F1 2018 in the old points system – Part 4

After securing the title in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton then went onto win the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi GPs while Mercedes went onto take the Constructors Championship ending a very successful season for the Silver Arrows. Read on to see how the final GP of the season ended. 


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.

Abu Dhabi GP Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 10pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 8pts
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 6pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 5pts
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 4pts
  6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, 3pts
  7. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, 2pts
  8. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1pt

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points

Hamilton ends season in style

A Champion’s drive? Okay, if Max Verstappen hadn’t had been involved in the incident with Esteban Ocon, Hamilton would have likely gone on to finish 2nd. Hamilton had never won post championship and his two pole positions back that up. Chief rival, Sebastian Vettel, ended his 2018 a whopping 35 points behind.

Reverting back to 2018, Hamilton won the championship by 88 points over Vettel.

Raikkonen hangs onto 3rd

Despite retiring from the Abu Dhabi GP, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fends off Mercedes Valterri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for 3rd place in the Drivers Championship. After a strong end to the season, Verstappen was able to score 24pts in the last 3 races while Raikkonen and Bottas scored 12pts each.

Reverting back to 2018, Raikkonen finished in 3rd, 2pts ahead of Verstappen who was 2pts ahead of Bottas.

Renault fend off Haas for 4th

Having taken 6 points since Mexico, Renault were able to fend Haas off for the “best of the rest” spot in 4th. Over the course of the season, both teams have been taking points off of each other but heading into the last few races, Haas had the advantage. But strong races by Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr placed the French team ahead of their American rivals.

Reverting back to 2018, Renault finished in 4th 29 points ahead of Haas in 5th.

Drivers Championship

End of season D

Hamilton takes the 2018 Drivers Championship by 35 points

Constructors Championship

End of season T

Mercedes take the 2018 Constructors Championship by 36 points

F1 2018 Final Championship Standings

Here is the final standings of the 2018 Formula One Season.


Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 408pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 320pts
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 251pts
  4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 249pts
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 247pts
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 170pts
  7. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 69pts
  8. Sergio Perez, Force India Mercedes, 62pts
  9. Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, 56pts
  10. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, 53pts
  11. Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault, 50pts
  12. Esteban Ocon, Force India Mercedes, 49pts
  13. Charles Leclerc, Sauber Ferrari, 39pts
  14. Romain Grosjean, Haas Ferrari, 37pts
  15. Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 29pts
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault, 12pts
  17. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber Ferrari, 9pts
  18. Lance Stroll, Williams Mercedes, 6pts
  19. Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 4pts
  20. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Mercedes, 1pt

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 655pts
  2. Ferrari 571pts
  3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 419pts
  4. Renault 122pts
  5. Haas Ferrari 93pts
  6. McLaren Renault 62pts
  7. Force India Mercedes 52pts
  8. Sauber Ferrari 48pts
  9. Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 33pts
  10. Williams Mercedes 7pts
  11. Force India Sahara 0pts

Hamilton ends 2018 in style by winning in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins the final race of 2018 in Abu Dhabi in dominant form ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finishes in 11th in what is likely to be his final F1 race.


Qualifying Result

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


So it was an 83rd pole position for Lewis Hamilton who clinched the final pole position of 2018. It was also the last time Max Verstappen could have broken the record for youngest pole sitter. It’s also Valterri Bottas’s last chance to win this season or he’ll become the first Mercedes driver since Michael Schumacher in 2012 to not win a race. The battle for 3rd, 4th and 5th in the Drivers Championship between Kimi Raikkonen, Bottas and Verstappen. Lots to be decided in the final race of 2018!

The lights go out for the final time in 2018 and its a good start by the top 5 as they stay as they are. Max Verstappen has lost out and has dropped to 10th from 6th. Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean make contact at turn 9 and Hulkenberg is flipped over and lands up against the barrier. There is a small fire at the back of Renault but is quickly extinguished by the marshals. The marshals are able to flip the car back over to its normal position and Hulkenberg is able to get out of the car. The replay shows that Hulkenberg and Grosjean were battling with Hulkenberg going down the inside of the Frenchman at turn 8. Hulkenberg locks-up and runs wide which forces Grosjean wide as well. Grosjean takes the inside of turn 9 but is unsighted by Hulkenberg and the pair make contact.

The Safety Car is deployed with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Valterri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Racing resumes on lap 5 with Hamilton getting a fantastic restart in the lead. Lap 6, Verstappen finally overtakes Ocon for 8th as Leclerc overtakes Raikkonen. The Finn has a problem as on lap 7, he pulls up and stops on the pit-straight. He becomes the 2nd retirement of the race. The Virtual Safety Car is deployed. Hamilton pits and switches from the Hypersoft tyre to the Supersoft tyre.. Leclerc and Grosjean also make their first pit-stops. Hamilton drops to 5th with Bottas leading Vettel, Ricciardo and Verstappen. The VSC ends on lap 8 as the marshals are able to move Raikkonen’s Ferrari from the track.

