POS DRIVER PTS
1 Lewis Hamilton 381
2 Valtteri Bottas 314
3 Charles Leclerc 249
4 Max Verstappen 235
5 Sebastian Vettel 230
6 Alexander Albon 84
7 Carlos Sainz 80
8 Pierre Gasly 77
9 Daniel Ricciardo 46
10 Sergio Perez 44
11 Lando Norris 41
12 Nico Hulkenberg 37
13 Daniil Kvyat 34
14 Kimi Raikkonen 31
15 Lance Stroll 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 20
17 Romain Grosjean 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 4
19 Robert Kubica 1
20 George Russell 0
POS CONSTRUCTOR PTS 1 Mercedes 695
2 Ferrari 479
3 Red Bull 366
4 Mclaren 121
5 Renault 83
6 Racing Point 65
7 Toro Rosso 64
8 Alpha Romeo 35
9 Haas 28
10 Williams 1
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Nigel Mansell's most memorable moments
by Anthony Rowlinson
With one of the greatest British racing drivers, Nigel Mansell CBE, confirmed for Autosport International, it’s fitting to take a look back at his illustrious career. Ahead of the 1992 F1 World Champion and 1993 IndyCar Champion’s attendance at the show, F1 Racing editor-in-chief Anthony Rowlinson shares his ten most memorable Mansell Moments, illustrated through pictures from LAT Images.
I’m happy to say that what follows is my fifth Racing Year in Review for AutoRacing1. In previous installments, I’ve attempted to come up with a theme for that year’s racing season. For 2016, I noted that it was a year of lessons. You may remember the Verizon IndyCar Series learned about the costly experiment of aero kits, and the folly of allowing engineering people to make decisions marketing people should make. Formula One took it on the chin in the court of public opinion after installing a hokey qualifying format. The clear lesson was that short-sighted quick fixes were not the solution to jazz up an on-track product that has been harshly criticized in recent years.
Auto racing's long-standing tradition of grid girls seems to be in trouble. It was early 2015 when the World Endurance Championships (WEC) got rid of them, and Formula 1 may be next. Director Ross Brawn of Liberty Media, the new controlling group of Formula 1, recently said that the tradition of grid girls is being reconsidered. For the uninitiated, “grid girls” are the pretty women who stand beside the race cars prior to many events to hold grid markers and sponsor signs, and, well... look pretty.
Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a strong campaign with Mercedes after replacing 2016 Drivers’ Championship winner Nico Rosberg with the team. The Finn finished third in the standings, producing the strongest season of his career, with only Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel placing ahead of him. The 28-year-old claimed three wins over the course of the term, but now faces the challenge of improving his consistency to become a constant presence on the podium.
Racing royalty honored on a star-studded night at Versailles
At the end of a captivating season of motor sport action across all disciplines and at all levels, the FIA last night honored its championship-winning stars at a glittering Prize Giving ceremony in the stunning surrounds of one of France’s most iconic, and most fittingly regal locations, the incredible Palace of Versailles.
The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has responsibility for all aspects of international motor sport. It meets at least four times a year to decide on rules, regulations, safety and development of motor sport at every level from karting to Formula One. The World Motor Sport Council gathered December 6th in Paris for its final meeting of 2017. The following is a summary of the key decisions taken during the meeting:
F1 champions honored as FIA inaugurates Hall of Fame
New FIA Hall of Fame in Paris
The FIA last night inaugurated the new FIA Hall of Fame in Paris with nine FIA Formula 1 World Champions in attendance as all 33 winners of motorsport's most prestigious title were honored by the sport's regulator. In association with official partners Michelin and Rolex, the FIA Hall of Fame was launched at a ceremony at the headquarters of the ACF in Paris, with champions Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg joining representatives and family of F1's other title winners in becoming the first drivers honored by the new initiative.
From a record-breaking season, Pirelli have collected some record-breaking numbers. Formula 1 introduced some radical new technical regulations this year, which resulted in the fastest cars ever seen in the history of the sport. So, Pirelli's mission was to build the fastest-ever tires, 25% wider than their predecessors to cope with the massively increased cornering speeds and energy loads, which nonetheless allowed the drivers to push hard from the start to the finish of every stint. They developed these tires throughout 2016, despite not even seeing a 2017 car until the first pre-season test at Barcelona.
David Hobbs retires after a long career in motorsports
Retires earlier than planned after ESPN won F1 contract
NBC Sports commentator David Hobbs is retiring from his broadcasting career but not on his own terms. Hobbs is being forcibly retired, as ESPN has secured the rights to air Formula One races starting in 2018 and they will use a Sky Sports audio feed for their broadcasts. But that’s been a tough pill to swallow for Hobbs. Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hobbs said he’s upset that the switch to ESPN means he won’t get to sign off on his own terms, but he’s more bothered by the reason Liberty Media chose to sign a multi-year deal with the network. Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One.
