Monaco Grand Prix – ‘Difficult weekend with a bad end’
But Kimi already looks forward to next race
Today it was very difficult to get any grip in wet conditions, I was trying to drive as fast as I could but I was very slow. At one point, trying to downshift, I locked the rear a little bit, went straight and then I just couldn’t turn around at the hairpin. Unfortunately I touched the wall, took the front wing out and it got stuck underneath the car. After that I struggled to go forward and in the end I managed to get the car moving. When the team told me to park the car I was in the middle of the tunnel and couldn’t stop there, so I went through very slowly and then I parked the car. It has been a difficult weekend with a bad end result for me, now we keep working and improving, certainly we can do better next race.
Kimi Raikkonen escapes penalty for Monaco GP crash incident
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a penalty for continuing to drive with his Ferrari in a dangerous condition after his crash in Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver hit the barriers at the hairpin in wet conditions, breaking his front wing and getting it stuck under his front wheels.
As well as leaving debris on the track as he continued, Raikkonen’s ailing car almost put Romain Grosjean into the barriers, and he then drove slowly through the tunnel before stopping at the chicane to retire.
A statement from the race stewards said "with the wing under the front wheel the driver did not have full control of the car".
However, the panel, including ex-F1 racer and Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro, accepted Raikkonen’s and Ferrari’s explanation for why he did not retire the car sooner.
"The driver, in evidence, stated that he thought initially he could safely proceed to the pits to replace the nose," the stewards added. "Radio messages confirm this.
"The team advised the driver that he needed to stop the car as soon as possible.
"The driver stated that he wanted to stop the car in a safe place and the first available place was the run-off area [after the tunnel]."
Raikkonen added: "The team told me I had to stop but I was in the tunnel at that point already.
"I couldn’t stop in the middle of the tunnel so I had to go slowly and park the car wherever I could."
When asked if he saw Grosjean before they almost collided, he said: "Obviously not, that’s why I tried to go around the corner but I couldn’t because [the wing] got stuck."
Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton wins after delay for Daniel Ricciardo
Lewis Hamilton clinched his first Formula 1 victory of the 2016 season after pitstop heartbreak for Daniel Ricciardo in a thrilling rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion’s Mercedes finished seven seconds clear of polesitter Ricciardo in the Red Bull with Force India’s Sergio Perez completing the podium.
Overnight rain continued throughout the morning in Monaco with conditions sufficiently treacherous that the race was started under the safety car for the first time in its history.
After seven laps, the safety car was called in – a few laps after Hamilton had said on team radio that conditions were good enough to get under way – and Ricciardo pulled away in the lead, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton.
It became clear Hamilton was the faster of the two Mercedes, with Rosberg struggling with brake temperatures, so the team instructed the German to let Hamilton past.
Hamilton set off in chase of Ricciardo and although the track was drying out, he chose to stay out on full wets when Ricciardo pitted for intermediates and therefore inherited the lead.
Ricciardo caught Hamilton quickly and retook the lead when the Mercedes pitted for the ultra-soft at the end of lap 31 of 78.
The Australian pitted next time around, but a miscommunication meant the tyres were not ready when he reached the pitbox.
Eventually, the team fitted super-softs and got him out, but as he exited the pits Hamilton swept around the outside to retake the lead.
Ricciardo closed on Hamilton as they went through the tunnel with the Mercedes cutting the chicane and then bullishly blocking his rival as he came under attack on the outside on the run to Tabac.
Ricciardo waved his hand in frustration but the stewards decided to take no further action after investigating the incident.
Hamilton then absorbed pressure from Ricciardo to keep the lead and secure his 44th career victory and first since he clinched his third world title in last year’s United States GP.
Perez jumped to third with well-timed tyre changes and then resisted heavy pressure from Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to give Force India its first podium of 2016.
Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen retired early on when he crashed at Loews, blocking Romain Grosjean as he tried to rejoin and then pulling off at the exit of the tunnel with his front wing lodged underneath the car.
Fernando Alonso finished a brilliant fifth place with Nico Hulkenberg stealing sixth off a low-key Rosberg on the final lap.
