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Red Bull Race Preview: GP Canada 2015
Daniel, winning in Montreal didn’t really change your opinion of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, did it?
Not really. Possibly winning has made me love it a little bit more but really I’ve loved it since my first lap, back when I was driving for Toro Rosso. I remember coming back into the pits and saying “what a circuit,” I was amazed at how good it was – and I’d only done an install.
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015 - The Race
Circuit de Monaco
Sunday 24 May 2015
MERHI Chassis 03 P16 1:21.715
STEVENS Chassis 02 P17 1:22.693
Keep calm and move onto Canada
Romain Grosjean recovered from an incident into Sainte Devote to finish twelfth, despite running inside the top 10 in the final stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, while Pastor Maldonado retired from ninth on lap six with suspected a hydraulic leak.
Monaco Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 24.05.2015
Weather: sunny and dry, 18-19°C air, 32-40°C track
The Monaco Grand Prix ended positively for the Sauber F1 Team after a rather difficult weekend. Marcus Ericsson was 13th, while Felipe Nasr managed to finish the race in P9, bringing the team two world championship points. In total the Sauber F1 Team has 21 points, and is fifth in the constructors’ championship.
2015 MONACO GRAND PRIX
“A hugely positive step for the whole team”
Circuit de Monaco, Sunday May 24
McLaren-Honda scored its first points of the season at Monaco today.
Starting from 10th, Jenson Button drove a typically unruffled race to eighth, earning the team four points. In fact, Jenson was never out of the top 10 all afternoon; he moved past Pastor Maldonado when the Lotus driver encountered brake issues, then jumped Max Verstappen when the Dutchman was delayed in the pits.
MONACO GRAND PRIX - RACE REPORT
Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing achieved its best result of the season in today’s Monaco Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo raced to fourth and fifth positions round the Principality’s hallowed streets, even coming close a podium in the final laps.
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz put a third Renault-powered car in the points with tenth, thereby securing Renault its most successful race result of the season so far. Team-mate Max Verstappen also starred in his Monaco debut, but retired following an incident with Romain Grosjean while fighting for tenth.
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, Race
Sahara Force India scored six points today as Sergio Perez raced to seventh place – securing his first points finish on the streets of Monaco. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg recovered to P11 after being pushed into the wall by Fernando Alonso on lap one of the race.
Monaco GP Race
Valtteri Bottas finished 14th and Felipe Massa 15th in today’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Felipe had contact with another car at Turn 1 causing a front-right tyre puncture.
His first lap pitstop for new tyres and a new front wing resulted in him re-joining at the back of the pack and unable to fight for any points.
Starting P16, Valtteri struggled for pace and was further compromised by a late safety car.
The team heads into the next race in Canada confident that the FW37 will show a marked improvement in performance and will be back challenging for points.
MONACO GP – RACE
24 May 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 5th
“I am happy with today’s race, it was my best finish in Formula One and it was a great result for the team to finish fourth and fifth. I had a good start and was able to control my race from then on. We took a gamble with strategy allowing Daniel past after the last safety car to try and fight for a podium position, as he was on the faster Supersoft tyres. But as he was unable to pass anyone, as agreed, he gave the place back on the last lap. We hope we can carry this momentum onto the next races.”
2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Race
24 May 2015, Monaco
Nico wins in Monaco to make it a hat-trick of wins in the principality, with Lewis completing a double podium in P3
It was a bittersweet victory for the team today after accepting a mistake was made in pitting Lewis under the safety car, which ultimately cost him the win
Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo, 24th May 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Congratulations to Seb for holding Hamilton back in the final laps of the race. It was no easy job because Lewis had super-soft tires, while Seb’s Primes were low on pressure because of the laps he had done behind a very slow safety car. In the key moment of the race Iñaki Rueda, our race strategist, told everybody to keep calm and stay out on track, while the Mercedes came in for fresh tires. I am aware of the fact that we were lucky, our competitors are intelligent and very strong, but we outsmarted them this time. As for Kimi, he has a problem with qualifying, because he’s always strong on race pace. When Ricciardo got past him, I was determined to have a hard look at the rules, but then I was told that now the move is allowed when the driver in front opens up the line and the one behind manages to put at least on wheel inside . So we respect the Stewards’ decision. In the next races we’ll not be standing still, we have some developments in the pipeline, but if luck comes again, we are prepared to take advantage. Anyway, so far we’ve always been on the podium this year, and the gap is not massive. Maybe on some tracks we will experience the same issues that we had in Barcelona, but on other circuits we can be stronger”.
