Mexican Qualifying Round 19

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of tomorrow’s race ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Max Verstappen as Nico Hulkenberg out-qualifies both Ferrari cars.


Track stats

  • First GP: 1963
  • Laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.304km
  • Race distance: 305.354km
  • Lap record: 1:20:521, Nico Rosberg, 2015
  • Corners: 16

Palmer to miss Qualifying

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer will miss today’s qualifying session after damaging his car in FP3. Palmer finished 14th in the final practise session and was confident of reaching Q2 today. Renault found cracks in the chassis and were not able to fix Palmer’s car in time for qualifying. Its likely that he will start from the pit-lane tomorrow.


Romain Grosjean is the first car out on track and his first lap is a slow 1:27:544. Marcus Ericsson goes quicker on a 1:21:690. The first laps for all the drivers are a warm up lap as the tyres are not griping the track. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are next on a 1:19:970 and a 1:19:865. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen are next on a 1:19:874 and a 1:19:554. With Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari so close in lap times, its an early sign of a good qualifying ahead. Nico Rosberg is unusually slow at the moment on a 1:20:396.

With 5 minutes to go, Lewis Hamilton goes quickest on a 1:19:447. With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head out for their final laps. Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon are in the drop zone. The chequered flag falls as Esteban Gutierrez spins at turn 10, hampering team-team Grosjean as he was just behind. Q1 ends with Lewis Hamilton quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Out: Palmer – DNS, Grosjean – 21st, Ocon – 20th, Nasr – 19th, Kvyat – 18th and Gutierrez – 17th.


Lewis Hamilton is the first driver out on the track and he sets a lap time of a 1:19:137 on a set of Soft tyres. Hamilton is slightly blocked by Sebastian Vettel on the apex of the final corner. Nico Rosberg is also on the Soft tyre but goes slower than Hamilton on a 1:19:761. Vettel is next on a 1:19:385. Max Verstappen are next on a set of the Supersoft tyres and goes quickest on a 1:18:922.

With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head back out for their final laps. In the drop-zone at the moment is Valterri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Pascal Wehrlein, Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson. Q2 ends with Max Verstappen quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Out: Wehrlein – 16th, Ericsson – 15th, Magnussen – 14th, Button – 13th, Perez – 12th and Alonso – 11th.


Both Red Bull cars of Daniel Ricciardo and max Verstappen set the first lap times of a 1:19:210 and a 1:19:092.  Lewis Hamilton is next on a 1:18:704 but again Nico Rosberg is slower on a 1:19:363. With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head out onto the track for their final laps. Hamilton is quickest ahead of Verstappen, Ricciardo and Rosberg at the moment. Ricciardo and Verstappen improve but its not enough to beat Hamilton. Rosberg produces the best lap of his weekend so far to jump both Red Bull cars on a 1:18:958.

Top 10: Sainz – 10th, Massa – 9th, Bottas – 8th, Vettel – 7th, Raikkonen – 6th, Hulkenberg – 5th, Ricciardo – 4th

Top 3: Verstappen – 3rd, Rosberg – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Verstappen  4.Ricciardo  5.Hulkenberg  6.Raikkonen  7.Vettel  8.Bottas  9.Massa  10.Sainz  11.Alonso  12.Perez  13.Button  14.Magnussen  15.Ericsson  16.Wehrlein  17.Gutierrez  18.Kvyat  19.Nasr  20.Ocon  21.Grosjean  DNS Palmer


American Race Round 18

Lewis Hamilton takes his 50th GP win by winning for the 4th time in Austin ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo.


Tyre choice

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein will start on the Soft tyre. Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon will start on the Medium tyre with everyone else starting on the Supersoft tyre.


The lights go out and a way we go. Its a good start by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as they head into turn 1. Daniel Ricciardo gets round the outside of Rosberg and overtakes him for 2nd place. Daniil Kvyat hits Sergio Perez and Perez spins but continues. A replay of the start shows Nico Hulkenberg boxed in by Sebastian Vettel on his left and Valterri Bottas on his right. This causes contact between Bottas and Hulkenberg giving Bottas a puncture. Both pit at the end of lap 1 with Force India retiring Hulkenberg.

