19 April

2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Race

Manama, April 19, 2015 – The spectacular Bahrain Grand Prix, held under lights in the evening with falling track and ambient temperatures, provided a high-speed tactical battle, during which drivers chose an assortment of two-stop and three-stop strategies. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir, 19th April 2015

For Kimi Raikkonen this is the first podium since his return to Ferrari. During the race he recovered 19 seconds on Rosberg.

This is Scuderia’s 684th podium finish. Today the team consolidated second place in the Constructors’ Championship with 107 points. [Read More!]
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“The whole team is united and everyone is hugely motivated by the challenge ahead”
Bahrain International Circuit, Sunday April 19

Started 14th
Finished 11th
Fastest lap 1m38.992s on lap 38 (+2.681s, 13th)
Pit-stops Two: laps 13 (3.33s) and 35 (3.07s) [Opt-Pri-Opt] [Read More!]
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Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 19.04.2015

Weather: dry, 26-24°C air, 31-29°C track

The Bahrain Grand Prix, the first night race of the season, ended in disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Despite competitive lap times the drivers only managed to finish in 12th (Felipe Nasr) and 14th (Marcus Ericsson). Both drivers were hindered by technical problems. Marcus Ericsson lost a lot of time during his second pitstop due to a mechanical issue when changing the front left wheel. Felipe Nasr was slowed down by a temporary loss of power. So, despite good lap times, the team was not able to convert the good performance into points. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix

Race Notes
Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and Felipe Massa tenth in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
After a sensor issue on the final fire up caused Felipe’s power unit not to start he was forced to start from the pitlane.
Felipe fought his way back up to eighth but, struggling for pace due to damage sustained after being hit in the early stages, he dropped back to tenth in the final laps.
Valtteri made a clean getaway from the grid and after holding P5 for the majority of the race, he was able to capitalise on Sebastian Vettel’s unplanned pitstop for a new front wing, holding off the Ferrari successfully for 17 laps to take fourth. [Read More!]
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Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing achieved a double points finish in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo claimed sixth position while team-mate Daniil Kvyat crossed the line in ninth after starting from 17th. The two Scuderia Toro Rosso cars retired from the 57 lap race. [Read More!]
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2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Race

19 April 2015, Sakhir
Double podium for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in enthralling Bahrain Grand Prix, with victory for Lewis Hamilton and third place for Nico Rosberg after a tense and hotly contested battle in the desert
Lewis took his 36th career F1 win and the 32nd for Mercedes-Benz in F1 tonight in a thrilling Bahrain GP
Lewis ran an Option/Option/Prime strategy from pole, stopping on laps 15 and 33
Nico ran the same Option/Option/Prime race, stopping on laps 14 and 34
Both cars suffered unrelated brake-by-wire problems in the final laps, which cost Nico P2 to Räikkönen
Mercedes leads the Constructors Championship by 52 points, with a total of 159 points from four races - five points more than at the same stage in 2014 [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Report

Sahara Force India scored four points in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced to eighth place ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P13. [Read More!]
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19 APRIL 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 6th, Start Position: 7th
“I think the race went as well as it could and I drove well to finish sixth. The chassis is working better and through the corners we are more or less there; we’ll move onto Europe and see if we can get further up the grid and keep improving. The weekend went pretty smooth for me until the end of the race, I don’t know what happened, but the team will have a look at it.” [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix - The Race

Bahrain International Circuit
Sunday 19 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 P16 1:41.759
MERHI Chassis 03 P17 1:42.033 [Read More!]
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April 19, 2015

A difficult weekend didn't hold a happy ending for Scuderia Toro Rosso, here in the Bahrain desert where the team made it's debut on the F1 stage a decade ago.
The highpoint had been Carlos Sainz making it through to Q3 on Saturday, to start the race from ninth place this evening, but even before the Spaniard lined up on the grid there were problems, as he was given a 5 second time penalty for exceeding the maximum time allowed for completing his pre-grid laps. In the end though it wouldn't make any difference, as he parked his STR10 at the side of the track having completed 30 laps with a problem that, at the time of writing, the team is still looking into. [Read More!]
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18 April


April 18, 2015
At the end of today's Qualifying session, here what our Drivers and Technical Director have to say.

Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:36.979, pos. 17th, 14 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:35.371, (Q2) 1:34.641, (Q3) 1:34.462, pos. 9th
"I feel very happy! Probably it was the less expected Q3 of the year, I even thought this was going to be the toughest and most difficult to achieve after what we had seen in FP3... But we did a mega turnaround and we went for it. Everything worked out and I'm very satisfied with the result. For tomorrow's race, our race pace should be the same or even better than our qualifying pace, so it gives me quite a good feeling for tomorrow. We have a balanced car that's good through the high-speed corners and gentle on the tyres, but if we get into battles it can become a bit tricky. We will have to find a compromise, but I'm really looking forward to my fourth race in Formula 1." [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

Bahrain International Circuit
Saturday 18 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 Q1 P18 1:38.713 6 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 Q1 P19 1:39.722 6 laps
Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi enjoyed a second positive day of running in Bahrain today, which culminated in them qualifying in 18th and 19th places for tomorrow’s 57 lap 2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

Manama, April 18, 2015 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has kept up his clean sweep of all the pole positions so far this season, using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre – nominated together with the P Zero White medium this weekend – to claim his first pole in Bahrain. [Read More!]
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Romain recovers as Pastor suffers setback

Mixed Emotions

Romain Grosjean recovered from a challenging start to the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend to comfortably make Q3 for the fourth time this season, eventually taking tenth, while Pastor Maldonado had a setback as he qualified in 16th.

After regularly running in the top ten for most of the three practice sessions, culminating in seventh in the final session, a problem with the front brake circuit of Pastor’s E23 Hybrid compromised his qualifying. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir, 18 April 2015

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a positive day even if it’s a bit disappointing to finish fourth, because our aim is to be at the front. My last lap was quite good, I made a small mistake and ran wide a little bit in one corner, but it was nearly nothing, it did not cost me a lot of time. It was very close with everybody. On the track there was more grip than I expected and probably I could have pushed a little bit more, but I was not sure I could. My car was working well today, the position on the grid is not ideal but it’s a good starting point for the race. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start, and move on from there with a good first lap. To get ahead of Rosberg would help a lot, and then we’ll see what we can do. We’ll do our maximum”. [Read More!]
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“We’ve had quite a few issues this weekend, but the important thing is that we’re improving”
Bahrain International Circuit, Saturday April 18

FP3 16th 1m36.899s (+2.300s) 11 laps
Q1 9th overall 1m35.205s (on Options)
Q2 14th overall 1m35.039s (on Options)
Q3 - [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
Valtteri Bottas qualified fifth and Felipe Massa sixth for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Both drivers made it safely through into Q3 after just one run on the option tyres in Q2.
The team worked well to maximise the performance of the car in qualifying with Valtteri ending the session just 0.154s adrift of Räikkönen’s Ferrari in fourth. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf air Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India put on a competitive showing in Bahrain this evening with Nico Hulkenberg qualifying in P8 ahead of Sergio Perez in P11.

P8 Nico Hulkenberg VJM08-01
Q1: 1:35.653 Q2: 1:34.613 Q3: 1:34.450

Nico: “P8 – I’m happy with that. I think we extracted the most we could from the car today. Overnight we made some good tweaks to the set-up and that helped, especially in these slightly cooler temperatures. It was quite windy, but it didn’t impact on us too badly and all of my laps were pretty good. Points will be the goal tomorrow, but it won’t be easy because there are a lot of quick cars behind us and they will put pressure on us. We need to make the best of the car we have and hopefully come away with a good result. Bahrain always produces good racing with the DRS zones and tyre degradation will be an important factor in the ace. Whatever happens, we are ready for the fight.” [Read More!]
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2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

