Grand Prix of Europe F1 2017: Results of classification

on Saturday in Baku has gone more or less as expected, the first free practice session of the European GP F1 2017 has passed without problems, just a few problems for the car of Vettel. And McLaren has been able to roll normally, without too many alterations due to the mechanical and use the time to recover what we have lost yesterday by the breakage of the gearbox that suffered by Fernando Alonso in the session of free 2. It certainly is a relief to know that it was not because of Honda, but McLaren this time, since this component is produced by them. Because with all that is suffering from Honda and if you here that brought the evolution also break at the first change, then I don’t know how much ink would run…

McLaren have made today a different job, like yesterday, because they knew that would criminalize safe by the changes in the motor unit and would have to leave last yes or yes. Fernando Alonso has changed the ICE, MGU-H and Turbo as part of the evolution introduced by Honda here, which added to the problem of the gearbox that was yesterday here for a total of 40 jobs of penalty. That is why they have altered their program knowing that they are not going to get too much into this classification and have been dedicated to prepare for the race and testing with some aerodynamic configurations, and give taxiing to the engine to adjust it for tomorrow. In addition, in the classification have not been forced to save as much as possible tyres for tomorrow, and taking into account the constants that are the Pirelli’s this year, to see if they can pull-to-stop for quite a number of laps and delay the stop and see where you arrive… And especially to know where they are really with the improvement dle engine.

Carlos Sainz Jr. has done well here, it being the 12th (will be out 15th for their 3 positions penalty for the accident that caused in Canada), although as I said in the previous article, what I see is quite poor in comparison with the start of the season, as Kvyat is winning the game lately. I hope that you recover soon from this slump, and follow with a good condition, or you may not have lowered their performance, whether it is simply Kvyat has risen. In such a case is not a pleasant news, that would be best positioned for the Russian to move up to Red Bull than Carlos. However, it seems that Carlos already what they want in other computers, and his name has rung several times already among the rumors, but you have to be cautious.

In terms of the top, again Mercedes has been very strong in classification, with a pace nearly half a second higher than that of Ferrari. You had mentioned that Ferrari brought a major update of the engine to this race, but I don’t understand why you are so far away from here. What is certain is that Mercedes seems to be back and have managed to improve and understand their problems. Will have to wait until tomorrow, because in the race is where most stumble and see if they can maintain these positions or if you give in to the two cars from Maranello. The Red Bull Verstappen has been very strong here, the young rider is doing quite well and has managed to stay only a few thousandths of Vettel. Eye again with the two Force India, return to be very strong at this circuit as they were in Canada. So the podium, if there are problems at the top, could be a thing of four teams.

Results of free practice 1

Position Pilot Time
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’42″742
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’42″837
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’43″158
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’43″287
5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’43″344
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’43″614
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1’43″738
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’43″908
9 Lance Stroll Williams 1’44″040
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1’44″138
11 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1’44″312
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’44″344
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’44″401
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’44″741
15 Kevin Magnussen Have 1’44″926
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’45″143
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’45″491
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’45″645
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’45″722
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’53″040

Results of the classification

Position Pilot Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’40″593
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’41″027
3 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’41″693
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’41″841
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’41″879
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1’42″111
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’42″186
8 Lance Stroll Williams 1’42″753
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1’42″798
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’43″414
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’43″186
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’43″796
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1’44″267
14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’44″603
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’43″347*
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’44″468
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’44″795
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’45″030
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’44″334*

Morning of the race with a few unknowns, as if the Mercedes will retain those positions and again will give a claw to the world, poniéndoselo more complicated to the red that always tend to involucionar or may not evolve so fast during the season, or if the Ferrari can finish in the higher positions. On the other side to see what makes Carlos and Fernando Alonso, and carefully observe the pace they have and to see the effectiveness of the evolution of the engine. In principle it was not expecting too much change, and expect more improvements soon… By the way, very well for Lance Stroll, who, after the criticism so harsh as today has been ahead of Massa.

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