19 June

The Race, 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe

Sunday 19 June, Baku City Circuit

Rio MRT05-02 P18 1:51.365 Pascal MRT05-03 DNF (39 laps) 1:50.571
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17 June

Formula 1 European Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 25-28°C air, 31-43°C track

In the practice sessions ahead of the European Grand Prix on the new Baku City Circuit, the Sauber F1 Team was able to run a total of 89 laps despite having issues on both Sauber C35-Ferraris. In FP1 Felipe Nasr (49 laps) had issues with a set of tyres. Due to an exhaust problem, the mechanics had to change the power unit of Marcus Ericsson’s car between FP1 and FP2. Nevertheless, the Swede was able to run 40 laps. All in all, both drivers have a good impression about the Formula One debut on the Baku City Circuit in the capital of Azerbaijan. [Read More!]
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17 June 2016

First Practice Session: 1:50.485, Position: 16, Laps: 7
Second Practice Session: 1:46.068, Position: 7, Laps: 35
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European GP Practice

Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: The first impressions of Baku are that it’s clearly a good track and definitely offers us a good opportunity to be near the front. I like the circuit layout and, apart from an issue with the kerbs in FP1 and FP2 which will hopefully be resolved by tomorrow, I think the organisers have done a very good job. [Read More!]
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Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:49.267, pos. 9th, 16 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:46.027, pos. 6th, 35 laps [Read More!]
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2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe: Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India enjoyed a competitive opening day of practice in Baku with Sergio Perez ending the evening session in P3 ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P5.
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2016 European Grand Prix - Friday

17 June 2016, Baku
High speeds and high drama on opening day in Baku
Lewis topped both sessions with Nico P2 in each
Both drivers ran the SuperSoft and Soft compound tyre in the first session, the Medium, Soft and Supersoft in the second session
The second session came to an early end for Nico after a Power Unit problem which is currently being analysed
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14 June

2016 European Grand Prix Preview

14 June 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Eight, the European Grand Prix, from the Baku City Circuit
Lewis: "Winning is our lives - it's what we work all day for and go to bed dreaming of"
Nico: "I'm in this Championship battle to win it - not to settle for second best"
Toto: "We are in an enviable position"
Paddy: "The early sessions will see a lot of sliding around on track"
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13 June

European Grand Prix Preview


17 – 19 JUNE
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2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, Preview

Q&A with Vijay Mallya
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks ahead to the latest addition to the Formula One calendar.

VJM: “The race in Canada was another strong indication of the good steps forward we have been taking since the start of the season. We showed good pace all weekend and delivered a solid performance in the race. This result increased our advantage over our direct rivals in the constructors’ championship and consolidates our fifth position. We now have a very quick turnaround to get ready for Baku – a big challenge, especially as it’s a new addition to the calendar.
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12 June

2016 Canadian Grand Prix - Sunday

12 June 2016, Montreal
Montreal master class from Lewis as Nico battles back to P5 in eventful Canadian Grand Prix
Lewis took his 45th career victory today - his fifth at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and second of the 2016 season so far
Nico recovered to P5 after an eventful race which saw him take to the grass at the first corner and pick up a puncture in the closing stages
Nico (116) leads the Drivers' Championship by nine points from Lewis (107) in P2
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (223) lead Ferrari (147) by 76 points in the Constructors' Championship
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Canadian Grand Prix

Race Notes:
Valtteri Bottas claimed the team’s first podium of the season, finishing third in today’s Canadian Grand Prix
Felipe Massa was forced to retire following a water system issue that caused his power unit to overheat on lap 36
Valtteri had a good start and managed to gain a position as a result of Rosberg going straight on at Turn 1. He made his only pitstop of the race on lap 23. Following his stop he was able to pass Ricciardo for fourth making his strategy work to move into third after Verstappen stopped on lap 46.
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Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: overcast and dry, 12-13°C air, 21-24°C track

The Sauber F1 Team ended the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in P15 (Marcus Ericsson) and P18 (Felipe Nasr). Ericsson and Nasr started from P21 and P18, however, the race for the Brazilian was already compromised on the first lap after a collision with a Renault. The floor of Nasr’s Sauber C35-Ferrari was damaged. Now the Swiss Team travels to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where the European Grand Prix will take place next weekend.
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2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Race Report

Both Sahara Force India cars finished inside the top ten today with Nico Hulkenberg racing to eighth place ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth.
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12 JUNE 2016
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 5th
“We did what we could today and that was a great job. We wanted to finish on the podium in front of the Williams but soon realised we were suffering with a bit too much tyre degradation. I think a little bit of rain could have helped us today. At the beginning I saved my tyres and fuel as I knew I could not stay with the front two. When Daniel got close behind I then decided it was time to push. I am very satisfied with my performance but also with the new power unit, you could see it was hard for the Mercedes to try and pass on the long straight so we are making good progress. The last ten laps I really enjoyed, I would actually say they were the hardest ten laps of my life. I was in fourth for a very long time so didn’t want to give up that position. It was a very hard battle at the end of the race, his [Rosberg] pace was very strong but we managed to keep ahead and then the last lap was pretty spectacular. After Monaco it’s nice to leave this race with a big smile on my face. Now looking ahead to Baku it’s a new experience for everyone so we have to wait and see how the grip levels are but today was definitely positive for us.”
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11 June

