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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Jun 24, 2017
Event: Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Round 8 of 20)
Date: Saturday, June 24
Location: Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan
Layout: 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile), 20-turn circuit
Air Temps: 26.1-27.5 degrees Celsius (79-81.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 42.3-53.9 degrees Celsius (108.1-129 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:40.593 – new track record)
Result: Kevin Magnussen qualified 13th / Romain Grosjean qualified 17th
Note: Magnussen will start 12th and Grosjean 16th due to grid penalties incurred by drivers in front of them
2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Saturday
24 June 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team endured a tough qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit. Nico Hülkenberg set the fourteenth fastest time, however an electrical issue precluded him from completing the Q2 session.
Nico had earlier set the eleventh fastest time in FP3. Jolyon Palmer had to sit out qualifying after his car suffered from fire damage in FP3. The fire was extinguished, however the damage caused required an engine change which could not be completed in time for the session.
AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX – “TOMORROW IT CAN BE CLOSER”
Scuderia Ferrari drivers confident about the race
Baku, June 24th – Scuderia Ferrari drivers managed to lock out the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after an eventful P3 session, in which our mechanics did another splendid job of rebuilding Seb’s car after a precautionary engine change, following a hydraulic issue.
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – qualifying
Grand Prix, Europe, Qualifying | 24/06/2017
“OUR EMPHASIS IS ON TOMORROW”
With significant engine penalties for both drivers, and on a circuit not best suited to the strengths of our car, today’s qualifying session was always going to be somewhat disappointing.
Fernando Alonso set the 16th-fastest time in Q1, but will start from 20th position. His team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne lines up 19th.
The team has placed extra emphasis on race performance, and with the weekend so far littered with incident, we’re hopeful of making progress in what promises to be a long and eventful race around the streets of Baku.
2017 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 24/06/2017
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-04, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:43.908, pos. 8th, 21 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:42.927, (Q2) 1:43.186, pos. 11th
“I think the only way of getting into Q3 today was by managing to get a massive tow or slipstream from someone, like what happened to me in Q1 – that was a mega lap that put me P5! In Q2 I didn’t get the chance to do this again, but I enjoyed some clean laps. I’m satisfied with P11. For tomorrow, you can never be 100% confident about anything here in Baku, but we will obviously try and do our best and see where we finish.”
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Saturday
24 June 2017
Lewis storms to Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole, as Valtteri completes a front-row lockout. Lewis claimed his 66th career pole position to move into second on the all-time pole list. It is Lewis' first pole in Baku, the fifth of the 2017 season, and his seventh in 10 races
Valtteri will start from P2, as the Silver Arrows took a second front-row lockout of 2017. Lewis completed a single run in both Q1 and Q2, then two runs in Q3 - all on the SuperSoft
Valtteri did one run in Q1, two runs in Q2 and two in Q3 - exclusively on the SuperSoft
Azerbaijan GP Qualifying
Lance Stroll qualified eighth and Felipe Massa ninth for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Both drivers went out early in Q1 on the supersoft tyre and continued to improve throughout the session. Felipe ran in the top 10 for the majority of the session and made it comfortably through to Q2 in P10, as did Lance in P12
In Q2 Felipe and Lance went out on track early again. They were P9 and P10 respectively after their opening runs, and continued to improve throughout. At the chequered flag Lance improved once more to go comfortably through to Q3 in P7, while Felipe ended the session in P9
AZERBAIJAN GP – QUALIFYING
24 JUNE 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th, 1:41.879 (Practice 3 – P6 1:43.614)
“The car felt very good during qualifying, I struggled a bit to get the tyres working in sector one but everything else felt like it was going in the right direction. I think we realistically had a shot at P3 today, which on this track would have been a fantastic result. The Red Flag didn’t really have an impact on me, I had just about completed my fast lap and then had a chance for one lap when the session was restarted, just like everyone else. On my final lap in Q3 I was going about three tenths quicker than my best time but then I lost gear sync in the second sector, it cost me a couple of tenths which was frustrating and meant we could not challenge for third. I’m hopeful we can get on top of these issues overnight and be ready for tomorrow. Once again Mercedes have made a big step today so I don’t think we can get close to them but we will be looking to challenge Ferrari come the race. It would be great to get on the podium and that is the goal.”
