Lewis Hamilton came through from 5th on the grid to win the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday, but it required some luck, skill and a start line crash that took out three of the top four qualifiers. In a race peppered with safety car periods, Daniel Ricciardo drove well to score a podium in his ailing … Continue reading “F1: A five-star Hamilton victory, as Vettel blows it”
Category: 2017 Racing Season
“F1: Hamilton takes championship lead with emphatic victory”
Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton scored an emphatic victory at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking with it the championship lead over Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas came home 2nd to make it a Mercedes 1-2 finish, while Vettel completed the podium. ‘This is obviously an incredibly exciting season; the last two … Continue reading “F1: Hamilton takes championship lead with emphatic victory”
“Italian GP: Vandoorne turns it on”
McLaren racer Stoffel Vandoorne may have retired at the end of lap 33 of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, but the Belgian racer impressed many with his performance at Monza. On paper, the 2017 was a disaster for McLaren. Another race and another pair of retirements for the Honda-powered team, with neither Stoffel Vandoorne … Continue reading “Italian GP: Vandoorne turns it on”
“F1: Hamilton claims pole position record at Monza”
Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton claimed a record 69th pole position in Formula One at a damp and dreary Monza this evening. In a session that stretched to over three hours-and-forty minutes following numerous rain delays, Hamilton secured the top spot with a best of 1:35.554s – a lap some 1.1s faster than the next quickest … Continue reading “F1: Hamilton claims pole position record at Monza”
“F1: Kerb extension laid at Parabolica”
Following a lengthy drivers meeting yesterday, an additional kerb has been added to the exit of Parabolica for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. With drivers using the excess run-off at Parabolica to obtain a better drive onto the start-finish straight, it was agreed to add an additional kerb to dissuade competitors from going too far … Continue reading “F1: Kerb extension laid at Parabolica”
“F1: Rain renders meaningless FP3 session”
Williams duo Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll topped a wet and meaningless FP3 session at Monza this morning. With the track sodden following several hours of constant rainfall, only seven drivers set times, with the rest of the field completing installation laps before returning to the pits. Thanks to the cool conditions and with no … Continue reading “F1: Rain renders meaningless FP3 session”
“F1: Red Bull cut a lonely pace, ahead of busy race”
On paper, Red Bull’s pace in yesterday’s free practice sessions at Monza looks set to cast the Milton Keynes team into a lonely battle for 5th and 6th. But a range of penalties – due to mechanical maladies – means Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen may have far more interesting races than originally expected. Come … Continue reading “F1: Red Bull cut a lonely pace, ahead of busy race”
“F1: Mercedes dominate Friday sessions at Monza”
Mercedes dominated the free practice time sheets at Monza on Friday, but on hot and fiercely humid day, it was easy to see Ferrari prowl. Instability seemed to be the word of the day for many drivers. For some, it was an issue cured as the day aged; for those with more sensitive machinery, there … Continue reading “F1: Mercedes dominate Friday sessions at Monza”
“FIA F3: Günther wins 76th Grand Prix de Pau”
Maxi Günther claimed the 76th Grand Prix de Pau this afternoon, but only after early leader Lando Norris crashed out. Prema Powerteam’s Callum Ilott trailed home in 2nd place, challenged by Hitech GP Ralf Aron to the flag.
“FIA F3: Günther secures first 2017 win at Pau”
Maxi Günther finally got his 2017 FIA European F3 Championship campaign going with victory in Race 2 at Pau. The Prema Powerteam man kept a feisty Lando Norris at bay in the early laps, while Prema Powerteam stablemate Callum Ilott completed the podium.
“FIA F3: Eriksson takes Race One win at Pau”
Joel Eriksson took his third win of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season at Pau this morning. The Motopark racer pipped Carlin’s Lando Norris to the flag by just two-tenths of-a-second. Maxi Günther filled out the podium for Prema Powerteam.
“FIA F3: Ilott wins in Monza to relaunch title campaign”
Callum Ilott took a stellar victory at Monza this afternoon, keeping a feisty Lando Norris at bay. Maxi Günther secured is first podium of the weekend, after he escaped the clutches of Joel Eriksson during the 20-lap race.
“FIA F3: Eriksson beats Norris in Monza Race 2”
Joel Eriksson secured his 2nd FIA European F3 race win of the season at Monza this morning, heading Lando Norris following a tense battle between the duo.
“FIA F3: Norris takes Monza opener”
Lando Norris took his 2nd win of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at Monza this morning, winning out following a frantic battle with Carlin teammate Jehan Daruvala. Ferdinand Habsburg made it a Carlin 1-2-3 following his own tight fight with Joel Eriksson, Guan Yu Zhou, Mick Schumacher, Jake Dennis and Callum Ilott.
“Chinese GP: “Hamilton tastes success in Shanghai”
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes struck back at Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari to win the Chinese Grand Prix this morning. Vettel did eventually take 2nd place after early-race strategy cast him adrift at the bottom of the top six early doors. Max Vertsapen made it three manufacturers on the podium in a race partially dictated by … Continue reading “Chinese GP: “Hamilton tastes success in Shanghai”
“Chinese GP: Hamilton takes Shanghai pole”
Lewis Hamilton became only the 2nd driver in Formula One to take six consecutive pole positions. The Briton matched the record by his hero Ayrton Senna to stretch his impressive run of pole positions. His time of 1:31.678s also ensured it was his sixth pole position in China. The Mercedes racer turned it on when … Continue reading “Chinese GP: Hamilton takes Shanghai pole”
“Chinese GP: Ferrari head FP3 in Shanghai”
Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen headed proceedings for third free practice of the Chinese Grand Prix this morning. Following the near non-running on Friday, FP3 was proved an extremely busy session as teams aimed to compress as much weekend running as possible into sixty minutes. Vettel's best of 1:33.336s came late in the … Continue reading “Chinese GP: Ferrari head FP3 in Shanghai”
“Chinese GP: Fog halts FP2 running”
The second practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix elapsed with no running this morning, due to heavy fog. The conditions were such that it was deemed too dangerous for the medical helicopter to land at the designated Shanghai hospital, based 38km from the circuit. As such, FP2 ended with thirteen minutes still on the … Continue reading “Chinese GP: Fog halts FP2 running”
“Chinese GP: Verstappen heads interrupted first practice”
Max Verstappen topped this morning's highly interrupted opening Chinese Grand Prix practice at Shanghai International Circuit. The Dutch racer set a best of 1:50.491s in damp and foggy conditions - the latter of which forced two lengthy red flags. Such was the thickness of the fog, the medical helicopter was unable to land at the … Continue reading “Chinese GP: Verstappen heads interrupted first practice”
“A new battle is afoot”
It may not have been the most dramatic of Grand Prix, but the events in Melbourne offered a sign that Formula One as a championship battle has been rejuvenated. All it needs to do now is turn on the races and keep it up. Easy, right..? It would not be a surprise if I was … Continue reading “A new battle is afoot”