28 May


28 MAY 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd Start Position: 5th
"l'm much happier today. 1 can't obviously complain how it worked out and I have to thank the team. lt was cool to show some pace today and we had that clear track. I didn't think the tyres had that much more but I just got info that rhythm, was able to punch out some good times. I knew the pace was right, my engineer was encouraging me on the radio saying: "Pace is really good. Keep going, keep goingl" That was certainly motivating and my thanks to the homies. After the safety car it was pretty unexpected when I touched the wall as I didn't brake late or anything, I felt I was quite cautious, but then when I turned I thought the car isn't turning, I then hit the wall and thought I damaged the front wing or something but in the end it was okay. l'm just happy to be back on the podium to be honest. That was definitely the icing on the cake and is a reward for myself and the team."
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Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s one-two is a great result for the entire team, on a track that highlights the qualities of the car and the person driving it. Both our drivers performed like champions. Starting from pole, Kimi led the race up until his pit stop, which took place on the planned lap. Seb stayed out for a few more laps to cover Ricciardo. Vettel’s times were exceptional on Ultrasofts that had done a lot of laps, which confirms the quality of the Pirelli product. As for Kimi, unfortunately he lost a bit too much time behind a backmarker. The most important aspect of today is that all the hard work carried out by the guys at the track was rewarded, as was the fact that our car was so well conceived back in Maranello. Now, it’s already time for us to think of the forthcoming Grand Prix in Canada.”
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27 May

2017 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Recap

May 27, 2017

Event: Qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix (Round 6 of 20)
Date: Saturday, May 27
Location: Circuit de Monaco
Layout: 3.337-kilometer (2.074-mile), 19-turn circuit
Weather: Sunny
Air Temps: 25.5-27.3 degrees Celsius (77.9-81.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 50.1-55.1 degrees Celsius (122.2-131.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Kimi Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari (1:12.178 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 8th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 13th
Note: Magnussen will start 11th due to grid penalties incurred by drivers in front of him
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Kimi on pole as Ferrari secures front row lock-out in Monaco

Montecarlo, May 27 – It’s the most famous and challenging track on the calendar, the one which calls for maximum performance from both the car and the driver. Securing pole position here is more of a reward than anywhere else; locking out the front row is a synonym for sensational team work. At Monaco today, Scuderia Ferrari did it. The last one-two for the team on the grid in the Principality dates back to 2008. A perfect lap crowned Kimi’s performance through the weekend so far, giving him his 17th pole position in Formula One. Sebastian’s lap was only slightly less perfect, with a gap of just over 4 hundredths of a second to his team-mate at the finish line.
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Super Checo qualifies seventh on the streets of Monaco

Sergio Perez
Q1: 1:13.530
Q2: 1:13.430
Q3: 1:13.329
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27 MAY 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Nico Hülkenberg will start from tenth on the grid for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. Nico set the twelfth fastest time in qualifying, a 1min 13.628secs, however penalties for the McLarens bump him up two positions. Jolyon Palmer’s 1min 14.696secs was the 17th fastest lap, however he gains one place on the grid to start from P16 tomorrow.
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:13.400, pos. 7th, 27 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:13.526, (Q2) 1:13.397, (Q3) 1:13.162, pos. 6th
“Wow. Just WOW! I feel so good, what a lap! This is definitely the most enjoyable lap in qualifying of the whole season – the one where you’re on the limit the most, the one that gives you the biggest adrenaline rush, the highest heart beat… And to qualify P6 at such a track is just an amazing result! It’s something that we absolutely deserve after a very complete weekend, building it up until this afternoon’s qualifying. I must say that in Q1 I was a bit surprised with the pace of the midfield, as they all suddenly caught us up and we therefore had to start putting in fast laps from the very start – something I don’t like to do here in Monaco, I prefer to build it up little by little. Then in Q3, I was able to put the best lap of the weekend together and I’m a very happy man! I can still feel the adrenaline! Regarding tomorrow, I’m confident we can have a good race – we are fast in both long and short runs so we just need to make sure we get everything right at the start, lead the midfield and try and attack when possible! I will enjoy a good dinner tonight!”
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MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th, 1:12.496 (Practice 3 – P4 1:12.940)
“I think in Q3 my fast lap was optimal. I was struggling a little bit with front grip so I couldn’t get the tyres to work how I wanted but in the end we were not too far off. It is always nice to be closer but I think the lap I did was pretty much on the limit. The Ferraris have looked good all weekend and Bottas managed to sneak in between us which was a bit of a shame. With a clean start and a good strategy we can be in the mix. Monaco is unique and it is hard to predict how the race will play out, there could be a safety car or stoppage at any time so we have to wait see. I will keep an eye on how the tyres behave and pit when we think it is the right opportunity. That is something you have to feel during the race. Being close to the top three means a podium is within reach, but tomorrow I am going to concentrate on my race and try to finish, I want to break the ‘curse’ I have around here!”
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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: sunny and dry, 24-27°C air, 38-55°C track

