30 April

2017 Russian Grand Prix

Grand Prix, Russia, Race | 30/04/2017
A hugely disappointing afternoon for the whole McLaren-Honda team after Fernando Alonso failed to start the Russian Grand Prix, and Stoffel Vandoorne took the chequered flag in 14th position.

Fernando suffered an ERS software fault on the parade lap, and, despite attempting to restart it during the lap, he was unable to make it back to the pits and was left stranded on the circuit.

Stoffel put his head down and drove a tidy, measured race, finishing 14th – getting the best from his car but unable to challenge any of the runners ahead of him.
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Sergio Perez
Strategy: Used UltraSoft (27 laps) – New SuperSoft (25 laps)

Sergio: “Sixth place feels very satisfying and with Esteban in seventh it has been a really positive day for the team. We’ve consolidated our fourth place in the championship and I’m seventh in the drivers’ championship – which is a tremendous effort from the first four races. The race today was not especially exciting for me because I was always on my own in clean air – chasing the cars ahead and pulling away from the cars behind. So there were no on-track battles and I could simply focus on managing my race and bringing home the points. The team did a great job with the strategy – waiting until the right moment to pit and not coming in too soon. Once again, we took all the opportunities that were on the table and we can feel very happy tonight.”
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Russian Grand Prix: Race Report

Apr 30, 2017

Event: Russian Grand Prix (Round 4 of 20)
Date: Sunday, April 30
Location: Sochi Autodrom
Layout: 5.848-kilometer (3.634-mile), 18-turn circuit
Weather: Sunny
Air Temps: 25.3-26.8 degrees Celsius (77.5-80.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 39.2-42 degrees Celsius (102.6-107.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes
Haas F1 Team:
● Kevin Magnussen – Started 13th, Finished 13th (Running, completed 51/52 laps)
● Romain Grosjean – Started 19th, Finished 19th (Accident, completed 0/52 laps)
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2017 Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix, Sunday

30 April 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team secured its second points-scoring finish of 2017 with a robust eighth place from Nico Hülkenberg in the VTB Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Nico started eighth then ran a mammoth 40-lap stint on his qualifying Ultrasort tyres before changing to the Supersoft tyres for a final 12-lap bid to wrestle seventh place from Esteban Ocon. Jolyon Palmer’s race ended at the second corner, the victim of an ambitious over-the-kerbs overtake attempt from Romain Grosjean.
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Maurizio Arrivabene: “A shame, because today’s result could have been better. We didn’t get a great start and that penalised us for the rest of the race, on a track where overtaking is difficult. Our race pace was very good, as indeed was our strategy. Once again, both Seb and Kimi proved their worth, driving great races. Now it’s already time for us to look ahead to the next Grand Prix in Spain.”
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Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: sunny and dry, 25-27°C air, 39-42°C track

A difficult Russian Grand Prix weekend has come to an end: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein finished the race on the Sochi Autodrom in P15 and P16. Throughout the whole weekend, the Sauber F1 Team had difficulties getting the tyres to work properly. Next on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix – in less than two weeks, the Formula 1 European season starts in Barcelona.
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Race: pos. 10th
“What a tough race, especially as we were starting from behind because of the grid penalty… But today we got everything right: the start, the first lap, the pit-stop, the strategy… So we can be happy! We did a good race and recovered well from P14 to P10, which I think was the maximum we could do this weekend. After the pit-stop it was a bit of a lonely race for me and I just had to control the gap to Stroll, which we managed to do well. I must say that now I’m really looking forward to the next race in Barcelona –it’s a track where I’ve always performed very well and to race in front of my home crowd is always very special. I also have my own grandstand there, so a lot of people will be coming to support me and this will surely be one of the highlights of the weekend.”
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2017 Russian Grand Prix - Sunday

30 April 2017
Valtteri claims his first Formula 1 victory with Lewis fourth in tense Russian Grand Prix
Valtteri took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nailbitting, race-long battle
Lewis produced a battling drive to finish P4 after struggling with overheating throughout the race
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30 APRIL 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 7th
“The start was very important today and ended up being the only action of the race for me. I managed to get past Felipe and Daniel and from there on it was a very lonely race. I could see the cars in front of me pulling away and I was pulling away from the cars behind so I just tried to manage the car home. After the issues we had this morning luckily nothing upset me or the rhythm during the race so I just had to bring it across the line. The mechanics did a really good job sorting the issue in such a small amount of time and giving me a car to complete the race in P5. The pace was not so bad in the last stint which is another positive to take away from this tough weekend. Towards the end you naturally start to turn things down on the car to be safe. We maximised the opportunities we had so now we can look forward to Barcelona, the upgrades are coming and we can hopefully start to get involved in the fight at the front. Barcelona is obviously a very special track for me following last year’s race so I am excited to return and see what we can do.”
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Russian Grand Prix