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015 – Qualifying
Circuit de Monaco, saturday 23 May 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 Q1 P19 1:20.655 9 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 Q1 P20 1:20.904 10 laps
The Manor Marussia F1 Team enjoyed a good qualifying today in preparation for Sunday’s 78 lap Monaco Grand Prix. Will Stevens ended the day in 19th position, ahead of his team-mate Roberto Merhi in 20th.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying
Monaco, May 23, 2015 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first pole position in Monaco. Hamilton went fastest around the streets of the Principality in qualifying using Pirelli’s new P Zero Red supersoft, which is about a second per lap faster than the P Zero Yellow soft that is also nominated this weekend.
Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo, 23 May 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t think that the accident of this morning affected my qualifying. My car has been working pretty well so far, apart from the fact that it was hard to get the tires working . You need few good laps to make a time and today in my last run I was too slow behind a Toro Rosso and decided to come in. Today we had the speed but not the chance of doing a clean lap. It was not a very good day and obviously tomorrow we are going to pay a big price. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do, we’ll try to make a good start and go from there, even if it won’t be easy. Here there is a big chance to remain stuck behind other cars for the whole race and overtaking is really difficult: that’s why the result of today is very disappointing.”
Eyes on the points in Monte Carlo
Pastor Maldonado continued his impressive run of form in Monte Carlo to qualify a season-best ninth for the Monaco Grand Prix, while a mistake on his final lap left Romain Grosjean eleventh; stopping him progressing into the final part of qualifying for only the second time this season.
MONACO GP: QUALIFYING
May 23, 2015
After today's Qualifying session here in Monaco, these are our drivers and team's thoughts.
MONACO GP – QUALIFYING
23 May 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4, (3rd Practice – 4, 1:17.120)
“I’m a bit frustrated because I think we should be P3. There was a miscommunication from the pit wall starting the last lap and it’s a missed opportunity for us. At Monaco, every grid position counts, but we’re in a good place to attack and we’ll go all out to try for a podium finish in tomorrow’s race. I always enjoy this track and having to fight the car over the kerbs; I’ll try to have a bit of fun tomorrow.”
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, Qualifying
Sahara Force India showed well on the streets of Monaco with Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh place – the team’s best starting position of the year so far. Nico Hulkenberg progressed to Q2 and qualified P13*.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying
23 May 2015
Lewis claims first ever pole position in Monaco, Nico gets P2 claiming his fourth consecutive front row grid slot
Lewis claimed his first ever Monaco pole position today, and the 43rd of his career, with a stunning time of 1:15.098 - just 1.5s slower than the all-time track record
Nico made it an all-Mercedes front row for the fourth time this season, and claimed his fourth consecutive front row grid slot in Monte Carlo
2015 MONACO GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“A nice little stepping stone for the future”
Circuit de Monaco, Saturday May 23
Despite getting both cars into Q2, this was a disappointing day for the whole team.
Jenson Button was denied a shot at getting into Q3 for the first time this year after encountering yellow flags on his final flying lap. He lost 0.5s in the first sector, yet only missed a slot in the top 10 by 0.1s – a strong indicator that he possessed the pace to proceed. He qualified 12th.
Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: sunny/overcast, 18-19°C air, 24-29°C track
For the Sauber F1 Team the disappointing starting positions of 16th (Nasr ) and 18th (Ericsson) for the Monaco Grand Prix are not surprising after the practice sessions. Both drivers struggled to get the tyres to work due to little downforce.
