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GP Germania, commenti post gara–22/07/2018


Q: Well done, great result. Kimi, we just talked to Valtteri and he was told to hold station. We heard you team coming on and not really telling you to move but telling you that tyre temperatures were critical. You said: ‘tell me what you want me to do’. You understood what they were trying to do wanted but you wanted it to be very clear that you needed the instruction to let Sebastian through.

Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, we have certain rules but it wasn’t clear enough. I had speed and obviously it was a bit in a moment in the race that I wasn’t ideally to stop… yeah, that’s what happened. In the end, it didn’t change an awful lot. It was a tricky race with the rain and it was pretty slippery in a few places. I had a small moment with one of the lappers, the Sauber, under braking and Valtteri got past me, so not an easy race. Happy to finish. A bit disappointed but I’ll take it today and we’ll try next time.

Q: We saw your team-mate go off in the hairpin there. Do you think the Ferrari was more sensitive in those conditions, it was more difficult to drive than Mercedes today?

KR: I don’t know, I only drive my car, so that’s only what I feel like. In the past it’s been very difficult in that amount of rain and I was surprised by the grip we had. It was very difficult to know where the grip is and where not. Usually when you go fast and suddenly it’s not there, there is nothing you can do.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Globoesporte.com) To Kimi. Kimi, when we have the restart of the race on lap 58, surprised with the performance of Mercedes in these last ten laps, considering Ferrari seemed to have the fastest car all you were on ultrasoft and new tyres, Valtteri also. But Lewis had ultrasoft from lap 42. Were you weekend?

KR: Yeah, for sure. They were very strong. All the stories that we are so quick on the straight. It wasn’t really the case after the restart. Yeah, I think for sure there was some difference I guess, because Valtteri had a good run. I was surprised overall how good the grip was, because it was still some rain and it was pretty decent grip and the tyres were still cold but I think the ultrasoft worked pretty well in that rainy condition. Usually when you have that amount of rain it’s usually pretty slippery but yeah, it was slippery in some places but most of it was still… you had some grip. Quite a surprise overall from what I remember from the past. Usually it gets pretty slippery quickly.

Q: (Heikku Kulta – Turun Sanomat) To the Finnish drivers: how long do we Finns have to wait for a Finnish victory or is P2 going to be the maximum for the rest of the season?

KR: I will keep trying. Who knows? Maybe, maybe not. We will try every weekend and every race and we’re not far from it but obviously so far it’s not been happening so we will try next weekend again and I’m sure it will come but obviously there’s no guarantee or anything. Things change quickly and we’ve seen it . Home today and come back next Thursday and do a better job.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Globoesporte.com) Next Grand Prix is on a completely different circuit to the two previous ones, Silverstone and here. Considering what you know from your car in this season, what can you project for the Budapest race?

KR: Very difficult to say, I think. It’s traditionally been good for us but there’s a lot on the weather, what it’s going to be like there. In the past years we would probably be feeling more stronger to go there but it’s the same as always. It’s going to be close and whoever makes the best out of it is going to come out on top. We go there and try and do the best that we can and see what we get.

Q: (Edd Straw – Autosport) Kimi, can you just talk through your thought process coming up to the second pit stop. We could hear on the radio that you were keen to take the risk and just stay out because there wasn’t too much to lose for you so do you regret the fact the team didn’t let you stay out, because even when they called you in you did say ‘are you sure?’ so was there an opportunity missed there?

KR: No, it’s always easy to say afterwards but honestly we don’t know what would happen if we stay out. I’m 100 percent sure that the ultras worked better plus I had very used tyres at that point already but I can’t give an answer if it would have been just fine or a complete disaster, so that’s always an unknown and you try to weigh up the differences and hope that the new tyres will give you some grip to come back. Obviously we knew that the Mercedes will be on one of the some aged tyres but they seemed to be the right decision in those conditions so I don’t have an answer, I don’t think anybody would have an answer what the end result if we stayed out or not. Who knows. That’s how it goes.

