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2016 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 30/04/2016
Max Verstappen (STR11-01, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:38.133, pos. 7th, 22 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.123, (Q2) 1:37.510, (Q3) 1:37.583, pos. 9th
“I’m pleased and happy with today’s qualifying result. Especially after a difficult day yesterday, where we were struggling a lot, to come back and get through to Q3 is something I honestly didn’t expect. In addition to that, I’d say this is one of the most difficult qualifying sessions of the season: the track is very slippery and as soon as you brake a meter earlier or later, you immediately lose a lot of lap time and lock-up the tyres… So you really have to be very focused and that’s what I did to end up P9. For sure tomorrow’s race will be another challenge because we are all very close, but I’m ready for it and hopefully we can carry on scoring good points.”
Russian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Event: Qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix (Round 4 of 21)
Date: Saturday, April 30
Location: Sochi Autodrom
Layout: 5.848-kilometer (3.634-mile), 18-turn circuit
Weather: Partly sunny, 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit)
Lap Record: 1:35.417 set by Nico Rosberg in 2016 with Mercedes (new lap record)
Pole Winner: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes (1:35.417)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 15th, will start on outside of Row 8
Esteban Gutiérrez qualified 16th, will start on inside of Row 8
2016 Russian Grand Prix – qualifying
“It’s undeniable that we’re very much a team on the move”
Sochi Autodrom, Saturday April 30
Twelfth and 14th positions respectively for Jenson and Fernando don’t quite tell the story of the progress achieved relative to our principal competitors at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
In Q2, Jenson was a scant 0.095s away from a place in the top 10 shootout – despite both he and his team-mate complaining of understeer on their final, flying laps.
Temperatures tumble for Qualy creating slip-slidey conditions at the Sochi Autodrom
Qualifying, 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, Saturday 30 April
Pascal Q1 P20 10 laps 1:39.399
Rio Q1 P21 10 laps 1:39.463
2016 Russian Grand Prix - Saturday
30 April 2016, Sochi
Bittersweet afternoon for the Silver Arrows in Sochi
Nico today claimed his 24th career pole position - his second at the Sochi Autodrom and second of the 2016 season
Nico's Q2 time of 1:36.119 was 1.776 seconds faster than the 2015 pole time
Lewis suffered a Power Unit failure during the out-lap of his second run in Q2, forcing him to sit out Q3
The failure in question has been diagnosed as the same that ruled Lewis out of qualifying at the last race in Shanghai
Nico completed two runs in Q1 (SuperSoft / Supersoft), one run in Q2 (SuperSoft) and one run in Q3 (SuperSoft)
RUSSIAN GP – QUALIFYING
30 April 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6*, (Practice 3 – 11, 1:38.622)
“We gained one position with Seb’s penalty so to start 5th is not bad and we are about a tenth off Felipe so it’s close. The track makes it hard to put a lap together, the grip comes and goes so it’s not easy to put all the sectors together but generally I’m happy. We are obviously a long way off the Mercedes but we expected that so if we can race the Williams tomorrow that would be good. We don’t have much of an advantage here because it’s a one stop, everyone is able to push on the tyres and it will be flat out for a majority of the race therefore we are not able to do much with strategy. If we finish in the top five, that would be a very good result for us. There is a lot of fan support here for Dany, which is really nice to see, the atmosphere is good.”
2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India enjoyed a strong showing in Sochi with Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh place for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg will start the race from P13.
Russian GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa fifth for the Russian Grand Prix
Both drivers comfortably made it through into the top ten shootout using supersoft tyres on each run.
Valtteri drove a great lap at the end of Q3 to hold onto P3 ahead of Raikkonen.
Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 16-17°C air, 29-33°C track
A disappointing qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, the Olympic Park track in the Black Sea resort. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr missed out on Q2 and finished in P19 (Nasr) and P22 (Ericsson). Despite the outcome, both drivers are confident of making up positions during the race.
Russian GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We’ve had a very complex test programme today. We looked at various different suspension and set-up options, we’ve been looking at aerodynamic configurations with the front wing and we’ve been doing our homework on the tyres so it’s been really busy. We’ve collected all of the data that we need to but we have a long night ahead to make sure we have the car optimised for tomorrow. The team’s done a good job in getting through the programme after the clutch actuation problem we had with Felipe’s car this morning, which put us on the back foot but we managed to recover and get through everything that we needed to. The car looks reasonably competitive on low and especially high fuel, which is what we’re always working towards. So for this stage of the weekend we are where we need to be, maybe even a little further up the road.
RUSSIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
29 April 2016
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:39.650, Laps: 24
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:39.084, Laps: 34
“It was different this morning running with the aeroscreen, not having the wind rolling on me and the engine sound was different as well. The visibility was pretty good, so first impressions were fine, it was driveable. Where we have the structure in place is pretty much where the mirrors are so I wouldn’t say it hindered any more than we are now in terms of visibility. Peripheral vision was fine as well. The talk about open cockpits has been going on for a while and that’s fair enough. It would be great to keep it as it is but obviously with accidents that have happened, especially more recently, I think not exploring this seems a bit disrespectful. The plan is to probably try it again on a different circuit with different scenery, a bit more undulation or something like that or maybe a night circuit. The lights could be interesting how they reflect off the screen so we’ll give it a bit more running.”
2016 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 29/04/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-02, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:40.654, pos 10th, 21 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.465, pos. 11th, 37 laps
“It feels good to be back here in Russia. As I said before arriving here, this is a track that I enjoy and today we were able to cover all of our run plan with no issues, so I’m happy with that. I’m pleased with the car so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend. As we’ve seen during the first three races, the midfield is extremely tight so we need to keep working because it’s not going to be easy.”
2016 Russian Grand Prix – free practice
“Hopefully we’ll be knocking on the door of Q3 tomorrow”
Sochi Autodrom, Friday April 29
After a busy day of test and development work, Jenson and Fernando finished Friday practice for the Russian Grand Prix in eighth and 10th positions respectively.
The morning was spent undertaking a number of aero correlation runs, with the afternoon spent honing set-up and conducting longer runs to understand tyre behaviour across the course of a stint.
Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: sunny and dry, 15-17°C air, 27-41°C track
Both practice sessions ahead of the Russian Grand Prix went according to the planned programme for the Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were able to complete 51 and 52 laps respectively. The Brazilian has a new chassis for the Russian Grand Prix weekend.
2016 Russian Grand Prix - Friday
29 April 2016, Sochi
Lewis and Nico go the distance on day one in Sochi
Nico topped the morning session with Lewis P2
Lewis ended the day with the fastest time in the afternoon session, while Nico was third quickest
Both drivers ran the Soft and SuperSoft compound tyre in each session
2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India had a productive first day of practice for the Russian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez, Nico Hülkenberg and Alfonso Celis sharing time behind the wheel in Sochi.
Preview – 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix
4th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 29th April to 1st May 2016
The third Russian Grand Prix will take place earlier in the 2016 race calendar compared to the last two years, when the Grand Prix weekend was in October. The Olympic city of Sochi will again host the FIA Formula One World Championship and this time it will be round four. The Sauber F1 Team headed to the Sochi Autodrom on the Black Sea coast with good memories from last season.
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE
We’re in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city of Sochi for the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, 29 April-1 May
28 April 2016
This weekend we’ll be snaking our way around the Olympic Park in Sochi, host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics, at Round 4 of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Russian Grand Prix. Once again this is virgin territory for Pascal Wehrlein but familiar asphalt for Rio Haryanto, who has raced here twice before in GP2. It’s just seven months since we last raced at this challenging 5.848km circuit, as a calendar shift sees Sochi switching from an autumn event to spring. Let’s catch up with our drivers and Racing Director Dave Ryan.
Russian Grand Prix Preview
29 APRIL – 01 MAY
ROUND 4 OF 21
2016 Russian Grand Prix Preview
25 April 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Four, the Russian Grand Prix, from the Sochi Autodrom
Lewis: "Adversity is part of the journey"
Nico: "I would never have expected the first three weekends to go the way they have"
Toto: "We have an important week ahead for the sport"
Paddy: "There could be early drama once again on Sunday"
Featured This Week: Assessing a Power Unit Failure
2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Preview
Sahara Force India looks forward to round four of the 2016 season in Sochi, Russia.
AHEAD OF THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
“Sochi is not the Russia I pictured before I first went there. All of a sudden I saw a beautiful blue beach, which made me feel as if I was in a resort and they also have a very modern facility with the Olympic Park.
“I think the track hasn’t suited us in the last two years, but we’ve had some strong races so far this year on circuits we didn’t think suited us either so let’s see what happens. In the past it’s been quite a low grip. It got a bit better last year but it’s still quite slippery and because there is not that much tyre wear we haven’t done many pit stops in the past.
Shanghai International Circuit, Sunday April 17
Despite showing flashes of pace throughout the weekend, both drivers able to push hard inside the top 10, we finished the Chinese Grand Prix just out of the points – in 12th (Fernando Alonso) and 13th (Jenson Button).
Today was all about the tyres - lots of them! Pascal ran as high as 4th after an opening lap bunfight brought out the Safety Car. He finished P18, with Rio P21
The Race, 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix, Sunday 17 April
Shanghai International Circuit
Pascal Chassis MRT05-02 P18 1:41.489
Rio Chassis MRT05-01 P21 1:42.009
Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: dry and sunny, 22-20°C air, 45-37°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the third race of the 2016 FIA Formula One Championship, the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, in P16 (Marcus Ericsson) and P20 (Felipe Nasr) . A very interesting and eventful race, where all 22 cars were able to cross the finish line.
2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix: Race Report
Despite a very strong start to the race, Sahara Force India missed out on points in today’s Chinese Grand Prix as Sergio Perez crossed the line in P11 and Nico Hulkenberg in P15.
CHINESE GP – RACE
17 April 2016
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 6th
“I really enjoyed the race today. Our pace was very strong and to get this result at this track where we didn’t expect to be so strong is really great. The car is performing really well, the chassis is easy to drive and with further upgrades coming to the power unit, we should be in an even stronger position. I think it was a fair move on Vettel. I saw the gap and I went for it. We didn’t touch, unfortunately for him, Kimi was on his other side. For me it was a logical move and it paid off with a podium. It’s a nice boost for our side of the garage after a couple of tricky races. It’s also good for the team to be consistently fighting for podiums this year. It’s very encouraging for the season. I’m a very happy man today and it’s nice to carry this feeling heading into my home grand prix in Russia.”
2016 Chinese Grand Prix - Sunday
17 April 2016, Shanghai
Nico dominates, Lewis battles back on a dramatic afternoon in Shanghai
• Nico took his 17th career victory today - his second at the Shanghai International Circuit, four years after sealing his first Formula One win at the same venue
• Lewis produced a battling drive to finish P7 from the back of the grid - despite incurring significant damage to his car in a first lap incident
• Today's result marks the 100th podium finish for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in Formula One
• Nico (75) leads the Drivers' Championship by 36 points from Lewis (39) in P2
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (114) lead Ferrari (61) by 53 points in the Constructors' Championship
CHINESE GRAND PRIX – SHANGHAI CIRCUIT, 16 APRIL
Chinese GP - Kimi Raikkonen
Sebastian Vettel: “I don’t think I deserved to be in the top three today. We saved tyres, so we start tomorrow on Supersofts. I thought I could make it in the last lap, but my only run wasn’t special overall. I asked too much from my tyres already at the beginning and then I did a couple of small mistakes here and there, which cost me a lot of lap time. So in the end my run was not so good, but this is how it is and we can’t change it now.