Lap 3, Jenson Button overtakes Esteban Gutierrez into turn 12 and up into 10th place. Lewis Hamilton leads from Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 9, Ricciardo and Raikkonen pit going onto the Soft tyres as the FIA announce that there is no further action between Nico Hulkenberg and Valterri Bottas on lap 1. Lap 10, Verstappen pits for the Soft tyres.

Lap 11, Nico Rosberg pits for the Medium tyre. Lap 12, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso pit for the Soft, Soft, Soft and Medium tyre. Lap 13, Max Verstappen overtakes Kimi Raikkonen into turn 12 and up into 5th place. Daniil Kvyat has been given a 10 second time penalty for the collision on the first lap with Sergio Perez. Lap 15, Sebastian Vettel pits and changes over to the Soft tyre. Vettel rejoins in 6th behind Kimi Raikkonen in 5th place.

Lap 21, Jenson Button overtakes Daniil Kvyat into turn 12 and up into 10th place. Lap 22, Sebastian Vettel is catching team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Lap 25, Raikkonen pits and changes over to the Supersoft tyre. Lap 26, Daniel Ricciardo pits going onto the Medium tyre. Lap 27, Max Verstappen pits but his Red Bull team aren’t ready! Verstappen waits till his team are ready to fit the new Medium tyre. Lap 28, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean pit with both drivers going onto the Medium tyre.

Lap 29, Max Verstappen is slowing on the long straight between turns 11 and 12. Its an engine failure, he pulls over at a marshal post at turn 17. This triggers a Virtual Safety Car in which Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso pit going onto the Soft and Medium tyre. Lap 32, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg pit, both for the Medium tyre. The VSC ends on lap 33 with Hamilton leading ahead of Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 39, Raikkonen pits and makes it to the exit of the pit-lane and grinds to a halt. Crazy scenes as Raikkonen rolls his car back into the safety of the pit-lane. Obviously, Ferrari are under investigated for releasing a car in an unsafe condition.

Lap 42, Romain Grosjean is up into 10th place due to Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement. Lap 48, the battle for 5th place is on with Carlos Sainz occupying 5th with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in 6th and 7th. Lap 52, Alonso overtakes Massa into turn 15 and there’s contact. Both touch tyres and Alonso is through. Lap 53, Alonso and Massa are under investigation following the contact. Lap 54, Sebastian Vettel pits and straps on a set of Supersoft tyres till the end of the race. Lap 55, Massa pits following a left-front puncture, possibly caused with the contact with Alonso.  Alonso is on a mission today as he overtakes Sainz into turn 12 and up into 5th place. Lap 56, Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race result

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Ricciardo  4.Vettel  5.Alonso  6.Sainz  7.Massa  8.Perez  9.Button  10.Grosjean  11.Magnussen  12.Kvyat  13.Palmer  14.Ericsson  15.Nasr  16.Bottas  17.Wehrlein  18.Ocon  DNF Raikkonen, Verstappen, Gutierrez and Hulkenberg.

Race stats

  • By winning today, Lewis Hamilton secured his 50th GP victory and reduced the gap to championship leader, Nico Rosberg to 26 points.
  • Sebastian Vettel managed to get the Fastest Lap of a 1:39:877 on lap 55.
  • Daniil Kvyat was also given 2 penalty points on his license for the incident with Sergio Perez.

Drivers Championship

  1. Nico Rosberg 331pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 305pts
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 227pts
  4. Sebastian Vettel 177pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 170pts
  6. Max Verstappen 165pts
  7. Sergio Perez 84pts
  8. Valterri Bottas 81pts
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 54pts
  10. Fernando Alonso 52pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 636pts
  2. Red Bull 400pts
  3. Ferrari 347pts
  4. Force India 138pts
  5. Williams 130pts
  6. McLaren 74pts
  7. Torro Rosso 55pts
  8. Haas 29pts
  9. Renault 8pts
  10. Manor 1pt
  11. Sauber 0pts





American Qualifying Round 18

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo as Haas have a tough day on home soil.