Da Formula1.com


GP Germania, gara–22/07/2018


Lewis Hamilton wins F1 German GP after Sebastian Vettel crashes

Lewis Hamilton took victory in a sensational Formula 1 German Grand Prix while his title-rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out as a rain storm struck the Hockenheim circuit.

Vettel led for the majority of the race from pole position, but slithered out of contention from the lead, on lap 52 of the 67 race. The German hit his steering wheel in frustration at the mistake of crashing into the Turn 13 barriers.

Hamilton started 14th and took advantage of the downpour that soaked the circuit in the latter stages that caught-out a number of slick-shod drivers – including Vettel – and which led to the safety car to be deployed.

In the chaos, there was an instant reversal of fortune as a Ferrari 1-2 became a Mercedes 1-2 during the rain shower.

All race, teams were constantly trying to second guess the conditions and most drivers stayed out on dry-weather tyres while the storm passed and the circuit began to quickly dry up.

Bottas finished in second, but had an attempt at overtaking his team-mate when the safety car period ended on lap 57.

The Finn got alongside Hamilton at the Turn 6 hairpin, but Hamilton was just able to retain the lead. Moments later, Bottas was instructed to hold position.

Kimi Raikkonen took third place, ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. The Dutchman was one of the drivers to gamble on intermediate tyres when the rain started to fall in just one section of the track.

Two laps later, Verstappen returned back to the pits for dry tyres – the gamble failed – but then the whole circuit was doused, leading to Vettel’s accident and the safety car’s deployment.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth for Renault, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas and the two Force Indias. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley both benefitted from the chaotic conditions to scoop the final points-finishing positions.

At the start, Vettel led away from Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen and was comfortably in control of his home race. By lap 25, Vettel held a five second lead over Bottas when he came in to pit from ultra tyres to softs.

His Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen was the first of the front-runners to pit on lap 14 and once the first stops were over, the Finn held a slim lead over Vettel.

But the German was on tyres that were 11 laps fresher and Raikkonen was instructed by engineering director Jock Clear to led Vettel past.

Hamilton started on the soft tyre and made swift progress in the early laps to make his way through the field. After starting 14th, he was up to seventh by lap eight.

It was a remarkable comeback drive that has significant implications in the championship battle, as Hamilton retakes the number one spot.

German Grand Prix result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 67 1h32m29.845s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 67 4.535s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 67 6.732s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 67 7.654s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 67 26.609s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 67 28.871s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 67 30.556s
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 67 31.750s
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 67 32.362s
10 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 67 34.197s
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 67 34.919s
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 67 43.069s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 67 46.617s
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 66 1 Lap
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 66 1 Lap
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 65 Gearbox
Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 53 Brakes
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 51 Spun off
Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 51 Oil leak
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 27 Power Unit

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 188
2 Sebastian Vettel 171
3 Kimi Raikkonen 131
4 Valtteri Bottas 122
5 Daniel Ricciardo 106
6 Max Verstappen 105
7 Nico Hulkenberg 52
8 Fernando Alonso 40
9 Kevin Magnussen 39
10 Sergio Perez 30
11 Esteban Ocon 29
12 Carlos Sainz 28
13 Romain Grosjean 20
14 Pierre Gasly 18
15 Charles Leclerc 13
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 8
17 Marcus Ericsson 5
18 Lance Stroll 4
19 Brendon Hartley 2
20 Sergey Sirotkin 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 310
2 Ferrari 302
3 Red Bull/Renault 211
4 Renault 80
5 Force India/Mercedes 59
6 Haas/Ferrari 59
7 McLaren/Renault 48
8 Toro Rosso/Honda 20
9 Sauber/Ferrari 18
10 Williams/Mercedes 4

Da Autosport.com


GP Germania, commenti post qualifiche–21/07/2018


Kimi: “Oggi la macchina andava bene e in qualifica sapevo che c’era del margine. Durante il mio primo tentativo in Q3 avevo un buon feeling e il giro stava andando bene, ma poi ho fatto un errore e mi sono leggermente intraversato. Avevamo la velocità per fare meglio, ma non volevo sbagliare e rischiare buttando tutto al vento, così nel mio ultimo tentativo sono andato più cauto. La terza posizione ovviamente non è l’ideale, ma alla fine è buona per la partenza. E’ difficile dire quale sarà la chiave per la gara. Finora la macchina è andata bene e mi aspetto che sia così anche domani, ma le condizioni potrebbero cambiare. Come in ogni gara cercheremo di dare il massimo e vedremo cosa accadrà alla fine. Dobbiamo fare del nostro meglio”.