18 April 2015, Bahrain
Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg set to line up third on the grid after an enthralling qualifying session under the Sakhir spotlights
Lewis took his fourth consecutive pole position of the 2015 season - the 42nd of his Formula One career, his 16th for the Silver Arrows and his first in Bahrain
Nico qualified in third position and will start tomorrow's race from the clean side of the grid, directly behind his team-mate
Both drivers ran twice in Q1 (Prime/Option) once in Q2 (Option) and twice again in Q3 (used Option/Option), saving one new set of Options for the race [Read More!]
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18 April 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7, (3rd Practice – 8, 1:36.335)
“It was pretty good today, I think seventh is respectable for where we are, so we’re looking alright for tomorrow. I was really happy with my first sector, it felt strong, I lost a little in the second sector, but in general I’m happy with how quali went. The start is going to be important and I believe we can have a good one. It’s important to stay with the Williams and within DRS and striking range.” [Read More!]
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Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 18.04.2015

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 28-30°C air, 36-41°C track; Qualifying: dry, 25°C air, 31-30°C track

Solid performance by the Sauber F1 Team in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first night race of the 2015 season. With 12th (Felipe Nasr) and 13th (Marcus Ericsson) the two Sauber F1 Team drivers missed out on making it into Q3, however, in regard to tomorrow’s race they are both in promising positions. [Read More!]
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17 April


“We don’t have any ‘magic bullets’ here, but we have some little tweaks”
Bahrain International Circuit, Friday April 17


FP1 no time 2 laps 20th
FP2 1m39.209s (+4.562s) 15 laps 19th [Read More!]
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Romain gets to grips as Pastor shows pace

All Day and All of the Night

Pastor Maldonado showed pace on the way to seventh in the twilight second session after a promising first practice alongside Jolyon Palmer. Romain Grosjean returned in the second and focussed on seeking his optimum setup, eventually taking 13th. [Read More!]
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Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 17.04.2015

Weather: FP1: sunny and dry, 34-37°C air, 45-53°C track; FP2: dry, 30-26°C air, 36-32°C track

Both practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix went according to the planned programme. As the first practice session was not significantly helpful for the night race due to the very high temperatures, the engineers mainly concentrated on aero work. During the late afternoon session the focus was on race preparation with long-runs on soft and medium tyres. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix: Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India completed a busy programme of free practice today in preparation for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg VJM08-01
FP1: 1:39.187 (P13) 20 laps
FP2: 1:36.805 (P15) 30 laps

Nico: “It was quite a straightforward Friday. This morning we did a few aero tests to continue our process of understanding the car and learning about it, exploring different ways to optimise our performance. Our mileage was good, so we should have plenty of data to analyse tonight. The afternoon session went quite smoothly as well: we were able to use both tyre compounds and completed short and long runs. We got all we needed from the session, so that we could skip the final run and save a bit of engine life. We have a fairly clear idea of where we stand and of our performance level, so tonight it will be a matter of tweaking our set-up to improve the balance and be more competitive tomorrow.” [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir, 17th April 2015

First Session
RAIKKONEN – chassis 312 P1 1:37.827 13 laps
VETTEL – chassis 311 P2 1:38.029 12 laps
Weather: air 36/37 °C, track 49/52 °C. Sunny
Second Session
RAIKKONEN – chassis 312 P3 1:35.174 30 laps
VETTEL – chassis 311 P4 1:35.277 26 laps
Weather: air 28/30 °C, track 31/36 °C. Clear skies [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix Practice

Objectives: Set-up work, aero evaluations and tyre work

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It has been a really good day for the team. We had a lot of work to get done over the last couple of days and have hit every target that we set ourselves. There is an awful lot of data that we collected with regards to specification and management of tyres. We are where we expect to be on a Friday with regards to both high and low fuel runs, which is encouraging for qualifying and the race. The team has worked very well and to get through the arduous programme we had set was impressive. We used the conditions to our advantage and gathered data during FP1 as the track temperatures were hotter than we will experience in the race. We used this data and then focused on tyre and car performance in FP2. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2


Bahrain International Circuit
Friday 17 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P18 1:42.973 12 laps FP2 P18 1:39.131 21 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P19 1:44.265 15 laps FP2 P19 1:40.592 26 laps [Read More!]
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2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Practice

