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Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia 2015, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks forward to the final European race of the 2015 season.
VJM: “The high-speed challenge of historic Monza is always one of the highlights of the year. It’s the final race of the European season and it’s important that we score strongly to regain the initiative in our fight for fifth place in the standings.
Preview – 2015 Italian Grand Prix
12th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 4th to 6th September 2015
Hinwil, 31st August 2015 – The Italian Grand Prix is like a home race for the Sauber F1 Team as the Monza track is not far away from the Swiss border. The race on the “Autodromo Nazionale” will be the last round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship in Europe. The track, which is known for the highest speed on any straights in the season, should suit the Sauber C34-Ferrari.
Red Bull Race Preview: Italy 2015
We’ve just left one of F1’s big boy tracks, Spa, and we’re headed for another – Monza.
Absolutely. Monza is my favourite track. Every corner just gives you the feeling that you are doing something special. Lesmo I and II, Ascari... every corner. Well, they unfortunately changed Parabolica a little bit. The changes there do make a difference. It isn’t quite the same experience anymore. You still have to push a lot and it still requires a lot of technique, but the problem is that even if you make a mistake you get forgiven. It’s not the same. But overall the track is still amazing. An important circuit for me in the past and I love it.
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps, 23 August 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Of course we didn’t have the best week-end of the season. We chose an aggressive race strategy for Sebastian, which was going well according to plan, until unfortunately a tyre burst suddenly with two laps to go. As for Kimi, he started from sixteenth on the grid and finished seventh, well into the points. This shows a great reaction and stamina from the team. Now, with Spa already behind us, we focus on the next race in Monza.”
2015 Belgian Grand Prix - Race
23 August 2015, Spa-Francorchamps
Spectacular Spa Double for the Silver Arrows!
Lewis took his second Belgian Grand Prix win, the 39th of his F1 career and sixth of 2015
Nico completed a seventh Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season with his 36th career F1 podium finish
An 80th career F1 podium for Lewis sees him move level with Ayrton Senna in P4 in the all-time standings
Both Lewis and Nico ran a two stop strategy of option / prime / option
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 184 points in the Constructors' Championship
Lewis now leads the Drivers' Championship by 28 points from Nico
Belgian Grand Prix Race Report
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat followed up his Hungarian Grand Prix podium with another strong result in today’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Russian driver passed the flag in fourth after carving his way through the field with some stunning overtakes. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen also enjoyed an eventful race, moving from 18th on the grid to eighth.
Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Race
Weather: sunny and dry, 24-25°C air, 34-39°C track
Scoring one point at the Belgian Grand Prix was the maximum the Sauber F1 Team could achieve. Marcus Ericsson put in a flawless performance, moving up to P10 at the very end of the race due to a puncture on Sebastian Vettel’s car. Felipe Nasr finished in P11. The Brazilian struggled with braking issues.
Belgian GP Race
Felipe Massa finished sixth and Valtteri Bottas ninth in the Belgian Grand Prix
Both cars struggled at the start and lost positions during a difficult first stint.
An error at the first round of pitstops for Valtteri resulted in him being awarded a drive-through penalty and the rest of the race was damage limitation, so a good result to get back into the points.
Felipe struggled for pace in the first stint but after the pitstops battled hard to finish sixth.
2015 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
“What an entertaining race, it was a great achievement to start from so far back and finish eighth in the end! My pace was very strong and I enjoyed the overtaking, so we can be very happy about today’s race. The car felt great and we were able to keep up with Ferrari and Williams. I really enjoyed it and even if some of the overtakes were a bit risky, when you start from so far back you have to go for it if you want to move forward. It wasn’t an easy start to the weekend, but we managed to do a great job in the end and I would like to thank the team for the big effort and my home crowd for the support, we can all be really happy with today’s P8!”
Romain back on the podium in Belgium
Smiles were out in force at the Belgian Grand Prix when an exceptional drive from Romain Grosjean saw the Lotus F1 Team return to the podium for the first time since the 2013 US Grand Prix. Starting from ninth on the grid thanks to a five-place grid penalty, Romain raced to a third-place finish, delivering a superbly measured performance which featured plenty of overtaking from the Frenchman along with setting a race fastest lap.
2015 Belgian Grand Prix – Race Day
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Sunday August 23
As predicted, the flat-out sweeps of Spa-Francorchamps proved difficult for the McLaren-Honda package, and we finished 13th (Fernando Alonso) and 14th (Jenson Button).