As predicted by AR1.com before the weekend started, the Mercedes team turned the Abu Dhabi GP into a 1-2 parade for 55 laps. Valtteri Bottas grabbed the lead from pole at the start and was never headed as he led teammate Lewis Hamilton around the track nose to tail for 55 laps as the fans nodded off in the grandstands. The only thing missing were the floats and the fire engines. Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was almost 20 seconds behind at the finish (where he started), which underscored how far ahead of the competition the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is.
Valtteri Bottas won the pole position for the Abu Dhabi GP with a record lap of 1m36.231s to beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.172s. Everyone else is out to lunch. Sebastian Vettel will start third for Ferrari a whopping 0.546 sec behind. Daniel Riccardo was 4th for Red Bull and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Ferrari.
The 2017 Formula 1 season comes to an end next weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrows have already successfully defended their two World Championship titles again this year, so the final fixture of the season will be all about continuing the winning streak of the past three years. From 2014 onwards, a Mercedes driver has consistently started from pole position (twice Nico, once Lewis). It was a similar picture in terms of race victories in Abu Dhabi for the former team-mates, with Lewis lifting the winner's trophy in 2014 and 2016, Nico in 2015.
Brackley/Brixworth – With the Formula One season coming to an end in Abu Dhabi this weekend, the 2017 champions took some time out of their busy schedules today to celebrate this year’s achievements. Two weeks before the FIA Prize Giving Gala, which will officially crown Lewis and Mercedes with their fourth world championships, the Silver Arrows team paid special tribute to Lewis today.
It's a question asked by fans and pundits about every sport. How would legends of old fare against their current counterparts if they were to compete in today's environment? How would Babe Ruth compare to Mike Trout, or Bjorn Borg to Roger Federer, or Pele to Lionel Messi? So, what of one of Formula 1's most recognizable figures in history, James Hunt? Would the late Brit stand a chance against the likes of compatriot Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso or Max Verstappen in today's Championship?
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel got the jump on polesitter Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes and held the gap ahead by around 2 seconds to win the Brazilian GP at Interlagos - his 5th win of 2017. Kimi Raikkonen came home a close third in the 2nd Ferrari but had to fight to hold off a charging Lewis Hamilton who stared last but had fresher and softer tires at the end.
Lewis Hamilton crashed hard on his out lap of Q1 which meant someone had a chance to sit on pole for the Brazilian GP at Interlagos and his teammate made the most of it. Valtteri Bottas set a new track record of 1m08.322s to win the pole position. How superior is the Aldo Costa car? With the rain falling and everyone else's lap times falling, Bottas went even faster and stole the pole from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 0.038s. The Aldo Costa car makes so much downforce it sucks to the tarmac even on a damp track.
Mercedes aims to crush Ferrari and Red Bull in Brazil
After taking both 2017 F1 titles
Two races to go, two World Championship titles in the bag... but are the Silver Arrows slowing down? No chance! Teams up and down the pit lane will already have turned their attention to next season. While in a normal year, each team will have more than half of its factory resource dedicated to the new car by the summer break, the 2017-2018 winter sees stable chassis regulations - meaning many teams were running new parts on their car as late as the US Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows fly to Brazil and Abu Dhabi aiming to win these final two races.
Max Verstappen's aggressive move in turn 1 at the start of the Mexican GP led to Lewis Hamilton getting a flat tire and Sebastian Vettel's front wing flying through the air, which meant Verstappen had an easy run to victory in Mexico City, his third F1 win. Vettel came back to finish 4th, a valiant effort after that crazy opening lap, but just not enough. Hamilton finished 9th which meant that Hamilton clinched his 4th F1 title.
Sebastian Vettel gave it everything he had on his final qualifying lap and put his Ferrari on pole for the Mexican GP, the 50th time he will start first in his F1 career. Vettel's lap of 1m16.488s was a new track record and was only 0.086s faster than Red Bull sensation Max Verstappen who was not able to improve on his lap time on his last lap. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will start on row 2 with the 2nd Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top-5.
So, how does it feel like to be world champions? Well, it never gets old, that's for certain! No matter whether it's your first title, or a repeat experience, every single time brings with it a unique cocktail of emotions. A mixture of delight, pride and humility - savoring an objective achieved, yet already looking ahead to the next challenge to be tackled. As the Mercedes F1 team emerges from a night of celebration in Austin, and prepares to recognize its achievements back at base in Brackley and Brixworth, we turned to some of our leading lights to try and capture this incredible, intoxicating feeling in words.
Sebastian Vettel got the jump on polesitter Lewis Hamilton at the start of the USGP but in a few laps Hamilton blew past him like he was standing still and the race was over. Meanwhile Vettel had a sure 2nd place in hand but Ferrari decided to pit Vettel for a 2nd time for Super Softs and that put him down in 4th place from which he had to recover because Hamilton, Raikkonen and Bottas did the race on one stop ahead of him. He made it back up to 2nd but Hamilton was too far ahead and he had to settle for 2nd 10-seconds behind.