17 April 2015, Sakhir
Productive opening day in Sakhir sees Nico and Lewis top the times as competition intensifies at the Bahrain International Circuit
Nico and Lewis finished line astern in both sessions - topping the times in the evening ahead of the two Ferrari drivers
The afternoon session focused on long runs and tyre evaluation, with the evening taking a more regular format of qualifying and race simulation stints
Both drivers used the prime (medium) tyre only in practice one, the prime and option (soft) in practice two [Read More!]
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17 April 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:38.455, Laps: 17
Second Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:35.449, Laps: 27
I had an alright session, I think we’re looking pretty good. We’re more or less where we expect to be. We’re a little bit more competitive in cooler conditions so the night session should be good. The tyre degradation is quite high here, it will probably be a two stop race, but we’ll see. It’s going to be windy tomorrow so we might have some sand on the track. [Read More!]
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April 17, 2015

After Free Practice 1 and 2, here our drivers and Chief Race Engineer's thoughts on today's action at Bahrain International Circuit. [Read More!]
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16 April

Bahrain Grand Prix - Preview

Power Unit details
The Bahrain International Circuit features four long periods of wide open throttle. The first is the pit straight, at 1km long, followed by the 520m sprint between Turns 3 and 4. Another 520m burst between Turns 10 and 11 and 600m from Turns 13 to 14 creates a total of 2,640m flat out in a straight line. With a circuit length of 5,412km these four straights equate to some 50% of the lap. [Read More!]
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15 April


Maranello, 15 April – No sooner had the race in China ended that all the Formula One teams headed off for Bahrain, for the second part of the first back-to-back of the season. The weather awaiting the teams couldn’t be more different to that left behind in Shanghai. “Sakhir is a very tough track, partly because of the weather, mainly the heat, and also because the circuit is technically demanding,” explains Simone Resta, Scuderia Ferrari’s Chief Designer, talking to ferrari.com. One of the main features of the circuit is the heavy acceleration and braking, factors that put the car under a lot of stress both in terms of traction coming out of the corners and when braking. Therefore the cooling system has to be the right size to ensure the discs are cooled properly. [Read More!]
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Hoping For More

Technical Director Nick Chester is delighted with the team’s first points scored in Shanghai and is eager for the E23 Hybrid to continue to show its worth at the Bahrain International Circuit.

How important was it to get those points from Romain after the frustrations of the first two races?

It was very important. We knew that we had a competitive car and it was frustrating in Sepang and in Melbourne not to get any points on the board. It’s great for the team to have scored these points in Shanghai. [Read More!]
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2015 Bahrain Grand Prix - Preview

15 April 2015, Bahrain
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Four, the Bahrain Grand Prix, held at the Bahrain International Circuit

Lewis Hamilton
I was really buzzing after the result in China and I have to say a big thank you to the team for the amazing job they did all weekend. As always, though, my thoughts have been completely focused on the next race from the moment we left the circuit on Sunday. It's been a great start - but for me last season showed that you can never feel too comfortable and that's even more the case this time around with Ferrari right there with us. I don't actually have the best record in Bahrain compared to other circuits. Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I'll remember after a great fight with Nico. That's what I love about racing and it's a special feeling to come out on top in a battle like that. I'm in a good place right now. The momentum is with me, so the target is to carry that on and hopefully repeat last year's performance. [Read More!]
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14 April


April 14, 2015
A few days only after the Chinese Grand Prix, our drivers look forward to the next round in Bahrain... [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Sahara Force India prepares for this weekend’s race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Vijay’s Vision
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks ahead to the final flyaway race of the start of 2015.

Vijay: “As we get to the end of this first part of the season, it’s a good moment to reflect on the start of our campaign and the next steps ahead. I think it is fair to say that we are not yet where we want to be, but we are conscious of the effort everyone in the team is making to push us up the order. Work continues as we keep introducing upgrades ahead of a significant package coming during the European season. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix - RACE PREVIEW


17-19 APRIL

Bahrain led Formula One’s expansion into the Middle East in 2004 and will this year hold its 11th Grand Prix. No longer one of the calendar’s new additions, the Bahrain International Circuit has proved one of the more popular modern-era races and hosted one of the most entertaining Grands Prix of the 2014 season. The temperatures, dust and sand around the 5.4km layout present teams with a unique mechanical challenge in which to operate Formula One cars at peak performance. Williams is still seeking its first victory in Bahrain, though Felipe Massa won the 2007 and 2008 races. [Read More!]
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13 April

