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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – MELBOURNE, 26 MARCH
Maurizio Arrivabene: “A good result today that could have been a great one if we’d managed to get Kimi on the podium too. When we launched the SF70H we referred to it as “Our Ferrari” and indeed today’s win reflects all the effort and hard work put in over the past few months, both in Maranello and at the track. As for Sebastian, he did a great job, as did the whole team in fact. It’s a shame that Kimi struggled in the early stages to get into the right rhythm. Our car went very well on track: it was well balanced and consistent performance from the tyres meant we were able to adopt an aggressive strategy. This is only the first race of the championship: there are still 19 to go and we must maintain a high level of concentration at every Grand Prix, avoiding distractions and, already as from today, we are looking ahead to the next Grand Prix in China.”
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Race
Grand Prix, Australia, Race | 26/03/2017
“A LITTLE BIT OF A MILESTONE TODAY”
Stoffel Vandoorne earned McLaren-Honda its first race finish of the season in today’s Australian Grand Prix, coming home in 13th position.
His team-mate Fernando Alonso looked set for an unexpected points finish, running strongly in 10th position before bodywork damage dropped him out of the top 10 and caused him to retire the car in the pits.
After a difficult winter, there are plenty of positives to take away from the opening race weekend of the year, and the whole team will be pushing to make further improvements ahead of next month’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Australian Grand Prix - Race Notes
Felipe Massa finished the Australian Grand Prix sixth, securing eight points for the team, whilst a front left brake failure for Lance Stroll cut his Formula One debut short
Felipe’s race got off to a strong start as the Brazilian took P6 from Grosjean at lights out on a set of used ultrasofts. Meanwhile, Lance made an impressive start to his first ever Grand Prix, making good progress up to P14
The 18-year-old also had a fantastic start, avoiding a collision between Giovinazzi and Ericsson on the opening lap, which caused a flat spot on his supersoft tyres and meant he had to pit early for a new set of ultrasofts
Whilst Felipe held sixth after the pitstops, Lance pitted again and battled with drivers on a one-stop strategy, running as high as 13th, before an issue with his front left brake forced him to retire from his Formula One debut
Felipe’s result secures eight points, placing him sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING kick off the opening race of the 2017 season P4 in the Constructors’ Championship
2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 26/03/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Race: pos. 8th
“A tricky race! Obviously, with this new generation of cars, we didn’t know really what to expect, but to finish P8 is a decent result I’m happy with. It’s a shame that soon after the pit-stop we lost the position to Perez. I struggled after having to let Daniil and the two Mercedes by, as my tyre temperatures dropped down a bit and it took me some time to get back into rhythm. Towards the end of the race I was coming fast, catching the Force India, and I got quite close to overtaking him - if only there had been a few more laps, I could’ve given it a try. This race weekend was definitely a confidence boost for the whole team – to get both cars into Q3 yesterday and end with a double-points finish today is a really good start and now we need to make sure we keep on going like this.”
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Sunday
26 March 2017
Formula One back with a bang, as Silver Arrows score double podium in Melbourne
Lewis Hamilton came home in P2 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit to claim his 105th Formula One podium finish
Valtteri Bottas completed a double podium for the Silver Arrows in P3 on his debut for the team, taking his career tally of top three finishes into double figures
Lewis (18) sits P2 in the Drivers' Championship, seven points shy of Sebastian Vettel (25), with Valtteri (15) a further three points behind in P3
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (33) trail Scuderia Ferrari (37) by four points in the Constructors' Championship
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 24-25°C air, 31-37°C track
Mixed feelings for the Sauber F1 Team during its 25th anniversary season opener at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Antonio Giovinazzi finished his first ever Formula One race at the Albert Park in P12 putting in a strong performance. Conversely, Marcus Ericsson was unlucky as his Sauber C36-Ferrari got damaged after an incident with another car on lap one.
