POS DRIVER PTS 1 Lewis Hamilton 223
2 Valtteri Bottas 184
3 Max Verstappen 136
4 Sebastian Vettel 123
5 Charles Leclerc 120
6 Pierre Gasly 55
7 Carlos Sainz 38
8 Kimi Raikkonen 25
9 Lando Norris 22
10 Daniel Ricciardo 22
11 Nico Hulkenberg 17
12 Kevin Magnussen 14
13 Sergio Perez 13
14 Daniil Kvyat 13
15 Alexander Albon 7
16 Lance Stroll 6
17 Romain Grosjean 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0
POS CONSTRUCTOR PTS 1 Mercedes 407
2 Ferrari 243
3 Red Bull 191
4 Mclaren 60
5 Renault 39
6 Alpha Romeo 26
7 Racing Point 19
8 Toro Rosso 19
9 Haas 16
10 Williams 0
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Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in British GP
Leclerc gets Gasly for final podium position To the delight of the British crowd, Lewis Hamilton took the lead when Valtteri Bottas got stuck behind a the pace car and slowly stretched his lead over his Mercedes teammate to win the British GP for the 6th time. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had his hands full to hold off Pierre Gasly for the final podium position while Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 after being spun out by a late braking Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas beats Hamilton Valtteri Bottas nipped his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.006s (car is 99%) to win the pole for the British GP at Silverstone and lockout the front row. Charles Leclerc came close in third for Ferrari while Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) rounded out the top-5
50 Years as a Formula One Team Principal Sir Frank Williams, owner and co-founder of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, this year celebrates a record 50 years as a Formula One Team Principal. During this weekend’s British Grand Prix, scene of his and the team’s maiden victory 40 years ago, ROKiT Williams Racing will mark Frank’s achievements at Silverstone while Sky Sports F1 will screen a documentary on Saturday telling the story of a remarkable career so far.
by Federico Basile Max Verstappen lived up to his billing as a Formula 1 star as he overtook Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc in the final 20 laps of the Austrian GP to win Red Bull’s home race. Federico Basile was onsite and captured these 98 photos for your viewing pleasure.
First Honda win in new era, but result under review
Max Verstappen came back from a disastrous start that saw him drop from 2nd on the grid to 8th, to drive back through the field and pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with 3 laps to go to win the Austrian Grand Prix for the 2nd year in a row. The race result was under review because Verstappen forced Leclerc off track to make the pass and the two cars touched. Valtteri Bottas barely held on to finish third by holding off a charging Sebastian Vettel in the 2nd Ferrari after the Ferrari disposed of Lewis Hamilton the lap before. Both Mercedes were suffering from overheating on a day when the temperatures were in the 90s.
by Federico Basile Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari something to cheer about at the Red Bull Ring, with the Monegasque driver claiming his second career pole after a dominant qualifying display – although the Scuderia’s pleasure was kept in check by a mechanical issue that saw Sebastian Vettel fail to set a time in Q3. Check out all of our photos from Spielberg Saturday
Leclerc beats Hamilton for pole as Vettel's Ferrari breaks
Austrian Grand Prix Ferrari's Charles Leclerc put his #16 Ferrari on pole for the Austrian Grand Prix with a new record lap of 1m03.003s at the Red Bull Ring. Lewis Hamilton will start 2nd barring any penalty from the Stewards for blocking Kimi Raikkonen in Q1. Max Verstappen will start 3rd for Red Bull ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen. Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was 2nd quick in Q2 but an engine pneumatic issue emerged on his #5 car, forcing the German to miss the final stage of qualifying. He will start the race from P9 on the grid, spoiling an almost certain all-Ferrari front row.
At the Red Bull Ring this weekend The Styrian Mountains provide a fitting backdrop for the F1 circus as it embarks upon the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the 4.318-kilometer (2.683-mile), 10-turn Red Bull Ring. The lap is fast and compact, and it’s very enjoyable to drive. When you look at a circuit map, it appears to be a short and simple lap, but the reality is quite different.
Another Mercedes 1-2 Lewis Hamilton won pole and led all 53 laps to win his 79th F1 race at Paul Ricard over his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Charles Leclerc finished a close third for Ferrari, far ahead of Max Verstappen's Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel made a late stop for soft red Pirelli tires and got the 1-point for fastest race lap on the final lap and came home 5th. Mercedes has now won the last 10 F1 races including the final 2-races of 2018, such is their superiority.
