BAHRAIN GP

 

 

Round 3 – Sakhir, 14 - 16 April

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 14th 

FP1

1200 to 1330

1130 to1345

1155 to 1335

 

FP2

1600 to 1730

1545 to 1755

1555 to 1735

Sat 15th 

FP3

1300 to 1400

1245 to 1410

1255 to 1425

 

Qual

1600 to 1700-ish

1500 to 1740

1455 to 1730

Sun 16th  

Race

1600 to 1730-ish

1430 to 1910

1450 to 1845

 

 TYRES:

 

Ultra Soft

Super Soft

Soft

Medium

Hard

Intermediate

Wet

 

Tyre

Individual drivers’ tyres will be allocated by Pirelli for the opening races. I can’t find anything just yet about quantities.  What I do have is…

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:

Very hot, and very dry!  I shouldn’t take any notice of the times.  There’s no way of knowing how much fuel the cars were carrying, not what sort of programme the drivers were running. For example, the Mercedes pair went from the medium to the soft tyre much earlier than anyone else, and then stopped significant running quite early.  Raikkonen never got onto the soft tyres because his turbo broke down fairly early on.  Another car to break down on track was Vandoorne’s Mclaren when the ERS cooling system failed.

This session is the only one that is run in the full heat of the day so it’s not surprising teams ran the session more like a test session rather than a proper FP1.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m32.697s

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

5

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

6

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

8

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

11

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

13

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

14

Bottas

Mercedes

 

15

Palmer

Renault

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

1m36.079s

20

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.333s

 

FP2:

Teams followed the normal pattern of FP2 with faster times set early and then longer runs with race set up.

Sainz had a problem that cost him time, as did Vettel when he had a total electrical failure. He managed to roll to the pit lane and the team got to work fixing the car.  Verstappen, on the other hand, lost a lot more time when Bottas’ T-wing fell off and Max drove over it damaging the car’s floor.  It’s not the first T-wing incident so will something be done about getting rid of them? Probably not!!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m31.310s

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

7

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Palmer

Renault

 

14

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

15

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

19

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

1m34.230

 

FP3:

Pretty ordinary session except for the wind.  It was windy enough to catch almost all the drivers out and there were plenty of incidents were cars went wide. Grosjean lost it with about 20 minutes to go and stuffed his car into the barrier sideways, which removed the front wing and panicked the organisers into bringing the red flag out, but his car was fairly OK and he drove it back to the pit!

Ricciardo didn’t go out until the last minute (well, last 5 minutes) and put in one fast lap. 

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m32.194s

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

6

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

7

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

9

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

10

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

13

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

16

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Palmer

Renault

1m34.417s

 

Q1:

Fairly normal Q1 session, except when Sainz, on a late charge (having recorded the fastest first sector) stopped on track claiming :no power”.  There was talk of having run out of fuel, but I can’t believe that.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m30.814s

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

7

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

8

Palmer

Renault

9

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

10

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

11

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

12

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

13

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

14

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

15

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

1m32.054s 

16

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

1m32.118s 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

18

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m32.900s

 

Q2:

Alonso hit trouble in this session when his MGU-H failed.  

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m29.535s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Hulkenberg

Renault

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

7

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

8

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

10

Palmer

Renault

1m30.899s

11

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

1m30.923s

12

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

13

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

14

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m31.684s

15

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

No time

 

Q3:

Hulkenberg, Grosjean and Palmer didn’t go out for the first run – which I’ve always thought was a bad policy.  If something goes wrong while on their only run that prevents them completing it, they end up without a time on the board.  Silly!

Anyway, it was quite exciting towards the end with the Mercedes pair pulling out nearly half a second on the lead Ferrari.  Then they had a battle between them.  Who was it who said Bottas would be blown away by Hamilton.  Ha! Nobody’s admitting they said that now…

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m28.769s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

10

Palmer

Renault

1m31.074s

 

GRID:

I expect Alonso will get a five-place penalty for a new MGU-H.  I’ll adjust the grid accordingly as soon as I know.  In the meantime the grid should look like this…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

20

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

19

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

17

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

16

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

15

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

14

8

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

13

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

12

10

Palmer

Renault

11

11

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

10

12

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

9

13

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

8

14

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

7

15

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

6

 

16

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

5

 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

4

 

18

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

3

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

2

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE:

Quite exciting. Vandoorne did not leave for the grid due to another MGU-H failure. Verstappen left his pitstop in 11th and looking good when the rear brakes failed and he made his way to the barrier. The retirements of Sainz and Stroll was due to a collision between the two. Stroll went past the pit exit and saw that Sainz was a long way behind so turned into turn one only to find Sainz driving into his sidepod. Alonso spent a good deal of the race complaining about having no power and then stopped with a broken engine – although I suspect it was a MGU-H failure!

Meanwhile, Bottas was told twice to let Hamilton through to challenge Vettel, but Vettel was too far ahead.  Hamilton might have got closer had he not messed up when he came in for his pit stop under the safety car and knowing he had to stack up behind Bottas he slowed down too much going into the pit lane and held up Ricciardo and got a five second penalty to add to next pit stop time.

There was quite a bit of racing going on down the field so all the nay-sayers who predicted no overtaking this year were again proved wrong.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

57

20

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

57

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

57

18

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

57

17

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

57

16

 

6

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

57

15

 

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

57

14

 

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

57

13

 

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

57

12

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

57

11

 

11

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

56

10

 

12

Kvyat

Torro Rosso-Renault

56

9

 

13

Palmer

Renault

56

8

 

14

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

55

7

Engine

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

50

6

Gearbox

16

Sainz

Torro Rosso-Renault

12

5

Accident

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

12

4

Accident

18

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

11

3

Brakes

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

2

Mechanical

20

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

0

1

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