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Bottas beats Hamilton to take 70th Anniversary pole

Silverstone, United Kingdom—Valtteri Bottas outpaced his Mercedes teammate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton by the finest of margins on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) to claim a dramatic pole position for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 9th, 2020

I wasn t good enough : Hamilton admits Bottas deserves Silverstone pole

Silverstone, United Kingdom | World champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he "wasn't good enough" after Valtteri Bottas showed just why champions Mercedes re-signed him for 2021 earlier this week by grabbing pole position at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Saturday.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

Hamilton beats Ferrari front row to Mexico City win

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lewis Hamilton got the Mexican victory party he craved. He'll have to wait another week for a sixth career championship. The Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari's front-row start to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday, pushing him so close to the season championship that he's all but guaranteed to win it next week at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. "I don't mind. I love racing," Hamilton said after climbing out of his car with a wave to the massive crowds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "This is a race I've wanted to win for some time. It came together nicely." It came together because Hamilton overcame damage to his car floor from an opening-lap collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and then managed an early tire change for a shocking 48 laps to drive away with a comfortable win over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Only Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas' third-place finish denied Hamilton the season championship by the slimmest of margins. Hamilton needed to beat Bottas by 14 points, but picked up 10 instead while earning his 10th win of the season and 83rd of his career. That sends the championship to next week's U.S. Grand Prix, where Hamilton has won five times since 2012. He clinched the 2015 title there. "It's been a good hunting ground for me," Hamilton said of the Texas race. But Mexico City was a big prize he badly wanted. Hamilton had won the 2017 and 2018 championships here, but fared poorly in both races and didn't make the podium either time. Drivers call the Mexico City winners' celebration the biggest and wildest of the season, and Hamilton hadn't stood there since his victory in 2016. "You could see someone else on the podium celebrating the win and you wanted to do that," Hamilton said. Leclerc and Vettel had started 1-2. Red Bull's Max Verstappen had been stripped of pole position for driving too fast under a yellow flag after Bottas' crash in the late stages of Saturday qualifying. That penalty also let Hamilton start third with a chance to chase a win and the championship. Ferrari protected the lead from the start as Vettel moved to edge out Hamilton on the long opening straight. Hamilton then fell to fifth after tangling with Verstappen on the second corner as they bumped tires and both cars went into the grass. Hamilton's tire change on Lap 23 proved pivotal as he inched toward the front, but it wasn't without worry. "It feels like we stopped too early," Hamilton radioed his garage. "This is a long way to go on these tires, man." Ferrari split its pit strategies with Vettel stopping once and Leclerc twice. Both drivers yielded the lead for fresh tires. Leclerc finished fourth. "I think we were confident if we split the cars we would cover both options," Vettel said. "Neither (Mercedes) or us expected their tires to last that long." And Hamilton just kept going. "He was cruising," Vettel said. "Our strategy could have been sharper." Bottas earned his podium in a car that had to be repaired overnight after his hard crash in qualifying. His pushing Vettel from behind late in the race helped ease pressure on Hamilton at the front. "The car felt good, as good as before the crash," Bottas said. "I had a small headache in the morning. I don't know if that was the tequila or the crash." Verstappen had a miserable start before rallying to finish sixth. Driving aggressive after getting bumped off pole, the two-time defending race champion fell to eighth after the clip with Hamilton. Verstappen fought back to pass Bottas on the second lap, but suffered a tire puncture on the move when he touched Bottas' front wing. The tire shredded off and Verstappen drove nearly an entire lap with a bare wheel as the field passed him by. "I always leave Max a lot of space," Hamilton said. "That's the smartest thing you can do.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2019

Hamilton roars to sizzling Spanish GP pole

Lewis Hamilton roared to a record-increasing 92nd Formula One pole position of his career on Saturday when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a sizzling qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Hamilton forcing rivals to & lsquo;count sheep& rsquo; at 70th GP

Silverstone, United Kingdom—Lewis Hamilton returns to Silverstone this weekend knowing he faces another “serious challenge” with even softer tires and hotter conditions for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix than those he overcame on his way to a dramatic triumph in last Sunday’s British Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