2017 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING REPORT
Sahara Force India carried its strong form into qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Sergio Perez claiming sixth place ahead of Esteban Ocon in seventh.
Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: sunny and dry, 26-28°C air, 42-60°C track
Mixed feelings during qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After challenging practice sessions, Pascal Wehrlein made it into Q2 finishing in P15, while Marcus Ericsson was eliminated after Q1 ending qualifying in P18. It is the fifth time that the Sauber F1 Team qualified for Q2 during this year’s Formula 1 season.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Practice Recap
Jun 23, 2017
Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2)
Date: Friday, June 23
Location: Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan
Layout: 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile), 20-turn circuit
FP1 Weather: Sunny
FP1 Air Temps: 26.6-28.6 degrees Celsius (79.9-83.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP1 Track Temps: 36.7-55.5 degrees Celsius (98-131.9 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Weather: Sunny
FP2 Air Temps: 25.8-28.8 degrees Celsius (78.4-83.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Track Temps: 35.1-45.3 degrees Celsius (95.2-113.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
Azerbaijan Grand Prix - A day spent learning
Kimi and Seb 4th and 5th at the end of P2
Baku, June 23rd – The first day of practice at Baku circuit is always interesting, with drivers using a lot of the run-off areas and trying out their reverse gear. The compromise between the fast and the twisty section means that, in the latter, drivers must rely heavily on mechanical grip – which is questionable on Friday. Different choices of set-up though, meant the times were very close. Kimi ended up fourth quickest with a 1min 43.489 seconds, while Seb recorded a best personal lap time of 1min 43.615s.
2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Friday
23 June 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer ended the first day of practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix just 0.058secs apart with Nico posting the fifteenth and Jolyon the sixteenth fastest times on the Baku City Circuit.
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Friday
23 June 2017
More work to do in Baku
Lewis was fifth fastest in the morning session, with Valtteri in P6
Valtteri ended the day with the second fastest time in the afternoon session, with Lewis P10
Both drivers ran the Soft, SuperSoft and Medium compound tyres in FP1
Both drivers then used the Soft and SuperSoft in FP2
AZERBAIJAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
23 JUNE 2017
First Practice session: 1:44.410, Position: 1, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: 1:43.362, Position: 1, Laps: 36
“The whole day has been really positive, except the last lap, everything has been working well. From lap one I felt comfortable in the car, it was handling really well and I was confident with the setup. I think the preparation we did at the factory and in the simulator has allowed us to come here with a strong setup and competitive car from the go. This has definitely been the most positive Friday of the year so far. In the second session I felt I couldn’t get the maximum out of the short run pace due to yellow flags and traffic so we can be very happy to still finish P1. It feels like the cars are quicker through the corners this year, this means if you have a lock up in can be more critical. We are confident heading into Qualifying but also wary that Mercedes will turn their engines up a bit. We are on top at the end of Friday which means they have to catch up so it will be exciting in the session tomorrow. At the end I locked up at turn 1, I could see I wasn’t going to make the corner so decided to take the run off, as I turned right I lost the rear and ended up sliding into the wall.”
Azerbaijan GP Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a pretty good day and we completed the intended programme. On Lance’s side that involved learning the circuit, as he’s not been here before and it’s quite a tricky track. I’m pleased to say that he drove very well. He progressively built up his pace and managed to put himself sixth in FP2, and he never went off the circuit, which makes him one of a few drivers who had a clean day. So it was a great job by Lance. Felipe did a number of tests for us, but was probably the worst off in terms of traffic throughout the day. It’s been a very scrappy day with a lot of yellow flags and a lot of traffic, so he wasn’t able to put a good lap together in FP2. But we got some good data from his long runs. It’s extremly competitive out there, with some other teams looking fast. So, we’ll work hard on understanding the performance of the car tonight to make sure that we’re in a strong position for qualifying tomorrow.
2017 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE REPORT
Sahara Force India had a busy day of practice on the Baku Street Circuit, ending the day with both cars inside the top 10.
Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: sunny and dry, 26-29°C air, 35-56°C track
An overall challenging Friday for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Although the day went according to the planned programme, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein were struggling with the grip in both practice sessions on the Baku City Circuit. Overall, the Swede and the German completed 46 and 44 laps respectively.
