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GP Monaco, prove libere–23/05/2019

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton pips Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a battle with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The duo had set the pace early in the session when on medium-compound Pirellis, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took top spot on his performance run on what was his second set of softs by 45 thousandths of a second.

Mercedes was one of the last teams to send its drivers out for quick runs on softs, with Bottas the first to reclaim first position with a lap of 1m11.597s.

The Finn then improved again to a 1m11.275s, before Hamilton jumped ahead with a time of 1m11.245s.

Bottas put in a 1m11.199s to move back ahead, while Hamilton paid a visit to the Ste Devote escape road after a lock-up.

But Hamilton, on his 10th lap on softs, was able to put in a time 0.081s quicker than Bottas’s best, which proved to be good enough to top the session.

Vettel, who locked up at Ste Devote with 17 minutes to go and, after just stopping short of the barrier, had to reverse to recover, held on to third place – 0.763s down.

Pierre Gasly was fourth fastest for Red Bull, less than a tenth behind Vettel, with Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon fifth on his debut Monaco F1 weekend with a lap of 1m12.031s set with 54 minutes of the session to go.

Max Verstappen looked quick, but sat out a large amount of the session after suffering a suspected water leak on his Red Bull – ending up 0.934s with his pace on a first set of softs.

He returned to the track in the closing stages and completed a further seven laps, but did not improve on his earlier time.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in seventh fastest, 1.056s off the pace, which put him just ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.

Charles Leclerc, in the second Ferrari, was 10th and 1.232s down having complained about braking problems during the session.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 11th ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Daniil Kvyat lost time in the final sector on his best lap and ended up 14th, 1.459s down and just ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.

After a promising first practice session, the Renaults were down in 16th and 17th place, with Nico Hulkenberg the quicker by 0.016s.

That put them ahead of Lance Stroll, who was 3.440s down, and Williams pairing George Russell – who was another to visit the Ste Devote escape road – and Robert Kubica.

Practice two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.118s 41
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.199s 0.081s 48
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.881s 0.763s 42
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m11.938s 0.820s 39
5 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.031s 0.913s 51
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.052s 0.934s 17
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.174s 1.056s 54
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.239s 1.121s 51
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.342s 1.224s 51
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.350s 1.232s 42
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.392s 1.274s 51
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m12.393s 1.275s 27
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m12.419s 1.301s 47
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.577s 1.459s 39
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m12.752s 1.634s 44
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.872s 1.754s 49
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m12.888s 1.770s 53
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.558s 3.440s 40
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.052s 3.934s 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.146s 4.028s 45

Da Autosport.com

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Hamilton fastest, Verstappen second

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the way in the opening Thursday practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen by 0.059 seconds.

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas spent much of morning practice maintaining a familiar Mercedes one-two, before Verstappen slotted in between the pair in his Red Bull in the latter half of the session.

Times were tumbling down quickly in the opening half-hour as drivers got acclimatised to the street circuit, but Mercedes cars swiftly assumed the lead to sit first and second after their opening run.

While Hamilton and Bottas were closely matched at that point, with the top Ferrari of Charles Leclerc just a tenth behind, the reigning champion emerged from the pits again on the same set of softs and stretched out his lead as he fired in a 1m12.932s.

Bottas, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel all surpassed Hamilton’s earlier benchmark as they switched to fresh softs, but Hamilton responded swiftly and was back in the lead, trading a couple of fastest laps with Bottas before ending up on a 1m12.106s.

As Mercedes and Ferrari soon switched focus to long runs, this lap time kept Hamilton top until the chequered flag flew.

But Bottas, despite being just 0.072s slower than his team-mate, was shuffled down to third by Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver went down the escape road at Mirabeau after commencing his run on fresh softs, and required help from the marshals to reverse and get going again, yet ramped up his pace after that to take an eventual second place.

Local hero Leclerc wound up as the fastest Ferrari in fourth, 0.361s off the pace but over three and a half tenths up on Vettel.

Pierre Gasly, who had narrowly avoided a crash by catching a big slide in the Swimming Pool section, moved up to sixth place with 10 minutes left on the clock yet ended up a second off Red Bull team-mate Verstappen’s pace.

Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest behind the top three teams in seventh place, while Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th.

Haas had its session compromised by a telemetry and radio issue, which forced it to request the FIA to black-flag both of its drivers on the opening run as it could not communicate with them.

