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2016 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India had a productive first day of action in Sepang, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg firmly inside the top ten in both practice sessions.
Malaysian GP Practice
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a fairly normal Friday apart from the fact that we lost some time with Felipe on his set of hard tyres which, in the end, we couldn’t run due to an issue on the rim. Apart from that, we got the low fuel work done on the soft tyre which was important, and some running on high fuel for the soft and the medium compounds. Between the two drivers, I think we’re quite consistent. Clearly the track has changed a lot with the new asphalt. It’s a lot smoother, less bumpy and generates more grip. There’s definitely less degradation, which is good – but it’s the same for everyone. We need a little more understanding of where the tyre temperatures need to be on this new asphalt as the requirements on the front and the rear are quite different. We’ve done all the work we needed to do today and we now just need to look at what we’re going to do to get a bit more pace out of the car. We’re not far away from where we should be. We’re expecting the same weather and temperatures for the start of the race, so today is pretty representative of that. It should be a little cooler for qualifying with that being later in the day. It was 60C at the start of FP2 today. That obviously makes it quite difficult to manage the tyres. Our main focus tonight has to be to get the cars balanced to protect the rear tyres and to get reasonable balance for the race.
MALAYSIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
30 SEPTEMBER 2016
First Practice Session: 1:36.973, Position: 7, Laps: 26
Second Practice Session: 1:36.037, Position: 5, Laps: 29
“Formula One is where I always want to be so it’s nice to spend my birthday here. I can enjoy some birthday cake because it’s so hot at Sepang I’ll lose the kilos anyway. Both sessions were pretty good. The first practice you just had to build up to it, especially with the new tarmac, you have to get to grips with the car. I enjoyed the new surface, it seemed to have quite a bit more grip. Before, in Malaysia, we seemed to struggle with traction but the changes they have made here appear to have helped. I also think it is a lot more fun to drive. Our short runs need to get a bit better but the long runs are looking strong. The pace on the soft tyre felt decent, I feel like that tyre has potential on a long run and it allowed me to throw the car into the corners like I wanted to. It’s hard to tell where other drivers are on the first day but Sebastian (Vettel) looks strong, so we need to improve our short run in order to be competitive.”
Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-35°C air, 39-59°C track
The practice day ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix went according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. The Swiss team was able to run plenty of laps in order to generate valuable information for the hottest race weekend of the season. On the new asphalt on the Sepang International Circuit, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were able to run a total of 48 and 44 laps respectively.
2016 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 30/09/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.055, pos. 15th, 25 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:36.836, pos. 11th, 30 laps
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday
30 September 2016, Sepang
Temperature soar, lap times plummet in Sepang
Nico topped the morning session with Lewis P2
Lewis then set the fastest time of the day in the afternoon session, Nico the second fastest
Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft compound tyre in the morning session, the Hard, Medium and Soft in the afternoon session
Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix Preview
30th SEPTEMBER – 2nd OCTOBER
SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
ROUND 16 OF 21
Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang International Circuit was first in the spate of modern tracks in emerging markets for Formula One. The likes of Bahrain, China, Singapore, South Korea and India would later follow, but Hermann Tilke’s first foray into Asia set a new standard and lay pressure to modernise on the historic European circuits. One feature the more traditional venues could not apply is the tropical Malaysian climate, which has unleashed spectacular downpours on Formula One sessions over the last 15 years. Williams’ only victory at Sepang came in 2002 with Ralf Schumacher leading home team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya in a 1-2.
Preview and News – 2016 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix & Emirates Japanese Grand Prix
16th and 17th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship
With the Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix the fifth back-to-back race weekend in the 2016 Formula One season is approaching. The Sauber F1 Team continues its travels through Asia with the next stop in Sepang near Kuala Lumpur. Similar to the Singapore Grand Prix, the race weekend in Malaysia will also be challenging in terms of hot climatic conditions. Directly afterwards, the Japanese Grand Prix is on the programme, which is famous for its great atmosphere created by the fans, as well as for the popularity of the Suzuka Circuit with the drivers.