Lap 12, Valterri Bottas leads by 1.7 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are catching the top 2 in 3rd and 4th with Lewis Hamilton in 5th. Lap 14, Carlos Sainz overtakes Marcus Ericsson for 8th into turn 11. Lap 16, Vettel pits form 2nd and rejoins in 6th behind the Force India of Esteban Ocon. He is able to overtake the Frenchman into turn 8. It was a slow stop for the Ferrari crew. Lap 17, Bottas pits from 1st and rejoins in front of Vettel in 4th and on the Supersoft tyre. Lap 18, Verstappen pits from 2nd, rejoins on 5th and on the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 22, Daniel Ricciardo is yet to stop because he is on the Ultrasoft tyre. Rain in Abu Dhabi? Surely not but teams are warning their drivers that small droplets on rain are on the way. There was a 40% chance of rain before the race got started. Lap 24, the rain has arrived. Lap 25, Marcus Ericsson is going very slowly and pulls over at turn 10. He becomes the 3rd retirement of the race. Lap 27, Charles Leclerc overtakes Fernando Alonso for 9th into turn 8. Alonso fights back with the help of DRS but the Sauber driver retains the position. Lap 28, Alonso pits and switches from the Ultrasoft tyre to the Supersoft tyre.

Lap 31, Stoffel Vandoorne holds off Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon for 11th place. Great defending and attack from the Belgian driver. Lap 32, Vandoorne defends once again from Ocon into turn 11 but Ocon is able to overtake into turn 17. Lap 33, Grosjean is now able to overtake Vandoorne for 12th. Vandoorne is yet to pit in this race. Lap 34, Daniel Ricciardo pits from 1st and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. He rejoins in 5th. Lewis Hamilton retakes the lead ahead of Valterri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Ricciardo. Carlos Sainz, who is yet to pit, is in 6th and around 20 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc in 7th.

Lap 35, Sebastian Vettel attacks Valterri Bottas with Vettel overtaking Bottas into turn 11. A replay shows that Bottas locked-up into turn 5 which compromised his entry into turn 6 which allowed Vettel to catch-up. The Stewards have penalised Esteban Ocon by 5 seconds for going off track and gaining an advantage. Lap 37, Max Verstappen is now behind Bottas with Daniel Ricciardo now behind the pair and is ready to pounce. Lap 38, Verstappen overtakes Bottas for 3rd with the pair rubbing tyres at one stage. Lap 39, Ricciardo overtakes Bottas into turn 9. Bottas fights back but Ricciardo holds onto 4th place.

Lap 40, Carlos Sainz Jr has pitted and has rejoined in 6th and a couple of seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc in 7th. Lap 41, Valterri Bottas pits from 5th and goes onto a set of Ultrasoft tyre. He rejoins in 5th and 24 seconds behind Daniel Ricciardo in 4th. Lap 45, Ricciardo is just 1.5 seconds behind team-mate Max Verstappen. Lap 46, Esteban Ocon retires as there is some oil coming out of his Force India. He becomes the 4th retirement of race. Lap 48, Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso is now failing as there is smoke coming out of his car. Gasly pulls up at turn 14and becomes the 5th retirement of the race. Gasly’s retirement means that Kevin Magnussen has been promoted into 10th and Fernando Alonso into 11th.

Lap 52, McLaren tell Fernando Alonso to go and get Kevin Magnussen’s 10th place. They allow Alonso to turn the engine up to full performance in an attempt to catch Magnussen and to secure what is likely to be he final F1 point. Lap 54, Alonso gets a time penalty of 5 seconds of leaving the track and gaining an advantage. Lap 55, Lewis Hamilton wins the Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Hamilton and Vettel performs a couple of doughnuts for the crowd. Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso go side-by-side for most of the track before performing doughnuts on the start/finish straight.

Race Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 55 Laps (11th win of the 2018 Season)
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +2.581s (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +12.706s
  4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +15.379s
  5. Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +47.957s
  6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, +72.548s
  7. Charles Leclerc, Sauber, +90.789s
  8. Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India, +91.275s
  9. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1 Lap
  10. Kevin Magnussen, Haas, + 1 Lap
  11. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1 Lap (Fans Driver of the Day)
  12. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, + 1 Lap
  13. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 1 Lap
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  15. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 1 Lap
  • Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, DNF
  • Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, DNF
  • Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, DNF
  • Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, DNF
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, DNF





McLaren bid special farewell to Alonso ahead of Abu Dhabi

Fernando Alonso’s 18 year F1 career will come to an end on Sunday and ahead of his last GP, McLaren will pay tribute to the two time champion by creating a special livery for him.


To celebrate his 18 years in the sport, McLaren have unveiled a special livery ahead of his final GP and the last race of the 2018 Season in Abu Dhabi.

The colours of his iconic helmet – blue, yellow and red – (representing his home region of Asturias in northern Spain) have been incorporated into the team’s largely orange livery on the engine cover, along with a special ‘FA’ logo that can be seen in front of the cockpit and sidepods.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

“We want his last Grand Prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

The last time McLaren ran with a one-off livery was at the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix, when the red branding on Keke Rosberg’s car was switched to yellow.

  Picture courtesy of McLaren

Picture courtesy of McLaren

For a legend of the sport, I think it’s a great celebration of the Spaniards’ F1 career. Although, it might not be the last time fans get to see Alonso compete in F1, the chances of him returning to the sport are slim but still could happen in the future. As a fan of him, I would have loved to have seen him, and McLaren, fight at the front fighting for points on a regular basis, scoring podiums and winning races because I think he would have had more success. I personally love the livery and hope he gets to see the chequered flag on Sunday.

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.


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.


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 (DHL Fastest Lap Award)
  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. Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India, + 1 Lap
  15. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, + 1 Lap
  16. Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, + 2 Laps
  17. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 2 Laps
  18. Lance Stroll, Williams, + 2 Laps

Alonso and Vandoorne each received a 5-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags.

  • 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.


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.


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.


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