Hamilton wins in Brazil as Verstappen clashes with Ocon

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Brazilian GP ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who clashed with Force India’s Esteban Ocon whilst lapping the Frenchman and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. With Valterri Bottas finishing in 5th, Mercedes are crowned the 2018 Constructors Champions and win it for the 5th year in a row.

11/11/18

Qualifying Result

1.Hamilton  2.Vettel  3.Bottas  4.Raikkonen  5.Verstappen  6.Ericsson  7.Leclerc  8.Grosjean  9.Gasly  10.Magnussen  11.Ricciardo*  12.Perez  13.Hulkenberg  14.Sirotkin  15.Sainz  16.Hartley  17.Alonso  18.Ocon*8  19.Stroll  20.Vandoorne

Ricciardo* handed five-place grid penalty for turbocharger change on engine.

Ocon* five-place grid penalty for replacing gearbox.

Race

Having wrapped up the Drivers Championship last time out in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes hope to wrap up the Constructors Championship today and with Hamilton on Pole and team-mate Valterri Bottas lining up in 3rd, the odds for Mercedes to take their 5th Consecutive Teams Championship is highly likely. Mercedes will take the championship today if Ferrari don’t out-score them by 13 points.

However, there is a difference on strategy. Both Ferrari drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start on the Soft compound tyre whereas Hamilton and Bottas will start on the Supersoft tyre. Outside the top 10, Sergio Perez will start on the Supersoft, Brendon Hartley on the Medium tyre and the rest on the Soft tyre.

The lights go out and its a good start by Lewis Hamilton as well for Sebastian Vettel but the German suffers a slight lock-up which allows Valtteri Bottas to overtake him to make it a Mercedes 1-2. Max Verstappen is able to overtake Kimi Raikkonen for 4th but the Finn fights back on lap 2 into turn 4. Lap 3, Verstappen now overtakes Vettel for 3rd with Raikkonen overtaking Vettel for 5th. Its also been a great start for Daniel Ricciardo,w ho started 11th, is now 7th after only 5 laps.

Lap 6, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Marcus Ericsson has lost 4 places from the start and is currently running in 10th. Its also been another very good start for Carlos Sainz Jr who is running in 13th from 15th. Lap 9, after getting heat into their more durable Soft tyres, both Ferrari drivers are clawing back time on Verstappen and Bottas. Lap 10, into turn 1 on the second time of asking, Verstappen overtakes Bottas down the inside to take 2nd place.

Lap 11, Kimi Raikkonen tries to overtake Valterri Bottas for 3rd place round the outside of turn 4 but Bottas fends of his fellow compatriot. Meanwhile at the front, Max Verstappen is slowly but surely catching race leader Lewis Hamilton. Lap 16, Bottas is still struggling and is still holding up Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo up. Fernando Alonso pits and goes onto the Medium tyre but its a slow stop as the Spaniard has an issue with the clutch and loses more time than he wanted.

Lap 19, Valterri Bottas pits from 3rd. The Finn goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 9th. Lap 20, Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead. He also goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 7th. After setting consecutive fastest laps, Max Verstappen is on a charge and is hoping to over-cut Hamilton. Lap 21, Marcus Ericsson spins in the 2nd Sector and that’ll end his race. Lap 24, Hamilton overtakes Charles Leclerc for 5th place as Verstappen encounters some lapped drivers. Verstappen is dragging his Supersoft tyres out for as long as he can so he can fit the Soft tyre at his pit-stop in comparison to both of the Mercedes drivers who are on the Medium tyre.

Lap 27, Sebastian Vettel pits from 3rd. He goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 9th. Lap 29, Valterri Bottas overtakes Romain Grosjean for 6th place down into turn 1. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who are running 1st and 3rd, are going very quickly with Kimi Raikkonen, from 2nd, pitting on lap 32 to the Medium tyre. He rejoins behind Bottas and Vettel in 7th. Lap 34, Nico Hulkenberg retires from the race and becomes the 2nd driver to do so.

