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Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: rainy/cloudy and wet, 25-27°C air, 27-32°C track; FP2: sunny/cloudy and dry, 30-32°C air, 39-45°C track
The Sauber F1 Team was unable to run through the planned programme during FP1 after the FIA delayed the session due to heavy rainfall. Charles Leclerc finished his first free practice session with the Sauber F1 Team in tricky conditions. Marcus Ericsson took over the Sauber C36-Ferrari cockpit from Leclerc for the second practice session, driving alongside Pascal Wehrlein in the afternoon.
2017 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 29/09/2017
Pierre Gasly (STR12-04, Car 10)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:52.380, pos. 9th, 14 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:34.043, pos. 15th, 22 laps
MALAYSIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
29 SEPTEMBER 2017
First Practice Session: 1:49.719 Position: 2, Laps: 12
Second Practice Session: 1:32.099, Position: 3, Laps: 19
“It was interesting in these conditions but it was actually nice to get these runs in the wet and dry today. We were both looking pretty good in the wetter conditions and on the intermediates we were at the pace and significantly quicker than everyone else, which we’ll take. This afternoon we weren’t that competitive looking at Ferrari, but it looked like Mercedes struggled as well. If we can focus on ourselves we can still improve; on the short runs we needed to improve the front grip and on the long runs we needed to improve the rear, so we have just got to find a better compromise with the set-up. Just looking after that I think will be the key on Sunday. I think if we can find half a second somewhere then we’ll be in the fight, we have still got a bit of work to do but we were OK. If we get some light drizzle across the weekend then we’ll be looking pretty good; I won’t complain if Qualifying and the race is wet!”
2017 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE REPORT
SERGIO PEREZ - VJM10-02
FP1 1:54.669 P15 4 laps
FP2 1:32.862 P8 20 laps
Sergio: “All the interruptions, both this morning and this afternoon, meant it wasn’t an ideal day. We missed out on part of our programme so we couldn’t prepare as well as we would have liked. The positive is that the pace of the car seems to be there. I am pretty happy with the balance up to now, but there is always some improvement to be found.”
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday
29 September 2017
Work to do for the Silver Arrows after the first practice sessions in Malaysia
Lewis finished the morning session in P6 with Valtteri in P7 on a damp track at Sepang International Circuit
Lewis ended the day in P6, with Valtteri in P7 when the afternoon session was suspended due to a red flag
Both drivers ran the Intermediate compound tyres in FP1
In FP2, Lewis and Valtteri then used the Soft compound tyres before changing onto the SuperSofts for short and long runs
Malaysian GP Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was quite a mixed day, and unusually for Malaysia it was rainy this morning, which meant that the first practice session was all wet with us eventually running on the intermediate tyre with Lance. Unfortunately Felipe had a hydraulics problem so he didn’t get much track time, but we got some good feedback from Lance and showed reasonable pace in the wet. This afternoon’s session was dry so we chose to run two sets of supersofts with both cars. The pace was reasonable on low fuel and the drivers were relatively happy with the car. On high fuel runs, Felipe only managed a few laps and Lance had only just started before the session was red flagged. We need to do some more work this evening and see where we can position ourselves ready for qualifying tomorrow.
Malaysian Grand Prix Preview
29 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2017
SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
ROUND 15 OF 20
The Malaysian Grand Prix leads us into the final quarter of the 2017 Formula One World Championship. Hosted at the Sepang International Circuit, this year’s race bids farewell to the final Malaysian GP since its inception in 1999. The circuit has been famously temperamental with regards to weather so we head into the weekend prepared for all eventualities. Due to its stadium-like layout, Sepang’s street circuit is another firm favourite for spectators, providing a view of almost half the track for those with grandstand seats. Malaysia’s final Formula One race, coupled with all that’s left to play for in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship, makes for an exciting weekend with large and passionate crowds expected!
Preview – 2017 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix & Japanese Grand Prix
15th and 16th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship
The Sauber F1 Team continues its travelling in Asia for the Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix – the fourth back-to-back race weekend in this year’s Formula One calendar. The next stop is Sepang near Kuala Lumpur, where the final Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix will take place. The Japanese Grand Prix will then follow one week later, an event famous for its great atmosphere created by the fans, as well as for the popularity of the Suzuka Circuit with the drivers.