Da Ferrari.com


Just coming to Kimi, congratulations, top three. You’ve always been a bit of a specialist around Hockenheim, in fact this is the first time Seb’s outqualified you, but in the end it just slipped away towards the end of session?

Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, I had a small moment in the first run, in 12, I touched the inside kerb and got sideways, so you know, not ideal. And then in the second run I had a little bit of caution because of that. For sure, there was more but today it didn’t come.

Q: So looking towards to the race tomorrow, you need to get the start to work for you to be the perfect rear-gunner for Sebastian?

KR: Well, we’ll try to obviously race ourselves and we’re going to race as a team and I think third place should be pretty for the start itself so we’ll see tomorrow.

Q: Kimi, we’ve talked about Q3 with the other two, so just talk us through the session please.

KR: So-so. I think in the end it’s not too bad but there was one moment in Turn 12 in the first try and then obviously after that I knew there was quite a bit of lap time but tend to be a bit safer and not to have mistakes and lose positions more. I was a bit compromised because of that. The car was working well and, for sure, there was more lap time but this is what we got today.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, you have never had a home race and today we saw how much that helped Sebastian to get more push. Would that help you also to once in your life have a home qualifying race?

KR: I don’t think so. I don’t think he suddenly drives this weekend faster than he’s been driving at other races just because it’s in his home country. So, I don’t see it makes any difference in my view.

Q: (Joe van Burik – Autocar NL) To all three of you: would you say getting the tyres right on Sunday is more crucial and trickier here than ever this season?

KR: I don’t know really. How do we know until tomorrow? Obviously we know after the race here whether it was difficult or not. There’s been many races this year where it has been tricky. I think it depends a lot on the weather, how it’s going to turn out to be tomorrow. If it’s something like yesterday, for sure it will be not that easy but I think it’s impossible to say, what we’re going to get and how it’s going to be, so we prepare the best way that we can and see what it brings.

Da Formula1.com


GP Germania, prove del sabato–21/07/2018


German Grand Prix qualifying: Vettel on pole, Hamilton’s car fails in Q1

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix, while Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton was only 15th after stopping with a gearbox problem in Q1.

The Ferrari driver held pole position after the first runs in Q3, with all drivers on ultrasofts, but faced a challenge from the remaining Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas on the second runs.

Bottas briefly claimed pole position with a lap of 1m11.416s, helped by a mighty run through the stadium section.

But Vettel, who was faster in the first two sectors before losing a quarter of a second to Bottas in the final sector, did enough to take pole by 0.204s on his final lap.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.335s off Vettel, having again looked like a potential threat for pole position.

He made a mistake at Turn 12 on his first run that cost around three tenths after he hit the inside kerb, then couldn’t quite find the pace on his second run.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fourth, just under three-tenths behind Raikkonen, and benefitted from the absence of Hamilton.

Hamilton was ordered to stop on his second Q1 run after losing gear selection, which followed immediately after he ran wide in Turn 1.

In rejoining, he struck the rumble strip at the exit of the corner, which kicked the car up and appeared to cause the problem that manifested itself on the run to Turn 2 – although he reportedly subsequently said the problem had appeared before this moment.

Hamilton attempted to get the car back to the pits but eventually stopped at Turn 10 after being ordered to do so by the team.

Currently 15th thanks to setting a time good enough to escape Q1 before the problem, he will move up a place thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s penalties – subject to incurring any grid drops himself.

