doing. It’s great stuff.
2014 Belgian Grand Prix – preview
Formula 1 returns to action this weekend at one of the world’s most challenging circuits. Spa-Francorchamps, situated deep in Belgium’s Ardennes forest, is the ultimate high-speed test of man and machine; it’s one of the highlights of the season.
Spa-Francorchamps facts & stats
Spa-Francorchamps has been synonymous with Formula 1 for more than 60 years. The track featured in the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, but its current design bears little resemblance to the original 14km layout. The modern track is much shorter (7.004km) and safer, but it’s still breathtakingly quick: the average speed is 230km/h.
Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Spa, 21-24 August 2014
Milan, August 18, 2014 – The Formula One season resumes after a three-week break for one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the year: Spa-Francorchamps, where the P Zero White medium tyres and P Zero Yellow soft tyres have been nominated, a softer choice compared to last year, to promote different strategies. At just over seven kilometres in length, Spa is the longest lap of the year, while its mixture of fast straights, flat-out corners, abrasive asphalt and swooping elevations put maximum strain on the tyres. As if that were not enough, variable weather – with frequent heavy rainstorms – are a common feature of this picturesque circuit, located in the Ardennes Mountains. All of this can lead to a high incidence of safety cars, so the ability to react fast, as well as the insight to formulate an effective strategy, is vital. Often it can be raining on one part of the circuit but completely dry at another part, meaning that the versatility of cars, tyres and drivers is tested to the limit as well.
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
FRIDAY 22 – SUNDAY 24 AUGUST
RACE 12 OF 19
One of the classic Formula One venues, Spa-Francorchamps is loved and respected in equal measure by the drivers. It’s the longest track on the calendar and within its 7kms are several of the most challenging corners in the world. Pouhon and Blanchimont are both fast and taxing left-handers, but Eau Rouge remains the corner that’s recognised by racing fans the world over. In dry conditions the cars enter Eau Rouge at 180mph and they experience both lateral and longitudinal g-forces as they pass through the compression at the bottom of the hill, while flicking their cars through the left-right-left sequence. With the 2014 technical regulations limiting downforce at the rear of the cars this year, there’s every chance that it won’t be ‘easy-flat’, which will test the drivers’ skill and bravery to the limit.
2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix: Preview
Vijay Mallya looks ahead to the second half of the season.
Vijay, three weeks on from Budapest, has the team regrouped following a tough race?
“Until Hungary we had scored points in every race, so I guess we were due to have an unlucky weekend at some stage. I just hope that’s our bad luck over and done with. At the same time there was a huge opportunity to come away with some significant points so it was a missed opportunity. Both drivers came to me and apologised. Checo was unlucky: the same thing happened to Vettel at the same corner and he got away with it.”
Preview - 2014 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
12th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 22nd to 24th August 2014
Hinwil, 18th August 2014 – After a two week summer break, Formula One and, therefore, the Sauber F1 Team returns to the race track in Spa-Francorchamps. The Sauber F1 Team drivers, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez, are looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix, taking place from the 22nd to 24th August. Test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will again be behind the wheel in FP1 on Friday. Esteban Gutiérrez will take over in FP2.