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview
25 September 2017
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2017 Singapore Grand Prix
Singapore, Race | 17/09/2017
“STOFFEL DROVE INCREDIBLY WELL”
Stoffel Vandoorne finished seventh and brought home six valuable world championship points for McLaren Honda at the end of a long and chaotic Singapore Grand Prix.
The race was started in rainy conditions, which contributed to a Turn One accident that left a fast-starting Fernando Alonso with significant damage to his car. Despite soldiering on for a couple of laps, the car was too badly damaged to continue and Fernando was forced to retire.
Stoffel took avoiding action to miss the first-lap crash, but was able to consolidate his position inside the top 10. He always looked competitive on-track whether running in the wet or dry, and was set to challenge for the top six until being delayed during a slow pit-stop on lap 27.
Seventh was a solid reward for both his and the team’s efforts all weekend.
Singapore Grand Prix: Race Recap
Sep 17, 2017
Event: Singapore Grand Prix (Round 14 of 20)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 17
Location: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Layout: 5.065-kilometer (3.147-mile), 23-turn track
Weather: Rain at start before clearing
Air Temps: 28.2-28.7 degrees Celsius (82.8-83.7 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 29.6-32.3 degrees Celsius (85.3-90.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
Haas F1 Team:
● Romain Grosjean – Started 15th, Finished 9th (Running, completed 58/58 laps)
● Kevin Magnussen – Started 16th, Finished 13th (Electrical, completed 50/58 laps)
2017 Singapore Grand Prix - Sunday
17 September 2017
Silver Arrows convert third row start into a double podium in Singapore
• Lewis took his 60th F1 victory- his third in Singapore and seventh of the 2017 season
• Valtteri finished in P3, his best result in Singapore and his tenth podium of the season
• Lewis completed the fastest lap of the Grand Prix in the first ever wet night race
• Today's result is 73rd F1 win for the Silver Arrows One and the ninth of the 2017 season
• Lewis (263 points) extends the lead in the Drivers' Championship to 28 points from Sebastian Vettel (235 points), with Valtteri (212 points) a further 23 points behind in P3
• Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (475 points) lead Ferrari (373 points) by 102 points in the Constructors' Championship
• Paul Mills, Human Resources Director, accepted the Constructors' trophy for the Team
Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: rainy/damp/dry, 29-28°C air, 32-30°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit in P12 (Pascal Wehrlein). Marcus Ericsson did not see the chequered flag after spinning out of the race on lap 36. It was the first race in the history of the Singapore Grand Prix to be driven in wet conditions.
2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Sunday
17 SEPTEMBER 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team moved ahead to seventh position in the Constructors’ Championship and driver Jolyon Palmer posted his F1 career best result finishing sixth at the Singapore Grand Prix. The first wet evening race in Formula 1 was full of drama and Jolyon drove a solid race, capitalized on the wet conditions and safety cars to earn a valuable eight points for the team. After an incident involving cars ahead at the start of the race, driver Nico Hülkenberg swiftly avoided the drama and advanced four positions in the first lap. Fortunes didn’t favour Nico as his car had an oil leak and was force to retire for preventative measures before the end of the race.
• Nico started the race from P7 on a new set of Wet (blue) Pirelli tyres which he ran for twelve laps before switching to Intermediates (green) under the safety car. He pitted again under another safety car, this time switching to Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.
• Jolyon started the race from P11 on a set of Wet tyres, pitting after eleven laps under a safety car, switching to Intermediates which he ran for twenty-nine laps before pitting for a set of Ultrasofts.
SINGAPORE GP – RACE
17 SEPTEMBER 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 3rd
“The rain made it all pretty hectic today. Everyone was in the same boat though and we hadn’t driven in the wet here before so it’s all about switching on early, being aware of the situation and trying to adapt as quick as you can. My start was quite slow off the line. In hindsight probably a good thing, because it allowed the chaos to unfold in front of me. Then in the first few laps I felt we were okay in the wet but then I felt we were a bit harsh on the tyres. Even when we pitted and had fresher tyres, we couldn’t really make an impact on Lewis. The team was asking me to manage the gears through the race and after I learned we had a leak and were losing oil pressure in the gearbox from early on. Of course I came here to win and really wanted it, but second place is great and I’m not going to complain about it.”
