Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel puts Ferrari on pole
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, with his Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton only fourth.
Vettel set the pace throughout the Q3 top 10 shootout, posting a time of 1m10.776s on his first run to take top spot.
He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position.
Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made it three different makes in the top three by jumping to third on his final lap, relegating Hamilton to fourth place – just over two tenths slower than Vettel.
Kimi Raikkonen had been third after the first runs in Q3, but ran wide onto the grass exiting Turn 2 on his second set of hypersofts and was forced to abort the lap. He ended up shuffled down to fifth.
Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, lapping just two-hundredths of a second off Raikkonen.
The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will start the race on the ultrasoft Pirellis, having used that compound to set their fastest times in Q2, with Red Bull and the rest of the top 10 using hypersofts.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg took seventh place ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
The Renault and Force India pattern was repeated on the fifth row, with Carlos Sainz Jr comfortably ahead of Sergio Perez.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was fastest of those eliminated in Q2, lapping two-tenths slower than Perez.
That was enough to put him 29 thousandths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso, which is running the upgraded Honda engine package.
Hartley complained about losing a couple of tenths in the final chicane on his quickest lap.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was 13th, with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne never looking like a Q3 threat and ending up 14th and 15th – separated by just 0.009s.
Alonso complained about poor drivability out of the hairpin on his last run, but Vandoorne suggested over the radio that this pace was representative of McLaren’s capability this weekend.
All five of those drivers had been in the drop zone after their first runs in Q2, but despite all finding time on their second set of hypersofts none were able to break into the top 10.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly, who had an engine change to the old-specification Honda after a problem in final practice, was knocked out in Q1 by last-minute improvements by Alonso and Vandoorne.
Gasly was unable to improve on the pace he set on his first Q1 run having been 11th at that stage, meaning he was shuffled down the order in the final minutes and ended up 16th
Williams duo Lance Stroll, who had an off-track moment at the final chicane on his last run, and Sergey Sirotkin were 17th and 18th respectively, effectively last of those not to hit trouble.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson hit the wall exiting the Turn 8/9 chicane on his first run, and sustained damage that left him 19th.
Haas-Ferrari driver Romain Grosjean was unable to run at all after suffering what appeared to be an engine failure as he headed towards the end of the pitlane billowing smoke at the beginning of the session.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.937s||0.173s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.116s||0.352s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.084s||1.320s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.671s||1.907s|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.635s||–|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.047s||–|
Canadian GP practice: Max Verstappen takes clean sweep of sessions
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen topped final Formula 1 practice ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, completing a hat-trick of fastest session times in Montreal.
Verstappen, who was quickest in both Friday practice sessions too, unleashed a 1m11.599s on hypersoft tyres with 13 minutes remaining to top the timesheet.
That beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.049s, despite none of Verstappen’s three sectors being the fastest overall.
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage the fourth fastest time, as Mercedes seemingly failed to master its balance on the hypersoft – ending up a tenth away from Verstappen.
Ferrari went straight for the hypersoft tyre from the start of the session, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the early pace on a 1m12.359s before Vettel usurped him with a 1m12.235s on his seventh lap on those tyres.
Mercedes started on ultrasofts, with Hamilton building up to a 1m12.598s, and Valtteri Bottas on a 1m12.666s.
Hamilton worked his way up to second, only 0.066s off Vettel’s hypersoft benchmark at that point, on his ninth lap.
Red Bull followed the Mercedes approach. Daniel Ricciardo worked down to 1m12.838s on ultrasofts while Verstappen shot straight to third on 1m12.552s before improving by 0.117s.
Having encountered some sensor issues, Ricciardo then switched to the hypersoft but had to run wide passing a Williams and could only manage fifth.
Vettel took another set of hypersofts, improving to 1m12.300s despite catching a Sauber at the chicane. On his second lap, he lowered the first-place bar to 1m11.648s.
Ferrari identified an issue on Raikkonen’s car, which required some feverish mid-session work at the rear of it, but he rejoined to set 1m11.763s on hypersofts. He then got within 0.002s of Vettel’s time with 1m11.650s, and that would stand to be the third-fastest time as Verstappen jumped both Ferraris.
Neither Hamilton nor Bottas used the hypersofts on Friday, thanks to having only five sets available for the weekend. Bottas managed 1m12.357s on his first lap on the rubber with 20 minutes remaining, and improved later to 1m12.255s as he ended the session sixth.
