Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg snatches pole after four red flags
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after an incident-filled and rain-affected session.
Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in a dry Q3 at the Hungaroring, and looked on course to seal the deal on his second run, but backed out of his lap as Fernando Alonso spun his McLaren at Turn 9 and brought out yellow flags.
Rosberg was running behind Hamilton on the road, and though there was a yellow for Rosberg at Turn 8, Alonso had got going again by the time Rosberg reached Turn 9.
While the first sector of Rosberg’s final flying lap was more then four tenths slower than Hamilton’s, he was fastest of all through the second sector on a rapidly improving track and stole pole from Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also had to abort his final flyer and wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than Hamilton in a session he called "crazy".
Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the second Red Bull, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the only Ferrari to make Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso, Alonso, the second McLaren of Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton was fortunate to even make it through to Q3 after locking up and running wide at Turn 1 on his final Q2 lap.
On a rapidly drying track he tumbled down the order, but remained just inside the top 10 as Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez’s Force India, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber all missed the cut.
A 20-minute rain delay and four red flags meant Q1 lasted well over an hour.
A second downpour shortly after an already rain delayed start caused the first stoppage, before Marcus Ericsson crashed at Turn 10, Felipe Massa at Turn 4 and finally Rio Haryanto – again at Turn 10 – all which prompted further red flags. Time was finally called with 1m18s remaining on the clock after Haryanto’s incident.
"Aww f***ing hell, that’s really poor!" bemoaned Jolyon Palmer on team radio, as he became the chief loser of the track position lottery and finished the session 17th quickest, having lapped inside the top 10 in final practice.
Massa ended up 18th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen – who began his final run on wets and aborted to switch to intermediates just before the final stoppage – Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Haryanto.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.280s||0.315s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.557s||0.592s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.131s||1.166s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.823s||1.858s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.301s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.416s||–|
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg fends off Max Verstappen in practice
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by just 0.002 seconds in final practice for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m20.261s on the super-soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation but did make a mistake in the final corner.
Verstappen had been edging nearer to the top throughout the session, and came very close to deposing Rosberg with his last run.
It was an impressive performance from Red Bull with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.465s off the pace.
Lewis Hamilton ran wide on his first attempt at a qualifying simulation, which left him 0.508s off the pace.
He bolted on another set of super-softs, but ran wildly off road at Turn 4 and backed off, settling for fourth after running out of time for another lap.
Rosberg led the session from his first run onwards, setting the early pace with a 1m20.811s and then improving to a 1m20.547s later in the run, moving nearly half a second clear of Ricciardo at the time.
Hamilton, meanwhile, focused on gathering long-run data after he did not get a chance to do so in practice two following his crash.
Several drivers were adjudged to have abused track limits over the course of the session. The FIA will take a "zero tolerance" approach in qualifying and delete any laps that feature infringements.
Kimi Raikkonen was the leading Ferrari driver in fifth, 0.598s off the pace, and three tenths clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel in sixth.
Fernando Alonso was seventh as Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Jolyon Palmer, who had a much more productive session following his loss of track time on Friday, closed out the top 10.
Williams ran a new floor, of which it only has one in Hungary, on Bottas’s car to evaluate whether it is worth using it for the remainder of the weekend.
Bottas and team-mate Massa, who was 11th, did back-to-back tests with two front wing configurations to check on balance.
Toro Rosso continued to struggle with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat 16th and 18th respectively.
The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson outpaced the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to finish 19th and 20th.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.263s||0.002s||10|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.726s||0.465s||22|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.672s||1.411s||22|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.402s||2.141s||21|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.427s||2.166s||22|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.541s||2.280s||18|
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg leads practice, Lewis Hamilton crashes
Nico Rosberg cruised to the quickest time in Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton’s day ended with a crash.
After topping the timesheet in practice one at the Hungaroring, Hamilton was on his fourth lap of the afternoon when he lost control of his car approaching Turn 11, sending him into a high-speed slide across the expansive run-off area before slamming into a tyre wall left-side on.
The 31-year-old eventually managed to extricate himself and slowly trundled back to the garage, with Mercedes confirming his session was over as the car needed to be stripped and checked for internal damage.
With the safety data recorder being triggered given the force of the impact, Hamilton was also required to attend the track medical centre for a check up, but was given the all clear.