A difficult qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix ending in P19 (Wehrlein) and P20 (Ericsson). Since the practice sessions, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein have struggled with lack of grip. Different car set-ups have been tested throughout the sessions, but the optimum has not yet been found.
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25 May

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice – Thursday

Weather: sunny and dry, 21-25°C air, 28-47°C track

The Sauber F1 Team has brought further aero parts to the Monaco Grand Prix – after both practice sessions the first results are as expected. Overall it was a productive day, during which Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed 35 and 70 laps in the two sessions. In FP1 Marcus Ericsson had a gear box issue, which was the reason for him not completing a timed lap.
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25 MAY 2017

First Practice Session: 1:13.854, Position: 5, Laps: 45
Second Practice Session: 1:13.207, Position: 2, Laps: 35
“Regardless of how the car feels it is always so much fun to drive this track. We are looking pretty good at the moment. We put some good laps together and know where we need to improve so I’m very happy with our position after the first day. We have good downforce here, the rear of the car feels like it is working the best it has so far this year. If we can get the tires warmed up I think we can be pretty close on Saturday. I’m pleased with the cars rhythm and set-up which gives me confidence and makes me feel we are back in that groove after the first couple of practice sessions. I don’t think we need to do too much to the car set-up wise at the moment, just a couple of small tweaks overnight perhaps. Being the first time round here with the new cars it definitely felt a little bit tighter so that needs to be considered when pushing on quick laps, but as I said, so much fun as always.”
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Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:14.111, pos. 6th, 42 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:13.331, pos. 4th, 41 laps
“A productive Friday. We did many laps today and they were all of good quality. We now have a lot of useful data to analyse before Saturday. The good news is that I’m happy with the balance of the car and we already look quite competitive. We now need to maintain this and get the car ready for qualifying and the race.”
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Monaco GP Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Thursday in Monaco is all about getting in the laps and I think we ran a good programme. We timed our runs well for both drivers as we didn’t encounter too much traffic. Felipe conducted a number of tests throughout both sessions, and we gathered some good information from those. It was Lance’s first time driving around Monaco, and he did a very solid job in building up his confidence and improving his laptimes. By the middle of FP2 he was producing times that were very similar to Felipe’s. Unfortunately, towards the end of the programme we’d planned for him, he braked too late for Massenet and lost the back end. Despite that mistake we’re all happy with what he has achieved today. On the whole the baseline performance of the car isn’t too bad, but there are a few things we need to understand to be better on Saturday; as it’s going to be very close between everyone out on track.
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2017 Monaco Grand Prix - Thursday

25 May 2017
Work to do in Monte Carlo, after a mixed day for the Silver Arrows
Lewis Hamilton topped the morning session with Valtteri Bottas 0.366s shy in P4
Lewis ended the day with the eighth fastest time in the afternoon session, with Valtteri 10th quickest
Both drivers ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyre in FP1 and FP2
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24 May

Monaco Grand Prix Preview

25th - 28th MAY

The jewel in Formula One’s crown. Winning the Monaco Grand Prix earns a driver respect like no other. At little over two miles, the shortest lap on the calendar is also one of the most challenging. To drive on the absolute limit for two hours, persisting with lines not more than inches from the barriers without conceding a single mistake, is a task former Williams driver Nelson Piquet once compared to trying to race a bicycle around your living room. It’s not by chance that some of the sport’s greatest names, such as Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher were masters of the principality.
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23 May

