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Italian Grand Prix, Monza 2016: Mercedes report

MAGICAL MONZA PRODUCES 1-2 FINISH FOR SILVER ARROWS  • Nico Rosberg today took his 21st career victory - his 1st at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and 7th of the 2016 season so far  • Lewis completed a 4th Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in P2  • Lewis Hamilton (250) leads the Drivers' Championship by 2 points from Nico Rosberg (148) in P2  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (498) lead Red Bull (290) by 208 points in the Constructors' Championship  Driver Chassis No.


Italian Grand Prix, Monza 2016: Ferrari day3

Italian Grand Prix Monza 4 September   Race    Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap  RAIKKONEN 4th 1:17:55.650 + 27.561 53 1:26.016 50    1st stop Lap 15 Old Supersoft    2nd stop Lap 34 New Soft  VETTEL 3rd 1:17:49.079 + 20.990 53 1:26.310 48    1st stop Lap 16 New Supersoft    2nd stop Lap 33 New Soft  Weather: air 29/30 asphalt 41/43. Sunny  Maurizio Arrivabene  Today we did our best, especially at the start which was very good.


Italian Grand Prix, Monza 2016: Ferrari day2

Qualifying     RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314  Q1 P5 1:23.217 New Soft - 4 laps P3 1:23.077 New Soft - 4 laps  Q2 P5 1:22.568 New Supersoft - 3 laps P3 1:22.275 New Supersoft - 3 laps        New Supersoft - 2 laps     Q3 P4 1:22.065 New Supersoft - 3 laps P3 1:21.972 New Supersoft - 3 laps        New Supersoft - 3 laps     New Supersoft - 3 laps  Weather: air 30/31 °C, track 39/44 °C.


Italian Grand Prix, Monza 2016: Ferrari day1

Free Practice    RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314  First Session P3 1:24.047 16 laps P4 1:24.307 17 laps  Weather: air 27/28 °C, asphalt 29/36 °C. Sunny  Second Session P4 1:23.427 28 laps P3 1:23.254 33 laps  Weather: air 29/30 °C, asphalt 39/42 °C. Sunny  Kimi Raikkonen  The morning ran smoothly and the first practice session was pretty good. The second one was a bit messy with the new tires and the yellow flags, but overall it was not too bad and the car was feeling ok.


Monza 2016: Felipe Massa to Retire from Formula One

Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season, after 14 years at the top level of the sport.   The 35-year-old Brazilian is in his third year with Williams, having joined the team in 2014, and is due to celebrate his 250th Grand Prix start at his final race in Abu Dhabi this year.   Felipe scored three podiums and one pole position on his way to seventh in the drivers’ standings in his first season with the team, helping Williams climb to third in the Constructors’ Championship.


Mercedes F1, 2016 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview

The 2016 Formula One World Championship season continues this weekend with Round 13, the Belgian Grand Prix, from Spa-Francorchamps  Lewis: "It's been such a proud few weeks for British sport"  Nico: "For me, it's like a clean slate at this stage"  Toto: "There is plenty to be excited about"  Paddy: "This is definitely a race which sorts the true fans from the glamour seekers!"  Vital Statistics: Spa  Lewis Hamilton  It's crazy how quickly this year is going by.


Sauber F1 Team - Preview – 2016 Belgian & Italian Grand Prix

After a two week summer break and factory shutdown, the Sauber F1 Team goes into the second part of the 2016 season with a new aero package. Another back to back race weekened is approaching on two traditional tracks: One is the longest, the other one is the fastest. Following the Belgian Grand Prix (28th August), which is a kind of roller coaster ride on the legendary Ardennes race track in Spa-Francorchamps, the Swiss Team heads straight to the Italian Grand Prix (4th September) on the “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza”.