Although Hamilton was top of the timesheet at that point 20 minutes into the session, which was red-flagged for repairs to the barrier, it was only based on a run on soft tyres – on which the Mercedes had been a mere 0.001s apart.
That ensured Hamilton was swiftly deposed by Rosberg on the super-softs when the session restarted, with the championship leader posting a time of 1m20.435s, almost 1.6s quicker than Hamilton’s pole lap from last year.
Rosberg held a clear advantage, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo 0.595s adrift and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari 0.913s off the pace, followed by the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen who ended 1.335s down.
Hamilton’s time was still good enough for fifth, almost a tenth of a second up on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, followed by McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
McLaren changed Alonso’s power unit in between sessions after discovering what Honda claimed was "an anomaly in Fernando’s data during FP1".
It resulted in the entire system being swapped, but with no new components introduced given the replacement contained the most recent updates on the ERS and internal combustion engine, and was used in four previous races.
Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez completed the top 10, both just over two seconds down.
Williams, with its cars possessing a new floor and with three different variations of front wing being assessed as per the recent test at Silverstone, continued to struggle with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas down in 12th and 14th.
Bottas is also under investigation for failing to keep to the right of the pitlane-entry bollard at one point, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr also being looked at for crossing the line at the pit entry.
Sainz and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr both had to park with late mechanical problems.
Fuel pressure issues consigned Renault’s Jolyon Palmer to the garage for most of the session before a late run elevated him up to 19th.
Many drivers exceeded the track limits at Turn 4 – one of the two corners at this circuit where electronic kerb monitoring systems have been placed – and will need to be mindful of such an infraction during qualifying and the race.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.030s||0.595s||36|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.770s||1.335s||35|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.449s||2.014s||41|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.653s||2.218s||38|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.689s||2.254s||24|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.948s||2.513s||43|
F1 Hungarian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the pace in opening Formula 1 free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The three-time world champion clocked a 1m21.347s on the super-softs, nearly seven tenths quicker than his 2015 pole time at the Hungaroring, which has been resurfaced and the kerbs re-profiled.
His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was second quickest, two tenths off the pace with Sebastian Vettel third, 1.6s adrift.
Vettel’s time was also set on the super-softs, but the rubber was not in great shape after a spin on the previous lap at Turn 12.
Damp patches after overnight rain meant intermediate tyres were required for installation laps.
There was a lull in the action before Valtteri Bottas deemed it dry enough to bolt on slicks and headed out to set the first flying lap of the day – a 1m28.748s.
As the track continued to dry, the times tumbled with Hamilton and Rosberg trading fastest laps on the softs.
Rosberg, who on Friday morning announced a contract extension until the end of 2018, won the early battle with a 1m22.801s, 0.277s clear of Hamilton and then went 1.2s quicker when he bolted on the super-softs.
Hamilton responded with a little over half an hour to go, moving 0.237s clear and that was good enough to finish the session top of the pile.
Kimi Raikkonen used super-softs in the closing stages to take fourth, a tenth adrift of team-mate Vettel.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest, three tenths clear of team-mate Max Verstappen, with both drivers only running the soft.
McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button – who had a number of off-track excursions between them – were seventh and eighth respectively with Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez completing the top 10.
Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in 12th, two tenths and one place ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Sauber, its change of ownership announced earlier this week, ran a new rear wing in what is its first major update of the season, with Marcus Ericsson 15th and Felipe Nasr 17th.
Charles Leclerc was 16th and 1.2s behind regular Haas driver Grosjean, in his second successive free practice session in place of Esteban Gutierrez.
Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon finished ahead of Jolyon Palmer, who spent much of the session in the garage and managed just a handful of laps.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.174s||1.827s||28|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.457s||2.110s||27|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.073s||2.726s||29|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.120s||2.773s||29|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m24.579s||3.232s||27|
|19||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.324s||3.977s||16|
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole after track limits scare
Lewis Hamilton claimed British Grand Prix pole position for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q3.
The reigning F1 world champion was almost three tenths of a second faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg after their first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, but had his provisional pole lap scrubbed for running wide at Copse, after officials promised a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to track limits transgressions ahead of the session.
