At the start I had a very good jump, then I got hit; that was the end of our race. I don’t think I could have really done anything differently to avoid it, apart from doing a bad start and not being there. It’s a pity, one of those things you pay a big price for. Whatever the cause or the issue, it doesn’t change the end result unfortunately. We go to the next races ready to fight and do our best.
Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore GP as Sebastian Vettel crashes out
Lewis Hamilton took victory in a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out at the start.
Hamilton crossed the line 4.5 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Valtteri Bottas completing the podium.
Hamilton extended his championship lead to 28 points over Vettel, with Bottas 23 points further back in third.
Rain was falling ahead of the start, with the top six drivers – Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Bottas – starting on the intermediates while others, including Nico Hulkenberg and the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne opted for the full wets.
Kimi Raikkonen made a strong getaway from fourth to go three abreast with polesitter Vettel and Verstappen on the approach to Turn 1.
Vettel moved across to cover the inside line, squeezing Verstappen who then made contact with Raikkonen, spearing the Finn across the track into Vettel.
Raikkonen’s out of control car then collected Verstappen and Alonso at Turn 1, putting Raikkonen and Verstappen out of the race immediately.
The stewards said they would investigate the incident after the race.
Vettel continued in the lead with his damaged car, but then lost control out of Turn 3 and after he’d hit the barriers hard, his Ferrari team instructed him to retire.
Alonso managed to continue but his McLaren team lost telemetry and though it came back, it ultimately called him in to retire as well.
Hamilton inherited the lead, but the race was neutralised when the safety car was sent out so the debris could be cleared.
At the restart, Hamilton bolted away at the front, pulling out a lead of 3.5s over Ricciardo after just one lap with Hulkenberg running third.
The rain stopped on lap six with conditions rapidly favouring those running intermediates.
The safety car was called out again when Daniil Kvyat crashed after locking up at the end of the back straight and understeering into the wall.
Several drivers, including Ricciardo, took the opportunity to pit for fresh intermediates but Mercedes kept Hamilton and Bottas out.
By the time the safety car came back in at the end of lap 14, everyone was on intermediates apart from Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein.
As the track began to dry, Kevin Magnussen was the first driver to switch to slicks, taking the ultra-softs, while Massa followed suit.
It quickly became clear that was the tyre to be on, sparking a flurry of pitstops, with Ricciardo pitting on lap 29 in a bid to undercut Hamilton.
Mercedes responded the next lap and Hamilton rejoined in the lead.
He set about pulling away from the Red Bull, building an 18.7s lead over Ricciardo before the safety car came out for third time when Marcus Ericsson crashed on the Anderson Bridge.
Several drivers pitted for fresh tyres, including Hulkenberg who also needed an air line plugged into his car which delayed the stop and dropped him from fourth to 10th before he retired in the closing stages.
Hamilton pulled clear at the restart with the Mercedes driver quickly building a lead of four seconds.
Mercedes told him to hold that gap to keep the field compressed and avoid giving anyone else a free stop but after a discussion, it told Hamilton he could dictate the pace and ultimately secure his seventh win of the season.
Carlos Sainz Jr finished a career-best fourth for Toro Rosso, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez, with Jolyon Palmer scoring his first points of the season in sixth.
Stoffel Vandoorne was seventh with Lance Stroll eighth as Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.
The race became time-limited due to the safety car interruptions meaning only 58 of the 61 laps could be completed within the two-hour limit.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||58||4.507s|
|4||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||58||22.822s|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||58||25.359s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||58||44.795s|
|12||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||56||2 Laps|
|–||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||50||Power Unit|
|–||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||48||Oil leak|
|–||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||35||Spun off|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||10||Spun off|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0||Collision|
For the whole race I kept struggling with the balance of the car. It never felt like it should have done. On some laps it was getting better, but most of the time we were lacking the grip and the pace. It was not an easy weekend, we were fighting in all conditions, in the dry and even more in the wet. This is something that we have to fix for these kinds of circuit. I’m disappointed as the result is not what we wanted. For sure if you take the pure layout of the track it’s not an easy one for us, which is unfortunate at our home grand prix. I would be surprised if it’s the same story at the next race, because on paper the race in Singapore should be better for us. Now we have to go there and do our best.
Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes dominates
Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant drive to win the Italian Grand Prix and seize the Formula 1 world championship lead outright for the first time this season.
The Mercedes driver led away from pole and dictated the race from the front, crossing the line 4.4 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel third, 36.3s behind the leader.
It was Hamilton’s sixth victory of the season and moves him three points clear of Vettel in the drivers’ championship with Bottas a further 41 adrift.
Hamilton made a good start from pole, moving right across the track to defend from Lance Stroll and leading into Turn 1.
Esteban Ocon, starting third, took advantage of Stroll getting baulked to sweep around the outside and settle into second.
Further back, Bottas banged wheels with Kimi Raikkonen as they came through the first chicane, eventually making a pass stick to take for fourth.