GP Monaco F1 2016, Qualifying: Rien ne va plus, les dés sont jetés…

Daniel Ricciardo with its “big Australian balls” as he mentioned at the press conference today, took his first Pole Position ever in Formula 1. The Australian set a Perfect lap after pushing more and more his car to the limit. The Redbull Driver has lead the two Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton by respectively 0.169s  and 0.320 seconds, with the 3rd sector being his absolute strong point. Lewis Hamilton faced some issue with a fuel pressure during Q3 compromising somehow his chances to be on Pole.


2016 Monaco Grand Prix: Preview

Nestled on the coast of the French Riviera lies the Principality of Monaco, the world’s second smallest country behind Vatican City. Monte Carlo eases well with a harbour crammed full of yachts and a city home to high-end casinos, boutique-shops and high-rise apartments, as well as Formula One’s most famous race. Bumpy, narrow and relentless, the Monte Carlo circuit is the acid test of a driver’s skill and concentration.  Teams run their highest downforce levels to maximise grip on the shortest lap of the season.


Red Bull Race Preview: Monaco 2016

Insider Track Report: Max Vestappen  Max Vestappen  “I always enjoy racing street circuits like Monaco because you are really pushing the limit and are very close to the walls, it gives you a great feeling that you are on top of your car and getting the most out of it. “It’s so difficult to overtake in Monaco, last year I tried and we ended up in the wall, so the most important thing is to have a good qualifying and start and from there on keep it on the track! Monaco is also special because the track is walking distance from where I live so that’s nice to feel like I’m home during the race weekend.


In-season test one: Barcelona, Spain, May 17-18, 2016

In-season test one: Barcelona, Spain, May 17-18, 2016 “As this was an in-season test rather than a Pirelli test, the teams were selecting individual run plans and choosing their own tyres from the usual 2016 range, rather than testing new prototypes. Because of the wide variety of programmes that were being worked through, the lap times in isolation were of no great significance. However, some teams were also able to carry out specific tyre-related assessments, such as data acquisition on the ultrasoft tyre before it makes its debut in Monaco next week.


F1 BARCELONA TEST 2016 – DAY TWO: Red Bull Racing

BARCELONA TEST – DAY TWO          Driver:              Max Verstappen Car:                  Red Bull Racing – TAG Heuer RB12 Laps:                118 Best time:         1:23.267 (P1) Circuit length:    4.655km     Max Verstappen took over in the RB12 for the second and final day of 2016’s first in-season test.


F1 2016 Barcelona Test Three - Day One: Mercedes report

2016 Barcelona Test Three - Day One  Nico clocks 119 laps on first day of in-season testing    Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016   Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya   Driver: Nico Rosberg   Laps Completed: 119   Circuit Length: 4.655 km   Distance Covered: 554 km   Best Lap Time: 1:23.337   Conditions:  Dry, warm     MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began the first in-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid.


2016 Spanish Grand Prix – Race

Strategy was at the forefront of the Spanish Grand Prix, with the final result remaining in doubt right to the very end as the race protagonists adopted different thinking in the timing and choice of tyre changes. In the end, Max Verstappen became the youngest grand prix winner in history on his Red Bull debut, finishing the race on a set of medium tyres that had completed 32 laps: one lap more than those on the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second. Both Ferrari and Red Bull split their strategies: each team stopping twice with one car and three times with the other.


F1 2015 Abu Dhabi - Test

McLaren’s driver Stoffel Vandoorne set fastest time today at the end of the 12-hour tyre test organised by Pirelli on the smooth surface of the Yas Marina circuit. The session took place non-stop throughout the day, with the expected bright sun and warm temperatures starting out at around 24°C ambient (35°C asphalt) and reaching 28° and 40° respectively by lunchtime. All 2015 Teams took part with the following drivers:  Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein    Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen  Williams Valtteri Bottas    Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo Daniil Kvyat  Force India Alfonso Celis Jr Niko Hulkenberg  Lotus Jolyon Palmer    Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Jr Max Verstappen  Sauber Adderly Fong Marcus Ericsson  McLaren Stoffel Vandoorne    Manor Rio Haryanto Jordan King  The session started with all the drivers running some laps on base tyre to confirm the set-up of the cars and using P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Yellow soft tyres: the nominated choice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend.