Hamilton bounced back on his final run, going another half a tenth faster to grab pole for his home grand prix, again just over three tenths clear of Rosberg.
Red Bull locked out the second row of the grid, with Max Verstappen outqualifying team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time, by 0.305s.
Ferrari was next up, Kimi Raikkonen well clear of Sebastian Vettel. The German survived a massive slide at Stowe on his best lap in Q3, but will fall back to 11th when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.
Vettel’s lap was still enough to leave him 0.067s clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, while Fernando Alonso put his McLaren-Honda eighth fastest before his best time was deleted for running off track at Stowe.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also had his best time deleted (for running wide at Copse) after the session ended, so Carlos Sainz Jr claimed eighth place for Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg was demoted to ninth, Alonso 10th.
Sergio Perez narrowly missed the top-10 cut-off after a flurry of late improvements in Q2.
He trailed Force India team-mate Hulkenberg by just over a tenth.
Felipe Massa ended up a disappointing 12th in the second Williams, just ahead of Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, and the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.
Both Grosjean and Kvyat failed to improve during their second runs in Q2, with Kvyat complaining of being blocked by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
Magnussen put Renault into Q2 for the first time since May’s Spanish GP, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q1.
Magnussen’s 16th place on the grid came at the expense of McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button, who failed to escape Q1 after deciding not to do a second run.
Button’s first run was over half a second slower than team-mate Alonso, and left him only a few tenths clear of the drop zone.
Late improvements from Kvyat and Magnussen (who pipped Button by just 0.059s) meant the British driver wound up only 17th fastest in a car that should have been comfortably good enough for Q2.
Jolyon Palmer was the fastest Renault driver after the first runs in Q1 (despite both having times deleted for track limits offences), but failed to improve on his second run so ended up 18th.
Rio Haryanto pipped Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein to the 19th fastest time, while Sauber will bring up the rear of the grid.
Felipe Nasr was slowest of the runners and Marcus Ericsson failed to participate in qualifying after crashing heavily in final practice and going to hospital for precautionary checks.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.313s||1.026s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.618s||1.331s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.989s||2.702s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.172s||2.885s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.875s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.306s||–|
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops disrupted final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of fastest times in practice ahead of the British Grand Prix, with the final session blighted by a heavy shunt involving Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Hamilton had just set the quickest time of the weekend to date at Silverstone, with a lap of 1m31.234s, when Ericsson lost control of his car on the exit of Stowe with 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining.
Ericsson skidded across the track and grass before spearing into the inside barrier nose first, a hit that dislodged the steering wheel in the process, spinning him around before he finally came to rest back on the track.
After the wrecked car was cleared and returned to the pits on the back of flatbed truck, lengthy barrier repairs were undertaken that led to the session being unable to restart until five minutes before the end.
That was enough time for what turned into an effective qualifying session, one ‘won’ by Hamilton with a 1m30.964s on a set of new soft tyres, beating Rosberg by 0.063s.
The duo were again comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack, spearheaded by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but 0.584s adrift, followed by team-mate Max Verstappen, a further 0.073s down.
Sebastian Vettel took fifth spot in his Ferrari, albeit 1.145s off the pace, with the German driver ending the session with a worrying message back to the team saying "OK, I think we failed the gearbox again," as he gesticulated in the car at the end of his final lap.
A rain shower 30 minutes before the green light for FP3 – that swiftly passed through – led to a damp start.
The majority of drivers performed exploratory laps on intermediate or wet tyres, and it was not until 14 minutes in that Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg became the first to venture out on slick rubber, both using the mediums.
It was Rosberg, though, in need of track time after sitting out all of FP2 as Mercedes did not want to lose an engine after discovering a water leak at the start, who set the pace early on running hard tyres.
Vettel then took over top spot with a 1m33.203s on medium tyres just before the half-hour mark as the track dried, and with it the times tumbled.
Rosberg then initially set the quickest time with a lap of 1m31.331s that was quickly beaten by Hamilton by 0.045s, and then 0.093s on the world champion’s next attempt.
Ericsson’s shunt followed before the late five-minute blast, but with Hamilton on top heading into qualifying.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.584s||6|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.657s||7|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.894s||14|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.985s||10|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.457s||13|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.634s||10|
British GP: Hamilton fastest as Rosberg’s Mercedes sidelined
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second practice for the British Grand Prix as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg failed to turn a wheel.