Both drivers returned to the track in the final 20 minutes, with Kevin Magnussen finishing just 0.005s behind Hulkenberg in eighth, while Romain Grosjean followed Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo in 10th.

Toro Rosso was alone in running the medium tyre in the second half of the session, and had Daniil Kvyat as its leading driver in 13th. Racing Point worked on the hard tyre late on, with Sergio Perez heading its efforts in 16th.

George Russell was the leading Williams entry in 17th, four tenths up on Robert Kubica – whose session ended with an off with just over 30 minutes to go.

Kubica spun his FW42 exiting Casino Square, and tapped the front wing against the inside barrier, subsequently returning to the pits but not reappearing after that.

McLaren was down to just one car for most of the session, with Carlos Sainz Jr sidelined with a reported electronics issue and unable to record a timed lap.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.106s 47
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.165s 0.059s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.178s 0.072s 43
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.467s 0.361s 25
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.823s 0.717s 36
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m13.170s 1.064s 41
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.227s 1.121s 45
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.232s 1.126s 24
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.363s 1.257s 39
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.379s 1.273s 23
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m13.413s 1.307s 41
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.437s 1.331s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.731s 1.625s 40
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.827s 1.721s 45
15 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m14.278s 2.172s 39
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.566s 2.460s 40
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.115s 3.009s 40
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.514s 3.408s 24
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m16.135s 4.029s 37
20 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 2m00.670s 48.564s 4

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, gara–12/05/2019

Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton defeats Bottas in another Mercedes 1-2

Lewis Hamilton moved into the Formula 1 points lead after beating team-mate Valtteri Bottas to win the Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes continued its perfect start to the season.

Hamilton’s victory ahead of Bottas clinched Mercedes’ fifth one-two in a row and put Hamilton seven points clear of Bottas in the world championship.

Max Verstappen earned a second podium of the season for Red Bull and Honda in third place, after Ferrari’s challenge faded early and never recovered.

Hamilton started second but crucially got ahead of poleman Bottas by winning a three-way duel into the first corner that also featured Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton and Vettel swarmed Bottas on the run to Turn 1, with Hamilton moving to the inside of his team-mate and Vettel almost edging ahead of both on the outside.

Vettel locked up his front right and ran deep into the corner, while Bottas backed out of it in the middle and ceded the lead to Hamilton.

Bottas survived a big slide to hold second as Vettel rejoined the track having taken slightly to the run-off, which sent the Ferrari wide through the second corner.

That blocked Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc and allowed Verstappen into third.

As Hamilton streaked clear of Bottas into a commanding lead, Vettel fell further back in fourth as the flat spot he picked up at the first corner proved a "pain in the arse".

He eventually let Leclerc into fourth on lap 12 of 66, and the top five held position for most of the rest of the grand prix.

The major differences at this stage were Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc committing to a one-stop strategy but Red Bull putting Verstappen on a two-stop and an early change of tyres for Vettel giving him a second stop to make as well.

In the second half of the grand prix Vettel – on mediums – found himself bottled up behind Leclerc, who had switched to fresh hard tyres.

Ferrari deployed team orders again, this time in reverse, to briefly free up Vettel until he made his second stop with 25 laps to go.

That put him back to sixth, behind Pierre Gasly, but he made short work of the second Red Bull to regain fifth.

Verstappen’s own second stop dropped him to fourth but he was catching Leclerc and poised to retake third on fresh tyres when the safety car was deployed on lap 46.

Lando Norris tried to pass Lance Stroll on the outside into Turn 1, ran slightly deep and was still tight to the inside as the track went left for Turn 2 when Stroll turned in.

They made contact, pitching Stroll into the barriers across the gravel and leaving Norris’s McLaren too hobbled to continue.

Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc all took the option to make a safe second pitstop under the safety car, which dropped Leclerc behind both Verstappen and Vettel again.

It took until lap 54 for racing to resume, with Hamilton keeping Bottas behind at the restart with ease and going on to win by four seconds.

Behind, Gasly attacked Leclerc for fifth place as the two Haas drivers made light contact into Turn 1 just behind them.

Gasly failed to pass Leclerc and then came under attack from Kevin Magnussen, who had got ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean by virtue of their minor collision, but just retained the place.