2017 Canadian Grand Prix - Sunday
11 June 2017
Lewis leads Valtteri in stunning Silver Arrows 1-2 in Montreal
Lewis took his 56th career victory today - his sixth at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, and third of the 2017 season
Lewis scored his fourth career Grand Slam, claiming pole, the victory, fastest lap and leading every lap of the Grand Prix
Valtteri came home in second to secure the Silver Arrows' first 1-2 of 2017
Lewis (129 points) closes the gap on Sebastian Vettel (141 points) to just 12 points in the Drivers' Championship, with Valtteri (93 points) a further 36 points back in P3
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (222 points) lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari (214 points) in P2
Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: Sunny/cloudy and dry, 21-25°C air, 28-38°C track
Friday’s training sessions at the Canadian GP did not pass without difficulties for the Sauber F1 Team. The team was unable, as yet, to find the right car setups for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein. The two Sauber drivers completed 55 and 59 laps, respectively. For the third practice session and the qualifying, they are counting on improving their performance after analyzing the data collected today.
Canadian GP Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a good day. We did all of the things that we wanted to do and we had no problems with either car. We have some new aerodynamic and mechanical parts here, and we were able to do all of the relevant testing for those, while completing our tyre programmes with Felipe and Lance. Felipe did a solid job all day, and showed really competitive pace on both high and low fuel. Lance’s main job, having never driven here before, was to learn the circuit; which he’s done very quickly. He’s shown reasonable pace for this stage of the weekend, and he hasn’t used the ultrasoft yet. There’s still a lot of work to do overnight to keep finding extra performance, but we’re hopeful we can have a good day tomorrow and score some points on Sunday.
CANADIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
09 JUNE 2017
First Practice session: 1:14.861, Position: 7, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: 1:13.388, Position: 5, Laps: 25
“It wasn’t the cleanest of days but in terms of performance I think we were OK. Before the stoppage in P2 it was a positive session, we felt like we had good pace and weren’t far off the top four. This is nice to see at this track as it usually is not one of our favourites, we can be pleased with that I guess. The short runs were good and the updates seem to have given us something a little extra, with such long straights here it is always going to be difficult for us. We are not yet fast enough to beat the top two teams so we do our best to finish fifth and optimise what we have. We still need to investigate what the issue with the car was but I’m sure the boys will have it ready to go again tomorrow.”
2017 Canadian Grand Prix - Friday
09 June 2017
Silver Arrows back on song in Montreal
Lewis topped the morning session with Valtteri just 0.237s shy in P3
Lewis ended the day with the second fastest time in the afternoon session, with Valtteri fourth quickest
Both drivers ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyre in FP1
Lewis then used the SuperSoft and UltraSoft rubber in FP2, while Valtteri ran on the Soft and UltraSoft tyres
2017 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE REPORT
Sahara Force India completed 156 laps during today’s practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
2017 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 09/06/2017
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:15.658, pos. 10th, 26 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:14.461, pos. 9th, 38 laps
“I’m happy because we were able to complete many useful laps today and we will now try to learn from it all overnight in order to make further steps forward. Overall, I think both of today’s practice sessions were beneficial for us and hopefully we can capitalise on all of this tomorrow.”
Canadian Grand Prix Preview
9th – 11th JUNE
CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE, MONTREAL
ROUND 7 OF 20
Situated on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130mph over the course of a lap. This race is a firm favourite on the calendar due to its unrivalled atmosphere. Montreal becomes a party town during the race weekend and the locals create a fantastic atmosphere from the grandstands. The team has secured seven wins in Canada to date, with the last coming in 2001 with Ralf Schumacher at the wheel of the FW23.
Preview – 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix
7th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 9th to 11th June 2017
After two European races in Barcelona and Monaco, the Sauber Formula 1 Team is taking a longer journey to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The seventh round of the FIA Formula One World Championship 2017 is taking place from the 9th to the 11th of June at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Notre-Dame Island. Pascal Wehrlein underwent a medical examination after his accident in Monaco last week, and has been given the “all-clear” for Montreal. The two Sauber C36-Ferrari will enter the competition with a new rear wing.
2017 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX, PREVIEW
Sahara Force India looks ahead to round seven of the 2017 season in Montreal, Canada.
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“The positives we take from Monaco leave us feeling optimistic for Canada. The car is working well and we’ve made progress over the last few races. The confidence throughout the team continues to grow and we approach every race knowing we can fight for points. It’s important we get back into our rhythm in Montreal and build on our strong start to the year.”
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