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2015 BRITISH GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Round 9/19, 03-05 July 2015
“We go to the British Grand Prix on the back of a productive test session in Austria last week. We completed a large number of laps and I’m looking forward to getting in the car again at Silverstone, which is one of the best tracks on the calendar.”
“Who doesn’t love Silverstone? The high-speed nature of the track makes it a brilliant challenge for the drivers, and the fans are something else – so knowledgeable and passionate. I’ve always loved my home race and I’ll savour every moment again this year.”
2015 British Grand Prix - Preview
30 June 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Nine, the British Grand Prix, from Silverstone
Preview – 2015 British Grand Prix
9th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 3rd to 5th July 2015
Hinwil, 29th June 2015 – The Sauber F1 Team travels to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, the ninth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship which will take place from 3rd to 5th of July. The Swiss team, as well as its drivers, are looking forward to this legendary race weekend – at the home of British motor racing.
2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on the team’s upturn in form and targets more success at Silverstone.
VJM: “We come to Silverstone off the back of two strong results in Canada and Austria, two races that have been a big boost for everyone in the team. As we approach the mid-season point, being fifth in the championship is an tremendous achievement, especially when you take into consideration our start to the season. It’s a reward for the hard work by everyone in the team, both at the factory and trackside.
Red Bull Race Preview: GP GB 2015
OK Daniel, admit it, you have a little bit of man-love for Silverstone...
I can’t hide it! Silverstone’s awesome. I love high-speed circuits with high-speed corners – and so the run from Copse through Maggotts, Becketts, Chapel and then around Stowe... maybe the five coolest corners on the calendar and to have them coming at you one after the other. Yeah, I love it.
Austrian Grand Prix Spielberg
21st June 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Which positives can we take from this weekend? Not many, but certainly once more we are aware that Sebastian was the big asset we could get this year, together with a team which is fully committed and now is said to be the second force in the championship. But I’d like us to be the first, and that means we have to commit ourselves beyond what’s possible. We must use whatever we have available and try to get as close as we can to our main competitors, taking advantage of their mistakes. Also, as per the time we lost during Seb’s unfortunate pit stop, we must work with humbleness: because, even if everything had gone well, that wouldn’t have been enough to beat both Mercedes on track. But this only prods us to never give up”.
BEST ONE YET. Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Österreich 2015 – The Race
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Sunday 21 June 2015
MERHI │ Chassis 03 P14 1:14.939
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 DNF (Oil Leak)
Roberto Merhi’s momentum continued in the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Österreich 2015 today, as he drove a strong race to P14, the team’s best finish of the 2015 season. But there was disappointment on the other side of the garage after an oil leak on the opening lap put paid to Will’s hopes that this could be Stevens’ Spielberg.
Pastor takes seventh again as Romain retires
Pastor Maldonado made it back to back point hauls with a seventh place finish in a thrilling finale to build on his seventh in Canada, while Romain Grosjean’s promising race was ended with a gearbox issue.
After expertly managing his soft tyres for 37 laps, Pastor was able to push on the super softs and battle his way from the edge of the top ten into seventh after a long running, close fought battle with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
Austrian Grand Prix – Race
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 14-16°C air, 27-36°C track
The Sauber F1 Team ended the Austrian Grand Prix in 11th (Nasr) and 13th (Ericsson). A disappointing result considering the starting positions 8th and 11th. Felipe Nasr struggled with overheating brakes, therefore, the Brazilian was not able to keep up his pace. Marcus Ericsson’s race was compromised by a jump start, which cost him a drive-through-penalty. In addition, after an incident on lap one, the Swede had a damaged car which affected his performance and was followed by an electronic issue.
Austrian GP Race
Felipe Massa finished third and Valtteri Bottas fifth in today’s Austrian Grand Prix.
After an early safety car, Valtteri and Felipe were running fourth and sixth respectively, before pitting for their one and only stops of the race.
After Valtteri’s pitstop he had to re-pass Hulkenberg to claim fifth, while Felipe capitalised on an error in the Ferrari pitstop and overtook Vettel.
In the closing stages of the race Felipe held off heavy pressure from Vettel to claim his first podium of the season.
2015 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
“We’ll get going, just wait and see”
Zeltweg, Sunday June 21
A difficult and disappointing weekend for everybody at McLaren-Honda.
Starting from 19th (Fernando) and 20th (Jenson), both drivers were out after eight laps.
Fernando retired on lap one after Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari ahead of him, at the exit of Turn Two. The collision resulted in both cars crashing spectacularly, immediately prompting a Safety Car to clear the debris.
