Alonso: McLaren losing three seconds on Sochi's straights

The Spanish driver finished qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix in 15th position with a time that was nearly 3.5 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s pole position.Alonso was heard saying “unbelievable” on the radio at the end of the second qualifying segment, where he finished last.Asked about his comments after the session, he said: “It’s unbelievable how much we lose on the … Keep reading

Russian GP: Vettel leads stunning Ferrari 1-2 at Sochi

Ferrari had led the way throughout free practice, but trailed Mercedes through Q1 and Q2, where both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made an extra run compared to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the latter segment.But Ferrari turned things around in Q3, where Raikkonen sat on provisional pole after the initial runs, just ahead of Bottas and Vettel, with Hamilton trailing in fourth … Keep reading

Haas reverts to Brembo brakes for remainder of Russian GP

The American outfit has been experimenting with brake materials in a bid to make improvements in an area of the car that it had found particularly hard to perfect.But although tests with the CI products have been encouraging, issues with cooling of the new discs have prompted the team to elect to take make more time before committing to them for a race weekend.Speaking before the … Keep reading

Alonso says engine penalty in fourth race “incredible”

Vandoorne, whose start of the season has been plagued by reliability issues, is the first driver who will have to serve an engine-related penalty this year after suffering another problem in second practice on Friday.The McLaren driver will need his fifth MGU-H and fifth turbocharger of 2017, meaning he will drop 15 places on the grid in Sunday’s race.Teammate Alonso admitted he was … Keep reading

Russian GP: Friday's press conference

Part 1Q: Luigi, if we can start with you, a great afternoon’s work by Ferrari during second practice. Tell us about the work you have done today and are you surprised by the gap to Mercedes?Luigi FRABONI: Well, of course, it was a good day for us, but it’s just part of the weekend. Honestly I don’t look a lot to the gap because it could be a consequence of a lot of parameters like … Keep reading

Wolff admits Ferrari better at switching on tyres

Valtteri Bottas was 0.670 seconds off the pace-setting Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in FP2 at the Russian track on Friday afternoon, while teammate Lewis Hamilton was a further 0.039s off.Both drivers struggled to get a good lap in, and both experienced off-track excursions.”You could see you needed a couple of laps to put the tyre in the window, and you needed to have clean laps … Keep reading