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GP Canada, gara–09/06/2019


Sebastian Vettel penalty hands Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP win

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were denied a first win of the 2019 Formula 1 season after a five-second time penalty handed Canadian Grand Prix victory to Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel led the majority of the race in Montreal but was demoted to second by a penalty picked up after running wide at the first chicane and almost colliding with Hamilton as he rejoined.

That handed Hamilton his fifth win of the season and maintained Mercedes’ 100% victory record after seven races.

Vettel had a big enough advantage to hold on to second, as Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc completed the podium.

Ferrari was in contention to end its winless start to the campaign after Vettel kept Hamilton at arm’s length through the opening stint, then came under increasing pressure in the second half of the race.

Hamilton dropped to almost five seconds behind Vettel by virtue of extending his first stint by a couple of laps, but had stronger pace on the hard tyres and quickly caught the Ferrari.

In nine laps he eradicated Vettel’s lead and moved within DRS range, then briefly fell out of it again after a lock-up at the hairpin.

But the two started lap 48 of the 70 Hamilton was closer to Vettel again, and Vettel took to the grass at the first chicane after briefly losing the rear of his car on corner entry.

Vettel skated over the grass and rejoined just as Hamilton tried to dart into the gap between the scrambling Ferrari and the wall on the exit of the corner.

Hamilton backed out to avoid a collision and Vettel maintained his lead, but was punished after a lengthy investigation by the stewards.

Vettel never came close to building a big enough gap to cancel out the penalty and complained over the race that the officials were "stealing the race" from Ferrari.

Hamilton finished 1.4s behind at the flag, which became a 3.6s-winning margin and extended his points lead to 29 points – after a pre-race scare when his team rushed to replace his car’s hydraulics system.

Leclerc ended up one second behind Vettel in the final classification, with Ferrari’s first double podium finish of the season scant consolation for the Italian team.

Valtteri Bottas was left a distant fourth place as a Mercedes driver finished off the podium for the first time in 2019.

Bottas only qualified sixth and fell behind the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg on lap one, then struggled to make progress on medium tyres with his immediate rivals on softs.

He eventually worked his way through to fourth and picked up a bonus point for fastest lap after building up a big enough gap for a free second pitstop near the end.

Max Verstappen recovered to fifth place after starting ninth, running a long first stint on hard tyres before passing the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Hulkenberg after switching to mediums at the end.

Ricciardo withstood a late assault from Hulkenberg to finish sixth, with Pierre Gasly only eighth in the second Red Bull despite starting fifth – having lost ground in traffic after an early pitstop.

Lance Stroll fought through to ninth and banked two points in his home grand prix, despite his Racing Point being fitted with an older-spec engine after a fiery failure in final practice.

Daniil Kvyat completed the point scorers for Toro Rosso.

Despite an ultra-hot day that prompted major braking and temperature problems for the teams, there were only two retirements.

Lando Norris was first to stop, suffering a peculiar failure after eight laps that left his McLaren on three wheels, while Alex Albon – who picked up wing damage at the start – retired 11 laps from the finish.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 1h29m07.084s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70 3.658s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 70 4.696s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 70 51.043s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 70 57.655s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 69 1 Lap
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 69 1 Lap
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 69 1 Lap
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 69 1 Lap
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 69 1 Lap
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 69 1 Lap
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 69 1 Lap
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
16 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 68 2 Laps
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 68 2 Laps
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 67 3 Laps
Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 59 Retirement
Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 8 Brakes

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 162
2 Valtteri Bottas 133
3 Sebastian Vettel 100
4 Max Verstappen 88
5 Charles Leclerc 72
6 Pierre Gasly 36
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 18
8 Daniel Ricciardo 16
9 Kevin Magnussen 14
10 Sergio Perez 13
11 Kimi Raikkonen 13
12 Lando Norris 12
13 Nico Hulkenberg 12
14 Daniil Kvyat 10
15 Alexander Albon 7
16 Lance Stroll 6
17 Romain Grosjean 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 295
2 Ferrari 172
3 Red Bull/Honda 124
4 McLaren/Renault 30
5 Renault 28
6 Racing Point/Mercedes 19
7 Toro Rosso/Honda 17
8 Haas/Ferrari 16
9 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 13
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com


GP Monaco, gara–26/05/2016


Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton escapes contact with Verstappen to win

Lewis Hamilton survived late contact with Max Verstappen to win Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, as an incident in the pitlane with Valtteri Bottas ultimately cost Verstappen second place.

