Lewis Hamilton WINS his first race of the 2016 season with a sensational drive

CjoURj7WEAE30L3The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco started behind the safety car in wet conditions, but was run mainly in glorious sunshine with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton narrowly defeating Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after an epic battle around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Strategy – and a bungled pit stop from Red Bull – proved decisive. As the early rain eased, polesitter Ricciardo pitted first for intermediate tyres, while Hamilton chose to stay out until conditions improved enough for slick rubber.

Ricciardo had enough time in hand to make a further stop and regain his lead, but when he arrived at his garage, a miscommunication meant Red Bull had no tyres ready for him and the Australian was stationary for a very costly 13.6s. He rejoined just behind the world champion, a position on which he was never able to improve.

Sergio Perez took his sixth career podium with third place, after an inspired decision from Force India to switch him early to the hardest of the dry tyres. That allowed the Mexican to finish just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Fernando Alonso secured McLaren’s best result of 2016 to date with a distant fifth place, while a very cautious Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg lost sixth place on the final straight to Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, with his championship lead over Hamilton reduced by 19 points as a result.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, McLaren’s Jenson Button and Williams’ Felipe Massa completed the top ten.

With rain heavy ahead of lights-out, racing finally began on lap eight, with Ricciardo making an excellent start to pull clear of the two Mercedes. Behind him, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was the first victim of the tricky conditions, losing his Renault over the white lines on the start-finish straight, spearing into the wall and coming to a halt in the Ste Devote run-off.

Next to go was Kimi Raikkonen, who slid straight into the barriers coming into the hairpin on lap 11, immediately after the virtual safety car prompted by Palmer’s shunt had been with withdrawn. The Finn broke off his front wing and dragged it under his Ferrari all the way to the chicane before pulling off. In the process he almost forced Haas’s Romain Grosjean into the wall – the stewards will investigate post-race.

Daniil Kvyat’s race started with power issues on his Toro Rosso that put him a lap down before the safety car pulled in, but ended in the wall at Rascasse on Lap 21 after a bungled passing attempt on Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, with whom he had already tangled through the swimming pool section. Again, stewards are investigating. Magnussen retired a few laps later after taking his front wing off against the barriers at Mirabeau.

Max Verstappen went from Spain hero to Monaco zero with his third crash of the weekend, putting his Red Bull into the wall at Massenet on lap 35.

Felipe Nasr retired with smoke inside his Sauber on lap 52, shortly after he and team mate Marcus Ericsson had needlessly collided at Rascasse, the Swede making a late dive for the inside shortly after the Brazilian had been ordered to let him by. Ericsson also ended his race in the pits a few laps later. Stewards are investigating the intra-team incident.

Monaco Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 78 Leader Running 25
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo 78 -7.252 Running 18
3 11 Sergio Perez 78 -13.825 Running 15
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 78 -15.846 Running 12
5 14 Fernando Alonso 78 -1:25.076 Running 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg 78 -1:32.999 Running 8
7 6 Nico Roseberg 78 -1:33.290 Running 6
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 77 -1 Lap Running 4
9 22 Jenson Button 77 -1 Lap Running 2
10 19 Felipe Massa 77 -1 Lap Running 1
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 77 -1 Lap Running 0
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez 77 -1 Lap Running 0
13 8 Romain Grosjean 76 -2 Laps Running 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein 76 -2 Laps Running 0
15 88 Rio Haryanto 74 -4 Laps Running 0
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 51 -27 Laps Retired 0
17 12 Felipe Nasr 48 -30 Laps Retired 0
18 33 Max Verstappen 34 -44 Laps Retired 0
19 20 Kevin Magnussen 32 -46 Laps Retired 0
20 26 Daniil Kvyat 18 -60 Laps Retired 0
21 7 Kimi Raikkonen 10 -68 Laps Retired 0
22 30 Jolyon Palmer 7 -71 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 6 of the 2016 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 6 Nico Roseberg Mercedes 4 106 Leader Leader
2 44 Lewis Hamiton Mercedes 1 82 -24 -24
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 0 66 -40 -16
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 61 -45 -5
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0 60 -46 -1
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 38 -68 -22
7 19 Felipe Massa William-Mercedes 0 37 -69 -1
8 77 Valtteri Bottas William-Mercedes 0 29 -77 -8
9 11 Sergio Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 23 -83 -6
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 22 -84 -1
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 0 22 -84 0
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 18 -88 -4
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 16 -90 -2
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 14 -92 -2
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 0 6 -100 -8
16 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 0 5 -101 -1
17 47 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 0 1 -105 -4
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 0 0 -106 -1
19 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 0 0 -106 0
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -106 0
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 0 0 -106 0
22 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -106 0
23 88 Rio Haryanto MRT-Mercedes 0 0 -106 0

