The Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo

Second Place: Valtteri Bottas

Third Place: Lance Stroll

Fans Driver of the Day: Lance Stroll

My Team(s) of the Day: Red Bull & Williams

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:43:441

Driver(s) who had a Disaster Day: Max Verstappen, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer.

 

CRASH, BOOM, BANG!

 

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix did not disappoint. There was action around every corner. Seven drivers did not finish the race. Renault was the only team where both drivers did not finish. Three safety cars and one red flag.

The talking point of the entire race was the rather fierce battle between Vettel and Hamilton. As a result of them colliding, Vettel receiving a penalty and then Hamilton having to pit for a safety concern the podium places were left for the rest of the pack to fight over.

Hamilton was controlling the race pace and when exiting turn 15 and ‘brake tested’ Vettel. Ham was deemed not to have done anything wrong in the end. Vettel as a result of Hamilton braking hit the back of his car and damaged part of his front wing. A very angry Vettel then pulled up alongside the Brit and raised his hands to show his annoyance at the move. In doing this Vettel’s Ferrari came into contact with Hamilton’s Mercedes. The FIA ruled that Vettel had driven in an unsafe way and was given a 10 second stop and go penalty. Hamilton later on was then told that his head restraint had come loose he was unable to reattach it himself and was forced to pit for safety concerns. This meant that Hamilton ended up behind Vettel even though the German had been given a penalty. This obviously further angered Lewis.

Drivers and the media have been split in their views of who was too blame. Hamilton may have been trying to mess with Vettel but Vettel’s actions were unacceptable. It is highly unlikely the German intentionally meant to come into contact with Hamilton as this could have resulted in Vettel damaging his car further.

The gloves are well and truly off. The smiles and jokes from this point on might be few and far between. Vettel behaved the worst on-track but Hamilton undoubtedly made up for this in his post-race remarks. Hamilton said that Vettel “disgraced himself”. Hamilton went on to further say “If he wants to prove he’s a man, we should do it out of the car face-to-face. Driving dangerously in any way can put another driver at risk”. Hamilton insinuated that if he was to face Vettel at that time I could turn into a fight. His statements were not exactly in good sportsmanship manor. Hamilton then went on to say “Luckily we were going slow. If we were going fast it could have been a lot worse. Imagine all the kids watching Formula 1 today and seeing that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. It says it all”. “We had the upper hand this weekend. We can continue to move forwards in the future. Through difficult times true colours show, so it is a good day for me.” Hamilton comments are contradictory as he pulls Vettel up for bad behaviour and setting  a bad example but then ham went on to say when asked if he thought Vettel might apologise “I don’t fancy seeing him. It might turn into something else.”

Vettel’s comments were surprisingly a little bit more level headed. Vettel said the fight was “still respectful”, adding: “I don’t have a problem with him. It is just one action today that was wrong. Vettel also said “I am willing to sort it out with him. I don’t think there is much to sort out. I will talk to him when you (the media) are not there and then we move on.”

They seemed to switch after the race. A calm ham seemed to think a fight was immanent and Vettel tried to reiterate that it was still going to continue as a respectful battle for the championship.

The Vettel Hamilton drama seemed to overshadow the race. Huge congratulations to the three highly unlikely podium finishers. Riccardo did well to stay out of trouble and finish the race at P1. Bottas at the beginning of the race made contact with Raikkonen and suffered some damage and after having to pit he was in last place. He also managed to stay out of trouble and continued to push right to the end and secured his second place with the finish line in sight. Bottas and Stroll finished side by side the young Canadian did well to maintain second place towards the end of the race but he was pipped at the post. It was still a phenomenal day for the rookie getting his first ever podium finish in F1.

 

Austria will be very interesting…

 

Results

 

Position Driver Team Points
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18
3 Lance Stroll Williams 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 10
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 8
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 6
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 4
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 2
10 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 0
13 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 0
R Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0
R Sergio Perez Force India 0
R Felipe Massa Williams 0
R Nico Hulkenburg Renault 0
R Max Verstappen Red Bull 0
R Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 0
R Jolyon Palmer Renault 0

 

Sources Accessed:

Benson, A. (2017, 06 25). Azerbaijan GP: Sebastian Vettel hits Lewis Hamilton as Daniel Ricciardo wins. Retrieved 06 26, 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/40398590

Benson, A. (2017, 06 25). Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel ‘a disgrace’ after Azerbaijan GP collision. Retrieved 06 26, 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/40400301

 

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

 

Baku 23-25 June 2017

 

Circuit Name: Baku Street Circuit

Length: 3.753miles/6.006km

Laps: 51

Last Year’s Winner: Nico Rosberg

 

Race Facts:

  • The Baku race has the longest straight on the F1 calendar; a top speed of 235mph can be achieved.
  • Baku has the narrowest section on the F1 calendar, which is next to the city walls.

 

Statistics:

  • 2016 Pole Time: Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:42:758
  • 2016 Fastest Lap: 1:46:485
  • 2016 Winner’s Average Speed: 129.858MPH/197.721KPH
  • Circuit Lap Record: 1:46:485

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources Accessed

Fast facts – Azerbaijan. (2017, 06 19). Retrieved 06 20, 2017, from http://www.formula1.com: https://www.formula1.com/en/video/2017/6/Fast_facts_-_Azerbaijan.html

Jones, B. (2017). Formula One 2017. London: Carlton Books Limited.