Preview – 2017 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

6th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 25th to 28th May 2017

The Monaco Grand Prix is different to every other race weekend on the calendar. It is not only the most prestigious, but also a unique Formula 1 Grand Prix – for drivers as well as for fans. Racing in the narrow streets of Monte Carlo is a famous tradition and is where exciting Formula 1 races offer spectators a fascinating atmosphere in the principality. After finishing the Spanish Grand Prix in P8 and P11 – collecting the first points in the 2017 Formula 1 season – the Sauber F1 Team travels with stronger motivation and confidence to Monaco. There, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein will have further updates on their Sauber C36-Ferrari, consisting of a new floor as well as adjusted rear brake ducts among other parts.
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22 May

2017 Monaco Grand Prix - Preview

22 May 2017
Battle continues with Round Six of the 2017 season from the Circuit de Monaco
Toto Talks Monaco
Featured this Week: Monaco - One of a Kind (Includes Driver Video)
Stat Attack: Monaco and Beyond
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14 May

Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona14 May

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Maurizio Arrivabene: “Shame for the end result, but we leave Spain knowing that we can count on a car that is solid and very quick. Seb’s race was very good from the start, and he was able to lead for many laps. In the last stint, despite being on Medium tires, he held off Hamilton until he had to give way to his main rival, who could take the best of DRS and Soft compound. More time was lost behind Bottas and also because of the Virtual Safety Car, which ended just when we had to pit to cover Hamilton’s move. Kimi’s race did not last long, as he was rammed at the first corner. That’s racing, and we must keep our concentration and humility, as we are aware that there is still a lot of work to do and so much to improve. The championship is still a long way and we are already focusing on the next race at Monaco.”
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Formula 1 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-26°C air, 40-46°C track

The Sauber F1 Team had an unexpected surprising result at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Pascal Wehrlein saw the chequered flag in P7 after starting the race from P15. The German got a five second penalty due to a mistake at the pit entry before his only pit stop, classifying in P8 at the end. It is Wehrlein’s best result of his Formula 1 career so far. Marcus Ericsson also put in a good performance finishing the race in P11 – close to the points. After an overall challenging weekend, the Swiss team scored the first points of the season, maintaining P9 with four points in the constructors’ championship.
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14 MAY 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 6th
“I’m happy to be back on the podium today, it’s the first one of the season for me which is nice but actually the race was quite a lonely one. I didn’t have any real battles and my race was more about trying to keep a rhythm and maintain concentration. I got a bit fortunate with Valtteri’s problem towards the end of the race which bumped me up to third, but of course I’m still happy to be up there again and see all the smiles from the team. Today we will enjoy the podium but tomorrow we need to understand how to further close the gap to Ferrari and Mercedes. I want to take the positives from this weekend, we will keep working hard and chipping away. I don’t think it’s impossible to catch the leaders at some point, maybe it will take a little longer than we had hoped but we will get there. I think I got the maximum out of the car today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step, and at that track it’s fair to say anything can happen.”
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2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday

14 May 2017
Mixed emotions after tense Barcelona battle, as Lewis claims victory but Valtteri retires
Lewis took his 55th career victory today - his second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and second of the 2017 season.
Valtteri experienced his first retirement as a Silver Arrows driver with a mechanical failure on lap 39
Lewis set the fastest lap of the race for the third time this season - the 50th Formula One fastest lap for the three pointed star
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (161 points) lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari (153 points) in P2
Lewis (98 points) closes the gap on Sebastian Vettel (104 points) to just six points in the Drivers' Championship, with Valtteri (63 points) a further 35 points back in P3
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
Race: pos. 7th
“What a good race, I’m very happy! It was a bit chaotic at the start – we managed to gain a couple of positions but I then ran wide into Turn 2 in order to avoid the accident… I therefore lost some of the positions I had gained, but we were P9 and from that point onwards it was a full-on attack race to try and recover. We managed to do just that and finished P7 after starting P12, a great result! I really enjoyed it out there today because we were always faster than the car in front and never looking in the mirrors. It was also amazing to have such big support from the fans – I was feeling it! I was pushing the whole time, going for the cars I had in front, trying different ways of attacking both on track and in the pit-lane and we managed to do a very complete race weekend. During my in-lap at the end of the race I looked up to my grandstand and it was amazing to see them all so pumped up and cheering me on – I’d like to thank everyone for this amazing support. Talking about thank-yous, I need to make a special mention and congratulate all the pit-stop guys – they’ve improved the pit-stops so much this year and this was a key part of the race today. I now have a surprise for them in the garage in order to thank them in a proper way: let’s enjoy some good Spanish ham and beers together! Well-deserved by everyone!”
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Spanish Grand Prix

