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Sauber and Alfa Romeo to keep fighting for ambitious results as Alfa Romeo Racing
The 2019 Formula One World Championship will see two of the most historical brands in motorsport – Sauber and Alfa Romeo – return to circuits across the globe with 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen and the young Italian Antonio Giovinazzi driving for Alfa Romeo Racing, formerly referred to as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Just one year after it was founded on the 24th June 1910, Alfa Romeo made its debut in an official competition, winning the first Regularity Race in Modena. Since then, its sporting legend has been a string of victories and top-three finishes in many international championships, including Formula One. In 2019, the cars of Alfa Romeo Racing will sport the time-honoured four-leaf clover emblem that since 1923 has identified the fastest Alfa Romeo models.
2019 F1 car to run for the first time on 13 February
We are delighted to announce that our 2019 Formula One car will hit the track for the first time on Wednesday 13 February for its initial shakedown run. The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ will contest the tenth season of the modern incarnation of the works Mercedes team.
We will supply a number of assets on the day of the inaugural run, including background information, imagery of the car and a VNR. Please find a more detailed plan of assets in the list below.
To celebrate the tenth modern-day Mercedes F1 car, we will provide fans with insights about the new car and the upcoming season on our social media channels in the days leading up to the shakedown day.
We ask for your understanding that the shakedown is a closed event and will not be accessible to media or public.
. Access online content throughout the countdown and the shakedown day via the team's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.
. Regularly updated imagery will be made available to the media on 13 February via the team media site, media.mercedesamgf1.com. All content provided on our media site will be rights free for editorial use; a login is not required.
. 2019 press pack, including Q&As with the senior management, the car's technical specifications, biographies of key team personnel, partner information and more will be distributed via press release and made available on the team's media site.
. A video news release, including on-track footage of the car as well as statements from key personnel will be made available via media alert, on the team's media site and via F1 Insight.
Lance Stroll to race alongside Sergio Perez in 2019
Racing Point Force India is delighted to announce that Lance Stroll will join the team for 2019 to race alongside Sergio Perez. Lance has pledged his commitment to the team as part of a long-term deal.
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal & CEO of Racing Point Force India: “I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year. It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience. Lance is only twenty and already has two years of Formula One experience under his belt, as well as a podium finish and a front row start. We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish. Our team has enjoyed great success nurturing and developing young and talented drivers, and we are very excited to begin our journey with Lance. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Esteban Ocon for his contribution to the team over the last two seasons and wish him well for the future.”
Lance Stroll: “This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula One career. I look forward to working alongside a successful team with a great culture. It’s a new challenge and I am excited to embrace this new opportunity!”
Rob Smedley to Leave Williams
Williams can confirm that Rob Smedley will leave the team at the end of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Rob joined the team in 2014 as Head of Performance Engineering, making his first appearance at the Bahrain Grand Prix to help guide the race operations team at a time of transition following a poor 2013 campaign. The team went on to finish third in the Championship for two consecutive years before finishing fifth in 2016 and 2017.
Mexican Grand Prix - “It will be a long race tomorrow”
Seb and Kimi: we improved from yesterday, but not enough
MEXICAN GP - QUALIFYING
October 27, 2018
Brendon Hartley (STR13-05, Car 28)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:18.637, pos. 16th, 10 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.682, (Q2) 1:17.184, Pos. 14th
"I think today we definitely had the pace to go through to Q3, but I'm disappointed with that last lap. I had been really happy with the car all weekend and Q1 was great, I was P10 and I think that was representative to where we could have been at the end of Q2. We only had one set of new Hypersofts left for Q2, and in the last run we didn't get the aero balance on the track evolution. I locked the brakes into Turn 12 on my last lap, went off the track and lost enough time to just miss out on Q3 - in Qualifying we are always pushing it to the limit! As for the race, the tyres will be a big topic tomorrow. I need a good first lap like I had in Austin. We scored points last week from P20, so from P14 tomorrow it must be possible! We've been strong all weekend, so I hope to bring home some more points."
2018 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
"Our starting positions and tyre allocation put us in good stead for a strong race"
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Saturday 27 October
Fernando and Stoffel will start in 12th and 15th positions respectively for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Stoffel finished 14th and Fernando 15th in this morning’s final free practice session, which started slowly as the majority of the field waited for the damp track to dry out following overnight rain. As the morning was overcast, track evolution was a lot more gradual than expected, nevertheless both drivers had a productive session in preparation for qualifying.
2018 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Saturday
27 October 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team will occupy the fourth row on the grid for tomorrow’s Gran Premio de México after Nico Hülkenberg qualified seventh and Carlos Sainz eighth at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Facing different weather conditions from yesterday, both drivers enjoyed a straightforward day of running, with FP3 featuring a patchy damp track but qualifying taking place in dry conditions. Tomorrow’s grid will also feature the first all Renault-powered front row since the start of the turbohybrid era of Formula 1, with Daniel Ricciardo on pole and Max Verstappen second quickest today.
Mexican Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Oct 27, 2018
Event: Qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix (Round 19 of 21)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Location: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City
Layout: 4.304-kilometer (2.674-mile), 17-turn circuit
Air Temps: 18.5-20.1 degrees Celsius (65.3-68.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 25.4-30.8 degrees Celsius (77.7-87.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull (1:14.759 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 16th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 18th
Note: Grid penalties will have Magnussen start 16th and Grosjean 18th in the Mexican Grand Prix.
