05 November


Rob Smedley to Leave Williams

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05/11/2018

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.
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27 October

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Mexican Grand Prix - “It will be a long race tomorrow”
Seb and Kimi: we improved from yesterday, but not enough
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MEXICAN GP - QUALIFYING

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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."
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2018 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING

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"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.

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2018 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Saturday

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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.
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Mexican Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap

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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
Weather: Cloudy
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.
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2018 Mexican Grand Prix - Saturday

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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
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2018 Formula One Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

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27.10.2018
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.
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MEXICAN GP – QUALIFYING

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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.”
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Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying

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27/10/2018
Qualifying Notes

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.
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2018 Mexican Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

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P11 - ESTEBAN OCON - Chassis 03
Q1 1:16.252
Q2 1:16.844

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.” [Read More!]
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FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2018 - Mexico City

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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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FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2018 - Mexico City

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Third Practice Session Classification

NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:16.284 9 203.114
2 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:16.538 9 +0.254 +0.254 202.440
3 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:16.566 11 +0.282 +0.028 202.366
4 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:17.028 7 +0.744 +0.462 201.152
5 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:17.045 16 +0.761 +0.017 201.108
6 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:17.059 13 +0.775 +0.014 201.071
7 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:17.336 11 +1.052 +0.277 200.351
8 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:17.525 16 +1.241 +0.189 199.863
9 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:17.565 14 +1.281 +0.040 199.760
10 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:17.623 10 +1.339 +0.058 199.610
11 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:17.731 10 +1.447 +0.108 199.333
12 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:17.819 10 +1.535 +0.088 199.108
13 8 Romain GR05JEAN Haas F1 Team 1:18.145 10 +1.861 +0.326 198.277
14 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE Mclaren F1 Team 1:18.445 15 +2.161 +0.300 197.519
1514 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:18.548 11 +2.264 +0.103 197.260
16 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.637 10 +2.353 +0.089 197.037
17 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:18.669 9 +2.385 +0.032 196.956
18 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:18.698 8 +2.414 +0.029 196.884
19 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:18.839 5 +2.555 +0.141 196.532
20 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1

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26 October


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2018 - Mexico City

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Second Practice Session Classification

NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:16.720 21 201.960
2 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:16.873 32 +0.153 +0.153 201.558
3 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:17.953 35 +1.233 +1.080 198.765
4 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:17.954 42 +1.234 +0.001 198.763
5 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:18.046 36 +1.326 +0.092 198.529
6 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.061 35 +1.341 +0.015 198.490
7 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:18.100 40 +1.380 +0.039 198.391
8 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:18.133 42 +1.413 +0.033 198.308
9 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:18.140 40 +1.420 +0.007 198.290
10 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:18.167 24 +1.447 +0.027 198.221
11 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:18.485 24 +1.765 +0.318 197.418
12 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:18.733 39 +2.013 +0.248 196.796
13 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:19.024 39 +2.304 +0.291 196.072
14 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:19.047 36 +2.327 +0.023 196.015
15 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE Mclaren F1 Team 1:19.096 30 +2.376 +0.049 195.893
16 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:19.219 25 +2.499 +0.123 195.589
17 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:19.322 41 +2.602 +0.103 195.335
18 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:19.335 37 +2.615 +0.013 195.303
19 14 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:19.543 31 +2.823 +0.208 194.792
20 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:19.670 35 +2.950 +0.127 194.482

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FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2018 - Mexico City

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First Practice Session Classification

NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:16.656 19 202.128
2 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:17.139 19 +0.483 +0.483 200.863
3 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:17.926 20 +1.270 +0.787 198.834
4 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:18.028 21 +1.372 +0.102 198.574
5 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:18.075 23 +1.419 +0.047 198.455
6 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:18.322 27 +1.666 +0.247 197.829
7 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:18.746 17 +2.090 +0.424 196.764
8 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:18.936 22 +2.280 +0.190 196.290
9 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:19.024 29 +2.368 +0.088 196.072
10 34 Nicholas LATIFI Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:19.078 23 +2.422 +0.054 195.938
11 11 Sergio PEREZ Hl Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:19.124 29 +2.468 +0.046 195.824
12 36 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:19.134 25 +2.478 +0.ü10 195.799
13 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:19.276 26 +2.620 +0.142 195.448
14 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:19.312 28 +2.656 +0.036 195.360
15 47 Lando NORRIS McLaren F1 Team 1:19.646 23 +2.990 +0.334 194.540
16 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE Mclaren F1 Team 1:19.716 29 +3.060 +0.ü70 194.370
17 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:19.853 28 +3.197 +0.137 194.036
18 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:19.899 30 +3.243 +0.046 193.924
19 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:20.142 26 +3.486 +0.243 193.336
20 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 2

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