Qualifying, Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2016

Saturday 11 June
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Pascal MRT05-03 Q1 P18 9 laps 1:15.599
Rio MRT05-02 Q1 P21 9 laps 1:17.052 [Read More!]
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Gutiérrez to Start 14th, Grosjean 15th in Canadian GP

Jun 11, 2016
Cool weather and intermittent drizzle greeted teams on Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal as they continued preparation for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. It was a turnabout from Friday’s two practice sessions, where sunshine bathed the 4.361-kilometer (2.710-mile), 14-turn track amid warm temperatures.
Final practice allowed Haas F1 Team drivers to record a total of 30 laps – 16 by Esteban Gutiérrez and 14 by Romain Grosjean. Both made their installation laps on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tire before switching to the P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire for the remainder of the session.
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2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday

11 June 2016
Jolyon Palmer fell just 0.015secs off Q2 today as the leading Renault Sport Formula One Team driver in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Q1 started dry, but gentle drizzle made an appearance late in the session. Jolyon’s was the only car from the team attempting qualifying as damage sustained to Kevin Magnussen’s R.S.16 in the morning practice session meant the Dane was an observer rather than a participant in the afternoon.
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june 11
After today's FP3 and Qualifying, here our team's reaction:
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Kimi Raikkonen: “Since yesterday evening we did a good job and improved a lot the behavior of the car, but today it was still not easy to put the car where I wanted. It was a hectic qualifying session because of the weather conditions and I was not very happy with the driving. I had some issues here and there, I struggled in turn 10 all the times to make the front turn, and it was hard to put the lap together. It has not been an easy weekend so far and if you finish P6 there’s still work to be done, but I’m sure that for the race tomorrow the car will be better”. [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: overcast and dry/damp, 14-16°C air, 19-22°C track

The Sauber F1 Team finished qualifying ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in P19 (Marcus Ericsson) and P20 (Felipe Nasr). Ericsson will have a three place grid penalty for ‘causing a collision’ during the Monaco Grand Prix.
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11 June 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, 1:13.166 (Practice 3 – P6, 1:14.487)
“I’m pretty happy. This weekend was steady – I think we built up to it and found a better rhythm in qualifying, and as always it’s the most important session, so I made sure I got it all together and in the end I’m pretty happy with fourth. My pace is only a few tenths from pole which is pretty good around here. I was quite lucky on my last lap in the last chicane, I hit the wall pretty hard and luckily it got me to the line and I didn’t lose too much time. The start is important here, but you can pass. I think we’ve got pretty good straight line speed now so we’re in a position to overtake. Tomorrow’s going to be cool, if not wet, so with those conditions it could be anyone’s race. Hopefully it’s a five or six way fight – that could be a lot of fun. I think being on the right tyre at the right time is crucial. It’s about being smart, but being quick at the same time, so it’s worth taking some risks.”
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2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India showed well in today’s qualifying hour with Nico Hulkenberg securing a ninth place starting position for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix. Teammate Sergio Perez starts one row behind in eleventh place.
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Canadian GP Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
Valtteri Bottas qualified seventh and Felipe Massa eighth for the Canadian Grand Prix
Both cars made it comfortably through into Q2 and Q3, despite the tricky overcast conditions
Felipe was fastest through the speed trap during qualifying at 336.7kph, Valtteri was second fastest at 336.6kph
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: I think we got what we could out of the car today. It’s disappointing to come here and have the fourth quickest car, but at this time, that is the fact. We know this and so we need to focus on improving it. We’ve qualified on the fourth row with both cars so therefore I think we’ve extracted what we could. On the whole I think it’s been a reasonable qualifying. We’ve got the cars set-up for the race as well, which is good, and both drivers did a good job. Felipe did a really great job as we were not able to give him the most performance on his car due to a shortage of parts after the accident yesterday. I think without that we may have been able to get in front of Raikkonen. It’s still all to play for tomorrow. We have got a good race car, as we saw on Friday, so we’ve just got to race hard from there and get a good haul of points.
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2016 Canadian Grand Prix - Saturday

11 June 2016, Montreal
Stage set for epic battle in Montreal after Silver Arrows edge tight qualifying battle
Lewis took his 53rd Formula One pole position today - his fifth at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Nico completed a fourth Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season in P2 - less than a tenth shy of his team-mate
Both drivers completed two runs in Q1, Q2 and Q3, using the UltraSoft Pirelli tyre compound throughout
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2016 Canadian Grand Prix – qualifying