Race Notes:
Felipe Massa finished ninth and Lance Stroll 11th as misfortune hindered WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING in the Russian Grand Prix
Felipe passed Ricciardo at the start and kept him at bay through the opening corners to hold sixth, while Lance made up two places off the line but dropped back to P14 with a spin later during the first lap
Felipe ran sixth for most of the race but was forced to pit for a second time on lap 41 with a slow puncture, which dropped him to ninth place
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29 April


Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:36.164, pos. 9th, 20 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:35.827, (Q2) 1:35.948, pos. 11th
“Yesterday we were totally out of position, but today we managed to pick-up the pace a bit and to qualify in P11, which isn’t that bad. It’s just unfortunate that I have that 3-place grid penalty for tomorrow… We are definitely lacking some pace around this circuit, but it can be an interesting race. I’m really enjoying this midfield battle which is making every Quali and race very exciting. I’d say points are possible and, even if it will be tough to go forward, I will give it my all and let’s see where we end up.”
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Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: sunny and dry, 19-25°C air, 35-41°C track

Qualifying was disappointing for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Russian Grand Prix at the Black Sea in Sochi. Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson finished the first qualifying session in P18 and P19 – the first time this season that the Sauber F1 Team was unable to qualify for Q2. However, Ericsson and Wehrlein are confident that they can fight back tomorrow during the 53 laps race on the Sochi Autodrom.
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29 APRIL 2017  <br />
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th, 1:34.905 (Practice 3 – P8 1:35.830)
“I don’t think the practice session timings were completely representative of our pace and I felt like we were always a bit better than the timing screen showed but we hadn’t quite put it all together. In Q1 and Q2 we were trying to circulate and build temperature in the tyres but in Q3 we went for it and decided just to do one push lap which seemed to work so I’m glad we chose to do that. I’m pretty happy, I think fifth was all we could ask for today and that’s obvious looking at the gap to the front. Fifth is our best qualifying result here in Russia and we have to take the positives for now so I’m pleased to have achieved that for the team. I think Ferrari and Mercedes will be battling for the win tomorrow but we will definitely have a good fight for the top five. Compared to the Williams I think we have more rear downforce and could be better on the tyres but they have the straight-line speed and if you compare us to Ferrari and Mercedes they still have a bit of everything on us. For everyone watching at home I hope we can all have a good race and it’s definitely good for the sport now that Mercedes is being challenged.”
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2017 Russian Grand Prix - Saturday

29 April 2017
Scuderia Ferrari edge the Silver Arrows in tense Sochi Qualifying shootout
Valtteri Bottas claimed P3 on the grid, with the top three cars covered by just 0.095s
Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix from P4
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Russian GP Qualifying

Felipe Massa qualified 6th and Lance Stroll 12th for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix
Both drivers cleared Q1 with no issues, Felipe in P10 and Lance in P13
Lance set his fastest times in the first two sectors of his final lap of Q2, but a snatch of oversteer at Turn 15 cost him time and the lap was only enough for P12
Felipe’s first run of Q3 put him P7, but he improved again on the deciding run to move ahead of Verstappen into P6
Lance will be promoted from 12th to 11th, due to a three-place grid penalty for Carlos Sainz for an incident in the last race
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28 April

Russian GP Practice

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

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It’s been a sunny Friday at the Sochi Autodrom and a good day on both sides of the garage as we had no problems on either car and completed our planned programmes. Felipe ran a more conventional programme, using all three tyre compounds on both high and low fuel, as well as conducting some aerodynamic experiments. For Lance, the focus was on learning the circuit as this is a track he hasn’t driven before, and he made good progress through the day. We chose to run two sets of super soft tyres with him in FP2, giving him a more consistent tyre with one less variable. We have lots of interesting data in terms of tyre performance and endurance. There is still a lot of work to do tonight. We look forward to competing strongly tomorrow.
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28 APRIL 2017
First Practice Session: 1:37.174, Position: 4, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: 1:35.540, Position: 5, Laps: 15
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2017 Russian Grand Prix - Friday