Hamilton to start 5th at US Grand Prix as he chases F1 title

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's race start at the U.S. Grand Prix will be far from ideal. His position in the season championship is still just fine. The Mercedes driver will start a distant fifth Sunday after a disappointing qualifying where teammate Valtteri Bottas grabbed the pole position with a lap record at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton has been a dominant force on the Texas track where he's won five times since 2012, but none of those victories came from starts behind the front row. So Hamilton will be chasing Bottas for the win, but he could just settle in for a cruise to a sixth career Formula One championship. Bottas has to win to extend the championship. Hamilton only needs to finish eighth or better to secure the title. He could even do it if he finishes ninth but grabs the single point awarded to the driver with the fastest lap. Hamilton hasn't finished lower than ninth this season and was down there only once — in the rain in Germany. "It was nothing to do with the car, it was just me," Hamilton said after qualifying. "I just didn't pull the laps out. The car had the capability to be on the front row. I just didn't do it today. I'll try to rectify it tomorrow." Bottas is the only driver still mathematically alive in the championship, even if just barely. He expects Hamilton to drive to win, at least for a while. "From what I know about him, he'll be there fighting hard. Lewis hates to lose. He wants to win like all of us do," Bottas said. "He doesn't need many points. He'd like to win the championship in a nice way. Obviously, I'll try to delay that." Bottas won his 11th career pole with a lap record of 1 minute, 32.029 seconds that beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by just 0.012 seconds. Hamilton has called the U.S. Grand Prix "good hunting ground" for him based on his past success. He race win in clinched the 2015 clinched the season championship. That was the last time he's ended the title chase with a victory. His 2017 and 2018 championships were secured in Mexico City despite running some of his poorest races of those seasons, and didn't finish on the podium either time. After winning last week in Mexico City , Hamilton said he'd like to clinch this year's title with a win. The Texas track seemed the ideal place to do that considering Hamilton's record there, but now he's trying to buck a trend: No winner at the Circuit of the Americas has started from behind the front row. Germany's Michael Schumacher has the most F1 championships with seven won between 1994 and 2004. A sixth title would move Hamilton into second place by himself, breaking his tie with Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five titles in the 1950s. In front of Hamilton to the first turn Sunday will be Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Verstappen hoped to challenge for pole position but a tire lockup early in his final lap killed his chance. Leclerc put in a solid qualifying after engine trouble in Saturday's final practice. Ferrari had put a new engine in his car for this week's race, but it had an oil leak that caused smoke to billow out of the rear end. Ferrari put Leclerc's old engine back in the car to avoid taking a grid penalty and he still finished ahead of Hamilton. Qualifying was all kinds of stressful for Hamilton. He nearly collided with Verstappen early in the session, an incident that could have doomed both cars had they hit each other. Verstappen said he was lining up behind Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat as the cars were getting ready to start a lap when Hamilton suddenly drove between them. Verstappen swerved and drove through the grass to regain position in front of Hamilton. It was the latest dustup between the drivers. "Everybody was lining up to make space and Lewis drove by like nobody was there," Verstappen said. "He didn't care.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2019