Monaco GP Qualifying
23.05.15 Qualifying Notes
Felipe Massa qualified 14th and Valtteri Bottas 17th for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Both drivers found it difficult to get the tyres up to temperature and found an overall lack of grip which hindered their ability to make it into Q3.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
Monaco, May 21, 2015 – There was very little action during free practice today at Monaco, with the second free practice session featuring limited running due to heavy rain. With not so much rain forecast for the rest of the weekend, the teams decided that there was little to be learned by heading out in the slippery conditions, with the notorious Monaco barriers in close proximity.
MONACO GRAND PRIX: FREE PRACTICE
May 21, 2015
Free Practice 1 and 2 on thursday, here in Monaco: here our drivers and team's reaction...
Red flag, rain, good progress for Romain and Pastor
Rain Fall Down
A red flag was followed by rain that heavily restricted running for the Formula 1 drivers, but Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed a solid first day of running despite the challenges.
Highlighting the team’s good progress, Pastor was able to take a finish of sixth in the morning practice session, while Romain improved to go tenth fastest in the second session.
Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo, 21st May 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “The feeling with the car today was pretty ok, obviously there are some small issues but they are more related to the tyres: it’s difficult to make them warm up, especially the front tyres, but overall it’s not too bad. In order to get the tyres working, it would have been nice to see how the Supersofts work, anyway I think they are much easier. Due to the rain we couldn’t learn as much I wanted, but it was the same for everybody. We did the most that we could in these conditions. For Saturday we have to see how the weather will be, we still have some work to do on the car and make sure the tyres work well, then we’ll go from there and do the best in qualifying and in the race.”
2015 MONACO GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“A promising start to our Monaco weekend”
Circuit de Monaco, Thursday May 21
Given the changeable weather, today’s practice sessions were all about providing the drivers with the mileage needed to familiarise themselves with the tricky Monaco circuit.
Following overnight rain, the morning’s session started damp but dried quickly. By contrast, a heavy shower in the middle of FP2 ensured that there was little running done this afternoon. Fernando enjoyed an easier day than Jenson, who missed the first hour this morning, then was affected by a couple of precautionary stops during running.
Monaco - PRACTICE
21 May 2015
Solid start for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS on day one of running at a rain affected Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
Lewis topped the times in both sessions, with Nico finishing the morning in P9 and the afternoon in P2
The opening session allowed the team to review one-lap pace, as well as looking at longer runs
The second session was affected by rain which restricted running for the majority, but the fastest time was still 1.29s faster than in FP2 last year
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India had a productive day to start the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, despite the weather conditions reducing running in the afternoon session.
MONACO GP – THURSDAY PRACTICE
21 May 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:19.086, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 16, Best Time: 1:19.639, Laps: 13
“The car felt good today, I think we’re more or less where we need to be and on the right track. With each passing race, we are managing issues better and if we put a good lap in for quali, we’ll hopefully be in a good position. I think some teams are catching up to Ferrari but it will still require a big effort to get in front of them. But hopefully we can get ahead of the Williams. We’ll see how we go on Saturday.”
Monaco Grand Prix – Practice – Thursday
Weather: FP1: sunny/overcast, 14-15°C air, 17-22°C track; FP2: overcast/rainy, 14-16°C air, 18-24°C track
Neither of today’s two practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix were satisfactory for the Sauber F1 Team. In FP1 the team worked on a shortened programme in order to focus on the afternoon session. At the beginning of FP2 there was an ERS problem on Marcus Ericsson’s car, which forced him to stay in the garage for the whole session. Felipe Nasr was able to run a few laps before the rain started.
Monaco GP Practice
Objectives: aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a bit of a truncated session because of the rain so we’ve missed out on valuable time to learn about the track and our set-up, but this is the same for everyone and is something you just have to get on with and adapt to. Hopefully FP3 will allow us to complete our set-up work. We managed to work through some of the things we wanted from a technical perspective, but practice in Monaco is normally about getting the drivers on the circuit and feeling comfortable. We have a bit of work to do to understand the balance of the car and how to manage the tyres, and we now have an extra day before we are next on track to work on these areas.