Haas pairing Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean locked out the third row with fifth and sixth, with the lead Renault of Nico Hulkenberg missing out on splitting the pair by 0.016s.

The second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr was eighth, ahead of the Sauber of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez’s Force India.

Fernando Alonso was quickest of those eliminated in Q2 in 11th place, with a gap of six-tenths to Perez ahead in that segment of qualifying.

That put him ahead of Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who posted the team’s best qualifying result since April’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 12th place.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was 13th and slowest of those to set a time in Q2 after causing a nine-minute red flag period when he spun into the gravel at the Turn 13 left-hander.

Ericsson was able to dig himself out of the gravel, but in doing so pulled it onto the track and led to the session being stopped two minutes later.

After his second run, the Swede suggested that he lost grip on his final qualifying attempt and speculated he might have sustained some minor damage when he hit a kerb.

Hamilton, thanks to his Q1 failure, and Daniel Ricciardo, who will start from the back anyway thanks to engine component changes, did not run in Q2.

Esteban Ocon was bumped into the dropzone late in Q1 when Force India team-mate Perez improved on his second push lap on his second set of ultrasofts.

Ocon went into qualifying with only one dry free practice session under his belt, having sat out FP1 to allow Nicholas Latifi to drive then been hit by rain in FP3.

Toro Rosso pair Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were 17th and 18th, separated by three-tenths of a second.

Lance Stroll was 19th, while Stoffel Vandoorne’s troubled weekend continued as he brought up the rear, two-tenths slower than the Williams driver.

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.212s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.416s 0.204s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.547s 0.335s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m11.822s 0.610s
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.200s 0.988s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.544s 1.332s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.560s 1.348s
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m12.692s 1.480s
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.717s 1.505s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.774s 1.562s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m13.657s 2.445s
12 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m13.702s 2.490s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.736s 2.524s
14 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m13.720s 2.508s
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.749s 2.537s
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m14.045s 2.833s
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.206s 2.994s
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m14.401s 3.189s
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault

Da Autosport.com


Formula 1: Leclerc leads Sauber one-two in final practice

Sauber’s Charles Leclerc topped the times in a rain-hit final practice session ahead of Formula 1’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Only nine F1 drivers set a lap time in FP3 after a period of over half an hour where no cars took to the circuit due to heavy rain.

But it was a Sauber one-two at the top of the timesheet after a late flurry of action, as Marcus Ericsson set a lap 0.423s slower than his team-mate.

Sergey Sirotkin was third for Williams ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, followed by the two Toro Rosso drivers and Nico Hulkenberg.

The Renault driver was the only driver to set a time in the early part of the session, and he fell down the order during the late action, as Renault opted to stay in the garage having decided conditions were too dangerous to drive in.

Hulkenberg had set a time of 1m 36.873s 11 minutes into FP3 and two minutes after his lap, his Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz took to the circuit and spun at Turn 10 on the flooded surface.

He was able to return to the pits, but Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul told Sky Sports that as the rain was getting heavier conditions had become "unsafe" and added there was "no point in running" especially with a limit on spare parts.

Conditions were still treacherous at the end, where Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Vettel all had spins on the slippery track.

Persistent rain started 30 minutes before the start of the session, which meant initially only 14 cars ventured out for install laps, and 15 minutes into the session the rain intensified, flooding the track and limiting further running.

For over 35 minutes spectators had no choice but to watch large puddles form on an empty circuit, until there was a final flurry of cars taking to the track in the final 10 minutes.

More rain is forecast for Hockenheim this afternoon with qualifying set to start two hours after the end of FP3.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.577s 8
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.000s 0.423s 9
3 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m35.334s 0.757s 9
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.573s 0.996s 5
5 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.659s 1.082s 6
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m36.151s 1.574s 6
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.873s 2.296s 4
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.755s 3.178s 4
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m38.393s 3.816s 7
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 2
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 2
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1
16 Carlos Sainz Renault 2
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2
18 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 2
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2

Da Autosport.com


GP Germania, prove libere del venerdì–20/07/2018


German Grand Prix: Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton in practice

Max Verstappen set a new track record to top the second Formula 1 practice times at the German Grand Prix by just 0.026s seconds from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

But Verstappen’s speed was overshadowed by a problem he suffered on-track downshifting and he was forced to spend 20 minutes in the Hockenheim pits while his Red Bull mechanics solved the issue.