2018 Mexican Grand Prix - Saturday
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to start from second and third row after tight fight in qualifying
Lewis will start tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix from P3 on the grid
Valtteri qualified P5 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Both drivers will start tomorrow’s race on the UltraSoft tyres
2018 Formula One Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Double Q3 finish for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team with Charles Leclerc in P9, and Marcus Ericsson in P10
Weather: FP3: sunny/cloudy and damp/dry, 15-17°C air, 18-21°C track; Qualifying: sunny/cloudy and dry, 19-20°C air, 25-31°C track
The hard work carried out overnight by the track-based team and the engineers at the Sauber factory in Hinwil after a difficult Friday paid off. Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc went on track for FP3 motivated to test different solutions to fine-tune the car balance and to optimise the tyres for the challenging conditions of the Mexican circuit.
Despite the tricky, partly damp track conditions, the changes made worked well. Charles Leclerc finished the session in P6 with Marcus Ericsson in 9th place, demonstrating a significant improvement.
The two drivers then headed into qualifying eager to maximise their potential. Both Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson completed qualifying on hypersoft tyres, giving consistent and strong performances. The team finished qualifying with both cars in Q3, marking a fantastic result which, tomorrow, will allow them to take the start of the Mexican GP determined to fight for points.
MEXICAN GP – QUALIFYING
27 OCTOBER 2018
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: P1 – 1:14.759 (Practice 3 – P4 1:17.028)
“As you can probably tell, I’m pretty happy right now. I know it’s only qualifying but actually it’s pretty special and this is only the third time in my career that I’ve been on pole. Every other time was Monaco, it starts with an M but this time it’s Mexico. Putting the lap together right at the very end, when Max had dominated in practice and then Mercedes came on so strong made it even more exciting. I don’t think anyone expected me to do it but I knew there was some extra speed in me and I’m happy to have found it. I knew I could clean up my first lap in Q3 and the first sector on my second lap was still average, but in the second sector I was building and I was pretty pumped up by the third. It feels awesome to be back at the front and it feels right. It’s been a challenging year and I’ve been wanting to finish on a high with Red Bull, so hopefully my run of poor fortune has come to an end and we can deliver what we all want tomorrow. This is the first front row lockout for the Team since 2013 so it’s a really big day for us all. I don’t think it will be a straightforward race and it will certainly be interesting, but hopefully it will be interesting for all the right reasons. It’s going to be a good fight with Max, Lewis and Seb but if we can convert a double front row into a double podium then the entire Team will leave Mexico very happy.”
Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying
Lance Stroll qualified 19th and Sergey Sirotkin 20th for the Mexican Grand Prix
Both drivers qualified on the hypersoft Pirelli tyre
Sergey set a 1:17.940 on his first flying lap before pitting for fresh rubber, whilst Lance set a 1:17.689 before also boxing for a set of fresh tyres
Sergey found time on his second run, but neither progressed into Q2
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a very disappointing day, as at times during practice we looked like we had the potential to get some good laps and get our cars closer to Q2. Overall it seemed quite a tight grid. Everything went to plan in Q1, but unfortunately, neither driver secured a good lap on their final run, so it will be a difficult race tomorrow.
2018 Mexican Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
P11 - ESTEBAN OCON - Chassis 03
Esteban: “P11 is an interesting place to start the race. We went into qualifying knowing that we really didn’t want to start the race on the hypersoft tyres and that’s why we ran on the harder compound [the ultrasoft] during Q2. Being P11 means I can choose my tyres for the start of the race and we have more flexibility with our strategy. So I hope our approach to qualifying will pay us back tomorrow. We could have been higher up the grid if we had used the hypersofts, but I am happy with the way we approached the session. It’s going to be a big fight tomorrow against the Renaults and the Saubers, but they will be starting on hypersofts and they should run a different strategy compared to us. Let’s see how things play out tomorrow.”
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2018 - Mexico City
Qualifying Session Classification
NO DRIVER ENTRANT Q1 LAPS % Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:15.866 3 100.378 1:15.845 6 1:14.759 7
2 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:15.756 3 100.232 1:15.640 6 1:14.785 7
3 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:15.673 8 100.123 1:15.644 6 1:14.894 7
4 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:16.089 4 100.673 1:15.715 6 1:14.970 6
5 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:15.580 8 100.000 1:15.923 8 1:15.160 6
6 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:16.446 7 101.145 1:15.996 7 1:15.330 6
7 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:16.498 6 101.214 1:16.126 6 1:15.827 6
8 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:16.813 6 101.631 1:16.188 6 1:16.084 6
9 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:16.862 8 101.696 1:16.320 6 1:16.189 6
10 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:16.701 8 101.483 1:16.633 6 1:16.513 6
11 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:16.252 8 100 .889 1:16.844 8
12 14 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:16.857 6 101.689 1:16.871 6
13 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:16.242 8 100.875 1:17.167 8
14 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:16.682 6 101.458 1:17.184 6
15 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:16.828 9 101 .651 DNS
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