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015 – Free Practice 1 & 2
Circuit de Monaco, Thursday 21 May 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P19 1:23.234 28 laps FP2 P19 1:22.943 13 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P20 1:23.404 31 laps FP2 P18 1:22.017 9 laps
The Manor Marussia F1 Team got their Monaco Grand Prix weekend underway today with the first of the free practice sessions for Sunday’s 78 lap race at the Circuit de Monaco. Roberto Merhi ended the day in 18th position, ahead of his team-mate Will Stevens in 19th, despite an abbreviated afternoon session following an off at the tunnel exit.
Monaco Grand Prix - Preview
Power Unit details
Engineers focus on slow speed balance rather than high or medium speed in Monte Carlo as the track has the lowest average speed on the calendar at just 150kph.
Top speed peaks at only 290kph, compared to well over 315kph at the last event in Spain. Less than 30secs – roughly one third of the lap – is spent at full throttle, which places an emphasis on the overall package’s driveability rather than outright performance.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix - Preview
19 May 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Six, the Monaco Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Monaco
Monaco Grand Prix - RACE PREVIEW
21-24 MAY, MONTE CARLO, ROUND 6 OF 19
Unofficially Formula One’s biggest race, winning the Monaco Grand Prix earns a driver respect like no other. At little over two miles, the shortest lap on the calendar is also one of the most challenging. To drive on the absolute limit for two hours, persisting with lines not more than inches from the barriers without conceding a single mistake, is a task former Williams driver Nelson Piquet once compared to trying to race a bicycle around your living room. It’s not by chance that some of the sport’s greatest names, such as Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher were masters of the principality. Williams’ last victory in Monte Carlo was delivered by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003.
Preview – 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
6th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 21st to 24th May 2015
Hinwil, 18th May 2015 – This race weekend is different to every other one on the calendar. Tradition is everything there. The Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth round of the FIA Formula 1 Championship, is not only the most prestigious, but also a unique Grand Prix. In the principality the focus for the street circuit will be on high downforce, mechanical grip, and, of course, the drivers’ skills, rather than only engine power. The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, look forward to this special event.
2015 MONACO GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Round 6/19, 21-24 May 2015
“Monaco is a unique event. The atmosphere is fantastic and the challenge of the track is something really special. As a driver, you live for races like this one. After a disappointing end to my race in Spain a couple of weeks ago, I can’t wait to get back in the car.”
“In many ways, Monaco is what Formula 1 is all about. You’ve got lots of glamour, a brilliant atmosphere and one of the most demanding racetracks on the calendar. Every corner is a huge challenge and that’s so thrilling for a driver.”
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix.
VJM: “The Monaco Grand Prix is the event of the season. It’s a spectacular venue full of glamour, prestige and history. Everybody wants to be there and getting a good result in Monaco always feels extra special.
Red Bull Race Preview: GP Monaco 2015
So, you’re the unofficial chief cheerleader for the Monaco circuit, what makes you like it so much?
From the driver’s point of view – and maybe teams see it differently – the best thing about coming to Monaco is that it’s a circuit where the driver has more influence on events. Driving a Formula One car anywhere is special – the speed, the power and the acceleration just blows you away – but here it’s like trying to do a lap in a supermarket, and that’s just so, so cool. I know there’s that quote about racing at Monaco being like riding a bicycle around your bathroom – well when I was a kid I used to love riding my little bike around inside the house. It was more fun, there were more obstacles and a bit more danger. That really is what this is like: You have the walls around the circuit and the bumps on the track that make it a bit more real. The circuit has a lot of character; you can feel that in the car. You can’t afford mistakes, your concentration levels rocket and you tend to amaze yourself with how quickly you manage to do everything. Just completing a lap feels like an achievement. It feels like a challenge.
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Race
Barcelona, May 10, 2015 - A variety of different two-stop and three-stop strategies characterised the battle for the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix sponsored by Pirelli: a closely poised race where tyre strategy made a crucial difference.
While Nico Rosberg led from start to finish for the first time all year, stopping just twice, his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton went head-to-head against Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on opposing tyre strategies.