Lap 35, if Max Verstappen pits now, he will come out behind Lewis Hamilton but will be on fresher tyres. Into turn 4, Sebastian Vettel allows Kimi Raikkonen past to see if he can challenge Valterri Bottas. Lap 36, Verstappen pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. He rejoins behind Hamilton in 3rd. It was a slower pit-stop for Verstappen than it was for Hamilton.

Lap 39, Max Verstappen has caught up to the back of Lewis Hamilton who is encountering lapped drivers and onto lap 40, Verstappen overtakes Hamilton before turn 1 and takes the race lead. Hamilton fights back into turn 4 but the Dutchman keeps the lead. Lap 40, Daniel Ricciardo pits, rejoins on the Soft tyre in 6th just behind the squabbling pair of Valterri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel not far behind.

Lap 43, Daniel Ricciardo tries to go round the outside of Sebastian Vettel of turn 1 but the Ferrari driver keeps 5th place for now. Lap 44, Max Verstappen has spun after made contact with Esteban Ocon! That means that Lewis Hamilton has retaken the lead. The gap between the both after Verstappen is back up and running in now 6 seconds. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has overtaken Valterri Bottas for 3rd. Lap 46, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Sebastian Vettel for 5th place round the outside of the German into turn 1. The pair run side-by-side into turn 4 but Ricciardo has the inside line and keeps 4th place.

Behind the top 6, Charles Leclerc is in 7th ahead of Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez. The Stewards are investigating the collision of Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon. Verstappen was lapping Ocon when the incident occurred. Verstappen now has serious floor damage but is told to “keep his head down” and try to catch back up to Lewis Hamilton. Lap 51, despite damage, Verstappen has closed the gap down to 4.3 seconds to Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile is now right behind Valterri Bottas in the fight for 4th. Lap 53, Sebastian Vettel pits from 6th. The German goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 7th just behind Charles Leclerc. Having gone long on his first stint on the Medium tyre, Brendon Hartley, made his first pit-stop onto the Supersoft tyre and is now running in 12th right behind Toro Rosso team-mate Pierre Gasly. Hartley started the race in 16th place.

Lap 57, Esteban Ocon has received a 10 second “stop and go” penalty from the Stewards after they found that he was at fault with the collision with Max Verstappen. Lap 59, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Valterri Bottas for 4th place down the inside of turn 1. Lap 59, Ocon serves his 10 second “stop and go” penalty. Bottas pits from 5th and rejoins in 5th with Sebastian Vettel not far behind.

Lap 61, Max Verstappen has closed the gap down to 2.6 seconds to race leader Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen, in 3rd, is 2.2 seconds behind Verstappen with Daniel Ricciardo only 2.7 behind Raikkonen in 4th. Lap 63, Fernando Alonso is under investigation by the Stewards for ignoring blue flags. Funny that. Alonso’s McLaren team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, is also under investigation for ignoring blue flags.

Lap 68, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are lapping backmarkers with the gap between Hamilton and Verstappen now at 1.3 seconds. Fernando Alonso has received a 5 second time penalty for ignoring blue flags. Onto the final lap, it looks like Lewis Hamilton is going to win today as Max Verstappen is just too far back behind. Hamilton wins ahead of Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

With Lewis Hamilton winning and Valterri Bottas in 5th, Mercedes take the Constructors Championship for the 5th year in a row.

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 71 Laps
  2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +1.469s (Fans Driver of the Day)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +4.764s (150th GP for Ferrari)
  4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +5.193s
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +22.943s
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +26.997s
  7. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, +44.199s
  8. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +51.230s
  9. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, +52.857s (First F1 points since Russian GP)
  10. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, + 1 Lap
  11. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  12. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, + 1 Lap
  13. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  15. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, + 1 Lap
  16. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 2 Laps
  17. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 2 Laps
  18. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 2 Laps
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, DNF
  • Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, DNF

Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 383pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 302pts
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 251pts
  4. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 237pts
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 234pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes, 620pts
  2. Ferrari, 553pts
  3. Red Bull, 392pts
  4. Renault, 114pts
  5. Haas, 90pts

 

Last week in F1 – 29th Oct/4th Nov #1

This week’s news segment on last week’s news includes: Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari and Haas F1.