Preview – 2015 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

4th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 17th to 19th April 2015

Shanghai, 13th April 2015 – After the great result at the Chinese Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team is already traveling to the next destination: Bahrain. Next weekend the Bahrain Grand Prix will be the first race of the season held at night and will take place from the 17th to 19th April. The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers are looking forward to another positive race weekend on the Bahrain International Circuit, as both Sauber C34-Ferrari will have minor upgrades, especially on the aerodynamic side. [Read More!]
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12 April

2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Race

Shanghai, April 12, 2015 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed his second win of the season in Shanghai, underlining his status as the most successful driver in the history of the Chinese Grand Prix with four wins, having started from pole. The top four used an identical twostop strategy, with two opening stints on the soft tyre followed by a final stint on the medium tyre. Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race on the soft tyre during his second stint. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix - The Race

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
Sunday 12 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 P15 1:45.414
MERHI Chassis 03 P16 1:45.963 [Read More!]
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Romain secures first points of 2015

Third time's the charm

Romain Grosjean ensured Lotus F1 Team took its first points of the 2015 season at the third time of asking, while a braking issue hampered Pastor Maldonado before later retiring at the Chinese Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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. Sebastian Vettel scores the third podium in a row.
· Kimi gains two places at the start, from sixth to fourth.
· Today podium is n°683 for Scuderia Ferrari. [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix Race Report

Today’s Chinese Grand Prix came to a disappointing conclusion with just one Renault-powered car collecting points. Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo finished in ninth position, having recovered from a slow start off the line. Scuderia Toro Rosso passed the flag in 14th position with Carlos Sainz. [Read More!]
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2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Race

12 April 2015, Shanghai
Hard-fought one-two finish for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in a tense Chinese Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton leads home Nico Rosberg at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Lewis took his second consecutive Chinese Grand Prix victory - his fourth in Shanghai and the 35th of his Formula One Career
The result also marked his second Grand Chelem; pole, victory, fastest lap and leading from lights to flag
Nico claimed his fourth Chinese Grand Prix podium, the 29th of his career, in second place
Today's result marks the 31st Silver Arrows Formula One victory and 18th one-two finish from 111 Grand Prix Starts
Both drivers ran a two stop strategy of option / option / prime, stopping on laps 15 / 31 (Nico) and 14 / 33 (Lewis) [Read More!]
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April 12, 2015

At the end of a tough race, our drivers, Team Principal and Renault Sport F1 track support leader give their thoughts on the Chinese Grand Prix... [Read More!]
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“It feels like we’ve started the season proper”
Shanghai International Circuit, Sunday April 12
McLaren-Honda got both cars safely to the finish in today’s Chinese Grand Prix, Fernando and Jenson finishing 12th and 14th respectively.

Both drivers started on the Option tyre, but then ran constrasting two-stop strategies. Fernando switched to Primes at his first stop, which made his car oversteer, before fitting Options for the run to the flag. Despite a longer-than-planned stop (to clear debris from the rear wing), the softer tyre enabled him to make up significant ground to the cars in front. [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix

Race Notes
Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas sixth in today’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Valtteri had a good start to overtake Felipe in the opening corners, only be retaken by Felipe before the end of the first lap as the pair battled with Kimi Raikkonen who was able to jump both cars.
For the remainder of the race both drivers managed their tyres and the gaps to their rivals before the race concluded under the safety car. [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 12.04.2015

Weather: sunny and dry, 21-22°C air, 40-47°C track

Strong result for the Sauber F1 Team in the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit. Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson started the race from ninth and tenth and finished eighth (Nasr) and tenth (Ericsson). With this result the team was able to have both cars in the points, the same as in the first race of the season in Australia. With a total of 19 points, the Sauber F1 Team was able to strenghten its fourth position in the Constructors‘ Championship. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, Race Report

Sahara Force India just missed out on points today with Sergio Perez finishing the Chinese Grand Prix in P11. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg retired on lap 10. [Read More!]
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11 April


April 11, 2015
At the end of the Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying session, our drivers and team look back at today's action on track.

Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:39.274, pos. 9th, 19 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.387, (Q2) 1:38.393, pos.13th
"I'm happy with how the car has improved compared to yesterday. In FP3 we looked stronger and even though this is a very tricky track, I kept working to find the right balance and finally I found it just in time for the Qualifying session. Of course, my 13th position doesn't show exactly where we should have been, as I think Q3 was possible for me today, but a lock-up at Turn 6 prevented me from it. We now have a bit more work to do for tomorrow, but I think we can be strong. We have a good race pace so I'm confident we will be able to fight for points again." [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
Saturday 11 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 Q1 P19 1:42.091 6 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 Q1 P20 1:42.842 8 laps [Read More!]
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2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Shanghai, April 11, 2015 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton continued his clean sweep of pole positions throughout the 2015 season and claimed his fifth pole in China, thanks to a time of 1m35.782s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. His team mate Nico Rosberg lines up alongside him on the grid tomorrow, just 0.042 seconds behind. [Read More!]
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R8main happy with eighth place qualifier in Shanghai

Eight Line Poem

Eight proved to be the magic number for the team in qualifying today for the Chinese Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean making it through to Q3 to take eighth place with a lap of 1:37.905secs. Team-mate Pastor put a lap together good enough for P11 despite having to deal with oversteer as he was fighting to break into the top ten. [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai,11 April 2015

Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m disappointed with the result, my car was behaving pretty well most of the time but in in my last run I was not able to put a good lap together. For some reason the handling of the car was different, more loose than in the previous laps and slippery on the rear especially in the first three corners. It’s a shame because in the previous sessions I had been satisfied with the behaviour. My starting position for the race tomorrow it’s not ideal , but I expect to have the same good car we’ve had so far. We’ll try to do our best and I’m sure that with a good start we can extract the best result out of the situation.” [Read More!]
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“Our main priority now is to finish tomorrow’s race”
Shanghai International Circuit, Saturday April 11

McLaren-Honda will start 17th (Jenson Button) and 18th (Fernando Alonso) in tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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11 April 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7, 1:38.534 (3rd Practice – P5, 1:39.020)
“P7 is what we expected for today. I think we are always trying to find a compromise, us and drivers and the engineers, and they have done the best job they can with the settings we are running. With quali we seem to find more pace as the session goes on and that’s important. Driveability has improved and our long-run pace is better, I think we should be closer to Williams tomorrow and I am optimistic we can have a good fight for top five.” [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 11.04.2015

Weather: sunny and dry, 17-19°C air, 37-47°C track

Strong performance by the Sauber F1 Team in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit. Both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson put in strong drives in the Sauber C34-Ferrari and managed to make it into Q3. Felipe Nasr came ninth, and Marcus Ericsson tenth. They now have a promising platform from which to fight for points in the race. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Today’s qualifying session for the Chinese Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez qualify in P15 just ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P16. [Read More!]
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2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying

11 April 2015
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured a front-row lockout today in qualifying for the 2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, with Lewis Hamilton taking pole position ahead of Nico Rosberg.
Lewis took his third straight pole position of the 2015 season and the 41st of his F1 career
Nico qualified just 0.04s behind Lewis - the second all-Mercedes front row of 2015
Both drivers ran once in Q1 (prime) and Q2 (option) before two option tyre runs in Q3 [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
· Felipe Massa qualified fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.
· After making it into Q2 with just one option tyre run each, both drivers showed good pace throughout the session. [Read More!]
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“There’s been progress today – hashtag progress!”
Shanghai International Circuit, Friday April 10

McLaren-Honda enjoyed a positive first day of practice in Shanghai – both cars regularly ran inside the top 10 in both sessions, eventually finishing 10th (Jenson Button) and 12th (Fernando Alonso) at the end of this afternoon’s session. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India started its Chinese Grand Prix weekend with two busy practice sessions in Shanghai.