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview
26 September 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship season continues this weekend with Round 16, the Malaysian Grand Prix, from Sepang
Nico: "I've had a good run lately and I'm enjoying the moment"
Lewis: "I just have to keep giving it my all and hope for the best"
Toto: "The drivers are pushing each other to new heights"
Paddy: "We've seen some very eventful races in Malaysia over the years"
Featured this Week: Cool Performance in Malaysia
Vital Statistics: Sepang
2016 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
From hot and humid Singapore we move on to warm and sticky Malaysia – the Sepang International Circuit, to be exact! A track of ‘firsts’ for both our drivers, Carlos and Daniil! “The first time we went there it was for our first ever races in our lives in Formula BMW!” explains the Russian. “Yes, we were 15 years old”, remembers the Spaniard… Two nervous teenagers raced in Sepang for the first time back in 2010 and, as Daniil still remembers, “We also had our first nice little battles on track” and Carlos adds that it was where they achieved “our first ever wins in our Formula BMW careers!” They both know it’s going to be another hot and tough race: “, I remember that last year, the track temperature for the race was 64 degrees” says Carlos, and we just love Daniil’s reply… “you could cook a fried egg on the tarmac!” We might just even try it… ;)
2016 Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, Preview
Q&A with Vijay Mallya
Team Principal, Vijay Mallya, reflects on points in Singapore and the remaining six races.
Vijay, the team was unlucky in Singapore, but did well to score points…
VJM: "It’s never nice to see one of your cars eliminated on lap one. It becomes even more disappointing when you realise it robbed Nico of a golden opportunity to score some big points. That’s racing – sometimes you have to take the bad luck on the chin. Once Nico was out, it was all down to Checo who made his way from P17 to eighth at the flag. We had to make some quick decisions on the pit wall, but Checo and the team executed the ambitious strategy to perfection. It was a great all-round team performance."
AHEAD OF THE MALAYSIAN AND JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
“Malaysia is very humid and very hot, a bit like Singapore. I like the Sepang circuit, it’s pretty cool. It has a nice combination of fast corners at Turn 5 and 6 and good overtaking opportunities at Turn 9. The weather can vary quite a bit as well. We can get some pretty big storms, but then the track can dry up very quickly because of the high temperature. Last year I did a bit of sightseeing while I was there, and Malaysia seems like a very beautiful country. I really enjoyed it.
THE RACE, 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Sunday 18 September
Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Pascal MRT05-03 P16 1:52.021
Esteban MRT05-02 P18 1:51.748
Singapore Grand Prix Race Recap
Sep 18, 2016
Esteban Gutiérrez was Haas F1 Team’s lone representative in the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday night at Marina Bay Street Circuit as teammate Romain Grosjean was unable to start the 61-lap race around the 5.065-kilometer (3.147-mile), 23-turn circuit due to an issue with his brake-by-wire system.
Gutiérrez carried the flag for Haas F1 Team from 13th in the 21-driver field. Shod on a set of Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tires, Gutiérrez successfully navigated the chaotic start that sent the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg hard into the inside wall after contact with the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr. Gutiérrez stayed out during the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period and when the race returned to green-flag conditions, he was 12th, pushing Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson in 11th.
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore
18 September 2016
Grand Prix, Sunday
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Kevin Magnussen enjoyed his and the team’s second highest finish of the season with tenth position in the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Kevin took advantage of a stellar start and ran for most of the race inside the top ten. Jolyon Palmer was not so lucky today, with a suspected slow puncture from debris at the start of the race forcing an earlier than planned first pit stop. Running thereafter out of sequence, Jolyon finished in fifteenth.
2016 Singapore Grand Prix
“Seventh was the maximum we could achieve today”
Marina Bay Circuit, Sunday September 18
Fernando Alonso drove a hard and determined race to finish the Singapore Grand Prix in seventh position. The Spaniard, who had started ninth, made a brilliant start, and was able to hold on to fifth position for much of the race until falling into the clutches of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in the closing stages.
Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay, 18 September
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”It’s fair to say that we drove an aggressive race today! Kimi’s move on Hamilton to pass him on track shows that he’s not a world champion by chance. Considering the distance to cover to the end of the race, and tire degradation, it made sense to call him to box one more time to cover Mercedes’ strategy. As for Seb, it’s a shame that he was so penalized by his starting position, but he drove a fantastic race, supported by perfect strategy. There are six more races to the end of the season, and all of them will be important.”
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored four points in today’s Singapore Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced from P17 to P8 as the only driver to execute what was effectively a one-stop strategy. Nico Hulkenberg was the victim of a first lap incident, which eliminated him at the start. The points scored tonight move the team back up to fourth position in the constructors’ championship.
SINGAPORE GP – RACE
18 SEPTEMBER 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 2nd
“It was close today. We did everything we could and I thought it was pretty much a perfect race. The only thing that would have been better was to get Nico at the start. Then throughout the race I wasn’t really thinking about what happens when I catch him, I was just focusing on trying to catch him and put some pressure on. I knew his engineer had been on his radio saying: “Ricciardo is catching you, two seconds a lap.” It’s not a nice feeling to hear that, so I was just trying to keep on pushing and keep the crowd entertained. I pushed so much at the end on the supersoft and really tried to do something but it wasn’t close enough. I don’t really leave here with any regrets. Obviously we came here to win and we didn’t but I felt we left it all on the track.”
2016 Singapore Grand Prix - Sunday
18 September 2016, Singapore
Silver Arrows claim double podium after intense battle on the streets of Singapore
• Nico today took his 22nd career victory - his first at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and eighth of the 2016 season so far on his 200th Grand Prix start
• Lewis produced a battling drive to claim P3 - his 50th podium finish since joining the Silver Arrows in 2013
• The team extends its congratulations also to Mercedes-Benz stalwart Bernd Mayländer, who today marked his 300th race as official Formula One Safety Car driver
• Nico (273) leads the Drivers' Championship by eight points from Lewis (265) in P2
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (538) lead Red Bull (316) by 222 points in the Constructors' Championship
2016 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 18/09/2016
Daniil Kvyat (STR11-03, Car 26)
Race: Pos. 9th
“I think I did the most I could out there today – I had good fun and enjoyed some great battles! Unfortunately, after a first good stint things didn’t come together as expected… we ended up behind Perez and didn’t have enough straight-line speed to overtake him. I pushed until the very last centimetre and left my soul on the track – it’s a shame, but I’m happy to finish in the points again. In all fairness, the team did a good job after what’s been a tough period.”
Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: dry, 31-30°C air, 36-34°C track
The Sauber F1 Team saw the chequered flag for the Singapore Grand Prix in P13 and P17. At the night race on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Felipe Nasr went from 16th on the grid up to P13, while Marcus Ericsson finished his 50th Grand Prix in P17, as he was on a different race strategy. Formula One is staying close to the equator with its next race in the neighboring country of Malaysia in two weekends time.
Singapore Grand Prix
• Felipe Massa finished 12th in the Singapore Grand Prix while Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire
• Valtteri was hit by a McLaren at the start which gave him a puncture and forced him to pit on lap two and rejoin at the back of the field
• Felipe started 11th and gained two positions at the start before the safety car was deployed
• Valtteri was hampered by damage from the first lap and was eventually forced to retire on lap 35 with mechanical issues
• Felipe ran as high as seventh but lost track position as the pitstops unfolded and was 12th for the final stint of the race
• Both drivers retain their position in the Drivers’ Championship with Valtteri seventh and Felipe ninth. The team is now fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 111 points, one point behind Force India
2016 Singapore Grand Prix – qualifying
“Scoring points with both cars is our aim for tomorrow”
Marina Bay Circuit, Saturday September 17
A concerted effort from the McLaren-Honda engineering group transformed the team’s fortunes after a difficult three practice sessions, resulting in Fernando Alonso qualifying ninth for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Jenson Button, who had also benefited from improved grip and balance in his MP4-31, also looked destined to earn a top-10 starting position, but was unfortunate to suffer a left-rear puncture after glancing the wall on his final flying lap in Q2. He will consequently start 13th.
