Australian Grand Prix: In 100 Words

Vettel won the head to head against Hamilton in this one, thanks to some great tactics from Ferrari. Bottas got on the podium in his inaugural race in the silver arrow, while Raikkonen made up the top 4. Riccardo retired early, engine problems hampering his home race. There were double points finishes for midfield pair Toro Rosso and Force India, with Verstappen and Massa also in the top ten. McLaren continued to disappoint, with Alonso not even finishing the race after a good start. Emergency debutant for Sauber Antonio Giovinazzi gave a fantastic account of himself, finishing 12th. On to China!

AUSTRALIAN GP: FULL RESULTS AND STANDINGS

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:24:11.670

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:09.975

3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 00:11.250

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:22.393

5. Max Verstappen (Holland) Red Bull 00:28.827

6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 01:23.386

7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1 lap

8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1 lap

9. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1 lap

10. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 1 lap

11. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1 lap

12. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) Sauber 2 laps

13. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 2 laps

Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen,1:26.538, lap 56.

Constructors Points

1. Ferrari 37

2. Mercedes 33

3. Red Bull  10

4. Williams 8

5. Force India 7

6. Toro Rosso  6

7. Renault 0

8. Sauber 0

9. McLaren 0

10.  Haas 0

 

 

 

First Practice 1 & 2: In 100 Words

First practice in Australia certainly had plenty of talking points. It was three time world champion Lewis Hamilton who set the pace, finishing fastest in both sessions. It was a case of two differing sessions from Ferrari, as they were beaten by Red Bull in the first test, before Vettel finished just behind Hamilton in the second. There was a number of incidents, with Palmer ditching his car into the wall at turn 16, while Verstappen had a trip into the gravel. The midfield battle looks interesting, with lots of cars performing differently throughout the day. On to FP3 and qualifying!

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.620
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:24.167
3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:24.176
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.525
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.650
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:25.013
7. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:25.084
8. Romain Grosjean Haas 1:25.436
9. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:25.478
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:25.493

What to Look Out For in Free Practice: In 100 Words

This will be the first time we see the true potential of the cars, so it is hugely important ahead of qualifying and the race itself. The main question is: which teams have been sandbagging in testing? Can Red Bull actually go much faster then they’ve showed. Who is truly faster out of Ferrari and Mercedes? Which team in a packed midfield is going to show the most potential to lift themselves above the rest? And can McLaren finally rid themselves of their Honda-induced problems and perform as they should be expected to. It’s only practice, but I can’t wait!

 

Testing Day 7: In 100 Words

It was a strange day in Barcelona on Thursday as there were some surprises on the timing board as well as the usual disappointments. Sebastian Vettel went through lightspeed to finish top of the leaderboard in 1:19 with Hamilton running him a close second in the Mercedes. There were plenty of good performances from smaller teams as Force India, Toro Rosso and Haas finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. It was another frustrating day for McLaren, as engine troubles led to disjointed running. It’s all to play for on the final day of testing, then it’s on to Australia!

Testing Day 6: In 100 Words

Day 6 was all about the Finnish. It was the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas who topped the table, as Kimi Raikkonen had a day to forget in his Ferrari. Bottas set the quickest time, while his fellow countryman crashed on turn 3, ending his day prematurely. It was a disappointing day for Red Bull, who had engine issues, while McLaren continued to struggle, with Fernando Alonso only 12th fastest out of 14 drivers. Compared to last week, rookie Lance Stroll had a good day in the Williams, the teenager going fifth fastest ahead of world champion Lewis Hamilton. Lets see what Thursday holds!

1 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:19.310 **

2 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:19.420 ***

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:20.406 *

4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:20.432 *

5 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 1:20.579 **

6 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:20.702 *

7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:21.213 **

8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:21.297 **

9 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:21.872 *

10 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:21.887 ***

11 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber 1:23.000 *

12 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:23.041 *

13 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:23.384 *

14 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:26.462 **

* = time set on soft tyre; ** = super-soft tyre; *** = ultra-soft tyre. Others medium

Testing Day 5: In 100 Words

Felipe Massa definitely likes downforce. The little Brazilian went quickest on day 5 in his Williams, showing that they have some real potential this year. As predicted, Red Bull upped their game with Riccardo flying round at a good pace. Mercedes and Ferrari continued their good work from last week, although not managing to gaining top spot from Massa. McLaren had new engine troubles to start their week, with Honda replacing their engine with testing only a few hours old. And Pascal Wehrlein finally returned to his Sauber after injury, which was great to see. Who knows what tomorrow will hold?

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:19.726 **

2 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:19.900 ***

3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:19.906 *

4 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:20.456 *

5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:20.924 *

6 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:21.347 **

7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:21.989 *

8 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:21.676 *

9 Daniil Kvyat (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:21.743 *

10 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:22.537 *

11 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber 1:23.336 *

12 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:23.630 *

13 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.790 *

* = time set on soft tyre; ** = super-soft tyre; *** = ultra-soft tyre. Others medium

What to Look Out for in Testing Week 2: In 100 Words

Week 2 is shaping up to be hugely important.

  • Will either Mercedes or Ferrari come good and take control before Australia.
  • Can the Bulls continue to improve and make a play for the top?
  • Will McLaren finally get over their engine troubles?
  • Can Stroll manage to keep the Williams on the track and put in a good shift?
  • And what of the smaller teams? Will any of them show signs that they can dominate the midfield or even challenge towards the top of the grid.

Hopefully these will all be answered in the coming days, which are sure to be interesting