Magnussen went on to finish seventh, although he was fortunate to be in position to make the overtake on his team-mate at the restart.

The Dane dropped behind Daniil Kvyat in the second stint but regained the place when Toro Rosso had a horrible double-pitstop under the safety car.

Toro Rosso appeared not to have Kvyat’s tyres ready which meant his stop was slow and held up the second car of Alex Albon, dropping him out of the points as he waited for his team-mate’s stop to end.

Kvyat fell to 10th but made it back up to ninth by the finish as Grosjean’s race worsened.

After the contact with Magnussen, Grosjean came under attack from Sainz and took to the Turn 1 run-off following a wheel-to-wheel hit.

With Sainz then into ninth, Albon sniffed an opportunity to haul himself back into the points and put Grosjean under pressure in the final laps, but could not steal 10th.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 1h35m50.443s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 66 4.074s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 66 7.679s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 66 9.167s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 66 13.361s
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 66 19.576s
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 66 28.159s
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 66 32.342s
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 66 33.056s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 66 34.641s
11 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 66 35.445s
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 66 36.758s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 66 39.241s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 66 41.803s
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 66 46.877s
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 66 47.691s
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 65 1 Lap
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 65 1 Lap
Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 44 Collision
Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 44 Collision

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 112
2 Valtteri Bottas 105
3 Max Verstappen 66
4 Sebastian Vettel 64
5 Charles Leclerc 57
6 Pierre Gasly 21
7 Kevin Magnussen 14
8 Sergio Perez 13
9 Kimi Raikkonen 13
10 Lando Norris 12
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. 10
12 Daniel Ricciardo 6
13 Nico Hulkenberg 6
14 Lance Stroll 4
15 Alexander Albon 3
16 Daniil Kvyat 3
17 Romain Grosjean 1
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 217
2 Ferrari 121
3 Red Bull/Honda 87
4 McLaren/Renault 22
5 Racing Point/Mercedes 17
6 Haas/Ferrari 15
7 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 13
8 Renault 12
9 Toro Rosso/Honda 6
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, prove del sabato–11/05/2019

Spanish GP qualifying: Bottas storms to third straight F1 pole

Valtteri Bottas completed a hat-trick of Formula 1 pole positions in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas had the edge on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton throughout qualifying, ending up a massive 0.634 seconds quicker.

None of the top four were able to improve their times on their second runs on soft Pirellis in Q3, ensuring Mercedes kept hold of the front-row lockout it had taken earlier in the final segment of qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel was third and 0.866s off the pace, less than a tenth quicker than fourth-best Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc only had one run in Q3 thanks to having to use two sets of soft Pirellis in Q2 after compromising his first run by running wide at Campsa – also picking up some minor floor damage.

He put in two attempts on his one set of tyres, but ended up fifth and over two tenths slower than Verstappen – though he stayed ahead of the second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen made good on the promise the upgraded Haas showed in practice by taking seventh and eighth place, with Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat ninth.

Daniel Ricciardo was slowest of those in Q3 in 10th, and anyway must serve a three-place grid penalty for reversing into Kvyat in the Azerbaijan GP two weeks ago.

Lando Norris was the best of those who didn’t reach Q3 in 11th place after being bumped down a position by Leclerc’s late improvement in Q2.

Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon, like his team-mate, only had one run on fresh softs in Q2 and ended up 12th after running wide at Turn 5.

Carlos Sainz Jr made an error on what should have been his quickest lap and was 13th ahead of the lead Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.

Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th place, 19 thousandths slower than team-mate Ricciardo.

Hulkenberg crashed at the Turn 4 right hander on his first run before he set a time, but was able to recover to the pits despite crunching his front wing.

He returned to the track in the closing stages and briefly lifted himself out of the dropzone with his first flying lap on the second set of options – although his pace was hindered by having switched to an older-spec front wing.

But Raikkonen then improved to push him down to 16th, with Hulkenberg finding two tenths on his second flier but not quite enough to escape.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was eliminated for the fifth time in five 2019 races in 17th place, two tenths faster than 18th quickest Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo.

George Russell won the intra-Williams battle for 19th place despite a spin out of the corner before the chicane on his first run, outpacing Robert Kubica by 1.2s after the Pole failed to improve on his second run.