Williams Confirms Susie Wolff to Retire from Motorsport

Williams can confirm that following four successful years with the team, Susie Wolff will retire from competitive motorsport at the end of the 2015 season.   Since being appointed as Development Driver in April 2012, Susie has worked closely with the team over the years before being promoted to Official Test Driver in 2015. Her role has seen her play a big part in the development of the FW35, FW36 and FW37 through extensive simulator work alongside getting behind the wheel for straight line aerodynamic tests and during numerous test days.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix – Race

Nico Rosberg has won the first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years from pole, with a two-stop strategy. Using a soft-medium-medium strategy, he beat his team mate Lewis Hamilton to secure a 10th one-two of the season for Mercedes and move back to second in the driver points standings. Behind them, the race strategies were affected by a safety car with just 20 laps to go. This effectively allowed a ‘free’ pit stop, which meant that those contemplating another stop could do so without a big penalty.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix – Race

Nico Rosberg has won the first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years from pole, with a two-stop strategy. Using a soft-medium-medium strategy, he beat his team mate Lewis Hamilton to secure a 10th one-two of the season for Mercedes and move back to second in the driver points standings. Behind them, the race strategies were affected by a safety car with just 20 laps to go. This effectively allowed a ‘free’ pit stop, which meant that those contemplating another stop could do so without a big penalty.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has clinched pole position for the fourth consecutive time, using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to set a lap of 1m19.480s. It was the 13th Mercedes one-two of the season in qualifying. The high-altitude and thin air characteristics of Mexico City, together with its long pit straight, meant that the highest top speeds were seen in Formula One this year. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was the only driver to get through Q1 using the medium tyre only, before all the drivers started Q2 on the soft tyre: worth about an extra 1.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix: Practice Sessions

A new track always creates unique challenges, with fresh asphalt frequently offering little grip due to oil in the tarmac rising to the surface, and no rubber previously laid down to enhance adhesion. These factors meant that it was difficult for the drivers to find grip today: a situation that was complicated by the variable track and air temperatures, which culminated in light rain during FP2. Over the course of the afternoon session, the track temperature dropped by eight degrees, making it very hard for the teams to get an accurate read on tyre behaviour.


2015 United States Grand Prix – Race: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has won the United States Grand Prix and the 2015 World Championship, following an action-packed race that went from wet to dry conditions. All the drivers started on new intermediates, waiting for the right crossover point when the track would be dry enough to move onto slicks. Both Hamilton and his team mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, completed one opening stint on the intermediates followed by two stints on the soft tyre. The timing of the pit stops proved to be the key to victory, with the pit wall and drivers having to make tactical calls despite no dry running before the start, which deprived the teams of the usual tyre wear and degradation information.


2015 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying

The extreme weather that led to the cancellation of FP2 yesterday continued as expected overnight, resulting in qualifying being entirely moved to Sunday for the first time since the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. Since then, in Australia 2013, Q2 and Q3 were moved to Sunday morning after Q1 took place on Saturday – again as a result of heavy rain. The qualifying session in Austin was scheduled to take place at 1300 local time, but was then subjected to a series of half-hour delays before being abandoned entirely just before 1600, with no let-up in the weather.


F1 2016: FIA announces revised calendar and clarifies rules to make cars louder

Formula One racing’s governing body the FIA has released a revised provisional schedule for next year’s world championship, with the season set to get underway in Australia in March, not in April as previously indicated. A record 21 races remain on the calendar, with the brand-new event in Baku, Azerbaijan taking place the week after Canada - one of six back-to-back Grand Prix weekends. Also announced at Wednesday’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Paris were new rules to increase the noise of cars.


