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Sustaining Gains Into Bahrain
After a ‘Pointed’ Weekend in Australia, Haas F1 Team Seeks More in Sakhir
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 26, 2016) – Until Haas F1 Team took to the grid last weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, it had been 30 years since an American team competed in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Simply showing up prepared and putting two cars on the track that made competitive lap times was the goal. And for industry veterans curious to know what kind of organization Haas F1 Team would be, the professional appearance displayed duringpreseason testing in Barcelona and at the season’s first race in Australia belied an intent to surpass expectations.
We preview the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, 1-3 April
30 March 2016
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
We’re at a windswept Bahrain International Circuit where the palm trees are taking quite a beating ahead of Round 2 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. In our Bahrain Grand Prix preview we find out what Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto took away from their Grand Prix debut in Melbourne and what lies ahead on the shifting sands of Sakhir this weekend.
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix – preview
Round 2/21 01-03 April 2016
2015 winner: Lewis Hamilton, 57 laps, 1:35:05.809s
2015 pole position: Lewis Hamilton, 1m32.571s
2015 fastest lap: Kimi Räikkönen, 1m36.311s, lap 42
Preview – 2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd April 2016
After the season’s opening race – and right after the Easter holidays – the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to the next grand prix destination: The island kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf. Next weekend the Bahrain Grand Prix will be again held under the floodlights at the Bahrain International Circuit in the Sakhir desert. The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers are looking forward to this special event.
Bahrain Grand Prix Preview
BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
ROUND 2 OF 21
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview
29 March 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Two, the Bahrain Grand Prix, from the Bahrain International Circuit
Lewis: "I have a good feeling about my pace"
Nico: "The aim is to come out on top at every step"
Toto: "We expect even smaller gaps and a very close match this weekend"
Paddy: "We could see a few surprises"
2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Preview
Sahara Force India gets ready for round two of the 2016 Formula One season in Bahrain.
Q&A with Vijay Mallya, Team Principal
Vijay Mallya expects another strong performance in Bahrain this weekend.
Vijay, did the team’s performance in Melbourne live up to expectations?
“After a race like Melbourne you always come away wondering what might have happened without the red flag, but I think we left Australia with our fair share of points. We had a mix of good and bad fortune, but I think that’s true for quite a few teams. Ahead of the season I said the team’s goal was to qualify and race in the top ten at every race, and we certainly achieved that in Melbourne.”
Red Bull Race Preview: Bahrain 2016
“I like the weather in Bahrain and the track is good. It might look like a simple, modern track but actually it’s very challenging to put a strong lap together. I like that Bahrain is a night race, it gives it some passion! And night racing feels like you are going into space!
2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, SUNDAY
20 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team began its Formula 1 journey with a solid debut at Albert Park, as Jolyon Palmer led Kevin Magnussen across the line to finish just shy of the points.
Jolyon drove a mature race despite it being his personal Grand Prix debut, withstanding late-race pressure to finish eleventh. Kevin was unlucky with a first lap puncture, but fought back and showed particularly strong race pace on his final stint, finishing twelfth.
2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY
Franz Tost (Team Principal)
“Both drivers did a good start. Max came back from the first lap in 4th position, Carlos was 7th.
We kept a fast pace in this first stint. Carlos’ pit-stop went well, by undercutting Massa. After the red flag, when the race was restarted, Max was 5th and Carlos 6th. But in the following laps we lost the pace. Carlos had a lot of front locking. Therefore we called him for an early pit stop. We changed our strategy and sent him out on medium tires. Within the next three laps also Max came into the pits, but the team was not prepared for this stop, as we did not call him. Therefore he lost 7 seconds, which put him in 12th position. This result is very disappointing for us, as we had the speed to finish in a much better position. The only positive aspect is the knowledge that the STR11 is very competitive.”
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – ALBERT PARK CIRCUIT,
20 MARCH 2016
2016 Australian GP - Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”Our pace was good in the first part of the Grand Prix, before the race was red-flagged, but we shouldn’t use it as an excuse. This only show that you shouldn’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Today’s race should serve as a lesson to us to push even harder, with even more humility and dedication, starting already at the next race in Bahrain.”
2016 Australian Grand Prix
“I got out quickly so my mum could see I was okay!”
Albert Park Circuit, Sunday March 20
Today’s race was overshadowed by Fernando’s accident with Esteban Gutierrez at Turn Three on lap 16.
Despite the violence of the crash, Fernando was able to extricate himself from the car unaided, and was then taken to the circuit medical centre for routine checks, before being declared okay by the doctors. His car fared less well – both the chassis and the power unit were heavily damaged, and the resulting debris was scattered so extensively that it prompted a red-flag stoppage to clear up the mess.
Australian Grand Prix: Race Recap
Overview Event: Australian Grand Prix
Date: Sunday, March 20
Location: Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn circuit
Weather: Sunny, 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes
Haas F1 Team: Romain Grosjean – Started 19th, Finished 6th (Running, completed 57/57 laps) Esteban Gutiérrez – Started 20th, Finished 20th (Accident, completed 16/57 laps)
ONLY THE START
Highs and lows at the Melbourne opener. Pascal takes the flag in 16th place, Rio’s debut is cut short by a driveline problem
2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Sunday 20 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
Pascal P16 1:32.673
Rio DNF 1:33.847
Mixed feelings for Manor Racing at the end of a thrilling curtain-raiser to the 2016 season. Pascal Wehrlein brought his MRT05 home in 16th position, but a driveline problem put paid to an equally promising debut for his teammate Rio Haryanto.
2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored six points in today’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg coming home in seventh place ahead of Sergio Perez in P13.
Australian Grand Prix
Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas eighth in the Australian Grand Prix.
After starting P16 due to a grid penalty for a gearbox change, Valtteri spent most of his race overtaking and fighting with Sainz, Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Grosjean for sixth. He made up eight places from his starting position.
The race was red-flagged on lap 18 following a collision between Gutierrez and Alonso.
After the first race of the season, Williams is third in the Constructors’ Championship.
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race
Weather: dry and sunny/overcast, 22-25°C air, 27-38°C track
It was a disappointing season opener for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne. Felipe Nasr finished the race at the Albert Park in P15, Marcus Ericsson had to retire in lap 39 as vibrations appeared on the left rear tyre of his Sauber C35-Ferrari. The car is still under investigation.
There was a massive crash in lap 17 which left everyone breathless for a moment. Luckily, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez were uninjured. After the race was red-flagged, Marcus Ericsson got a drive through penalty following the re-start. The infringement was for work continuing on Marcus’ car at the 15 seconds signal in the pit lane.
AUSTRALIA GP – RACE
20 March 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 8th
“Today was fun for me, it was so good to be back racing. I came on the radio more than once expressing my joy to just being out there competing. That joy was emphasized by having a good car underneath me. At the start we were able to pick cars off. We had good pace with high fuel on the Option and it was fun to be able to pass cars, I was enjoying that as always. I was sitting in a podium spot towards the end and I was hoping the tyres would last but I knew they weren’t going to hold and I would have to pit again. But fourth is still a good result and I’m happy we’re not that far off Mercedes and Ferrari. It was also good to see that Fernando and Esteban are okay. I haven’t watched the replay yet but I saw the car upside down so I knew it wasn’t a small accident.”
2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, SATURDAY
19 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team opened its Formula 1 qualifying account with Jolyon Palmer setting the fourteenth and Kevin Magnussen the fifteenth fastest time today at Albert Park. Both drivers proceeded through Q1 before succumbing to the knockout countdown and being eliminated during Q2.
2016 Australian Grand Prix – qualifying
“We have a better race car than a qualifying car”
Albert Park Circuit, Saturday March 19
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix from 12th and 13th respectively after demonstrating the pace and potential of the MP4-31 package in qualifying this afternoon.
The track was dry for the quali session, for the first time this weekend, and the team maintained the promise it first showed yesterday. Both drivers comfortably graduated through Q1; in the second session, they set solid initial times, but, without any fresh sets of Supersofts remaining, they were unable to challenge thereafter, choosing not to run again.
