Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Ocon pleased with first F1 point

Force India's Esteban Ocon scored his first point in Formula One after a strong drive to tenth place at the Australian GP on Sunday. The Frenchman delivered a fantastic performance starting from P14 and his race-long fight with McLaren's Fernando Alonso was one of the big stories of the race. Ocon overtook Alonso with just six laps to go. “Scoring my first point in Melbourne is a very nice reward after what has been quite a tough weekend," reckons Ocon. "I spent almost the entire race fighting […]

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Haas disappointed with double DNF

Haas F1 Team entered the first round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship with plenty of optimism. Unfortunately, the team left the season-opening Australian Grand Prix disappointed after suffering a double DNF (Did Not Finish) with its both drivers. The optimism came in the form of Grosjean’s sixth-place qualifying effort on Saturday. It was the best qualifying performance by a Haas F1 Team driver in all 22 of the team’s qualifying attempts, dating back to its debut in last year’s Australian Grand Prix. […]

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hamilton:

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 105th Formula One podium finish on Sunday after seeing the chequered flag in P2 at the Albert Park Circuit. The Brit, who led the race from pole position, complains about running out of grip during the first stint of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton missed out on victory to Sebastian Vettel and sits now P2 in the Drivers' Championship, seven points shy of Vettel (25), with Valtteri Bottas (15) a further three points behind in P3. "A big congratulations to Sebastian and Ferrari. I […]

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Melbourne's winning tyre strategy

Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari by completing a longer opening stint on the ultrasoft tyre than polesitter Lewis Hamilton, then emerging in front of the Mercedes after his sole pit stop. All the finishers apart from two stopped once, with the top four using an ultrasoft-soft strategy. All three compounds were used in the race, with the fastest lap – set right at the end of the race – more than two seconds quicker than last year. Most drivers started on […]

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arrivabene: “A good result

Ten years on from Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Albert Park, Scuderia Ferrari has returned to winning ways in Melbourne, in the first race of the season. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in first place after 57 laps, in a race whose key moment came on lap 23, when a perfectly executed pit stop for fresh tyres saw him rejoin the track ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 225th Formula 1 victory.  “A good result today that could have been a […]

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vettel wins the Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, from Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Vettel’s margin of victory was 9.975 seconds over Hamilton, while only the top 6 drivers finished the race in the same lap. This was Vettel’s and Scuderia Ferrari’s first victory since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix. The result brings even a bigger satisfaction for the Italian squad as they did not win an Australian GP since 2007, when Kimi Raikkonen took the chequered flag in Melbourne. The win was the […]

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ferrari secures first and second row starts

There are no points given out after qualifying and the 2017 championship has only just begun, but having Sebastian Vettel on the front row in the SF70H, with a gap to pole down by half a second, does nevertheless mean something. And with Kimi Raikkonen right behind in fourth place, it shows that the overall picture for Ferrari is encouraging. “If we look back twelve months, the progress we have made is clear to see,” said Sebastian Vettel. “We are working well as a team, […]

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hamilton takes the first pole of the season

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will be starting the first race of the 2017 season from pole position. His fast lap of 1:22.188 set a new track qualifying record and was .268 of a second better than runner-up Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. It was Hamilton’s 62nd career Formula One pole and his fifth straight, dating back to last year’s United States Grand Prix. Qualifying results: 1.        L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:24.191            01:23.251           01:22.188   2.  S. […]

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Vettel tops final practice session

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time in the third practice session on Saturday, whose fast lap of 1:23.380 was .479 of a second better than his nearest pursuer, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Vettel broke the all-time lap record at the Albert Park Circuit in the process, bettering it by .149 of a second. It was Vettel who held the previous record – a 1:23.529 set during qualifying in 2011 when he was with Red Bull.  Third free practice results: 1.        S. Vettel  […]

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wehrlein to miss the Australian GP

The Sauber F1 Team has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will not race in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday and will be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi.  Wehrlein, who crashed during the Race of Champions event at beginningof the year, does not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit. As of FP3, Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix weekend. “My fitness level is not as it should be for a full race […]

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017

Mercedes leads Friday practice sessions

  After two weeks of testing at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, it was finally go time Friday at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne as teams prepared for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.  The start of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship began with two, 90-minute practice sessions – FP1 and FP2 – which saw the new-for-2017 technical regulations in real-time action on the 5.303-kilometer, 16-turn track. The advanced aerodynamic package for this year’s car was put in place to create […]

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017

Force India enjoyed straightforward start

The first day of the season saw the VJM10 emerge in its new pink livery at Albert Park as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon Clocked up a total of 124 laps between them. It was a fairly routine start to the 2017 season for Force India, with a brake system problem on Ocon’s car the only significant issue at the start of FP1. Fortunately the team resolved that quite quickly allowing the Frenchman to get on with learning the track. “I didn’t have the best […]