Felipe Massa finished 13th and Lance Stroll 16th at the Spanish Grand Prix
Lance made a good start on a set of new soft tyres, avoiding the action to move up from P18 to P13 on the opening lap
After a great start, Felipe and Fernando Alonso made contact at turn two, resulting in a front-right puncture for Felipe and an early pitstop for a new front wing
Lance made his first pitstop on lap 12 for a new set of soft tyres
On lap 33 Felipe and Stoffel Vandoorne made contact at turn one bringing out the virtual safety car as Vandoorne retired
Both drivers made their final stops under the virtual safety car for medium tyres
On the penultimate lap Felipe passed Lance for P14 and went on to finish 13th, while Lance fell back in the closing stages to finish 16th
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12 May

Spanish GP Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Today we did some test work for new aerodynamic parts, and various other settings on the car. We also looked at the different tyres for the weekend. We ran a different programme to normal, with more focus on the medium tyre on race fuel loads in FP1 and FP2. The medium tyre has proved to be a difficult tyre to work with, both in pre-season testing and in Bahrain. We gathered all the data that we needed today and we had no problems, aside from disruptions to the track running with the red flags. Felipe set a good pace, which looks competitive. Lance struggled with the tyres today. But we’re optimistic that he’ll be on the pace of the car tomorrow. There's lots of analysis for us to do tonight and we look forward to the excitement of qualifying tomorrow.
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Formula 1 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny and dry, 18-26°C air, 23-45°C track

During the practice sessions ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team introduced some new aerodynamic parts on both Sauber C36-Ferrari – including a new rear wing, front brake ducts as well as new flaps of the front wing. The first results are as expected. Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed 60 and 55 laps respectively in total.
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12 MAY 2017
First Practice session: 1:22.706, Position: 5, Laps: 22
Second Practice Session: 1:21.438, Position: 5, Laps: 29
“I think it looks like we have closed the gap a little bit to Ferrari so this is a big positive, but it looks like Mercedes have brought a good update package as well so they are still quite far ahead. We are still the third team but the changes are taking us in the right direction and we have found an increase in grip. We still have a lot of work to do to improve the pace of the car and also the performance of the engine so we will keep pushing. There was a lot of unexpected wind out there which caused a few issues. I was at full lock in turn 9 and suddenly a gust caught the rear and forced me off the track and through the gravel, luckily there was not much damage. I saw a few guys get caught out by the wind. This circuit is always quite hard on the tires so the last sector is usually quite tricky but the wind definitely did not help.”
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Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:24.004, pos. 10th, 21 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:22.265, pos. 10th, 34 laps
“It’s been quite a tricky first day here in Barcelona. I think the track conditions surprised us quite a bit, as it was much slower out there today compared to winter testing; there was also a lot of wind, which complicated things even more. It wasn’t easy to find the right balance, but overall I’d say we ended the day in a decent way, making some improvements and we can approach tomorrow in a positive way.”
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2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Friday

12 May 2017
Silver Arrows fastest out of the blocks in Barcelona
Lewis topped the morning session with Valtteri just 0.029s shy in P2
Lewis was fastest again in the afternoon session, ending Friday quickest of all, with Valtteri second - the pair split by 0.090s on the timesheets
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08 May

2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Preview

08 May 2017

Battle continues with Round Five of the 2017 season from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Toto Talks Spain
Featured this Week: Finding Five Seconds
Stat Attack: Spain and Beyond
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