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2018 Monaco Grand Prix: Practice Report
SERGIO PEREZ - VJM11-02
FP1 1:13.717 P8 39 laps
FP2 1:13.370 P12 39 laps
Sergio: “The general feeling with the car is good, but we need to improve the balance to find some more lap time before qualifying. It is going to be a very close battle in the midfield, but if we do a good job over the next few days we can battle for a place in Q3.”
Monaco Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: I think the drivers have done a commendable job. We’ve had a couple of issues, but I think for two young drivers trying to get as much track time as possible we certainly haven’t been particularly penalised so that’s good. We purposely kept the programmes simple to maximise track time and that has worked quite well. In FP1 we were quite tactical in how we ran to give our drivers time when the track was quieter. FP2 was then focused on getting their low and high fuel runs in so they could understand the car. I think the car has been reasonably well-balanced, so the engineers have done a good job there. There’s some work for us to do overnight, but we’ve got an extra 24 hours to think about it. It’s amazing that we can get everything done in six hours elsewhere, yet we will take 30 hours in Monaco, but that’s engineers for you. Overall, I think on high and low fuel, the pace has been relatively better than Spain. With the circuit characteristics here, we would expect it to be kinder to us. We’ve done a reasonable job in exploiting the car to get the most out of this circuit.
MONACO GP – THURSDAY PRACTICE
24 MAY 2018
First Practice Session: 1:12.126 Position: 1, Laps: 36
Second Practice Session: 1:11.841 Position: 1, Laps: 33
“This is a place I always love driving. It helps when you’re fast but regardless it’s just so much fun driving an F1 car around here. Having the hypersoft tyre gives us that little bit more grip and it’s pretty cool to be breaking lap records. I’m glad that was the fastest lap that anyone has ever done as it felt so quick, but I think on Saturday we will go even quicker again. Some parts of the track are just amazing, Tabac and Turn 12 in particular are a lot of fun. The intention this weekend is to try and win and be dominant. Both cars today ran really well in the sessions and Max and I were fighting for the top spot all day. I think come Qualifying the others will turn it up and I’m sure it will tighten up as you never know what the other teams are doing, but all we could do today was try and top the times, which is what we have done.”
Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: sunny and dry, 21-23°C air, 32-38°C track; FP2: sunny and dry, 21-24°C air, 34-42°C track
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has completed the first day of free practice sessions at the Circuit de Monaco ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. It was the first time for Monegasque rookie, Charles Leclerc, to experience the streets of his hometown in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car. It was a productive day for Marcus Ericsson as well. Both drivers worked in preparation for the race on the city circuit of Monaco where the track layout is particularly challenging for the team; despite the track demands with high levels of downforce, they are optimistic for tomorrow’s sessions, with the gaps between all competitors being very close.
2018 Monaco Grand Prix - Thursday
24 May 2018
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have some work to do for Saturday in Monte Carlo
Lewis finished the morning session in P3 with Valtteri in P7
In the afternoon, Lewis came home in P4 with Valtteri in P6
Chassis No. FP1 FP2
F1 W09 EQ
Power+/01 34 Laps 1:12:480 P3 UltraSoft, HyperSoft 34 Laps 1:12.536 P4 SuperSoft, HyperSoft
F1 W09 EQ
Power+/04 39 Laps 1:13.502 P7 UltraSoft, HyperSoft 38 Laps 1:12.642 P6 UltraSoft, HyperSoft
2018 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
"A good step forward"
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Sunday 13 May
Fernando and Stoffel both fought hard races after a chaotic first lap, on a track where overtaking opportunities are at a premium. Both drivers dropped three places apiece in the incident at Turn Two, and battled to regain them through the mixed-up pack.
Stoffel made a late one-and-only stop in an effort to take advantage of fresher tyres in the closing stages, but his race was brought to a halt on lap 38 when he reported a loss of drive, with a suspected gearbox issue.
After a number of strong on-track battles that enabled him to regain the three places he lost at the start, Fernando finished eighth to bring home four points for the passionate home crowd – a fifth consecutive points-scoring finish in as many races.
SPANISH GRAND PRIX - RACE
May 13, 2018
A 12th place finish for Brendon and an unfortunate DNF for Pierre, read the reaction from our drivers and team from the Spanish GP.
Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Race: Pos. 12th
"I had a clean start and made up a few positions on the first lap. The mechanics did an amazing job to get the car ready for today - it was actually finished last night - we just had to do the car setup this morning. We decided to pit under the first safety car and go straight on to the medium to effectively do a one-stop. It worked, but it meant we lost a lot a couple of positions in the beginning. It was difficult to overtake today, I think some of the cars around us had a bit more top speed which made life difficult. I had a good overtake on Marcus at the end to get 12th and if I had made the overtake a little bit earlier there would have been the chance for 11th as well, because the pace was definitely there at the end of the race."
