Emotions run hot in Barcelona

Emotions run hot in Barcelona

Postby meteorite » Sat May 14, 2016 11:13 pm

First the summary:

Championship / Results / 2016 Race Results / FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2016

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.214 1:22.159 1:22.000 13
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.002 1:22.759 1:22.280 12
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:23.749 1:23.585 1:22.680 12
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:23.578 1:23.178 1:23.087 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:23.796 1:23.504 1:23.113 14
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:24.124 1:23.688 1:23.334 12
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:24.251 1:24.023 1:23.522 12
8 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:24.496 1:24.077 1:23.643 12
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:24.698 1:24.003 1:23.782 16
10 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:24.578 1:24.192 1:23.981 12
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:24.463 1:24.203 13
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:24.583 1:24.348 12
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:24.696 1:24.445 11
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:24.716 1:24.480 12
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:24.669 1:24.625 12
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:24.406 1:24.778 12
17 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:24.903 6
18 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:24.941 4
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:25.202 8
20 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:25.579 8
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:25.745 9
22 88 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:25.939 9

Q1 107% Time: 1:28.812

As track temperatures soared, heated emotions boiled up in qualifying. Lewis Hamilton and his crew in the Mercedes camp have been seething with frustration, as Lewis has had as much bad luck as Vettel over at Ferrari, having to watch helplessly as mechanical grid penalties, mechanical failures and race incidents let his team-mate Nico Rosberg cruise unmolested to poles and victories through the fly-away races to start the season,and build up a 43 point lead in the driver's championship. In the public there were even paranoid conspiracy theories about Mercedes deliberately scanting Hamilton's support so the German driver could win. This is not true, but Hamilton and crew did come to Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya with an agenda.

Hamilton was first onto the track in each session, in the first doing a lap taht would guarantee him a run in session 2, while the best time was posted by Rosberg. In Q2 and the run for the pole, Hamilton was untouchable from the first tick of the timer. He attacked the track with fury, overcooked a corner in his fist run, then blitzed back and set a time no one else would approach with even Rosberg's best almost three-tenths off, eternity in F1.

Behind, the new kid, Max Verstappen, stunned the whole F1 circus by putting his new Red Bull ride third on the grid until near the end of Q3, when senior teammate Daniel Ricciardo generated the red haze needed to put the upstart in his place and with an aggressive all-out effort placed his car behind Hamilton's for the start and creating a Red Bull second row, something F1 has not seen since the Vettel days. Where was Vettel? Wonder where the speed that had him challenging in final practice had evaporated to ass the ours wore on. Raikkonen, apparently more upset, pushed his Ferrari around the course with obvious brute force and wild abandon, creating an all-Ferrari second row with himself the faster.

Once again something weird and unexplained happened in the Williams pit as Massa was not even get sent out for a second run so did not make the Q1 cut, though Bottas' Williams car snared seventh. Carlos Sainz, likely stung by Verstappen's promotion, made eighth, sending a message to his dismayed and despondent new teammate who landed in 13th.

For the first time since their renewed partnership McLaren-Honda got a car into the top ten,as Fernando Alonso responded to the race on his home turf, a landmark achievment to which the crowd responded with mild applause. Fernano deserves better. The others sorted themselves out as shown above.

With Hamilton feeling he has a whole lot to prove, and the two Red Bulls behind lusting to exploit their success, tomorrow could see no little drama - especially if Ferrari figure out overnight where their handling went and put it back. Stay tuned.
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Re: Emotions run hot in Barcelona

Postby meteorite » Sun May 15, 2016 9:22 pm

And so to reality. A split-second of distracted driving, the red haze changed to an orange blur, and Formula One history was made for the day and perhaps changed massively for the future. Here's how the results shook out:


Pos. Driver Country Team Time Points
1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1:41:40.017 25
2 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari +0.616s 18
3 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari +5.581s 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull Racing +43.950s 12
5 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams +45.271s 10
6 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso +61.395s 8
7 Sergio Perez MEX Force India +79.538s 6
8 Felipe Massa BRA Williams +80.707s 4
9 Jenson Button GBR McLaren +1 lap 2
10 Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso +1 lap 1
11 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas +1 lap 0
12 Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber +1 lap 0
13 Jolyon Palmer GBR Renault +1 lap 0
14 Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber +1 lap 0
15 Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault +1 lap 0
16 Pascal Wehrlein GER Manor +1 lap 0
17 Rio Haryanto INA Manor +1 lap 0
NC Romain Grosjean FRA Haas DNF 0
NC Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren DNF 0
NC Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India DNF 0
NC Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes DNF 0
NC Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes DNF 0