05/11/18

1st November – Alonso still enjoying racing in F1

Fernando Alonso’s dream of an happy end to his F1 career is not going the way it should for the two time world champion. Having retired from the past 2 races in USA and in Mexico (though not his doing), the Spaniard still admits that he is still enjoying racing in the sport.

Speaking to the official Formula One website, Alonso said “I enjoy, definitely, I enjoy,” he said. “Obviously it has been unlucky, but as long as it’s not your mistake, where maybe you take more time to analyse and digest. So let’s see if the last two races, we can see the chequered flag and have a bit of luck.”

1st November – Vettel and Ferrari vow to fight on

2nd place at the Mexican GP wasn’t enough for Sebastian Vettel to keep his hopes of the championship alive but his team, Scuderia Ferrari, still have hope that they can secure their first championship in a decade. With a possible 86 points still to play for, Mercedes currently lead Ferrari by 55 heading to Brazil and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

After the Mexican GP, Vettel told Sky Sports F1 that the Scuderia “will try to beat Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship and knock them off their throne to give them a taste for next year.” Mercedes, however have the chance to win the championship for the 5th consecutive time – something not done since Ferrari’s dominance from 2000 to 2004.

4th NovemberHaas loss Italian GP appeal 

After delivering a fine race to 6th place at the Italian GP, it would have been Romain Grosjean’s 4th top 10 finish of the year, if he had kept it. This result would have put Haas above rivals Renault but the French squad lodged a protest over the legality of the Haas car, which centred around the floor, and following an investigation, the stewards ruled the VF-18 did not conform to the rules.

Grosjean was disqualified from the race result but his American team submitted an appeal. This was heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris on Friday, after which it was revealed they upheld the stewards’ decision. Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner in a statement: “[We are] obviously disappointed not to have won our appeal. This means that with 2 races to go, Haas remain 30 points behind Renault in the fight for 4th in the Constructors Championship.

 

Verstappen wins as Hamilton takes title in Mexico

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins the Mexican GP ahead of the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as by finishing in 4th, Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Drivers Championship and becomes a 5 time World Champion.

28/10/18

Qualifying Result

1.Ricciardo  2.Verstappen  3.Hamilton  4.Vettel  5.Bottas  6.Raikkonen  7.Hulkenberg  8.Sainz  9.Leclerc  10.Ericsson  11.Ocon  12.Alonso  13.Perez  14.Hartley  15.Vandoorne  16.Magnussen  17.Stroll  18.Grosjean*  19.Sirotkin  20.Gasly**

Grosjean* carries over a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Charles Leclerc at US GP.

Gasly* incurs a 15-place grid penalty for engine component changes, five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

Race

Daniel Ricciardo took his 3rd career pole on Saturday and denied his Red Bull team-mate, Max Verstappen, from becoming the youngest ever pole sitter. Lewis Hamilton can win the championship today if: Sebastian Vettel wins and if Hamilton finishes 7th or if Vettel doesn’t win, Hamilton will be champion for the 5th time. There is a slight threat of a thunderstorm later on in the race.

The lights go out and its a poor start from Daniel Ricciardo from pole but its a good start for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton who are neck and neck going down to turn 1. Verstappen edges ahead and leads with Hamilton in 2nd, Ricciardo in 3rd with Sebastian Vettel in 4th, Valterri Bottas and 5th and Carlos Sainz in 6th. Lap 2, Kimi Raikkonen overtakes Sainz for 6th place.

Lap 5, Fernando Alonso has stopped due to debris being lodged in his front wing. The Virtual Safety Car is deployed and is only out for for a minute until the marshals recover Alonso’s stricken McLaren.

Lap 7, Max Verstappen leads by 1.9 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo in 3rd in 3.8 seconds behind Verstappen with Sebastian Vettel in 4th and 6.8 seconds behind Verstappen. Esteban Ocon, Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly have already made their first pit-stops with Ocon incurring damage to his front wing on the first lap after making contact with Nico Hulkenberg.