But Russell will drop back to last when his five-place grid penalty for having a gearbox change due to his practice crash is applied.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m15.406s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.040s 0.634s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.272s 0.866s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m16.357s 0.951s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m16.588s 1.182s
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m16.708s 1.302s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.911s 1.505s
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m16.922s 1.516s
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m17.573s 2.167s
10 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m17.338s
11 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m17.445s
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m17.599s
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.106s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m17.788s
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m17.886s
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.404s
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m18.471s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.664s
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.254s
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m19.072s

Da Autosport.com

Spanish Grand Prix F1 practice report: Hamilton top, Bottas spins

Lewis Hamilton dominated final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as a late off for George Russell prevented any final improvements ahead of Formula 1 qualifying.

Mercedes driver Hamilton enjoyed a commanding advantage over the chasing Ferraris in the session, which ended under red flags when Russell lost the rear of his Williams at the long Turn 4 right-hander and ended up in the wall backwards after travelling through the gravel.

That stopped three drivers – Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly, Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Lando Norris – completing a final new-tyre run and some from improving on a second flying lap on softs.

But it did nothing to impact the gap Hamilton had over the next-best driver, Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton’s eventual best was a 1m16.568s, more than half a second clear of the two Ferraris.

Leclerc pipped Sebastian Vettel by 0.073s, a tiny margin that was still big enough for Valtteri Bottas to slot into and steal third from Vettel.

Bottas’s session started badly when he caused a seven-minute red flag by spinning on his out-lap at the downhill Turn 5 left-hander and beaching his car in the gravel.

After the Mercedes was recovered Bottas did join the action with just under 20 minutes to go but the Friday pacesetter ended up 0.555s slower than team-mate Hamilton.

Vettel, demoted to fourth by Bottas’s improvement, had his own spin when he lost the rear mid-corner at the chicane early in the session.

He ended up only a fraction faster than the leading Haas of Romain Grosjean as the American team challenged the established frontrunners in final practice.

Grosjean believes Haas can "play" with Red Bull in Spain and his time in third practice, 0.624s off the pace and within a tenth of both Ferraris and Bottas, backed this stance up.

Kevin Magnussen also got ahead of the two Red Bulls in the second Haas, lapping sixth-fastest and 0.962s off the pace.

Max Verstappen was Red Bull’s leading man, partly thanks to Gasly being denied a final run.

Verstappen was fractionally slower than Magnussen, 0.990s behind Hamilton, but encountered traffic in the final sector of his first lap on new tyres at the end of the session.

Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon finished the session eighth, while Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo and the McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10.

Practice three times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.568s 14
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.099s 0.531s 16
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.123s 0.555s 9
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.172s 0.604s 15
5 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.192s 0.624s 15
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m17.530s 0.962s 15
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m17.558s 0.990s 12
8 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m17.864s 1.296s 16
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m17.969s 1.401s 17
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m18.003s 1.435s 17
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.105s 1.537s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.350s 1.782s 17
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m18.656s 2.088s 12
14 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m18.693s 2.125s 12
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m18.734s 2.166s 16
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.740s 2.172s 14
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.974s 2.406s 14
18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m19.007s 2.439s 14
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m19.421s 2.853s 16
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.570s 4.002s 18

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, commenti post libere venerdì–10/05/2019

Alfa Romeo makes permanent front wing fix after Baku exclusion

Alfa Romeo has made a permanent front wing tweak to ensure Kimi Raikkonen’s exclusion from Formula 1 qualifying in Azerbaijan is not repeated at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had to start from the pitlane in Baku after his front wing failed a deflection test on Sunday morning.

The wing had a problem with the flap adjuster hook on both sides, which was changed to a new specification for the race.

Team boss Frederic Vasseur said the issue should not be repeated this weekend.

"Just to clarify, that I think first we were out of the spec, we did a mistake," he said.

"Perhaps you could consider that the decision was a bit harsh, but it’s like this. We have to clean in front of our door first.

"The mistake was on our side and for sure we are not coming to Barcelona with the same wing."

Alfa had identified a component weakness ahead of the Baku race following a problem Raikkonen had suffered in an earlier grand prix.

However, resolving that properly was not possible during the run of flyaway races, hence a final fix being readied for this weekend’s race.

Asked by Autosport to clarify whether Alfa had needed to change the specification or simply replace it with a new component, Vasseur said: "We changed the hook and the fixation."