Lewis Hamilton waltzed to pole for Mercedes in Saturday’s qualifying for the 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel has an outside chance of keeping his title hopes alive tomorrow after putting his Ferrari second on the grid, 0.239s down on the championship leader. Mercedes Valtteri Bottas took third, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen, who set identical times for Red Bull and Ferrari respectively.
Drivers Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) Brendon HARTLEY (Toro Rosso) Carlos SAINZ Jr. (Renault) Marcus ERICSSON (Sauber) Fernando ALONSO (McLaren) Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas) Romain GROSJEAN (Haas) Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
USGP Preview: Hamilton could lock up title in Austin
99.99% chance he will be 2017 World Champion
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says: Still four races to go and 100 points to score: we can take nothing for granted as we fly to Austin this week. We approach every race with a healthy dose of skepticism rather than wishful thinking, and our focus must be on making sure we score every point within our reach this weekend in Austin. Since we began the final flyaway leg of the season, we have seen a strong points swing in our favor in both championships.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton toyed with Red Bull ace Max Verstappen all race long and led every lap (except for pitstops) to win the Japanese GP at Suzuka. Daniel Riccardo held off Valtteri Bottas for the final podium finish while Kimi Raikkonen came back from 14th on lap 1 to round out the top-5. But the big story was Sebastian Vettel. His Ferrari engine had a problem on lap 1 and he was out of the race on lap 4.
Using the superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton earned his 71st pole position - and his first at Suzuka - in qualifying for the Japanese GP. Teammate Valtteri Bottas was second, but a gearbox penalty for the Finn means it’s Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who will start alongside Hamilton on the front row. Fourth and fifth fastest were the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who like Bottas has a five-place gearbox penalty.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen soundly beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo held off Sebastian Vettel for third, the Ferrari driver narrowly missing out on a podium having started from the back of the grid. In a bizarre post-race twist, Vettel and Lance Stroll collided after the checkered flag, ripping the left-rear wheel from the Ferrari. Stewards are investigating the incident, that saw the Billionaire ride-buyer severely damage the Ferrari.
With his championship rival out of qualifying due to engine problems, Lewis Hamilton eased to his 70th pole position at Sepang in qualifying for the final ever Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton's time of 1m30.076s just nipped Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari by 0.045s. Sandbagging on Friday, the Mercedes came good on Saturday and shot right to the top when qualifying began and led every session. Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start 3rd and 4th with Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top-5 for Mercedes.
The result in Singapore came as a surprise for us all - and the danger of a result like that is to misjudge your own level of performance. But within the team, our focus since finishing first and third has been on the painful moments of the Singapore weekend - why we struggled in the long runs on Friday and our lack of performance over one lap in qualifying - to learn as much as possible for the rest of the season. We have deepened our understanding of those problems and we will take that learning with us into the final races. --Toto Wolff
It was predicted by AR1.com that Max Verstappen would crash with the Ferraris in Turn 1 of the Singapore GP and that is exactly what happened on a wet start. With all three out Lewis Hamilton, who started 5th was leading at the end of lap 1 and from there he easily held off Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull to extend his championship lead to 28 points and pretty much guarantees he will be the 2017 F1 World Champion. It is over.
The Red Bulls were fastest in both sessions Friday and the final practice on Saturday morning, but when it really counted Sebastian Vettel drove his Ferrari to pole with a record lap of 1m39.491s for the Singapore GP. Vettel had pole when all the drivers went out for their final run, but no one could catch Vettel, who went even faster on his final run but did not have to. Max Verstappen was 2nd for Red Bull 0.323s behind Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Riccardo was right behind 0.349s back.
Representatives from Toro Rosso and Honda speak with the press following their announcement of a multi-year deal which starts from the 2018 season. Honda and Toro Rosso – Masashi YAMAMOTO (Honda), Katsuhide MORIYAMA (Honda), Franz TOST (Toro Rosso) Renault and McLaren: Zak BROWN (McLaren), Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
Lewis Hamilton started from pole and led his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to an easy 1-2 win in the Italian GP at Monza. Sebastian Vettel was a distant 3rd for Ferrari that was once again no match for the superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes finishing a whopping 36-seconds behind. With his win Hamilton took the points lead from Vettel and it's expected it will be an easy waltz to the 2017 title for Hamilton and Mercedes will easily win the constructors title.
Lewis Hamilton is now the most proficient pole winner in the history of F1 turning an amazing lap of 1m34.660s to win the pole for the Italian GP at Monza in very wet conditions. Max Verstappen was 2nd for Red Bull a full 1.1 seconds behind Hamilton. Daniel Riccardo was third in the 2nd Red Bull. The big surprise was the poor performance of both Ferraris over 2 seconds slower than Hamilton in 7th and 8th position and out to lunch.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship unveiled the F2 2018 to the international media in Monza today. The new car, which will be raced in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, was revealed in the Formula 1 paddock ahead of the 9th Round of the 2017 F2 season. The new car, which complies with the latest F1 safety standards, features architecture typical of a modern F1 car and a 3.4 liter turbo-charged Mecachrome engine, which delivers 620 HP at 8,750 rpm.