Hamilton took two warm-up laps on his hypersofts before recording a 1m11.706s that was 0.058s off the pace at the time.
He struggled to improve after that, and ended the session fourth ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas – who were both over half a second off the leading pace.
Sergio Perez was best of the rest for Force India, ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, the Haas of Romain Grosjean and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
Vandoorne suffered a huge lock-up at Turn 3 early in the session, and was forced to take a trip down the escape road and perform a five-point turn to rejoin.
Esteban Ocon was 11th for Force India, followed by Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley.
Hartley had a scare when he happened across a touring Mercedes at the chicane, and was forced to straightline. He followed that up with a big lock-up into Turn 1, which he also cut.
Fernando Alonso was only 13th fastest for McLaren, two tenths off Vandoorne, with Carlos Sainz Jr 14th, four tenths off Renault team-mate Hulkenberg and admitting on the radio that he "struggled with everything".
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.599s||–||14|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.153s||0.554s||29|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.903s||1.304s||16|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.064s||1.465s||18|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.076s||1.477s||24|
|15||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.334s||1.735s||19|
Canadian GrandPrix – “We didn’t get all the answers”
“This track is not the easiest to get things where you want them,” added Kimi. “It’s not straightforward and we expected that. It’s very bumpy, not just with all the bumps, but also with the kerbs to ride over. The combination of low downforce and low grip can make it very difficult. As for the Hypersoft tyres, at least we have a better idea of how they work. They’re good on one lap and then last quite a few more. We’ve been improving during the day and that proves that we’re going in the right direction. For sure we have some work ahead of us, but I was a bit happier at the end of the session”.
Raikkonen: “Nulla da dire sul caso molestie”
Gli ultimi sviluppi del caso della donna di Montreal che accusa il pilota della Ferrari di molestie sessuali, vedono gli inquirenti non interessati ad interrogare Raikkonen in questo weekend, in cui il finlandese disputerà il Gran Premio del Canada. Nel paddock del circuito intitolato a Gilles Villeneuve, i media hanno chiesto al campione del mondo 2007 un commento sulla vicenda: “Che sorpresa questa domanda… Non ho nulla da dire al riguardo“, ha amaramente commentato con una risata il portacolori di Maranello.
Raikkonen ha dunque preferito parlare del fine settimana ormai alle porte: “Si tratta di una pista particolare, c’è bisogno di una buona velocità di punta e di una frenata efficiente. Ma anche di usare i cordoli senza scompensi. Inoltre è facile andare a sbattere contro un muro, e perdere la possibilità di girare. Perciò si cerca di spingere al 100% solo quando si arriva in qualifica. Qui è difficile da trovare un equilibrio senza correre dei rischi“.
A Montreal torneranno le Hypersoft: “Non sono proprio delle gomme da qualifica, perché le utilizziamo anche in gara. È la gomma più veloce che abbiamo, ma possiamo anche pensare di optare per una mescola differente in Q2, per evitarne l’uso in gara. In generale sono molto favorevole alle gomme da qualifica, si va più veloci, c’è più grip e dunque più performance“.
In Canada Raikkonen ha vinto nel 2005, ai tempi della McLaren, ma non trova posto sul podio del circuito costruito sull’isola artificiale di Notre-Dame dal lontano 2006. Dal ritorno in Ferrari Kimi si è infatti dovuto accontentare di un decimo, un quarto, un sesto e un settimo posto: un bottino decisamente poco esaltante.
Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Verstappen stays on top in FP2
Max Verstappen remained fastest after the second Formula 1 free practice session ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Having set the pace in the first session, the Red Bull driver used a set of hypersoft Pirellis to knock Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen off top spot just after the halfway mark of the second 90-minute session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
His time of 1m12.198s, set on his first flier on the hypersofts, was 0.130s faster than Raikkonen. Raikkonen set his time on his second flier on hypersofts a few minutes earlier, which put him ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
But the pace of Mercedes drivers was misleading because neither Hamilton nor Valtteri Bottas, who finished the session fourth and sixth, used the hypersoft thanks to having only five sets available each.
With three minutes remaining, Daniel Ricciardo claimed third place, 0.405s slower than his team-mate.
The Red Bull driver spent much of the session in the pits after completing four laps early on. During that time, the team completed significant work on an electrical problem before he returned to the track on hypersofts in the final 10 minutes.