Verstappen stripped of pole at Mexican Grand Prix

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Max Verstappen was fastest on the day. Ferrari will still start from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix. Red Bull's two-time defending race champion was stripped of the No. 1 position for the race Saturday after race stewards determined Verstappen violated safety rules when he didn't slow down final lap when Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas crashed ahead of him. Bottas' hard crash ended qualifying in the final minutes and Verstappen thought he had snatched a surprise pole from a Ferrari team that had been dominant in qualifying the last five races. Instead, Ferrari gets another 1-2 front row with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel while Verstappen drops to fourth behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. That's a key bump for Hamilton, who can clinch the season championship with a podium and he finishes 14 points ahead of Bottas, the only driver still mathematically alive in the title chase. Verstappen had surprised the field with the speed to overtake the Ferrari and he'd already run a lap fast enough to get pole position. But with the Ferraris still out, Verstappen was gunning for another fast lap. Bottas was just ahead of him and slammed hard into the wall rounding through the final corner. Verstappen zipped past him and later admitted in the post-qualifying news conference that he didn't slow down. That drew a summons from the race stewards and the penalty about three hours later. The entire scenario gives Hamilton a better chance to close out the championship on a race track that has not been kind to him in recent years. Hamilton clinched the 2017 and 2018 championships in Mexico City but ran poor races both times. Bottas' car took extensive damage and the overnight rebuild could bring grid penalties that knock him from his sixth place starting position. A sixth career championship would put Hamilton just one behind the record seven won by Michael Schumacher. If he doesn't close it out this week, the championship will extend to next week's U.S. Grand Prix in Texas, a race Hamilton has won five times since 2012......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2019

Leclerc takes 4th straight pole at Russian GP, Hamilton 2nd

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Charles Leclerc clinched his fourth straight pole position and championship leader Lewis Hamilton was second in qualifying at Formula One's Russian Grand Prix on Saturday. Leclerc finished 0.402 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Leclerc's Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel third fastest at the Sochi Autodrome. Hamilton is bidding for his first win since the summer break and his Mercedes team is often the dominant force in Russia, having won all of the five races staged here. Hamilton is 65 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in his quest for a sixth world title, but looks to have his work cut out against Leclerc. Alex Albon crashed out of qualifying. The London-born Thai spun at the slow-speed Turn 13 before slamming into the barriers. The driver was unhurt. Vettel finished ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen but the Dutch driver will be bumped back five places following a grid penalty for changes to his engine. Ferrari, winless in the opening half of the season, is now the team to beat as it seeks a fourth consecutive victory. While Vettel ended his 13-month losing streak in Singapore last weekend, it is Leclerc who continues to impress in his opening season with the Scuderia. This marked his sixth pole this season and it is also the 10th straight round Leclerc has out-qualified Vettel, the four-time world champion, who was 0.425 slower in qualifying. "It definitely feels great to be back on pole," said Leclerc, who became the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher to claim four straight poles. Leclerc is 96 points behind Hamilton in the championship, with a total of only 156 to play for in the remaining six races. Hamilton has not been on pole since the German Grand Prix in July, a streak of five races, but was delighted to have split the Ferraris with his final effort. "I gave it everything I could in the end and I am so glad it came together," Hamilton said. "I wasn't expecting to be on the front row so I am really happy." Bottas finished fifth in qualifying. The Finn will join Vettel on the second row following Verstappen's penalty. Earlier Saturday, McLaren said the team will be powered by Mercedes from 2021, ending its association with Renault at the end of the 2020 campaign. The long-term agreement will run until at least 2024......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Leclerc hopes to convert 3rd pole position into 1st GP win