Lap 11, Lewis Hamilton pits from 2nd. They switch the Brit to the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 5th. Valterri Bottas also pits with the Finn also switching to the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 8th. Lap 12, Daniel Ricciardo pits from 2nd and switches to the Supersoft tyre and rejoins behind Hamilton in 5th. Lap 13, Max Verstappen pits from the lead. He goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 3rd ahead of Hamilton and Ricciardo.

Lap 14, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have not made their first stops and they run 1st and 2nd. Lap 15, Max Verstappen overtakes Raikkonen for 2nd before turn 1. The Renault drivers of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg have pitted as well for the first time and they run 8th and 10th at the moment. Lap 16, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Raikkonen for 3rd down the inside of turn 3 and Daniel Ricciardo also overtakes Raikkonen. Lap 18, Vettel pits from 1st and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. He rejoins in 4th as Raikkonen also pits and rejoins in 6th on the Supersoft tyre as well.

Lap 19, Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 8.1 seconds with Daniel Ricciardo in 3rd, Sebastian Vettel in 4th, Valterri Bottas in 5th and Kimi Raikkonen in 6th. Home-favourite Sergio Perez is in 7th but hasn’t made his first pit-stop and is ahead of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg. Ricciardo is only 1.5 seconds behind Hamilton with Vettel only 1.1 seconds behind Ricciardo. A look at Hamilton’s tyres shows a bit of tyre degradation and it doesn’t look like a one-stop may be viable.

Lap 28, Max Verstappen has extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 11.2 seconds. Red Bull tell Verstappen that the rest of the race is not going to be easy with everyone around him, including him, either doing a 2 or 3 stop. Lap 30, Sebastian Vettel pressurises Daniel Ricciardo for 4th place with Ricciardo holding down his position. Carlos Sainz has pulled over at turn 15. The VSC is out and Sergio Perez takes advantage of this by making his first pit-stop and rejoining in 9th. Lap 32, the VSC ends. Lap 33, Verstappen has extended his lead to 12.6 seconds over Hamilton.

Lap 34, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Daniel Ricciardo for 3rd by going down the inside of the Australian of turn 1. Ricciardo blames the backmarkers of Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc for getting in his way. Behind the top 6, Nico Hulkenberg is in 7th with Perez and Leclerc in 8th and 9th and Kevin Magnussen in 10th. Lap 37, Max Verstappen still leads by 13.5 seconds with Vettel now catching Lewis Hamilton for 2nd. Lap 39, Vettel overtakes Hamilton for 2nd down into turn 1. Hamilton didn’t need to defends that move so hard because where he is right now, he’ll take the championship.

Lap 40, Sergio Perez is out of his home race. A replay shows that something has broken on the Mexican’s Force India’s car. Esteban Ocon and Brendon Hartley make slight contact. Lap 44, Lewis Hamilton has lost a huge chunk of time and reports back to Mercedes of vibrations with his left-front tyre. Daniel Ricciardo is catching the Brit. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has just set 3 consecutive fastest laps and the gap to Max Verstappen is down to 12.1 seconds.

Lap 47, Daniel Ricciardo pressurises Lewis Hamilton into turn 1 and the Brit locks-up and has to take to the escape road. Ricciardo overtakes Hamilton for 2nd. Lap 48, Sebastian Vettel pits from 2nd and goes onto the Ultrasoft tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Hamilton also pits onto a used set of Ultrasoft tyres and rejoins in 6th. Lap 48, Max Verstappen pits from the lead and rejoins on the Supersoft tyre and in the lead. Valterri Bottas also pits and rejoins in 6th.

Lap 51, Max Verstappen leads ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg is in 7th ahead of Charles Leclerc, Stoffel Vandoorne and Marcus Ericsson. Lap 58, Vettel has caught up to the back of Ricciardo as the pair make their way through the traffic. As it stands, Hamilton will become a 5 time world champion by finishing in 5th. Lap 62, there is smoke coming from the back of Ricciardo’s car as the Australian pulls over at turn 1 and is out for the 8th time this season. The VSC is out but will the same problem occur for Verstappen?