It has been a day of contrasts for Red Bull. In the morning Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was fastest, but he will start the German GP from the back of the grid with power unit changes resulting in numerous grid penalties.

Twenty five minutes before the end of practice two, pacesetter Verstappen reported on the team radio there were problems with his engine, saying: "there is a lot of noise on the downshift", and returned to the pits.

But he did manage to return to the cockpit of his Red Bull with just three minutes of the session remaining.

Ricciardo focused on his race set-up, with his penalties making qualifying redundant.

He was only 13th fastest and nearly had contact with Sergey Sirotkin’s Williams with half an hour to go when the Russian closed the door as Ricciardo attempted to overtake on the inside at the hairpin.

Ricciardo also had a quick spin at the tight Turn 8 left-hander in the following complex.

Second practice took place in baking sunshine with the air temperature reaching 31 degrees C and all the teams using the time to evaluate how the differing compounds coped with the hot conditions.

Halfway through the session, Valtteri Bottas was the first to set a new lap record but his team-mate Hamilton immediately eclipsed him by 0.079s to record a 1m13.111s.

Five minutes later, Verstappen lowered the lap record further with his pacesetting 1m13.085s run, despite traffic in the stadium section at the end of his quick lap.

Hamilton and Bottas stayed second and third behind Verstappen after that.

The two Ferraris ended practice in fourth and fifth, with Sebastian Vettel ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, followed by the two Haas machines of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in sixth and seventh then Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.

Ricciardo’s moment with Sirotkin wasn’t the only near-miss of practice. Early on, Esteban Ocon was close to making contact with Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren in Turn 9 as a number of drivers on quick laps encountered slow-moving cars with drivers preserving their tyres.

Just nine minutes in, Haas’s Magnussen was slow in the Turn 6 hairpin, appearing to slightly delay Fernando Alonso who was on a quicker lap. The pair were at loggerheads in the closing stages of the British GP a fortnight ago, leading to Magnussen to say on Thursday that Alonso "exaggerates" like the Brazilian footballer Neymar.

Nico Hulkenberg ended the day ninth for Renault. During practice he reported a "vibration in the steering column" that the team suspects was a tyre balancing issue and he picked up a lot of blistering on his left-rear tyre.

Ocon completed the top 10, while the McLarens and Williams cars finished at the bottom of the timesheets.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.085s 18
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.111s 0.026s 39
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.190s 0.105s 39
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.310s 0.225s 46
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m13.427s 0.342s 41
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.973s 0.888s 34
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.189s 1.104s 36
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.374s 1.289s 41
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.496s 1.411s 31
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.508s 1.423s 39
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m14.552s 1.467s 38
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m14.592s 1.507s 43
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.682s 1.597s 36
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.783s 1.698s 38
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m14.793s 1.708s 44
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m14.830s 1.745s 45
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m14.836s 1.751s 38
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m15.269s 2.184s 36
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m15.408s 2.323s 41
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m15.454s 2.369s 34

Da Autosport.com


German Grand Prix practice: Ricciardo edges Hamilton in FP1

Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in the opening Formula 1 free practice session for the German Grand Prix on Friday morning.

The Red Bull driver set a time just 0.004s quicker than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen was third fastest in the second Red Bull, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who was only 0.271 off Ricciardo’s fastest time.

Valtteri Bottas finished the session in fifth place on the morning when it was revealed he’ll continue with Mercedes for another season. Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top six in his Ferrari.

Despite having the quickest time, it’s set to be a challenging weekend for Ricciardo who has been hit with a series of grid penalties.

In this session, he took his third MGU-K, which has triggered a 10-place penalty for Sunday, while a third energy store added five more and a third control electronics a further five – meaning he’ll start from the back of the grid.

