Bushy’s FGP

 

AUSTRALIAN GP      

 

 Round 1 - Albert Park, 15 - 17 March 2019

 

All times UK Local:

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 15th  

FP1

0100 to 0230

0030 to 0245

 

 

FP2

0500 to 0630

0445 to 0645

 

Sat 16th

FP3

0300 to 0400

0245 to 0415

 

 

Qual

0600 to 0700-ish

0500 to 0730

Recording: 1200 to 1330

Sun 17th

Race

0610 to 0740-ish

0330 to 0800

Recording: 1400 to 1600

                                                                   

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Soft (White)

Medium (Yellow)

Hard

(Red)

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

3

9

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

2

2

9

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

3

9

Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)

1

3

9

Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

1

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

1

10

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

3

9

Carlos Sainz (McLaren)

2

2

9

Norris (McLaren)

2

2

9

Sergio Perez (Racing Point)

2

3

8

Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

2

3

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Sauber)

1

3

9

Giovinazzi (Sauber)

2

2

9

Kvyat  (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

Albon (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

Russell  (Williams)

1

4

8

Robert Kubica (Williams)

2

3

8

 

FP1:

As usual the actual timings in this opening session are not to be taken too seriously, although the order can often be a reasonable indication of performance differences.  I just hope that the Williams difference is not an indication of true performance otherwise it could get rather embarrassing in qualifying.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m23.599s

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

 

6

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m24.816s

7

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

8

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

12

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

13

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

16

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m25.498s

17

Ricciardo

Renault

 

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m27.914s

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m28.740s

 

FP2:

Maybe a bit more representative of true performance, although we still can’t be sure, although Williams… Oh dear, oh dear!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

 1m22.600s

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Vettel

Ferrari

 

6

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

8

Ricciardo

Renault

 1m23.644s

9

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

13

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

14

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

17

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 1m24.675s

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 1m25.653s

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

 1m26.655s

 

FP3:

Š      Apparently Williams have turned up at Melbourne with very few spare parts, and have, therefore, encouraged their drivers to steer clear of the kerbs and make sure they don’t  bump into anything solid.  This is bound to compromise their performance, so their fans, me included, are clutching onto this as an excuse for their woefully poor showing.

Š      Hamilton was rather impressive.  Everybody was out there trying their hardest then well into the session out Lewis comes and with his first  flying lap blows them all away. A couple of them fight back to go faster, so he goes out again and does it again. I think the word I’m looking for is “dominant”.

Š      The Haas pair surprised me getting in the mix, as did Verstappen and Raikkonen for the opposite reason!  As for everyone else, we shall have to see in a couple of hours time…

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m22.292s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

4

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

5

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m23.334s 

6

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

7

Bottas

Mercedes

 

8

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

9

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

10

Ricciardo

Renault

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

13

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

15

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m24.328s 

16

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m25.944s 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m26.589s 

 

Q1:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m22.017s           

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

5

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

6

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

9

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

10

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

11

Vettel

Ferrari

12

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

Ricciardo

Renault

 

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m22.966s 

16

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m23.017s 

17

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

18

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m24.360s 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m26.067s 

 

Q2:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m21.014s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

6

Vettel

Ferrari

1m21.912s

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m22.532s

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m22.562s

12

Ricciardo

Renault

13

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m22.774s 

 

Q3:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m20.486s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m21.442s

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m22.314s

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m22.781s

 

GRID:

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

22

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

20

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

19

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

18

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

17

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

16

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

15

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

14

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

13

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

12

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

12

Ricciardo

Renault

9

13

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

8

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

7

 

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

6

 

16

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

5

 

17

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

4

 

18

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

3

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1

 

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

58

23

Fastest Lap

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

58

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

58

19

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

58

18

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

58

17

 

6

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

58

16

 

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

57

15

 

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

57

14

 

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

57

13

 

10

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

57

12

 

11

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

57

10

 

12

Norris

McLaren-Renault

57

9

 

13

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

57

8

 

14

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

57

7

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

57

6

 

16

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

56

5

 

17

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

55

4

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

30

3

Loose wheel

19

Ricciardo

Renault

30

2

Damage

20

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

11

1

Fire (Engine)

 

 

 

 

© Ian Bushnell, 2019