Rain spares Barcekona prectice

Rain spares Barcekona prectice

Postby meteorite » Sat May 12, 2018 11:15 pm

The Formula One circus has finished its oriental preview, and now returns to its European base for a summer season broken only by the Montreal race n June. Teraditionally the season opener is held in Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya, about half an hour northwest of Bartcelona in the semiautonomous district of Catalonia. Cafalonia occupies the northeast corner of Spain incorporating the historic city of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast

The track location is convention. The clement Mediterranean climate becomes mild early and rainfall is reasonable. The track follows an up and down path that mirrors a high percentage of the challenges to be found on various circuits around the world. Even in the winter the days a sunny and warm enough to field reliable and useful results from tire testing, and it is the authorrized course for manufacturer testing sessions. Drivers are thus quite familiar with it.Since it is near the factories, new designs or modifications can be designed, fabricated andxelivered for testingquickly, so many new parts are seen.

This year everyone expected that Mercedes would be making an all-out effort to regain their leadership in the drivers and manufacturer championsjip
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Re: Rain spares Barcekona prectice

Postby meteorite » Sat May 12, 2018 11:27 pm

The practice result was as follows:


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA EMIRATES 2018 - QUALIFYING

11 13 May 2018 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona
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Race
Starting grid

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.633 1:17.166 1:16.173 17
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.674 1:17.111 1:16.213 14
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.031 1:16.802 1:16.305 16
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.483 1:17.071 1:16.612 15
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:17.411 1:17.266 1:16.816 15
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:17.623 1:17.638 1:16.818 19
7 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:18.169 1:17.618 1:17.676 27
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:18.276 1:18.100 1:17.721 21
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:18.480 1:17.803 1:17.790 19
10 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.305 1:17.699 1:17.835 26
11 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:18.885 1:18.323 18
12 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.550 1:18.463 16
13 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.813 1:18.696 18
14 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:18.661 1:18.910 15
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.740 1:19.098 18
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.923 6
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.493 9
18 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:19.695 10
19 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:20.225 9

Q1 107% time - 1:22.423

Note - Sirotkin penalised three grid places for causing a collision at the previous round. Hartley failed to meet 107% Q1 requirement - races at stewards' discretion.
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Re: Rain spares Barcekona prectice (and race)

Postby meteorite » Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 pm

it rained all night,"greening" the rack. In the morning the sy was partly cloudy, and the local weatehr radar showed small showers east, west, north and south but the track and its surrounds stayed dry.

As the shocking qualifying results demonstrted,this weekend Hamilton was in the zone and no one would get near him. From lights out he otored away increasing his lead at will, unyil the waving chequer told him he had one. He seemed unsurprised.

Behind him things ot more exciting, Vettel cleverly rode the draft through the first corners past Bottas into second place where he quickly wore out his front tires trying to keep up. Boyyas couldn't close up to DRS distance but could not be shaken otherwise.an e exchange of pit stops changed nothing, either.

Meanwhile the rest were sorting themselves behind. In the frist corner Magnusson had had to check up for an instant and in the pack that meant his teammate Grosjean swerved to avoid but lost traction and spun across the track, collecting Hulkenberg and Brasly in the proceess. The two Red Bulls emerged from the carnage in fourth and sixth separated by Raikkonen, who later retired with gearbox ills. Alonso and Sainz (a.k.a.the Spanish ARmada) held a spirited joust which delighted the locals as both finished in the points But basically itwas a routine race barring an error by Vettel which dropped him to fourth and promoted Verstappen.

But Catalunya is a special track. As mentioned above it simulates "all" the challenges of the circuiis the drivers will see for most of the balance of the season, so he who wins well there becomes a favourite for the championship. Hamilton and Vettel collected 43 driver and manufacturer points on the podium, putting Hamilton in the ddriver's lead by 17. Mercedes is looking good.


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA EMIRATES 2018 - RACE RESULT

11 13 May 2018 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona


Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 1:35:29.972 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 66 +20.593s 18
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 66 +26.873s 15
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 66 +27.584s 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 66 +50.058s 10
6 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 65 +1 lap 8
7 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 65 +1 lap 6
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 65 +1 lap 4
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 64 +2 laps 2
10 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 64 +2 laps 1
11 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 64 +2 laps 0
12 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 64 +2 laps 0
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 64 +2 laps 0
14 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 63 +3 laps 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 45 DNF 0
NC 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 38 DNF 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 25 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 0 DNF 0
NC 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 0 DNF 0
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 0 DNF 0
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