Lap 63, Valterri Bottas pits from 5th and rejoins in 5th on the Hypersoft tyre. The VSC ends. Lap 67, Max Verstappen leads by 14.3 seconds over Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen is in 3rd ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg is in 6th ahead of Charles Leclerc, Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericsson and Pierre Gasly. Hamilton will take the championship if he finishes where he is. Lap 69, Red Bull tell Verstappen that they have “turned the engine down”.

Lap 71, Max Verstappen wins the Mexican GP with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in 2nd and 3rd. But in 4th, Lewis Hamilton will take the championship and becomes a 5 time world champion!

The Constructors Championship however still rumbles onto the Brazilian GP. Mercedes lead Ferrari by 55 points after today’s race.

Race Result

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 71 Laps (5th Career Win & Fans Driver of the Day)
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +17.316s
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +49.914s
  4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +78.738s (2018 World Champion)
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, + 1 Lap
  6. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 2 Laps
  7. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, + 2 Laps
  8. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 2 Laps (First points since Azerbaijan GP)
  9. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 2 Laps
  10. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 2 Laps
  11. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, + 2 Laps
  12. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 2 Laps
  13. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 2 Laps
  14. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 2 Laps
  15. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, + 2 Laps
  16. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 3 Laps
  • Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, DNF
  • Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, DNF
  • Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, DNF
  • Fernando Alonso, McLaren, DNF

 

 

Raikkonen wins as Vettel keeps his championship hopes alive

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen takes his first GP victory since the 2013 Australian in an thrilling American GP. Red Bulls Max Verstappen finishes 2nd with Lewis Hamilton in 3rd as Sebastian Vettel recovers to 4th after spinning.

21/10/18

Qualifying Result

1.Hamilton  2.Raikkonen  3.Bottas  4.Ricciardo  5.Vettel*  6.Ocon  7.Hulkenberg  8.Grosjean  9.Leclerc  10.Perez  11.Sainz  12.Magnussen  13.Alonso  14.Sirotkin  15.Stroll  16.Ericsson  17.Vandoorne  18.Verstappen**  19.Gasly***  20.Hartley***

Vettel* receives a 3 place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently under red flag conditions.

Verstappen* takes a gearbox penalty dropping him from 15th – 18th.

Gasly*** and Hartley*** have new Honda engines this weekend so they have to take penalties dropping them to the back of the grid.

Race

Can Kimi Raikkonen lead into turn 1 by starting on the faster Ultrasoft tyre rather than the Supersoft tyre? Can Lewis Hamilton clinch his 5th World Championship today? Where will Max Verstappen finish after starting 18th after troubles in Qualifying yesterday?

The lights go out and its very good start for Kimi Raikkonen who stays to the inside and leads out of turn 1 with Lewis Hamilton 2nd ahead of Valterri Bottas. There’s contact between Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at turn 4 and both have damage. Sebastian Vettel overtakes Daniel Ricciardo for 4th before turn 12 but runs wide and Ricciardo fights back and both go side-by-side into turn 14 and Vettel spins! The German gets back round but drops back down to 15th. Behind, Romain Grosjean locks-up and spins Charles Leclerc at turn 12.

Lap 5, Kimi Raikkonen leads by 1.2 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton who is 3.1 seconds ahead of Valterri Bottas in 3rd. Sebastian Vettel overtakes Kevin Magnussen for 10th down into turn 1. Lap 6, the stewards have awarded Lance Stroll with a drive-through penalty for causing the collision with Fernando Alonso at the start. Lap 8, Max Verstappen overtakes Nico Hulkenberg down into turn 12 for 5th as Vettel overtakes Esteban Ocon at turn 12 as well for 8th. Lap 9, Daniel Ricciardo slows and pulls over just after turn 11. The Virtual Safety Car is deployed.

Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso are out as they have sustained too much damage to continue.

