Grand Prix of Europe F1 2017: Results of the free practice sessions

Starts the weekend in Baku to celebrate the European GP of Formula 1, 2017. is A street circuit the track is very close between the streets of this fantastic path that runs through the old town with the famous castle as a witness of the race. However, despite its urban characteristics, it is different to Monaco, and has a very long straight that is the longest on the calendar, so that the aerodynamic load should not be excessive to penalize you in this line, but not low to go well in the areas more twisty. From here it follows that you need a good engine to push on the long straight…

The path, to be urban, is quite green, since it is not wheel around here during the rest of the year, at least with racing cars. That’s why the view was a bit delicate and what we have seen with the countless outlets that have had the cars here. In addition the Pirelli’s this year and not help a lot, with a compound too hard, although the Italian manufacturer has been removed from the hardest compound for the complaints. However, with the soft tyre (yellow), we have seen these departures from track to the loopholes and some other problems due to the tires and the green that is the track. It is similar to what happened in Monaco when they are cooled the tyres after the safety car and the outputs that were not spin the car.

Well, as we have said, it is a motor circuit, although it may seem that it is not, at least on that straight. And that penalizes motorized with Renault, Sauber (Ferrari 2016) and of course Honda. The japanese had planned to introduce an update here on the ICE, MGU-H and Turbo for the engine of Alonso, if it is true that the have used today, since then that has not worked well. We have seen a first session of free good, with more than 20 turns for each one of the pilots of the team McLaren, but in the second session we have seen that at the start Fernando Alonso returned to radio the magic word “Engine” while I had to leave the car stopped in track by a new breakdown. The faces in the team were a poem, and the anger of Alonso is huge. We’ll see what they say from Woking after this…

that better have been, the Red bulls have been quite up in the sessions of free, giving a small surprise. We’ll see if tomorrow in qualifying and last in the race continue to be there, or has only been a mirage. Since then it is not a very bad circuit for them if you remove the long straight. But it seems to have optimized the efficiency of its aerodynamics and have put a setting quite low downforce to go faster in the straight despite the Renault engine. Mercedes will also be strong, despite the fact that they are now a little disguised, although care and we’ll see if they manage the tyres well. On the other hand, in Maranello are also strong, have had some problems, but it seems that those have been settled and the car looks that is going pretty fine now. Force India also seem to be well, we will see if they continue with that pace that they had in Canada, with Ocon very aggressive and willing to caress the podium if it were not for the disobedience of Sergio Perez could have finished with two cars outside.

Results of the free 1

Position Pilot Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’44″410
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’44″880
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’44″967
4 Sergio Perez Force India 1’45″398
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’45″497
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’45″737
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’45″752
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1’45″968
9 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’46″000
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’46″617
11 Lance Stroll Williams 1’46″649
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’46″721
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’46″837
14 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1’47″217
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’47″446
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’47″501
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’47″551
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’47″525
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’49″048
20 Marcus Ercsson Sauber 1’49″937

Results of the free 2

Position Pilot Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’43″362
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’43″462
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’43″473
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1’43″489
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’43″615
6 Lance Stroll Williams 1’44″113
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1’44″306
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’44″321
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’44″484
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’44″525
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1’44″609
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’45″515
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1’45″733
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’45″831
15 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1’46″003
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’46″061
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’46″174
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’47″150
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’47″347
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’47″72

To see if tomorrow Carlos makes it better, I don’t know what happens to the pilot in madrid, but in the last few races we see Kvyat fairly well… Tomorrow we are aware of the free 3 and the classification in Azerbaijan. And of course if there is any important breaking news story also tell from ActualidadMotor. Meanwhile, enjoy this weekend, and you spend a ¡¡¡happy San Juan!!!


  • Sergio Pérez starred in the first acciden of Baku.
  • Remember that Alonso penalized, yes or yes morning regardless of the position that you get in classification due to change of engine.
  • And the talk of the paddock is the dismissal of Monisha Katelborn. India Sauber has been dismissed as Team Principal of the swiss team for some disagreements with the owners apparently… The main sponsors are there thanks to the Swedish Marcus Ericsson and by the looks of it she was against a deal of a favor to Marcus. In fact, Pascal was reported first hand by Monisha of their output, while Ericsson claims to have learned by the newspapers. It seems that the communication in the team was not too good between certain members seen as seen. Who will occupy his chair? That is the question.
  • Liberty Media, Zak Brown and Eric Boullier have traveled to LeMans as you know to bring things to the F1 of this competition, ideas for part of the first, and the second maybe a position for Alonso in 2018 Porsche or perhaps engines for 2021… Who knows?

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