28 April 2017
Silver Arrows hit the ground running in Sochi
Valtteri ended the morning session in P2 with Lewis P3
Valtteri ended the day with the third fastest time in the afternoon session, with Lewis fourth quickest
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.976, pos. 14th, 17 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:37.083, pos. 15th, 36 laps
“I think we’ve learned a lot out there today, but it’s been a challenging Friday – the track is very slippery and it’s tricky to get the tyres up to temperature. This makes our life fairly difficult during the out laps and the push laps; even if the sun is out and it’s quite a warm day, it’s proving to be tough. We now need to keep working and get ready for tomorrow, as we’re not exactly where we’d like to be.”
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Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny and dry, 20-23°C air, 34-41°C track

The Friday practice sessions ahead of the Russian Grand Prix did not quite go according to plan. In total, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein behind the wheels of their Sauber C36-Ferrari completed 49 and 51 laps respectively.
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26 April

Russian Grand Prix Preview

28th - 30th APRIL

The Sochi Autodrom is one of the longest circuits in Formula One and circumnavigates the 2014 Winter Olympic venues as well as sharing just over 1km with public roads. Designed by Herman Tilke, the circuit boasts some of his signature designs such as long straights and sweeping hairpins. Now in its fourth year, the drivers will head back to Sochi once again with an even greater understanding of the circuit.
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Preview – 2017 Formula One VTB Russian Grand Prix

4th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 28th to 30th April 2017

The Olympic city of Sochi will again host the Russian Grand Prix – the fourth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, as well as the fourth round for the Russian Grand Prix itself, in the Krasnodar region. After two productive testing days in Bahrain last week, the Sauber F1 Team heads – after a short stopover in its headquarters in Hinwil – to the Sochi Autodrom on the Black Sea coast.
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25 April

2017 Russian Grand Prix - Preview

25 April 2017
Battle royal continues with Round Four of the 2017 season from the Sochi Autodrom
Toto Talks Russia
Featured this Week: 2017 Race Starts
Stat Attack: Russia and Beyond
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16 April

Bahrain, Race, Grand Prix | 16/04/2017

The Bahrain Grand Prix started in frustrating) fashion for the McLaren-Honda team, when a water-pressure issue was detected in the #2 car of Stoffel Vandoorne on the way to the grid. The problem could not be fixed in time, and the team had no choice but to remove the car from the grid. Stoffel did not therefore start the race. 
On the opposite side of the garage, Fernando made a good start – maintaining his starting position – and took full advantage of the Safety Car to pit on lap 13. By lap 19 he had battled his way up to 11th position. He enjoyed some exciting dices with the cars around him and was running in 12th position for the final third of the race. Two laps from the end, however, he reported that he felt something unusual from the cockpit, so the team elected to retire his car as a precaution following the reliability issues that have occurred throughout the weekend so far. The issue is now under investigation.
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Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s victory was an important one, achieved thanks to the great efforts of all the guys at the track and back in Maranello. For the whole weekend, the team demonstrated courage, determination and a little bit of madness. This is all part of our DNA, characteristics which 70 years ago saw the birth of Ferrari. Courage and determination were needed to tackle a weekend like this, in which we expected to encounter a few difficulties in qualifying, which is why, based on good long run data on Friday, we prepared as well as possible for the race. In order to do this you also need to use some madness… Sebastian drove a really great race, demonstrating once again all his class. Kimi was caught up in traffic at the start and then he certainly wasn’t helped by the arrival of the Safety Car. The SF70H proved itself to be strong also in these conditions, at a track which requires above all power and good traction. The tyres worked very well, which allowed us to fully exploit our very good strategy. And now it’s time to concentrate on the next round of the World Championship, the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.”
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2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday

16 April 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team scored its first points of 2017 after a hardfought Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit. Despite continued positive progress with top ten qualifying performances from Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer on Saturday, both drivers finished lower than they started in the 57-lap race as they struggled with race pace. Nico crossed the finish line in ninth position and Jolyon finished thirteenth, both using two-stop strategies.
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Strategy: New SuperSoft (13 laps) – New SuperSoft (23 laps) – New Soft (21 laps)