Monza is famously 'the' power circuit in Formula One, with its historic straights broken up by tight chicanes. It's reasonable, therefore, to expect the blast around Milan's royal park to be the most power sensitive track on the current calendar. In fact, Baku, Sochi and Montreal are all more power sensitive, with Monaco at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Despite being on harder 'soft' Pirelli tires, Polesitter Lewis Hamilton kept the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel on Ultrasoft tires just over 1-second behind him and led the entire race to win the Belgian GP at Spa for Mercedes in his 200th start. Hamilton reduced Vettel's points lead down to 7 with the win. Daniel Riccardo drove a magnificent race to being his Red Bull home in third for the final podium position. Kimi Raikkonen in the 2nd Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes rounded out the top-5.
Lewis Hamilton won his 68th career pole position in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Spa by setting a new track record of 1m42.553s in his Mercedes. That was 0.242s faster than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could do in the #5 Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas was third in the second Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen 4th in the 2nd Ferrari. Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
The summer shutdown came at the perfect time for us to make a step back and take stock of our season so far. It has been a good one - and has shown a lot of the qualities of our team. We have overcome a difficult start to testing and significantly improved a fast but tricky car; we have won six races from 11, including victories for both our drivers; we trail in one championship by 14 points, and lead the other by 39. But it hasn't been easy sailing. We have learned hard lessons, grown strong as a group and there are still many areas for us to keep improving.
Lewis Hamilton put the team first at the Hungarian Grand Prix in allowing Valtteri Bottas to pass him in the closing stages of the race, giving up his place on the podium. The Brit did not have the pace to catch leader Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen behind him after his Mercedes team-mate had let him through to challenge the duo. As a result, he allowed Bottas to reclaim his place behind the two Ferraris, even though it cost him three points in his battle with Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship.
IndyCar, along with the FIA and ICMS, have been looking at the issue of drivers head protection for years. Well-publicized tragedies, most notably the death of Justin Wilson, along with the interest in sports head injuries in general have placed the issue on front burner attention lately. Much ado - both in the media as well as the not-so-social media - has been made lately about head protection for open cockpit race car drivers. Much of what has been said is wrong. And quite frankly, there is a good chance that the latest idea by the FIA for F1 is wrong too, at least for IndyCar.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen showcases the team’s factory base at Milton Keynes, a place which once was frequented by his father Jos, when he was racing with Stewart Grand Prix. M1TG spoke to the Dutch teenager about the state of the art operation, which now features approximately 800 employees across a wide range of departments – technical and otherwise.
Sebastian Vettel fought a balky steering in his Ferrari all race long but was able to hold off teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to win the Hungarian GP, his 4th win of the year. Valtteri Bottas was 3rd for Mercedes after Hamilton let Bottas by on the final lap ahead of a closing Max Verstappen for Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel shattered the lap record at the Hungaroring in Budapest to win the pole position for the Hungarian GP, his 48th career F1 pole, with a lap of 1m16.276s. Kimi Raikkonen will lineup 2nd with a lap of 1m16.444s to give Ferrari a front row lockout, their first since Monaco. Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton while Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
DRIVERS Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari) Fernando ALONSO (McLaren) Nico HULKENBERG (Renault) Marcus ERICSSON (Sauber) Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull) Sergio PEREZ (Force India) Stoffel VANDOORNE (McLaren) Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas)
The season's second half begins with this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest on the 4.381-kilometer (2.722-mile), 14-turn Hungaroring, a tight circuit that many drivers liken to a full-size karting track. It is the slowest permanent venue in Formula One, a juxtaposition from the ultrafast and flowing Silverstone Circuit where drivers recently competed in the British Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen & Daniel Ricciardo On Team Chemistry
At Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen's arrival into F1 has seen Red Bull Racing enter something of a new era of late. And with 6 podiums between them in the opening ten races so far this season, Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo are brimming with confidence ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out.
Mercedes scored an easy 1-2 at Silverstone on Sunday and it was never more evident than today how superior the Aldo Costa designed cars are. While both Ferraris blew their left front tire trying to catch the Mercedes, the two Mercedes were flawless. Lewis Hamilton led every lap and won his 4th straight British GP and his 5th overall, tying Jim Clark. Kimi Raikkonen limped home in third place after stopping to change his blown Pirelli tire.
Lewis Hamilton blew out the competition in qualifying for the British GP - more than half a second clear of the chasing pack. It was a record-equaling fifth Silverstone pole, and a third in a row for Hamilton. It leaves him one shy of equaling Schumacher for most F1 poles ever. Hamilton's lap of 1m26.600s was 0.547 sec faster than Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel will start third after he was unable to improve his time on his final run because his team set him out in traffic that balked him.
