أرشيف وسم ‘ Russian Grand Prix ’

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017

Massa disappointed with tyre misfortune

Felipe Massa left Sochi with only 2 points after finishing the Russian Grand Prix in ninth, despite having another good start when lights out on Sunday.  Williams' driver passed Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at the start, keeping him at bay through the opening corners to hold sixth. Massa ran on that position for most of the race but was forced to pit for a second time on lap 41 with a slow puncture, which dropped him to ninth place. Th Brazilian caught Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon towards the end, but […]

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Vettel:

Sebastian Vettel reckons he was expecting to get a good result in qualifying after his car showed strong performance during practice session. The German driver scored the first pole position of the 2017 Formula One season for Ferrari, in a qualifying session that put an end to Mercedes' 19-race streak of pole positions. Both Ferrari drivers locked the front row of the grid at the Russian Grand Prix with Vettel coming 0.059 seconds ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, to clinch his second pole position for Scuderia Ferrari and the 209th for […]

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

Ericsson, Nasr upbeat despite missing points

Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were left satisfied despite extending the squad's point-less run at the Russian Grand Prix. Ericsson started from the back of the grid but recovered to finish in 14th position, while Nasr was 16th, after being compromised by a slow puncture and a time penalty for abusing track limits. "It’s been a decent race for me," said Ericsson. "I had a difficult weekend as I have been struggling a lot to get the tyres to work on this special […]

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

Wehrlein: Sauber battle destroyed tyres

Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein admitted he was disappointed with his result at the Russian Grand Prix after a battle with rivals from Sauber accelerated tyre wear on the MRT05. Wehrlein scrapped with Felipe Nasr on several occasions but had to pit for a second time, dropping him to the back of the pack. Wehrlein's situation was exacerbated by a problem with the left rear tyre in the pits, costing the youngster 20 seconds, as he trailed home in 18th place. "A disappointing result," he said. […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mercedes feared double retirement - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the outfit briefly feared that neither Nico Rosberg nor Lewis Hamilton would finish the Russian Grand Prix due to technical issues. Rosberg dominated from pole position while Hamilton recovered from a set back in qualifying to complete a 1-2 for the team at the Sochi Autodrom. Mercedes warned Hamilton during the race that he was suffering from a water pressure issue, but Wolff also revealed that Rosberg faced a problem at the head of the pack. "That race was anything […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Trio left to rue Turn 2 collision

Esteban Gutierrez, Nico Hulkenberg and Rio Haryanto were left to lament a collision on the first lap which left the latter pair eliminated from the Russian Grand Prix. Gutierrez hit the back of Hulkenberg under braking at Turn 2, resulting in the Force India driver spinning into the path of the helpless Rio Haryanto. Hulkenberg and Haryanto were eliminated on the spot, while Gutierrez was penalised for the incident and eventually trailed home in 17th place. "I arrived at the first corner with a lot […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vettel labels Kvyat approach 'completely unnecessary'

Sebastian Vettel has criticised Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat for a "completely unnecessary" approach after he was eliminated on the opening lap in Russia. Vettel was struck from behind by Kvyat under braking for Turn 2, which sent the Ferrari driver into the side of Daniel Ricciardo, who in turn clipped Force India's Sergio Perez. Vettel recovered to negotiate Turn 3 but was hit once more by Kvyat, with the impact resulting in the Ferrari driver being pitched into the barriers and retirement. "I was […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Alonso: Expectations high after Russia points

Fernando Alonso says McLaren has high expectations for the upcoming two Grands Prix in Spain and Monaco after he ended his barren spell with sixth place in Russia. Alonso made progress on the opening lap before profiting when Max Verstappen retired to claim sixth spot overall, his first points since Hungary last year. Alonso's points, allied to Jenson Button's 10th place finish, lifted McLaren into seventh in the championship and the Spaniard is optimistic that further gains can be made when the sport returns to […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rosberg not changing 'race by race' approach

Nico Rosberg says he will not change his approach despite extending his championship lead to 43 points by romping to victory at the Russian Grand Prix. Rosberg completed the first 'Grand Chelem' of his Formula 1 career by leading every lap from pole position and setting the fastest time of the race en-route to a seventh successive triumph. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from 10th on the grid to finish in second place but Rosberg was nonetheless able to add another seven points to his early […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Raikkonen content with podium finish

Kimi Raikkonen was content with finishing on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix though accepted Ferrari did not have the pace to challenge rivals Mercedes. Raikkonen moved up to second at the start at the expense of Valtteri Bottas but was overhauled by his compatriot at the restart, before being passed by Lewis Hamilton into Turn 5. Raikkonen extended his first stint and emerged from the pits ahead of Bottas, after which he had a lonely run to third place. "I had a pretty […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kvyat apologises for first lap Vettel clash

Daniil Kvyat has apologised to Ferrari rival after they clashed on the opening lap for a second successive race in Russia. Kvyat hit Vettel under braking for Turn 2 and clipped the Ferrari driver once more at Turn 3, the latter contact sending Vettel into the barriers. Kvyat was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty for causing the collision and had three penalty points added to his license. "There was a bit going on obviously in the last moment I didn’t expect to […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rosberg cruises to victory in Russia

Nico Rosberg cruised to his seventh successive victory as Lewis Hamilton recovered from his qualifying woes to complete a Mercedes 1-2 in Russia. Rosberg led every lap of the race from pole position, setting the fastest lap en-route, to open up a 43 point lead over Hamilton. Kimi Räikkönen completed the podium in the sole Ferrari to reach the chequered flag. Sebastian Vettel was eliminated from proceedings on the first lap after twice behind hit by Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat. At the start Rosberg […]