Nico Hülkenberg VJM08-01
FP1: 1:42.184 (P18) 19 laps
FP2: 1:40.151 (P16) 28 laps

Nico: “It was a straightforward Friday in which we were able to get through our programme as planned. The majority of our work was on the tyres and on car balance, which should offer us a base to work from for the rest of the weekend. We were able to run with some test items in the morning and hopefully this will give the team plenty of data to process and analyse. I definitely think there is some interesting stuff going forward. We obviously have some work to do in order to extract some more performance from the car, especially as we switch between the different tyre compounds, but that should be the main focus for us tonight.” [Read More!]
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2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Practice

10 April 2015, Shanghai
Battle resumes at the Shanghai International Circuit as MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS top the times on the opening day in China
Lewis topped the times in both sessions, with Nico finishing the morning in P2 and the afternoon in P5
The opening session involved aerodynamic and setup evaluation, while the second session focused on long runs
Both drivers used the prime (medium) tyres only during P1, the prime and option (soft) tyres during P2 [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix Practice

Objectives: Set-up work, aero evaluations and tyre work

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We completed the majority of our plan today, unfortunately we didn’t get all the data we would have liked to due to Felipe’s spin in the second session. The spin was caused by a rear wing stall which was easy to rectify so we were confident when sending Valtteri back out. The data and driver feedback from the new parts we have installed seem positive, but there is still more work to do to see where we are in comparison to our rivals ahead of qualifying and the race. [Read More!]
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10 April 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:41.029, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:38.311, Laps: 24 laps
“We had a good Friday, we got all the running we could from the sessions and our pace looks good. We had a few aero updates and drivability is always getting better, we definitely have had an improvement and that’s all we can ask for. We obviously have a few more steps to take but we’re making them in the right direction, so that’s positive.”
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10 April

Chinese Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 10.04.2015

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 14-17°C air, 26-41°C track

The Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a positive first practice day leading up to the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit. Neither driver had any major technical issues and they were able to complete their programmes. Felipe Nasr tested a new front wing, which revealed encouraging results. Also the long runs were positive, which the two drivers completed in the afternoon. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
Friday 10 April 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P19 1:45.379 18 laps
FP2 P20 1:44.564 8 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P20 1:46.443 20 laps
FP2 P19 1:42.973 27 laps [Read More!]
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Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.112, pos. 8th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.971, pos. 15th, 28 laps
“We managed to go through today’s plan with no issues, so I’m happy with that. FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that. It’s a nice track, I like driving here, it’s challenging and different to other circuits, which is good. FP2 was more focussed on tyre life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good. Everything is very close here, it’s going to be a tight fight this weekend, but we are ready for it.” [Read More!]
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2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

Shanghai, April 10, 2015 – The Chinese Grand Prix presented a marked contrast to conditions in Malaysia two weeks ago, with ambient temperatures around 20 degrees centigrade today. In the past, these cool temperatures have often resulted in ‘graining’ – a phenomenon that occurs here when the tread surface cools down on the long straights. As a result, the compound loses its mechanical resistance and the tyre surface becomes brittle, resulting in a distinctive pattern of wear. On this occasion, despite low track temperatures, the medium compound experienced no graining and the soft compound had minimal graining throughout both sessions. Unusually, FP2 turned out to be a bit cooler than FP1, going against the normal pattern. [Read More!]
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Jolyon Palmer makes encouraging Grand Prix weekend debut

First date

Two strong practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix saw Romain Grosjean go fastest of the Lotus F1 Team drivers, returning to the car after reserve driver Jolyon Palmer drove in his first Formula 1 race weekend.

Pastor Maldonado ran in both sessions at the Shanghai International circuit and managed a total of 53 laps across two sessions that saw him eleventh in each, with a best time of 1min 39.444secs. [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai,10th April 2015

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it has been a good day of work.In the afternoon we had a problem with the brakes but the mechanics did a very good job and managed to fix it, then I was able to go back on track and go on with the programme. It’s a bit early to make predictions, we still have things to improve, tomorrow we have to make sure that everything works and have another good day without any issues or problems and then we’ll do our best for qualifying and the race.” [Read More!]
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Chinese Grand Prix – Free Practice 1&2

Shanghai, 10 April –Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, the third round of the World Championship, which got underway this morning in Shanghai. Behind the Englishman, who did a 1.39.033, was his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.39.574) and the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (1.40.157) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.40.661.)
On the agenda for the Ferrari men, aerodynamic and mechanical set-up work, using two sets of the Medium tyre under a pale sun hanging over the Chinese track, with slightly warmer temperatures than in the past few days. [Read More!]
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08 April

Chinese Grand Prix - Preview

Power Unit details
The 1.3km back straight is one of the key characteristics of the Shanghai circuit. Down the straight the ICE will be at maximum revs and wide open throttle for 20secs, or approximately 20% of the lap.

