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Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ricciardo rues 'bad luck' after missing podium

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was left to rue his misfortune after he missed out on the podium positions at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ricciardo controlled proceedings during the first two stints at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya after Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided at Turn 4. Ricciardo used a three-stop strategy but was overhauled by two-stopping Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen, while Ferrari used the undercut to move Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Australian. Ricciardo tried to pass Vettel for third but […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Rosberg 'surprised' by Hamilton approach

Nico Rosberg claims he was "surprised" that Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton attempted an overtake on the approach to Turn 4, which ended with both drivers retiring from the race. Rosberg snatched the lead from Hamilton around the outside of Turn 1 but was not in the correct engine mode through Turn 3, enabling the Briton to carry greater speed through the corner. Hamilton ducked to the inside on the run to Turn 4 but Rosberg defended, with the chain of events resulting in Hamilton sliding […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hamilton explains collision with Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton explained his side of the intra-Mercedes collision during the Spanish Grand Prix, and apologised to Mercedes for the squandered opportunity. Hamilton and Rosberg diced for position on the opening lap and an incorrect engine setting through Turn 3 from Rosberg enabled Hamilton to get a run on his team-mate approaching Turn 4. Hamilton adopted the inside line but Rosberg moved to the defensive, with Hamilton edged onto the grass in the process. Hamilton spun out of control and collected Rosberg as the German […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vettel surprised by two-stop superiority

Sebastian Vettel admitted his surprise at a two-stop strategy being the better approach during the Spanish Grand Prix, as he finished the race in third place. Vettel trailed Red Bull rivals Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen across the first stint of the race but was in the mix for victory, as both he and Ricciardo adopted three-stop strategies. However, Verstappen and Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen moved into the top two positions after stopping only twice, with the order retained until the end of the […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Raikkonen: Final sector scuppered win prospect

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says second was a good recovery from a poor start but rued poor traction exiting the final corner, denying him the chance of challenging Max Verstappen for victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen lapped within a second of Verstappen throughout the final stint of the race but was unable to follow the Dutchman through the final chicane, losing ground entering the pit straight. Raikkonen was never close enough to try a move on Verstappen, despite his proximity to the Red […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Verstappen delights in maiden Formula 1 triumph

Max Verstappen hailed an "amazing" day as he secured his maiden Formula 1 victory in his first race for Red Bull. Verstappen moved up to second place at the start following the collision between Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and went on to take the lead courtesy of a two-stop strategy, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on a three-stop approach which proved to be slower. Verstappen kept Kimi Raikkonen at bay across the final 20 laps to hold on and claim his first victory […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Verstappen takes maiden win, Mercedes collide

Max Verstappen became the youngest winner in Formula 1 history after triumphing during a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix after a first lap collision eliminated Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Verstappen kept Kimi Räikkönen at bay across the final stint of the race to take victory on his Red Bull debut, following a frenetic start in which the Mercedes drivers collided. Verstappen and Räikkönen made a two-stop strategy work while initial lead Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel stopped three times. Vettel held third, […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

'Good step' as McLaren makes Q3 return

Fernando Alonso hailed a "good step" for McLaren as the outfit returned to Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time since reuniting with Honda at the start of 2015. McLaren has edged closer to the top 10 shootout across recent events and Alonso managed to move into Q3 for the first time at his home race. "Today is the first time in a long while that I haven’t watched Q3 on television," he joked. "This is new-shape McLaren-Honda’s first time in Q3 […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ferrari puzzled by qualifying slump

Sebastian Vettel conceded that Ferrari "didn't get it right" as he managed only sixth place during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel had closed to within two-tenths of a second of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during Saturday morning's final practice session, suggesting Ferrari had the potential to challenge for pole position. However, Vettel could set only the sixth best time in Q3, 1.3 seconds behind pole man Lewis Hamilton. "I think every day can be tough but for sure I didn't expect to be that […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rosberg surprised by gap to Ferrari

Nico Rosberg admitted he was surprised by Mercedes' gap to Ferrari during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, with their primary rivals only fifth and sixth on the grid. Rosberg finished second to team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with lead Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen 1.1 seconds adrift of the Briton. Rosberg expressed surprise at Ferrari's deficit but nonetheless remains wary of Red Bull, which secured third and fourth courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. "We’re surprised to be so far ahead, […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hamilton elated after return to top spot

Lewis Hamilton described himself as "very, very happy" after he returned to top spot by claiming pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton trailed team-mate Nico Rosberg throughout the three practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and went on to make a mistake on his first Q3 run. However, Hamilton improved on his second run and moved to the front, with Rosberg unable to respond during the closing stages. "I'm very, very happy getting the lap," he said. "Nico’s been strong all weekend […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ricciardo upbeat as Red Bull overhauls Ferrari

Daniel Ricciardo expressed his elation as Red Bull overhauled Ferrari during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Ricciardo completed only a single run in Q3 but it was sufficient for the Australian to qualify in third place, with new team-mate Max Verstappen in fourth place. Ferrari was unable to respond to the times of Ricciardo and Verstappen, leaving Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in fifth and sixth. "Firstly I'm really happy to be back here in this press conference, I'll try and be here tomorrow," […]