Lap 11, Lewis Hamilton pits onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Lap 12, the VSC ends and Sebastian Vettel overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 5th place before turn 12. Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Valterri Bottas, Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Vettel. Ferrari tell Raikkonen that it is likely that Hamilton is doing a two-stop race. Lap 14, Hamilton sets the fastest lap and overtakes Bottas for 2nd before turn 1. Lap 15, Hamilton has the gap to Raikkonen down to under 4 seconds as Vettel in 5th is 20 seconds off of Raikkonen leading.

It’s been a very good opening stint for Renault with Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr running in 6th and 7th. Lap 17, Lewis Hamilton has the gap down to 2 seconds to race leader Kimi Raikkonen. Lap 18, the stewards are investigating Sainz for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. Lap 20, Hamilton has caught right up to the back of Raikkonen but Hamilton can’t find a way past. The stewards award Sainz with a 5 second time penalty. Lap 21, Raikkonen pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. The Finn rejoins in 5th and just over 6 seconds behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Lap 22, Max Verstappen pits from 3rd and rejoins in 5th behind Raikkonen on the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 23, Valterri Bottas pits from 2nd and rejoins in 5th behind Verstappen. The under-cut has worked for Red Bull and Max Verstappen to effectively get into the top 3. Lap 25, Kimi Raikkonen has caught up to the back of Sebastian Vettel with Vettel allowing Raikkonen through before turn 1. Lap 26, Vettel pits from 4th and rejoins in 5th on the Soft tyre.

Lap 27, Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Valterri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. Kevin Magnussen in 6th is yet to pit with Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr who have pitted in 7th and 8th. Esteban Ocon is in 9th and has pitted with Marcus Ericsson in 10th who is yet to pit. Will Hamilton’s Soft tyre make it to the end? Pirelli don’t think so which means that they think that the Brit will have to do another pit-stop.

Lap 32, Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson pit and both rejoin in 9th and 15th. Lap 33, Sauber decide to retire Charles Leclerc from the race and he becomes the 4th retirement. Lap 34, Lewis Hamilton is lapping slower than the four drivers behind and the gap which was 17 seconds, is now 12 seconds between himself and Kimi Raikkonen.

Lap 37, Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead. The Brit goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 4th and only 3 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Max Verstappen, Valterri Bottas, Hamilton and Vettel. Have Mercedes left it too long to pit Hamilton? If the drivers finish where they are, the championship will go onto Mexico.

Lap 40, Valterri Bottas lets Lewis Hamilton for 3rd place just before turn 12. Lap 42, Sebastian Vettel is closing down on Bottas with the gap now being 3.5 seconds. Ferrari tell Kimi Raikkonen that Hamilton will catch within the last three laps. Lap 45, Vettel has closed down Bottas to just over a second. Behind the top 5, Nico Hulkenberg is in 6th ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez.

Lap 47, 3.5 seconds covers race leader Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Its way too close to call. Lap 51, Sebastian Vettel can’t find a way past Valterri Bottas in 4th and 5th. If Hamilton can get past Verstappen and if Vettel stays 5th, he’ll clinch the championship.

Lap 54, Max Verstappen gets a poor exit of of turn 12 and that invites Lewis Hamilton in. The pair go side-by-side with Verstappen nips ahead. The pair once again go side-bys-side through turn 17 but Hamilton backs off and runs wide. The top 3 stay as they are.

Lap 55, Sebastian Vettel overtakes Valterri Bottas as the Finn runs wide out of turn 12. The championship will continue into the next race in Mexico.

Lap 56, Kimi Raikkonen wins the American GP ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. It’s Raikkonen’s first race win in 113 races since his last GP win in Australia 2013.