Hamilton resisted more than 60 laps of pressure from Verstappen to hold on to victory despite having to manage softer tyres than his pursuers.

As Verstappen was not able to get past the Mercedes and edge clear – despite a late dive at the chicane two laps from the end – he fell from second to fourth at the flag because of a five-second time penalty.

Verstappen picked that up for an unsafe release in the pits that had got him ahead of the second Mercedes of Bottas, who he made light contact with and forced into the wall.

Verstappen therefore fell behind both Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Bottas, who completed the podium despite needing to make a second pitstop under the safety car after his brush with the wall caused a puncture.

Poleman Hamilton retained his advantage at the start ahead of Bottas, despite Verstappen having a look inside Bottas at Ste Devote on the first lap.

The leaders held station for the opening stint, which was cut short by a safety car after Charles Leclerc – who started 15th following Ferrari’s qualifying blunder – littered the track with debris from a dramatic puncture.

Leclerc hit the inside wall at Rascasse and half-spun after trying to pass Nico Hulkenberg for 11th.

He tried to continue but picked up a puncture and scattered a large amount of debris as the rubber fell apart around the rest of the lap.

Mercedes opted to pit both its cars under the caution and Bottas dropped back behind Hamilton under the safety car to try to create enough of a gap to avoid losing time.

When they stopped Verstappen was released just as Bottas was coming past, and though Verstappen was a nose ahead a small amount of contact forced Bottas to kiss the wall on the right-hand side.

The incident damaged Bottas’s wheel rim and caused a slow puncture, but with the safety car still deployed he only dropped behind Vettel to fourth – and eventually Verstappen was awarded a five-second penalty for the unsafe release.

Once the race resumed, Verstappen hounded Hamilton constantly, but only got close enough to really start attacking the five-time world champion in the final 10 laps.

He had a brief look to the outside of the hairpin with eight laps left but was not close enough on the exit of Portier to get a proper run at Hamilton into the chicane.

On lap 76 of 78 he lunged Hamilton into the chicane, but Hamilton moved across. Verstappen locked up and they made minor wheel-to-wheel contact – Verstappen’s right-front to Hamilton’s left-rear – and Hamilton took to the escape road, but both continued without damage.

Hamilton’s win extended his championship lead over Bottas to 17 points.

Vettel and Bottas were slightly adrift of the leaders across the line but within five seconds, crucially enough to consign Verstappen to fourth.

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly finished in fifth, his best result since his move to the senior team, and earned fastest lap after building enough of a gap to make a late, free pitstop for fresh soft tyres.

Behind, Carlos Sainz Jr earned his best result for McLaren in sixth place after opting not to pit under the early safety car.

That strategy was replicated by Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon, who used it to great effect to finish seventh and eighth for Toro Rosso.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth, the lead midfield runner who did pit under the safety car.

Romain Grosjean, who opted for the same strategy as Sainz/Kvyat/Albon, completed the points scorers for Haas.

Leclerc was the only retirement from the grand prix after initially endeavouring to continue following his early setback but soon parking his battered Ferrari in the pits.

There was a separate Rascasse incident shortly after the safety car, when Antonio Giovinazzi hit Robert Kubica and spun the Williams.