Hamilton adopted a three-stop strategy, after dropping some places at the start. Vettel stuck with a two-stop strategy meaning that he had to hold of Hamilton’s faster car in the closing stages of the race, once more guaranteeing a thrilling finale.
Pitstop dramas, Romain scores points and Pastor retires
Romain Grosjean scored points for the third successive race, as team-mate Pastor Maldonado’s impressive racecraft proved to be in vain after damaged bodywork forced him to retire.
Spanish Grand Prix - Montmelò, 10th May 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “The comparison of the two aerodynamic configurations in the race clearly shows that Sebastian’s car was going very well versus Kimi’s. But we need to improve. The gap to Mercedes is there and we need to analyze our data to understand the reasons. We’re not blind to the fact that we were losing about half a second in T3 only, which puts a premium on traction, and we must find out whether this depends on the nature of the track or on our faults. Strategy-wise, we took an aggressive approach by having Seb stop only twice for tyres. If we had gone for a three-stopper, things wouldn’t have changed or would have been even worse. The numbers tell us that the new solutions are good, the reality shows that they are not good enough. We did make a step forward, but it was supposed to be a jump. I am not blaming anyone in particular, I am taking my own responsibilities. We need to work harder”.
Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Race
Weather: sunny and dry, 25-28°C air, 46-52°C track
By finishing 12th (Nasr) and 14th (Ericsson) at the Spanish Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team achieved the maximum considering what is currently possible. Both drivers put in a solid performance which did not reward the Swiss team with points. Directly after the Spanish Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team will work on the performance of the Sauber C34-Ferrari during the test days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
SPANISH GRAND PRIX - RACE REPORT
The European leg of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship got underway this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. The fifth round of the series saw the four Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso cars take the finish, with three in the points. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line in seventh, with Daniil Kvyat tenth. Carlos Sainz was ninth for sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso and Max Verstappen just shy of the points in 11th.*
* Pending Stewards’ decisions
2015 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
“A vexatious afternoon”
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Sunday May 10
This was a difficult afternoon for the whole team.
Fernando Alonso retired with a rear brake problem on lap 26. His race ended during a precautionary pit-stop – to examine the rear end and change tyres – which resulted in the car losing stopping power and ploughing on through the box. Fortunately, the quick wits of our front-jack man saw him leap to safety, and no-one was injured. Fernando’s steady progress into the top 10 came to an end, however.
Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2015 – The Race
TWO CARS HOME.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Sunday 10 May 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 P17 1:33.655
MERHI Chassis 03 P18 1:34.211
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Race
10 May 2015, Barcelona
Silver Arrows kick off European season in style with one-two finish in Barcelona!
Nico took his first victory of the 2015 season - the ninth of his Formula One career to date - with a superbly controlled drive from pole position
Lewis recovered from a poor start to clinch the 75th podium of his Grand Prix career in second place thanks to a blistering pair of stints within a bold three stop strategy
Lewis now leads Nico in the Drivers' World Championship by 20 points, with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS heading Ferrari by 70 points in the Constructors' battle
SPANISH GP – RACE
10 MAY 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 7th, Start Position: 10th
“I am more satisfied today as we achieved everything we could and seventh was the maximum I could get out of the car. There were some parts of the race that were encouraging but we’re still further off than where we want to be, but we’ll keep pushing. We came here with upgrades this weekend but they didn’t give us what we were expecting, so that’s something we’ll keep working on. We’re still a fair bit behind Williams at the moment but I think we have a good chance to close the gap a bit further in Monaco.”
Spanish GP Race
10.05.15 Race Notes:
Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and Felipe Massa sixth in today’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Valtteri’s long second stint on the option tyre allowed the team to change from a three-stop to a two-stop race, helping him to keep the closing Ferrari of Räikkönen at bay in the final laps.
Felipe managed to make up positions in the opening stint and drove an untroubled and consistent race to collect eight points for the team.
Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Pirelli 2015, Race
Today’s Spanish Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez finish in P13 ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P15.
Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2015 - Qualifying
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Saturday 9 May 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 Q1 P19 1:31.200
MERHI Chassis 03 Q1 P20 1:32.038
SPANISH GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“Unlocking more of the car’s potential”
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Saturday May 9
Another positive step for the team today: both cars got into Q2 for the first time this year, and we’ll start tomorrow’s race 13th (Fernando Alonso) and 14th (Jenson Button).
Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: sunny and dry, 22-26°C air, 19-48°C track
Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix did not produce the results the Sauber F1 Team had hoped for. Felipe Nasr made it into Q2, but was not able to finish further up than 15th after having issues with the rear tyres caused by overheating. His team-mate Marcus Ericsson will start the race from P16.
Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Pirelli 2015, Qualifying
Sahara Force India will start the Spanish Grand Prix from the ninth row of the grid tomorrow with Nico Hulkenberg qualifying in P17 and Sergio Perez in P18.
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Qualifying
09 May 2015, Barcelona
40th Formula One pole position for the Silver Arrows in Barcelona front row lockout!
Nico took his first pole position of the season and the 16th of his Formula One career
Lewis will line up P2 on tomorrow's grid, completing a third front row lockout of the season for the Silver Arrows
Spanish GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth and Felipe Massa ninth for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Valtteri drove a clean qualifying with consistent pace in all sessions to split the Ferraris in Q3 and start on the second row.
After using two sets of option tyres to ensure his place in the top ten shootout, Felipe had just one timed lap in Q3, but a mistake in Turn 3 lost him time.
SPANISH GP – QUALIFYING
9 May 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Position: 8, (3rd Practice – 9, 1:27.313)
“I did my best and so I can’t be happy with P8. Maybe we have not got the most out of our upgrades just yet, but I’m sure the team can turn things around. At least this weekend, we have had a clean free practice and qualifying and, step by step we will get there. Nevertheless, tomorrow is the day that matters, the thing we are all fighting for and there is still everything to play for, so I can definitely aim to score some points starting from where I am on the grid.”
Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Pirelli 2015, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed a busy programme of free practice today in preparation for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Nico Hülkenberg VJM08-01
FP1: 1:29.409 (P11) 20 laps
FP2: 1:29.601 (P17) 38 laps
Nico: “It was one of those days where we ticked off all the jobs without too many issues. I think the long run pace is looking a bit better than our one lap pace, but we still need to find a better balance overnight. There’s a lot of homework to do, but we did a lot of laps today so we have the data we need to make our decisions for tomorrow.”
SPANISH GP: FREE PRACTICE
May 8, 2015
F1's action came back on track today, at Barcelona Circuit! After FP1 and FP2, here our team's reaction.
Mixed first day of running in Barcelona
Friday’s Free Practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya presented the team with a few challenges and it is now concentrating on preparations for Saturday’s Qualifying session. Third and Reserve driver Jolyon Palmer drove in FP1 alongside Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean was back at the wheel of the E23 Hybrid for the second practice session. The French driver ended the day fastest of the Lotus F1 Team drivers with a 1min 29.086 secs lap, the twelfth fastest in FP2.
Spanish Grand Prix - Montmelò, 8th May 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was quite a strange day. The position and laptimes were not too bad, but I was not completely happy with the handling of the car. I don’t know if it was caused by the wind or by the conditions of the track, but I have been struggling all day. We did not see anything bad with the upgrades we brought here. It’s just the feeling that it’s not completely right, as if the car was sliding. I feel there’s a lot to improve and to gain, in the evening we’ll look more into details and see what we can do for the rest of the weekend”.
2015 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Friday May 8
It was a busy day for the whole McLaren-Honda team as we evaluated MP4-30 in a number of different configurations in order accurately to measure and assess a suite of aerodynamic, mechanical and power unit upgrades.
Tricky weather conditions, a slower-than-expected track surface, and some difficulties getting the tyres to work this afternoon compounded the heavy workload, meaning that our engineers go into this evening somewhat scratching their heads about what worked on the car today and what didn’t.