Singapore Grand Prix - Race Notes
• Lance Stroll finished eighth with Felipe Massa 11th in the Singapore Grand Prix
• Rain started to fall shortly before the race, making this year’s Singapore GP Formula One’s first ever wet night race
• Lance started on the intermediate tyre with Felipe opting to start on the extreme wet
• On lap 1, Lance jumped to P13 with Felipe P14 following a multi-car incident at the start, resulting in the first of several safety car periods
• Lance made his one-stop onto ultrasoft tyres on lap 26, driving a solid race up to P8 on his debut at the Marina Bay Street Circuit
• Felipe had to switch to intermediates before moving to dry tyres, but was one of the first to switch to the ultrasofts, re-joining in P14
• Felipe made the most of a late safety car period, where he pitted for a fresh set of ultrasoft tyres, and worked his way up to P11
• Felipe is 11th in the Drivers’ Championship, ahead of Lance in 12th. The team remains fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 59 points
Singapore Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Sep 16, 2017
Event: Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix (Round 14 of 20)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Location: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Layout: 5.065-kilometer (3.147-mile), 23-turn track
Weather: Clear and humid
Air Temps: 28.5-28.9 degrees Celsius (83.3-84 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 32.8-33.7 degrees Celsius (91-92.7 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:39.491 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 15th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 16th
2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Saturday
16 SEPTEMBER 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team had a good qualifying session tonight at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore. Driver Nico Hülkenberg has qualified seventh – equalling his best qualifying performance this season. Jolyon Palmer matched his second-best qualifying performance of the year with the eleventh-fastest time.
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – “WE BELIEVE IN EACH OTHER”
Seb praises teamwork for overnight progress. Kimi: “We’ve got a chance”
Marina Bay, September 16th – At the end of an incredibly tense qualifying session, in which as many as 13 drivers improved over last year’s pole position time, Sebastian took the top slot on the grid for Scuderia Ferrari. Today’s result takes the team’s total number of pole positions to 212, its third at the Marina Bay circuit and the fourth for Seb with Scuderia Ferrari, three of which have been achieved with the SF70H car. Kimi Raikkonen paid a heavy price for a small mistake in his very last run and had to settle for P4, nevertheless showing consistent improvement since the beginning of the weekend.
Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: dry, 30-29°C air, 38-33°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished today’s qualifying ahead of the Singapore GP in 19th (Pascal Wehrlein) and 20th (Marcus Ericsson). After Ericsson touched the wall in FP3, the gearbox on his Sauber C36-Ferrari had to be changed before the beginning of the qualifying session due to damage.
2017 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING REPORT
Sahara Force India will start tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix from P12 with Sergio Perez and from P14 with Esteban Ocon.
P12 - SERGIO PEREZ - VJM10-02
Sergio: “It was a difficult qualifying session. All the way up to my final run in Q2 I was struggling with the front end of the car. We made some changes which helped the front, but I lost rear grip instead. I’m not really sure what went wrong so we need to look into the data to really understand why we didn’t deliver tonight. It’s going to be a long and tough race tomorrow, and we need to be patient. We are only a couple of positions away from the top ten so we will fight for as many points as possible.”
SINGAPORE GP – QUALIFYING
16 SEPTEMBER 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 2nd, 1:39.814 (Practice 3 – Position: 1st, 1:41.829)
“All weekend has been a good build up, getting faster and faster and finding a smooth rhythm so to come away with second is a really good result. I took a little bit of risk to put down a good lap as we had predicted the others would improve from yesterday and this morning’s sessions. Perhaps there was a bit of time in the last sector to find but in general I am very pleased with how the car and I performed. That was the best balance in terms of set-up I have had with the car in Qualifying all year and that is a big positive. My quickest time was more or less the maximum I could do, Sebastian just had an even better lap. Race pace is good so we have a chance tomorrow but it looks like Ferrari have found quite a lot. The start will be important and maybe if there are a couple of safety cars that could impact the result too.”
Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying
Felipe Massa qualified 17th with Lance Stroll 18th for the Singapore Grand Prix
Felipe hit the wall in the final corner on his first flying lap, which forced him to pit for new tyres
On his second timed-lap, Felipe suffered a big oversteer moment in the last corner, which cost him time as well as the chance to progress into Q2
Lance suffered with changing track conditions on his debut on the Marina Bay Street Circuit
2017 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 15/09/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-01, Car 55)
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:43.236, pos. 12th, 38 laps
“After sitting out in this afternoon’s FP1, I obviously had to take my time to get used to driving here in FP2 – I had to do some extra laps at the beginning to make sure I recovered the lost time. I think we still haven’t recovered it fully but we have until tomorrow before qualifying to be ready and I’m confident we will get there. For the rest, I’m happy with my performance in today’s session. We still need to understand a few things we’ve introduced on the car for this race a bit better because at the moment we’re not 100% sure, but we will work hard overnight to solve this. Bring on tomorrow!”
Singapore Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: Generally, we had a good day. We did most of the running we wanted to do apart from that Lance had a gearbox failure in FP1 which meant he only got running in the first forty minutes. It was a failure of a development part so no effect for the race, but unfortunately it lost him the track time which was a double blow because the focus for him today was to learn the circuit. It’s a track he’s not raced at and one that takes a lot of experience to understand how to optimise, simply from a driving point-of-view. On both sides of the garage we conducted some aerodynamic and systems tests, as well as our basic homework on tyres and different fuel levels. Our pace still needs some work, but we will do a lot of analysis overnight. I think we can extract more from the car. It’s going to be very tight in the midfield as usual, but I think if we can find two or three tenths, we can make a big difference.
Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: dry, 31-29°C air, 35-33°C track
The Sauber F1 Team used the free practices day at the Singapore GP to conduct mechanical tests (Ericsson) and take aerodynamic measurements (Wehrlein). Both drivers completed the planned programme, testing all three tyre compounds (ultrasoft, supersoft, and soft) on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The team is now analysing the collected data to prepare for the rest of the weekend.
2017 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE REPORT
Sahara Force India completed a busy practice programme in Singapore with 119 laps covered between the two cars during the day.
SERGIO PEREZ - VJM10-02
FP1 1:43.423 P5 25 laps
FP2 1:42.826 P8 35 laps
Sergio: “I feel very happy with how things have gone today. We had some new parts on the car and everything appears to be working well. It was probably our best Friday of the year in terms of what we learned and the improvement we made with the car. Qualifying is very important here so we need to make the most of tomorrow. There is still room to improve and I think we can be strong in qualifying. I’m enjoying things so far and it’s great fun driving these cars around this circuit.”
ITALIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
15 SEPTEMBER 2017
First Practice Session: 1:42.489 Position: 1, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: 1:40.852, Position: 1, Laps: 33
“It was a good day out there today, but I expected this, to be honest, and am not really surprised with our performance. I knew we would come here with a good car. We made some progress from the morning and even though we were the quickest in FP1, I still wanted to get more out of the car and the set up in the afternoon. We took another step forward throughout the day, which was good and we now hope there is still more room to improve for tomorrow. I’m after a dominant weekend and so far this has been a good start. It’s important that we obviously keep that for tomorrow but I have faith that we can perform on this level all weekend. I know the challenge in Qualifying will be a potentially stronger Ferrari and Mercedes but I’m confident we can stay up there and fight with them at the top.”
2017 Singapore Grand Prix - Friday
15 September 2017
Silver Arrows prepare for challenging battle in the Singapore heat
Lewis finished the morning session in P4 with Valtteri in P6 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit
Lewis ended the day in P3 in the afternoon session, with Daniel Ricciardo quickest
Singapore Grand Prix Preview
15-17 SEPTEMBER 2017
MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT
ROUND 14 OF 20
Held at the glamorous Marina Bay street circuit, the Singapore night race sees Formula One enter the final international leg of the season. The circuit is famous for being the first night race to ever be held, as well as the first street circuit in Asia to host an F1 race. Typically, the twisty layout of the track means it’s a great viewing opportunity for the fans with slower laps and the added likelihood of a safety car. The circuit has been adjusted several times since its opening to meet new safety regulations and create added thrill during the race; the last change occurring in 2015. Being 137 kilometres from the equator, the temperature within the cockpit can reach staggering highs of 60 °C, adding to the challenge within the tropical climate.
