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coming into the hairpin on lap 11, immediately after the virtual safety car prompted by Palmer’s shunt had been with withdrawn.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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Hamilton claims the 50th pole of his career at the Australian GP

untitledF1 qualifying’s new quick-fire elimination format provided a highly intriguing session in Melbourne on Saturday, as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, three-tenths up on team mate Nico Rosberg.

It was the 50th pole of Hamilton’s F1 career, making him only the third man in history to reach the benchmark, along with Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Bizarrely, under the new system, it was down to a two-way fight with over five minutes of Q3 remaining, with the slowest four drivers already eliminated, and with Ferrari choosing not to run further, having decided that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen would be unable to improve on their times.

At that point those times put them second and fourth respectively and it needed a late second run from Rosberg to dislodge Vettel.

Max Verstappen took a superb fifth for Toro Rosso, followed by Williams’ Felipe Massa and the second Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completing the top eight.

Q2 accounted for the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the Renaults of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen.

In a frantic Q1 session, Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein had the dubious honour of being the first man eliminated under the new system. He was followed by team mate and fellow rookie Rio Haryanto, who faces a three-place grid drop for his FP3 pit-lane shunt.

Newcomers Haas got their timing wrong which resulted in Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean also getting an early bath, while Daniil Kvyat blamed poor tactics from Red Bull for his surprise exit, which followed that of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

The seemingly time-expired Jolyon Palmer was the last to escape into Q2, jumping from 17th to 14th despite the final 90s segment having ended, since the final runner is halted by the chequered flag, not by the countdown clock. That made Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson the last Q1 faller.

The biggest talking point coming out of the session was the failure of the new qualifying format to get more cars on track as hoped, with pole being decided with four minutes remaining in the session. The qualifying sessions were a complete joke.

Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:25.351 1:24.605 1:23.837 Leader 14
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:26.934 1:24.796 1:24.197 -0.360 13
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:26.945 1:25.257 1:24.675 -0.478 14
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.579 1:25.615 1:25.033 -0.358 13
5 33 Max Verstappen 1:26.934 1:25.615 1:25.434 -0.401 12
6 19 Felipe Massa 1:25.918 1:25.644 1:25.458 -0.024 12
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:27.057 1:25.384 1:25.582 -0.124 14
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:26.945 1:25.599 1:25.589 -0.007 15
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:26.607 1:25.753 Eliminated -0.164 12
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:26.550 1:25.865 Eliminated -0.112 14
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:27.135 1:25.961 Eliminated -0.096 9
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:26.537 1:26.125 Eliminated -0.164 9
13 22 Jenson Button 1:26.740 1:26.304 Eliminated -0.179 9
14 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:27.241 1:27.601 Eliminated -1.297 12
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:27.297 1:27.742 Eliminated -0.141 11
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:27.435 Eliminated 0.307 9
17 12 Felipe Nasr 1:27.958 Eliminated -0.523 6
18 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:28.006 Eliminated -0.048 5
19 8 Romain Grojean 1:28.322 Eliminated -0.316 6
20 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:29.606 Eliminated -1.284 6
21 88 Rio Haryanto* 1:29.627 Eliminated -0.021 3
22 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:29.642 Eliminated -0.015 3

– Haryanta has a 3 Grid Penalty

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Hamilton heads up Mercedes one-two in final Australian GP practice

5Saturday afternoon in Melbourne finally provided some proper dry tyre running, and after Friday’s damp conditions everyone was keen to take full advantage. Quickest around Albert Park were the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with the three men split by just two-tenths of a second.

Carlos Sainz was an impressive fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, six-tenths off Hamilton, followed by the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and team mate Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas finished seventh for Williams, separated from team mate Felipe Massa by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Force India’s Sergio Perez completed the top ten.

The session started in dramatic fashion, as Manor rookie Rio Haryanto was released from his garage into the path of an emerging Romain Grosjean in the Haas. The two cars were briefly locked together after the low-speed pit-lane collision, with the Manor’s front wing stuck under the Haas’s sidepod.

Australian Grand Prix Final Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:25.624 Leader Leader 24
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:25.800 -0.176 -0.176 25
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:25.852 -0.228 -0.052 25
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:26.257 -0.633 -0.405 28
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.434 -0.811 -0.178 23
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:26.701 -1.077 -0.266 26
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:26.730 -1.106 -0.029 28
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:26.768 -1.144 -0.038 22
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.151 -1.527 -0.383 28
10 11 Sergio Perez 1:27.242 -1.618 -0.091 22
11 14 Fernando Alonso 1:27.263 -1.639 -0.021 20
12 22 Jenson Button 1:27.341 -1.717 -0.078 20
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:27.430 -1.806 -0.089 22
14 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:27.659 -2.035 -0.229 26
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:27.871 -2.247 -0.212 24
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:27.988 -2.364 -0.117 22
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:28.117 -2.493 -0.129 24
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:28.284 -2.660 -0.167 21
19 8 Romain Grojean 1:28.292 -2.668 -0.008 11
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:28.293 -2.669 -0.001 26
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:29.046 -3.422 -0.753 18
22 88 Rio Haryanto 1:29.272 -3.648 -0.226 23

 

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Hamilton leads, Rosberg crashes in second Australian GP practice

untitledIt was intermediate tyres all the way in Friday’s second practice for the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, and again it was Lewis Hamilton setting the pace at a damp Albert Park. The world champion headed Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg by 0.467s, but it was a case of mixed fortunes for Mercedes.

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Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg was the most high-profile victim of the slippery conditions, the German swiping the front wing off his Silver Arrow against the wall following a spin at Turn 7. To add insult to injury, it was a new-spec nose that the team had deliberately not run in FP1 for fear of potential damage.

Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest to put Ferrari in the mix, followed in the times by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, and the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Completing the top ten were Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.

Australian Grand Prix Second Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:38.841 Leader Leader 4
2 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.308 -0.467 -0.467 8
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:39.486 -0.645 -0.178 7
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.535 -0.694 -0.049 8
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:39.786 -0.945 -0.251 14
6 14 Fernando Alonso 1:39.895 -1.054 -0.109 16
7 22 Jenson Button 1:40.008 -1.167 -0.113 12
8 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:40.761 -1.920 -0.753 7
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:41.256 -2.415 -0.495 8
10 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:42.411 -3.570 -1.155 10
11 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:42.891 -4.050 -0.480 8
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:43.401 -4.560 -0.510 22
13 8 Romain Grojean 1:43.731 -4.890 -0.330 7
14 88 Rio Haryanto 1:44.304 -5.463 -0.573 22
15 6 Nico Roseberg 1:47.356 -8.515 -3.052 4
16 20 Kevin Magnussen 0:00.000 -1:38.841 -1:47.356 1
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 4
18 19 Felipe Massa 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 1
19 77 Valtteri Bottas 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 1
20 9 Marcus Ericsson 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 0
21 12 Felipe Nasr 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 0
22 33 Max Verstappen 0:00.000 -1:38.841 0.000 0

 

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