Reigning world champion Hamilton clocked a 1m31.660s on the soft tyre, which was 0.006 seconds slower than his leading time on F1’s medium compound in the morning session at Silverstone.
He finished 0.391s clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Max Verstappen, who set the fastest first sector overall but made a mistake on his quick lap at Copse, third.
Mercedes found a water leak on Rosberg’s car and though the team initially started getting ready to send him out, it called it a day halfway through the session to conduct a full investigation.
Hamilton set the early pace with a 1m33.505s on the mediums, 0.191s ahead of Ricciardo, and then improved by nearly two seconds when he bolted on the softs.
The Briton, whose leading time was nearly six tenths quicker than his 2015 pole position time, then turned his attention to long runs for the remainder of the session.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest, nine tenths off the pace and one tenth clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, whose 2017 contract extension was announced on Friday morning.
Ferrari split its long-run programme with Vettel running the medium and Raikkonen the hards before both cars swapped to the soft for a final stint.
Fernando Alonso was an impressive sixth for McLaren, 1.380s off the pace, but his team-mate Jenson Button had a frustrating session in front of his home crowd.
After Button returned to the track after a lengthy spell in the garage mid-session, he was recalled to the pits after reporting something strange with the power.
The team got the Briton back out in the closing stages of the session on the softs and he ended up ninth, 2.1s off Hamilton’s benchmark.
Valtteri Bottas was the leading Williams in seventh, ahead of Romain Grosjean with Felipe Massa completing the top 10 behind Button.
Esteban Gutierrez got his first chance to drive this weekend, after handing his Haas over to Charles Leclerc in FP1, and ended up 12th.
Daniil Kvyat, who was 13th quickest, had an off-track excursion after he clobbered a kerb and broke his Toro Rosso’s front wing as he arrived at Club sideways.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.051s||0.391s||30|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.286s||0.626s||36|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.840s||2.180s||27|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.139s||2.479s||35|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.321s||2.661s||35|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.356s||2.696s||37|
British GP: Hamilton pips Mercedes F1 team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Lewis Hamilton narrowly pipped Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to top spot in first practice for the British Grand Prix.
Under cloudy skies at Silverstone, with both air and track temperatures low, both Hamilton and Rosberg ran only F1’s medium-compound tyres during the 90 minutes.
The duo traded fast laps early, before Hamilton posted the quickest time of 1m31.654s, finishing just 0.033 seconds clear of Rosberg.
Both drivers set times faster than Hamilton’s 2015 pole lap – 1m32.248s – and completed the session with long runs on used mediums, Rosberg doing a 23-lap stint and Hamilton 20.
Mercedes’ nearest rivals were again some distance off the pace, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari just over eight tenths down.
Hulkenberg finished just 0.009s clear of fellow German Vettel who offered a glimpse of the updated halo cockpit protection device with a single installation lap at the start of the session.
In contrast to Hamilton and Rosberg, Vettel did not use the medium-compound tyre at any stage, instead starting out on the hards before concluding with softs.
The rest of the field were then all more than one second off the pace, headed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen, who was confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2017 before practice.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez for Force India, Carlos Sainz Jr in his Toro Rosso and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso were all two seconds inside Hamilton’s leading time, as they completed the top 10.
Beyond that, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was 11th quickest, with Jenson Button next up for McLaren, while Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa had to settle for a lowly 13th and 14th.
In his first run in an F1 car on a grand prix weekend, driving Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, Charles Leclerc had a spin early on his way to the 18th-fastest time, 4.2s off the pace.
Renault also fielded its reserve in Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon, with the 19-year-old Frenchman a tenth of a second down on Leclerc in 19th.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.492s||0.838s||30|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.773s||1.119s||30|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.202s||1.548s||22|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.235s||1.581s||30|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.446s||1.792s||19|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.738s||2.084s||20|
Austrian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops eventful F1 qualifying
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix, bouncing back from tyre blistering problems in final practice to top a rain-affected and dramatic qualifying session.
The drivers began Q3 at the Red Bull Ring on intermediate tyres after rain fell heavily in Spielberg at the end of Q2, but everyone had to switch to dry tyres for the last few minutes as the circuit conditions improved.
