Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes got his first free practice in Mexico, marked by low temperatures and low grip. The Briton's fastest time on medium tires was only eight hundredths better than second-placed Sebastian Vettl in Ferrari, who, however, used a soft version of the tires. Kimi Raikkonen, who was third, also hinted at the strength of the red team. Sauber’s Felipe Nasr took care of the break with the red flags when he first drove wide over the bend, causing his front wings to fly off the track. Max Verstappen encountered right brake problems that ignited. He lost a lot of time and failed to get higher than fourteenth place. McLarn didn't do well either. Fernando Alonso finished sixteenth and Jenson Button two places lower. Dir
Even though Luca di Montezemolo had to leave the Ferrari team in 2014, his words still carry their weight. Before Sunday's Formula 1 race in Austin, he had an interview for the German television RTL, where he described the current situation and events from his point of view. He emphasized that, in addition to his family, Ferrari is the one who means the most to him in life. Perhaps also because he views the Ferrari team as his child, the current situation, he admitted, has affected him. He admits that in Formula 1 you need humiliation, and that it is a sport where change and success do not have to be made from today to tomorrow. “You have to be fair and critical of yourself first and foremost. That is why you do not predict victories and successes if you know that you will not be able to achieve them, ”di Montezemolo was critical in the conversation. Surely you hear those words
On Tuesday, Mercedes was given the first opportunity to test future wider tires that will be used from next season onwards. The team began the first day of a three-day test as part of the 2017 development program. Manor racer and Mercedes-Benz development racer Pascal Wehrlein sat behind the wheel of last season's winning race car at Paul Ricardo's racetrack in France. vacuum. With that, the Silver Arrows team was the third of the teams in the Formula 1 caravan to test the new, twenty-five percent wider, tires. He and Pirelli have already tested Red Bull in Mugello in Italy and Ferrari in Fioran also in Italy.
Pirelli, a tire fitter in Formula 1, has revealed which tires will be available to the teams at the upcoming race in Singapore. On the racetrack under the lights, racers will be able to fit purple, red and yellow tires. Ultra soft, ie. purple are the most desirable option. For the latter, teams were selected between seven and nine of the thirteen sets for the racing weekend. Ferrari and Haas as well as Sauber racer Marcus Ericsson have picked the most aggressive strategy with nine sets of the fastest version but at the same time the least durable. On the other hand, the Force India and Manor teams opted for the most different strategy from the ones mentioned above. Their race cars will have only six sets of ultra soft tires available. The exact schedule by racers is presented in the picture below.
After Sunday’s game, sports newspapers were full of praise at the expense of Nic Rosberg, while putting Lewis Hamilton in his shadow. In the following, we quote opinions published by foreign media. The Times: “Cold as ice, Rosberg punished Hamilton’s mistake at the start and thus started a new fight for the world title. Monza may be Ferrari's home racetrack, but the Italian GP belongs only to Mercedes and Rosberg. "The Guardian:" Lewis Hamilton is one of the best racers of the season and has, and will continue to, make history in Formula One. wrote as a racer who did not perform his role as he should have, which can still cost him dearly. In the end, maybe even a world title. In any case, Hamilton gave the victory to Rosberg. "Daily Telegraph:"
Nico Rosberg had to surrender to team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifiers, but showed in yesterday’s race that he too can be a class of his own. The Mercedes team proved yesterday that they can have all the competition behind them. The double victory only increased their dominance in the overall standings, and their racers are the only ones left who can fight for this year's world title. Rosberg reduced Hamilton's advantage to two points with yesterday's victory. "It was already clear to me at Friday's training that Sunday's race could be a great success for us," Rosberg commented after the race. The competition rightly wonders how the Mercedes team was able to manage again to be elusive to others. However, it is clear that the settings and tires decided the race again.
Romain Grosjean will get a five-point mark-up on placing in today’s qualifiers as they unexpectedly replace the gearbox in Haas ’VF-16 race car after the last free practice. The Frenchman had previously spun in a chic Ascari in training and remained trapped in the sand. Before getting out of the car, he announced on the radio that he had “lost the gearbox”. The rules of Formula 1 dictate that the gear racer must use six consecutive races. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.
The Red Bull team, which also owns the Toro Rosso team, is thus a specialty in the Formula 1 caravan, as the competition has nothing like it. For them, Toro Rosso represents an opportunity where young racers can gain their first real experience with Formula 1 race cars. Some have started describing the Manor team as a Mercedes junior, as their current racers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon come from the Mercedes junior team. The team also uses a Mercedes engine for its engine. Toto Wolff in a conversation with reporters rejected such hints. “We don’t own the team and we also have no intention of becoming that. The team will not belong to us in terms of ownership and we will not support it financially, "Wolff was clear, thus showing that they do not want copies of the Toro Rosso team. The engagement of both racers is also after
The details of Kevin Magnussen's performance at Sunday's race in Monza will be finally known on Thursday. The Dane suffered a serious accident at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, when he crashed into a protective fence at full speed. He will have to undergo another FIA check-up in Monza on Thursday, and only then will he get a possible permit to race. Footage of Sunday’s crash shows that the impact was so severe that even the head guard, which was rumored to be unbreakable all the time, flew off the race car. Magnussen left the car alone, but was immediately seen limping with one foot. He was therefore also taken to a nearby hospital for a first examination. “Kevin injured his left ankle, but examinations to date have shown no major injuries or fractures. The same evening he was able to leave the hospital and be in
Fernando Alonso is thrilled with the success in Belgium and says McLarn’s performance this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps just a month ago was something unimaginable. The Spaniard advanced from the XNUMXnd starting place to the fourth in the start of the race until a red flag break in the ninth lap due to an accident with Kevin Magnussen. He was later unable to keep Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, Sergio Perez in a Force India and Sebastian Vettl in a Ferrari, but he struggled easily against both Williams racers. He crossed the checkered flag as the seventh. “The whole accident over the weekend turned into luck in the race where we successfully avoided incidents,” Alonso says. "We found ourselves in a great fourth place, but unfortunately we didn't manage to keep some of the racers behind.