Sergio: “I’m very proud of my team today. To finish seventh after starting from P18 is an amazing recovery and we can be very happy tonight. It’s also our thirteenth consecutive race in the points, which is an incredible achievement. The first lap was very important for my race because I made up five places and was up in P13 by the end of lap one. I had great tyre life in the first stint; we stayed out as long as we could and the safety car played into our hands just when I needed to make a pit stop. So I think we made the most of every opportunity and the whole team – the engineers and the mechanics – played their part in executing a perfect race. We showed, once again, that we never give up on Sundays and we can come back strong after a difficult qualifying. We know there are still areas where we can improve and that there is more speed to come from this car, but for now it feels good to have both cars in the points for the third race this season.”
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Bahrain Grand Prix: Race Recap Apr 16, 2017

Event: Bahrain Grand Prix (Round 3 of 20)
Date: Sunday, April 16
Location: Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir
Layout: 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile), 15-turn track
Weather: Clear
Air Temps: 23.9-26.3 degrees Celsius (75-79.3 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 28.3-34.8 degrees Celsius (82.9-94.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari
Haas F1 Team:
● Romain Grosjean – Started 9th, Finished 8th (Running, completed 57/57 laps)
● Kevin Magnussen – Started 20th, Finished 19th (Electrical, completed 8/57 laps)
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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: dry, 26-24°C air, 35-28°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in P11 with Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson was unlucky – he had to retire just a couple of laps before the end of the race due to a gearbox failure. On the Bahrain International Circuit the drivers were on different strategies with their Sauber C36-Ferrari.
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2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Sunday

16 April 2017
Silver Arrows seal double podium in breathtaking Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis today took the 107th top three finish of his Formula One career in P2
Valtteri sealed a double podium for the team in P3
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Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Race: pos. 12th
“After my first lap I think my race was over, unfortunately. I had very little grip on lap 1 and went off the track because of a misunderstanding with another car – I locked my wheels, went off and that made me drop to last… We will need to analyse what happened there, as I felt I had less grip than anyone else. From that point onwards it was a very busy race, but we were battling for nothing unfortunately as the points positions were too far away... At least I was able to finish the race here – it was important to complete all the laps and to know that, every time I get in the car, I know what it’s doing and I feel comfortable. Today was just not our day and we can’t afford situations like this as the midfield is very tight. Hopefully in the next race in Russia, my home Grand Prix, we can fight for more points, because that’s what we need and we have a car that can do it.”
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16 APRIL 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 6th
“I had a good start, Kimi struggled a bit off the line so I passed him straight away and then I went round the outside at turn one and overtook Daniel which put me in a good position. After that I could keep up with the leaders, the car was performing really well on the tyres and the pace was good. I think we made the right call with the pit stop to try and undercut the two Mercedes but then the rear brakes failed on lap 12 and it was race over. These things are all a part of racing and there are definitely positives to take away from today. The car was working a lot better here than the previous two races so it’s just an unfortunate ending as we could have scored some really good points.”
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Bahrain Grand Prix

Felipe Massa finished sixth in the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lance Stroll’s race came to an early conclusion on lap 12 after being hit by Sainz
Both cars started the race on the supersoft tyre. Felipe gained several positions to jump up to P6, while Lance fell to P14
Lance was closing in on Palmer before pitting for a new set of soft tyres on lap nine. He rejoined in P18 and set the fastest lap of the race before the incident with Sainz
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15 April

Bahrain GP Qualifying

Felipe Massa qualified eighth and Lance Stroll 12th for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Felipe made it comfortably through to Q2 with his first lap on the supersofts. Lance was in P16 but managed to put in a solid lap to jump up to P12 and progress to Q2
In Q2 Lance was briefly in P10, and through to Q3, but as others took the chequered flag and improved he dropped to P12, where he will start the race tomorrow
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2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Saturday

