GP RUSSIA F1, Q1: BOTTAS SURPRISES HAMILTON
A mistake by Lewis Hamilton made it impossible for him to fight for another pole position, but this time Valtteri Bottas was perfect and reached and will start from the top of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race, the Russian GP of F1. At his side, a little further back, Lewis Hamilton, who was 0.145s behind his team-mate.
Moreover, it was clear that the Ferrari SF71H does not have in Sochi the fluidity of the Mercedes W09.
It was already known that the Ferrari would have difficulties in this qualification and they were proven with the third place of Sebastian Vettel to more than half a second of Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, in front of Kevin Magnussen who ‘won’ the fight of the second peloton.
Esteban Ocon put his Force India in sixth in front of Charles Leclerc. The top 10 finishers were Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, and Marcus Ericsson in a top 10 without the Red Bulls who did not even ride in Q2, as they will be penalized and leave the gridiron due to the many changes of parts of their driving units.
Valtteri Bottas has never been to this day and continues to not be beaten in qualifying by a team-mate in Sochi. The Finn has set the fastest lap in the first round and confirmed the pole by lowering his time on the last lap.
Although Hamilton aborted his return due to a mistake, most likely the pole would be of Bottas, because the record that did was excellent.
In Q1, the first outings were Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso, who complained of vibrations in his STR13, Fernando Alonso, Sergey Sirotkin, who made a close near the end of the session, with these two followed by Stoffel Vandoorne and Lance Stroll.
In Q2, Toro Rosso’s Red Bulls and Pierre Gasly did not even bother to leave, as they all started from the bottom of the grid due to penalties. Renault opted to stay in the pits to be able to freely choose the tires for the race, so everyone who rode in Q2 … went on to Q3.
Leclerc was once again the best Sauber and his team-mate Marcus Ericsson reached Q3 for the first time since the Italian Grand Prix in 2015. Both Force India and the two Haas also played in Q3.
Aston Martin prepares new V8 Vantage
The new model is inspired by the DB10, the James Bond car. It was debut in the Los Angeles Show in November 2017.
Aston Martin released a teaser of the new V8 Vantage last year, which debuted at the Los Angeles Show in early December, and was released early this year.
The new generation of the sports car incorporates elements of the DB10, the car that was used in the movie “Specter” of the saga 007 and whose production was limited to 10 units, namely the headlights.
However, it will feature elements of DB11, starting with the platform, predominantly aluminum, which will allow it to lose some weight against the predecessor. At launch, the engine is a V8 4.0 biturbo of origin Mercedes-AMG, which can charge about 500 hp, to work in conjunction with an automatic gearbox with eight speeds of ZF origin.
Later, a V12 5.2 biturbo version is planned, as in DB11, with a power output of around 600 hp.
One year after the launch of the coupe was a Vantage Roadster version, with a retractable roof on canvas.
Throughout the production cycle of the Gaydon access sports, a more extreme version with a limited edition AMR seal will be introduced.
Hinted, teased and now finally revealed this is Aston Martin’s new Vantage.
Powered by an AMG sourced, 4-litre hot-vee twin-turbocharged V8 the new coupe will go on sale next year priced from £120,000, meaning entry to the world of Aston Martin now requires a six-figure buy in.