Shanghai International Circuit, Saturday April 16
This afternoon’s Chinese Grand Prix Q1 session was red-flagged following an accident that befell Pascal Wehrlein on one of the damp patches underneath the two start-line bridges, resulting in the session being delayed in order to dry the track.
Chinese GP Qualifying
• Valtteri Bottas qualified fifth and Felipe Massa 11th for the Chinese Grand Prix
• Felipe missed out on making it through to Q3 after a red flag brought Q2 to a premature end
• Valtteri set his fastest time of the weekend so far on his final run in Q3.
CHINESE GP – QUALIFYING
16 April 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 2, (Practice 3, No Time Set)
“Compared to last year we’ve certainly got a bit more from the power unit. We’ve seen the trend in the first couple of races and the deficit hasn’t been as big as last year on the straights but I didn’t expect to be standing here unless it was a wet qualifying. To be front row in the dry is pretty cool. A few people joked saying it’s the haircut so maybe that’s what it is: aerodynamic. The positive is that Niko’s on the Soft and we’re obviously starting on the Super Soft, so the start should be interesting. Hopefully we’ll battle the Ferrari’s for the podium. New or old qualifying system, we seem to be competitive so that’s nice.”
2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India showed good pace in today’s qualifying session with Sergio Perez set to start tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix from seventh on the grid. Nico Hulkenberg ended the day in tenth place after his car suffered a detached wheel and was unable to participate in Q3.
Pascal’s qualifying hits a bump in the road in a damp Shanghai. He’ll start tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix behind teammate Rio but ahead of Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying, 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix, Saturday 16 April
Shanghai International Circuit
Rio Q1 P20 9 laps 1:40.264
Pascal Q1 DNF 2 laps
Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: rainy, 19-20°C air, 20-24°C track; Qualifying: dry and cloudy, 23-22°C air, 25-23°C track.
Both cars in Q2 – a decent result for the Sauber F1 Team in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. After the return of the qualifying format from 2015, the team will start the race tomorrow from P15 (Marcus Ericsson) and P16 (Felipe Nasr).
2016 Chinese Grand Prix - Saturday
16 April 2016, Shanghai
Bittersweet day in Shanghai with the Silver Arrows set to bookend tomorrow's grid
Nico claimed his 23rd career pole position - his second at the Shanghai International Circuit and first of the 2016 season
Lewis suffered a problem with the MGU-H during qualifying that could not be resolved during the session and prevented him from completing a timed lap.
Nico completed two runs in Q1 (Intermediate / SuperSoft), one run in Q2 (Soft) and two runs in Q3 (SuperSoft)
Chinese GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
It was a straightforward day of practice for Sahara Force India at the Shanghai International Circuit in preparation for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: dry and sunny, 21-25°C air, 34-44°C track; FP2: dry and sunny/overcast, 27-24 °C air, 45-38 °C track.
Overall, the Sauber F1 Team had a productive first practice day leading up to the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Marcus Ericsson was able to complete a total of 53 laps. Due to red flags and issues with the car, Felipe Nasr was only able to complete eight laps in the morning; in the afternoon he was able to run 32 laps. Aerodynamic work, as well as race preparation, were part of today’s programme.
Pascal and Rio focus on tyre testing in preparation for Sunday’s race
Free Practice 1 & 2, 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix, Friday 15 April
Shanghai International Circuit
Pascal FP1 P18 14 laps 1:42.908 FP2 P17 36 laps 1:39.941
Rio FP1 P16 20 laps 1:41.614 FP2 P19 33 laps 1:40.550
All in all, a good day for Manor Racing at the Shanghai International Circuit, where Pascal and Rio recovered well from a disrupted morning’s track time to end the day in 17th and 19th positions.
Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai Circuit, 15 April
Kimi Raikkonen: “It has been quite a difficult day overall, I was struggling to get the grip on the tires probably due to the wind. I was sliding a lot and this feeling was not very nice. When I put the Supersofts they seemed to work better, I had more grip and this helped to have a pretty good lap. We’ll see how the weather conditions turn out to be tomorrow, we’ll try to make a good day and then get the maximum out of the race.”