15 April 2017
Maiden Formula One pole for Valtteri, Lewis completes Silver Arrows lockout
Valtteri Bottas tonight claimed his first F1 career pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit
Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix P2 after qualifying just 0.023s behind his teammate
Both drivers completed a single run in Q1 on Soft tyres, a single run on the SuperSoft in Q2, then two runs on the SuperSoft in Q3
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Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:33.744, pos. 10th, 11 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.531, (Q2) 1:30.923, pos. 11th
“It was another very tight qualifying session and we came very close to getting into Q3 – unfortunately I made a mistake and went off at the last corner during my fastest Q2 lap. I’m really sorry for all the guys, they would have deserved to be in the top 10. Nevertheless, the car is capable of being up there consistently, which is very pleasing. We managed to do quite a good step forward from yesterday to today and I was feeling good in the car. With a clean lap, we would’ve made it into Q3; we have a fast car. Tomorrow we get to start from P11, which is good from a strategic point of view as we can choose what tyres to start the race on – we should be able to fight for some points from there tomorrow.”
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15 APRIL 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, 1:29.545 (Practice 3 – P7 1:32.809)
“It’s been a good and positive day today. We didn’t expect much to change from China to here but now we’re a lot closer to pole than we were a week ago so we’ll take that. To be on the second row and to get ahead of a Ferrari is a good surprise. We kind of thought if we put everything together then there might be a chance of a second row and we got it. We’re learning and are getting a bit more out of the car as well which is great to see. If tomorrow Mercedes and Ferrari run into some tyre degradation maybe we can have a bit of a go. But the aim now is to try and maintain this gap in the race and stay within half a second or second each lap and to replicate our pace during qualifying in the long runs.”
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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 34-35°C air, 37-40°C track; Qualifying: dry, 33-29°C air, 34°C track

Pascal Wehrlein bounced back in qualifying ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix by finishing in P13 – in his first qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team, the German put in a very good performance and qualified for Q2. For Marcus Ericsson qualifying ended in Q1. The Swede will start the night race on the Bahrain International Circuit in P19.
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14 April

Bahrain GP Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Well this was a big contrast weather wise from China! It’s extremely hot here, with incredibly high surface temperatures on the track in FP1 especially. We first ran on the Medium and I think we were similar to all the other teams in finding that a very difficult tyre. Remarkably, it’s roughly two to three seconds slower than the Soft compound tyre, which we fitted just after. So that’s an interesting result which will need to be understood. On the Soft tyres both cars performed reasonably well. It was particularly great for Lance who set his first purple sector of his Formula One career in Sector 1 during the session. Unfortunately, Felipe had a brake failure at the end of FP1, which was due to an issue that we have now understood and resolved. Then we went into FP2, which is our main practice for qualifying and the race due to the evening conditions. Both drivers ran on the Soft and Supersoft tyres on low and high fuel. Felipe’s performance in particular was very strong, on every run. In contrast Lance struggled throughout the session, which wasn’t the case in FP1. So we need to understand that ahead of tomorrow. Overall, I think it was a good day and we will do our work tonight and see what we can achieve in qualifying tomorrow.
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Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: FP1: sunny and dry, 36-38°C air, 38-48°C track; FP2: dry, 36-30°C air, 37-31°C track

The Friday practice sessions ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix went according to plan – with Pascal Wehrlein making his comeback behind the wheel of the Sauber C36-Ferrari after missing the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix. In total, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed 58 and 52 laps respectively.
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14 APRIL 2017
First Practice Session: 1:33.097, Position: 2, Laps: 22
Second Practice Session: 1:31.376, Position: 3, Laps: 28
“Today was good. FP1 is always a tricky one here in order to set the car up, because it’s so hot and the race is so cool so you have to be careful not to get carried away with what you learn during that first session. FP2 looked alright though. Normally the grip gets a lot better when the track cools down in the late afternoon, so that helped but the wind changed and the way the wind turned actually made the track slower. I think the low fuel pace looks competitive, but probably too competitive for now. I do like it but I expect Ferrari and Mercedes to sneak further ahead tomorrow. But in general it was a good day. We couldn’t really ask for more. The long runs looked like they had a bit more pace so that was probably a bit more representative. I think we did what we had to do today so I’m happy. Let’s make tomorrow a good one also.”
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Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:34.838, pos. 11th, 13 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:32.707, pos. 10th, 35 laps
“It was a very busy FP2 after not doing many laps in the first practice session because it was very hot and the race here takes place at night… So we did many things this evening – long runs, short runs – and I think we covered everything we wanted to do. We now have a lot of data to go through overnight and we believe we can make a step forward for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. We will try and do our best and be as well prepared as possible – the weekend has started positively for us and hopefully it will carry on this way.”
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2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Friday

14 April 2017
Soaring temperatures, searing competition on opening day in Sakhir
Lewis ended the morning session in P10 with Valtteri P14
Valtteri set the second fastest time in the afternoon session with Lewis fifth quickest
Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft compound tyre in FP1, the Soft and SuperSoft in FP2
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09 April