Silverstone will be true test for new high-downforce cars
Look for some real high speeds this weekend
It's the true test that the 2017 iteration of Formula One has been waiting for. Silverstone - the high-speed 5.891 km circuit, home to the British Grand Prix - is where fans will really see what these new beasts can do. Silverstone was the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar back in the 1980s and, while repeated layout tweaks mean that particular honor now lies with Monza, the historic Northamptonshire track still boasts some of the most spectacular high-speed corners in world motorsport. Abbey, Copse, Maggots and Becketts, Stowe... this is a circuit where it's easier to count the bends that aren't high-speed. The perfect playground, then, for the current generation of Grand Prix machinery.
The 5.891-kilometer (3.660-mile), 18-turn Silverstone Circuit that is roughly a two-hour drive from London is considered one of Formula One’s power circuits. It is one of the series’ fastest venues, with an average speed of around 225 kph (140 mph) that is certain to increase after this year’s British Grand Prix thanks to the blindingly-quick speeds drivers are able to achieve with the current-generation car that is lower, wide and demonstrably faster.
With Silverstone just a short drive from the team’s base in Milton Keynes, the British Grand Prix represents something of a second home race for Red Bull Racing. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, as well as RBR Team Principal Christian Horner to find out more about the track, the British fans and the opportunities in store for the team ahead of the race.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas held off the closing Ferrari of F1 championship point leader Sebastian Vettel by 0.6-second to win the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. Daniel Ricciardo held off a closing Lewis Hamilton for the final podium position with Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top-5 for Ferrari. Romain Grosjean drove a clean race to finish 6th for the Haas team - the best of the rest. Vettel extended his championship lead over Hamilton to 20 points with their 2nd and 4th place finishes today.
Yellow flags ensure Bottas pole over Vettel in Austria
Grosjean and Verstappen go off in waning moments
Romain Grosjean came to a halt in the American Haas-Ferrari and 'Mad' Max Verstappen went flying off the track and the resulting yellow flags when everyone was about to set their fastest times meant that Valtteri Bottas will start from pole in Sunday’s Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was just 0.04 sec. back and will start 2nd. Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes but faces a 5-grid penalty for a gearbox change. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-5.
In this exclusive interview for Mobil 1 The Grid, Brazil’s Felipe Massa reflects on his F1 career to date – from the early days at Sauber to working with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, and his 2014 move to Williams Martini Racing. Presenting a personal account of his career highs and lows, Massa discusses the influence of Ayrton Senna, Schumacher and Sir Frank Williams, his 2008 title battle with Lewis Hamilton, his accident in 2009 and why his recent U-turn on retirement has left him hungrier than ever before.
The Hybrid duty cycle. It’s a well-known term to those within the confines of Formula One engineering rooms. But outside of those bubbles, it’s not something you’ll often hear mentioned in the paddock. The advent of the Hybrid Formula One Power Unit in 2014 introduced MGU-H, MGU-K and ERS to the F1 lexicon – but ‘Hybrid duty cycle’ never quite went mainstream as turbo power returned to the grid.
In what can best be described as a 'crazy' Azerbaijan GP, Red Bull's Daniel Riccardo won over Mercedes Valtteri Bottas who passed rookie Williams Lance Stroll right at the line. At one point Bottas was over a lap behind and dead last. The crazy finish was setup by contact between many cars all around the Baku street circuit that resulted in multiple safety car periods, a brake check by Hamilton on Vettel and retaliation by Vettel by turning into Hamilton that resulted in the Ferrari driver getting a 10-second stop-and-go penalty.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas drove their superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes F1 cars to a front row lock out for the Azerbaijan GP on Saturday afternoon. How superior is the Costa car? The Ferraris on row two were both over 1-second per lap slower. In other words, no one has a chance against the Costa machines and Sunday should be another boring Mercedes 1-2 parade at the front.
A day after equaling Ayrton Senna's 65 Formula One career poles, Lewis Hamilton earned his sixth win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with a dominating, flag-to-flag victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton's Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Valtteri Bottas was second, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the podium in third. It was a difficult day for Ferrari, as Sebastian Vettel incurred contact on the opening lap with Max Verstappen. Vettel did however, manage to come home fourth (from dead last), passing Sergio Perez with three laps remaining.
Lewis Hamilton won his 65th career F1 pole on Saturday in Montreal for the Canadian GP and in doing so has now tied the late great Ayrton Senna for 2nd in career pole positions. Hamilton put in a perfect lap of 1m11.459s as he continued his domination of this race. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will start 2nd with a time of 1m11.789s. They were the only two drivers to break into the 1m11sec bracket, the two head and shoulders above the rest.
Round seven and we’re headed for our first North American stop of the tour – Montreal, land of Villeneuves, angry groundhogs, and that thing they do with French fries, cheese curd and gravy. No offense to Quebec natives, but the ingredients that make the Canadian Grand Prix one our favorite race destinations are a little more savory than those that go into poutine: deep racing heritage, a race-made city and oh yeah, high speeds, walls and heavy, heavy braking zones. What more could you ask for?