Race Result

  1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 56 Laps (21st Career Win & 50th podium for Ferrari)
  2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +1.281s (Fans Driver of the Day)
  3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +2.342s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +18.222s
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +24.744s
  6. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, +87.210s
  7. Carlos Sainz, Renault, +94.994s
  8. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, +101.080s
  9. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  10. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  11. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  12. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  13. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 1 Lap
  14. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 2 Laps
  • Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, DSQ
  • Kevin Magnussen, Haas, DSQ
  • Charles Leclerc, Sauber, DNF
  • Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, DNF
  • Romain Grosjean, Haas, DNF
  • Fernando Alonso, McLaren, DNF

 

 

Hamilton beats Vettel to Pole in the US

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton beats title rival Sebastian Vettel to Pole Position ahead of tomorrow’s USA GP.

20/10/18

Vettel handed 3 place grid drop

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes took a further hit after he was handed a 3-place grid penalty after the Stewards found the German to be going to quick under red flag conditions in FP1. The red-flag appeared in FP1 after a spin by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, who brought gravel onto the track after coming back onto the track. Vettel did slow after the red flag was shown but he was accused of not taking off enough speed to meet the strict timing deltas the drivers must keep to.

Qualifying Report

In Q1, it was both Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel out first with Vettel able to go over 3 and a half tenths quicker than his Finnish team-mate. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly was the first driver to have is lap time deleted due to track limits. The Mercedes of Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were able to beat Vettel’s time with Hamilton setting the pace on a 1:34:176.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen hit trouble with the Dutchman crawling back to the pits. It seemed to be the right rear suspension failing over the “sausage” kerbs. Could the Red Bull mechanics fix the issue before Q2? With 6 minutes to go, both McLaren’s and both Williams along with the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson were in the drop-zone.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was able to improve to 13th but other drivers were able to beat his lap time and it was the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley who pushed the Spaniard out of progressing to Q2. Ericsson, the other McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and both Williams’s drivers were knocked out as well. Hamilton ended Q1 quickest on a 1:34:130 ahead of Bottas and Vettel.

In Q2, Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel opted to go out on the Supersoft tyre while Raikkonen went onto the Ultrasoft. Raikkonen was able to beat both Mercedes on a 1:32:884 with Vettel slotting in behind his team-mate in 2nd. Hamilton locked-up and lost time in the middle sector so the Brit went for a second flying lap on the same set of tyres and improved to 3rd to go nearly 6 tenths behind Raikkonen.

It was a superb first lap for Sauber’s Charles Leclerc who posted the 6th quickest time and to go just over 2 tenths quicker than Haas’s Romain Grosjean in 7th. The repair job for the Red Bull mechanics on Verstappen’s car was too extensive so the Austrian GP winner took no part in the session.

Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel headed back out on the Ultrasoft tyre. Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen fail to make it to Q3 and are joined in the elimination zone by both Toro Rosso’s, who both didn’t set a lap time and the Red Bull of Verstappen. Vettel improves to a 1:33:079 on the Ultra’s with both Mercedes not improving which means that they’ll start on the Supersoft tyre for tomorrow’s race.

In Q3, Hamilton was able to go quickest on a 1:32:567 with Vettel less than a tenth behind in 2nd. Bottas was over a tenths behind in 3rd with Raikkonen over 4 and a half tenths back from Hamilton in 4th. Not the finest lap from the Finn who needs to be up there to help Ferrari and Vettel tomorrow.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was on his own in 5th with Haas’s Grosjean, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, the Force India’s of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez and the Sauber of Leclerc, who hadn’t set a timed lap yet, in 10th.

Bottas improved but it was the other Finn of Raikkonen who went on provisional pole position on a 1:32:307. Hamilton improved to a 1:32:237 and with Vettel managing a 1:32:298 to slot in behind but because of his 3 place grid penalty the German will start 5th.

Behind the top 4, Ricciardo was 5th ahead of Ocon, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Leclerc and Perez.

Russian and Japanese GPs Review

It’s been another two successful races for Lewis Hamilton as the Brit leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with just 4 races to go in this championship. Check out how the last two races have impacted the championship.