Aside from change the adjuster hook, Alfa’s front wing has been upgraded for the Spanish GP.

The team has revised the inner wing tips and the shape of the elements sitting between the flap adjuster and the endplate.

Da Autosport.com

“That was a difficult day for us, with lots of issues here and there. At the end of FP2 we understood the car a bit better, but we still have a lot of work to do for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Da Sauber-Group.com

GP Spagna, prove libere venerdì–10/05/2019

Spanish GP: Bottas stays on top by beating team-mate Hamilton in FP2

Valtteri Bottas topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.049 seconds.

Bottas, who also set the pace in the morning session, was fastest in the early stages when using medium-compound Pirellis, seven-tenths faster than Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel and team-mate Charles Leclerc then traded top spot as the first frontrunners to use the soft Pirellis, with the latter eventually winning the intra-team battle with a lap 0.088s quicker than Vettel.

But at the halfway mark of the 90-minute session, Bottas and Hamilton were out and lapping quickly on the softs.

Hamilton initially took first place with a lap of 1m17.410s, only for Bottas to eclipse it with a 1m17.284s on his first flier on softs.

Although Hamilton subsequently improved, it was not by enough and he ended up just behind his team-mate and a quarter-of-a-second faster than the lead Ferrari of Leclerc.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who suffered an oil leak in the first session that led to an engine change – with the spec 2 engine that was slated to be put in overnight anyway fitted – was fifth fastest and 0.750s down.

He subsequently complained of a loss of power that led to him returning to the pits after completing only 15 laps, although he did return to the track for the final 15 minutes of the session.

Romain Grosjean, driving the upgraded Haas, split the Red Bulls in sixth place after outpacing Pierre Gasly.

Kevin Magnussen was running in the old-spec Haas to allow the team to compare its revised package to the known one, and ended up eighth – two-tenths slower than Grosjean.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr pipped the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat to ninth.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was one of the last drivers to improve during the session, allowing him to jump from 15th to 11th, putting him just ahead of the second Toro Rosso of Alex Albon.

Lance Stroll, who crashed his Racing Point machine at the ultra-fast Campsa right-hander in the morning and drove a car without the latest aero upgrades in FP2 as a result, was 13th fastest ahead of the Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Lando Norris was 16th, albeit only three tenths off the top 10, ahead of the second Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Sergio Perez was 18th in the Racing Point, ahead of Williams pair George Russell and Robert Kubica – the latter duo separated by six tenths.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.284s 35
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.333s 0.049s 35
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.585s 0.301s 42
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.673s 0.389s 41
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m18.035s 0.751s 30
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.153s 0.869s 42
7 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m18.238s 0.954s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.355s 1.071s 40
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m18.658s 1.374s 45
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.722s 1.438s 40
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.727s 1.443s 30
12 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.779s 1.495s 44
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m18.839s 1.555s 33
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.861s 1.577s 43
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.934s 1.650s 40
16 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m19.041s 1.757s 43
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m19.427s 2.143s 37
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.448s 2.164s 40
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m20.191s 2.907s 38
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.781s 3.497s 23

Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Bottas beats Ferraris in FP1 before suffering oil leak

Formula 1 championship leader Valtteri Bottas eclipsed the two Ferraris to set the pace in opening Spanish Grand Prix practice but his session was ended early by an oil leak.

The Mercedes driver traded times with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel before establishing himself at the head of the order with two laps good enough to end the session quickest.

Bottas was left out of the car in the final half hour, though, as Mercedes stripped down his W10 to understand what was initially described as a hydraulic problem.

Mercedes determined an oil leak had caused a precautionary engine shutdown, which it is investigating the cause of.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton ended FP1 fourth fastest, half a second adrift after complaining of "terrible" tyre preparation.

Vettel set the early pace on soft tyres and topped the times at the midway stage of the session on a 1m18.407s.

Bottas was more than a second slower at this point but had only run the medium tyres, and immediately usurped Vettel once he bolted on softs with just over half an hour of the session left.

He initially set a 1m17.990s, the first sub-1m18s lap of the day, and then improved on the same set of tyres after a cool-down lap to end up on a 1m17.951s.

No other driver set a 1m17s lap, although both Ferraris finished within two tenths of Bottas.

Leclerc initially moved himself ahead of Vettel thanks to a 1m18.172s lap and his team-mate botching his first flier during the second set of runs.