Held in warm sunshine, Friday’s morning’s 90-minute session was a chance for teams to familiarise themselves with the medium, soft and ultrasoft tyres on the 2.8-mile Hockenheim circuit for the first time since 2016.

The two Haas machines of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished seventh and eighth, while Sauber’s Charles Leclerc was ninth, one place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

The German had a moment off-track at the high-speed Turn 12, running over the gravel, but emerged unscathed and with just under five minutes of practice remaining, he was branded an "amateur" by Fernando Alonso on the team radio, after he felt the Renault delayed his progress in Turn 2.

Two race drivers made way to test drivers, with Antonio Giovinazzi in place of Marcus Ericssson at Sauber going 19th fastest, and Nicholas Latifi 17th after taking over Esteban Ocon’s seat at Force India.

Giovinazzi’s running was slightly truncated under half an hour into the session, as he departed the pitlane and the engine cover flew off the rear of his Sauber. He returned to the pits on the following lap with the Ferrari power unit exposed.

Early in practice, Pierre Gasly was complaining of steering issues with his Toro Rosso and ran wide at Turn 12, breaking a piece of bodywork on the exit kerb. On the radio he said his car felt "really strange."

Running at McLaren was limited as the cars of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne spent the majority of FP1 in the garage with set-up work being performed on their cars. Vandoorne completed 14 laps while Alonso just 13.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.525s 22
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.529s 0.004s 29
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.714s 0.189s 34
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.796s 0.271s 23
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.903s 0.378s 30
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m14.267s 0.742s 24
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.691s 1.166s 29
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.853s 1.328s 28
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.097s 1.572s 25
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m15.282s 1.757s 32
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m15.415s 1.890s 29
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m15.544s 2.019s 13
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m15.629s 2.104s 32
14 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m15.769s 2.244s 10
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m15.864s 2.339s 36
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m15.876s 2.351s 34
17 Nicholas Latifi Force India/Mercedes 1m16.023s 2.498s 27
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m16.071s 2.546s 32
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.136s 2.611s 23
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m16.149s 2.624s 14

Da Autosport.com


GP Germania, commenti post gara–31/07/2016


German Grand Prix – “I believe in the team”

Kimi stays positive “but we must add downforce”

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very quiet and boring race, nothing much happened. At the start I had some wheelspin and lost one position on Sebastian. With new tires the car felt pretty ok but then I was starting having understeer and oversteer, as basically we lacked grip. In the last stint we had to do fuel saving so there was not much to do. Obviously we have to improve the car in all areas, if we add downforce it will definitively help us. We all want to do better and it’s painful to see that we are not where we want to be, but I believe in the team. We need some time and hard work and we’ll get there. It’s important for us to find improvements and work as a group.”

Da Ferrari.com


Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari’s current Formula 1 form is painful

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari’s current Formula 1 form is "painful" for the whole team after another disappointing performance in the German Grand Prix.

His team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished 32 seconds adrift of winner Lewis Hamilton in fifth and 15s behind fourth-placed Nico Rosberg. Raikkonen was five seconds off Vettel in sixth.

With Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen scoring Red Bull’s first double podium since last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the team moved ahead of Ferrari into second in the constructors’ championship.

In the last three grands prix, Ferrari has failed to score a single podium and taken just 50 points to Red Bull’s 80, having been a contender for a race win in the season-opening race in Australia.

"Everybody can see where we finished and it’s obviously a bit painful for all of us," said Raikkonen.

"But this is how it is right now and we just have to work hard and improve.

"Obviously we want to win and beat everybody, that’s always the aim in racing.

"We were ahead of Red Bull, now Red Bull has got ahead of us.

"Hopefully we can challenge both of them [Red Bull and Mercedes] later on but it’s not going to be easy."

There is now a four-week gap between grands prix, with Belgium hosting the next race on August 28.

Raikkonen said Ferrari would have to work hard before then to find some answers if it wants to fight at the front.

