Monthly archives: March, 2017

Mercedes explain Australia race strategy

Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles has revealed the “very difficult” dilemma he was faced with at the Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in Melbourne, but was unable to convert that into a race victory after an early pit stop trapped the Brit behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed a…



Why McLaren should stick with Honda

As rumours link McLaren to a return to Mercedes power, and fans urge them to throw away the Honda engine, there is only one question McLaren bosses should ask themselves: do they want race wins or do they want World titles? The start of McLaren’s third season with Honda power could not have begun on…



Vettel – Ferrari win Australian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari back onto the top step of the podium as their pre-season form was realised at the Australian GP with the German winning ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s call to over-cut Hamilton in the pit stops effectively set up Vettel for the Scuderia’s first win since Singapore 2015. Appearing to be more…



Mostert wins after Coulthard puncture

Chaz Mostert has taken victory after Fabian Coulthard picked up a puncture while leading the final heat of the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge at Albert Park. The win is Mostert’s first since 2015. Jamie Whincup also briefly led before he too suffered a flat tyre while on for a second placing, the third of the…



Ricciardo given grid penalty ahead of AGP

Daniel Ricciardo has incurred a five-place grid penalty ahead of today’s Australian Grand Prix after his Red Bull team were forced to undergo a gearbox change. The Australian had qualified 10th for this afternoon’s race after crashing out in Q3 on Saturday before setting a timed lap. However, the damage to his RB13 from the…



Hamilton claims pole, Ricciardo crashes

Lewis Hamilton confirmed he is the man to beat by taking pole in an eventful Australian Grand Prix qualifying session that saw Daniel Ricciardo crash out. The Mercedes driver posted a 1:22.188s under grey skies at Albert Park to claim his 62nd career pole. Hamilton was only 1.6s faster than the pole time of last…



Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Qualifying 3

Live on track timing available here: http://www.planetf1.com/live Results # Driver Team Time Laps 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.188 14 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:22.481 13 3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.796 16 4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.033 19 5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:23.485 18 6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:24.074 17 7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:24.443…



Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Qualifying 2

Live on track timing available here: http://www.planetf1.com/live/ Results # Driver Team Time Laps 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.215 7 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.251 8 3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.376 13 4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.401 11 5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:23.989 8 6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:24.092 13 7 Felipe Massa Williams…



Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Qualifying 1

Live on track timing available here: http://www.planetf1.com/live Results # Driver Team Time Laps 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.191 5 2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.352 10 3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:24.482 7 4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:24.514 4 5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:24.975 6 6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:25.064 7 7 Felipe Massa…



Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Free Practice 3

Live on track timing available here: http://www.planetf1.com/live/ Results # Driver Team Time Laps 1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.380 12 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.859 12 3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.870 12 4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.988 10 5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:25.063 10 6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:25.092 15 7 Romain Grosjean Haas…