This allowed him first to take fourth, then improve to third on his second flier.
Hamilton’s time was posted early in the session using supersofts, and he was unable to improve after switching to ultrasofts for his next run.
This was still enough for fourth overall, a couple of tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who missed the first part of the session because of a problem that arose at the end of free practice one.
After a run on supersofts, Vettel went out for his qualifying simulation on hypersofts with less than half-an-hour remaining, taking fourth with his first flying lap. He then improved to a 1m12.985s on his second flier, putting him just two-tenths behind Hamilton, only for Ricciardo’s late lap to push him down to fifth.
Unlike his team-mate, Bottas did improve on ultrasofts, posting a 1m13.061s, which put him almost three-tenths behind Hamilton.
Romain Grosjean, driving the upgraded Haas, was seventh fastest using hypersofts, ahead of the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who were separated by just seven-thousandths of a second.
Fernando Alonso was 10th, although his time was set on the ultrasofts and was just enough to put him ahead of Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.
Leclerc suspected he could have gone faster on his qualifying simulation run, but for a lockup and a brief off.
Brendon Hartley, whose F1 future is up in the air after it emerged the Toro Rosso team made a bid for McLaren protege Lando Norris, was 12th and 1.691s off the pace.
Kevin Magnussen pipped Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg to 13th, with Hulkenberg missing the first 15 minutes of the session while the team completed work on a gearbox change after a problem in free practice one.
Hulkenberg’s team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr, was not able to be in this battle after spinning into the wall coming out of the Turn 6/7 left/right flick shortly before the half-hour mark.
Although Sainz was able to limp back to the pits, the red flag was deployed for six minutes to allow debris to be cleared.
Sainz ended the session 17th, one place behind the McLaren-Renault of Stoffel Vandoorne, whose session came to an early end after clipping the wall with his right-rear.
"I touched the wall, I broke the suspension," reported Vandoorne while attempting to recover to the pits before being told to stop to avoid the risk of damaging the floor thanks to the flailing tyre.
Vandoorne parked on the grass to the right of the track on the run out of the hairpin, leading to the virtual safety car being deployed for seven minutes.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.198s||–||39|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.603s||0.405s||17|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.747s||1.549s||40|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.754s||1.556s||40|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.889s||1.691s||42|
|18||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.486s||2.288s||39|
Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen leads first Montreal practice
Max Verstappen topped the first Formula 1 free practice session of the Canadian Grand prix weekend, as Lewis Hamilton prevented a Red Bull one-two.
Verstappen moved to the top of the order for the first time with 30 minutes remaining in the session, at that point going half a second faster than Hamilton.
After backing off for a lap before pushing again, the Red Bull driver went even faster to post a 1m13.302s, but Hamilton was also improving at the same time, eventually bringing the gap down to less than one tenth of a second, using the ultrasoft compound while Verstappen ran the hypersoft.
It was not a completely smooth session for Verstappen, whose running was disrupted by a puncture on debris at the Turn 10 hairpin early on and a later stop to remove a flapping carbon shroud from his car.
Shortly after Verstappen and Hamilton’s benchmark laps, Daniel Ricciardo moved into third on fresh hypersofts, which pushed the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas – like Hamilton running ultrasofts – down to fourth.
Bottas lost another place in the closing stages when Sebastian Vettel put in a late run on hypersofts, initially going seventh with his first attempt before climbing to fourth on his next try.
Kimi Raikkonen completed the top six, while Fernando Alonso claimed best of the rest honours for McLaren in seventh.
Alonso and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne – who also ended the session inside the top 10 – spent the early part of the session trading times at the top of the order with the Mercedes drivers, although the McLarens were using softer tyres.
There was a prolonged break in the middle of the session when Nico Hulkenberg’s car stopped on track shortly after the hairpin, forcing a red flag.
Though Renault got the German to try several different ways of getting the car going again, he eventually had to give up and climb out so a recovery vehicle could lift the car away.
Hulkenberg’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr split the McLarens in the final order to claim ninth, while a late effort from Pierre Gasly got Toro Rosso into the top 10.
Home driver Lance Stroll was the only driver to hit the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’ in the opening session, clipping the barrier just inside the final 30 minutes and giving himself a right-rear puncture that he had to nurse for a full lap to get back to the pits.