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore
17 September 2016
Grand Prix, Saturday
Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer will line up on the ninth and tenth rows of the grid for the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Kevin lapped the Marina Bay Street Circuit in a time of 1min 46.825secs, the 17th fastest of qualifying, whilst Jolyon was 19th with a 1min 46.960secs.
QUALIFYING, 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
A CHALLENGING WEEKEND FOR US AT MARINA BAY CIRCUIT CONTINUES INTO SATURDAY’S QUALIFYING. PASCAL P20, WHILE BIRTHDAY BOY ESTEBAN HAS TO SETTLE FOR P21
Saturday 17 September, Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Pascal MRT05-03 Q1 P20 1:47.667 8 laps
Esteban MRT05-02 Q1 P21 1:48.296 9 laps
Gutiérrez and Grosjean Qualify 14th and 15th for Singapore Grand Prix
Sep 17, 2016
Haas F1 Team drivers Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean qualified 14th and 15th, respectively, for the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at Marina Bay Street Circuit. It marked the 10th straight time both drivers advanced to Q2.
Getting there, however, was not easy. Grosjean spun and backed into the turn 10 wall near the end of Q2, and with the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) being deployed, Gutiérrez wasn’t able to finish his flying lap that had the potential of bettering his Q2 time. Grosjean was unharmed in the accident, and his Haas VF-16 is repairable.
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India performed well in today’s qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg ending the day in eighth place ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth*.
2016 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 17/09/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:45.879, pos. 9th, 17 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:45.499, (Q2) 1:44.493, (Q3) 1:44.197, pos. 6th
“A very positive day! I think we can be very pleased with this qualifying session. After a few tough races, it was time to get back to where I think we belong and to fight for the top six, half a second clear of the Force India, is something to be proud of. It wasn’t as easy as it looked like: I had to stop at the FIA scales in Q2, after that the engine didn’t start and I also missed the second run in Q2… So it was very difficult to get into a rhythm, but finally in Q3 I managed to do two consecutive laps on the ultrasofts and the lap came when it counted. This is a huge boost for the team and we know that we have the pace for a good race tomorrow, so we can be confident! I’d say this is one of my best qualifying sessions of my career and I will be going to bed with a big smile on my face!”
2016 Singapore Grand Prix - Saturday
17 September 2016, Singapore
Historic night under the Singapore lights for the Silver Arrows!
Nico today took his 29th career pole position - his first at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and seventh of the 2016 season so far
Lewis will line up on the second row of the grid in P3
Today's result marks the 150th pole position for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One
Nico and Lewis have now collected a combined total of 58 pole positions as team-mates - more than any other driver pairing in the history of the sport
SINGAPORE GP – QUALIFYING
17 SEPTEMBER 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 2nd, 1:43.115 (Practice 3 – P4 1:44.903)
“I’m pleased with the front row. We set ourselves up well and the lap was clean, but obviously Nico created a big gap and I would have loved for him to not be that far ahead. Even with a perfect lap I don’t think we could have caught that up. So I did what I had to do and the last sector was good. I kept the tyres in good condition and that was important. That was a bit of a weakness earlier in the weekend so I was happy to get on top of that. The supersoft is what we’re going to start the race on and we seem to be the only team in the top ten doing that so hopefully it works for us. We did that in Monaco but then we didn’t get to see if it worked because of the rain on Sunday. If we can get the start we want I think we can control the situation tomorrow, but it’s not a predictable race. There are normally incidents and safety cars so it won’t be straightforward, but I feel good and ready to go. I’m excited.”
Singapore GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified 11th and Felipe Massa 12th for the Singapore Grand Prix
Both cars progressed from Q1 into Q2 after opening runs on the ultrasoft tyre, with Felipe advancing in P13 and Valtteri P15
Both drivers used new ultrasofts twice in Q2 and were inside the top 10 after their first runs. But their second runs were hampered by double waved yellow flags in sectors two and three.
Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: dry, 31-30°C air, 37-32°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished qualifying ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix with one car in Q2: At his 50th Grand Prix weekend Marcus Ericsson was 16th, while Felipe Nasr ended Q1 in P18 with his Sauber C35-Ferrari. For tomorrow’s night race, which will take place in front of the fascinating Singapore skyline, tyre management as well as the pit stop strategy will be crucial. Besides that, safety-car phases could also have an influence on the race, which are typical for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Singapore Grand Prix: Friday Practice Recap
Sep 16, 2016
Haas F1 Team’s preparation for the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at Marina Bay Street Circuit got off to an inauspicious start on Friday when in the first of two 90-minute practice sessions, the car of Romain Grosjean developed problems on its installation lap. That left Esteban Gutiérrez to carry the mantle for Haas F1 Team in FP1, and he did so superbly, setting the 10th-quickest time with a lap of 1:48.109.
FREE PRACTICE 1 & 2, 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
PASCAL AND ESTEBAN GET THEIR TEETH INTO THE MARINA BAY CIRCUIT WITH THEIR FIRST TASTE OF F1 NIGHT RACING
Friday 16 September, Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Pascal MRT05-03 FP1 P19 1:51.112 23 laps FP2 P21 1:48.505 33 laps
Esteban MRT05-02 FP1 P21 1:52.379 33 laps FP2 P22 1:48.823 29 laps
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Friday
16 September 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer ended the first day of running for the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix race weekend with their best lap times a mere 0.005seconds apart. Both drivers completed full uninterrupted programmes on a warm and humid Marina Bay Street Circuit with both sessions taking place in the evening. Kevin was the quicker of the two with his 1min 47.161secs lap.
2016 Singapore Grand Prix – free practice
“We’ve got quite a lot of work to do before we can be as competitive as we want to be”
Marina Bay Circuit, Friday September 16
The McLaren-Honda team made a somewhat cautious start to its Singapore Grand Prix weekend, making steady progress as it attempted to gather information on a suite of new parts while refining the balance of the MP4-31 around a notoriously tricky and unforgiving street circuit. Fernando Alonso also tried the halo cockpit protection system during his installation laps this afternoon.
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – MARINA BAY 16 SEPTEMBER
Kimi Raikkonen: “The first practice session was tricky, I struggled a little bit, but the second practice was good: everything worked and the car was handling pretty well. Here in Singapore, if you get the car right, it’s a lot easier to go faster. Today we had quite a good feeling, but for sure there is still something to improve. It’s hard to say if we can be strong, it’s only Friday, but the feeling was positive. So far so good, but tomorrow is another day, we’ll see where everybody is and then we’ll go from there. We’ll give our best and hopefully we have the speed to challenge our rivals.”
2016 Singapore Grand Prix - Friday
16 September 2016, Singapore
Close battle in store in Singapore
Lewis ended the first session in P4 with Nico P5
Nico then set the fastest time of the day in the second session with Lewis P7
Lewis was forced to sit out the end of the second session after a hydraulic leak was detected on his car while out on track
Both drivers ran the Soft and Ultrasoft compound tyre in the first session, the Soft, SuperSoft and UltraSoft in the second session
2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed a busy practice programme in Singapore with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg covering a total of 117 laps around the Marina Bay Circuit.
Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: dry, 32-29°C air, 39-32°C track
During the practice sessions ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team continued its aero evaluation. As the Marina Bay Street Circuit is a low-speed track, a high downforce configuration has been tested here for the first time. Issues on Marcus Ericsson’s car forced the team to change the engine for FP2. As usual, the second free practice was mainly about race preparation with short and long-runs on supersoft and ultrasolft tyres.
SINGAPORE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
16 SEPTEMBER 2016
First Practice Session: 1:45.823, Position: 1, Laps: 25
Second Practice Session: 1:44.532, Position: 3, Laps: 29
“It was a positive day for us and we can be happy with the balance of the car. For FP2 we weren’t fully there but we know what areas we need to work on and improve. But the car felt good, we are more or less there and we had a good start to the weekend. The tyres worked really well as well, I was happy with the ultrasofts, there was quite a difference between them and the supersofts. I think it will be an interesting battle between us, Mercedes and Ferrari, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Singapore GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a fairly normal Friday for us and we didn’t have any big issues. We tested different suspension settings and geometries this afternoon. We also tested some aero upgrades and they seem to have worked well, so that’s a boost for this stage of the season. But, apart from that, it was just about trying to get the tyres ready for the first timed lap and trying to make them last for the longer runs. This is a low-speed street circuit so that first timed lap is really tricky and that’s what we need to work on. Looking at our high-fuel pace, I would say it’s reasonable for a circuit like this, so the low fuel pace will definitely be our priority tonight to ensure we understand the set-up of the car and the tyre management for optimising the first timed lap.