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Charles Leclerc hopes to make it third time lucky from pole position and finally give Ferrari its first win of a difficult Formula One season in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. He qualified comfortably ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday in a dominant weekend so far for Ferrari. Leclerc beat his own leading time to finish .748 seconds clear of Vettel and .763 ahead of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. "It obviously feels amazing," Leclerc said. "The gap is quite big today, but it doesn't mean it will be like that tomorrow." Still, it was another impressive performance from Leclerc, adding to his poles in Bahrain and Austria. He won neither race, hit by a sudden engine failure when seemingly coasting to victory in Bahrain, and then out-muscled late on at Spielberg by a rampaging Max Verstappen. Although Leclerc is in his first season with Ferrari, and only his second in F1, he leads four-time champion Vettel 3-1 in pole positions this year and has out-qualified his senior colleague in six straight races since Vettel's pole in Canada. "I have made some changes in qualifying," Leclerc said. "I definitely feel the difference and feel it's going the right way." Hamilton, F1's record holder with 87 poles, rates Leclerc highly. "Charles did an exceptional job," Hamilton said. "He's been so quick all weekend." Ferrari has looked significantly faster than Mercedes in terms of straight-line speed on F1's longest track at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), placing 1-2 in all three practice sessions and all three sections of qualifying. Leclerc beat Vettel in five of those, although cooler conditions expected for Sunday's race could negate some of Ferrari's speed advantage. The most famed team in motorsport desperately needs a win. Ferrari's last was by former driver Kimi Raikkonen's at the United States GP last October; while Vettel's last was on this track last year. There have been 20 GPs without one since for the German driver, who has led and lost the past two F1 championships to Hamilton following clumsy errors. This time it was Hamilton making a surprisingly sloppy mistake, mangling his Mercedes when crashing under no pressure in the third and final practice earlier Saturday. Hamilton almost had another incident in qualifying when he narrowly avoided bumping into his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who starts the race from fourth on the grid. Hamilton felt he needed to apologize to his team after his rare crash. The runaway championship leader lost control coming out of the Fanges chicane, veering left at full speed into the protective tire barriers and crumpling the nose of his car. "It was a terrible session for me when you know how hard these guys work to build a car," said Hamilton, who leads second-place Bottas by 62 points in the standings. "I was just trying to pay them back with a good qualifying session." Hamilton later played down the mistake, saying, "You're looking at it way too deeply ... I'm only human." But for a driver who rarely makes mistakes on any track — let alone one that was bone-dry — it was nonetheless a glaring error. That session was interrupted as Hamilton's car was taken away. The British driver walked slowly back to the team garage and Mercedes mechanics faced a race against the clock to get the car ready for qualifying. "There's so much pressure on these guys," Hamilton said. "They relish the challenge (and) did an exceptional job." The front corners — the suspension and wheel assemblies — the nose and floor all needed fixing in a little more than two hours. "When I looked at the car, I thought, 'Oh no!'" Hamilton said, feeling guilty at the damage he had caused. Mechanics were still working on the bashed-up Silver Arrow when qualifying started. They got a bit more time than expected after the first part of qualifying — Q1 — was held up after the back of Robert Kubica's car caught fire following an engine combustion failure, sending a cloak of smoke around his Racing Point car. Q1 was halted a second time with seconds remaining when Italian Antonio Giovinazzi pulled up with a power failure. In third and final practice, Leclerc was .451 seconds quicker than Vettel in warm and sunny conditions in the Ardennes Forest. It set the tone for another impressive display of speed, and now he must convert that into a victory on race day......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