Shanghai International Circuit, Friday April 15
A hard-to-read day of practice. The morning session was punctuated by two red-flag stoppages, one of which required lengthy cleaning of the track. The afternoon was spent coping with tyre management issues as the Supersoft tyre proved prone to both graining and overheating.
2016 Chinese Grand Prix - Friday
15 April 2016, Shanghai
Bright and breezy start for the Silver Arrows in Shanghai
Nico topped the morning session with Lewis just a tenth shy in P2
Nico ended the day with the third fastest time in the afternoon session, with Lewis fourth quickest
The team diagnosed an ignition problem on Nico's car at the end of FP1 which was resolved for FP2
Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft compound tyre in FP1
Nico then used the Soft and SuperSoft in FP2, Lewis the Medium and SuperSoft
CHINESE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
15 April 2016
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:39.061, Laps: 13
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:38.143, Laps: 31
“Looking at the lap times we are fairly satisfied but I think there is still more to come in terms of balance. If we find what we’re after, we’ll be a lot closer to where we want to be. I think most guys were struggling for balance because we seem to be relatively competitive. But the car was a bit of a handful today and I think it was like that for everyone. We saw quite a few guys spin this morning, maybe the wind was having quite a big effect as well. The long runs at the end with the Soft tyre were promising and the pace didn’t look too bad. If it rains tomorrow it should give us a bit more of a chance. I’d say top 5 would be achievable for us.”
CHINESE GRAND PRIXVIEW
April 11, 2016
The third race of the season is just around the corner and we are really looking forward to it. In the meantime, here are Max and Carlos' thoughts and memories about the Shanghai International Circuit.
Chinese Grand Prix Preview
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
ROUND 3 OF 21
2016 Chinese Grand Prix Preview
11 April 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Three, the Chinese Grand Prix, from the Shanghai International Circuit
Lewis: "I'm in the best place I've ever been"
Nico: "I head into this weekend on a massive high"
Toto: "Remaining energised is now more important than ever"
Paddy: "We could see some interesting strategy calls"
2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix – Preview
Q&A with Vijay Mallya
Team Principal, Vijay Mallya, reflects on the opening couple of races ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
Vijay, the team was out of luck in Bahrain, but there were some positives…
“Bahrain was a missed opportunity. Two front wing changes in the space of two laps put us on the back foot and prevented us from playing a part in the outcome of the race. It’s disappointing because we know the car has the speed to be right up there fighting for points. So that’s the positive we must focus on as we prepare for the upcoming races.”
Preview – 2016 Formula One Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix
3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 15th to 17th April 2016
After coming back from the Middle East with a short stop-over at its headquarter in Hinwil, the Sauber F1 Team travels to China for the upcoming Grand Prix weekend. The third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship is taking place from 15th to 17th April on the Shanghai International Circuit.
AHEAD OF THE CHINESE GRAND PRIX
“The straight at the Shanghai International Circuit is super long which makes it pretty different compared to other tracks. Coming off that straight, you then have to brake for one of the tightest corners on the calendar – you go from one of the highest speeds to the lowest. Turns 1, 2 and 3 are like one big corner, really long and uphill, and this makes it really tough on the front left tyre, it’s one of the toughest circuits for that which can be interesting.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Race Recap
Grosjean Finishes Fifth in Bahrain
Apr 3, 2016
Event: Bahrain Grand Prix (Round 2 of 21)
Date: Sunday, April 3
Location: Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir
Layout: 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile), 15-turn circuit
Weather: Clear, 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes
Haas F1 Team:
Romain Grosjean – Started 9th, Finished 5th (Running, completed 57/57 laps)
Esteban Gutiérrez – Started 13th, Finished 19th (Mechanical, completed 9/57 laps)
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir Circuit, 3 April
Kimi Raikkonen: “The start was not ideal, but luckily we did not lose too many places in the first lap. After that I tried to recover, and was able to overtake some cars and make the best out of it. We managed to do good pit-stops with the right tire choices and the speed was quite good, too. In the end we were catching up a bit on the Mercedes in front, but I never got close enough to try and pass Nico. Considering what happened in the first lap it’s a pretty ok result, it’s not what we want but we keep working and improving things. We are going in the right direction, but obviously it’s not ideal for the team to have only one car finishing the race. In this sport we always push to the limits and sometimes things can go wrong, this is not what we want but it’s part of racing. We know that the car is pretty good but we have certain things to improve and still some work to be done.”