2016 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 16/09/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:46.936, pos. 7th, 28 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:45.507, pos. 8th, 33 laps
“I think we can be happy with today. For the last three races we had been struggling a bit on Friday, finding it hard to classify further than P15 or P16… So it was good to be back in the top ten today in both practice sessions. Of course, we will push to do the same tomorrow, we’re strong here and it motivates the team to move forward – the car works well and we will go through plenty of data tonight in order to be ready for the rest of the weekend – I look forward to it, I enjoy racing at this track!”
Preview and News – 2016 Formula Singapore Airlines Grand Prix
15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 16th to 18th September 2016
With the Singapore Grand Prix the Asian overseas season starts, followed by the Grands Prix in Malaysia and Japan. The race weekend in Singapore is definitely one of the highlights of the season – for Formula 1 as well as for spectators, as the Marina Bay Street Circuit on the island state offers a unique atmosphere for this fascinating night race. The Sauber F1 Team has positive memories from last year’s night race, as the team scored one point with Felipe Nasr finishing in P10. During the Singapore Grand Prix the Swiss team will again focus on aerodynamic refinements on the Sauber C35-Ferrari.
Singapore Grand Prix Preview
MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT
ROUND 15 OF 21
A modern-day classic despite its unusual timings as a night race, Singapore has become a popular stop for the Formula One paddock. Due to the high humidity the drivers lose up to three kilos in sweat during the race, so preparation is vital to maintain concentration amidst the looming street circuit barriers. The race’s susceptibility for safety cars makes it one of the longest of the season, and it often finishes close to the FIA’s two-hour time limit. Traction and car stability are vital for a good lap time due to the bumpy nature of the circuit but unlike other street circuits, overtaking is possible.
2016 Singapore Grand Prix - Preview
12 September 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship season continues this weekend with Round 15, the Singapore Grand Prix, from the Marina Bay Street Circuit
Lewis: "I love a battle, so I'm excited to see how it plays out"
Nico: "My belief in myself is as high as ever"
Toto: "We have to optimise everything to get a solid result in Singapore"
Paddy: "We love a challenge and are looking forward to it"
2016 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Preview
Q&A with Vijay Mallya
Team Principal, Vijay Mallya, looks forward to the final three months of the season.
Vijay, give us your verdict on the team’s performance in Monza…
“Qualifying and racing inside the top ten represented a good effort when you consider we never really found the sweet spot with the set-up. The five points we scored could prove valuable come the end of the year. To finish the European season just three points away from fourth place is an excellent achievement. I’m optimistic some of the upcoming races will play to our strengths more than Monza and I look forward to the hard work required to earn fourth place in the championship.”
2016 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIXVIEW
Fourteen Grands Prix down, seven to go… And it’s time for the flyaway races again! First up, it’s Singapore, always a special one as we race at night. We joined Carlos and Daniil’s chat about this street circuit. They remember racing there for the first time as teammates back in 2010, during the Formula BMW Pacific championship. “It was actually raining that weekend” remembers Carlos, while another memory that comes to Daniil’s mind is finishing P1 on his first Friday at the wheel of an F1: “It was a good Friday!” It’s hot like a sauna there and “from a physical point of view, it’s definitely that kind of race where we test our fitness levels” explains the Russian. “I’d say last year’s Singapore race was probably the toughest race I’ve done in my life!” adds Carlos. They both recall driving very close to the walls – Carlos even mentions his crash at Turn 18 during quali last year – and, as Carlos says, “a lot of wall kissing” goes on in Singapore… “But hopefully that won’t be the only thing we’re going to kiss!” adds a cheeky Daniil. Let’s go night-racing!