Verstappen takes 1st career pole position at Hungarian GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Max Verstappen produced a near-perfect lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take the first pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday. The Red Bull driver set a track record with 1 minute, 14.958 seconds and then beat it again with 1:14.572. It was another boost for the 21-year-old Verstappen, who has won two of the past three races to creep into outside contention for the title race. "This feels good, this feels really good," said Verstappen, who became the 100th F1 driver to take a pole. "This one was missing. ... It was only a matter of time." Verstappen is the youngest driver to win an F1 race — he was 18 when he won the Spanish GP in 2016 — and is the fourth youngest to take pole. He sits behind Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc and record-holder Sebastian Vettel, who were all also 21. Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, the five-time F1 champion who was chasing a record-extending 88th career pole and record-equaling seventh at the Hungaroring circuit to match F1 great Michael Schumacher. Leclerc, who took his first career pole in Bahrain in March, placed fourth ahead of his Ferrari teammate Vettel. The Ferraris were quickest in the first sector of qualifying but both tailed off. Leclerc recovered well after spinning the car in the first part of qualifying, known as Q1, sliding backward into the barriers and drifting back onto the track as a Williams car came flying past. Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly qualified sixth ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris, who has impressed in his debut season. But Daniel Ricciardo, a winner of seven F1 races, was among the five drivers eliminated from Q1. Ricciardo, who left Red Bull and made a surprising move to join Renault, starts from 18th place. Renault struggled again as German driver Nico Hulkenberg was among the five eliminated from Q2. Earlier, Hamilton had the fastest time in the third and final practice ahead of Verstappen. Hamilton leads the championship by 41 points ahead of Bottas, who is fighting for a new Mercedes contract next year, with Verstappen 63 points behind in third place heading into the mid-season summer break. After Sunday's race, F1 resumes at the Belgian GP on Sept. 1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Vettel under increasing pressure heading into German GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Given Sebastian Vettel's lack of form, the last place he might want to race this weekend is his home grand prix in Germany. Hockenheim serves as a painful reminder to Vettel because his title bid started to unravel at the track last year. He was leading Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship, and comfortably leading the race heading into the closing stages. Then, he crashed into the barriers and gifted Hamilton a win. Although the rain was falling hard it was a mistake unbefitting of a four-time world champion, especially considering he was under no pressure from Hamilton at the time. "I won't forget that race, that moment," Vettel said. "That was a mistake and it was costly. Very costly." It proved to be a turning point. Hamilton took command in the title race, just like in September 2017 when Vettel's title bid crumbled following a crash from pole position in Singapore. The errors have been piling up for Vettel, while the wins have not, and his composure remains a talking point in F1. That's all despite Vettel having 230 races and 115 podiums, including 52 wins in a career spanning 12 years. At the British GP two weeks ago, he misjudged an overtaking move and slammed into the back of Max Verstappen's Red Bull. Vettel apologized in person to the irate Verstappen, a winner in Austria the previous race, but it was yet another baffling error from Vettel. Unfortunately for Ferrari, which last won the drivers' championship with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, these mistakes are becoming commonplace. Vettel was in contention to win the Canadian GP last month, too, but seemed to panic when Hamilton's Mercedes appeared behind him and he swerved off and back onto the track. Vettel was handed a time penalty for unfairly impeding Hamilton, costing him the win. Vettel's last victory was at the Belgian GP last August, a barren run of 18 races. "I always put myself under pressure so I can't be happy with things going wrong. The pressure I put on myself is bigger than any external factors," Vettel said Thursday. "For me it's the most straightforward way to deal with (things) myself. Because I know what I've done wrong, what I've done right. You are always your best judge." The pressure on Vettel to start delivering for Ferrari is mounting. He has one year left on his contract after this season, and questions are being asked as to whether he should be the team's No. 2 driver behind Charles Leclerc. The 21-year-old Leclerc is only in his second year in F1, having replaced Raikkonen at Ferrari after impressing with Sauber. Leclerc has not won a race, although he came close in Bahrain and in Austria, but has shown greater speed and composure than Vettel in recent weeks. Vettel, although the vastly more senior driver, leads Leclerc by only three points — with Vettel fourth and Leclerc fifth in the standings. Leclerc is aiming for a fifth straight podium finish and a third pole position of the season. By comparison, Vettel has no podiums in the past three races and four in 10 so far, with one pole position. Vettel's ongoing woes, and the ongoing debates at Ferrari, are great news for Mercedes. Hamilton's main rival is not Vettel or Leclerc, but Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Although Bottas started the season strongly, Hamilton leads him by 39 points approaching the halfway point of the season. Bottas, who is second overall, has not won since Azerbaijan in April. Hamilton's quest for a sixth world title, which would move him one behind German great Michael Schuamcher's F1 record, is gathering momentum. The 34-year-old British driver has won five of the past six races, and counts 80 overall as he chases Schumacher's all-time record of 91. Ferrari seems powerless to stop him. "We are trying a lot of things to make it better. The motivation is high to get the job done with Ferrari," Vettel said. "Mercedes does have an edge over everybody else. In terms of raw speed, they're the benchmark ... I want to win but also I'm realistic, coming here I don't feel we're the favorites.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Hamilton denied Brit GP pole by Bottas, takes on negativity