That means Hamilton has cut the gap to Rosberg in the championship to 24 points.
Carlos Sainz Jr, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.
Sauber asked Felipe Nasr to cede position to team-mate Marcus Ericsson but the Brazilian questioned the decision.
Ericsson then tried a move at Rascasse and the two cars collided, resulting in both retiring soon afterwards.
Max Verstappen, winner of the previous race in Spain, fought his way up into the points after starting from the pitlane but crashed at Massenet – his third crash of the weekend.
It was a tough race for Renault with Jolyon Palmer crashing when he lost grip on the pits straight kink as the race began and Kevin Magnussen hitting the barrier at Mirabeau.
Magnussen had previously collided with Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse, with Kvyat later retiring, having been a lap down after suffering a problem with his steering wheel at the start.
RESULTS – 78 LAPS:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||7.252s|
|3||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||13.825s|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.999s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|9||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|12||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||2 Laps|
|15||Rio Haryanto||Manor/Mercedes||4 Laps|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||Spun off|
|–||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||Spun off|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||Collision|
|–||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||Spun off|
|–||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||Spun off|
Monaco Grand Prix – “Many things happen here”
Kimi looking forward to ‘right calls’ in the race
The whole weekend has been quite tricky, but this morning the car felt a bit better and for qualifying we improved even more. For sure we did the right things, but we struggled to make the tires work as we wanted; they were too much on the edge of the grip, the rear was slipping or the front was sliding and in a track like this when you don’t have a consistent good grip you lose a lot of time because of that. Obviously we are not happy of where we end up and the penalty due to the gearbox change for sure doesn’t help, but we’ll try to make the best out of it. We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, for sure the race it’s not going to be easy, but usually many things happen here, we’ll try to get the most, to do the right calls in case of Safety Car and to take the right decisions.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen gets grid penalty for Monaco Grand Prix
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 grand prix in Monaco.
The team has confirmed Raikkonen was handed a new gearbox prior to qualifying around the streets of the principality, so incurring the five-place demotion.
Raikkonen was considerably off the pace in final practice, finishing nine tenths of a second slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who led the way with a lap of 1m14.650s.
It was later discovered Raikkonen’s gearbox had sustained damage during the 60-minute session, resulting in the change.
At a circuit where grid position is paramount, the change is a severe blow to the Finn’s chances of a podium place on Sunday.
Monaco GP qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo takes maiden Formula 1 pole
Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Formula 1 pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, winning a close qualifying fight with the Mercedes drivers for Red Bull.
A stunning 1m13.622s lap on Ricciardo’s first run in Q3 proved enough to get the job done, as Red Bull claimed its first pole since the last V8-engined season of F1 in 2013 and the Australian took his first in F1.
Nico Rosberg was second fastest for Mercedes, 0.169 seconds slower than Ricciardo, who drove the lone Red Bull in Q3 after team-mate Max Verstappen crashed out at the first stage of the session.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered a fuel pressure problem at the start of Q3, so only completed a single run at the end of the session.
Hamilton did several preparation laps before going for a time at the end. He was fastest of all in the first sector, but dropped nearly a tenth to Ricciardo in sector two and just over four tenths in the final part of the lap, so wound up third fastest.
Ricciardo is set to take a different strategy into the race than all those around him, having used super-soft tyres to set his best time in Q2 – committing him to starting on them while his main rivals will be on ultra-softs.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth quickest, while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg denied Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fifth spot by 0.006s.
Raikkonen rounded out the top six, but will drop to 11th on the grid thanks to a penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the session.
The Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz was only 0.017s slower than Raikkonen in seventh, while the second Force India of Sergio Perez, Sainz’s Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda rounded out the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas missed out on a place in Q3 by 0.166s as Williams elected to send its drivers out for a single run each in Q2.
Team-mate Felipe Massa was only 0.112s slower but that was enough to leave him 14th, behind an impressive effort from Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez and the second McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button.
Gutierrez’s Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean was a strong eighth fastest in Q1, but failed to find any time in Q2, ending up over a tenth slower than his earlier best and down in 15th.