Beyond that, the session was relatively incident free until the final few minutes, when Marcus Ericsson spun at Turn 8, Sergey Sirotkin spun into the barriers at Turn 6, and Brendon Hartley went off at Turn 1, blaming a loss of downforce from following another car.
Alonso provided some late entertainment in the session as well, lunging Raikkonen’s Ferrari at Turn 1, and then scrambling through Turn 2 off-line to maintain track position ahead of the 2007 world champion.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.302s||–||26|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.518s||0.216s||24|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m15.004s||1.702s||31|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.071s||1.769s||29|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m15.756s||2.454s||38|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.145s||3.843s||28|
Monaco Grand Prix qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo on pole for Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen missed qualifying thanks to his practice crash.
Ricciardo topped the first two stages of qualifying, with Verstappen unable even to take to the track thanks to damage sustained in a morning accident at the second part of Swimming Pool that forced a gearbox change, before banging in a 1m10.810s on his first run in Q3 to take top spot.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton briefly threatened Ricciardo’s position with the fastest first sector time of qualifying on his final flier, but lost pace later in the lap and ended up third behind Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, looked set to improve, but dropped time in the final sector and ended up posting a lap 0.036 seconds slower than his first attempt.
This is only Ricciardo’s second pole position in F1, coming two years after his first at the same venue.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, just 0.034s slower than Hamilton, with the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in fifth place.
Of the Q3 runners, only the Mercedes drivers attempted an alternative strategy by using ultrasofts for their first runs in Q2.
But neither Hamilton nor Bottas was quick enough and had to run again on hypersofts, meaning all of the top 10 will start on the softest Pirelli compound.
Esteban Ocon won the battle for best of the rest in sixth place, with just 0.160s covering the bottom five in Q3.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly completed the top 10.
Nico Hulkenberg’s final lap in Q2 was not good enough to get him into the top 10, falling a tenth short of Gasly’s time.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne was shuffled down to 12th, having been sixth based on his time on the first runs, thanks to failing to improve on his second set of tyres – potentially as a result of a minor problem with the car.
Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc were eighth and ninth respectively in Q1, but ended up 13th and 14th overall despite both making slight improvements in the second stage of qualifying.
Romain Grosjean was 15th for Haas, just 0.014s slower than Leclerc, as the team continued to struggle. He is also carrying a three-place grid penalty from his Spanish GP accident.
Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley was fastest of those to be eliminated in Q1 in 16th place.
His first run was not quick enough to avoid the dropzone, and he was only able to make an improvement of 0.224s on his second set of hypersofts.
A yellow flag at Ste Devote because Leclerc briefly went off meant he could not make a final attempt to get into the top 15.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 17th ahead of the Williams of Lance Stroll, with Kevin Magnussen’s difficult weekend continuing as he ended up in 19th and last place of the runners ahead only of Verstappen.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.810s||–|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.061s||1.251s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.154s||1.344s|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.221s||1.411s|
|15||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.179s||–|
|20||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||–|
Monaco GP F1 practice: Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3
Daniel Ricciardo completed a clean sweep of Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions as his Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen crashed heavily late in FP3 on Saturday.
After enjoying a one-two in FP1 and FP2 on Thursday Red Bull continued its fine form on the streets of Monte Carlo with Verstappen initially turning the tables on Ricciardo.
Verstappen set two times good enough for top spot as Thursday pacesetter Ricciardo lapped just over a tenth slower than the Dutchman.
However, when Verstappen emerged for a late run on fresh hypersofts he crashed exiting the Swimming Pool section on his first flying lap.
Verstappen had a small wobble after clearing the Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr approaching the right-left chicane, then clipped the inside wall as he turned in.
That broke the right front steering and sent Verstappen across the chicane’s run-off and into the wall heavily on the right-hand side.
It was an almost identical crash to one Verstappen suffered two years ago, and gives Red Bull significant work to do to get the car ready for qualifying.
The session was red-flagged before resuming with three minutes remaining, and Ricciardo took full advantage to improve to a 1m11.786s, just one-thousandth of a second faster than Verstappen.
Sebastian Vettel headed Ferrari’s charge two tenths back in third, with Lewis Hamilton best of the Mercedes drivers in fifth.
Raikkonen slipped in between the title rivals, a tenth back from his team-mate after a lap that looked very strong before fading in the final sequence of corners.