Mercedes in class of their own Mercedes ran 1-2 in every session this weekend, such is the superiority of the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m28.319s to take pole position for the France GP at Paul Ricard. Valtteri Bottas will line up 2nd 0.157s behind. The Ferrari of Sean Leclerc was third while his teammate Sebastian Vettel had gearbox issues and could only manage 7th quick. Max Verstappen will start 4th ahead of the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Can Ferrari strike back? This coming weekend, Formula 1 is back at the Circuit Paul Ricard for the second time following the reinstatement of the venue to the race calendar last year. This will be the 60th French Grand Prix, an event which has been hosted by the track outside Le Castellet on 15 previous occasions as well as by six other circuits: Magny Cours, Reims, Dijon, Rouen, Clermont-Ferrand and Le Mans.
Canadian GP Postscript - Vettel's controversial penalty
by Brian Carroccio This is normally the spot for my postscript from the previous IndyCar race. And I’ll have a Texas postscript/IndyCar midyear report sometime later this week, as I’ll be out of town the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, there was some news from the world of Formula One. And I’m going to assume I can forego the cursory background explanation regarding yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix, in which a very controversial five-second time penalty issued to Sebastian Vettel promoted Lewis Hamilton to the top step of the podium.
Hand bullshit 5-sec. penalty to Vettel Lewis Hamilton wanted a fair fight with Sebastian Vettel, and he had it. However, the Stewards wanted Hamilton to win so they handed Vettel a 5-second penalty for what most would view as a racing incident. Vettel went off into the grass on one corner and slithered back onto the track, the car's tires dirty and Vettel going along for the ride. Hamilton had to touch the brakes to avoid a collision and they carried on their battle no worse for wear.
Leclerc third Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel smashed the lap record to win pole position for the Canadian GP with a time of 1m10.240s while points leader Lewis Hamilton will lineup on the outside for Mercedes. 3rd fastest in Q2, Vettel made a big improvement to beat Hamilton by 2/10ths of a second. It was Vettel's first pole in 17 races. Charles Leclerc will start 3rd in the 2nd Ferrari, a massive 0.680s slower than his teammate.
Extremely fit it turns out F1 performance coach Eliot Challifour explains why, even though he sits for a living, Lewis Hamilton's fitness is up there with Chris Froome and Mo Farah's. Whether it’s a turbocharged V6 engine or the latest carbon-fiber chassis, Formula 1 is a sport where innovation and technological advances are king. But while the power, muscle and endurance of F1 cars is renowned, the power, muscle and endurance of the men behind the wheel is often overlooked – certainly in comparison to other elite athletes.
Holds off Vettel and Bottas with worn tires It's so hard to pass on the streets of Monaco that Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton held up a train of 4 cars almost the entire race to win the Monaco GP in what amounted to a parade. The only thing missing were the floats. Max Verstappen was 2nd on the road but a 5-second penalty for an unsafe pit release moved him back to 4th at the finish. Sebastian was 2nd for Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas 3rd in the 2nd Mercedes.
Race pretty much over - Mercedes 1-2 parade Bottas made a mistake, Vettel hit the barrier coming out of Tabac and Verstappen couldn't improve. All of which left pole-master Hamilton to put his car - despite being practically sideways at times - onto pole for the second time this year at Monaco. It was a ragged lap, but a quick one to boot. Hamilton managed to set a 1m 10.166s, while Bottas aborted his lap after a mistake in the second sector.
by Tim Wohlford Should Fernando Alonso not make the Indy 500 this year -- and the odds are not in his favor -- then he will join a long line of F1 greats (and also-rans) who came to Indy just to have a miserable time. From Ascari to Andretti, F1 success has often been allusive -- and sometimes the results have been catastrophic. Consider the long list of woe encountered by just a few of the F1 drivers....
Mark C. F1 just about the most boring sport to watch right now. Yes, there are exceptions, but the excitement usually lasts from lights out to the first or second corner and that’s just about it. One of the Mercedes drivers s guaranteed to win The same five drivers have taken the top five places at every race this year. Compare and contrast that to the IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Saturday. If you missed the race, you missed what was probably one of the most exciting races in any series in years.