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Round 16 – Russian GP

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 53 Laps (49th win for Mercedes)
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +2.545s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +7.487s
  4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +16.543s (200th time finishing in the points)
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +31.016s (Fans Drivers of the Day)
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +80.451s
  7. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, +98.390s
  8. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, + 1 Lap
  9. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, + 1 Lap
  10. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, + 1 Lap
  11. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1 Lap
  12. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 1 Lap
  13. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  14. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  15. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 1 Lap
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 2 Laps
  17. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, + 2 Laps
  18. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 2 Laps
  • Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, DNF
  • Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, DNF

Drivers Championship

1.Hamilton 306pts  2.Vettel 256pts  3.Bottas 189pts  4.Raikkonen 186pts 5.Verstappen 158pts

Constructors Championship

1.Mercedes 496pts  2.Ferrari 442pts  3.Red Bull 292pts  4.Renault 91pts  5.Haas 80

Round 17 – Japanese GP

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 53 Laps (50th win for Mercedes)
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +12.919s (8th podium of the season)
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +14.295s
  4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +19.495s (Fans Driver of the Day)
  5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +50.998s
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +69.873s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  7. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, +79.379s
  8. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +87.198s
  9. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, +88.055s
  10. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, + 1 Lap (Renault’s first point in Japan since 2011)
  11. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  12. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 Lap
  13. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  14. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  15. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  16. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 1 Lap
  17. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 1 Lap
  • Charles Leclerc, Sauber, DNF
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, DNF
  • Kevin Magnussen, Haas, DNF

Drivers Championship

1.Hamilton 331pts  2.Vettel 264pts  3.Bottas 207pts  4.Raikkonen 196pts  5.Verstappen 173pts

Constructors Championship

1.Mercedes 538pts  2.Ferrari 460pts  3.Red Bull 319pts  4.Renault 92pts  5.Haas 84pts

 

 

 

 

F1 2018 in the old points system – Part 4

After winning the Japanese GP, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton’s lead has grown to 28 points over chief rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Mercedes lead in the Constructors Championship has grown to 35 points over Ferrari.

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The points system Formula One currently uses has been used since 2010 allows for the top 10 finishers to claim points and as follows: 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt.

The points system used in Formula One between 2003 to 2009 was as follows: 1st – 10pts, 2nd – 8pts, 3rd – 6pts, 4th – 5pts, 5th – 4pts, 6th – 3pts, 7th – 2pts and 8th – 1pt.

Japanese GP Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 10pts
  2. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 8pts
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 6pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 5pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 4pts
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 3pts
  7. Sergio Perez, Force India, 2pts
  8. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1pt

Carlos Sainz Jr and Pierre Gasly who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points

Hamilton pulls clear after 4th consecutive win

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton heads into the final 4 races of the season with a lead of 28 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. With Hamilton winning in Russia and Japan and Vettel finishing in 3rd and 6th, the gap at the top has grown significantly but there are still 40 points up for grabs in the final 4 races. Even if Vettel fails to finish in the US and Hamilton wins, his gap will be 38 points heading into the 3 remaining races.

Reverting back to 2018, Hamilton’s lead increased to 67 points over Vettel.

Mercedes extend their comfortable lead over Ferrari

With Hamilton and team-mate Valterri Bottas securing 1-2 finishes at the Russian and Japanese GPs, the German team picked up 36 points to increase their over Ferrari to 35 points. While Mercedes scored 36 points in the past two races, Ferrari only picked up 18 points in total. While Mercedes have secured four 1-2 finishes, Ferrari have yet to do this.

Reverting back to 2018, Mercedes lead Ferrari by 78 points.

Four points separate 6 drivers

Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean are separated by just 4 points from 10th to 15th. Hulkenberg and Magnussen are tied on 18 points while Perez is on 17 points and Alonso on 16 points. Ocon and Grosjean are also tied on 14 points each. It just shows how competitive the mid-field is as the 6 drivers are from 4 different teams.

Reverting back to 2018, Perez, Magnussen and Hulkenberg are tied on 53 points from 7th to 9th. Alonso and Ocon are in 10th and 11th on 50 and 49 points each while Grosjean is in 13th on 31 points.

Drivers Championship

After Japan D

Constructors Championship

After Japan T