Preview – 2017 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
After competing in the last of the European races at Monza, the Sauber F1 Team is heading out to Singapore for the first of three races in Asia during the second half of the 2017 Formula One season. Popular among fans and drivers alike, the bright skyline of the city gives the night race a spectacular atmosphere, making it one of the highlights on the calendar.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I am really looking forward to racing in Singapore again. It is a pleasure to be in such a great city, and night races are always a lot of fun. In terms of the driving experience, I’d say it is one of the best tracks of the year. The Marina Bay Street Circuit is a city track, and has the highest number of corners out of all tracks on the calendar. The high temperatures and humidity add an extra challenge to all the drivers and team members. As for the fan experience – there are a lot of events taking place around the city, so it will be an exciting weekend all-round.”
Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“I can’t wait to be back in Singapore – it is my favorite race of the season. I generally like night races, but Singapore takes the experience of driving in one to the ‘next level’, especially in terms of the atmosphere. The city is lit up and I like the challenge of driving on a city circuit. We also get to break out of our usual weekend routine there, as most of our on and off-track activities take place at night – that’s nice for a change. Overall, this race weekend will be an exciting one and I am looking forward to climbing back into the car there.”
2017 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX- PREVIEW
Sahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya: “It feels pretty good for our team to be sitting in fourth place in the championship as we get ready for the Singapore Grand Prix. The strong showing in Monza brought us our tenth double points finish of the season, which is a tremendous effort by the entire team.
“With seven races to go, the season is rushing by quickly and we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year long. It’s about being consistent, picking up the points and taking our opportunities.
“We haven’t eased off. Development of the VJM10 continues and will bring benefits for the 2018 car too. We are still bringing new parts to the track and both cars will have developments this weekend.”
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Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: cloudy/rainy and wet, 14-15°C air, 18-15°C track
The weather conditions dictated the course of today’s qualifying ahead of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Q1 was first interrupted and then delayed repeatedly by the FIA due to heavy rainfall and difficult track conditions. At 16:40 hrs, the green light for the second half of the session was given. Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein finished in P18 and P19, respectively.
Italian Grand Prix Qualifying
Lance Stroll qualified fourth with Felipe Massa ninth for the Italian Grand Prix
Qualifying was red-flagged for several hours due to poor weather conditions but both cars displayed excellent pace when the session restarted
Lance and Felipe both qualified on the wet tyre
Due to engine penalties, Lance and Felipe gain two positions for tomorrow’s starting grid meaning they will start second and seventh respectively
Lance will become the youngest ever front-row starter
ITALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
02 SEPTEMBER 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 2nd, 1:36.702 (Practice 3 – No Time Set)
“Qualifying was positive today and I was happy with it. To be second is, of course, a very nice surprise and in the wet I always enjoy it. Q1 and Q2 with the tyre choice was a bit difficult as the intermediates never seemed to work very well. In Q3 on the new extremes I didn’t have a lot of grip, I was sliding around and I never really felt that comfortable. I cooled the tyres for one lap and then my final lap was luckily not too bad, it wasn’t perfect but second was a good result for us. We always knew we had the penalties to take tomorrow and having a good Qualifying means I hopefully start 15th rather than at the back. Let’s hope we can overtake, move to the front and I think realistically the aim will be for fifth or sixth.”
2017 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX- QUALIFYING REPORT
Sahara Force India enjoyed a strong afternoon in Monza as Esteban Ocon set the fifth fastest time during a delayed wet qualifying session. With grid penalties for other cars, he is expected to start from third. Sergio Perez qualified in P11 and is expected to start from ninth.