Chinese GP - Race

P9      Sergio Perez              VJM10-02
Strategy: New Inters (2 laps) – Used SuperSoft (18 laps) – Used SuperSoft (29 laps) – Used SuperSoft (6 laps)
Sergio: “It feels great to come away from an entertaining race with some more points. The start of the race was not easy because I made a very poor start and lost five or six places before turn one. As soon as I dropped the clutch, I went into wheel spin. I recovered some places during lap one, but then there was contact with Stroll in turn ten, which gave me a puncture. I don’t think he saw me on the inside because he didn’t give me any space. We definitely made the switch to dry tyres at the right moment and choosing the supersoft was the correct decision because I found a good rhythm straight away and overtook Massa and Kvyat. You can always look back on the strategy and see things you could have done better, but I think we finished where we deserved in terms of car pace. It’s another great result for the whole team and our twelfth consecutive race in the points, which is a special achievement.”
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Grand Prix, China, Race | 09/04/2017

2017 Chinese Grand Prix
It was a short-lived Chinese Grand Prix for the McLaren-Honda team at the Shanghai International Circuit. Rain earlier in the day meant that the track was pretty damp for the start, both drivers consequently electing to start on new Intermediate tyres. Both Fernando and Stoffel made good starts – and, although Stoffel’s car was tapped at the rear by another car, no damage was sustained and both he and Fernando escaped any major drama on the first lap.
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Chinese Grand Prix: Race Recap

Apr 9, 2017
Event: Chinese Grand Prix (Round 2 of 20)
Date: Sunday, April 9
Location: Shanghai International Circuit
Layout: 5.451-kilometer (3.387-mile), 16-turn circuit
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2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, Sunday

9 April 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team endured a frustrating Heineken Chinese Grand Prix with Nico Hülkenberg finishing 12th and Jolyon Palmer finishing 13th after an eventful 56 lap race at the Shanghai International Circuit. Nico’s fine Saturday qualifying performance was undone by an early pit stop for dry tyres being followed by an incident on track requiring a Virtual Safety Car, which negated any advantage the strategy could have provided. The same Virtual Safety Car also undid the potential of an early stop for dry tyres for Jolyon Palmer. The pair crossed the finish line just two seconds apart at the chequered flag.
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Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today, on a track and in conditions which were very different from those we had in Melbourne, we proved that we have a strong car. Sebastian drove a very good race, and the fact that the safety car came out right after his first tire change certainly didn’t help. Perhaps, without that interruption, the result could have been even better. Now all the team is already focused onto the next race in Bahrain.”
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Race: pos. 7th
“WOW! What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it! On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision… When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do! I knew the start and the first four corners were going to be very tricky – and they certainly were! – but from Turn 6 onwards the track was fully dry and I felt confident – the gamble definitely paid off! But today’s result isn’t only thanks to this decision; it’s also down to the pace that we showed in damp conditions. After the Safety Car, I saw myself catching Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes in front and I got super excited! It was just an incredible race, I felt so comfortable in the car today and to finally cross the line in P7 is a great result – I’d like to thank the team for the whole weekend, we can all be very happy!”
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09 APRIL 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 16th
“That was a very special race. When I woke up this morning I never expected to be on the podium. It was a very good first lap, I passed nine cars I think which is very positive. The conditions really helped me get past the cars as quick as I could, that was important as I knew it would only dry up and get tougher to pass. I always enjoy driving in the wet so I made the most of the fun conditions early on. I think in the first eleven laps I got up to seventh place which set me up for a strong finish. We were a bit unsure of how the balance of the car would be towards the end of the race as I didn’t run much yesterday in Qualifying and the temperature is a lot lower today. We had quite a bit of understeer but just about managed to hold on to third place. These balance issues combined with being within two seconds of another car in the closing stages of the race made it really hard to drive, there were blue flags out but I still couldn’t get past, this needs looking into. The battle with Daniel at the end was hard as my car was not fun to defend in. I’m glad we hung on and obviously it was a great race to watch and for the team. I think on pure pace in the dry we are still a bit slow for a podium but all things considered today we definitely MAXED it out.”
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2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Sunday