Round seven of the 2017 season in Montreal, Canada
Canada is a challenging track, with long straights and high speeds. Fuel consumption is high and the brakes are tested - with high energy and temperatures, wear is something to look after. On the other hand, the circuit is relatively easy on the tires. We are bringing the three softest compounds to this race, yet still expect tire degradation to be low. Good lap times come from being able to ride the apexes and the exit curbs, but this can be risky as the majority of corner exits have walls. It’s easier to overtake in Montreal than in Monaco and the weather can produce some surprises because it changes quickly. Races here tend to be very unpredictable.
Renault preview the Canadian Grand Prix, Round 7 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre Dame in Montreal. Montreal promises to be an exciting one for everybody involved. It is the 50th anniversary of Formula 1 in Canada and the 375th anniversary of Montreal as a city. It all adds up to be a special weekend, and we are very excited to get out there and getting on the circuit
The driver of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda now sponsored by Unison, driven by Esteban Gutierrez met with the assembled media in Detroit this morning. ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ: "It's a big pleasure to be here in IndyCar with this family. I've been following you guys from a very long time. I'm from Mexico, so we are close by some Mexican races, as well, that you've had, so it represents something very special......"
Vettel wins Monaco GP over Raikkonen for Ferrari 1-2
Ricciardo rounds out podium
Sebastian Vettel hounded Kimi Raikkonen until Raikkonen pitted for tires then, except for a full course caution that closed up the field, pulled away at will to win the Monaco GP over his Ferrari teammate Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo brought the Red Bull home in third over Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes and the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
Kimi Raikkonen nipped his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel to take pole position for the 75th Monaco GP with a time of 1m12.178s, 0.043sec ahead of Vettel's best lap. It is only the 2nd time since 1979 that Ferrari has locked out the front row at Monaco. The big story was the failure of Lewis Hamilton to make it out of Q2. He tried over and over and just wasn't fast enough. Meanwhile his teammate Valtteri Bottas qualified 3rd ahead of Max Verstappen and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
Brown: Alonso confident, likes his chances for the 500
Also likes the idea of an F1/IndyCar doubleheader
Zak Brown took questions from the media today ahead of this weekend's Indy 500. AR1.com asked him what he felt Fernando Alonso's chances were to win the Indy 500, what McLaren F1 talent was brought over for the IndyCar effort, and what he thought about F1 returning to the Speedway in an IndyCar doubleheader weekend on the road course - IndyCar on Saturday and F1 on Sunday.
Monaco is a race like no other. You don't need to be an F1 aficionado to know that much. The tight, twisting circuit that threads its way through the famous streets of Monte Carlo is a one-of-a-kind throwback to the eras of Fangio or Caracciola. And even now, decades later, this remains the crown jewel of the Formula One calendar. It's the race every single driver on the grid wants to win.
Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish GP at Barcelona ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who lost the race because Mercedes outsmarted Ferrari with better race strategy. During a virtual pace car period Mercedes called Hamilton in just at the end of it and Ferrari did not, costing Vettel 8-seconds when he pitted later and that was the race as he lost by 3.4 sec. Daniel Riccardo finished third for Red Bull to grab the final podium position.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are going head-to-head for the 2017 F1 title and that includes qualifying for every race. They typically are separated by hundreds of a second and that was the case again as the Mercedes ace Hamilton nipped the Ferrari ace Vettel by just 0.051 sec to win the pole for the Spanish GP at Barcelona. Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen in the 2nd Ferrari were close behind in 3rd and 4th. Max Verstappen's Red Bull rounded out the top-5.
84.681 seconds... This was the reference taken midway through 2015 when it came to formulating a goal for the new generation of Formula One cars. They were to be visually more aggressive, harder to drive and significantly faster thanks to new rules that, for the first time in the sport's history, aimed to increase the cars' performance. In numerical terms, that translated to lap times five seconds a lap faster than the 2015 pole time of 1:24.681 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas got the jump on the two Ferrari cars at the start then led the rest of the way to win his very first F1 race in the Russian GP. Sebastian Vettel was catching Bottas at the end but Bottas kept his cool and held off the 4-time F1 World Champion. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes a long way back in 4th. Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
Until this year Mercedes has owned the Sochi circuit in Russia, but this year Ferrari appears to have their number. Sebastian Vettel turned a lap of 1m33.194s to just beat his Ferrari teammate for pole for Sunday's Russian GP by 0.059s. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas continued his dominance over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to qualify third at 1m33.289s while Hamilton could not get within a 1/2-sec. of Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
Russian GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in 2nd practice
Mercedes and Red Bull follow
Everyone thought the Mercedes would perform better than Ferrari in the cooler temperatures at Sochi but so far Ferrari has dominated both Friday practice sessions for the Russian GP. Sebastian Vettel led his Ferrari teammate 1m34.120s to 1m34.383s. Once again Valtteri Bottas was faster than his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton 1m34.790s to 1m34.829s while Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were 5th and 5th respectively for Red Bull.
Differences between an IndyCar and an F1 car explained
In this video special AR1.com compares the cars
Fernando Alonso will drive an IndyCar for the first time on May 3rd and then of course the Indy 500. Ever wonder what the main differences are between a current F1 and IndyCar? AutoRacing1.com explains the main differences in this video filmed at the 2017 GP of Alabama.