Both drivers made quick getaways, jumped a handful of cars, then ran to the flag using a three-stop strategy. An ERS deployment issue affected Jenson’s progress, meaning he lost touch with his team-mate. Fernando was able to make a little more initial headway, but an overall lack of pace meant he was also unable to outpace the cars around him.
2015 Formula One Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Race
Sahara Force India scored ten points today as Sergio Perez raced to fifth place in the Belgian Grand Prix. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg was unable to take the start following a loss of power on the parade lap to the grid.
BELGIAN GP – RACE
23 August 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 12th
“It was a very interesting race and really good fun today. I had a lot of overtaking opportunities and the car performed well. The strategy from the team to keep me out during the virtual safety car was good and we were able to have a strong last stint. The team did a good job and we scored some solid points. We should be happy with the performance today and hopefully we can continue this form over the next few races.”
Spa-Francorchamps, 22 August 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t know exactly what happened, I lost some drive and had to stop. It’s too early to say what the problem was, we have to wait to know more about the issue. Our car has been handling pretty nice all weekend, unfortunately the issue has come at the bad time, my position could have been a bit better. Yesterday we had been trying few different things and I think we had made the right choices for today. Obviously we know we have to improve in all areas. My starting position will make my race very tricky but I hope that the race condition will turn in our favour. It’s important to go through the first corner: even if it won’t be easy to get past Mercedes-engined cars, we’ll keep fighting and doing our best.”
Romain makes a superb Spa lap
Best-ever qualifying for 2015
Romain Grosjean was the toast of Lotus F1 Team after setting the fourth fastest time in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Romain unleashed his stonking pace in the Q3 session after a morning when he had only managed the sixteenth fastest time on a crowded circuit.
Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Saturday August 22
Given the double power unit change taken by both our drivers (which resulted in a 55-place grid penalty for Fernando Alonso and a 50-place penalty for Jenson Button), this afternoon’s qualifying session was always going to be something of a foregone conclusion.
Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: sunny and dry, 21-24°C air, 28-41°C track
The result in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix was not as expected for the Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson made it into Q2 and will start the race from P13, while Felipe Nasr qualified in P16.
2015 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India delivered a strong qualifying performance in Spa-Francorchamps today with Sergio Perez setting the fifth fastest time ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in P11. Sergio is expected to start from fourth following a grid penalty for Romain Grosjean.
Spa-Francorchamps - QUALIFYING
22 August 2015
Lewis storms to Spa pole, Nico seals an all silver front row!
Lewis took his third Belgian Grand Prix pole and 48th in Formula One
Ten P1 grid slots in 2015 to date sees Lewis claim this season's pole position trophy
With six consecutive poles in a single season, Lewis also equals a record set by Mika Häkkinen in 1999
Nico claimed P2 to secure the ninth Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season
Both drivers ran twice in Q1 (prime/prime), once in Q2 (option) and twice in Q3 (option/option)
BELGIAN GP – QUALIFYING
22 August 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6*, (3rd Practice – 6, 1:49.930)
“It’s pretty cool that everyone is so close and I am pretty happy with the lap. I don’t think I left anything on the table and it’s good to be in the mix. Grosjean has got a penalty so that will push me up to fifth and that’s where I started from last year - not that I’m superstitious or anything, but you can always hope! Sector two is fun for us and we can push really hard there. We bleed some time in sectors one and three but the chassis feels good which is really positive for the team. Fingers crossed we have some good battles on our hands for the race tomorrow, the honey badger will try and find some honey in the forest here and go after it!”
2015 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:50.552, pos. 11th, 20 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:49.109, (Q2) 1:49.065, (Q3) 1:49.771, pos. 10th
“I’m enjoying this track so much! I’ve been waiting all weekend for the qualifying session, because in free practice you always carry more fuel and the car doesn’t feel as fast… But I knew that once we got to qualifying I’d really feel the speed and that’s just what happened out there today. I’m really pleased with getting through to Q3. Even though my last run could have been a little bit better, it was a good result for us today. It was a surprise because on paper it looked something very difficult to achieve. It’s not the track that suits us the most so tomorrow’s race will be difficult, but we are going to push as hard as we can, make the most out of any mistakes the others do and hopefully finish within the top ten. I must say I think this is one of the best qualifying sessions I’ve had this year, even though now it’s time to forget this and look ahead to tomorrow’s race, as that’s when the points are given.”
Spa-Francorchamps, 21 August 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “The day was not too bad, even if our programme was a bit affected by the red flags, but then it was the same for everybody. In the end we were able to do all the work we had planned. Regarding the tires we had had a little bit of blistering in the front, which obviously was not ideal, but not a disaster either, there are many things we can do for this. Tomorrow we’ll try our best and see what we can do for Sunday.”