Jenson boxed under the Safety Car to fit Prime tyres, with the aim of running an effective ‘one-stopper’ to the finish. He then took a 10-second stop-go (a part of yesterday’s grid penalty), but was then ordered by his engineers to retire the car as a precaution after suffering an intake system sensor failure.
Formula 1 2015 Austrian Grand Prix, Race
Sahara Force India scored ten points in today’s Austrian Grand Prix as the team moved up to fifth place in the Constructors’ championship.
P6 Nico Hulkenberg VJM08-01
Strategy: Used SuperSofts (25 laps) - New Softs (46 laps)
Nico: “I’m very satisfied with sixth place today. Going into the race we always knew it would be difficult to keep the Williams of Bottas behind me, so bringing the car home in sixth was probably the maximum we could achieve. I had some good wheel-to-wheel battles with him and we swapped places a few times, but it was hard to match their absolute pace. Overall it’s been a great weekend: I found a nice rhythm and I have been very happy with the performance of the car. With Checo in the points as well, it’s been an excellent weekend for us and we can be proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s an important boost ahead of Silverstone where we hope to make another step forward.”
Austrian Grand Prix Race Report
The scenic Styrian mountains provided a stunning backdrop for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, the eighth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The 4.326km Red Bull Ring provided a stern test for the new generation of Power Units, with an average speed in excess of 200kph and over 60% of the race spent at full throttle.
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was the highest classified Renault-powered driver, passing the flag in eighth. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo finished in tenth, just 3secs from ninth despite a grid penalty. Team-mate Daniil Kvyat finished in 12th, also hampered by a grid penalty.
2015 Austrian Grand Prix - Race
21 June 2015, Spielberg
Silver Arrows sparkle in Spielberg with superb 1-2 finish!
Nico took his third win of the 2015 season and the 11th of his Formula One career to date
Lewis completed a Silver Arrows 1-2 for the second consecutive season in Spielberg with P2
Felipe Massa and Williams made it an all Mercedes-Benz powered podium in P3
Lewis now leads Nico by 10 points in the Driver's Championship, with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS heading Ferrari by 136 in the Constructor's standings
Romain and Pastor eye a climb up the grid
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado had a challenging qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, qualifying tenth and eleventh respectively.
The pair will however move into the top ten and start ninth and tenth respectively, because of a penalty for Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat, handing a boost to the duo’s point scoring ambitions.
Austrian Grand Prix Spielberg, 20 June 2015
Kimi Raikkonen “It has been a very bad Saturday and this result will not help us tomorrow. When I went out for my last run in Q1, the team informed me that I could do three timed laps, but then the plan was changed and I did not get the information. Therefore we missed one lap completely and I was knocked out. The point is that I was sent out too late and that cost us a lot. Obviously my starting position is not ideal; we should have been much higher up, I’m sure we could have fought at the front. Tomorrow we should have the speed we need, but you never know what happens in the race. In the first lap it will be better to stay away of problems because there is a much bigger chance of something happening in the first few corners. There is a long straight, but also two corners which can be tricky if you happen to be in the middle of the pack. Then we’ll try to maximize our result. Until now it has been a pretty good weekend, the car is handling well: we’ll try to do our best and see what we can do”.
Romain and Pastor confident after strong start
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed a trouble free first day of running and feel confident the team can score further points, while Jolyon Palmer also drove in Free Practice 1.
Jolyon and Pastor were first to hit the track in the morning and worked their way through a busy programme of aero, set-up and tyre evaluations while running on a high fuel load.
2015 Canadian Grand Prix - Race
Lewis edges Nico in tense Canadian Grand Prix battle to take 20th 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows in Formula One!
· Lewis converted his fourth Canadian Grand Prix pole position into a fourth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to take his fourth win of the 2015 season
· Nico finished P2 to complete a fourth 1-2 of 2015 for the team – the 20th for the Silver Arrows in Formula One
· Lewis now leads Nico in the Drivers’ Championship by 17 points, with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS heading Ferrari by 105 in the Constructors’ battle
2015 Canadian Grand Prix - Qualifying
06 June 2015, Montreal
Silver Arrows storm to Canadian Grand Prix front row lockout!