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
“A flawlessly mature performance”
Bahrain International Circuit, Sunday April 3
Stoffel Vandoorne scored McLaren-Honda’s first world championship point of the season after a faultless drive to 10th place on his grand prix debut.
The young Belgian, deputising this weekend for Fernando Alonso, started 12th, stayed out of trouble on the opening lap as the field bunched up and collected one another on the approach to Turn One. Thereafter, he kept his nose clean throughout all four stints, pulled off some confident passing manoeuvres and drove cleanly and consistently to the chequered flag.
Jenson had a short-lived race. After running strongly inside the top 10, he encountered a sudden power unit issue and was forced to pull the car onto the run-off and retire on lap seven.
2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday
Renault Sport Formula One team fought a tough Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix with Kevin Magnussen finishing in eleventh place and Jolyon Palmer failing to make the start.
Kevin’s race began from the pit lane due to a penalty incurred during practice on Friday but he fought through the field to finish just shy of the points. Jolyon returned to the pits at the end of the formation lap due to suspected hydraulic issue with his car. Kevin started the race from the pitlane on new soft compound Pirellis, changing to a set of fresh super soft tyres on laps 12, 24 and 38. Jolyon started the formation lap in P19 on new super soft tyres.
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
April 3, 2016
Mixed feelings in our team tonight: Max Verstappen in P6 scores our first points ever in Bahrain, but Carlos had to retire. Here our drivers and Team Principal's reaction after the race:
Pascal and Rio impress in Bahrain to deliver Manor Racing’s first two-car finish of 2016
The Race, 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday 3 April
Bahrain International Circuit
Pascal MRT05-02 P13 Fastest lap 1:35.448
Rio MRT05-01 P17 Fastest lap 1:36.685
Manor Racing enjoyed a thrilling battle in Bahrain today to secure its first two-car finish of the 2016 season. Pascal Wehrlein finished in 13th place after a spectacular drive saw him overtake both Force India cars and finish ahead of Felipe Nasr’s Sauber. Rio Haryanto took his first chequered flag after a confident race to 17th.
Bahrain Grand Prix
• Felipe Massa finished eighth and Valtteri Bottas ninth in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
• After an excellent start, Valtteri found himself battling with Hamilton into turn one, but after they collided he was subsequently awarded a drive-through penalty and sustained damage to his front wing, which hindered his strategy and pace.
• Felipe also had an excellent start, running P2 after the first lap, but a lack of pace on the medium compound tyre meant that he ended in P8.
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix - Sunday
03 April 2016, Sakhir
Nico doubles up, Lewis fights back on eventful night in Bahrain
• Nico took his 16th career victory today - his first at the Bahrain International Circuit
• Lewis claimed his 89th Formula One podium after a battling comeback drive to P3
• Nico (50) leads the Drivers' Championship by 17 points from Lewis (33) in P2
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (83) lead Ferrari (33) by 50 points in the Constructors' Championship
Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: dry, 23-21°C air, 30-26°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the second race of the FIA Formula One Championship, the Bahrain Grand Prix, in P12 (Marcus Ericsson) and P14 (Felipe Nasr). The Bahrain International Circuit in the Sakhir desert again offered spectacular scenery, as well as an equally interesting race under the floodlights.