Torro Rosso retain Kvyat for 2017

Red Bull have decided to retain Daniil Kvyat at their junior team Torro Rosso for 2017. Kvyat’s place at Torro Rosso had been in doubt after a loss in form this season following his demotion from Red Bull team in a swap with Max Verstappen. Torro Rosso’s decision leaves few teams without confirmed driver line-ups in Williams, Force India, Renault, Haas, Sauber and Haas.


Sergio Perez is the first driver on on track but its Pascal Wehrlein who sets the first lap time of the session of a 1:39:319. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are next with Hamilton quicker than Rosberg on a 1:36:296 and a 1:36:397. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull follow next and are currently 3rd and 4th behind the two Mercedes. With 6 minutes to go, Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, Jenson Button and Felipe Nasr are in the drop zone.

On his final lap of the session, Jenson Button is slightly blocked behind a Manor car and the Renault car of Jolyon Palmer. Button’s lap puts him into 16th place for the moment. Felipe Nasr fails to put in a better lap time and is out but team-mate Marcus Ericsson is through to Q2. Esteban Gutierrez pushes Kevin Magnussen into the drop zone while Romain Grosjean, Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon also fail to make it through to the second stage of qualifying. Lewis Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen.

Out: Ocon – 22nd, Nasr – 21st, Wehrlein – 20th, Button – 19th, Magnussen – 18th and Grosjean – 17th.


Nico Rosberg is the first driver out on track and is the first to set a lap time of a 1:36:351. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo are next on a 1:36:450 and a 1:36:255. Rosberg, Hamilton and Max Verstappen are on the Soft tyre with Ricciardo on the Supersoft tyre. With 2 minutes to go, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop zone along with Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Massa and Esteban Gutierrez who haven’t set a lap time yet.

In the final moments, Sergio Perez jumps Fernando Alonso but both are then jumped by  Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa, pushing Perez and Alonso into the drop zone. Daniel Ricciardo ends the session quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Out: Ericsson – 16th, Palmer – 15th, Gutierrez – 14th, Kvyat – 13th, Alonso – 12th and Perez – 11th.


With Romain Grosjean out in Q1 and Esteban Gutierrez out in Q2, there will be no driver for Haas in Q3 on home soil. Nico Rosberg is followed out of the pits by Lewis Hamilton out onto the track for the start of their first laps of the final session. Rosberg is first with a 1:35:442 with Hamilton quicker on a 1:35:370. With 3 minutes remaining in the session, the drivers head back out onto the track for their final laps.

Once again, Nico Rosberg is first to cross the line and he goes slightly quicker on a 1:35:215 but here comes Lewis Hamilton on a great lap. Hamilton breaks the 1 minute 35 seconds barrier and he is on pole position for tomorrow’s race on a 1:34:999. It’s Hamilton’s first pole position here in Austin.

Top 10: Sainz – 10th, Massa – 9th, Bottas – 8th, Hulkenberg – 7th, Vettel – 6th, Raikkonen – 5th, Verstappen – 4th.

Top 3: Ricciardo – 3rd, Rosberg – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.

Qualifying results

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Ricciardo  4.Verstappen  5.Raikkonen  6.Vettel  7.Hulkenberg  8.Bottas  9.Massa  10.Sainz  11.Perez  12.Alonso  13.Kvyat  14.Gutierrez  15.Palmer  16.Ericsson  17.Grosjean  18.Magnussen  19.Button  20.Wehrlein  21.Nasr  22.Ocon




F1 2017 Information

Here is the information page for the F1 2017 Season.

Team and Driver Line-up

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton & Valterri Bottas

Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen

Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel & Kimi Raikkonen

Force India: Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon

Williams: Felipe Massa & Lance Stroll

McLaren: Fernando Alonso & Stoffel Vandoorne

Torro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr & Daniil Kvyat/Pierre Gasly/Brendon Hartley

Haas: Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen

Renault: Nico Hulkenberg & Jolyon Palmer/Carlos Sainz

Sauber: Marcus Ericsson & Pascal Wehrlein

Driver Changes

After winning the Drivers World Championship, Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport. Lewis Hamilton will be joined at Mercedes by Valterri Bottas, who drove for Williams in 2016.