 

Update: 2018 F1 Calendar Revealed

Update: 2018 F1 Calendar Revealed

 

The French and German Grand Prix’s will return to the F1 circuit for 2018. The 2018 season increases by one more race, up from 21 to 22 races. The Malaysian Grand Prix has been dropped from the calendar. The Russian Grand Prix has been pushed back to September and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been brought forward to April. July is set to be incredibly busy for all the teams and drivers with 4 races taking place that month. The German Grand Prix will be held in Hockenheim in July. The French Grand Prix will take place in June at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet.

 

The 2018 F1 Calendar

Date Venue Formula 1 Grand Prix
25 March Melbourne Australia
8 April Shanghai China
15 April Sakhir Bahrain
29 April Baku Azerbaijan
13 May Barcelona Spain
27 May Monaco Monaco
10 June Montreal Canada
24 June Le Castellet France
1 July Spielberg Austria
8 July Silverstone Great Britain
22 July Hockenheim Germany
29 July Budapest Hungary
26 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
2 September Monza Italy
16 September Singapore Singapore
30 September Sochi Russia
7 October Suzuka Japan
21 October Austin USA
28 October Mexico City Mexico
11 November Sao Paulo Brazil
25 November Yas Marina Abu Dhabi

 

 

 

 

France and Germany return as 2018 F1 calendar revealed. (2017, 06 20). Retrieved 06 20, 2017, from http://www.formula1.com: https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/6/france-and-germany-return-as-2018-f1-calendar-revealed.html

 

Canadian Grand Prix 2017

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Lewis managed to covert his pole position into a win without much difficulty. The day belonged to Vettel however, who managed to turn his race around from slipping to 18th and managing to finish 4th. Force India also were stars of the show in Canada fighting hard with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Lance Stroll finally finished in the points and on his home soil!

Winner: Lewis Hamilton     Second Place: Valtteri Bottas

Third Place: Daniel Ricciardo

Fans Driver of the Day: Sebastian Vettel

My Team of the Day: Force India

Driver(s) who had a Disaster Day: Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen

 

2017 Canadian Grand Prix Results

 

Position Driver Points Championship Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 25 129
2 Valtteri Bottas 18 93
3 Daniel Ricciardo 15 67
4 Sebastian Vettel 12 141
5 Sergio Perez 10 44
6 Esteban Ocon 8 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen 6 73
8 Nico Hulkenburg 4 18
9 Lance Stroll 2 2
10 Romain Grosjean 1 10
11 Jolyon Palmer 0 0
12 Kevin Magnussen 0 5
13 Marcus Ericsson 0 0
14 Stoffel Vandoorne 0 0
15 Pascal Wehrlein 0 4
DNF Fernando Alonso 0 0
DNF Daniil Kvyat 0 4
DNF Max Verstappen 0 45
DNF Felipe Massa 0 20
DNF Carlos Sainz Jr. 0 25

 

*DNF Did Not Finish

 

Lewis was back to his usual happy self after winning the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton was rarely shown on the television coverage as all the drama unfolded behind him.

Kvyat’s car did not start when the drivers pulled off for their formation lap this was a sign of things to come for the Russian. The start was extremely chaotic Vettel and Hamilton appeared to both make a good start then from nowhere Verstappen managed to zig-zag through the front runners and end up in second place. The drama continued as Sainz spun off taking Massa with him. Vettel picked up front wing damage and had to pit leaving him in last place at 18th.

Force India had a fantastic race they were pushing for podium positions throughout the race unfortunately for them it was not to be. Force India have shown that they can be very competitive and their drivers have definitely shown how skilled they both are.

Max and Daniil both had disaster races. Max had a phenomenal start hopping from 5th to 2nd but soon after on lap 11 his engine cut out and his race was over. It was horrible to see as all his hard work was shattered. Kvyat’s car did not take off for the formation lap. He then picked up a penalty for re-claiming his place at 11th for the start during the formation lap. Doing this is not allowed and he was given a drive through penalty. It was later announced that the penalty given was incorrect and Kvyat would then also have to incur a 10 second penalty on his next pit stop. Kvyat’s race ended in a DNF (did not finish).

Next Race: Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku, 23-25 June

Canadian Qualifying Results 2017

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Position Driver Time
1 Lewis Hamilton 1:11.459
2 Sebastian Vettel 1:11.789
3 Valtteri Bottas 1:12.177
4 Kimi Raikkonen 1:12.252
5 Max Verstappen 1:12.403
6 Daniel Ricciardo 1:12.557
7 Felipe Massa 1:12.858
8 Sergio Perez 1:13.018
9 Esteban Ocon 1:13.135
10 Nico Hulkenburg 1:13.271
11 Daniil Kvyat 1:13.690
12 Fernando Alonso 1:13.693
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. 1:13.756
14 Romain Grosjean 1:13.839
15 Jolyon Palmer 1:14.293
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 1:14.182
17 Lance Stroll 1:14.209
18 Kevin Magnussen 1:14.318
19 Marcus Ericsson 1:14:495
20 Pascal Wehrlein 1:14:810

 

Canadian qualifying ended with Hamilton back on pole. Lewis Hamilton was presented with one of Ayrton Senna’s old helmets after qualifying as he secured his 65th pole of his career matching his hero Senna.  A very special moment for the Brit.

Vettel had to settle for P2 but this should not dishearten the German as the qualifying times were so close there is still a lot to play for. Mercedes have the speed but they have often struggled with matching Ferrari’s pace. Ferrari are also a lot better than Mercedes at managing tires.

Bottas will be frustrated after qualifying third yet again. He will be hoping to prove himself in the race.

Qualifying as everyone knows, guarantees nothing so we will have to wait and see what unfolds.