Kevin Magnussen’s Renault completed the top 16, nearly half a second further back, but he is under investigation for jumping a red light at the end of the pitlane in Q1, so may well face sanction.
Marcus Ericsson missed out on a place in Q2 by just 0.046s after losing a late battle with Magnussen’s Renault in Q1.
The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which suffered rear wing damage from an off in final practice, was nearly three tenths further back in 18th.
Rio Haryanto got the better of Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein by 0.147s to qualify 19th.
Wehrlein failed to improve (by 0.030s) on his second Q1 run so wound up 20th.
Verstappen will start from the penultimate row of the grid after breaking his right-front suspension by clipping the inside barrier at the Swimming Pool chicane, then crashing heavily into the barriers.
He at least set a time before doing so. Felipe Nasr’s Sauber failed to even complete a flying lap after its Ferrari engine blew up on his out-lap.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.622s||–|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.726s||1.104s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.749s||1.127s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.902s||1.280s|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.273s||1.651s|
|21||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.467s||–|
Sebastian Vettel leads ultra-close final Monaco Grand Prix practice
Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, edging out Lewis Hamilton by just 0.018 seconds.
Ferrari driver Vettel clocked a 1m14.650s on the ultra-soft tyre to head a top four covered by only 0.157s.
Hamilton was on course to go quickest, having set the fastest first and second sector times, but he encountered traffic in the final few corners.
It was an improved showing from Mercedes, which conceded it had homework to do after being outpaced by Red Bull on Thursday.
Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 0.122s off the pace, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and his team-mate Max Verstappen fifth.
Verstappen hit the barrier at Massenet late on, understeering wide as he came over the crest and locking up before sliding into the barrier.
He recovered to the pits with suspension damage and his Red Bull team did an impressive job to get him back out for a run at the end of the session.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was a promising seventh, edging his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr by 0.065s.
Kimi Raikkonen had a poor first sector on his qualifying-simulation and ended up ninth, 0.905s adrift of his pacesetting Ferrari team-mate Vettel.
Sergio Perez was eighth with his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.
Williams continued its struggles in Monte Carlo. Felipe Massa was a low-key 11th and team-mate Valtteri Bottas 14th.
Fernando Alonso was the leading McLaren in 12th, 0.041s quicker than team-mate Jenson Button.
Renault faced repair work for the third successive session as Jolyon Palmer glanced the barrier when he spun in the first part of the Swimming Pool complex in the opening minutes.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.807s||0.157s||22|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.081s||0.431s||17|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.259s||0.609s||23|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.324s||0.674s||26|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.368s||0.718s||21|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.666s||1.016s||20|
Monaco Grand Prix – “An improvement in the afternoon”
Kimi feels the car handled better in FP2
It was not an ideal day, but it is still the first day of practice. In the morning I was not very happy with the car but in the afternoon we were able to improve the behavior. There’s a lot of work to do but of course this is not the easiest place when things are not running exactly as you want. It’s the first time we use the Ultrasoft compound in the race weekend, the feeling is that it’s the best fitting tire of all of those we have here, but we still need to find a way to make them work slightly better.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo dominates Monaco Grand Prix practice
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set an impressive pace as he topped the timesheets in second practice for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, finishing comfortably ahead of Mercedes.
The Australian clocked a 1m14.607s on the ultra-soft tyres and followed that up with another lap that was just 0.1 seconds slower.
Lewis Hamilton was the closest challenger but he was 0.606s slower with team-mate Nico Rosberg three tenths further back.
Hamilton set the early pace on the super-softs, but when Ricciardo, running the upgraded Renault engine, bolted on the ultra-softs he went top with a 1m15.015s.
Hamilton closed to within 0.198s of Ricciardo when he tried the ultra-softs, but the Australian improved again and the time remained unchallenged as attention turned to long runs.
Ricciardo’s pacesetting lap was just over four tenths quicker than last year’s pole position and just over a second slower than the qualifying lap record of 1m13.556s set by Sebastian Vettel in 2011.
Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, just under a second off the pace, ahead of the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr, who managed just over 100 laps between them.
Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari in seventh, with his team-mate Vettel having had a messy session.
The German spun at Mirabeau, tapping the barrier with the rear wing, and then clipped the wall at Ste Devote before continuing with only wheel rim damage.
When he finally got a clean lap together, the German clocked the ninth quickest time, two tenths off his team-mate and 1.662s slower than Ricciardo.
There were several other mistakes in Monte Carlo with Romain Grosjean bringing out the virtual safety car when he lost control on the exit of the tunnel and clouted the outside barrier.
The VSC was called into action again when Rio Haryanto got out of shape exiting the tunnel and clipped the inside barrier.
Kevin Magnussen then crashed at the final corner, causing another VSC, but there was better news for Renault as it managed to get Jolyon Palmer back out for the final 30 minutes following his crash in first practice.
Sergio Perez was eighth with Jenson Button completing the top 10.
It was a disappointing session for Williams with Valtteri Bottas 14th, 2.242s off the pace, with Felipe Massa 16th.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.607s||–||40|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.571s||0.964s||42|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.815s||1.208s||53|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.981s||1.374s||54|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.120s||1.513s||48|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.487s||1.880s||49|
Monaco GP: Hamilton shades Mercedes F1 team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Lewis Hamilton emerged quickest in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix as he resumed his duel with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg.
With Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre making its race debut, Hamilton set the pace with a lap of 1m15.537s, just half-a-second slower than last year’s pole position time.
The session was red-flagged with three minutes to go as it emerged a drain cover had worked loose near Ste Devote, causing punctures to the left-rear of Rosberg’s car and the front-right of Jenson Button’s McLaren after hitting debris.
Early running on the ultra-softs from the Mercedes duo had Hamilton setting the early benchmark at 1m16.588s, two seconds better off than the corresponding session last year.
Just 24 minutes in, Felipe Massa lost control of his Williams coming out of Ste Devote, severely damaging the left front and rear of his car as he clouted the barrier, resulting in a virtual safety car period.
Midway through the session Hamilton and Rosberg again traded quickest laps, with the former again taking the honours, conjuring a time that would remain unbeaten.
It is anticipated that in dry conditions the pole time will be two seconds faster than in 2015, around the 1m13s mark.
Shortly after, though, Hamilton had his own moment at Ste Devote, carrying too much speed into the first corner and locking up into the escape road, albeit comfortably short of the barrier.
Hamilton was not the only driver to make a mistake at that turn as numerous others followed suit.
Hamilton ultimately finished a tenth of a second quicker than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel next up and 0.419 seconds adrift.
The leading trio were then followed by Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo enjoying the benefit of the new Renault engine, along with Kevin Magnussen.
The laptime gain for Monaco is anticipated to be 0.2s, with Ricciardo’s time on this occasion, though, just 0.063s better off than Verstappen.
Sixth-placed Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso was the only other driver to finish within a second of Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest in his Ferrari, with the Finn 1.375s off the pace.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also brought up the virtual safety car just after the hour mark, crashing into the barriers at Tabac, finishing 20th and over three seconds down, ahead of only Manor pair Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.308s||0.771s||29|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.371s||0.834s||30|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m16.426s||0.889s||37|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.560s||1.023s||34|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.697s||1.160s||28|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.130s||1.593s||39|
Kimi: we can be “very close” to rivals
“Monaco is a special place: it’s a bit more tricky here because it’s very tight, narrow and you have more chances to hit traffic. The qualifying position is very important for the race, but our approach to this race is the same like in any other circuit. Here it’s more important to get a lot of laps, the track will change a lot during the weekend, you just have to follow where it goes. We want to make the car work well, put a good lap together and be as high up as we can. Our rivals have been very strong so far, we need to get stronger, if we can always take out the maximum from every qualifying and race we can be very close to them. I’m sure we improved a lot this year, we have a stronger package but we still have not achieved what we want for various reasons. There’s work to be done, but that’s why we are here. As a team our aim is to win all the time and I think we can do it, it takes time and is not going to happen in one night. We try to maximize the result every race, but we want to be first and second and will be always there fighting.”