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Verstappen goes fastest, and crashes, in Baku practice

Turn eight causes misery in Azerbaijan

Sidepodcast: Verstappen goes fastest, and crashes, in Baku practice

by Christine Blachford

First practice in Azerbaijan was dominated by Sergio Pérez, who crashed his Force India into the barriers at turn eight – a supremely narrow section of track that was the scene of plenty of drama. A lack of grip, smoke from tyre lockups, running wide off track and missing apexes and diving into run off zones was the order of the day, as the tricky Baku track caught out many a good driver.

Monisha Kaltenborn steps down as Sauber team principal

Mutual consent decision for the Swiss team

Sidepodcast: Monisha Kaltenborn steps down as Sauber team principal

by Christine Blachford

Monisha Kaltenborn has been a mainstay at Sauber for many years, and has seen the team through several financial crisis situations during her time as team principal since 2012. Now, however, her tenure at the top has come to a close as she departs the team effective immediately. A statement made by the new owners, Longbow Finance, said the split was “by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company.”

Hamilton wins lonely race as Force India teammates disagree

Chaotic race in Canada ends with Mercedes victory

Sidepodcast: Hamilton wins lonely race as Force India teammates disagree

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton led away from pole, remained out front for every lap and took a comfortable race victory over teammate Valtteri Bottas. Behind him, though, there was chaos. Max Verstappen swept up into second off the line but his Red Bull gave up just a few laps later. Carlos Sainz swiped into Felipe Massa, knocking them both out of the race on the first lap. Sebastian Vettel took some front wing damage that dropped him down the order but he fought back to fourth place.

Pascal Wehrlein cleared to race in Canada after Monaco accident

Concerns abated after Button collision

Sidepodcast: Pascal Wehrlein cleared to race in Canada after Monaco accident

by Christine Blachford

It’s never a sight you want to see, and thankfully one you don’t see very often: an F1 car on its side up close against the barriers. That’s what happened when Jenson Button tipped Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein into an accident in Monaco, which thankfully ended with everyone unharmed. Wehrlein took a little while to extricate himself from the car and was taken away for medical checks but was ultimately okay and has been cleared to race in Canada.

Ferrari secure 1-2 finish with Vettel taking victory in Monaco

Button retires after costly collision with Wehrlein

Sidepodcast: Ferrari secure 1-2 finish with Vettel taking victory in Monaco

by Christine Blachford

The first half of the Monaco Grand Prix was, let’s face it, a bit dull, but things picked up as the race started to unravel. Nico Hülkenberg’s Renault gave up after 17 laps, and he stopped with a gearbox problem before the pit stop window opened. One-stop strategies were the norm, and the pit stop action allowed Vettel to get ahead of Räikkönen and Ricciardo to get ahead of both Bottas and Verstappen. Thus it was Ferrari and Ricciardo that took to the podium once the chequered flag was waved.

Kimi Räikkönen takes Monaco pole, his first since 2008

Hamilton caught out by slow car and yellow flags

Sidepodcast: Kimi Räikkönen takes Monaco pole, his first since 2008

by Christine Blachford

Ferrari always seemed to have the upper hand during qualifying in Monaco, easily making it through the first few sessions. It was no surprise to see the Sauber pair, as well as Palmer and Stroll all dropping out in Q1 but it was a shame for Esteban Ocon who also missed out on Q2. He’d crashed in FP2 and the team managed to patch up the car in impressive time but to no avail.

Stroll’s struggles continue with Monaco Free Practice crash

Williams driver hits barriers in FP2

Sidepodcast: Stroll’s struggles continue with Monaco Free Practice crash

by Christine Blachford

First practice on Thursday in Monaco was dominated by the sight of drivers locking up and pushing the limits of the track – both Ferrari drivers kissed the barriers at various points throughout the session. Jenson Button was back on it for his first day behind the wheel this season, and finished two places behind teammate Vandoorne. Lewis Hamilton was fastest with Sebastian Vettel second.

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.”