Hamilton ended the session 0.543 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but Rosberg will drop to seventh thanks to a grid penalty for changing his gearbox after a crash in final practice.
Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India was the first car to switch to slicks in Q3 and ended the session with the third fastest time, ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which also carries a five-place grid penalty.
Jenson Button was a superb fifth fastest for McLaren-Honda and will start third on the grid thanks to Rosberg’s and Vettel’s penalties.
Kimi Raikkonen was 0.001s slower than Button in the second Ferrari, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.
The Williams of Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and the second Williams of Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.
That rain during the final minutes of Q2 prevented Mercedes matching the Red Bull and Ferrari strategy of setting faster times on super-soft tyres, meaning they can start the race on those sets.
Mercedes tried to respond after it used ultra-softs at the beginning of Q2, before the rain came, but the track was too wet when it sent its cars out on super-softs, so Hamilton and Rosberg will start on the less suitable softest compound.
The bad weather also protected Button from possible elimination, as he made Q3 for the first time since the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP by squeaking ahead of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, which finished the session 11th fastest.
Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein starred with the ninth best time in Q1, before going 12th fastest in Q2 – equalling Manor’s best qualifying result in F1.
Romain Grosjean ran off track during his first run in Q2 on old tyres, and the subsequent rain condemned him to 13th on the timesheet, 0.150s adrift of Wehrlein.
Fernando Alonso was a distant 14th in the second McLaren-Honda, after mistakenly doing his first Q2 run on old tyres.
He finished the session ahead only of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr and Sergio Perez’s Force India, who both sat out Q2 due to engine and suspension failures respectively.
The climax to the first part of qualifying was heavily affected by two separate incidents for Toro Rosso.
First Daniil Kvyat crashed after suffering suspension failure over the exit kerb at Turn 8, which caused a red flag that meant rivals had to abort runs.
Then team-mate Sainz suffered his problem exiting the pits after the restart, which caused yellow flags and rendered the final minutes largely redundant.
However, Hulkenberg improved his time while the yellow flags were out, so his front-row start is under threat from an investigation into how much he backed off when passing the incident.
Sainz remained 11th fastest, while Renault pairing Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer stayed 17th and 18th, behind Alonso’s McLaren.
Rio Haryanto ended up 19th fastest in the second Manor, improving under the yellow flags but not in the first sector and not by enough to gain any places.
Kvyat ended up 20th, narrowly ahead of the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, the latter of which also improved under the yellows but again not by enough to improve position.
(Penalties for Rosberg and Vettel applied)
|2||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.285s||1.363s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m09.980s||2.058s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.153s||3.231s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||–||–|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||–||–|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.409s||0.487s|
Austrian GP practice: Vettel fastest, big crash for Rosberg
Sebastian Vettel edged out Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to set the pace in final Austrian Grand Prix practice as Nico Rosberg crashed following a suspension failure.
Vettel clocked a 1m07.098s on the ultra-softs, 0.136 seconds clear of Raikkonen with Lewis Hamilton just under a tenth further back in third.
Reigning champion Hamilton ran wide at Turn 8 early in the session and radioed his Mercedes team complaining about his rear tyres, which looked to be badly blistered.
After a long stint in the garage, he returned to the track for his qualifying-simulation, but had to abort his run when the session was red-flagged after Rosberg crashed.
The championship leader ran onto the kerbs on the exit of Turn 2 with the left-rear tyre vibrating heavily.
The suspension then appeared to fail, pitching him into the barriers nose-first before he rebounded back onto the track.
Mercedes is investigating the issue and now faces a race to get the car fixed in time for qualifying later on Saturday afternoon.
As Rosberg was unable to complete a low-fuel run at the end of the session, he ended up bottom of the timesheets.
After a 10-minute stoppage, the session restarted with drivers left with just 12 minutes to complete their qualifying-simulations.
Vettel was first to set a lap time and promptly went quickest while Hamilton’s first effort was 0.656s off the pace.
After a cool-down lap, Hamilton improved to a 1m07.308s but could not make any further inroads into Vettel’s leading time.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest, half a second off the pace but a tenth quicker than team-mate Max Verstappen.
Valtteri Bottas ruined his final run when he pushed too hard into Turn 8 and spun but was still sixth, a fraction ahead of Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.
Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, who lost a piece of bodywork from his McLaren when he clobbered the aggressive yellow kerbs late in the session, completed the top 10.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.639s||0.541s||22|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.761s||0.663s||22|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.285s||1.187s||23|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.442s||1.344s||26|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.786s||1.688s||32|
|18||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m09.008s||1.910s||11|
F1 Austrian GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg fastest as rain interrupts FP2
Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to lead a storm-hit, second Austrian Grand Prix practice session.
The championship leader finished six tenths off his Friday morning benchmark, with Hamilton 0.019 seconds behind, although on a dry track at the end of the session Rosberg set faster times in sectors one and two on the ultra-soft tyres before aborting the lap.
Hamilton had one scare late on when he was on a flying lap, only to brake hard as he came upon a heavily slowing Esteban Gutierrez in his Haas.
Just eight minutes into the session, and with Rosberg leading the way with a lap of 1m07.967s that remained unbeaten, a heavy rainstorm swept in from the eastern side of the circuit.
Over the first few minutes Turns 8 and 9 became drenched, while the rest of the track from Turns 1 to 7 remained dry, the conditions naturally catching out many in the final sector as they attempted to return to the pits.
The driving rain was accompanied by strong winds for around 10 minutes as it eventually made its way across the remainder of the circuit.
Once it finally passed after almost half an hour, it left teams and drivers playing a waiting game for the track to start to dry.
Daniel Ricciardo was the first to test the conditions on intermediate tyres just past the halfway point of the session, and over the next 10 minutes was followed by almost the entire field.
With just under 20 minutes remaining and with the majority of the track then dry, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the first out on slicks, turning to the ultra-softs, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen followed him out on super-softs.
Vettel, who will receive a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, eventually finished fourth quickest behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, but ending the session by sliding off the track and into the gravel at Turn 2.
Raikkonen had earlier gone off track at Turn 5 after just five minutes, firing across the gravel and into a spin from which he just avoided hitting a barrier, before taking an infield escape road to return to the circuit.
The Finn finished eighth overall, just under nine tenths of a second adrift of Rosberg, with Red Bull duo Ricciardo and Max Verstappen sandwiching the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz between the Ferraris.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso occupied the next three places, with the latter far from impressed with his running on intermediates when the track was wet.
Told by his team "You can stay out if you want, but if you’re not learning anything you can box", Alonso replied: "I have not been learning anything for the last half an hour."
PRACTICE TWO TIMES:
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.580s||0.613s||28|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.649s||0.682s||30|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.713s||0.746s||32|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.761s||0.794s||20|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m09.207s||1.240s||26|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.226s||1.259s||32|
F1 Austrian GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in FP1
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.
The German clocked a 1m07.373s on the ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.357 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further three tenths adrift.
Hamilton set the early pace on the super-soft tyres but was then usurped by Rosberg, who went 0.642s quicker.
Hamilton then had a spin at Turn 3 and as his car slid back onto the track, Romain Grosjean spun to the inside to avoid contact.
When attention switched to the ultra-soft tyres, Rosberg improved his leading time to a 1m07.644s and then after a cool down lap went nearly three tenths quicker again.
The German, whose leading time was 1.1s quicker than last year’s pole lap, then had an off-track excursion when he slid into the gravel at Turn 3 before rejoining.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, two tenths slower than team-mate Vettel, who did not run the second-generation halo cockpit protection device as anticipated.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, one of a number of drivers to skate off track, was fifth having set his time on the super-soft tyres and Carlos Sainz Jr sixth.
Ricciardo survived a wild moment as Marcus Ericsson got sideways as he tried to stay to the inside of Turn 8 to take the pit entry and slid his Sauber across the white line.
The Australian, who was on the outside, got out of shape and took to the run-off, saying on team radio that "it wasn’t his fault" but Ericsson was put under investigation by the stewards.
Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in seventh, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had a messy session.
The teenager lost his left-front endplate after bouncing over the raised exit kerb at Turn 8 and told his team the kerbs were "dangerous".
He then ran wide and hit them again at Turn 6, damaging his steering, which sent him into the gravel to end his session early.
Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.