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 6 of the 2016 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 Mercedes 5 188 Leader Leader
2 Ferrari 0 121 -67 -67
3 Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 112 -76 -9
4 Williams-Mercedes 0 66 -122 -46
8 Haas-Ferrari 0 37 -151 -29
6 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 30 -158 -7
7 McLaren-Honda 0 24 -164 -6
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 22 -166 -2
9 Renault 0 6 -182 -16
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -188 -6
11 Manor-Mercedes 0 0 -188 0

 

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Lewis Hamilton on pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish GP, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo

CiassH6WkAUJEckHamilton will start Sunday’s Barcelona race from pole position after beating Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by three-tenths of a second in qualifying. Meanwhile, Ferrari were outgunned by Red Bull as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen took the row-two grid places.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in the leading scarlet car, immediately ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel. Then came Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Force India’s Sergio Perez. Fernando Alonso completed the top ten as McLaren made Q3 for the first time since 2014.

The Q2 phase accounted for Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat, Haas’s Romain Grosjean, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas.

Felipe Massa was the big scalp in Q1, as an apparent timing error from Williams left the Brazilian 18th. Eliminated with him in the opening phase were Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, and the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto.

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:23.214 1:22.159 1:22.000 Leader 13
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:23.002 1:22.759 1:22.280 -0.280 12
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:23.749 1:23.585 1:22.680 -0.400 12
4 33 Max Verstappen 1:23.578 1:23.178 1:23.087 -0.407 12
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:23.796 1:23.504 1:23.113 -0.026 14
6 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:24.124 1:23.688 1:23.334 -0.221 12
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:24.251 1:24.023 1:23.522 -0.188 12
8 11 Sergio Perez 1:24.698 1:24.003 1:23.782 -0.260 16
9 14 Fernando Alonso 1:24.578 1:24.192 1:23.981 -0.199 12
10 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:24.496 1:23.077 0:00.000 -0.096 11
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:24.463 1:24.203 Eliminated -0.126 13
12 22 Jenson Button 1:24.583 1:24.348 Eliminated -0.145 12
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:24.696 1:24.445 Eliminated -0.097 11
14 8 Romain Grojean 1:24.716 1:24.480 Eliminated -0.035 12
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:24.669 1:24.625 Eliminated -0.145 12
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:24.406 1:24.778 Eliminated -0.153 12
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:24.903 Eliminated -0.125 6
18 19 Felipe Massa 1:24.941 Eliminated -0.038 4
19 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:25.202 Eliminated -0.261 8
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:25.579 Eliminated -0.377 8
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:25.745 Eliminated -0.166 9
22 88 Rio Haryanto 1:25.939 Eliminated -0.194 9

 

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Rosberg puts Mercedes top in Spanish FP2 as Ferrari stay within reach

CiVoB9cXEAAPEM8Mercedes and Ferrari battled it out for top honours in Friday afternoon’s second practice in Spain, with Nico Rosberg ultimately out-pacing Kimi Raikkonen by a quarter of second. Respective team mates Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth fastest.

Local hero Carlos Sainz was the Red Bull stable’s lead driver, the Toro Rosso star taking fifth place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, whose new Red Bull Racing team mate Max Verstappen finished eighth. The man he replaced – Daniil Kvyat – was 15th in the sister Toro Rosso.

Fernando Alonso made it two Spaniards in the top ten with a highly encouraging seventh place for McLaren, as the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Jolyon Palmer lost significant track time after the left-rear tyre on his Renault deflated ten minutes into the session. Running was red-flagged for eight minutes as marshals cleared debris, but the Briton was later able to resume his programme.