By Rob Harris, Associated Press SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — By only six milliseconds — 0.006 — Lewis Hamilton was left in an unusual position on Saturday: Missing out on pole for the British Grand Prix. The pause was a lot longer when the Formula One leader was later surprised to be asked why "people question your Britishness" in the post-qualifying news conference. Look around Silverstone at the flags and banners and there is little doubt who the home crowd of more than 100,000 wants to win on Sunday. But after being outpaced by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton will not start from the front of the grid at the British GP for the first time since 2014. "It wasn't the best of qualifying sessions," Hamilton said, "but it is a long race tomorrow." It is a race Hamilton is trying to win for a record sixth time, further cementing the racing excellence of Britain's five-time world champion. But Hamilton still has to shake off some negativity. Hamilton was quizzed by a reporter from Britain's Guardian newspaper on why there is a "contention because people say you live in Monaco and your accent isn't maybe as British as others because you spend a lot of time in the U.S." "I don't have a good answer for that," Hamilton replied. "It is crazy because I remember growing up and watching Jenson Button and all the youngsters coming through and everyone migrated to Monaco. Nobody ever said anything about it. But, of course, when I did, they had something to say. "No matter how often that you go abroad or elsewhere in the world you come back to the U.K., see the countryside, and this great history of Formula One and motorsport and I see all my family who are also here and this feels where my heart is. I am fully British." The Silverstone circuit is also bedecked with Hamilton banners and Union Jack flags featuring his name. "Whilst there will be negative views, I feel every day there is an opportunity to turn those who have a negative view," Hamilton said. "I guess over time I will do more and more positive things for the country. I go to all these races and I lift the British flag proudly, and there is no one else in this sport that has raised it so high. At the moment it is not enough. I will keep looking for what else I can do." Having a 31-point lead in the drivers' standings shows Hamilton is on the right track. Escaping the F1 bubble by heading to California last week helped Hamilton. But Nico Rosberg, who had a four-year rivalry with Hamilton as Mercedes teammates, said such an approach wouldn't have worked for him. "Lewis is partying in Los Angeles and is the best driver in the world," Rosberg said at the central England circuit. "If I had been travelling the way he does, I would be 10th on the grid for Mercedes." But the German won the world championship only once, in 2016, before retiring. "I do have five world titles and they didn't come on their own," Hamilton said. "Valtteri parties way more than me. When I started doing the travel and focusing on these other things there was always the issue and comments and the pressure of having to arrive and deliver the same. "It took time to break that mold and I have done it time and time and time again. My preparation comes first and I have felt fantastic all weekend. The pressure is high being that it is a home grand prix and I don't look at that lightly. I prepare the best way I can ... and that is what led me to five world titles." And also victories in six of the nine races this season after shaking off the challenge from Bottas, who won two of the first four events. Bottas is back on pole for the first time since the fifth grand prix in Spain in May. Behind the Mercedes duo on the grid on Sunday will be Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who qualified in third, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Bottas, Verstappen crashes overshadow Austrian GP practice