Vettel caught traffic in the final sector and ran wide, dipping his left wheels into the gravel, as he cleared a slower car on the outside exiting the long uphill Turn 12 right-hander.

However, after a cool-down lap, Vettel was able to push again and re-established himself as the lead Ferrari on a 1m18.066s.

Hamilton’s session was understated, and included him falling to the foot of the times briefly after failing to set a competitive effort on medium tyres in the first half of FP1.

He bemoaned his rear tyres being "done" after a mediocre flying lap on softs that left him 0.6 seconds slower than Bottas.

The Red Bulls did not feature in their usual position between Mercedes, Ferrari and the rest of the field after avoiding using soft tyres.

Pierre Gasly was the lead Red Bull representative in eighth, 1.3s off the pace, while Max Verstappen was only 12th and 0.6s slower.

Like Bottas, Verstappen ended his session early as Red Bull assessed an unknown problem on his RB15.

Red Bull’s tyre strategy opened the door for Romain Grosjean to end FP1 fifth-fastest as Haas seeks to respond to its poor start to the season at a more favourable circuit.

Grosjean beat the McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr to best-of-the-rest honours in first practice by 0.2s.

Kevin Magnussen was 0.025s slower than Sainz in the second Haas, while behind Gasly the top 10 was completed by Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Beyond a minor early run-in between Bottas and Verstappen, who caught the Mercedes while on a flying lap and gesticulated at the points leader, the session was almost completed without major incident.

That was until Lance Stroll crashed his Racing Point with just over a minute left to run.

Stroll had a wobble on the entry to Turn 9 after clipping the grass and locked up a front wheel as he corrected it, which sent him straight on and into the barriers nose first.

He emerged unharmed, although the front of his car picked up a significant damage, and the session ended under red flags.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.951s 19
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.066s 0.115s 20
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.172s 0.221s 20
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.575s 0.624s 22
5 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.943s 0.992s 25
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m19.155s 1.204s 31
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.180s 1.229s 27
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m19.285s 1.334s 30
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m19.364s 1.413s 34
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.450s 1.499s 25
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m19.511s 1.560s 24
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m19.844s 1.893s 14
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.855s 1.904s 28
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m20.021s 2.070s 28
15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m20.030s 2.079s 25
16 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m20.066s 2.115s 33
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m20.459s 2.508s 26
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m20.591s 2.640s 22
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.889s 2.938s 27
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m20.990s 3.039s 23

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GP Azerbaijan, commenti post gara–28/04/2019

Raikkonen: Team knew about front wing problem after China

Kimi Raikkonen says his Alfa Romeo team was aware of the potential problem with his front wing which led to his disqualification from qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Raikkonen revealed he had a damaged front wing at the previous race in China but the team was not able to address the problem which led to the failure before this weekend’s race.

His front wing did not pass a deflection test after qualifying, which led to him being disqualified from the session.

“I don’t know what happened, I got a message this morning,” said Raikkonen. “Last race I had an issue at the end of the race with a broken stay on the front wing and we lost the downforce. So probably it is a similar thing that has caused it, unfortunately.

“We knew the issue after the last race but we didn’t have time to produce a new one so this is what you get. It surely doesn’t make us faster but this is what it is. Hopefully then it’s fair for everybody.

Raikkonen’s disqualification meant he started the race from the pits. He finished the race in tenth place. “We need to do things better a little bit better here and there,” he added.

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GP Azerbaijan, gara–28/04/2019

Baku Formula 1 race report: Bottas fends off Hamilton in Azerbaijan

Valtteri Bottas withstood a late charge from Lewis Hamilton to win Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix and atone for his heartbreak at the end of last year’s race in Baku.

Twelve months after being denied victory by a late puncture, Bottas held his nerve under pressure to lead Hamilton home and regain the lead of the championship.

As Mercedes clinched its fourth one-two in four races at the start of the 2019 F1 season, Sebastian Vettel could only finish third again for Ferrari.

Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc recovered to fifth, behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, after the qualifying crash that left him eighth on the grid.

Hamilton got the better start from the front row but Bottas held on around the outside of the first two corners and then built a strong margin through the rest of the lap.

Bottas kept Hamilton at arm’s length until pitting on lap 12 of 51, one lap after Vettel and one lap before Hamilton.