09 April 2017
Lewis claims first victory of 2017 with Valtteri sixth in topsy-turvy Chinese Grand Prix
Lewis took his 54th Formula One victory today - his fifth at the Shanghai International Circuit, his first of the 2017 season and the third Grand Chelem (pole position, race win, fastest lap, leading every racing lap) of his F1 career
Valtteri produced a battling drive to finish P6 after a slow stop followed by a spin on cold slick tyres in wet conditions relegated him to P12 in the early stages
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Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: cloudy and damp/dry, 12-13°C air, 16°C track
The Chinese Grand Prix ended in a disappointing result for the Sauber F1 Team. During difficult conditions, with light rain before the start of the race and low temperatures in general, Antonio Giovinazzi retired early on at the beginning of the race after an accident. Marcus Ericsson finished in P15, as the Sauber C36-Ferrari was not able to maintain the pace of the competitors under these conditions on the Shanghai International Circuit. The Sauber F1 Team will be on the way to Bahrain, where the next Grand Prix will take place the next weekend.
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Chinese Grand Prix - Race Notes

Felipe Massa finished 14th whilst Lance Stroll’s first ever Chinese Grand Prix was cut short after contact from Perez on the opening lap put him into a spin at Turn 10
It was a chaotic start with the vast majority of the grid starting the 56-lap race on Pirelli’s intermediate tyres after a wet start to the day
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08 April

2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Saturday

08 April 2017
Centimetres separate the top three in Shanghai pole position shootout
Lewis today claimed his 63rd career pole position - his sixth at the Shanghai International Circuit, second of the 2017 season and sixth in succession
The Brit's 1:31.678 was 3.72s quicker than the 2016 pole position time and 0.56 seconds faster than the all-time circuit lap record set by Michael Schumacher in 2004
Valtteri will start tomorrow's race from P3 having missed out on the front row by just a thousandth of a second (equivalent to 5.91cm) in an intense battle with Sebastian Vettel
Today's pole is the 75th for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in Formula One and a 17th consecutive P1 grid slot for the marque
Both drivers completed a single run in Q1 and Q2, then two runs in Q3, using SuperSoft tyres throughout
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Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying


Qualifying Notes
Felipe Massa will start the Chinese Grand Prix sixth and Lance Stroll 10th after a solid performance in qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit
Felipe’s quickest time of 1:33.507 in Q3 was enough to secure sixth place, whilst Lance did a brilliant job to claim P10 ahead of his first ever Chinese Grand Prix
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Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:35.804, pos. 15th, 23 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.440, (Q2) 1:34.034, (Q3) 1:33.719, pos. 9th
“We had a lot of things to focus on today and in the end we did a good job. I’m feeling confident and we managed to put some very good laps together – I’m satisfied with my qualifying session! After not the easiest of FP3’s – not having run much yesterday, this morning we struggled a bit with the balance of the car – my team of engineers and myself managed to put everything together for qualifying, which ran smoothly. We’re satisfied with our performance and getting into Q3 was a nice achievement! I missed out by a tiny bit to P7, but I will try to make up for it tomorrow. If the rain does finally come during the race, it will definitely offer more opportunities, but also more threats – as we know, anything can happen in the rain and we will need to do the best job possible, stay patient and take calculated risks at times. It will be a fun race, whatever the weather!”
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Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 20-23°C air, 30-36°C track

Mixed feelings for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit – P14 for Marcus Ericsson whereas Antonio Giovinazzi finished in P15. From lap times, Marcus Ericsson and Antonio Giovinazzi both qualified for the second qualifying session. However, the Italian made a mistake in the last corner of his final lap and went into the barriers. Although Giovinazzi was taken to the medical centre as a precaution, he luckily was uninjured.
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08 APRIL 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th, 1:35.092 (Practice 3 – P7 1:33.033)
“Personally I’m happy with what I was able to get out of the car this afternoon but obviously as a team and as a driver we want more. I felt like up until today we still probably hadn’t got the most out of the setup but in qualifying I felt pretty comfortable with the car. I could lean on it more or less as much as I wanted but we are still missing some performance compared to Mercedes and Ferrari. However, I felt we improved the balance a lot from this morning and we made some bold changes which helped us in qualifying. You won’t see me looking disappointed if it rains tomorrow as the wet conditions always create more opportunities and it will be up to me to maximise those if it happens. We hope to have a good car in the wet; downforce plays a huge role in those conditions so we will have to wait and see. Whatever happens it will certainly be an exciting race for the spectators and we will do all we can to be on the podium.”
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Third Practice Session Classification