After an inconclusive winter test, both Jenson and Fernando declared that the MP4-31 had made a significant step forwards in terms of pace, giving them both the confidence and belief comfortably to push it to the limit. Benefitting from much improved deployment, we go into tomorrow’s race hopeful of showing further promise and potential.
A tough initiation for the team & our rookies under the new qualifying format
2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Saturday 19 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
Rio Q1 P21 3 laps 1:29.627
Pascal Q1 P22 3 laps 1:29.642
Australian GP Qualifying
Felipe Massa qualified sixth and Valtteri Bottas 11th for the Australian Grand Prix.
In the new qualifying system, both drivers cleared Q1 with no problems.
Valtteri was eliminated during Q2 after struggling for grip on his final lap.
Both drivers set their fastest laps on supersoft tyres.
Valtteri will be able to choose his race start tyre for tomorrow, whilst Felipe will start on his supersoft tyres from Q2.
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: dry and overcast, 17-20°C air, 24-32°C track
The Sauber F1 Team will start the Australian Grand Prix from P16 (Ericsson) and P17 (Nasr). In the first of the new qualifying format as well as tyre regulations, the Swiss team did not make it into Q2. The Sauber F1 Team will now look into the data to analyse the new qualifying system. Despite the outcome, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are confident of making up positions during the race.
AUSTRALIA GP – QUALIFYING
19 March 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 8, (3rd Practice – 8, 1:26.768)
“To make it into Q3 is good, we expected to more or less be in the top eight. Another tenth would have probably given us a couple of more positions, but that’s always the way. As for the new qualifying system, Q1 and Q2 seemed okay, the clock ticking down added a bit more pressure and it might have been a bit more exciting for the fans, but Q3 didn’t seem to work as well, it was a bit weird to have the session still going and all the drivers out of their cars.”
2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India secured top ten starting positions for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez qualifying in ninth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in tenth.
2016 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday
19 March 2016, Melbourne
Silver Arrows star in Melbourne on landmark day for Lewis
Lewis today claimed his 50th career pole position - his fifth at the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit
Nico completed a Silver Arrows front row lockout for the opening race of the 2016 season in P2
Both drivers completed a single run in Q1 and Q2 and two runs in Q3, using the SuperSoft tyre throughout
2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FRIDAY
18 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team experienced a wet start to the 2016 Formula 1 season with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer both taking to a damp Albert Park circuit for their first laps behind the wheel of the R.S.16 at a Grand Prix.
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes
Both drivers completed limited programmes due to the wet conditions.
Pirelli’s extreme wet (blue), intermediate (green) and soft (yellow) compound tyres were used in FP1; intermediate tyres were used in FP2.
2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
A day of unsettled weather in Albert Park resulted in limited mileage for Sahara Force India during the opening day of practice ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Practice
Weather: FP1: rainy and overcast, 17-19°C air, 18-28°C track; FP2: rainy and overcast, 16-18°C air, 18-21°C track; strong winds
The season opener at the Australian Grand Prix started with mixed weather conditions in both practice sessions. The track conditions were mostly difficult with occasional rain. The Sauber F1 Team was able to make installation checks on Marcus Ericsson’s and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber C35-Ferrari in the first practice session. In the afternoon the Swiss team decided not to run as dry conditions are expected for qualifying and the race.
2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“We definitely made the best of today”
Frequent showers, blustery winds and generally changeable conditions on the first day of practice made it difficult for anyone to obtain an accurate read on overall performance. Nonetheless, the McLaren-Honda team demonstrated its adaptability, experience and efficiency by consistently running competitively as it drilled through a series of evaluative tests and checks during the afternoon.
Given the washed-out nature of today’s running, we will put our learning to best use overnight as we prepare for a busy FP3 tomorrow afternoon and what is set to be an unpredictable and exciting qualifying session three hours later.