Valtteri Bottas struggled initially in the second Mercedes, which required a rear wing change after the Finn clobbered the barrier in the Ste Devote run-off after attempting a quick U-turn having run straight on.
He did jump up the order with 20 minutes remaining by getting ahead of Hamilton into fifth on a 1m12.356s.
Hamilton then hit back with a time less than a tenth faster despite encountering a Williams just as he approached the final corner.
Brendon Hartley took best-of-the-rest honours in seventh behind the big three teams for Toro Rosso ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Sainz, who also took to the Turn 1 escape road during the session but rejoined without damaging his car, and Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin completed the top 10.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.786s||–||23|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.787s||0.001s||14|
|7||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.752s||0.966s||25|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.761s||0.975s||23|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.940s||1.154s||23|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.025s||1.239s||22|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull one-two
Daniel Ricciardo completed a clean sweep of Thursday practice for the Monaco Grand Prix by topping the second session of the day in another Red Bull one-two
Ricciardo had set the pace in the morning, but it was team-mate Max Verstappen that took top spot 19 minutes into the afternoon session with a lap of 1m12.468s using hypersoft Pirellis.
Verstappen eventually worked down to a 1m12.071s on his first set of tyres and was set to improve again when the session was red-flagged after 25 minutes.
This was to allow repairs to the track on the run from Casino Square to Mirabeau, with race director Charlie Whiting visiting the scene and some welding work done on what appeared to be a drain cover in the middle of the track.
When the session restarted after a 15-minute interruption, Verstappen went out on a fresh set of hypersofts and, like many, struggled with traffic.
He improved his time by a slightly to a 1m12.035s, although that run came to an end when he clipped the rear of Romain Grosjean’s Haas at the hairpin while letting past Ricciardo and subsequently returned to the pits.
Ricciardo opted to complete his qualifying simulation run later than most, eventually hitting the front with a lap of 1m11.841s with 22 minutes remaining.
This put him 0.194 seconds ahead of Verstappen, although the Dutchman would have posted a lap of 1m11.765s had he strung his three best sector times together.
Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari with a time 0.378s off the pace set on his eighth lap using a set of hypersofts.
That put him just over a tenth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who shaded the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen by 0.009s despite a big slide coming through the second part of Swimming Pool.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was sixth, 0.099s slower than Raikkonen, although he was set to post an improved time when he aborted a lap on his performance run and headed into the pits.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest in seventh place, his best time set on hypersofts being 1.206s off the pace and just three hundredths faster than McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
McLaren left its qualifying simulation runs later than most and both Vandoorne and Alonso gradually climbed the timesheets to end up eighth and ninth respectively.
Carlos Sainz Jr, in the second Renault that features upgraded bargeboards, rounded out the top 10 – 1.398s off the pace and just 0.022s quicker than the lead Toro Rosso-Honda of Brendon Hartley.
Sainz escaped a brush with the wall with his right rear towards the end of the 90-minute session.
Hartley’s time was set on his first set of hypersofts, as on his second he glanced the wall exiting Sainte Devote on his first flier and did not subsequently improve.
Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were 12th and 13th ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly, who set his best time on his first set of hypersofts.
Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin rounded out the top 15, followed by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.
Every driver set their fastest lap using hypersoft Pirellis.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.841s||–||33|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.035s||0.194s||41|
|11||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.222s||1.381s||47|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.370s||1.529s||39|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.382s||1.541s||47|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.410s||1.569s||32|
Monaco GP F1 practice: Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP1 – F1
Daniel Ricciardo led a Red Bull one-two in the opening practice session for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Ricciardo jumped to the top of the times in the final third of FP1 to displace team-mate Max Verstappen, who is under investigation for reversing back onto the track after an off at Ste Devote.
Lewis Hamilton was Red Bull’s closest challenger in third, almost three tenths back for Mercedes, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth but 0.9s in arrears.
Red Bull first moved to the top in the opening half hour by using the hypersoft tyres to displace the ultrasoft-shod Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas had settled at the head of the field on a 1m14.347s after exchanging the place with team-mate Hamilton before Ricciardo beat him by more than two-tenths of a second.
Ricciardo and Verstappen then whittled the benchmark down, with Verstappen becoming the first to break the 1m13s barrier on a 1m12.941s.
That gave Red Bull a huge 1.2s gap over the Ferrari of Vettel, who moved into third on hypersofts, as the bulk of the track action stopped approaching the midpoint of the session.