AHEAD OF THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
“Singapore is definitely one of my favourites. It’s very challenging, not easy to understand and also the heat makes it even harder. Being a night race means it’s a bit different, you have to adapt your braking zone as the light changes from the earlier session to the late ones.
Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-30°C air, 35-40°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the 2016 European Formula 1 season at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza with P16 (Marcus Ericsson) and a retirement (Felipe Nasr). After a collision on lap 2, Nasr had to retire early as his Sauber C35-Ferrari was damaged. Because Nasr was given a 10 second penalty afterwards, he went out again to serve the penalty in the pit lane. Otherwise Nasr would probably have been given a grid place penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix.
2016 Italian Grand Prix - Sunday
04 September 2016, Monza
MAGICAL MONZA PRODUCES 1-2 FINISH FOR SILVER ARROWS
• Nico Rosberg today took his 21st career victory - his 1st at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and 7th of the 2016 season so far
• Lewis completed a 4th Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in P2
• Lewis Hamilton (250) leads the Drivers' Championship by 2 points from Nico Rosberg (148) in P2
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (498) lead Red Bull (290) by 208 points in the Constructors' Championship
Italian Grand Prix
• Valtteri Bottas finished sixth and Felipe Massa ninth in the Italian Grand Prix
• Valtteri had a good start, running P4 in the opening laps and battling with Hamilton. Running P5 for much of the race and opting for a two-stop strategy, he was ultimately overtaken by the quicker Red Bull of Ricciardo in the final stages of the race
• Felipe had a strong start, moving from 11th to eighth on the opening lap. Greater than expected degradation on the option tyre resulted in a two-stop strategy, and he drove a solid and consistent race to finish in the points
• Valtteri remains seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 70 points and Felipe tenth with 41 points
• The team regains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, three points ahead of Force India
2016 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 04/09/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
Race: Pos. 15th
“I think we tried everything we could today to make it into the points, but when you just don’t have the pace, it’s impossible. We had decided to go for a one-stop strategy and at one point it looked possible, but in the end I was losing too much time so we had to pit for a second time… Not the ideal race, but all I can say is that we extracted the maximum out of the car today and in the end a P15 was the most we could achieve. Here the car behaved better than last week in Spa, so this is something positive for us – the last three races have been very tricky, racing at very power-dependent circuits, and this has made it very difficult to fight… Hopefully in Singapore this situation changes a bit and we can get back to where we deserve to be.”
ITALIAN GP – RACE
04 SEPTEMBER 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 6th
“You hope for a podium every race but realistically, coming here, we thought Ferrari would have an edge on us. We also thought Williams and Force India would be strong and we targeted fifth place. I just missed out yesterday in Qualifying but managed to make it happen today and for us to finish in fifth and seventh represents Championship damage limitation here at Monza. I was pretty close to (Valtteri) Bottas in the middle of the race and knew I could race hard from that position. It was a really enjoyable overtake (on Bottas). I have a three hour drive home tonight and didn’t want to spend the whole journey regretting not trying it. He is a fair racer and had seen me in the mirrors so I knew he wouldn’t turn in, so I had a go. It was great fun and felt nice to come from so far back and make it stick. We altered the strategy a bit which meant I had the supersofts on at that stage, so great work by the team to give me the chance to make the move. Our performance so far this season and the result we have achieved here makes me really excited heading into Singapore where I think we can challenge for the top spots.”
2016 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored five points in today’s Italian Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced to eighth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in tenth.
2016 Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia, Saturday
3 September 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team struggled to find pace at the Autodromo di Monza in qualifying for the Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia 2016. Jolyon Palmer proved the faster of the team’s drivers, with a 1min 24.230secs lap placing him on the tenth row of the grid tomorrow.
QUALIFYING, FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN D’ITALIA 2016
Saturday 3 September
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Milan
Pascal MRT05-03 P14 1:23.315 14 laps *Will start P13*
Esteban MRT05-02 DNF 2 laps
2016 Italian Grand Prix – qualifying
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Saturday September 3
Fernando Alonso will line up 12th and Jenson Button 14th for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.