SPANISH GRAND PRIX – MONTMELÓ 13 MAY
Maurizio Arrivabene: “In many ways, this is a weekend in which nothing went right. Now, calmly and with accuracy, we need to analyse the reasons, and they are various, which prevented us from exploiting the potential we demonstrated in the previous races. Then we will prepare for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, in a professional, determined and confident manner.”
Spanish Grand Prix: Race Recap
May 13, 2018
Event: Spanish Grand Prix (Round 5 of 21)
Date: Sunday, May 13
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track
Weather: Partly cloudy
Air Temps: 14.9-17.1 degrees Celsius (58.8-62.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 28.8-36.7 degrees Celsius (83.8-98.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finishes in the points for the second time in a row, with Charles Leclerc in P10
Weather: cloudy and dry, 15-17°C air, 29-37°C track
It was a positive Grand Prix for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, finishing in the points for the third time this season with Charles Leclerc in P10, and Marcus Ericsson in P13. Both drivers gave a strong performance, fighting for positions in the midfield. Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc has brought home another point for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team just a few days after scoring his first Formula 1 points in Baku. Marcus Ericsson performed well, especially in the first stint, with good attacks and defence on medium tyres. The team now holds a total of 11 points this season (P9 in the Constructors’ Championship). Charles Leclerc is currently in P13, and Marcus Ericsson in P16 in the Drivers’ Championship.
2018 Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday
13 May 2018
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport start the European season with a 1-2 victory
Lewis took his 64th career victory today - his third at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and second of the 2018 season
Valtteri finished today's Spanish Grand Prix in P2 - completing a 1-2 for the team with his 25th career podium
Today's result marks the 36th 1-2 victory for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since Mercedes re-entered Formula One as a works team in 2010
Lewis (95 points) extends his lead in the Drivers' Championship from Sebastian Vettel (78 points) with Valtteri (58 points) in P3
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (153 points) lead Ferrari (126 points) by 27 points in the Constructors' Championship
Peter Bonnington, Senior Race Engineer on car #44, accepted the Constructors' trophy on behalf of the team in Barcelona
2018 Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday
13 May 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Carlos Sainz drove a strong home race to finish in seventh place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for today’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Emirates, with the points gained taking the team to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Nico Hülkenberg had a very short race after the rear of his R.S.18 was collected by a spinning Romain Grosjean, pitching both into retirement on the first lap.
SPANISH GP – RACE
13th MAY 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 5th
“I always feel quite good on this track and today has been a nice turning point after the first few races where it hasn’t gone to plan. To come back and get on the podium is really nice. The car behaved really well all race on both soft and medium tyres. It felt balanced and had good pace so I was confident I could push on and achieve a good result. We lost a bit too much time at the beginning behind Kimi and it would have been hard to overtake him. We got a bit lucky with him having the problem and therefore allowing us to get an extra place and increase our speed. After that I could settle down and concentrate on my own race. I saw Sebastian approaching but I knew I had relatively fresh tyres so it would be hard for him to overtake, this allowed me to manage the situation quite well. I had some damage to the front wing which luckily didn’t affect the performance too much. The piece fell off and it only meant a small amount of oversteer so I was able to keep a solid pace and bring it home in third place. We were quick here in the last sector which is all low speed corners so looking ahead to Monaco we can hope for a good result. We will concentrate on the set-up, get a good balance and hopefully put ourselves in with a real chance.”
2018 Spanish Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored two points in today’s Spanish Grand Prix as Sergio Perez raced to ninth place. Esteban Ocon’s day ended early with an oil pressure problem forcing his retirement.
Spanish Grand Prix
Lance Stroll finished 11th and Sergey Sirotkin 14th in the Spanish Grand Prix
Both cars started on the soft Pirelli tyre, with Lance starting 18th and Sergey 19th
Lance had an excellent start to climb to P12 on the opening lap meanwhile a crash between Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Gasly brought out the Safety Car
Sergey had to take evasive action to avoid the crash and then pitted under the Safety Car, swapping to the medium tyre
Lance stayed on the soft tyre until lap 20 when he pitted for the medium, with Sergey pitting for a second set of mediums five laps later
The Virtual Safety Car was deployed late in the race when Ocon stopped at the side of the track, with Sergey spinning at the restart
Sergey made his third and final pitstop immediately after, changing to the supersoft tyres