Spanish Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:23.922 Leader Leader 35
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:24.176 -0.254 -0.254 31
3 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:24.641 -0.719 -0.465 27
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:25.017 -1.095 -0.376 35
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:25.131 -1.209 -0.114 39
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:25.194 -1.272 -0.063 37
7 14 Fernando Alonso 1:25.342 -1.420 -0.148 31
8 33 Max Verstappen 1:25.375 -1.453 -0.033 31
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:25.437 -1.515 -0.062 32
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:25.453 -1.531 -0.016 35
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:25.708 -1.786 -0.255 30
12 22 Jenson Button 1:25.893 -1.971 -0.185 20
13 8 Romain Grojean 1:25.899 -1.977 -0.006 33
14 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:26.244 -2.322 -0.345 40
15 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:26.375 -2.453 -0.131 44
16 19 Felipe Massa 1:26.491 -2.569 -0.116 36
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:26.770 -2.848 -0.279 16
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:26.960 -3.038 -0.190 40
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:27.252 -3.330 -0.292 39
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.812 -3.890 -0.560 40
21 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:28.205 -4.283 -0.393 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:28.501 -4.579 -0.296 42

 

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Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in Spanish GP first practice

CiU5B0IWEAA8jbfSebastian Vettel led team mate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari made full use of their soft tyres to top the timesheet in first practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday morning.

Mercedes, who unlike the Prancing Horse only used Pirelli’s medium compound rubber, were half a second back, with championship leader Nico Rosberg edging Lewis Hamilton in the fight for third.

Max Verstappen, making his debut for Red Bull, was a solid sixth behind new team mate Daniel Ricciardo, while Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat ended up in 12th, four spots and half a second down on the other STR11 of Carlos Sainz.

Esteban Ocon, participating in FP1 in place of Jolyon Palmer, had a disappointing session for Renault, completing just six untimed laps before being halted by a technical issue.

Sergio Perez also experienced mechanical woes, though Force India were able to repair his car and return the Mexican to the track before the end of the session.

While the top quartet were in a league of their own – and the Red Bulls completed a mini-group with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas – it was very close behind, with less than one second covering Sainz in eighth down to Perez in 14th.

That grouping included the second Williams of Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, Kvyat and Perez’s team mate Nico Hulkenberg.

While Alonso therefore earned McLaren’s heavily-revised MP4-31 a place in the top 10, team mate Jenson Button was far less happy. He finished 19th – 1.4s down on Alonso – and complained of handling issues during the 90-minute session.

Haas’s Romain Grosjean was also unhappy, labelling his car a ‘disaster’ in low-speed corners. The Frenchman – who along with team mate Esteban Gutierrez did not set a time in the opening half of the session – wound up 16th, with Gutierrez one spot further back.

The session was also notable for a couple of off-track moments in Turn 1 for Hamilton, whose Mercedes is using a new MGU-H after his recent problems, one for Raikkonen, and a spin by Massa in Turn 5.

Spanish Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:23.951 Leader Leader 22
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:24.089 -0.138 -0.138 18
3 6 Nico Roseberg 1:24.454 -0.503 -0.365 34
4 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:24.611 -0.660 -0.157 33
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:25.416 -1.465 -0.805 25
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:25.585 -1.634 -0.169 29
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:25.672 -1.721 -0.087 36
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:26.078 -2.127 -0.406 19
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:26.186 -2.235 -0.108 32
10 14 Fernando Alonso 1:26.243 -2.292 -0.057 18
11 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:26.576 -2.625 -0.333 30
12 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:26.583 -2.632 -0.007 21
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:26.938 -2.987 -0.355 27
14 11 Sergio Perez 1:27.064 -3.113 -0.126 9
15 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.253 -3.302 -0.189 27
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:27.258 -3.307 -0.005 17
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:27.283 -3.332 -0.025 18
18 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:27.392 -3.441 -0.109 24
19 22 Jenson Button 1:27.610 -3.659 -0.218 19
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:28.084 -4.133 -0.474 29
21 88 Rio Haryanto 1:29.052 -5.101 -0.968 34
22 45 Esteban Ocon 0:00.000 -1:23.951 -1:29.052 6

 

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Rosberg eases to Russian GP pole as Hamilton hits trouble

ChTIQYnW4AAN_FCNico Rosberg will start Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix from pole position, after topping Sochi qualifying by 0.706s from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton finished tenth as a power unit failure ruled him out of Q3.

With Vettel carrying a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change, the German will start seventh behind – in qualifying order – Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Williams’ Felipe Massa, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, and Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and the luckless Hamilton completed the top ten.

Hamilton was downbeat but philosophical after his technical problems, a recurrence of the same issue his car suffered last time out in China. They mean he now faces the possibility of again starting from the back of the grid.

“There’s nothing I can do… I never give up,” said the world champion, who also has to visit the stewards to explain why he did not rejoin the track in the manner required by the race director after running slightly wide at Turn 2 during Q1.

