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Ferrari miss out on race win after safety car strategy call

Hamilton regains advantage and takes victory

Sidepodcast: Ferrari miss out on race win after safety car strategy call

by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead of the race from polesitter Lewis Hamilton off the line, as the Spanish Grand Prix got underway. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas nudged Kimi Räikkönen who had a hard impact with Max Verstappen, knocking both drivers out of the race. With tyre strategy the main area to make gains or losses, Bottas remained out the longest of the front runners and managed to hold up Vettel, but things still looked like they were going Ferrari’s way.

Hamilton takes pole for Spain with Vettel on the front row

Alonso earns a top ten grid slot for McLaren

Sidepodcast: Hamilton takes pole for Spain with Vettel on the front row

by Christine Blachford

Mercedes have appeared to have the edge over Ferrari so far in Spain, and qualifying went that way too. Lewis Hamilton’s first run in Q3 was good enough for pole position, and no-one, not even himself could better it in the final flying laps. Vettel finished second, after dealing with engine gremlins for most of the weekend so far, whilst Bottas and Räikkönen settled for the second row of the grid.

Names and numbers on display in Spain practice sessions

Hamilton leads the way in Barcelona

Sidepodcast: Names and numbers on display in Spain practice sessions

by Christine Blachford

Teams showed off their updates to the cars in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix today, as well as refreshed paintwork that more visibly displays the drivers names and numbers. Fans were only able to look at Fernando Alonso’s number for three short corners before the McLaren started issuing smoke and Alonso pulled it off track. His afternoon session was marginally better, 21 laps but he was last and complaining the engine was even slower.

Romain Grosjean appointed as a director of the GPDA

Change at the top of the drivers' association

Sidepodcast: Romain Grosjean appointed as a director of the GPDA

by Christine Blachford

Romain Grosjean has joined the group of directors for the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, replacing the outgoing Jenson Button. Grosjean will serve alongside Sebastian Vettel as a fellow director, and chairman Alex Wurz. Grosjean said: “I am proud to have been elected by my peers. We race drivers don’t always hold the same opinion but we are united in wanting the best for our sport.”

Valtteri Bottas takes first ever F1 race win with Russia victory

Mercedes retake the lead in the championship

Sidepodcast: Valtteri Bottas takes first ever F1 race win with Russia victory

by Christine Blachford

Valtteri Bottas muscled past both the Ferrari drivers off the line in Sochi to take the lead of the race. He survived a safety car period, the tense one-stop strategy, as well as a late charge from Sebastian Vettel, to take his first victory in Formula One, after more than 80 races. A well-earned win, the Finn was joined on the podium by Vettel and Räikkönen, with Lewis Hamilton finishing a distant and disappointed fourth.

Ferrari go fastest in Russia practice as many struggle for grip

The slippery track surface catches teams out

Sidepodcast: Ferrari go fastest in Russia practice as many struggle for grip

by Christine Blachford

Although the sun was beating down on the Sochi circuit, it was a scrappy day of free practice for many teams and drivers. Sergey Sirotkin was in at Renault, celebrating a Friday appearance in front of his home crowd, but it ended with his engine switching off. Esteban Ocon also suffered in the engine department in a slightly different way, the pink engine cover on his Force India flew off the back of the car as he was braking.

Vettel wins ahead of double Mercedes podium in Bahrain

Ferrari move back ahead after Sakhir success

Sidepodcast: Vettel wins ahead of double Mercedes podium in Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel took race victory ahead of both Mercedes drivers, after a double pit stop delay for Bottas and Hamilton cost both the chance of race victory. Hamilton also picked up a five second penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit lane ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. This all happened under the safety car, which was out to sort out the mess following a crash between Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz.

Ferrari post fastest free practice times in Bahrain, but both drivers also break down

Teams struggle for performance in Sakhir

Sidepodcast: Ferrari post fastest free practice times in Bahrain, but both drivers also break down

by Christine Blachford

First practice at the Sakhir circuit was completed in super hot conditions, so teams weren’t gathering particularly relevant data for the rest of the weekend. Mercedes were running longer and heavier, so finished middle of the timesheets, whilst it was Ferrari on top. Sebastian Vettel went fastest, but Kimi Räikkönen broke down due to mechanical troubles. Stoffel Vandoorne also stopped out on track in his McLaren, whilst Felipe Massa had something of a spin but finished in the top five anyway.

McLaren confirm Jenson Button as Alonso’s Monaco replacement

F1 champion set for one-off return

Sidepodcast: McLaren confirm Jenson Button as Alonso’s Monaco replacement

by Christine Blachford

It didn’t take long for McLaren to find a ready and willing substitute for Fernando Alonso, after revealing this week that the Spaniard would be missing the Monaco Grand Prix in favour of racing a McLaren car in the Indy 500. The team are bringing back Jenson Button, who retired at the end of the 2016 season as a full time F1 racer, to become the reserve driver this year and focus on other interests.

Fernando Alonso to race the Indy 500, missing the Monaco Grand Prix

McLaren will name replacement in due course

Sidepodcast: Fernando Alonso to race the Indy 500, missing the Monaco Grand Prix

by Christine Blachford

McLaren announced today that they would be racing a car, powered by Honda, in the Indy 500 event set to take place in May. The team’s car will be run by Andretti Autosport, and will be driven by the one and only Fernando Alonso. The timing of the Indy 500 means Alonso will miss out on the Monaco Grand Prix which takes place on the same weekend, May 28th.

Hamilton and Vettel set up Shanghai showdown with front row positions

Verstappen to start from rear of field

Sidepodcast: Hamilton and Vettel set up Shanghai showdown with front row positions

by Christine Blachford

As is often the way with qualifying, all the action seemed to happen in the first and last sessions. Max Verstappen suffered a power unit problem on his Red Bull that meant his fastest lap was only good enough for 19th on the grid. Meanwhile, Antonio Giovinazzi, perhaps suffering from the lack of preparation time, spun on his final flying lap and crashed into the barriers.

Free Practice 2 in China cancelled due to poor weather conditions

124 laps completed across two limited sessions

Sidepodcast: Free Practice 2 in China cancelled due to poor weather conditions

by Christine Blachford

There was exceptionally limited running during Free Practice Friday in Shanghai, with drivers being unable to prepare properly for the rest of the Chinese Grand Prix Weekend. FP1 endured a 40 minute red flag period due to misty conditions that grounded the medical helicopter, and the session was brought to a premature end after Nico Hülkenberg beached his Renault in the gravel.

Malaysian Grand Prix to end after 2017 running

Sepang set to drop off the F1 calendar

Sidepodcast: Malaysian Grand Prix to end after 2017 running

by Christine Blachford

The future of the Malaysian Grand Prix has been in doubt following action taken by the local government to cut costs. It was anticipated the contract would end after the 2018 event but that has been brought forward so that this year’s running will be the last. At the time, Malaysia’s tourism minister said: “From the longer term perspective, it’s probably the correct decision because it’s more expensive and no longer that attractive.”

Pascal Wehrlein to sit out second race in China

Giovinazzi gets another chance in the Sauber

Sidepodcast: Pascal Wehrlein to sit out second race in China

by Christine Blachford

Wehrlein is still getting back up to speed after his Race of Champions accident in December last year, and is set to sit out the second round of the 2017 season, after missing out in Australia a fortnight ago. The German driver said: “For me, the most important thing is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible. Hopefully this can be in Bahrain but if not, then we will take the time it needs until Russia to make sure I am completely ready.”