* Magnussen had 10 seconds added to his race time for causing a collision

Fastest lap - Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:26.948s (L53)

Yes, that is Max Verstappen's name on the top of the list. The Dutch teenager, son of an earlier Formula One driver, never broke concentration to drive a faultless, precisely controlled race to victory in his debut competition since his promotion this week to the senior Red Bull team. He is, at over three full years younger clear of previous record holder Sebastian Vettel, the youngest driver to ever win a Formula One race. The win was hotly contested every inch of the way.

The 18-year-old had already shocked the F1 circus by qualifying third, behind the Mercedes pair. He was running from pole-among-all the-rest. He was already poised for a podium spot. And when the dust cleared the top step was in sight.

For what happened, opinions are as varied as those offering them. I found the Sky News analysis, step by step from side by side car camera screens, the most credible, and since the Steward's post-race review called it a racing incident with no blame assigned, they must have agreed. The news film showed Hamilton getting the jump at the start but Rosberg slipstreaming him into the first corner and passing on the outside. Hamilton tucked in to return the favour through the fast curves of 2 and 3 but the rain light on Rosberg's car flashed - meaning his car was off the overboost maximum power setting and harvesting power for the hybrid battery, leaving him down by 180 hp to Lewis. Hamilton struck immediately diving for the outside entering corner 4. Rosberg, glancing aside for the critical fraction of a second, didnt check his mirrors in time to see Hamilton in the place he was aiming to occupy, forcing Hamilton off the road and onto the runoff area. But there was no traction there, Hamilton's car slid back onto the road collecting Rosberg in a wild slide to the sand trap opposite. Both Mercedes were out. Blame? I'd say Rosberg was careless in not checking his d-rate setting on the reconnaissance lap or grid, and in not realizing as he went to correct it that his teammate would be steaming up his side to recover his lost lead. Hamilton's a racer but diving into a thin space with a closing door and a car ahead that may not see you is not the wisest call, even with a raging Red Bull charging at your gearbox. Of such situations do racing incidents arise. The Silver Arrows did not collect anyone else on the way out, but a pace car was called so they could be moved from harm;s way.

The race resumed with Ricciardo ahead of Vestappen under pressure from the Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel. A chess game ensued between the two teams based in tire strategy. In theory the soft tire was as much as two seconds a lap faster than the medium, but wore so fast it might require three pit stops to get through the race while the medium might make it in two. But omitting a pit stop gained about 22 seconds on the track. But the figures weren't solid, as there are too many variables that change the reality. To complicate matters, it appeared that after their qualifying disappointments Ferrari had decided that sacrificing cornering ability for higher top speed was their best chance. Red Bull, less competitive in power, went for the handling advantage. As it worked out, the Red Bulls ran for their lives through all the twisty bits to emerge onto the DRS zones with too big a lead for the Ferraris to trigger the DRS release and insufficient poser without it to pass on the straight without running out of road.

The cars got shuffled as the teams split strategies, Ferrari calling in Vettel very early in a try to undercut Ricciardo to which the latter responded later and lost position. Verstappen stayed out with Raikkonen snapping at his gearbox the length of the race. Ricciardo did pass Vettel towards the end but then had a tire deflate letting Vettel by for the final podium place.

Far behind, Bottas got fifth while teammate Massa charged from his appalling 18th place start to 8th. Carlos Sainz pleased the partisan home crowd with a hard-fought 6th for Toro Rosso, his new demoted teammate redeemed some honour by setting fastest lap of the race on his way to 10th. Sergio Peres managed 7th for Force India whose other car failed under Hulkenberg again. Button put McLaren-Honda in the points again, but once again Alonso had his machine die under him - while doing well in his home race. The balance of the field fought their own battles to climaxes as noted in the results.

Verstaappen has long been touted as being destined for Ferrari - but after today's show it's hard to see Christian Horner letting him go. Rosberg has already re-signed with Mercedes - but might Hamilton be some bait for the silly season? Despite remarks on his age and decrepitude, Raikkonen has been outrunning his teammate of late. Retirement becomes less credible - but who might move in to replace him? There's reason to believe McLaren, Renault and Haas will contend soon. And now there's a new driver in the mix.

This could develop into a very interesting season yet.
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