2015 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Friday August 21
The stop-start nature of today’s practice sessions, which were affected by a number of red- and yellow-flag interruptions, meant it was difficult to fully assess the host of chassis and power unit changes introduced for this race.
We will refine the package ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session.
2015 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:52.421, pos. 8th, 26 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:51.037, pos. 12th, 24 laps
“It’s great to be back in the car and to do so at such an exciting track like Spa makes it an even better feeling. I enjoyed my first couple of laps in an F1 car for the first time here, it felt pretty special as this is the fastest I’ve ever driven around my favourite circuit! It was a positive day today. We know that it’s not going to be the easiest of race weekends for us as this track doesn’t suit our car very well, but we had a clean Friday. We managed to complete most of our run plan and, even though there were a bit too many red flags which means we are lacking a bit of information regarding the long run, I’m happy with today.”
DESTINATION SPA. For the 2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
All you need to know about Round 11 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 21-23 August…Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps…Debut race 1950…Number of laps 44…Circuit length 7.004 km…Race distance 308.052 km…Lap record 1:47.263 (Sebastian Vettel 2009)…Left hand corners 10…Right hand corners 9…Race start time 14.00hrs local…Driver numbers Will 28 Roberto 98
Romain and Pastor back from break and ready to race
Fresh from a reinvigorating summer break, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado arrived at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to begin the second half of the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The sun was out at the famous Belgian circuit as the drivers took one of F1’s most scenic track walks through the surrounding forest, hills and twists before starting their media duties ahead of tomorrow’s practice sessions.
2015 Belgian Grand Prix – Preview
Round 11/19 - 1-23 August 2015
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps snapshot
"After the long summer break, I can't wait to get into the car in Spa and go racing again. Hungary was a positive race for us but we know Spa will be challenging on a number of levels, so we'll be pushing to get the most out of the weekend."
"I've really enjoyed the holidays, but I'm keen to get back in the car. Spa is an incredible circuit - every single lap feels sensational - so I'm looking forward to enjoying myself this weekend."
2015 Formula One Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks forward to a strong second half of the season.
VJM: “The summer break has given us a chance to regroup following a challenging race in Budapest. The whole team has worked extremely hard to repair the cars and solve the problems that we encountered in Hungary, and we’re ready to bounce back this weekend in Spa.
2015 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview
18 August 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Eleven, the Belgian Grand Prix, from Spa-Francorchamps
BELGIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
August 18, 2015
After a magnificent P4 in Hungary and a well-deserved summer break, it was time to get back to work and interview both our drivers ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix... But all we managed was a long chat, which in the end was much more amusing than the usual Q&A sessions, so here you are!
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
21 – 23 AUGUST
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of Formula One’s most iconic and revered. The extreme climb through Eau Rouge with clouds of spray hanging between the trees of the Ardennes forest is one of the sport’s most memorable sights. Spa is one of precious few circuits to retain the magic of its original form through a modernised and shortened layout, thanks to sweeping elevations around legendary sections of road at Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont. The 7km lap is perhaps the most treasured of the season for the drivers. Williams has won three times at Spa with Nigel Mansell claiming the 1986 race, followed by Damon Hill in 1993 and 1994.
Preview – 2015 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 21st to 23rd August 2015
Hinwil, 17th August 2015 – After a two week summer break and factory shutdown, Formula One and, therefore, also the Sauber F1 Team returns to the legendary Ardennes race track in Spa-Francorchamps. Drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix, where the Sauber C34-Ferrari will have a new engine specification as well as wings that are specific to the track.
Red Bull Race Preview: Belgium 2015
So, Daniel, when did you first encounter the Beast of the Ardennes?
When I was a kid I played the racing games quite a bit and Spa was always the track I played – it was my favourite – and when I got to drive there for real, every bit was as good as I thought it would be. My first race was in Formula Renault 2.0 and I can still picture the first lap, thinking ‘wow’ as I went through Eau Rouge. To win the grand prix last year was really, really cool.
Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Spa-Francorchamps, August 20-23, 2015
Milan, August 17, 2015 – The second half of the 2015 Formula One season gets underway with arguably the most epic circuit on the calendar: Spa-Francorchamps, characterised by a long sevenkilometre lap, high speeds, sweeping changes of elevation, fast corners and variable weather. To cope with this wide-ranging set of demands, the most versatile tyres in the range are called for, which is why Pirelli has nominated the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft: the most popular tyre combination of all the grands prix held so far this year. The Cinturato intermediate and wet tyres are also very likely to feature at some point during the Spa weekend, given the region’s microclimate.