Nevertheless, the upgrades are contributing to the upturn in performance, and both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are optimistic that the car’s issues will be ironed out ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 08.05.2015
Weather: sunny and dry, 20-30°C air, 18-51°C track
Both free practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix went according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. In the morning test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello was back in the Sauber C34-Ferrari for his second FP1 assignment during a Grand Prix weekend. Regular driver Marcus Ericsson took over in FP2 and continued to work with Felipe Nasr on the set-up of the car and race preparation.
Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2015 – Free Practice 1 & 2
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Friday 8 May 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P19 1:32.471 22 laps FP2 P19 1:31.929 30 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P20 1:32.647 20 laps FP2 P20 1:32.751 23 laps
Spanish GP Practice
Objectives: aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We had a programme of experiments we wanted to get through this morning that focused on tyre management and understanding the updates we have brought to this race. Susie was excellent and acquitted herself really well, especially as she hasn’t driven the car since winter testing. The parts we tested in FP1 were carried forward to FP2 and they have been working well which is very positive. Felipe picked up some damage during his short run so his lap time was not particularly representative. We are looking good in terms of long run pace, but can make improvements to our performance in qualifying mode.
SPANISH GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
8 May 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:28.785, Laps: 7
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:27.943, Laps: 25
“We had a good run in FP2 and there is a lot of data for the team to analyse to find improvements. We have some upgrades here and we’ve been looking closely at how they work. We’ll try to extract the maximum out of the car so we can make the most out of qualifying tomorrow.”
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Practice
08 May 2015, Barcelona
Encouraging start for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS on bright and breezy opening day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Nico topped the morning session with Lewis just 0.070s behind in P2, while the Brit claimed top spot in the afternoon with Nico P3
Today's programme focused on setup work in the morning and tyre evaluation in the afternoon
Both drivers used the prime (hard) tyre only in practice one, the prime and option (medium) in practice two
Spanish Grand Prix - Preview
Power Unit details
The Circuit de Catalunya sits in the middle of the table for the demands placed on the PU. Only 45% of the track is taken at full throttle, the lowest percentage of the season so far.
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Preview
06 May 2015, Brackley
2015 Spanish Grand Prix - Preview
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Five, the Spanish Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Spanish Grand Prix - RACE PREVIEW
ROUND 5 OF 19
The Catalunya circuit on the outskirts of Barcelona is well known to the drivers and teams, following two tests in February where we got an early glimpse of the performance of this year’s cars. A staple on the calendars of not just Formula One but many other motorsport series, the layout combines long sweeping corners with twisty technical sections – a key reason why Formula One chooses this circuit to give its cars a thorough workout before the season starts. Williams has managed to secure six wins at the Spanish Grand Prix, including a memorable victory in 2012.
2015 SPANISH GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
08-10 May 2015
“My home Grand Prix is always very special. The Spanish fans are really passionate about Formula 1 and the Circuit de Catalunya is very enjoyable to drive; it’s a great place to kick off the European season. Let’s hope we can put on a good show.”
Preview – 2015 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix
5th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 8th to 10th May 2015
Hinwil, 4th May 2015 – The Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona sees the European Formula One season kick off. The fifth round of the the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 8th to 10th May 2015 on the Circuit de Catalunya. During the previous four overseas races the Sauber F1 Team put in a solid performance. Therefore, the Swiss team and its drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson are travelling to Barcelona with a positive mindset. Both Sauber C34-Ferrari will come with aerodynamic upgrades.
Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Pirelli 2015, Preview
Sahara Force India gets ready for the start of the European season this week in Barcelona.
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, sums up the mood as the team heads to Barcelona.
VJM: “It’s fair to say that we’ve had mixed fortunes during the opening four races. On the positive side, we’ve scored points in half the races and I’ve been impressed by the fighting spirit of the team. On the other hand, we know the VJM08 is not where we want it to be and that we need to work hard to unlock more of its potential.
Red Bull Race Preview: GP Spain 2015
AHEAD OF THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX
Daniel, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is Formula One’s home away from home – what’s it like racing at the track you know so well?
Ah, well, I think most F1 drivers would say we’ve all done too many laps around here, but don’t get me wrong, it’s a great circuit.