By Eric Willemsen, Associated Press SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen both crashed and seriously damaged their cars during the second practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as the high-altitude track in the Alps showed its perilous side on Friday. Mercedes and Red Bull blamed gusty winds in the montane surroundings for the incidents, which caused the 90-minute session to be red-flagged twice. A third big-name driver narrowly avoided a similar crash as Sebastian Vettel also spun off the track but his Ferrari came to a standstill just before the barriers, limiting damage to his tires only. Before his crash, Bottas posted the second fastest time of the session, trailing Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc by 0.331 seconds. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led the first session in his Mercedes, had the fourth best time, 0.443 behind Leclerc. Bottas slammed his Mercedes into the barriers after he lost control of the rear and spun off the track at Turn 6, leaving the front of his car heavily damaged. The mishap came less than 15 minutes after Verstappen slid off the track backward in Turn 10, badly damaging the right rear of his Red Bull. "Hard to say what happened, maybe it was the wind," Verstappen said. "It's still only Friday so we have time to repair everything for tomorrow." Bottas and Verstappen are the last two winners of the race, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Neither was hurt in the crashes. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Bottas couldn't be blamed. "Suddenly you have three, four kph more and you are beyond the limit," Wolff said about the strong wind affecting the drivers. Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko added that Verstappen "wasn't driving faster as before in that turn but the gust just swept away the rear." The incidents made for probably the most eventful practice of the season, hours after Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first practice. The British five-time world champion led Vettel by 0.144 seconds, with Mercedes teammate Bottas 0.161 slower in third. Bottas, who earned his first career podium on this track in 2014 and started the last two years from pole, had missed the first half hour as his power unit had to be replaced to fix an oil leak. Leclerc and Verstappen were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Practice was cut short after Niko Hulkenberg lost the left front wing of his Renault on the curb. Many racers, including Hamilton, damaged their front wing on the high edges of the track, called "yellow sausages" by many. TIRED OF TIRES While the opening practice showed Mercedes' unbeaten streak might continue this weekend, an attempt from various teams to create a more level playing field failed earlier in the day. At the center of the discussion was the new type of tires introduced by supplier Pirelli this season. They have a reduced tread gauge which should cut down on blistering. While most teams have found them unpredictable and have struggled to adapt to them, the new tires seem to perfectly fit the strategy of Mercedes, which has won all eight races this season, including six 1-2 finishes. To open up the battle for victories and make the races more appealing again, various teams, led by Red Bull, have been suggesting a midseason return to last year's rubber. But in a meeting with all team principals, Pirelli, and governing body FIA, the proposal failed to get the mandatory support of at least seven of the 10 teams. Apart from Mercedes, the idea was also rejected by Williams, Racing Point, McLaren and Renault. One of the reasons for the dismissal was the lack of data, as teams could only guess how the 2018 tires would work under the 2019 cars. Hamilton initially had been critical of the new tires during preseason testing, but has meanwhile slammed the idea of switching back to the old ones. "Last year you had to manage the tires to a temperature, which means you had to do more lifting and coasting. It was a lot worse," said Hamilton, who attended Friday's meeting. "That's an example again of different teams pushing for different things for their own personal goals rather than for the sport's." Tire management will become a key factor during Sunday's race with temperatures expected to rise up to 33 degrees Celsius (91 F) in thin air......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Bottas takes pole at Spanish GP ahead of Hamilton

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Valtteri Bottas is poised to become a major threat to teammate and defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton after clocking a scorching lap at the Spanish Grand Prix to take his third consecutive pole position on Saturday. Bottas smashed Hamilton's track record at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in qualifying, finishing the 4.6-kilometer (2.5-mile) track in 1 minute, 15.406 seconds to better Hamilton's mark from 2018. More importantly for Bottas' hopes in Sunday's race was the gap of more than half a second over Hamilton's best effort. With Hamilton second on the grid, Mercedes is in great position to extend its record start after the pair swept the top two spots at the first four races. Bottas, who failed to win a race last season, leads Hamilton by one point in the standings after they have alternated places in their run of one-two finishes. "I really enjoyed that adrenaline rush from those laps," Bottas said. "It started well, this season. Just the way I hoped for. I am feeling better and better in the car." Hamilton praised his teammate, who after two years as a second fiddle has emerged as the No. 1 challenger to stopping him from winning a sixth world title. "Valtteri did a fantastic job. He has been quick all weekend," said Hamilton, who took pole in Spain in the previous three years. "I just didn't do the job on my side." Hamilton was quick to add he hoped to celebrate another Mercedes team victory on Sunday, but with him on top. "I'll be giving it everything. Great for the team to have a one-two. If I can reverse it (in the race) I'll be happy." Hamilton will look to turn the tables on Bottas in a race that he has won three times, including the last two years. But Hamilton is getting accustomed to seeing the back of Bottas' car. Bottas won the last race in Azerbaijan from pole position. He was fastest in practice on Friday, and the Finn showed no jitters in qualifying after spinning into gravel in the final practice. Bottas shouted an emphatic "Yes!" over the car radio when he knew the top spot was his after Hamilton came up short on his last run, with some gravel strewn on the course possibly slowing him down. Bottas and Hamilton both said that the 66-lap race could be decided in the opening meters. "The start and Turn 1 will be particularly important," Bottas said. "Tomorrow, Lewis and I both want to win, so I'm looking forward to a hard and fair fight." Hamilton said: "My starts have been decent so far this year, so hopefully that will continue on Sunday as it's not that easy to overtake on this track." Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari will start from third, just in front of Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Ferrari's other driver, Charles Leclerc, will start from fifth. Vettel has yet to top qualifying, and it is clear Ferrari has made up no ground despite bringing a new engine to Spain. Vettel is 35 points behind Bottas in third place. "The car doesn't feel bad, but the car is not quick enough," Vettel said. "We are struggling a little bit to bring it together." Pierre Gasly had the sixth best time in his Red Bull, ahead of Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Nico Hulkenberg was the only driver to go off the track in an otherwise clean qualifying session. The German ran into the barrier and bent one side of his front wing under his Renault. After hasty repairs, Hulkenberg could not make it out of the first qualifying section, which culls the slowest five drivers. Renault partner Daniel Ricciardo finished qualifying 10th but will have to serve a three-place grid penalty that he carried over for causing an accident with Daniil Kvyat in Azerbaijan. Williams' woes deepened after George Russell lost control during practice before qualifying. Damage from the rear-end impact into the wall required a gearbox change, which incurred a five-place grid penalty. Russell and teammate Robert Kubica were again at the bottom of qualifying with the slowest cars......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