AUSTRALIAN GP – RACE
26 MARCH 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 5th
“The start was really good but it was just a shame that out of turn one I had dirty air ahead of me, this allowed Kimi to stay on the outside and get in front of me again. From then on the pace wasn’t too bad, I could follow him pretty well which was a nice surprise and I had no pressure from behind me. It was positive to see we weren’t that far off Ferrari and Mercedes over a full race distance, this was a concern this morning but I’m relieved now to finish within touching distance. Physically I feel fine, you have to fight the cars a bit but to be honest I feel better than I did last year after race distance. The car behaved and handled quite a bit better than in qualifying. It was hard to follow and drive close behind others, I think as soon as you get within two seconds you can really feel it and could destroy your tyres. Looking ahead to China I think we need to keep working hard on the car, race pace was good but you can still see we are not quick enough in certain situations.”
TOP 10 ESCAPES IN MELBOURNE QUALIFYING BATTLE
QUALIFYING FOR TOMORROW’S AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX SAW SERGIO PEREZ SECURE P11 ON THE GRID AHEAD OF TEAMMATE ESTEBAN OCON IN P14.
P11 SERGIO PEREZ VJM10-02
Sergio: “It’s disappointing to miss out on the top ten by such a small margin – less than a tenth of a second. However, P11 is not a bad starting position and we can certainly race for good points. All the teams in the midfield seem to be very close to each other in terms of performance and there are going to be very close battles in the race. Tyre degradation is very low and finding the right rhythm during the race will be a challenge. Overtaking is difficult here, especially with these very wide cars, but I will fight hard tomorrow. I am determined to start the season well.”
2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Saturday
25 March 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Nico Hülkenberg has qualified twelfth for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix whilst Jolyon Palmer endured a tough qualifying session with twentieth on the grid his result at Albert Park. Nico set a 1min 24.975secs lap in Q2 and was just tenths shy of making it into the top ten. He earlier set the fifth-fastest time in FP3.
Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Event: Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 20)
Date: Saturday, March 25
Location: Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn circuit
Weather: Partly sunny
Air Temps: 28.3-29.7 degrees Celsius (82.9-85.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 31.8-35.1 degrees Celsius (89.2-95.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:22.188 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 6th
Kevin Magnussen qualified 17th
AUSTRALIAN GP – ON THE FRONT ROW IN THE ANTIPODES
Seb 2nd and Kimi 4th in qualifying in Melbourne: “A great recovery after yesterday”
Melbourne, 25 March – “If we look back twelve months, the progress we have made is clear to see,” said Sebastian Vettel. “We are working well as a team, having had a great winter; a winter of changes, but all for the best.” There are no points given out after qualifying and the 2017 championship has only just begun, but having Seb Vettel on the front row in the SF70H, with a gap to pole down by half a second, does nevertheless mean something.
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Grand Prix, Australia, Qualifying | 25/03/2017
"BETTER THAN EXPECTED"
Fernando Alonso gave it everything in qualifying this evening to line up in 13th position for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix. The Spaniard underlined his legendary pace by setting 12th-quickest time in Q1 before setting a best time of 1m25.425s at the end of the Q2 session.
Stoffel Vandoorne’s qualifying session was hampered by a persistent fuel pressure issue, which forced him to abort his first two attempts at setting a Q1 lap time. Once the problem had been righted, his engineers dispatched him for one final crack at setting a time, and he delivered a 1m26.858s lap to line up 18th on tomorrow’s grid.
AUSTRALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
25 MARCH 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th, 1:23.485 (Practice 3 – P12 1:26.269)
“It’s been a bit of a tough weekend in general, I haven’t done as much running as I would have liked. Qualifying was pretty much the first time I managed to string some laps together uninterrupted. This morning we didn’t have the balance and therefore couldn’t find the rhythm, so we tried a few things that unfortunately didn’t work how we would have liked. Heading into qualifying we found some positives and built it up lap by lap, after that I kept improving, the balance got better and I managed to have a fairly good qualifying. The car is better balanced now but it is clear to see we still a have to gain a bit. It’s not just in power; we built a car that is efficient on the straights but it means we lose a bit of grip in cornering. I am not disappointed as I think this is about where we expected to be at race 1. Tomorrow it is important for me to have a quick and clean start and let the guys in front battle it out. That could then lead to some opportunities. We will keep working this evening to improve and find some more pace ready for tomorrow’s race.”