Red Bull and Ferrari will keep the same driver line-up from 2016 with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

Felipe Massa announced his retirement from F1 at the Italian GP so Williams decided to sign newcomer Lance Stroll. When Rosberg announced his retirement, there was a lot of speculation that Bottas would take his place. Bottas joined Mercedes with Massa pushing his retirement back a year to partner Stroll for 2017.

Force India will keep Sergio Perez for the 4th year alongside Esteban Ocon, who is replacing Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg has moved to Renault and Ocon has come from Manor.

Jenson Button also announced his retirement at the Italian GP and he is replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren. Vandoorne, filled in for Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain GP and he finished in 10th place. Alonso and Vandoorne will complete McLaren’s line-up. Alonso will miss the Monaco GP to race in the Indy 500. Button will return for that GP weekend.

Torro Rosso will keep Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat. Haas keep Romain Grosjean but replace Esteban Gutierrez with Kevin Magnussen from Renault.

Renault have kept Jolyon Palmer and have signed Nico Hulkenberg from Force India to replace Magnussen. Sauber replace Felipe Nasr with Pascal Wehrlein to partner Marcus Ericsson. Antonio Giovinazzi replaced Wehrlein for the first two opening rounds as the German was unfit due to a crash at the Race of Champions.

Driver Changes

  • For the Malaysian GP, Toro Rosso announced that Pierre Gasly would replace Daniil Kvyat for that race.
  • For the Japanese GP, Renault confirmed that Carlos Sainz would replace Jolyon Palmer from the American GP onwards.
  • For the American GP, Toro Rosso confirmed that Brendon Hartley would partner the returning Kvyat for that race. Gasly will be competing in the Super Formula finale in Japan instead.

Drivers Leaving From 2016

  • Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – Retired
  • Jenson Button – McLaren – Retired/Contracted to race if necessary
  • Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – Formula E/Indycar
  • Felipe Nasr – Sauber – N/A

Race Calendar and Winners

  • Australian GP: Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari
  • Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari
  • Russian GP: Valterri Bottas/Mercedes
  • Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Monaco GP: Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari
  • Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Azerbaijan GP: Daniel Ricciardo/Red Bull
  • Austrian GP: Valterri Bottas/Mercedes
  • British GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes 
  • Hungarian GP: Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari
  • Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Malaysian GP: Max Verstappen/Red Bull
  • Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • United States GP: Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
  • Mexican GP: Max Verstappen/Red Bull
  • Brazilian GP: Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari
  • Abu Dhabi GP: Valterri Bottas/Mercedes












Hulkenberg joins Renault for 2017 after leaving Force India

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg has signed a ‘multi-year deal’ with Renault for 2017 to switch from Force India to Renault.


Announced on Friday the 14th, Hulkenberg, 29, is to lead the team as they build up to competitiveness following their return to F1. He also said he was “very happy” to be joining the team, adding that it had “always been a dream” to work for a manufacturer team. Hulkenberg has taken a gamble but he believes in Renault’s ability to become a major force in the next few years.

Hulkenberg started his F1 career back in 2010 with Williams and claimed his first and so far only pole position. He was dropped by Williams for 2011 and was picked up by Force India for 2012. Hulkenberg then moved to Sauber in 2013 and then returned to Force India for 2014. Despite competing in 111 races, Hulkenberg has never been on the podium.

Hulkenberg has always been topped for a “big drive”, notably at Ferrari and McLaren but has never been able to get one.

Hulkenberg was always on Renault’s wish list

Hulkenberg has always been on Renault’s wish list but was never Renault’s first choice of driver. Renault tried but failed to recruit both Carlos Sainz and Hulkenberg’s current team-mate Sergio Perez.  The second seat at Renault remains open, with current drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer in the frame, along with Manor’s Esteban Ocon. Renault are also interested in Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who is in salary negotiations with his current team Williams.