Ferrari still slower than Mercedes despite new engine

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Ferrari had hoped that a new engine would help the team finally get ahead of Mercedes. Instead, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton put themselves in an excellent position to extend their record start to the Formula One season after Mercedes took the top two spots in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's race from third on the grid for the fourth time this season. But the gap seems to have grown— not diminished— in the performance level between the Italian cars and their rivals during the two-week break since Bottas and Hamilton combined for Mercedes' fourth one-two finish in Azerbaijan. And this was after Ferrari had fast-tracked a new power unit for the first European race of the calendar to try to stop Mercedes from getting any further ahead. Vettel already trails Bottas by 35 points and Hamilton by 34 after four races and call ill afford another race without a victory. Seeing his best lap still 0.8 seconds slower than pole-winner Bottas, Vettel said that some "daring" was called for if Ferrari wanted to turn it around. "We are certainly not satisfied, but I am very happy with the approach, with the chance that we took in terms of trying something daring, something that ultimately will pay off," Vettel said. "It will help us in terms of pace for tomorrow, and hopefully it sets us off in the right direction for the next couple of weeks." Vettel said that while his and Charles Leclerc's Ferraris seem fast enough to match the Mercedes in flat-out speed on the straightaway, they are losing ground in the final stretch of the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit that features several turns. "(That) seems to be more than an Achilles' heel at the moment," Vettel said. Leclerc, the only non-Mercedes driver to claim a pole position this season, had a tougher time in qualifying after he clipped a curb and did some slight damage to his car. "I don't understand how I managed to lose that much of the car," Leclerc said. "We broke quite a lot and in (the third qualifying session) the balance was strange so we need to check the car again." The 21-year-old Leclerc will start the race fifth behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

Hamilton dedicates majestic Belgian pole to Chadwick Boseman

Lewis Hamilton delivered two successive record breaking qualifying laps to claim his sixth Belgian Grand Prix pole position and a record-increasing 93rd of his career with a flawless demonstration of speed on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Verstappen enjoys family fun on way to sanitised& rsquo; Silverstone win

Max Verstappen re-established himself as a champion driver and entertainer of the future on Sunday when he claimed a flawless and well-judged tactical victory for Red Bull at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

Hamilton says British GP was & lsquo;hardest turnaround& rsquo;

Silverstone, United Kingdom—Lewis Hamilton admitted his recovery on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) from a spin to claim a record-smashing pole position for the British Grand Prix had been his “hardest turnaround”......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Hamilton shatters lap record to grab British Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton smashed the track record twice on Saturday to grab a record seventh British Grand Prix pole position with a stunning performance in a tense qualifying session......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Hamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Bottas

Hamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Bottas.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020

Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win

Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the season and the 85th of his career with a perfectly-judged victory from pole position as Mercedes delivered a one-two finish in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix. The six-time world champion bounced back from a disappointing season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on the same Red Bull Ring circuit a week […] The post Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020