The track was briefly blocked, holding up a few cars, but Kubica was able to reverse and get out of the way quickly – preventing anything worse than localised yellow flags.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 1h43m28.437s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 2.602s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 3.162s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 78 5.537s
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 78 9.946s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 78 53.454s
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 78 54.574s
8 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 78 55.200s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 78 1m00.894s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 78 1m01.034s
11 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 78 1m06.801s
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 77 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 77 1 Lap
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 77 1 Lap
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 76 2 Laps
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 16 Accident damage

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 137
2 Valtteri Bottas 120
3 Sebastian Vettel 82
4 Max Verstappen 78
5 Charles Leclerc 57
6 Pierre Gasly 32
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 18
8 Kevin Magnussen 14
9 Sergio Perez 13
10 Kimi Raikkonen 13
11 Lando Norris 12
12 Daniil Kvyat 9
13 Daniel Ricciardo 8
14 Alexander Albon 7
15 Nico Hulkenberg 6
16 Lance Stroll 4
17 Romain Grosjean 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 257
2 Ferrari 139
3 Red Bull/Honda 110
4 McLaren/Renault 30
5 Racing Point/Mercedes 17
6 Haas/Ferrari 16
7 Toro Rosso/Honda 16
8 Renault 14
9 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 13
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

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 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

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, commenti post gara–14/04/2019


Raikkonen: Tyre temperature drop cost chance of better China result

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen reckons losing temperature in his front tyres cost him the chance of finishing best of the rest in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen finished ninth, 10 seconds behind Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and seven off the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.

But he had been within DRS range of Perez in his second stint, and Raikkonen thought he would have had a chance of overhauling the pair ahead had he not lost temperature in his hard rubber in the closing stages.

Speaking to Autosport, Raikkonen said his Alfa Romeo felt strong on race pace as he pushed through the field following a disappointing qualifying.

"We at least got a few points and it is better than yesterday for sure," said Raikkonen, who had qualified 13th.

"The car was handling pretty nicely, but in the end I just lost temperature in my front tyres.

"I think with my tyres the wear was very good, but it got too cold and I lost the grip in the front so I couldn’t push anymore.

"It was a bit of a shame as I felt we could quite easily have caught up with the other cars, but it didn’t work out at the end."

While Raikkonen added to his points tally and is seventh in the drivers’ standings – just one point behind Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly – his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi failed to finish in the points again.

After a frustrating weekend that was hampered by reliability woes, Giovinazzi finished 15th after failing to make enough progress from the back of the grid.

"I think China was not my weekend, to be honest," said the Italian.

"It was [already] a difficult weekend so far, and today we tried to make a different strategy compared to others to try to gain positions, but in the end it didn’t work.

"This is it, and I just want it to be Baku."

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, gara–14/04/2019


Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats Valtteri Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won a processional 2019 Chinese Grand Prix for the Mercedes Formula 1 team ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Ferrari’s challenge faded with a weak opening stint.

Hamilton hooked up more cleanly away from the start and nosed into Turn 1 first ahead of polesitting Bottas, while Charles Leclerc went by his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to claim third place.

As the midfielders squeezed through the Turn 6 hairpin Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat caught a brief rear-end twitch, bouncing off Carlos Sainz Jr’s McLaren and then interlocking wheels with Sainz’s team-mate Lando Norris, who was pitched into the air.

That prompted a brief virtual safety car deployment so that debris – including part of Sainz’s front wing – could be cleared.

Hamilton edged away at around half a second a lap in the initial phase of the race while the majority of the frontrunners settled into tyre-conversation mode – all except for Vettel, who was shaping up to pass his team-mate. Leclerc, for his part, was told to push harder or give way.

Ferrari quickly firmed up that instruction into a directive to let Vettel by, and Leclerc reluctantly complied at the beginning of lap 11 of 56.

But despite the swap Vettel made few inroads into the advantage of Bottas, let alone Hamilton, even though he was clearly flirting with his car’s limits – even snatching a front-left brake and running wide at the Turn 14 hairpin on lap 13. Leclerc wasted no time in telling his engineer that he, now, was being held up.

As the Mercedes stretched into the distance, fifth-placed Max Verstappen joined the hunt for the podium by pitting for hard tyres on lap 18. That prompted Ferrari to pit Vettel to cover the potential undercut, and indeed when Vettel emerged on his new set of hards he was barely ahead of the Red Bull.

Verstappen made a DRS-assisted pass on the back straight and was ahead into Turn 14, but ran slightly wide and Vettel edged him onto the grass at the exit to reclaim what was now fourth place.

Ferrari was now committed to a long stint for Leclerc since he would inevitably leave the pits behind this battle – and when he did stop for hards, five laps after his team-mate, he was nearly 11s adrift of Verstappen.

Bottas pitted for hards on lap 22, followed by Hamilton one tour later, and as the world champion departed the pitlane the gap between the two Mercedes had shrunk to 1.5s.

But Hamilton stretched his legs again and strung out the gap beyond five seconds, and within 10 laps of pitting his only concern was whether Bottas had set the fastest lap of the race and thereby secured an extra point.

Red Bull moved first to trigger the next rash of stops on lap 36, bringing Verstappen in for fresh mediums. Ferrari responded by pitting Vettel a lap later for similar rubber, and next time round Mercedes brought both Hamilton and Bottas in for mediums as well.

That meant Bottas emerged in third place behind the out-of-sequence Leclerc and had a fight on his hands. For almost two laps Leclerc denied him until Bottas launched a textbook DRS-assisted move into Turn 14.

Once clear, Bottas pulled away as Leclerc fell into the clutches of his own team-mate. Ferrari brought Leclerc in for mediums on lap 42 and he was slow out of the box, leaving the pits in fifth place and over 15s behind Verstappen.

Though Leclerc tried to chip away at the margin, he reported gearbox issues later in the race – though Ferrari reassured him there was no problem – and Verstappen remained a distant speck.

Sixth-placed Pierre Gasly had a lonely race in the second Red Bull, running immediately behind his team-mate in the opening laps, but it was probably too much to expect him to run 19 laps on the softs. By the time he pitted he was well adrift of the battle with the Ferraris.

With two laps to run, Gasly was in enough space for Red Bull to swap him onto soft tyres for a tilt at the fastest lap. He set personal bests in the first two sectors and went purple in the last to sew up the bonus point.

Renault split its strategy by bringing Nico Hulkenberg in early to swap from soft to hard tyres on lap 12 while leaving Daniel Ricciardo out for a long first stint on the softs. The outcome for Hulkenberg was rendered moot when he was forced to retire five tours later.

Ricciardo then had a relatively uneventful run to seventh as the final three points-paying places became the most hotly contested positions in the race.

Sergio Perez combined a strong start – he gained four places on the opening lap – with a 20-lap first stint on mediums to secure eighth place from 12th on the grid. Behind him Kimi Raikkonen also ran a long first stint on mediums, fell behind the early-stopping Haas entries when he did stop, then made the best of fresher rubber to go by both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean to claim ninth.

Magnussen and Grosjean started ninth and 10th but stopped to get rid of their soft Pirellis early, before the race was 10 laps old, and lost track position as a result. After dropping behind Raikkonen, Grosjean ran 10th ahead of Magnussen in the second stint until both cars made early second stops.

This gave the Haas drivers further work to do to overhaul the likes of Lance Stroll and Alexander Albon. Grosjean came close to getting the job done but had to obey blue flags for Leclerc on the final lap, enabling Albon to hold on and secure the final point for Toro Rosso despite starting from the pitlane having changed chassis after his huge practice crash.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1h32m06.350s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 6.552s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 13.744s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 56 27.627s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 56 31.276s
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 56 1m29.307s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 55 1 Lap
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
10 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 55 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 55 1 Lap
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
16 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 54 2 Laps
17 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 54 2 Laps
18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 50 Not running
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 41 Retirement
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 16 Retirement

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 68
2 Valtteri Bottas 62
3 Max Verstappen 39
4 Sebastian Vettel 37
5 Charles Leclerc 36
6 Pierre Gasly 13
7 Kimi Raikkonen 12
8 Lando Norris 8
9 Kevin Magnussen 8
10 Nico Hulkenberg 6
11 Daniel Ricciardo 6
12 Sergio Perez 5
13 Alexander Albon 3
14 Lance Stroll 2
15 Daniil Kvyat 1
16 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
17 Romain Grosjean 0
18 Carlos Sainz Jr. 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 130
2 Ferrari 73
3 Red Bull/Honda 52
4 Renault 12
5 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 12
6 Haas/Ferrari 8
7 McLaren/Renault 8
8 Racing Point/Mercedes 7
9 Toro Rosso/Honda 4
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com


GP Bahrain, gara–31/03/2019


Bahrain GP: Hamilton wins as long-time leader Leclerc loses power

Lewis Hamilton claimed an unlikely victory in a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s race imploded spectacularly with an engine problem for Charles Leclerc and a spin for Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc recovered from a poor first lap to dominate the race, before what Ferrari initially believed to be an MGU-H failure – but later revealed was a cylinder issue – robbed his engine of power and left him limping to the finish.