Raikkonen snatched the position back at the second chicane, but Bottas then swept around the outside of Parabolica to reclaim the place.
Bottas then took third on lap three from Stroll before breezing past Ocon the following lap to move into second before setting off in pursuit of Hamilton.
The Finn closed the gap but couldn’t get within two seconds off his team-mate and ultimately finished second to secure Mercedes’s third one-two of the year.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive from 16th, running a very long stint on the softs to move up the order in the first.
Ricciardo emerged on fresh super-softs after his only stop and put a great move on Raikkonen for fourth, then set about chasing Vettel, taking chunks of time out of the Ferrari driver but ultimately running out of laps.
Earlier in the race Raikkonen, who complained of a problem with the rear end of his car, had pitted early in a bid to leapfrog Ocon and Stroll.
He partially succeeded, getting ahead of Stroll who was delayed in his stop with a sticky left-rear tyre.
But he had to pass Ocon on track, launching an attack on the approach to the first chicane to take the place and going on to finish fifth, ahead of Ocon.
Stroll challenged Ocon in the closing stages but couldn’t make a move stick, and in the end he held off a spirited attack from Williams team-mate Felipe Massa to take seventh with Sergio Perez failing to take advantage of the squabble to end up ninth.
Massa survived contact with Perez and Max Verstappen early in the race to take eighth.
Verstappen was furious with Massa when they collided at Turn 1, the contact giving the Red Bull a front right puncture and dropping him back to the field.
But he recovered to take 10th but only after brief contact with Kevin Magnussen on the approach to the second chicane after he’d passed the Haas at the start of the lap.
It was a miserable race for McLaren, with Stoffel Vandoorne retiring after reporting "no power" and team-mate Fernando Alonso following suit on the penultimate lap at the request of the team.
Jolyon Palmer was on the fringes of the top 10, but was asked to retire his Renault by the team after it had discovered a problem.
Italian GP result
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||53||40.335s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||53||1m11.528s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||53||1m15.276s|
|10||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|11||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||52||1 Lap|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|16||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||51||2 Laps|
|–||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||33||Power Unit|
Kimi Raikkonen slams ‘pointless’ Belgian GP yellow flag penalty
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen believes his 10-second stop/go penalty for failing to slow under double waved yellow flags in the Belgian Grand Prix was "pointless".
The stewards ruled that Raikkonen "made no attempt to significantly reduce his speed" when he passed yellow flags for Max Verstappen’s stricken Red Bull on the Kemmel Straight early in the race.
Raikkonen said he did not lift but he did not think it was necessary as the car was behind the barrier.
"I knew there was a yellow flag but the car was at least halfway behind the barrier on the straight," he said.
"I didn’t go faster but I didn’t lift on the straight.
"In my view it was pointless to get penalised for that.
"I completely understand if he was by the side of the circuit, on the proper side and there is people working on it.
"But this is what happened and I would be surprised if everybody else lifted."
Raikkonen dropped from fourth to seventh after taking the penalty but was able to easily pass Esteban Ocon and then Nico Hulkenberg.
He then went three-abreast on the Kemmel Straight with Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas after the safety car restart, with Ricciardo and Raikkonen passing Bottas for third and fourth respectively.
"On the restart I got a really good tow from two cars and then Ricciardo was on one side, Bottas was in the middle and I just had just enough speed to get next to Bottas, I managed to go on the inside," Raikkonen said.
"I got one car. After that I never really had the speed advantage over the Red Bull.
"They were surprisingly strong in race conditions compared to what they have been the whole weekend.
"They had good speed in the right places always and good lap times but at least I got one place back."
Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton resists F1 title rival Vettel for win
Lewis Hamilton defeated Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel in the Belgian Grand Prix to close the gap in the championship to seven points.
Mercedes driver Hamilton managed a late safety car and a tyre disadvantage to fend off Vettel with relative ease, as Daniel Ricciardo claimed a surprise third for Red Bull.
Hamilton made a good start from pole position and built a 1.7-seconds lead before stopping for new soft tyres on lap 12 of 44.
Vettel ran two laps longer in the opening stint and rejoined two seconds behind Hamilton, who cleared the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen the lap before Vettel pitted.
A great first full flying lap for Vettel took 1.2s out of Hamilton’s lead and thrust the Ferrari into DRS range, but Hamilton responded immediately.
He built his advantage up to two seconds, before a safety car changed the complexion of the race entirely.
Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez had clashed on the run to Eau Rouge on the opening lap, then came together in more dramatic fashion on lap 29.
Fighting over a net seventh, Ocon cut back on his team-mate exiting La Source, only for Perez to edge across and break Ocon’s front wing with his right-rear tyre.
That caused Perez’s tyre to deflate entering Eau Rouge and the pair littered the track with debris.
The field swapped tyres under the caution, with Hamilton taking softs to Vettel’s ultra-softs and then complaining over the radio as the safety car remained on track for three laps.