“It’ll be maximum attack tomorrow”

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Saturday June 11
Fernando Alonso underlined the burgeoning competitiveness of the McLaren-Honda package by qualifying 10th for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix, the third successive race in which the team has reached the Q3 phase of the qualifying session.
Team-mate Jenson Button proved equally competitive all weekend, but lost out on a critical tow down the back straight that would have improved his chances of also making the top 10.
If the weather remains dry tomorrow – which it may or may not – both drivers will be looking for points-scoring positions at the end of what is usually one of the most unpredictable and exciting grands prix of the year. [Read More!]
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10 June

2016 Canadian Grand Prix - Friday

10 June 2016
Times tumble on opening day in Montreal
Lewis topped both sessions with Nico second in FP1 and third in FP2
A 1:14.212 from Lewis in the afternoon session saw him eclipse the 2015 pole time by 0.181s
Both drivers ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyre in the morning session, the Soft and UltraSoft in the afternoon session [Read More!]
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Canadian GP Practice

Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: FP1 was a little bit fraught with what happened on Felipe’s car. The DRS didn’t close under braking, we’re still investigating as to why, but that then left Felipe with a lack of rear downforce under braking and he spun causing quite a lot of damage. We did a very good job to get the car built for FP2, where we tried to recover some of the test programme that we missed out on in FP1 on Felipe’s car. I think he’s recovered admirably and done a good job, as has Valtteri, who has got through most of his Friday programme. There’s a lot for us to take away from these two sessions between the two cars. I think overall we can be quite happy as we’re much more competitive here than we have been in the last two races, both on low and high fuel runs. I don’t think we’ve exercised anywhere near the limit of the car, which is a good thing. We’ve got bits and pieces to do tonight but overall it’s a competitive package we just have to make sure that we have a good Saturday and more importantly come away with a good haul of points.
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Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny and dry, 13-20°C air, 25-46°C track

During the practice sessions ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the Sauber F1 Team drivers were able to complete a total of 120 laps. Despite technical issues on both Sauber C35-Ferraris in FP1, Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson completed in both practice sessions 61 and 59 laps respectively on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. For the first time Nasr used engine number three, while Ericsson will get engine number two for the rest of the weekend.
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2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India started its Canadian Grand Prix weekend with a productive Friday in Montreal.

Nico Hülkenberg VJM09-03
FP1: 1:16.464 (P7) 24 laps
FP2: 1:15.321 (P9) 50 laps
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10 June 2016

First Practice Session: Position: 11, Best Time: 1:16.734, Laps: 28
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:15.168, Laps: 43
“Obviously nice to be driving again for sure, and it’s a nice circuit – I enjoy it here. I think the day was ok; we can still find some more speed so we’ll work hard tonight to hopefully find some good solutions which can put us towards the top four tomorrow and close to Ferrari. Mercedes looked strong today, their long run pace was probably more impressive than their short run pace so that’s where I think we need to improve. Our long runs can be better for both me and Max, so that’s what we’ll look at tonight. On Sunday the weather looks like it could change, so we will wait and see as it will affect things. I expect the gap to Lewis to be less than a second tomorrow, how much less I’m not sure but I think we can close the gap quite a lot from today.”
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06 June

Canadian Grand Prix Preview


10-12 JUNE
ROUND 7 OF 21 [Read More!]
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2016 Canadian Grand Prix Preview

06 June 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Seven, the Canadian Grand Prix, from the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Lewis: "I've proven that I'm just as strong as I've ever been"
Nico: "This is where experience helps me"
Toto: "We have no breathing space"
Paddy: "Understanding how best to use the UltraSoft for the race will be the main challenge" [Read More!]
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2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada, Preview

Q&A with Vijay Mallya
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on a great result in Monaco and looks forward to Canada.

VJM: “Monaco was a very significant weekend for us. It’s one of the most famous races in the world and I felt incredibly proud to see Checo standing on the podium. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever. It was a brilliant team effort and a much deserved reward for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to keep pushing us forward. There was some late drama too with Nico snatching sixth place on the line in a race where the strategy didn’t allow him to show his true potential. [Read More!]
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Previews – 2016 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix & European Grand Prix

7th and 8th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship

Formula One’s summer season starts with the first of three back-to-back race weekends in Canada and Azerbaijan. The seventh round of the Formula One World Championship will take place from 10th to 12th June in Montreal. Directly after this Grand Prix weekend, the Sauber F1 Team will head to Baku, where the European Grand Prix will take place there for the first time from 17th to 19th of June. The Baku City Circuit becomes F1’s third true street venue besides Singapore and Monaco. [Read More!]
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