BAHRAIN GP – RACE
3 April 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 5th
“The race start was interesting. I didn’t get off the line very well and I could see it was getting a bit chaotic into Turn 1. I tried to capitalize on it but ended up with damage on the front wing when Bottas and I came together. There was a moment that I thought I would have to pit for a new wing as the chunk that came off looked pretty substantial but we were able to hang in there for a few laps, racing with the Williams. The damage didn’t affect me too much and we had a good race, although a little lonely towards the end, with some decent points scored.”
2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India was out of luck in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez suffered car damage in the early stages, depriving the team of a chance to fight for points.
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix – qualifying
“There’s definitely more to come from the full package”
Bahrain International Circuit, Saturday April 2
Qualifying in Bahrain was almost a carbon copy of our qualifying performance in Australia a fortnight ago.
Both drivers conducted two runs on the Option tyre in Q1, comfortably edging through into Q2. In the second session, without a second set of tyres to take the fight to the cars at the front, each driver completed a single run, establishing us on the fringes of the top 10, just as in Melbourne.
Stoffel will start his first grand prix 12th; Jenson, who wasn’t entirely happy with his car’s balance during his Q2 lap, will line up directly behind him in 14th.
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – SAKHIR CIRCUIT, 2 APRIL
Vettel to start from third ahead of team-mate Raikkonen
2 April –At the atmospheric floodlit Al Sakhir circuit, the qualifying session to determine the starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix has just ended. In a close battle, which involved using their last sets of Supersoft tyres, Vettel and Raikkonen finished third and fourth respectively. Sebastian’s best lap was a 1.30.012, which was 232 thousandths of a second faster than Kimi’s. Lewis Hamilton will start from pole for Mercedes, with a best time of 1.29.493.
2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Saturday
2 April 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team has qualified in nineteenth and twentieth for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix after both drivers did not progress through Q1 at the Sakhir International Circuit. Kevin Magnussen completed only a solitary qualifying lap, as he will start from the pit lane due to a penalty for missing the weighbridge in yesterday’s second practice session, whilst Jolyon Palmer struggled with car balance.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Apr 2, 2016
Event: Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Date: Saturday, April 2
Location: Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir
Layout: 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile), 15-turn circuit
Weather: Clear, 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit)
Lap Record: 1:29.493 set by Lewis Hamilton in 2016 with Mercedes (new qualifying lap record)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:29.493)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 9th, will start on Row 5; Esteban Gutiérrez qualified 13th, will start on Row 7
BAHRAIN GP: QUALIFYING
April 2, 2016
Drivers and team's quotes after today's Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying:
Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: dry and sunny, 26-25°C air, 36-35°C track; Qualifying: dry, 23-22°C air, 28-26°C track
The Sauber F1 Team expected a bit more from qualifying ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Marcus Ericsson missed out on Q2 and finished in P17, while Felipe Nasr was 22nd.
Mighty qualifying for Pascal Wehrlein, who squeezes every last drop from the MRT05 for 16th position. Rio Haryanto starts from P20.
Qualifying, 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Saturday 2 April
Bahrain International Circuit
Pascal Q1 P16 6 laps 1:32.806
Rio Q1 P21 3 laps 1:34.190
Bahrain GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth and Felipe Massa seventh for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Both cars made it through to Q3 setting their fastest laps on supersoft tyres.
BAHRAIN GP – QUALIFYING
2 April 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5, (3rd Practice – 10, 1:33.519)
“I’m really happy with the result today. We didn’t expect to be fifth, especially from my side of the garage as yesterday didn’t go too well and this morning wasn’t great either. We came into qualifying thinking if all went well, maybe we would squeeze into Q3, and so to get into fifth is great. I am happy with the laps we did, the changes we made from FP3 worked well for us in quali and I am excited for what the race will bring tomorrow.”
2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix saw Nico Hulkenberg secure an eighth place starting position. Teammate Sergio Perez was out of luck with a timing miscalculation in Q1 keeping the Mexican down in P18.
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix - Saturday
02 April 2016, Bahrain
Record-breaking night under the Bahrain lights!