Red Bull Racing says: arrivederci Energy Station

FIVE THINGS WE'LL MISS ABOUT THE ENERGY STATION   It might not be with us for many races these days but from Barcelona onwards it quickly becomes a home from home. Now, as the end of another European season comes into view, it’ll be gone until next year. Yes, it’s time to curl up in a foetal position and start bawling for ‘mummy’, for it’s time to bid farewell to the security blanket that is the Energy Station. Here’s why we’ll all miss it…   1.


Nico Hulkenberg continues with Sahara Force India in 2016 and 2017

Sahara Force India is delighted to announce the signing of a two-year contract extension with Nico Hulkenberg. It means Nico will race in the team’s colours until at least the end of the 2017 season, giving the team valuable stability in the years ahead.   Nico Hulkenberg: “I’m very pleased to finalise and announce my plans for the future. I know this team inside out and I feel at home here so it made perfect sense to make a long-term commitment. The progress the team has shown over the last two years has really impressed me and gives me confidence for the future.


2015 Italian Grand Prix - Preview Mercedes F1

The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Twelve, the Italian Grand Prix, from Monza    Lewis Hamilton  Spa was a really positive weekend for me. I felt comfortable right the way through and it was great to finally get another win at one of the real classic F1 circuits. Now, we head to another of those in Monza. It's an awesome track - so fast and with some of the most passionate fans you'll see anywhere in the world. I was actually at this circuit with Sir Stirling Moss earlier this year, driving the banking in his old Mercedes W 196, which was just awesome.


Sauber F1 Team - Preview – 2015 Italian Grand Prix

12th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 4th to 6th September 2015 Hinwil, 31st August 2015 – The Italian Grand Prix is like a home race for the Sauber F1 Team as the Monza track is not far away from the Swiss border. The race on the “Autodromo Nazionale” will be the last round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship in Europe. The track, which is known for the highest speed on any straights in the season, should suit the Sauber C34-Ferrari. Marcus Ericsson (car number 9): “The race weekend in Monza is always a very special event due to the popularity of Formula 1 and the tifosi.


Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia 2015, Preview

Vijay's Vision Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, looks forward to the final European race of the 2015 season.   VJM: “The high-speed challenge of historic Monza is always one of the highlights of the year. It’s the final race of the European season and it’s important that we score strongly to regain the initiative in our fight for fifth place in the standings.   “The last race in Belgium showed that the updates we’ve brought to the VJM08 are working as intended.


F1 2015: Spectacular Spa Double for the Silver Arrows

Lewis took his second Belgian Grand Prix win, the 39th of his F1 career and sixth of 2015  Nico completed a seventh Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season with his 36th career F1 podium finish  An 80th career F1 podium for Lewis sees him move level with Ayrton Senna in P4 in the all-time standings  Both Lewis and Nico ran a two stop strategy of option / prime / option  MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 184 points in the Constructors' Championship  Lewis now leads the Drivers' Championship by 28 points from Nico  Driver Chassis No.



After a full investigation which continued overnight into the issue which affected Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes yesterday, these are the conclusions: There are no signs of structural integrity issue of the tyre, neither on other tyres used by Mercedes nor on tyres used on other vehicles.  Video footage shows a tyre problem on Rosberg’s car which is consistent with an external cut into the tyre structure.  Quality data check on other tyres has shown no anomalies.    Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: “We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre.


2015 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying session

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s run of six consecutive pole positions, after going fastest in qualifying at Spa on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyre. This was also the ninth Mercedes one-two of the season, with Hamilton’s pole time of 1m47.197s. Hamilton and his team mate Nico Rosberg were the only drivers to get through Q1 on the medium tyre. Not only that, but they were first and second fastest respectively, during their second run on the medium compound.