Sergey Sirotkin was one of few outliers because the Williams driver had interrupted his earlier running when he clouted the pit wall earlier on entering the start-finish straight and deflated the right-rear tyre.
He jumped into the top 10 and stayed there as others improved to give Williams some early-weekend cheer.
At the head of the order Hamilton put Mercedes briefly back on top with his second lap on hypersofts, a 1m12.480s, but Verstappen beat that by a tenth soon after.
The Dutchman improved further to a 1m12.280s, before suffering a huge front-left lock-up into Ste Devote that put him down the escape road.
He was placed under investigation for failing to rejoin safely when he reversed on track with a Ferrari approaching the corner.
Ricciardo took a couple of attempts to take advantage after traffic in the final sector initially kept the Australian 0.056s adrift, but eventually beat him by 0.154s on a 1m12.126s.
That shuffled Hamilton to third and Vettel fourth in a Ferrari that is running pre-Spanish GP rear suspension configuration and has also come under intense scrutiny for its battery arrangement within the engine’s energy recovery system.
Vettel finished just 0.025s ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, while Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr jumped to sixth with 20 minutes to go.
Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes was dumped to seventh as the Finn, wearing a Mika Hakkinen tribute helmet, struggled to post a truly competitive time on hypersofts.
McLaren had a tricky season, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso ending up 15th and 17th respectively.
Alonso missed most of the session as McLaren had to change the floor after a brake-by-wire problem, before appearing late on and improving to 17th.
Spanish GP star Kevin Magnussen was slowest as he and Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean completed just 16 laps between them.
A late flier from Grosjean launched him into the top 10 behind Sergio Perez’s Force India and ahead of Sirotkin.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.126s||–||36|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.280s||0.154s||25|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.717s||1.591s||39|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.000s||1.874s||39|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.034s||1.908s||46|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.240s||2.114s||38|
Lewis Hamilton takes F1 pole position for Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix, pipping Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top spot by four-hundredths of a second.
Hamilton was fastest after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, and like team-mate Bottas opted for another set of supersoft Pirellis for his second run.
He banged in a lap of 1m16.173s to shave just over three-tenths off his earlier time to secure top spot.
Bottas was a shade faster than Hamilton in the first and third sectors, but Hamilton’s mighty pace in the second sector meant the Finn ended up second best.
With some of Mercedes’ rivals struggling to get the best out of the supersofts, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen used softs to fill the second row for Ferrari.
That put them ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who were separated by just two thousandths of a second in fifth and sixth.
This was despite the Red Bull drivers splitting their tyre choice, with Verstappen setting his time on supersofts and Ricciardo on softs.
Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest for Haas, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
Carlos Sainz Jr was ninth for Renault, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the second Haas.
Nine of the top 10 drivers used the soft Pirellis to set their Q2 times, meaning all except Alonso, who used supersofts, will start on that compound.
Stoffel Vandoorne lapped 0.223s slower than team-mate Alonso in Q2 using soft Pirellis, ending up in 11th place and fastest of the five drivers eliminated at that stage.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was 12th, just ahead of the Force India of Esteban Ocon.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc managed to split the Force Indias with a lap of 1m18.910s, almost two-tenths faster than 15th-placed Sergio Perez.
Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest driver to be eliminated in Q1 in 16th place after Vandoorne made a late improvement.
The Renault driver was unable to set a time on his first run owing to what the team described as a "fuel pressure issue" that held him back throughout Q1, and only had time for a single attempt on his second run – ending up 0.038 slower than Vandoorne.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was 17th, over half-a-second behind Hulkenberg, with Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who must serve a three-place grid penalty thanks to hitting Sergio Perez on the first lap of the last race in Baku, 18th.
Lance Stroll was 19th in the second Williams , crashing exiting the Turn 12 right-hander on his final flier after running wide then losing it on the throttle at the exit as he ran into the gravel.
He spun, glancing the wall, and ended up coming to rest at the entry of Turn 13.
Brendon Hartley did not participate in qualifying after spinning at the high-speed Campsa right-hander at the end of the third free practice session and backing heavily into the barriers.
His Toro Rosso team could not get the car repaired during the two-hour gap before qualifying.
Spanish GP grid
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.816s||0.643s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.818s||0.645s|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.463s||2.290s|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.696s||2.523s|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.098s||2.925s|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||–||–|
Spanish GP F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP3
Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in final Spanish Grand Prix practice as Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley suffered a high-speed crash in the closing stages.