2017 Italian Grand Prix - Saturday
02 September 2017
Lewis claims all-time pole record with the 69th pole of his career
Lewis claimed his sixth pole at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza and eighth of the 2017 season
Valtteri will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from P4 on the grid
Today's result marks the 150th front row start for the Silver Arrows in Formula One
Both drivers completed two runs on the Wet tyres and one on the Intermediates in Q1, two Intermediate runs in Q2 and then one Intermediate and one Wet run in Q3
Owing to heavy rain, Q1 was interrupted at 14:04:30 and restarted at 16:40
2017 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 02/09/2017
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-04, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:45.033, pos. 7th, 4 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:39.183, (Q2) 1:38.245, pos. 14th
“It was definitely not easy out there today! We had a few balance issues and I was fighting to stay on track almost at every corner; a lot of wheel spin everywhere too! At times it was also difficult to decide what tyre to go out on – sometimes the track was for extremes, sometimes for inters… But I’m happy with the decisions taken today and, all in all, it was a decent session from my side, I did my best. For tomorrow, it’s not going to be an easy race, especially if it’s dry – this is not a track that suits us. Having said that, we will of course try our best and see where we end up.”
Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: sunny/cloudy and dry, 22-28°C air, 24-41°C track
The two practice sessions ahead of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza ran smoothly for the Sauber F1 Team. Pascal Wehrlein tested the halo system early in FP1, while Marcus Ericsson focused on testing various aerodynamic configurations. In the afternoon, both drivers concentrated on short and long runs on soft and supersoft tyres. Ericsson and Wehrlein completed 56 and 51 laps, respectively.
2017 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 01/09/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-02, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:23.680, pos. 11th, 22 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:23.150, pos. 11th, 21 laps
“Not the birthday I wished for! I knew since yesterday that we were going to get a grid penalty for changing part of the Power Unit, so that wasn’t a surprise, but today’s PU issue is definitely not something we welcome! This didn’t allow us to complete our programme and we know that we’re up for a very difficult weekend here in Monza. We will of course keep our chin up and keep pushing – I have to say I’m feeling good in the car, it’s very light as we are running very low downforce to try and compensate our engine deficit… It’s tricky out there, but at least I’m enjoying it and hopefully we can extract the maximum out of the car tomorrow and on Sunday.”
2017 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE REPORT
Sahara Force India completed a positive first day of action in Monza as the sun shone on the Northern Italian circuit.
SERGIO PEREZ - VJM10-02
FP1 1:23.317 P7 36 laps
FP2 1:23.352 P14 43 laps
Sergio: “It’s been a busy day and I feel quite happy heading into the weekend. We expected to lose some track time due to the rain, but it didn’t hit us so we were able to maximise our mileage. We collected some important information to help us set the car up for tomorrow. I wasn’t as happy with the car balance during the afternoon session, but we have enough data to look into the issue and understand how to fix it overnight.”
ITALIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
01 SEPTEMBER 2017
First Practice session: 1:22.749, Position: 6, Laps: 23
Second Practice Session: 1:22.409, Position: 5, Laps: 34
“We are more or less where we expected to be with the car today. It is hard for us on this track with the long straights which we have to combine with a very low downforce setting so we just try to make the best of it. We will start the race a bit further back with the penalties but hopefully I can enjoy overtaking a good number of cars on Sunday. It makes sense to take the penalties here as this track is already not that good for us, Singapore is better for our car so we don’t want to risk anything there.”
Italian Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: We managed to run our whole programme in FP1 and FP2 without any issues, running a number of different aerodynamic configurations, with both drivers pretty happy with the balance of the car. Quite quickly, Lance was familiar with this track. So the pace for both drivers looks to be in reasonable shape for qualifying and the race. It’s going to be an interesting qualifying as it always is at Monza. Lance flat spotted his supersoft tyre in FP2 so he couldn’t do his long run on that tyre, concentrating on the soft instead, but apart from that everything was normal. We’ve had some difficult Fridays in the last few races so it’s nice to get one where things have gone to plan.
2017 Italian Grand Prix - Friday
01 September 2017
Silver Arrows set the practice pace on Friday
Lewis finished the morning session in P1 with Valtteri in P2 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Valtteri ended the day in P1 in the afternoon session with Lewis in P2
Both drivers ran the Medium (Install), Soft and SuperSoft compound tyre in FP1
In FP2, both Valtteri and Lewis then used the Soft and SuperSoft compound tyre
The Silver Arrows were the only cars to finish FP1 in under 1:22 with Lewis over a second faster than the Ferraris in P3 and P4
In FP2, the four fastest cars finished within half a second of each other