Despite showing impressive pace throughout the practice sessions, neither driver was able to progress beyond Q2, but both gained one position owing to a gearbox grid penalty for Romain Grosjean.
Haas F1 Team Makes First Q3 Appearance in Italy
Sep 3, 2016
After a strong showing on Friday in the two practice sessions (FP1 and FP2) for the Italian Grand Prix, Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez returned to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday for final practice (FP3) and then qualifying for Sunday’s 53-lap race around the 5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile), 11-turn circuit.
The plan in FP3 was for each driver to run the same program – two stints, the first at eight laps and the second at seven laps, all while running Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires.
Italian Grand Prix - Monza, 3 September
Kimi Raikkonen: ”Today we did the best we could and got the most out of the car. For sure we would have been more satisfied with the first row, but this is the maximum we could achieve. We have to be happy with what we did knowing our limits, but obviously our aim is to be higher up. Tomorrow is a different day and if we can make a very strong start we can build our race. Certain teams will start with different tires, time will tell what will happen in the long run, but we felt that starting with the Supersoft compound was the best choice for us. It’s going to be a long race, tricky for the tires, and a lot of things can happen; we have to put ourselves up there and if something happens we have to try to maximize our result. We’ll try to make the good choice when it comes to pit stops and see how it pans out. Our rivals have been very strong today, but we’ll try our best tomorrow and hopefully we have the chance to challenge them.”
2016 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India showed well today in Monza with Sergio Perez qualifying in eighth place just ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in ninth.
2016 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 03/09/2016
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:24.240, pos. 13th, 17 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:23.661, (Q2) 1:23.496, pos. 16th
“P16 is not such a disappointing result if you look at where we were yesterday, so we can be a bit happy because yesterday we couldn’t go further than P19, so we’ve done some good work and made some progress. We battled our way through to Q2 and this was our target, so I’m satisfied to have got the most out of the car today. The only thing is that this isn’t where we’d like to be, when we’ve been fighting for Q3’s and P8’s all year long up until now… I’d like to be fighting for the top ten, but this is where we are right now, unfortunately. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow: it will certainly be a tough race but anything can happen!”
Italian GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified fifth and Felipe Massa 11th for the Italian Grand Prix
Both cars progressed from Q1 into Q2 after one run each on the supersoft tyre, with Valtteri advancing through in P8 and Felipe in P12
Valtteri went out for one timed lap in Q2 on new supersofts, and his lap was enough to easily get him through to Q3 in P4. Felipe had two timed laps in Q2, but wasn’t able to improve his time on his second attempt and ultimately finished just outside the top ten in P11
Setting two timed laps in Q3, Valtteri put in a great lap on his second attempt and finished in P5 with a 1:22.388
Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: sunny and dry, 27-31°C air, 33-42°C track
For the Sauber F1 Team qualifying ahead of the Italian Grand Prix was already over in Q1: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finished with the Sauber C35-Ferrari in P18 and P19.
ITALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
03 SEPTEMBER 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6th, 1:22.389 (Practice 3 – P7 1:23.709)
“We expected to be floating around the top five and we were one thousandth of a second off fifth. It’s a little frustrating but at least there were no major surprises. Qualifying on the soft tyres would have been ideal but the pace was really high and our lap time was close to the cut off. We were forced to use the supersoft instead to be on the safe side getting into Q3. If we had qualified on the soft tyre we could have had a good fight with Ferrari but that will be a little harder now we are on the supersofts. We knew Williams would be quick around here but with DRS and being strong on the brakes we can still pull off some moves. I think we can have good race pace and it would be nice if we can find an edge overnight but either way we can have some fun and challenge for top five.”
2016 Italian Grand Prix - Saturday
03 September 2016, Monza
Silver Arrows storm to 8th front-row lockout of the season!
Lewis Hamilton today took his 56th career pole position - his 5th at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and 7th of the 2016 season so far
Nico Rosberg completed an 8th Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season in P2