Australian Grand Prix: Friday Practice Recap
Mar 18, 2016
Free Practice No. 1 Rundown:
Gutiérrez: 18th quick (1:41.780), 8 laps completed
Grosjean: 20th quick (1:43.443), 6 laps completed
Australian GP Practice
Objectives: Systems checks and pitstop practice.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It is exciting for us all to be back at track preparing to go racing again. There is a great deal of anticipation for the team after a lot of hard work over the winter and everyone is keen to get going. It was a little bit disappointing for us all today though, for the team and the fans, but with the weather conditions we couldn’t really get a great deal done. You could see some teams out trying to do a little bit of performance running in the wet, but we elected to just go out and do system checks, starts and pitstops as we are almost certainly going to have a dry qualifying and dry Sunday. We aim to do more work tomorrow.
2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 18/03/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-02, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: no time, pos. 22nd, 3 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.694, pos. 5th, 16 laps
“Not the easiest of starts to the weekend. During this morning’s FP1 we faced a few issues that limited our running, but fortunately we didn’t miss much because the track was wet for most of the session. The weather has been a bit annoying throughout the day, but at least FP2 was much better in terms of reliability. This afternoon we were able to run as much as we wanted and recovered a bit of track time we had lost in the morning. The car felt good in the wet, it gave me confidence in case it rains tomorrow or on Sunday and I feel in good form out on track.”
2016 Australian Grand Prix - Friday
18 March 2016, Melbourne
Stop / start opening day as rain interrupts running at Albert Park
Lewis topped both sessions in mixed conditions
Nico was forced to sit out the majority of P2 after contact with the wall at Turn 7
Both drivers used the intermediate and soft compound tyres
AUSTRALIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
18 March 2016
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:30.875, Laps: 13
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:39.535, Laps: 9
“Today was the definition of Melbourne. Four seasons in one day, that’s what everyone says and we got that today. It’s a shame we didn’t do that much constant running, but I’m not too frustrated with the position we’re in. The laps we did, I was pretty happy with and the car is in a decent place. It’s just nice to be back in the car again to be honest and I was very happy to put the helmet back on. I think tomorrow will be a little bit of a mixed bag for everyone. We did get enough running to feel all conditions and if it is variable throughout the weekend then we’re prepared for that. I took a little trip to the gravel this morning, but I noticed there were a lot of fans at Turn 12 and I wanted to say hello to them.”
NO EASY RIDE
Our rookies debut in unforgiving conditions but they bag the most laps of the two sessions
Free Practice 1 & 2, 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Friday 18 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
Pascal FP1 P16 6 laps 1:40.401 FP2 P12 25 laps 1:43.401
Rio FP1 P19 7 laps 1:43.372 FP2 P14 22 laps 1:44.304
This is it.
The new season starts here at Albert Park in Melbourne.
We preview the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 18-20 March
15 March 2016
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
After eight days of testing and with 2257km of mileage under our belts, it’s time to get the 2016 season started. We catch up with our new rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto ahead of their Grand Prix debut. We also hear from Racing Director Dave Ryan, at the helm of a new-look team and one in very different shape to 12 months previously. Buckle up!
AHEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
“For me the favourite things about the Australian GP are first of all the fans. They’re pretty awesome, every day we go to the track we get a pretty big greeting from everyone and they are super enthusiastic, it’s cool! The track is fun, I love street circuits so for me Melbourne’s got really good flow, really good corner combinations, lots of left/right, left/rights which is cool. And I’m not a massive fan of the European winter so getting back to Oz, not only to race but just to get back to some sunshine is great. To hear the Aussie accent, have some good Aussie food and live that summer lifestyle is great, so not really much to complain about!
Australian Grand Prix Preview
ROUND 1 OF 21
The traditional season-opener at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne is a fitting place to start the 2016 season. The part street circuit layout provides an interesting challenge for the drivers, with the late start time and setting sun making visibility tricky as the race unfolds. The laid back and knowledgeable Aussie fans always create an electric atmosphere, making this a popular destination for the Formula One circus after a busy winter. Williams has won five times in Australia and after another strong campaign in 2015 the team will be looking to make an impressive start to the season and signal its intent once again.