Hartley brought the on-track action to a premature end after spinning his car into the barriers at the fast Turn 9 right-hander with a couple of minutes remaining.
That locked in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the top of the order, a couple of tenths clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes held the top two positions for the first half of the session as Hamilton led Bottas by 0.029s on a 1m17.844s after their first runs on soft tyres.
That was enough to head the Ferraris at that stage despite Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen running supersofts, while Daniel Ricciardo went fifth on mediums as the three top teams diverged on tyre compounds.
Vettel and Raikkonen briefly established a Ferrari one-two after bolting on fresh supersofts, but when Mercedes switched to the same rubber its drivers moved back to the top.
Hamilton’s 1m17.281s was enough to beat Bottas by 0.15s and lap just over a quarter of a second quicker than Vettel.
Bottas improved on the same set of supersofts to close to just 0.013s behind Hamilton, who went wide at Turn 1 and had time-consuming slides through Turn 13 and exiting the Turn 14/15 chicane before the final corner on other laps.
Ricciardo switched from mediums to supersofts at the very end of the session and wound up fifth, 0.7s off the pace, as Kevin Magnussen claimed sixth for Haas.
Magnussen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean had a messy session with a big trip through the gravel at Turn 2, but he overhauled Fernando Alonso’s McLaren to take seventh.
Carlos Sainz Jr also cleared Alonso in the dying minutes of the session as Renault looks to recover from a difficult Friday.
Sainz had a near-miss with his team-mate at Turn 13 when Nico Hulkenberg arrived at the corner at full-speed and Sainz was moving slowly.
Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, while Hartley’s crash prevented any final improvements.
Hartley touched the grass on the entry to the fast right-hand Turn 9 and spun sideways across the gravel into the barriers on the outside.
He emerged unscathed, although the team has a significant rebuild job to get him out for qualifying after the car sustained extensive damage, with the entire rear axle hanging off as it was recovered.
Max Verstappen was dumped to 12th in the second Red Bull.
His session then ended early after a suspected electrical problem, and he was also placed under investigation (and subsequently cleared) after running wide at Turn 1 and not staying to the left of the bollard that is positioned to stop drivers cutting the corner.
The two Williams drivers propped up the times again, with Lance Stroll suffering another excursion into the gravel.
Stroll ran wide at Turn 4 after a wobble on corner entry, although stopped before the barriers and managed to get his car back to the pits.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.981s||0.700s||16|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.886s||1.605s||17|
|12||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.013s||1.732s||5|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.121s||1.840s||20|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.376s||2.095s||17|
|17||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m19.428s||2.147s||23|
Spanish GP: Ferrari changes Raikkonen’s F1 engine after FP2 problem
Ferrari will change the engine in Kimi Raikkonen’s car after the problem he suffered in the second practice session for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari emitted a puff of smoke on the run to the Turn 10 hairpin and he managed to coax it back into the pitlane with just under 40 minutes to go.
Ferrari has now confirmed it will replace his internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of tomorrow’s final practice session and qualifying as a "precaution".
As it is the first time Raikkonen needs a replacement for any of those components, he does not face a grid penalty.
The changed components will be checked and could be introduced back into Raikkonen’s pool of available parts this season.
Meanwhile, the FIA has confirmed that the drivers that retired from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix have fitted new gearboxes without penalty.
Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Esteban Ocon all benefit from a fresh gearbox.
Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean had a new gearbox fitted during the Baku weekend before also retiring in the race.
They may use a new gearbox in Spain as well, which will kick off a new run of six consecutive events the component must complete.
“Today the session was a bit messy” Kimi commented “but overall I think it was not too bad. The wind made it a bit tricky, but we know that, at this time of year, it can be like that. The tarmac was the same as we had in testing, but obviously the weather conditions are different. We all know this track very well but every time we come here it’s like starting from zero. We tried different things and learned from them and it was pretty ok most of the times. Maybe it was not the most straightforward Friday, but I think that more or less we know what we should do. At one point we had some issues and I was told by the team to stop the car. We still don’t know what happened, but we’ll figure it out. In the evening we’ll have some work to do; we’ll go through everything and understand. Tomorrow morning we might get a better idea and know where everybody is. I’m sure it is going to be close”.