Seats still being decided

The second seat also remains open at Force India with the first seat being occupied by Sergio Perez. Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein is the main contender at the moment for the seat but Palmer is also an option as it would be a straight swap with Hulkenberg.

Williams driver Valterri Bottas is torn between staying at Williams or moving to Renault alongside Hulkenberg. Lance Stroll, has just won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and is set to take the second seat at Williams alongside Bottas, if he stays.

The United States GP will take place In Austin on the 21st – 23rd of October.





Japanese Race Round 17

Nico Rosberg wins the Japanese GP and extends his championship advantage with Red Bulls Max Verstappen 2nd and Lewis Hamilton 3rd after a poor start.


Raikkonen and Wehrlein suffer grid penalties

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein will each take a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change after Qualifying yesterday.

Tyre choice

Valterri Bottas, Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson will start on the Medium tyre with Kevin Magnussen, Felipe Nasr and Jenson Button starting on the Hard compound tyre.


The lights go green and Nico Rosberg leads as Lewis Hamilton bogs down and drops to 8th place by turn 2. Behind Rosberg its, Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 3, Vettel overtakes Perez into turn 1 and up into 3rd place. Both Force India cars are struggling for pace as Perez’s team-mate Nico Hulkenberg gets overtaken by Kimi Raikkonen into turn 1. Lap 7, Hamilton then overtakes Hulkenberg into turn 1 and up into 7th place.

Lap 9, Nico Rosberg has pulled out a 5.5 second gap to Max Verstappen in 2nd. Lap 10, Fernando Alonso pits for the Hard tyre and is the first car to do so. Lap 11, Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean pit for the Hard tyre. Lap 13, Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen pit for the Hard tyre. Lap 14, Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz pit for the Hard tyre and Hamilton in front of Raikkonen, who has just overtaken Perez and Jolyon Palmer into turn 1. Lap 16, Hamilton overtakes Valterri Bottas into turn 15 and up into 4th place as Raikkonen overtakes Felipe Massa into turn 1 and up into 7th place. Bottas is falling pretty quickly as he is overtaken by Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Perez.

Lap 26, Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen pit for Renault and they take on the Hard and the Medium tyre. Lap 27, Kimi Raikkonen pits for the Hard tyre. Lap 29, Max Verstappen pits for the 2nd and final time onto a new set of Hard tyres. Lap 30, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez pit for the Hard and Medium tyres. Lap 33, Daniel Ricciardo pits and goes onto the Hard tyre with Lewis Hamilton pitting the next lap and going onto the Hard tyre as well. Lap 35, Sebastian Vettel pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. He appears behind Hamilton but in front of team-mate Raikkonen.

After the second round of pit stops, Nico Rosberg leads ahead of Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas round out the top 10 at the moment. After a strong qualifying, Haas’s Romain Grosjean is just outside the points in 11th. Verstappen is coming under pressure from Hamilton on lap 46 as the gap is only 1 second. Lap 52, Hamilton closes into the final chicane and moves to the inside of the corner. Verstappen, as late as he wants, moves to block the inside forcing Hamilton to completely miss the chicane. Lap 53, Nico Rosberg wins ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Race result

1.Rosberg  2.Verstappen  3.Hamilton  4.Vettel  5.Raikkonen  6.Ricciardo  7.Perez  8.Hulkenberg  9.Massa  10.Bottas  11.Grosjean  12.Palmer  13.Kvyat  14.Magnussen  15.Ericsson  16.Alonso  17.Sainz  18.Button  19.Nasr  20.Gutierrez  21.Ocon  22.Wehrlein

Race stats

  • Nico Rosberg converted his 30th pole position into his first win in Japan and also extended his championship lead to 33 points ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
  • Hamilton, who finished in 3rd place, scored his 100th career podium and helped Mercedes, along with Rosberg, to the Constructors Championship for the 3rd time in a row.