Lewis took his 44th career Formula One pole this afternoon in Canada and his sixth from seven race weekends thus far in 2015
Nico took P2 to complete the 20th front row lockout of the modern Silver Arrows era
Both drivers completed one run in Q1 (prime), one in Q2 (option) and two in Q3 (option/option)
Lewis' pole time of 1:14.393 was just under 0.5s faster than the 2014 pole of 1:14.874
Six of the top seven positions were filled with Mercedes-powered cars during qualifying today
BATH TIME. Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015 – Free Practice 1 & 2
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Friday 5 June 2015
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P19 1:20.616 33 laps FP2 P19 1:19.531 15 laps
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P20 1:20.624 27 laps FP2 P20 1:19.734 13 laps
A wet start to the Grand Prix du Canada weekend made for a challenging Montreal debut for Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens today. Experiencing the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time, they ended the day with Roberto 19th and Will 20th.
2015 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“We’ve gathered plenty of data to study this afternoon and this evening”
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Friday June 5
The team made the most of the time available today, compressing the schedule and completing a cut-down programme shortly before heavy rain hit the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
CANADA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
5 June 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:18.021, Laps: 30
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:17.092, Laps: 10
“We have been playing around with different settings to find a good balance for tomorrow, but we have more work to do in the morning. There doesn’t seem to be any issues with the brakes, I came in for the guys to check them, then my session was cut short because of the rain. We will keep pushing with this engine and when we need to change it, we’ll change it and deal with penalties then.”
Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2015, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India started its preparations for the Canadian Grand Prix today with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez making the most of the dry morning session before rain showers cut short the afternoon programme.
2015 Canadian Grand Prix - Practice
05 June 2015, Montreal
Encouraging start for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in Montreal - despite afternoon washout at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Lewis topped the times in both sessions, with Nico finishing the morning in P2 and the afternoon in P4
The morning programme focused on low and high fuel running on the prime tyre
A condensed dry schedule in the afternoon focused on analysis of both compounds before rain interrupted the session
Lewis aquaplaned off the circuit at Turn 10 in wet conditions
Both F1 W06 Hybrids ran their second Power Unit of the 2015 season
Canadian GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We came here with a certain car philosophy and we’re happy with the way things have gone. We’ve run on both fuel levels and we’re quite competitive – certainly back to a much more normal position for us. We’ve gone through our work diligently in terms of tyre and brake management, which are the two things an order of magnitude more important than anything else on this track. Off the back of a difficult Monaco, we’re in shape to have a good weekend here.
Canadian Grand Prix – Practice
Weather: FP1: sunny/overcast and dry, 17-21°C air, 23-32°C track; FP2: overcast/wet, 23-19°C air, 36-22°C track
Mixed weather conditions during both practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix. In the morning the Sauber F1 Team worked according to the planned schedule in dry conditions. Almost half way through FP2 the rain that was expected arrived, after which the team decided not to send its drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr out again. The programme for today included set-up work and tyre comparisons.
DESTINATION MONTREAL For the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015
All you need to know about Round 7 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 5-7 June…Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve…Debut race 1978…Number of laps 70…Circuit length 4.361km…Race distance 305.27 km…Lap record 1:13.622 (Rubens Barrichello 2002)…Left hand corners 8…Right hand corners 6…Race start time 14.00hrs local…Driver numbers Will 28 Roberto 98
Canadian Grand Prix - Race Preview
Round 7 of 19
Situated on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130mph over the course of a lap. The circuit combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their car to maximise straight line speed. This race is a firm favourite on the calendar due to its unrivalled atmosphere. Montreal becomes a party town during the race weekend and the locals create a fantastic atmosphere from the grandstands. The team has secured four wins in Canada to date, with the last coming in 1996 with Damon Hill at the wheel of the FW18.
2015 Canadian Grand Prix - Preview
02 June 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Seven, the Canadian Grand Prix, held at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Preview – 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
7th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 5th to 7th June 2015
Hinwil, 1st June 2015 – After the two European races in Barcelona and Monaco, the Sauber F1 Team is once again going to a have longer trip to the Canadian Grand Prix, which will take place from the 5th to 7th June on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at Montreal’s Notre Dame Island.
2015 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
05-07 June 2015
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve snapshot
“Montreal is an old-school circuit. The speeds are high and the walls are close, so you need total commitment to extract the best lap time. I enjoy the challenge and it will be interesting to see how our car goes on this type of circuit.”
“It was great to get our first points of the season in Monaco. But it was only eighth place and we’ve been working flat-out since then to improve performance further. Montreal will be a very different challenge and we’ll do everything possible to add to our points tally there.”
Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2015, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on points in Monaco and looks forward to the challenge of Montreal.