2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 25/03/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:25.948, pos. 8th, 11 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:25.542, (Q2) 1:24.997., (Q3) 1:24.487, pos. 8th
“We can call today a good but not perfect day. We definitely started the qualifying session very far off from a balance point of view compared to yesterday; we lacked a bit of stability on the car and it wasn’t giving me as much confidence as on Friday. I therefore had to go little by little instead of pushing straight away from the beginning… That’s why it wasn’t the perfect start but it ended well. Getting into Q3 was difficult, as it was all very tight, but in the end it all came together and I’m definitely satisfied with our result. As a team, we can also be very happy because we got both cars through to Q3. To start tomorrow’s race from P8 is a very decent spot and I think it’s going to be a very exciting one… Bring it on!”
Australian Grand Prix Qualifying
Felipe Massa will start the Australian Grand Prix in seventh after a strong qualifying session at Albert Park, with a fastest lap of 1:24.443.
Lance Stroll was 19th quickest in his first Formula One qualifying session, but will start the Australian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after receiving a penalty.
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday
25 March 2017
Silver Arrows on top as Lewis Hamilton takes 62nd Formula One pole
Lewis Hamilton today took his 62nd career pole - his sixth at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Valtteri Bottas will start his first race for the Silver Arrows from third
Both drivers ran the UltraSoft compound tyres throughout Qualifying
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 28-31°C air, 32-40°C track
In a challenging qualifying ahead of the Australian Grand Prix for the Sauber F1 Team, Marcus Ericsson was able to make it into Q2 finishing qualifying in P15, while Antonio Giovinazzi ended his first Formula 1 qualifying in P16. As announced today, Antonio Giovinazzi replaces Pascal Wehrlein as of FP3 for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix weekend. Wehrlein does not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit caused by the incident during the Race of Champions in January in Miami.
Pascal Wehrlein not to start at the Australian Grand Prix
The Sauber F1 Team has decided to replace Pascal Wehrlein for the Australian Grand Prix. Wehrlein does not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit. As of FP3, Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
AUSTRALIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
24 MARCH 2017
First Practice Session: 1:24.886, Position: 3, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: 1:24.650, Position: 5, Laps: 27
“We looked pretty strong this morning and then we tried a few things this afternoon but I don’t think they worked in our favour. I’d like to learn a bit more from this afternoon’s session and then if we could pull all of that together with the strength of this morning I’ll be happy. Mercedes sure is quick but it’s more Lewis at the moment than Valtteri, who looks like he’s more in the group of Ferrari. I think we can be there as well. Pole might be a stretch but I think we can be in that next little group with the right set-up and the right lap in quali. If Lewis does the perfect lap then that’ll be a challenge to take the pole away from him but we’re not too far off. You certainly feel more traction with the new tyres. I thought the times would have been quicker though; this morning I felt a big chunk of grip but I was expecting low twenties. There is still time to improve tomorrow. I think the wind changes so that’ll make a quicker lap time but the traction is nice. It felt awesome to be out on the track this morning, I just felt I was back in my happy place and it was cool to already see so many fans on a Friday. It’s also a circuit I enjoy because it’s a fun layout. I think we can have a very good weekend from here.”
Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: sunny and dry, 21-23°C air, 27-36°C track
With the first and second practice session ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Formula 1 has officially started its 2017 season. For the Sauber F1 Team it was a productive day with lots of data gathering on both Sauber C36-Ferrari. In FP1 the focus was on aero testing, while short and long runs were on the programme for FP2 in the afternoon. Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed 59 and 52 laps overall.
Australian GP Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a day of two halves! We had a great session this morning, the first practice session of Lance’s Formula One career. He did a great job of taking it step-by-step, doing some good laps whilst getting familiar with a circuit he has never driven on before. He made steady progress throughout the session. On Felipe’s side of the garage, there was also some good running on both high and low fuel, and different tyres with encouraging pace. In FP2, unfortunately it wasn’t so good on Felipe’s side. We had an electrical problem which stopped the car on the circuit and brought his session to an end very early. We know the issue so it will be resolved easily overnight. He did get one run on the supersoft tyres before stopping, but unfortunately we missed out on the long runs. Meanwhile, Lance had another good session and we got good data from him on high fuel and we’ll be working with all of that information overnight.