Renault's vision of Formula 1, ten years from now, places people at the center - one of Renault's core values- as a vital cornerstone of F1 experience. Propelled by a high-powered engine, the driver can showcase qualities as a top athlete for the pleasure of fans. More attractive, Formula 1 also becomes safer, to better protect participants, and takes more active responsibility towards the environment. The year is 2027. At every Grand Prix, the competition is fierce.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel grabbed 2nd place at the start then battled the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to win the Bahrain GP for the third time by 6.6s over Hamilton. It was the 44th F1 win for the 4-time champ. Starting third Vettel was all over leader Bottas for the first 11 laps, then pitted early and went on a different pitstop strategy than Mercedes that put him in the lead that he held to the end. Kimi Raikkonen was 4th for Ferrari with Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top-5.
Driving the superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas beat teammate Lewis Hamilton to win his first ever F1 pole position for the Bahrain GP with a record lap of 1m28.769s. His time was just 0.027s faster than Hamilton. Why nearly identical? F1 is 99% car and 1% driver. Sebastian Vettel was nearly 1/2-second behind for Ferrari, an eternity. Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5.
Alonso running the Indy 500 teaches IndyCar a valuable lesson
Bernie Ecclestone knew the secret to making F1 a true global sport - Proper TV deals in almost every country. Painstaking work to negotiate those deals, country-by-country, year-in and year-out. But it worked, the number of eyeballs watching every F1 race around the globe is estimated to be over 50 million. IndyCar on the other hand does not think global. It's almost total focus is the Indy 500, the bread and butter for the Hulman George family. The rest of the races on the schedule are there only to ensure there is a series and at least 33 cars each year for the 500. Only the Indy 500 gets proper global TV focus - the rest of the races on the schedule are relegated to invisible status on NBCSN.
Alonso to skip Monaco, run 6th Andretti car in Indy 500
In conjunction with McLaren
After an absence of 38 years, McLaren is to return to the Indianapolis 500 next month, using Honda engines. On May 28 2017, McLaren will enter a single car in the 101st Indianapolis 500, powered by Honda. The car will be run by the Andretti Autosport team, headed by founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer Michael Andretti, a former IndyCar champion who raced in Formula 1 for McLaren alongside the legendary Ayrton Senna for a single season (1993) and is the son of three-time IndyCar champion and one-time Formula 1 champion Mario Andretti.
Lewis Hamilton made a perfect start from pole position on a wet track and led the Chinese GP start to finish for his 5th Chinese GP win and move into a tie with Sebastian Vettel for the points lead. Vettel started on the dirty side of the track, fell back to sixth after getting caught out by an untimely pitstop, and despite being held up by his slower teammate for many laps, charged back through to second while Max Verstappen had his hands full with Daniel Ricciardo but managed to hang onto third as they crossed the stripe nose-to-tail.
Lewis Hamilton took his sixth successive pole position on Saturday in qualifying for the 2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, after Ferrari had led in Q1 and Q2. It was another close fight between Mercedes and Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel splitting the silver cars, only a tenth off Hamilton and just a thousandth of a second ahead of Valtteri Bottas in third. Kimi Raikkonen was 4th in the second Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel soundly defeated Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix to kick off Formula 1's new era with a superb victory for Ferrari. After shadowing polesitter Hamilton throughout the race’s opening stages, Vettel came out ahead of Hamilton at the first round of stops. From there the German never looked back, taking the checkered flag almost 10 seconds clear to clinch Ferrari’s first win since Singapore 2015, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen fourth.
Lewis Hamilton won pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, after close a tense qualifying battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton, putting his superior Aldo Costa designed car to maximum use on his final run, won pole position with a 1m22.188s lap. Bottas briefly held top stop before Hamilton's flyer, with Vettel then splitting the Mercedes by posting the second fastest time on his final run.
2017 F1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix Marks A New Era
This weekend Rolex celebrates its fifth consecutive year as F1 Event Title Partner of the opening race of the FIA Formula One World Championship season, the 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX. A Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1 since 2013, Rolex’s commitment to the pinnacle of motor sport exemplifies the brand’s ongoing quest for excellence and for pushing the boundaries of human and technical performance.
"It's the dawn of a new era -- in more ways than one. This is the first time that Formula One has changed the rules to make the cars faster. We have new management looking at how we take the sport forward. And, in our team, we have seen some significant changes of personnel over the winter. It's been a busy few months, no doubt. But an extremely exciting time, too." Toto Wolff
Can the American squad beats its Freshman Year performance?
Last year's Australian Grand Prix saw the debut of Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The first American Formula One team in 30 years made quite the impression, with driver Romain Grosjean finishing sixth in the season-opening race. It was the best debut for any Formula One team since 2002 when Mika Salo finished sixth for Toyota, also at the Australian Grand Prix.Grosjean took the eight points earned that day on the 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on its debut. Now the American squad returns to Melbourne for the 33rd Australian Grand Prix March 26 to begin its sophomore season with a new set of circumstances.