Grosjean made a late improvement to move up to 11th, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.528s||1.155s||35|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.803s||1.430s||34|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.962s||1.589s||21|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.990s||1.617s||32|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.280s||1.907s||43|
|22||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||1m10.860s||3.487s||37|
Nico Rosberg takes Baku F1 pole, Lewis Hamilton crashes in Q3
Nico Rosberg claimed a comfortable pole position for the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, as Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in Q3.
Rosberg glanced the wall during his own final qualifying run at the Baku city F1 circuit, but still did enough to claim top spot by nearly eight tenths of a second.
Hamilton had earlier set the fastest time of all in the first sector but went off at Turn 15.
He regrouped and tried again, matching Rosberg’s pace in the first sector, but clipped the inside wall at Turn 12 and broke the front-right suspension on his Mercedes.
That caused the session to be red-flagged, and eventually left Hamilton down in 10th on the grid, without having set a proper time in Q3.
It was a messy session overall for the reigning world champion, who went off during each segment.
Sergio Perez therefore finished the session second fastest for Force India, but he will start seventh thanks to having to change the gearbox following a crash at the end of final practice.
Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel set identical times, over four tenths down on the Force India, but Ricciardo took third spot on account of being first across the timing line so inherits the front row position.
"Oh come on, you’re joking!" rued Vettel, after Ferrari broke the bad news over team radio.
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa rounded out the top six, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas, and the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who almost collided with Bottas while battling for track position in Q3.
Romain Grosjean’s Haas came within a tenth of making the top 10, but ended the session 11th fastest, ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, who spun on his first run in Q2 and was only 12th fastest on his second, complaining over team radio about a miscommunication of his run plan.
The second Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr was 13th, ahead of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda and the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, who went off at Turn 7 on his final flying lap.
Felipe Nasr got Sauber through to Q2 for the first time since April’s Chinese GP, but couldn’t go any quicker in Q2 so finished up 16th fastest.
Manor-Mercedes enjoyed a competitive qualifying session, but missed out on making the Q2 cut by less than two tenths.
Rio Haryanto was fractionally faster than Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein, and both were quicker than Jenson Button’s McLaren-Honda, which wound up 19th after backing out of his final flying lap in Q1.
He ended up 0.054s down on Wehrlein and cursing over team radio.
Marcus Ericsson was 20th for Sauber, despite grazing a wall on his final lap, while Renault pairing Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer brought up the rear of the grid.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m43.966s||1.208s|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m44.717s||1.959s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.515s||0.757s|
|9||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.570s||2.812s|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.824s||–|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m45.000s||–|
Lewis Hamilton grabs Baku F1 practice top spot from Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to the quickest time in final practice for the inaugural grand prix in Baku.
Hamilton clocked a 1m44.352s on super-softs on his qualifying simulation to finish 0.258 seconds clear of Rosberg.
It was a scrappy session for the champion, who failed to string together a clean run until his final lap with just a few minutes to go, allowing Rosberg to lead much of the hour.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest, 1.188s adrift in third.
But while one Force India was chasing Mercedes, the other caused a last-minute red flag as Sergio Perez crashed at Turn 15 just after the chequered flag had flown.
Williams had been in the mix with Force India behind Mercedes on Friday, but its Saturday got off to a bad start.
Valtteri Bottas ran over a loose drain cover in the pitlane at the end of his installation lap, flicking it up and causing damage to the car.
The team battled to get back him out again, but with 20 minutes to go it became clear that would not be possible.
Felipe Massa got sideways and clipped the wall on an early run, and though he soon returned to the track he was only 14th fastest.
Daniel Ricciardo was the quickest non-Mercedes powered car in fourth, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Perez.
Max Verstappen was seventh with Jenson Button, who complained on team radio that he was held up by Hamilton on his low-fuel run, eighth.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 10. The latter lost running time when he returned to the pits citing a loss of power.
Romain Grosjean, who was one of a number of drivers to slide into an escape road and had NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in the garage watching on, was the leading Haas in 13th.
Manor’s Pascal Wehlein finished ahead of Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and both Saubers in 17th.
The temperature ramped up in Baku on Saturday, with track temperatures 15C higher than they were in second practice.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m45.540s||1.188s||18|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.620s||1.268s||13|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m45.735s||1.383s||17|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.901s||1.549s||14|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m45.981s||1.629s||19|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m46.190s||1.838s||17|