• Ferrari and Red Bull test larger 2017 tyres

    Sebastian Buemi testing Pirelli's new-for-2017 tyres in a modified Red Bull RB11 at Mugello, Italy on 3rd August 2016 © Pirelli

    Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli continued its testing programme for its new wider, faster 2017 tyres at Mugello on Wednesday, with Red Bull test and reserve driver Sebastien Buemi completing 82 laps of the Italian circuit in a modified RB11.

    The two-day Mugello session, which continues on Thursday, comes hot on the heels of Pirelli’s test with Ferrari at Fiorano, during which Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Gutierrez tested wet and intermediate compounds in an adapted SF15-T.

    Buemi, who had not driven Formula One machinery for two years, was tasked with running slick tyres, with Pirelli fitting his car, which had been specially set-up to simulate 2017 performance levels, with a variety of compounds and new constructions.

    As per the agreed terms of the programme, Red Bull were not given information on what they were testing, and are obliged to share data gathered with the other teams.

    Ferrari and Mercedes will take over testing duties for the next stage of the programme, with the former running at Barcelona on September 6-7 and the latter at Paul Ricard on September 6-8.

  • Red Bull and Toro Rosso to use Renault engines for 2017 & 2018

    Renault announce that they will continue to supply Red Bull Racing with power units for the next two seasons and will rekindle its relationship with Toro Rosso from 2017.

    As part of the deal, both Red Bull teams will be permitted to badge their power units however they wish, meaning that Red Bull will continue to use the Tag-Heuer designation for their engines.

    Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, says that he is ‘delighted’ to retain Renault as a supplier.

    “We are delighted to extend our partnership which has proved very successful over time,” says Horner.

    “After the reconstruction that Renault has undertaken, clear progress has been made which has made it logical to continue with the TAG Heuer badged engine.”

    The president of Renault Sport Racing, Jerome Stoll, says that Renault are also happy with the new deal.

    “We are very pleased to partner with two such strong teams as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. Having competitive partners demonstrates the confidence both have in the improved Renault power unit and in our organisation as a whole,” says Stoll.

  • Ricciardo takes Monaco pole position

    Daniel Ricciardo set a blistering lap to take his first ever pole position ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

    The Australian driver has looked strong all weekend and after a supreme lap in Q3 he planted his Red Bull on pole position, the first for the team since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

    He lines up ahead of Nico Rosberg who was just over two tenths behind the Australian.

    Lewis Hamilton managed to recover to third after suffering an engine glitch at the start of Q3.

    The qualifying session got under way in glorious conditions but not so so glorious for Sauber’s Felipe Nasr who’s engine blew up at the start of Q1.

    The red flags were brought out as the stricken car was winched off the track.

    A second red flag came a few minutes later in dramatic fashion as Spanish GP race winner Max Verstappen crashed out just after the swimming pool chicane.

    The Dutchman used too much kerb as he exited the swimming pool complex and snapped a torsion bar on his front-right suspension sending the Red Bull into the wall.

    Williams suffered another Monaco melee with neither drive making into the top ten shootout.

    Into Q3, Hamilton’s Mercedes ground to a halt at the end of the pit lane but the mechanics were able to push the triple world champion back into the pits for a reset.

    While that was happening, Ricciardo laid down the gauntlet to his opposition and by the end of the session no-one was able to come close to his time.

    Behind the top three, Sebastian Vettel who complained of his Ferrari getting worse finished in fourth ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

    Kimi Raikkonen finished behind the German but a five-place grid-penalty for a gearbox change means the Finn will start from 11th.

    Crucially at the front. the drivers start the race using the tyres they went fastest on in Q2, which for most wast the faster ultrasoft, but for Daniel Ricciardo it was the slower but longer lasting supersofts which sets up a fascinating Monaco Grand Prix.

  • Ricciardo goes fastest for Red Bull in Monaco

    Daniel Ricciardo made the most of his upgraded Renault engine to go fastest in the second practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

    Using the brand-new ultrasoft tyres, the Australian driver topped the time sheets halfway through the session.

    He finished six-tenths ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes who managed to get ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg.

    Spanish Grand Prix winner, Max Verstappen rounded the top four.

    Daniil Kvyat placed his Toro Rosso into fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz.

    The Ferrari’s had a mixed day with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in the second half of the top ten at a circuit where qualifying matters more than anywhere else on the F1 calendar.

    Raikkonen showed good pace using the soft tyres but spin and later barrier clip meant that the German had to come in twice for repairs as he struggled to get to grips around the principality.

    The bumps for Vettel were minor compared to others down the grid.

    Romain Grosjean had a small tussle with the barriers as he exited the tunnel.

    Rio Haryanto brought out the Virtual Safety Car when under braking he crashed into the barrier sjust before the nouvelle chicane.

    Kevin Magnussen later crashed his Renault into the barriers at Anthony Noghes.

  • Verstappen tops Barcelona test

    The Spanish Grand Prix winner set thetime as Red Bull continued to evaluate Renault’s upgraded power unit. Kevin Magnussen was eighth-quickest in the works team’s car.

    Stoffel Vandoorne continued McLaren’s productive test with over 100 laps in the MP4-31 and second-fastest time. Pascal Wehrlein stodd in for Esteban Ocon at Mercedes and ended the day third-quickest.

    “The team called me yesterday evening as they couldn’t finish their test programme and needed an experienced driver to finish it off,” Wehrlein explained, “so I came back to the track to do a seat fitting that night.”

    “We tried a few different set-ups during the morning – mainly looking at aerodynamic with the aero rig. Then we did some long runs in the afternoon, so a good programme.”

    Ferrari ran test driver Antonio Fuoco, who previously drove for them during last year’s rain-hit test at the Red Bull Ring.

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