Hamilton’s Mercedes closed rapidly on the ailing Ferrari and claimed the lead on the run to the final corner with just nine laps to go.

Leclerc continued to lose significant pace as the closing stages of the race played out, eventually finishing a bitterly disappointing third but at least claiming a bonus point for fastest lap.

The Ferrari driver managed to avoid losing a podium finish to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull-Honda, thanks to the race finishing under a safety car following simultaneous breakdowns for the works Renault cars with only a handful of laps left.

Leclerc had recovered superbly from a poor start to dominate most of this race, dropping to third on lap one but quickly repassing Valtteri Bottas and team-mate Vettel to reclaim the lead and streaking clear before disaster struck.

Vettel compounded Ferrari’s misery by inexplicably spinning out of third place after being overtaken by Hamilton around the outside at Turn 4 just after the final round of pitstops.

Vettel got his Ferrari pointing the right way again, but his front wing shattered shortly thereafter and he was forced to make an unscheduled third stop, eventually finishing a lowly fifth.

Bottas made it a Mercedes one-two by easily passing Leclerc on the main straight with just four laps left, moments before the Renaults hit disaster.

The Australian Grand Prix winner rose to second with a strong first lap, including passing Leclerc around the outside at Turn 4, but generally struggled for speed and was not a match for Hamilton or either of the Ferraris.

Hamilton rose to second by pitting earlier than Vettel at the first round of stops, but struggled to stay on the track, lacked pace and could not use his softer tyres to prevent Vettel closing in and using DRS to retake the place around the outside at Turn 4 on lap 23 of 57.

But Hamilton came back at Vettel at the second round of pitstops, attempting a gung-ho move on Vettel at Turn 4 on lap 37, while Vettel’s tyres were cold, but could not quite gain enough momentum to complete the pass at Turn 6.

Hamilton gained DRS on the main straight but couldn’t overtake into Turn 1. He went round the outside at Turn 4 again to make the pass while Vettel rotated as he tried to get back on the power at the exit, dropping him down the order.

Lando Norris rounded out the top six for McLaren, after team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr’s race was ruined by contact with Verstappen while trying to pass the Red Bull around the outside at Turn 4 early on.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo was seventh, ahead of the second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly, while Alexander Albon claimed his first points finish with ninth. Sergio Perez’s Racing Point rounded out the top 10, as the Renault drivers both lost likely points finishes when their cars broke down approaching Turn 1.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 1h34m21.295s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 2.980s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 57 6.131s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 57 6.408s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 57 36.068s
6 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 57 45.754s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 57 47.470s
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 57 58.094s
9 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 57 1m02.697s
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 57 1m03.696s
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 57 1m04.599s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 56 1 Lap
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 56 1 Lap
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 56 1 Lap
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 56 1 Lap
16 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 55 2 Laps
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 53 Power Unit
18 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 53 Not running
19 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 53 Not running
Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 16 Retirement

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Valtteri Bottas 44
2 Lewis Hamilton 43
3 Max Verstappen 27
4 Charles Leclerc 26
5 Sebastian Vettel 22
6 Kimi Raikkonen 10
7 Lando Norris 8
8 Kevin Magnussen 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Pierre Gasly 4
11 Alexander Albon 2
11 Lance Stroll 2
13 Daniil Kvyat 1
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
16 George Russell 0
17 Robert Kubica 0
18 Daniel Ricciardo 0
19 Carlos Sainz Jr. 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 87
2 Ferrari 48
3 Red Bull/Honda 31
4 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 10
5 McLaren/Renault 8
6 Haas/Ferrari 8
7 Renault 6
8 Toro Rosso/Honda 3
9 Racing Point/Mercedes 3
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

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