On the eve of the first day of pre-season testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed its 2017 challenger, the STR12. Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz unveiled the car, featuring a stunning new livery, in the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit pit lane this evening.
The Haas F1 Team's 2017 challenger in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the VF-17, made its official debut today via the organization's social media platforms and website. It hits the track Monday for the first day of preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona -- Catalunya sporting a dark grey and red livery. Haas' new design has also adopted a 'shark fin' and 'thumb nose', as per most rival teams.
The Williams Mercedes FW40 was revealed online today ahead of pre-season testing in Barcelona. This is a precursor to the first pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona, where the car will be seen on track for the first time with Felipe Massa behind the wheel on Monday 27th February. With the first race of the 2017 Formula One season just around the corner, it’s shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated seasons in recent memory.
McLaren-Honda has taken the wraps off its 2017 challenger, the MCL32, during a joint launch event in Woking and Tokyo on Friday. A stunning new color scheme that harks back to the team’s 1960s roots, a restructure in senior management, a new race driver, and a set of challenging but exciting new technical regulations all frame the genesis of McLaren-Honda’s newest Formula 1 challenger, the MCL32. The MCL32 follows in the evolutionary footsteps of its two immediate predecessors, MP4-30 and MP4-31, but it has been overhauled in every area.
Ferrari has unveiled its 2017 Formula 1 car, called the SF70-H, during an online launch at Ferrari's private test track Fiorano. Later today it will hit the track for the first time as part of a filming day. Ferrari's launch presentation started with a video of the car being produced, traveling through various departments of the Maranello factory, before arriving in a garage at Fiorano. The 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship is born out of a regulation change that is without precedent in this category of motor sport.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today took the first step on the road to the 2017 Formula One season with the official presentation of the new F1 W08 EQ Power+ - another unbeatable design by Aldo Costa. The new car was launched to the team's fans from the Silverstone garages via a live 360-degree broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and the Team's official website - reinforcing the "fan first" approach that has grown Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport's social media community into the sport's largest, at over 14 million people.
Sahara Force India reveals new car for 2017 season
Sahara Force India launched its 2017 season today offering fans and media their first look at the team’s new car, the VJM10. Silverstone circuit was the venue as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon pulled back the covers to reveal the team’s dynamic new look including an updated livery and expanded partner portfolio. The VJM10’s new aerodynamic package is guaranteed to get heads turning, while the silver and orange livery retains the team’s traditional colors with a fresh twist. Branding from Johnnie Walker appears on the rear wing and top of chassis marking the start of a partnership with the whiskey brand. Telecommunications brands Claro, Telcel and Infinitum continue their partnerships for a fourth season, while NEC branding remains on the engine cover.
Renault Sport Formula One Team today launched its 2017 challenger, the R.S.17, at a showcase event in front of international media and team partners, in London, England. Highlighting new partners and sponsors including BP, Castrol and MAPFRE, the launch was also the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity, designed to provide a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars. Powered by Renault Sport Racing's R.E.17 power unit, the R.S.17 has no carry over parts from the R.S.16.
In 2017 the Sauber F1 Team celebrates another milestone: it is the 25th Formula One season in the teams’ history. Together with its new owner, Longbow Finance S. A., the Sauber F1 Team starts a new era. In the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship the Swiss team will again be competing with driver Marcus Ericsson (SE, 26) and the new arrival Pascal Wehrlein (DE, 22). The official rollout of the new Sauber C36-Ferrari will take place on the occasion of the first winter tests at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March.
Gene Haas Looks Back on Haas F1 Team’s Inaugural Year
Thirty-four years ago, Gene Haas founded Haas Automation. Today, it is the largest machine tool builder in North America. Fifteen years ago, Haas started a NASCAR team. Today, Stewart-Haas Racing has two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships and 36 victories. A year ago, Haas F1 Team debuted in the FIA Formula One World Championship, becoming the first American Formula One team in 30 years. Now, it prepares for its sophomore season, aiming to advance past its strong eighth-place finish in the 2016 constructor standings.
"I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year"
Since January 2017 Jorg Zander, Sauber's Technical Director, is back in Hinwil at the Sauber F1 Team headquarter. Time for a first talk. "First of all, the impressions are positive. I have received a warm welcome and felt comfortable early on in a well-known environment. I am pleased with the attitude of my team. After the frustrations and fears of the recent turbulence, everyone is now much more motivated. There are obviously expectations; the team wants change, stability and direction and that is what we strive to achieve together."
Bottas becomes the 11th driver to compete in F1 with Mercedes
It's been 45 days since Nico Rosberg dropped the bombshell of his immediate retirement from Formula One. And it left the team with a conundrum: how to best fill the vacant seat alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton in order to defend the Constructors' Championship? Following six weeks of detailed evaluation, deliberation and negotiation, the answer can now be confirmed officially: we signed Valtteri Bottas this morning. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career podiums so far.
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