Verstappen 3rd for Red Bull, Ferrari blows it Lewis Hamilton grabbed the lead from polesitter Valtteri Bottas in Turn 1 and led every lap in another borefest Mercedes 1-2 in the Spanish GP. Mercedes has finished 1-2 in every GP this year. Max Verstappen, courtesy of the mental midget Ferrari strategists, finished third, while Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
Barcelona: Mercedes destroys Ferrari in qualifying
Bottas smokes Hamilton for pole The F1 media did a lot of talking about the upgrades Ferrari were bringing to Barcelona to close the gap to Mercedes. Meanwhile, Aldo Costa and the rest of the Mercedes design team were going about the business of upgrading their car quietly. The result - Mercedes has widened their gap over Ferrari here in Spain and the championship is essentially over. Valtteri Bottas won pole for the Spanish GP, smoking his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by a massive 0.634s.
Brakes and Rims are latest items to be standardized The FIA has opened tenders for standard brake parts and wheel rims for Formula 1 teams from 2021 through 2024 with senior figures keen to introduce standardized components for teams where there are now minimal performance gains. There will be more standardized parts announced. But how does the tender process work?
Four consecutive 1-2 finishes for the superior Aldo Costa designed car Valtteri Bottas out drove Lewis Hamilton over the last 10 laps to win the Baku GP and give Mercedes yet another 1-2 in what is clearly a superior car to everyone else. Despite having DRS over the last 3 laps Hamilton still could not pass Bottas who drove a perfect race from pole. Sebastian Vettel was 11.7-seconds back for Ferrari to finish third with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc rounding out the top-5.
Leclerc stuffs #16 Ferrari in barrier Sandbagging Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team finally showed his hand in Q3 qualifying to win pole over teammate Lewis Hamilton for the Azerbaijan (Baku) Grand Prix as the Ferrari team, who dominated all the practice sessions, choked. Charles Leclerc stuffed his Ferrari into the barrier in Q2 and had to sit out Q3 due to severe damage to his Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel just wasn't fast enough and will start third. Max Verstappen put the Red Bull in 4th for Sunday's race as Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5.
How much will the Mercedes' win by this weekend? After Formula 1 reached a major milestone in China, the series now moves on to Azerbaijan, the venue for the 1,001st Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas can look back on a fantastic start to the season, having taken three wins from the first three races. The Baku City Circuit has hosted a Formula 1 race on only three previous occasions. The winner of the inaugural race in the 2016 season was Nico Rosberg at the wheel of an F1 W07 Hybrid.
How F1 Esports Became as Popular as The Real Thing
Betting on F1 esports becoming very popular The world of competitive F1 is changing. If in the past video games have been seen as a waste of time, today even serious pilots from one of the most demanding car races in the world realize the complexity of these simulator and the actual amount of skill that goes into it. In fact, esports are now so akin to real sports that people are actually placing bets on the outcome of different gaming competitions, much like they do on football, basketball and soccer. With this in mind, let's explore the F1 Esports Series a little further and see what they have to offer in the long term.
Vettel third for Ferrari Lewis Hamilton got the jump on his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Chinese GP and the race was over with Hamilton leading polesitter Bottas home to an easy 1-2. The Mercedes were too fast for the Ferraris in the high-speed corners of Shanghai and the best the Italians could do was a distant third. Hamilton led all the way for his 75th F1 victory in this the 1,000th Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in China qualifying
Mercedes too fast for Ferrari In a thrilling qualifying session in China, in this the 1000th World Championship race, Valtteri Bottas secured his first pole position since Russia 2018, edging his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.023s, with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc around three tenths adrift.
Still bitter Liberty does not consult him Bernie Ecclestone will not be in China this weekend for F1's 1000th race. Liberty Media, the sport's new owner that ousted long-time chief executive Ecclestone in early 2017, is making a lot of noise about the historic milestone. Ecclestone, 88, said someone told him recently that he has attended "more than 800" of F1's 1000 races. But he told France's Auto Hebdo: "I will watch the race from London. Food poisoning aside, Ecclestone revealed that if he had still been in charge, he would have re-jigged the calendar to make Silverstone the 1000th race.