1 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.336 20 210.246
2 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.389 19 +0.053 210.127
3 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.707 26 +0.371 209.414
4 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.879 25 +0.543 209.030
5 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 1:34.773 23 +1.437 207.058
6 33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Red Bull Racing 1:34.946 20 +1.610 206.681
7 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 1:35.092 23 +1.756 206.364
8 18 L. STROLL CAN Williams Martini Racing 1:35.182 24 +1.846 206.169
9 30 J. PALMER GBR Renault Sport F1 Team 1:35.192 21 +1.856 206.147
10 55 C. SAINZ ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.223 24 +1.887 206.080
11 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Renault Sport F1 Team 1:35.449 22 +2.113 205.592
12 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Haas F1 Team 1:35.521 22 +2.185 205.437
13 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:35.626 20 +2.290 205.211
14 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 1:35.680 22 +2.344 205.096
15 26 D. KVYAT RUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.804 23 +2.468 204.830
16 31 E. OCON FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:35.811 24 +2.475 204.815
17 14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 1:35.912 17 +2.576 204.600
18 9 M. ERICSSON SWE Sauber F1 Team 1:36.063 25 +2.727 204.278
19 2 S. VANDOORNE BEL McLaren Honda 1:36.221 21 +2.885 203.943
20 36 A. GIOVINAZZI ITA Sauber F1 Team 1:36.705 24 +3.369 202.922

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07 April


07 APRIL 2017

First Practice Session: 1:50.491, Position: 1, Laps: 4
Second Practice Session: Did not start due to bad weather grounding the medical helicopter
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Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: FP1: cloudy/foggy and damp, 13-14°C air, 15-16°C track

There was almost no running time during the practice sessions ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix for all Formula 1 teams. Due to the heavy fog, the medical helicopter was unable to operate. During FP1 Marcus Ericsson and Antonio Giovinazzi were only able to run four laps each, before the session was red-flagged and not resumed. In the afternoon, the teams were unable to do any running in FP2.
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2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Friday

07 April 2017
No silver lining to Shanghai clouds on day one in China
Track action was limited to a handful of laps today, with running suspended for the majority of FP1 and the entirely of FP2 due to poor visibility rendering the medical helicopter unable to fly
Lewis ran Extreme Wet tyres during his brief appearance in FP1, while Valtteri used Intermediates
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:52.840, pos. 4th, 5 laps
Second Practice Session
No laps
“A very particular Friday, as the conditions were not good enough for the helicopter to fly, so we spent most of the time in the garage today. In this morning’s FP1 we managed to at least do an install lap and check the car, making sure everything was working well. In FP2 we unfortunately didn’t complete any laps and I spent an hour and a half in my seat, watching the session on TV! It was like sitting on the sofa at home – at least I confirm I’m very comfortable when I sit in the cockpit! J Tomorrow’s FP3 will definitely be a tough and intensive session. There’s now a lot to learn in a little amount of time, but it’s the same for everyone.”
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Chinese Grand Prix Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Whilst it’s been a frustrating day for everyone, it’s probably more so for other teams, because we were able to make the best of the opportunity. We didn’t run in the wet in Barcelona during the pre-season tests so we had never driven the car in the wet. It was particularly good for Lance, who has never driven any Formula One car in the wet. The small amount of running we did on the full wets in FP1, and the sets of laps on the intermediates were actually invaluable as we learnt how the car behaves in wet conditions and on wet tyres. The pace was encouraging for the car but also for Lance, who was able to drive with confidence in those conditions. I feel the worst for the fans! We have some really enthusiastic fans in China and they’ve been denied the excitement of the cars running today. From our point of view, we have a lot of homework to do ahead of qualifying and the race, which we haven’t done today, but it’s the same for everyone so that’s the challenge we face together.
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05 April

Chinese and Bahrain Grands Prix Preview

7th – 9th APRIL
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04 April


What do our drivers’ think of when it comes to China?
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03 April

Preview – 2017 Formula One Heineken Chinese Grand Prix & Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

2nd and 3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship
After the usual season opener in Melbourne, the Sauber F1 Team travels to the next stop in this year’s Formula One calendar: Shanghai. The Chinese Grand Prix marks the second round of the 2017 Formula One Championship and takes place from the 7th to 9th of April on the Shanghai International Circuit. Pascal Wehrlein will again be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi to ensure that the German will be back in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari, in best physical shape, at the earliest possible opportunity – either the Bahrain Grand Prix or the Russian Grand Prix.
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2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Preview

03 April 2017, Brackley

Battle resumes with Round Two of the 2017 season at the Shanghai International Circuit
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