CHINESE GP

Qualifying        Race    

Round 2 – Shanghai, 7 - 9 April

All times UKÉ

Day

Session

Times

Sky (all live)

Channel 4

Fri 7th

FP1

0300 to 0430

0245 to 0515

 

 

FP2

0700 to 0830

0645 to 0855

 

Sat 8th

FP3

0500 to 0600

0445 to 0610

 

 

Qualifying

0800 t0 0900-ish

0700 to 0940

Recording: 1300 to 1430

Sun 9th

Race

0700 to 0830-ish

0530 to 1010

Recording: 1430 to 1645

 TYRES:

 

Ultra Soft

Super Soft

Soft

Medium

Hard

Intermediate

Wet

 

Tyre

Individual driversŐ tyres will be allocated by Pirelli for the opening races. I canŐt find anything just yet about quantities.  What I do have isÉ

Drivers MUST keep at least one set of the softest tyre for Q3.  (This set will be returned to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10.  Remaining drivers will not have used them in Q3 so will not hand anything back.)

Drivers MUST use at least two different compounds during the race.

 

Because the 2017 tyres are so new the FIA has decreed that drivers will be allocated 2 sets of the hardest compound available for that race, seven sets of the softest available and four sets of the compound between the two.

 

FP1:

Track wet throughout, and only a few laps for the top 14 drivers before the session was abandoned, having been stopped earlier, so the times and order is meaningless. The problem is that the rules, quite rightly, state that weather conditions must be suitable for the medical helicopter to be able to operate between the circuit and the designated hospital. If it canŐt then no cars are allowed on track. The cloudbase in the area was well below limits for most of the time, so a little running took place when the cloud lifted slightly, but not for long.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1.50.491s

2

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

3

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

4

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

5

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

6

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

8

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

9

Bottas

Mercedes

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

13

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

2m15.281s

15

Palmer

Renault

No time

16

Vettel

Ferrari

No time

17

Raikkonen

Ferrari

No time

18

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

No time

19

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

No time

20

Hamilton

Mercedes

No time

 

FP2:

The cloudbase was below limits throughout the session so there was no running at all.  The forecast for Saturday is better so FP3 is going to be very busy!!

 

FP3:

As expected, this was a very busy session as the teams went about making up for lost time.  Ferrari looked particularly strong, with Mercedes half a second or so down. There may be nothing in it but when you see bits coming off cars (BottasŐs silly little so-called T-wing broke off) it shows they are not 100% on top of everything like they used to be.  Maybe IŐm reading too much into a tiny incident – or maybe not!

Good to see Massa mixing it with the Red Bulls, and Palmer quicker than Hulkenberg! The long straights at this circuit showing up the HondaŐs lack of power.  Seems itŐs too thirsty to run at full chat as well. McLarenŐs boss Zak Brown was seen this morning talking to Mercedes engine bosses – read into that what you will.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m33.336s

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

7

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

8

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

9

Palmer

Renault

 

10

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

16

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

17

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

20

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

1m36.705s

 

Q1:

Pretty standard session, although Vestappen had an engine software problem.  Then in the last moment Giovinazzi, already OK for 15th, lost it coming out of the last corner, hit the wall and deposited his car and associated debris across the track.  The subsequent yellows ruined laps for Grosjean and Ocon, who had, up to then done enough to progress to Q2.  I donŐt think Palmer would have improved enough to get out of Q1.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m33.078s

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

7

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

8

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

11

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

14

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

15

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

1m34.963s 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

1m35.023s

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Palmer

Renault

 

19

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

20

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m35.496s

 

Q2:

Giovinazzi had a very broken car so did not run.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m32.181s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

7

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

10

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m34.090s

11

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

1m34.150s

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m35.046s

15

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

No time 

 

Q3:

HamiltonŐs 6th Pole in a row. Equals SennaŐs record!

Bottas was 1/1000th of a second behind VettelÉ!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m31.678s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

10

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m34.220s

 

GRID:

Grosjean and Palmer awarded a 5-place penalty each for failing to slow sufficiently for the yellow flags for GiovinazziŐs accident.

Giovinazzi needed a new gearbox and has been awarded a 5-place penalty, but the peculiar system the FIA uses to apply penalties heŐs only three places backÉ!

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

18

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

17

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

15

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

14

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

9

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

12

10

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

11

11

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

10

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

9

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

8

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

7

15

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

6

 

16

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

5

 

17

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

4

 

18

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

1

Penalty

19

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

3

Penalty

20

Palmer

Renault

2

Penalty

 

            RACE:

Stroll was hit by Perez and spun out.

Giovinazzi spun out all on his own. I expect Sauber will be pleased to see Wehrlein back!!

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

56

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

56

19

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

56

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

56

17

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

56

16

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

56

15

 

7

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

56

14

 

8

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

55

13

 

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

55

12

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

55

11

 

11

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

55

10

 

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

55

9

 

13

Palmer

Renault

55

8

 

14

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

55

7

 

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

55

6

 

16

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

33

5

Transmission

17

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

18

4

Mechanical?

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

17

3

Fuel Pressure?

19

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

3

2

Accident

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

0

1

Accident

 

 

 

 

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