Will mark the 1000th F1 race The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix is an historic event - it will mark the 1000th round of the Formula One World Championship. But the Chinese Grand Prix is not the only special anniversary the team is looking forward to. In fact, 2019 holds a number of historic anniversaries.
Leclerc loses power, Vettel chokes Sebastian Vettel choked and spun while racing side-by-side with Lewis Hamilton for 2nd and Charles Leclerc's Ferrari sudden lost power while hold a comfortable lead thereby handing a lucky win to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas also passed Leclerc's slowing car for 2nd by Leclerc did hang on for the final podium position. Max Verstappen was 4th for Red Bull while Vettel recovered from his spin and broken front wing to round out the top-5.
Charles Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in Bahrain Qualifying
sets new track record Charles Leclerc became the second youngest pole sitter of all time in just his second race for the Ferrari F1 team. He set a new track record at 1m27.866s, one of the only drivers to improve on his second flying lap. Safe to say, the youngster was pretty happy with that pole. He jumped out of the car and was congratulated by teammate Sebastian Vettel and it was hugs all round amongst the Ferrari crew. Hamilton and Bottas head up row 2 with Max Verstappen just nipping Magnussen's Haas for 5th.
Verstappen third, Ferraris out to lunch Valtteri Bottas crushes everyone, including his World Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton ton win the season opening Australian Grand Prix. From second on the grid Bottas beat Hamilton to Turn 1 and from there was never challenged, ultimately opening the gap to Hamilton to 21-seconds at the finish, a crushing blow to the Brit. Max Verstappen claimed Honda's first podium finish since the 2008 British GP in its maiden race with Red Bull as Ferrari ended up only fourth and fifth.
Hamilton will be 2019 World Champion Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be 2019 World Champions. It's the easiest prediction we ever had to make. Hamilton won pole for the Australian Grand Prix from teammate Valtteri Bottas by the slimmest of margins, but the fact they were a full 0.7s up from the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel says it all. And based on practice times, their race pace is even more dominant.
Mercedes breaks it all down Formula One cars are very complex machines - even their steering wheels are not exactly self-explanatory at first glance. So, we're taking a closer look at F1 steering wheels, some of their many functions and how exactly they are designed and built.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Were a qualifying session and grand prix to be staged at Barcelona right now, the evidence of pre-season testing suggests Ferrari and Mercedes would be almost equal. We can't be entirely sure about fuel loads, engine modes and exact run plans. But every single indicator, whether it's short runs, long runs, trackside impressions or paddock gossip, points in one direction: Ferrari and Mercedes are the teams to beat. Federico Basile was there on the final day and snapped these photos.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Despite bringing out a late red flag when he broke down on course, Charles Leclerc ended fastest by a wide margin in his #16 Ferrari Thursday - the penultimate day of preseason F1 testing. In his final appearance for Ferrari ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Leclerc logged 138 laps and set the pace to ensure the Italian squad recovered from its truncated running after Sebastian Vettel crashed on Wednesday. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Carlos Sainz Jr. gave McLaren something to brag about - back-to-back days at the top of the timesheets in the second Formula 1 pre-season test as Ferrari hit problems for the 2nd day in a row. The Spaniard posted the fastest time seen so far in testing on the morning of the second day of the second winter test in Barcelona with a time of 1m17.144s.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Lando Norris topped the opening day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday as Mercedes lost most of its afternoon running to an issue on its new W10 car and Ferrari lost most of the morning with cooling issues. Rookie Norris strapped on the softer C4 tires, and recorded a fastest time of 1m17.709s. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Using the softest C5 tires Pirelli makes, Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault something to pound their chest about as the F1 teams wrapped up week #1 testing in Barcelona. In fact the four fastest times were set on the C5 tires with Lewis Hamilton rounding out the top-5 for Mercedes on a set of C4 tires. All five were in the 1m17s bracket. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
They made it more confusing for the fans It’s still early days, but so far the tires seem to be performing largely as we expected, with a performance gap of around 0.6 to 0.7 seconds between each compound. In more detail, it’s something around 0.6 seconds between C2 and C3 so far, and roughly the same gap between C3 and C4, which were the most used tires in this session. Due to the cool conditions this week, there was a bit of graining as expected, which should disappear when temperatures become warmer during the actual season.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Using the softest tires Pirelli makes, Daniil Kvyat topped the third day of Formula 1 pre-season testing for Toro Rosso after edging out Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen who also used the soft C5 tires. Taking advantage of 'happy hour' temperatures, Kvyat managed to set the fastest time of pre-season so far in the process. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com to capture these fantastic photos.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Ferrari's Charles Leclerc's time from prior to lunch survived a soft tire onslaught from Lando Norris and McLaren to give Ferrari top time for the second day running. Leclerc lapped within 1/10th of a second of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel’s Monday time in the opening session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday, recording a lap of 1m18.247s before lunch. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com and snapped these photos.
Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Sebastian Vettel's morning time in the SF-90 Ferrari was enough to beat McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr on the opening day of preseason testing in Barcelona. Vettel set a 1m18.161s in the morning session on the C3 tires - the middle compound in Pirelli's testing range to Sainz’s 1m18.558s – only 0.397s slower than Vettel but his time was set on softer rubber. Our Federico Basile was there to bring you all these photos.
SF90 F1 Challenger The Ferrari SF90 (design code 670) is the sixty fifth single-seater built by Ferrari to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. The car has been produced based on the new regulations, which have required various changes compared to the 2018 car. Among the most obvious changes are those to the front and rear wings. The front wing is wider and boasts simpler aerodynamic profiles, while the rear is wider and higher.
Alongside New 2019 Driver Line-Up McLaren Racing today presented its first all-new Formula 1 driver line-up in 12 years, as Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris watched 34 of their McLaren team-mates unveil the MCL34, the team’s 2019 race car, ahead of pre-season testing next week. The concept and design process of the 2019 McLaren MCL34, powered by the Renault E-Tech 19 engine, focuses on laying the foundations for development of the car throughout the season.
By Federico Basile/AR1.com Alfa Romeo Racing's 2019 Formula 1 car is pictured here on-track for the first time at a shakedown in Italy. The team is using one of its two allowed promotional events to run the car ahead of pre-season testing next week. These first images from Fiorano - captured by Federico Basile for AR1.com shows Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo with Ferrari power, in a black-and-red camouflage livery.
Racing Point unveils 2019 livery and title sponsor
New team Name: SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team SportPesa, the growing global technology and entertainment company, has today been announced as the new title partner for Racing Point, with the team now known as SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team. The announcement, alongside a reveal of the team’s new car livery, was made during their pre-season launch event, held during the Canadian International Auto Show; the first ever Formula One team launch in Canada
All the F1 cars looking the same this year The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 has been unleashed. Donning a one-off livery, the RB15 drives the team into a new era thanks to the arrival of Honda power and an exciting new driver pairing. Driven for the first time by Max Verstappen and eagerly watched by Pierre Gasly, the RB15 breaks cover today at the team’s official filming day at Silverstone Circuit.
The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ completed its first laps at the Silverstone With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed the first laps with its 2019 challenger. Named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the 2019 contender ran on the 2.98 km Silverstone International Circuit this morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon.
Won't see RS19 until next week at Barcelona test Renault Sport F1 launched its 2019 F1 world championship car livery today, introducing the team that it hopes will bring it closer to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. The launch of the 2019 Formula 1 livery took place at Renault's base in Enstone, England. Nico Hulkenberg and Cyril Abiteboul were joined by new signing Daniel Ricciardo on the presentation podium.
ROKiT Enters F1 as Title Partner of Williams Racing
Williams livery replaces Martini Williams Racing has announced a new multi-year agreement today with ROKiT, a global telecommunications company, in which ROKiT becomes the team’s new title partner. The partnership was revealed during a special event held at Williams Racing HQ ahead of the 2019 season and signals an exciting new era for the team.
2019 F1 car powered by Honda Toro Rosso has revealed its 2019 Honda-powered STR14 Formula 1 car online, becoming the 2nd team to show the season's new aerodynamic changes. Most noticeable was the different bargeboard arrangement in line with this year's greater aerodynamic restrictions. The team's blue, silver and red livery, looks slightly brighter owing to the lighter blue color used.
New Rich Energy black and gold livery Rich Energy Haas F1 Team unveiled its new-look for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship with a livery launch hosted at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club (RAC) on Pall Mall in London, while the design of its VF-19 challenger debuted online across the team’s website and social media platforms.
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