2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 24/03/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:26.450, pos. 11th, 24 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:25.084, pos. 7th, 34 laps
“A positive way to start the first race weekend of the season here in Australia. We were able to follow our programme, without suffering any issues, which was the main target for today. We were able to keep learning and pick up from where we left in testing, so it was definitely a positive Friday. This doesn’t mean that we can now relax, as things usually get a bit more complicated on Saturdays, but it’s a good start. We now need to keep focused and finding lap time in the car. You can really feel that this new generation of car is much faster than last year. I’ve done the fastest lap of my life around Melbourne this afternoon, and it’s only the second practice session! We still have more margin for improvement, but it’s already been very exciting to drive our new STR12.”
2017 AUSTRALIAN GP: PRACTICE REPORT
THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEASON SAW THE VJM10 EMERGE IN ITS NEW PINK LIVERY AT ALBERT PARK AS SERGIO PEREZ AND ESTEBAN OCON CLOCKED UP A TOTAL OF 124 LAPS BETWEEN THEM.
SERGIO PEREZ VJM10-02
FP1: 1:26.276 P10 29 laps
FP2: 1:25.591 P11 35 laps
Sergio: “It’s always important to start the year with a trouble-free day and cover lots of miles. As usual in Melbourne, the track was very green during the first session and evolved quite a lot for the second session. We tried pretty much all the tyre compounds and we have the data we need to make improvements tonight. I think there are a few areas where we can find performance and we know where we need to focus our energy.”
2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Friday
24 March 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the first official practice sessions of the 2017 season with Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer taking the R.S.17 out on the 16-turn, 5.3km Albert Park Circuit. Nico had a trouble-free day, setting the ninth fastest lap time, a 1min 25.478secs. In contrast, Jolyon was denied significant track time due to a CV boot replacement in FP1, then an accident in FP2.
Australian Grand Prix: Friday Practice Recap
Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2) for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 20)
Date: Friday, March 24
Location: Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn circuit
FP1 Weather: Partly cloudy, 21-23 degrees Celsius (70-73 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP1 Track: 27-36 degrees Celsius (80-97 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Weather: Partly sunny, 22-23 degrees Celsius (72-73 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Track: 28-31 degrees Celsius (82-88 degrees Fahrenheit)
Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
Australian Grand Prix - Friday for learning
Seb and Kimi working on car balance
Melbourne, 24 March – The first day of a new world championship is always a special event, but for Scuderia Ferrari, practice in Albert Park was simply an opportunity to work through a planned programme. For the SF70H that meant mainly working on set-up and balance. Sebastian and Kimi tried all the specifications of tyre that Pirelli has supplied here, starting on the Soft before then using the Super and Ultrasoft in the second session.
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Free Practice
Grand Prix, Practice | 24/03/2017
“A STEADY STEP FORWARD”
McLaren-Honda kicked off the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with a productive and relatively trouble-free first day’s practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
The team spent the first session focusing on capturing aero data, fitting large aero rakes to Stoffel Vandoorne’s car for the opening run. For FP2, the engineers worked on set-up balance before switching to tyre evaluation work over a long run.
Fernando Alonso finished the second session in 12th position, with team-mate Stoffel in 17th.
Australian Grand Prix Preview
MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
ROUND 1 OF 20
The traditional season-opener at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne is a fitting place to start the 2017 season. The part street circuit layout provides an interesting challenge for the drivers, with the late start time and setting sun making visibility tricky as the race unfolds. The laid back and knowledgeable Aussie fans always create an electric atmosphere, making this a popular destination for the Formula One circus after a busy winter.
2017 Australian Grand Prix - Preview
20 March 2017, Brackley
Formula One enters a new age at the picturesque Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Toto on Melbourne
"It's the dawn of a new era - in more ways than one. This is the first time that Formula One has changed the rules to make the cars faster. We have new management looking at how we take the sport forward. And, in our team, we have seen some significant changes of personnel over the winter. It's been a busy few months, no doubt. But an extremely exciting time, too.
Preview – 2017 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix
1st Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 24th to 26th March 2017
“25 years in Formula One” – the Sauber F1 Team is ready to start into the first race weekend of it’s remarkable and historic anniversary year. This 2017 edition of the grand prix race in Melbourne on the circuit at Albert Park is not only the traditional season opener, it is also the first race for the new, faster and wider Formula One cars with the broader tyres. After intensive pre-season testing with the Sauber C36-Ferrari in Barcelona with more than 3600 kilometers completed, the Swiss team feels well-prepared for the race ‘down under’.