Vettel was tucked up underneath the Mercedes’ rear wing through Eau Rouge and Raidillon at the restart and pulled alongside as Hamilton defended on the run to Les Combes.
Somehow Hamilton hung on, and found enough pace on the slower tyre to bump Vettel out of DRS range and gradually extend his lead until the end to win by 2.3s.
Ricciardo started the race sixth but made his way to the podium, at a track not suited to the Renault-powered Red Bull, with a blend of fortune and opportunism.
Max Verstappen suffered a mechanical problem early on and stopped at the side of the track exiting Eau Rouge, which handed Ricciardo fifth – and ultimately fourth as well.
Kimi Raikkonen failed to slow sufficiently under the yellow flags that were thrown while Verstappen’s car was recovered and had to serve a 10s stop-go penalty.
That meant Ricciardo ran fourth under the late safety car, and used a slipstream and ultra-soft tyres at the restart to nail Valtteri Bottas’s soft-shod Mercedes into Les Combes.
Raikkonen dived inside Bottas at the same time to recover to fourth, as Bottas finished a muted fifth having run comfortably in third before the caution.
Nico Hulkenberg finished best of the rest for Renault with a quiet but excellent drive, while Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa took advantage of the messy race to claim seventh and eighth.
Ocon, who labelled Perez a "fucking idiot" over the radio, recovered to ninth as Perez eventually retired, while Carlos Sainz Jr took the final point.
Fernando Alonso ran as high as seventh but gradually fell back down the order and eventually retired with an engine problem in his McLaren-Honda.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||44||10.791s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||44||38.154s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||44||39.447s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||44||49.940s|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||42||Accident|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||7||Engine|
Sebastian Vettel clings on to win tense Hungarian GP for Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel held off Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to clinch a tense Hungarian Grand Prix victory, as Lewis Hamilton handed Valtteri Bottas third and the Red Bulls collided.
Vettel, who drove most of the race with steering issues, crossed the line 0.9seconds ahead of Raikkonen to secure Ferrari’s second one-two of the 2017 F1 season.
Hamilton ceded third to Bottas on the final lap as agreed after his team-mate had let him through under team orders earlier in the race to try to attack the Ferraris.
Vettel’s fourth win of the season, and first since Monaco in May, extends his championship lead to 14 points over Hamilton heading into the summer break.
Vettel and Raikkonen stayed one-two after the start, with the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen swarming the Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton.
Verstappen got around the outside of Hamilton with a bold move into Turn 1, but ran wide on the exit and then came under pressure from Ricciardo.
Verstappen locked up into Turn 2 and ran into Ricciardo, causing damage to the left-hand side of his team-mate’s Red Bull but escaping unharmed himself.
Ricciardo, who was furious with Verstappen on the radio, dropped down the field and then spun at Turn 4, with fluid leaking from his car, forcing Jolyon Palmer off track to avoid contact.
He then pulled over to the side of the track and retired, bringing out the safety car.
The stewards deemed Verstappen to be at fault, imposing a 10s time penalty.
Vettel led comfortably from Raikkonen in the first stint but then started reporting steering concerns.
As the Mercedes started closing on the Ferraris, Raikkonen called on his team to ask Vettel, who was struggling to turn in, to cede position but the request was not accepted.
Mercedes agreed to Hamilton’s similar request with Bottas, on the proviso that the positions were swapped back if Hamilton could not pass Raikkonen.
Once through, Hamilton was soon on Raikkonen’s gearbox and was told he had five laps of full power to make a pass.
That deadline was extended but Hamilton could not get through and gave up the chase in the closing laps.
Verstappen had run long before his pitstop and led for a spell before the penalty dropped him back.
He rapidly closed on the lead quartet in the final stages and began to attack Bottas, raising doubts over whether Mercedes would be able to swap its cars back.
But Hamilton lifted off on the final lap, allowing Bottas through then slotting back in just ahead of Verstappen, as Raikkonen shadowed Vettel to the flag in front.
Fernando Alonso scored McLaren-Honda’s best finish of the season with sixth, setting fastest lap right at the end, while Stoffel Vandoorne gave it two cars in the points with 10th.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr was seventh after a controversial early wheel-banging battle with Alonso, just ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.
Grosjean, who made contact with Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson at the start, was forced to pull over and retire his Haas when a wheelnut was cross-threaded at his pitstop.
The unwell Felipe Massa’s stand-in Paul di Resta spent his first F1 race since 2013 battling with the Saubers before Williams told him to retire late on due to an oil leak.
After dropping back in his first-corner clash with Grosjean, Hulkenberg looked set to regain ground by running long only for a problem in his pitstop to drop him back.
He was then forced off the road while trying to pass Kevin Magnussen, who was given a 5s penalty for the move, for 11th and retired just as he had caught back up to Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat.
RESULTS – 70 LAPS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||13.276s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|16||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|–||Paul Di Resta||Williams/Mercedes||Oil leak|
|–||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||Collision|