The pit straight is also 700m long. This, and several other short bursts of full power, bring the total percentage of wide open throttle time to over 50% of one lap. [Read More!]
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07 April

Chinese Grand Prix - RACE PREVIEW


10-12 APRIL

­Aerodynamic performance is tested at the Chinese Grand Prix thanks to the circuit’s 1km back straight and its combination of sweeping turns. The back straight is a great place for overtaking, but not the only opportunity on the track, the layout’s demanding corners test the Pirelli tyre whilst fans cheer on their heroes in the 24,000 capacity grandstand. An addition to the calendar in 2004, the first sequence of corners on the track have been described as one of the hardest in Formula One as fast entry speeds are quickly discarded under heavy breaking due to a tightening track for almost 270° before quickly changing direction. The Chinese Grand Prix is host to the continuing growing fan base in Asia amongst whom there are many Valtteri Bottas supporting Finns. [Read More!]
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Preview – 2015 Chinese Grand Prix

3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 10th to 12th April 2015

Hinwil, 2nd April 2015 – The Malaysian Grand Prix did not produce the results the Sauber F1 Team had hoped for. However, after a very successful race in Melbourne, the Sauber C34-Ferrari proved to be competitive on the Sepang International Circuit, which is a very different track. Therefore the team awaits the Chinese Grand Prix with optimism. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are positive about being able to score again points. The third round of the of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 10th to 12th April on the Shanghai International Circuit. [Read More!]
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Round 3/19
10-12 April 2015

Fernando Alonso
“Like Sepang, Shanghai’s got a real mix of corners and some interesting fast stuff around the back of the circuit. Despite those similarities, however, I don’t think our car package will be as well suited here as it was in Malaysia, especially if the weather is as cold and windy as it usually is in early springtime in Shanghai.” [Read More!]
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06 April

2015 Chinese Grand Prix - Preview

06 April 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Three, the Chinese Grand Prix, held at the Shanghai International Circuit

Lewis Hamilton
Malaysia was a tough weekend. It always is with the heat - but with car problems on Friday, rain during qualifying on Saturday and a race which didn't go to plan on Sunday, this one was particularly challenging. I think ultimately we made the best choices we could - but there is always room for improvement and we've been working hard to analyse everything for the next race in China. Shanghai is one of my favourite locations - simply because of the fans. I don't know how, but from the moment we land at the airport they know we're there. It really is amazing to see the support we get. The circuit itself is a different challenge to Albert Park and Sepang - but it's one I really enjoy and it suits my driving style quite well. I won the race last year and have only finished outside of the podium places twice, so the target is definitely to build on that and get back to the front. [Read More!]
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2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

Sahara Force India looks ahead to round three of the 2015 Formula One season in Shanghai.

Vijay’s Vision
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on the start of the season and looks ahead to the race in China.

Vijay: “The first two races of the season have seen varying fortunes for Sahara Force India. After scoring points in Australia, it was more of a challenge in Malaysia where Nico and Sergio showed their fighting spirit and enjoyed plenty of TV airtime as a result. Both weekends were valuable learning opportunities for us as we work hard to improve the VJM08. [Read More!]
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05 April


Red Bull Race Preview: GP China & GP Bahrain 2015


Daniel Ricciardo
What’s the best thing about going to Shanghai?
The city’s pretty cool and the markets in particular are a bit of an eye-opener. They seem to have more technology than I ever thought existed. I stay close to the track, so I’ll only really dip into the city for one day, to do a bit of shopping or go out. I’ve found a few nice restaurants in the last few years, and I do like the local food. [Read More!]
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