Tata calls on technology enthusiasts to design a F1 Grand Prix prediction tool for fans

Tata Communications today announces the second challenge of the 2015 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The goal of the contest with its USD $50,000 prize is to inspire the brightest minds around the world to harness their ingenuity, technical know-how and passion for F1 racing to engage fans in the sport through two technology challenges.   In a sport where success is defined by the ability to adapt quickly as circumstances change, drivers receive crucial support from their teams’ ability to make decisions based on data-driven predictive analytics.


#JoinTheTeam: live the ultimate Sahara Force India experience in Monza 2015

#‎JoinTheTeam‬ competition brings you to the heart of the action as we race on the legendary Monza track. Over the race weekend, the winner will have the unique experience of living life as a Formula 1 team member, including these unforgettable activities: • Join Engineer/drivers on track walk • Watch Free Practice from Garage Viewing Area – listening in on team communication on head-sets • Assist Media Manager with driver interviews • Support Marketing Team looking after VIP Guests • Work with the Motorhome Hosts & Chefs • Shadow Commercial / Senior Management • Watch qualifying and the race from the motorhome or vantage points from around the circuit Enter the first round of the competition between today and August 15th: - write a "half term" review of Sahara Force India's 2015 season so far - max 800 words.


Silver Arrows secure Budapest front row lockout in style at the Hungaroring

Silver Arrows secure Budapest front row lockout in style at the Hungaroring  Lewis claimed his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix pole position and the 47th of his Formula One career  Nico qualified second to complete a front row lockout for the Silver Arrows  Both drivers ran twice in Q1 (prime/option) before making two option runs in Q2 and Q3  Today's result means that MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS has now taken pole at all 10 Grands Prix thus far in 2015  Lewis Hamilton  It's been a good weekend so far.


2015 Canadian Grand Prix – Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, carrying race number 44, has set the 44th pole position of his career in Montreal, using Pirelli’s P Zero Red supersoft tyre – just as he did in Monaco. His team mate Nico Rosberg completed a Mercedes monopoly of the front row. The teams did not have much opportunity to get used to the performance of the supersoft, with yesterday’s FP2 interrupted by rain, and FP3 this morning delayed with red flags. As a result, there were a number of unknowns as the teams headed into qualifying, with the Lotus of Romain Grosjean emerging fastest in Q1, using the supersoft tyres.


Amber Lounge Monaco 2015

Fabulous sports cars, glittery dresses, F1 drivers, A-list celebrities and international top models … Monaco F1 Grand Prix got it all! Under the patronage of SAS Prince Albert II, the Amber Lounge Fashion Show which took place on Friday evening attended by Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, Victoria Secret’s supermodel Selita Ebanks and numerous F1 drivers including Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull), Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens (Manor).


2015 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has kept up his clean sweep of all the pole positions so far this season, using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre – nominated together with the P Zero White medium this weekend – to claim his first pole in Bahrain. Qualifying in Bahrain got underway in the evening with a track temperature of 31 degrees and ambient temperature of 26 degrees. Temperatures continued to fall as the session went on: a track characteristic that will repeat itself during tomorrow’s race, which starts at the same time.


Scuderia Toro Rosso 2015: The STR10 Launch and Press Conference

The STR10 was revealed today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. As the car’s codename implies, 2015 will be Scuderia Toro Rosso’s tenth year in Formula 1 and CEPSA, who hosted today’s launch, has sponsored the team for the past 4 years.   The drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz whipped the sheets off Scuderia Toro Rosso’s challenger for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship in the Jerez pit lane, the day before the serious business of testing gets underway with four days of track action.


Williams Strengthens Engineering Team for 2015 Season

Williams is pleased to announce an updated Race Operations structure to further bolster the engineering department ahead of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season.   Andrew Murdoch, previously Race Engineer to Felipe Massa, has been promoted to Senior Performance Engineer. Andrew will lead the Performance Group at the factory, developing new techniques and processes within the engineering team to ensure continual performance improvements are brought to both cars throughout the season.


Red Bull Racing Team Reaction to Last Night’s Factory Break-In

Christian Horner: “We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate.  “The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time. The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.


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