Drivers Championship

  1. Nico Rosberg 313pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 280pts
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 212pts
  4. Kimi Raikkonen 170pts
  5. Max Verstappen 165pts
  6. Sebastian Vettel 165pts
  7. Valterri Bottas 81pts
  8. Sergio Perez 80pts
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 54pts
  10. Felipe Massa 43pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 593pts
  2. Red Bull 385pts
  3. Ferrari 335pts
  4. Force India 134pts
  5. Williams 124pts
  6. McLaren 62pts
  7. Torro Rosso 47pts
  8. Haas 28pts
  9. Renault 7pt
  10. Manor 1pt
  11. Sauber 0pts

Japanese Qualifying Round 17

Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen as Haas get both cars into Q3 for the first time.



Esteban Ocon is the first car on track and the first driver to set a lap time of a 1:33:992. Nico Rosberg sets his first lap of the session on the Medium tyre with a 1:31:858. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo follow on a 1:32:218 and a 1:32:538 on the Medium tyre as well. Max Verstappen is next with a 1:32:487 on the Medium tyre before Kimi Raikkonen sets the quickest time of a 1:31:674 on a set of Soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel comes round with 7 minutes to go and goes quickest on a 1:31:659 on the Soft tyre.

With 3 minutes to go, cars head back onto the track for their final runs in this session. At the moment, Carlos Sainz, Jenson Button, Pascal Wehrlein, Esteban Ocon, Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop-zone. Button’s final lap puts him 13th but will we see him in Q2? Palmer and Sainz are safe with good laps and a great lap by Valterri Bottas pushes Button out of qualifying. Q1 ends with Vettel quickest ahead of Raikkonen and Rosberg.

Out: Wehrlein – 22nd, Ocon – 21st, Nasr – 20th, Ericsson – 19th, Magnussen 18th and Button – 17th.


Nico Rosberg is the first car out on track and is the first driver to set a lap of a 1:30:714! The benchmark has been laid for the rest to beat. Lewis Hamilton can’t beat it on a 1:31:129 with Daniel Ricciardo even further back on a 1:31:719. Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel are next on a 1:31:406, 1:31:489 and a 1:31:227. Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa for Williams have done their one and only flying lap and its put them on the cusp of not getting through to Q3 in 8th and in 10th.

Fernando Alonso can’t improve while Nico Hulkenberg is safely through to Q3. Carlos Sainz spins at turn 14 and brings the yellow flags. He coasts back to the pits while Esteban Gutierrez, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean make it though to Q3. Q2 ends with Rosberg quickest ahead of Hamilton and Vettel.

Out: Palmer – 16th, Alonso – 15th, Sainz – 14th, Kvyat – 13th, Massa – 12th and Bottas – 11th.


Daniel Ricciardo is the first car out on track and is the first driver to set a lap of a 1:31:240. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen are next on a 1:31:229 and a 1:31:184. Nico Rosberg comes round and its a good but not great lap of a 1:30:953. Lewis Hamilton, on a 1:30:758, goes to provisional pole position and for the first time during this qualifying session, he beats Rosberg. With Sebastian Vettel on a 1:31:225, only half a second separates Hamilton in 1st and Ricciardo in 6th.

With 3 minutes to go, the cars head back out for their final laps. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen improve but Nico Rosberg improves the most and goes to the top of timing sheets on a 1:30:647. What can Lewis Hamilton do? He gets close, but loses out by less than a tenth of a second.

Top 10: Gutierrez – 10th, Hulkenberg – 9th, Grosjean – 8th, Perez – 7th, Ricciardo – 6th, Verstappen – 5th, Vettel – 4th.

Top 3: Raikkonen – 3rd, Hamilton – 2nd and Rosberg – 1st.

Qualifying results

1.Rosberg  2.Hamilton  3.Raikkonen  4.Verstappen  5.Ricciardo  6.Perez  7.Vettel*  8.Grosjean  9.Hulkenberg  10.Gutierrez  11.Bottas  12.Massa  13.Kvyat  14.Sainz  15.Alonso  16.Palmer  17.Button  18.Magnussen  20.Ericsson  21.Nasr  22.Ocon  22.Wehrlein

Vettel* carries over his 3 place gird penalty for the incident at of the Malaysian GP with Nico Rosberg.