That meant Bottas resumed in a net lead, but stopping two laps earlier than Hamilton drew Vettel closer to the second Mercedes.

The pace of the medium tyre was stronger than the soft, as demonstrated by Leclerc – who fell to 10th on the first lap but had charged to fourth by lap 10.

Leclerc, on new mediums following his crash in qualifying, assumed the lead when the top three pitted to get rid of their soft tyres.

He led the middle portion of the race, managing his pace effectively to stay ahead until Bottas finally got into DRS range and cleared the Ferrari into the first corner with 19 laps to go.

Hamilton took another lap to get ahead of Leclerc, which gave Bottas more breathing space after Hamilton had whittled the advantage down to almost nothing.

Bottas had a two-second lead to protect once the Mercedes one-two was restored, and Hamilton’s attempts to cut into that were hit when Pierre Gasly ground to a halt and caused a virtual safety car.

Gasly had charged from the pitlane up to a comfortable sixth but his Red Bull, fitted with an upgraded Honda engine for this weekend, had to be parked up 12 laps from the finish.

The two-lap VSC also helped Bottas by giving him an extra one second over his pursuers, presumably as it ended in a favourable position for the leader.

Hamilton chipped away at that margin and with three laps to go got within DRS range of his team-mate.

Just as Hamilton looked like he might be about to launch a last-lap pass, Bottas picked up DRS himself down the start-finish straight as he lapped the Williams of George Russell.

That top-speed boost put Bottas 1.4s clear as he started the final tour, and he finished it 1.5s ahead to clinch his second win of the season.

Vettel ended up a lonely third, never quite close enough to attack a Mercedes but equally not under threat from Verstappen at the end.

Verstappen had a quietly effective race and looked like he could mount an attack on Vettel but fell away once the VSC period ended.

Leclerc finished almost a minute adrift of Verstappen after a second pitstop for another set of fresh soft tyres, which let him steal the fastest lap bonus point from Bottas.

Sergio Perez earned best-of-the-rest honours for Racing Point, finishing sixth to continue his fine record in Baku.

Though a third Azerbaijan podium was never on the cards, Perez was the class of the midfield after clearing early sixth-place runner Daniil Kvyat and rarely looked like being challenged.

Carlos Sainz Jr finally opened his account for McLaren in seventh place, but only after a race-long contest with team-mate Lando Norris. That was decided in Sainz’s favour when Norris made an extra stop under the VSC.

McLaren celebrated its first double points finish of the season as Norris came home eighth, while Racing Point also got two drivers in the top 10 as Lance Stroll clinched ninth.

Kimi Raikkonen scored an unlikely point to keep his record of finishing in the top 10 every race this season, despite starting from the pitlane after his Alfa Romeo failed a front wing deflection test.

Among the four retirements were Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, who have been summoned to the stewards over a bizarre incident in which Ricciardo reversed into Kvyat trying to get back on track after a failed overtaking attempt sent them both off at Turn 3.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 51 1h31m52.942s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 51 1.524s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 51 11.739s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 51 17.493s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 51 1m09.107s
6 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 51 1m16.416s
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 51 1m23.826s
8 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 51 1m40.268s
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 51 1m43.816s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 50 1 Lap
11 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 50 1 Lap
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 50 1 Lap
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 50 1 Lap
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 50 1 Lap
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 49 2 Laps
16 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 49 2 Laps
Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 38 Gearbox
Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 38 Brakes
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 33 Accident damage
Daniel Ricciardo Renault 31 Accident damage

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Valtteri Bottas 87
2 Lewis Hamilton 86
3 Sebastian Vettel 52
4 Max Verstappen 51
5 Charles Leclerc 47
6 Sergio Perez 13
7 Pierre Gasly 13
8 Kimi Raikkonen 13
9 Lando Norris 12
10 Kevin Magnussen 8
11 Nico Hulkenberg 6
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. 6
13 Daniel Ricciardo 6
14 Lance Stroll 4
15 Alexander Albon 3
16 Daniil Kvyat 1
17 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
18 Romain Grosjean 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 173
2 Ferrari 99
3 Red Bull/Honda 64
4 McLaren/Renault 18
5 Racing Point/Mercedes 17
6 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 13
7 Renault 12
8 Haas/Ferrari 8
9 Toro Rosso/Honda 4
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

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