Lewis tonight claimed his 51st career pole position - his second at the Bahrain International Circuit
Nico completed a second Silver Arrows front row lockout from as many races in 2016 with P2
Just 0.077s separated Lewis and Nico tonight - equivalent to a single car length around the 5.412 km Bahrain International Circuit
Tonight's pole time of 1:29.493 is a new all-time record lap of the Bahrain International Circuit - 0.034s clear of the previous best set by Mark Webber during Saturday practice for the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix and 3.078s quicker than the 2015 pole time
Both drivers completed one run in Q1 and Q2, then two runs in Q3, using SuperSoft tyres throughout
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix – free practice
"It's fun to have a car that's enjoyable to drive”
Bahrain International Circuit, Friday April 1
Strong winds made for tricky conditions in the desert during the first free practice session, although a dry day on track was welcome after a few days of uncharacteristically wet weather and cooler temperatures in Bahrain.
Following yesterday’s decision by the FIA doctors to rest Fernando for the weekend, the team did a fantastic job to ready chassis #02 for Stoffel Vandoorne, who deputises for Fernando this weekend. Stoffel quickly got to work on a busy aero and mechanical set-up programme. Jenson too, focused on aero and balance work, with both drivers running competitively during both sessions while undertaking a number of different set-up configurations.
NOT SUCH A GULF
A competitive showing in Bahrain today. Pascal Wehrlein & Rio Haryanto rack up the practice miles in the MRT05
Free Practice 1 & 2, 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday 1 April
Bahrain International Circuit
Pascal FP1 P17 26 laps 1:36.371 FP2 P19 21 laps 1:33.953
Rio FP1 P22 27 laps 1:37.714 FP2 P22 33 laps 1:34.562
Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: dry and sunny/overcast, 23-22°C air, 33-29°C track; FP2: dry, 21-20°C air, 25-23°C track
Both practice sessions ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix went according to the programme planed for the Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were in total able to put in 61 and 58 laps respectively. Aero work as well as race preparation was part of today’s programme.
BAHRAIN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
1 April 2016
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:34.461, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:32.870, Laps: 23
“Dany is probably happier with his Friday than I was with mine. This morning wasn’t too bad but from the very first lap this afternoon I locked the front into Turn 1 which killed that set of tyres. We couldn’t use that set for the long run which compromised our afternoon programme. With the super softs on the low fuel we still needed to find a bit more balance, and with the high fuel run, we were interrupted with the virtual safety cars. We still have some homework to do but we’ll see how tomorrow goes. I think Q3 will be on the edge for us, but the race will be better.”
2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday
1 April 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team enjoyed a productive first day on track at Sakhir in preparation for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer carried out the team’s full programme behind the wheel of the R.S.16 with a total of 124 laps completed.
2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India enjoyed a productive day of practice in Bahrain with Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Alfonso Celis covering a combined total of 123 laps in preparation for Sunday’s race.
Bahrain GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a key day for us because we missed out on so much work in Melbourne due to the weather during practice. The good news is, that we’ve got through the majority of that work now. We’ve definitely learnt a lot about the car which has been really good and we can take that through to tomorrow, to help us improve the car pace. Tyre work has been really interesting as well. We just need to put it all together now. There’s a lot to look at tonight, but I think it is fairly clear what we need to do and where we are heading. The low fuel runs were good and put us about where we expected to be. The high fuel runs were also very encouraging as they were better than what we saw in the Melbourne race. In addition, we’ve got some further upgrades coming for tomorrow which will put us in even better shape.
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix - Friday
01 April 2016, Sakhir
Silver Arrows sparkle under the Friday night Bahrain lights
Nico topped both practice session with Lewis P2 in each
Both drivers used the Soft compound tyre only in FP1, the Soft and SuperSoft in FP2
FP2 saw both Nico and Lewis eclipse the Bahrain Grand Prix race lap record of 1:31.447 set by Pedro de la Rosa in 2005