Formula 1 report No 10 

Back 30 years to 1989 when round 10 was the Hungarian GP on the 13th August, the winner of the 77 lap 305.536km race was N Mansell driving a Ferrari V12 from 12 on the grid with A Senna driving a McLaren-Honda V10t and T Boutsen in a Williams-Renault V10 joining him on the podium. 

Sir Frank Williams is celebrating 50 years as Team Principal/Owner, the longest in the history of the sport, originally as Frank Williams Racing Cars from 1969-’75 powered by a Ford-Cosworth V8 before becoming Wolf-Williams for 1976, then from ’77 to date as Williams Racing. This is his 825th Grand Prix with 128 pole positions, 133 fastest laps, 114 victories, 7 drivers’ titles & 9 constructors.

McLaren has announced that they will retain their drivers Sainz Jnr & Norris for next year and Australia has signed a deal to host the GP at Melbourne until at least 2025 as the season opener where it has been every year since 1996 except 2006 & 2010. 

2019 Formula 1 Rolex British GP Silverstone.

Lap record 1m 30.621s held by M. L. Hamilton (2017).

This is the 70th British GP but only the 53rd to be held at this iconic circuit. The first championship race here was on 13th May 1950 with King George V1 in attendance and being the first ever race of the newly formed F1 World Championship. The race was won by Giuseppe “Nino” Farina driving an 8 cylinder supercharged Alfa Romeo 158. The first British driver to win at this circuit was Peter Collins in 1958. The1965 British GP held at Silverstone was won by Jim Clark and the top 5 finishers were all British.

FP1-A typicalBritish start to the weekend being cloudy, windy and cool at 18ºC. Gro crashed into the barriers in the pit lane ripping off his front wing. Räi stopped on track with an engine problem. Gas, Bot, Ver, Ham & Lec were the top five runners. 

FP2 had clearer skies and sunshine. Räi was back on track after having an engine change. Ric stopped on track with a loss of power. Rus had a gearbox problem. Bot, Ham, Lec, Vet, & Gas made up the top five.

FP3 was again overcast and a cool 17ºC. Ric had an engine & chassis change overnight. Lec, Vet, Ham, Gas & Ver were the top five.  

Qualifying in the afternoon was again cloudy but bright with the temperature at 18.5ºC. Ham, Lec, Ver, Bot & Vet made up the top five. Out went both Williams’ drivers along with Str, Kvy & Mag.

Q2 was a trouble free 15 minute session. Lec, Bot, Ham, Ver & Vet were the top five. 

Bot got his first pole positionat this circuit and recorded a new all-time track record. Ham, Lec, Ver & Gas completed the top five

The weather on Sunday was again cool & windy at 17.8ºC. Ver had a problem with a rear wing end plate but the team sorted that just in time. The two Haas drivers collided and had to pit with punctures. Ham & Bot had some good battles and a few close encounters. Mag retired on lap 7 with damage. Gro followed suite on lap 12. Lec & Ver had a close call exiting the pits. Gio spun and went into the gravel on lap 19 bringing out the safety car. Safety car for 4 laps and racing restarted on lap 24. Hül hit Per breaking the front wing of the Mexicans car. A great battle between Lec & Ver, then another between Vet & Ver. Eventually getting past, Vet out braked himself, locked up and ran into the back of Ver. Both spun off & Vet had to pit for a new front wing rejoining in 16th place. Vet was handed a 10 second time penalty for causing a collision. Ham recorded the fastest lap with a 1m 27.369s on lap 52 which is another new lap record. 

Formula 1 report No 11 

Going back in time to 1989 when round 11 of that year’s championship was the Belgian GP held at Spa – Francorchamps, A Senna won the race from pole position. 

Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland 2019 Hockenheimring.

Lap record of 1m 13.780s held by K. Räikkönen McLaren. (2004).

The original Hockenheim circuit was built in 1932 as a high-speed test track for Mercedes Benz, who needed a venue to test for the Tripoli Grand Prix. It was almost 8km long and was formed of two long straights with a long corner at each end. When war broke out the construction was halted and in the post-war years the Nürburgring became the venue for Formula 1 racing in Germany. When a plan to build an autobahn through the circuit was approved, the government compensation was used to build a new track, the now famous Hockenheimring which cut through the forest before looping into a wonderful stadium section around which large grandstands were erected. A memorial for Jim Clark was erected after he was killed in an F2 race in 1968. With the Nürburgring becoming outdated, F1 went to Hockenheim in 1970 for that year only. F1 racing returned in 1977 till ’84 and again from ’86 till 2006. After that it was arranged to alternate with the Nürburgring but that didn’t always come to fruition meaning no German GP on the odd years.

The weekend started well on Friday sunny & hot at 32ºC. The session was red flagged when Mag stopped on track with a loss of power, but got back out later in the session, There were a lot off-circuit excursions and a few very close encounters. Vet, Lec, Ham, Ver, & Bot made the top five.

FP2 in the afternoon saw a minor problem at Ferrari when Lec’s car fell off the front jack. Red flags again when Gas crashed into the barrier at the final corner. Lec, Vet, Ham, Bot & Ver made the top five.

FP3 was as predicted a lot cooler at 25ºC. Damage to Kub’s car meant rebuilding a spare chassis. Lec, Ver, Vet, Bot & Mag made up the top five. Drivers were warned about exceeding track limits ahead of qualifying, getting time deleted if they do so.

Q1 – Vet went out returning to the garage with a turbo problem. Out also went both Williams’ drivers along with Alb & Nor. Lec, Ver, Ham, Gas & Räi were the top five.

Q2 was trouble-free with Ham, Lec, Gas, Bot & Ver taking the top five places.

Q3 showed another problem for Ferrari as Lec got out of his car suffering from a fuel-related problem with no time recorded. Ham got his 2nd pole at this circuit. Bot, Gas & Räi made up the top five. 

Race day was cooler at 21ºC and rain. All drivers on full wets behind the safety car for 3 formation laps. Ver had a lot of wheel spin and lost a couple of places. Per spun and hit the wall at turn 11. Kub almost hit Vet and during the pit stops Ferrari released Lec into the path of Gro but no contact. Ric pulled off with plumes of blue smoke coming from the back of his Renault. Nor pulled off the track having lost power. Lec ran wide and crashed into the barrier at turn 17. Ham did the same but only broke his front wing, crossed the circuit and into the pits, but on the wrong side of the entry bollard for which he was handed a 5 second time penalty. Hül & Bot crashed as well.  After a very exciting and action-packed race Ver got another win with Vet & Kvyjoining him on the podium.