The opening phase saw Hamilton edge out Rosberg with 1m 36.006s to 1m 36.119s – both comfortably faster than they had been in FP3. Vettel was close, but not close enough, with 1m 36.555s.

As Esteban Gutierrez joined Haas team mate Romain Grosjean in progressing to Q2, Kevin Magnussen narrowly beat Renault team mate Jolyon Palmer but both failed to get through. Behind them, Felipe Nasr took 19th for Sauber, as Pascal Wehrlein just headed Manor partner Rio Haryanto. Marcus Ericsson brought up the rear in the second Sauber.

Rosberg owned Q2 with a lap of 1m 35.337s, half a second up on Hamilton and a whole 1.3s up on Vettel.

Further back, Daniil Kvyat delighted the crowd when his final effort lifted him to 10th, and Q3, in the dying seconds. That bumped Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz by 0.046s. There was no joy for McLaren either; Jenson Button was left 12th, two places ahead of team mate Fernando Alonso. They sandwiched Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, as the two Haas cars of Grosjean and Gutierrez finished 15th and 16th.

As Hamilton’s latest ERS drama unfolded and precluded him from running, Rosberg owned Q3 too. His first run yielded 1m 35.417s to Vettel’s 1m 36.259s and Raikkonen’s 1m 36.695s.

Rosberg’s next try saw him faster in the first two sectors before the lap was ruined by an off in Turn 13, but by then the job was long done.

Vettel improved from 1m 36.259s to 1m 36.123s, but drops to seventh after his penalty, which means that with the third fastest time of 1m 36.536s Bottas will make Williams’ first front-row start since Germany two years ago.

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:36.199 1:35.337 1:35.417 Leader 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:36.555 1:36.623 1:36.123 -0.706 16
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.746 1:37.140 1:36.536 -0.413 17
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:36.979 1:36.741 1:36.663 -0.127 17
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:37.753 1:37.230 1:37.016 -0.353 16
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.091 1:37.569 1:37.125 -0.109 22
7 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.006 1:37.282 1:37.212 -0.087 20
8 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:38.265 1:37.606 1:37.459 -0.247 22
9 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.123 1:37.510 1:37.583 -0.124 20
10 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:36.006 1:35.820 0:00.000 1.763 13
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:37.784 1:37.652 Eliminated -1.832 14
12 22 Jenson Button 1:38.332 1:37.701 Eliminated -0.049 14
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:38.562 1:37.771 Eliminated -0.070 17
14 14 Fernando Alonso 1:37.971 1:37.807 Eliminated -0.036 14
15 8 Romain Grojean 1:38.383 1:38.055 Eliminated -0.248 16
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:38.678 1:38.115 Eliminated -0.060 18
17 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:38.914 Eliminated -0.799 10
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.009 Eliminated -0.095 9
19 12 Felipe Nasr 1:39.018 Eliminated -0.009 10
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.399 Eliminated -0.381 10
21 88 Rio Haryanto 1:39.463 Eliminated -0.064 10
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.519 Eliminated -0.056 10

 

 

 

 

Lewis Hamilton closes out Russian GP practice fastest

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton left it until the very last moment to grab fastest lap from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday afternoon, as Sochi Autodrom hosted the final session of practice for the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.

The two had played nip and tuck throughout, with Rosberg generally holding a one- or two-tenth advantage, as Hamilton frequently went quicker in the first sector only to lose out in the second. Both also had off-track moments.

There was a brief virtual safety car deployment after 15 minutes when Sergio Perez failed to make Turn 13, ran into the run-off area and then tried to make an anti-clockwise arc to get back on track before his Force India ran out of steering lock as he neared the wall. But that was all sorted out quickly, without causing too much interruption.

Rosberg then did much the same thing, albeit making a better fist of the recovery process with a quick bit of reversing, and later Hamilton went off on a tighter line and was able to get back out in a clockwise direction.

In the end, Rosberg lapped in 1m 36.471s only to see Hamilton bang in his best of 1m 36.403s.

For a while the Ferraris looked very threatening as Vettel lapped his SF16-H in 1m 37.007s when Rosberg had done 1m 36.783s and Hamilton 1m 36.953s, but where the Silver Arrows went quicker, the red car did not.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, but struggled with a wayward car on his way to a disappointed 1m 37.727s. Behind him, the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were close with 1m 37.918s and 1m 37.985s apiece.

Right at the end Max Verstappen jumped his Toro Rosso to seventh with 1m 38.133s at the expense of Jenson Button, who nevertheless boosted McLaren’s hopes of making Q3 this afternoon with 1m 38.260s. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Perez completed the top 10. All of them set their times on the supersoft Pirelli tyres.

As six-tenths covered Verstappen in seventh down to McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in 12th, eight-tenths bracketed 13th placed Dany Kvyat and last man Felipe Nasr. Qualifying is going to be very tight.

Russian Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:36.403 Leader Leader 17
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:36.471 -0.068 -0.068 22
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:37.007 -0.604 -0.536 28
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:37.727 -1.324 -0.720 14
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:37.918 -1.515 -0.191 16
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.985 -1.582 -0.067 16
7 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.133 -1.730 -0.148 22
8 22 Jenson Button 1:38.260 -1.857 -0.127 14
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:38.465 -2.062 -0.205 25
10 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.542 -2.139 -0.077 18
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.622 -2.219 -0.080 23
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:38.633 -2.230 -0.011 12
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.047 -2.644 -0.414 15
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.162 -2.759 -0.115 16
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:39.230 -2.827 -0.068 18
16 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:39.238 -2.835 -0.008 16
17 8 Romain Grojean 1:39.239 -2.836 -0.001 15
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.589 -3.186 -0.350 19
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:39.599 -3.196 -0.010 19
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.663 -3.260 -0.064 18
21 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.740 -3.337 -0.077 23
22 12 Felipe Nasr 1:39.898 -3.495 -0.158 19

 

 

 

 

Hamilton back on top in Russia FP2

Lewis HamiltonMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton moved to the head of the timesheets in Friday’s second practice in Russia, as suspected electrical problems on his Ferrari ended Sebastian Vettel’s running just half an hour into the 90-minute session.

Vettel finished second nonetheless, with FP1 pacesetter Nico Rosberg third in the sister Mercedes, 0.8s behind his team mate. Fourth place went to the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

After struggling in Rosberg’s wake all morning, Hamilton brought some ‘Hammertime’ to the Sochi Autodrom as the world champion got things together on the soft-compound Pirelli tyres to set the initial pace with 1m 38.311s ahead of Rosberg on 1m 38.450s and Vettel on 1m 38.921s.

The Englishman’s runs were not without incident, though, as he ran wide at Turn 7 and then spun at Turn 4.

At the half-hour mark Ferrari switched to the supersofts and saw Vettel temporarily go fastest with 1m 38.235s. However, while trying to improve on that the SF16-H rolled to a halt by the pit wall when the German’s electronics cut out. The virtual safety car was deployed as the red car was wheeled away.

Thereafter, Hamilton blasted his rivals with a blistering lap of 1m 37.583s on the red-banded tyres to undercut Vettel by 0.652s. He subsequently failed to improve, as did Rosberg, before they moved on to race runs.

Raikkonen was a disappointing half a second off Vettel’s pace, as the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat sandwiched Valtteri Bottas’ Williams. Jenson Button in the lead McLaren, Felipe Massa in the second FW38, and Fernando Alonso in the sister McLaren completed the top 10.

Again, the green track caught out many; besides Hamilton, both Manors spun, Romain Grosjean half spun his Haas, and Rosberg, Ricciardo, Kvyat, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz all had harmless off-track excursions.

Russian Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:37.583 Leader Leader 30
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.235 -0.652 -0.652 10
3 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.450 -0.867 -0.215 37
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:38.793 -1.210 -0.343 35
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.084 -1.501 -0.291 34
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:39.185 -1.602 -0.101 42
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.193 -1.610 -0.008 32
8 22 Jenson Button 1:39.196 -1.613 -0.003 31
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:39.289 -1.706 -0.093 38
10 14 Fernando Alonso 1:39.400 -1.817 -0.111 30
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:39.465 -1.882 -0.065 37
12 33 Max Verstappen 1:39.501 -1.918 -0.036 30
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.795 -2.212 -0.294 31
14 11 Sergio Perez 1:39.867 -2.284 -0.072 38
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:40.193 -2.610 -0.326 41
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:40.260 -2.677 -0.067 24
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:40.508 -2.925 -0.248 26
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:40.688 -3.105 -0.180 37
19 12 Felipe Nasr 1:40.740 -3.157 -0.052 31
20 88 Rio Haryanto 1:41.080 -3.497 -0.340 38
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:41.148 -3.565 -0.068 23
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:41.652 -4.069 -0.504 29