"Hopefully we find some tools to make our car quicker," he said.

"Obviously, Spa is a completely different layout to here so it might be different.

"But we have work to be done to get where we want to be. We need to improve."

Raikkonen, who is fourth in the drivers’ standings, admitted Ferrari’s race pace was not quite what it was expecting come Sunday.

"That was what we were hoping [to have good race pace], but it didn’t happen and we just weren’t fast enough so it’s as simple as that unfortunately," he said.

"It wasn’t too bad when we had fresh tyres, but they seemed to drop off quite quickly."

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GP Germania, gara–31/07/2016


Lewis Hamilton stretches Formula 1 lead with German Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead before Formula 1’s summer break with a commanding victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The reigning world champion benefited from polesitter and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s poor start to take the lead into Turn 1 and controlled the race from there.

It was Hamilton’s sixth win in seven races, putting him 19 points clear of Rosberg with nine grands prix remaining.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo clinched second, 6.9 seconds behind, with team-mate Max Verstappen completing the podium in third.

Rosberg bogged down at the start, dropping to fourth as Verstappen went round the outside of Ricciardo through Turn 1 to take second behind clear leader Hamilton.

At the first round of stops, Mercedes and Red Bull split strategies, with Rosberg and Verstappen taking the super-softs and Hamilton and Ricciardo the softs – though all the leaders ultimately ended up on three-stop plans.

Verstappen struggled with that rubber, allowing Rosberg to close the gap and then pit early to try the undercut.

Red Bull responded by bringing the Dutchman in early too and he rejoined ahead but Rosberg got in the slipstream on the run down to the hairpin.

Rosberg dived down the inside, with Verstappen moving in the braking zone before then giving him some room.

Rosberg ran deep into the corner, pushing Verstappen wide and then off track. Following an investigation, the Mercedes driver was handed a five-second time penalty to take at his final pitstop.

Hamilton and Ricciardo ran longer before their second stops, and went to super-softs whereas Verstappen and Rosberg had gone for softs.

That helped Ricciardo to close on and pass Verstappen, and when he took more super-softs at the last stops while Hamilton reverted to softs he mounted a charge towards the lead.

Hamilton had enough in hand, though, raising his pace when required to stay clear of Ricciardo and win again.

Rosberg appeared to be held for longer than five seconds for his penalty at his final stop and rejoined fourth, losing all hope of rescuing a podium.

Ferrari was largely anonymous with Sebastian Vettel fifth, 32.5s adrift at the chequered flag and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen 4.4s further back after they swapped positions at the start.

It meant Ferrari dropped behind Red Bull, which scored its first double podium since Hungary 2015, to third in the constructors’ championship, 14 points adrift.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of Jenson Button with Valtteri Bottas ending up ninth after a falling behind both during a long final stint on the soft tyre.

Sergio Perez snatched 10th from Fernando Alonso with three laps to go, and got within 1.5s of Bottas at the flag.

Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr were the only two retirements, with the Williams driver struggling after being hit by Jolyon Palmer at Turn 6 on the first lap, then pulling into the garage mid-race.

RESULTS – 67 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h30m44.200s
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 6.996s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 13.413s
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 15.845s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 32.570s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 37.023s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m10.049s
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2 Laps
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Power Unit
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Collision

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 217
2 Nico Rosberg 198
3 Daniel Ricciardo 133
4 Kimi Raikkonen 122
5 Sebastian Vettel 120
6 Max Verstappen 115
7 Valtteri Bottas 58
8 Sergio Perez 48
9 Felipe Massa 38
10 Nico Hulkenberg 33
11 Carlos Sainz 30
12 Romain Grosjean 28
13 Fernando Alonso 24
14 Daniil Kvyat 23
15 Jenson Button 17
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez 0
20 Jolyon Palmer 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 415
2 Red Bull/Renault 256
3 Ferrari 242
4 Williams/Mercedes 96
5 Force India/Mercedes 81
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 45
7 McLaren/Honda 42
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0

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