Formula Racing

Chinese Grand Prix 2016: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India
By Formula1 Team


It was a straightforward day of practice for Sahara Force India at the Shanghai International Circuit in preparation for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg VJM09-01


FP1: 1:40.169 (P9) 13 laps FP2: 1:38.527 (P7) 31 laps Q3: 1:37.212

Nico: "I'm pretty pleased with today. There's still work to be done, of course, but we've carried out the usual learning with the tyres and tried a few different things on the car. Tyre wear is always high here and we saw that again today, so it's going to be a big factor in the race. We also saw how close everybody is on the timesheets so it's going to be a tight grid."

Sergio Perez VJM09-02


FP1: 1:40.347 (P11) 15 laps FP2: 1:38.569 (P9) 31 laps

Sergio: "The track conditions were not the best today because the wind picked up during the sessions and it was hard to be consistent. We also lost some time this morning because of the disruptions with the red flags. I think the main topic of the day is degradation and we have to try and learn how to improve that tonight as well as improving the balance of the car."

Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer


"Our work today involved the usual data gathering with both performance and long runs across the three tyre compounds. We obviously lost some track time this morning with the red flag stoppages caused by our competitors, but we played catch-up in the afternoon and ended the day in good shape. Both Nico and Sergio explored some set-up options to optimise the car around this quite specific track so there's a lot of information to study to understand the best direction for the rest of the weekend. The forecast for the next couple of days looks uncertain with a high chance of rain tomorrow, but at least we've done most of our homework for dry conditions."

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes