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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.”
2018 Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix, Sunday
22 October 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team scored its best result of the season where Nico Hülkenberg finished sixth and Carlos Sainz took seventh at the Pirelli United States Grand Prix.
Both drivers made strong starts and ran to a one-stop strategy with the only cloud on an otherwise sunny day a five-second penalty for Carlos exceeding the track limits and being judged to have gained an advantage. Today’s result sees the team remain in fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship, now 22 points ahead of the fifth placed team.
2018 United States Grand Prix - Sunday
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport claim 25 points in a thrilling race in Austin
Lewis came home in P3, racing to the 15th podium at a US Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz Power
Valtteri finished today’s race in P5, securing ten points for the Constructors’ Championship
Lewis (346 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 70 points from Sebastian Vettel (276 points) with Valtteri (217 points) in P4 and with 75 points left to be scored in the season
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (563 points) lead Ferrari (497 points) by 66 points in the Constructors’ Championship with 129 points remaining to be scored in the 2018 season
2018 Formula One Pirelli United States Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-32°C air, 29-32°C track
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team headed into the United States Grand Prix motivated to fight for the points, with Charles Leclerc starting from P9, and Marcus Ericsson from P17. However, a collision on the opening lap compromised Charles Leclerc’s whole race by causing damage to his car. The team was forced to bring him into the pits immediately to fit a fresh set of tyres and a new nose to his car. The Monegasque driver gave his all to close the gap to the competitors ahead, however, due to residual damage to his car he finally had to retire from the race.
2018 United States Grand Prix: Race Report
Racing Point Force scored five points in today’s United States Grand Prix in Austin
P8 - ESTEBAN OCON - Chassis 03
Strategy: Used UltraSoft (22 laps) – New Soft (34 laps)
Esteban: “It was a tough race this afternoon after a difficult first lap. I lost a few positions at the start because the cars behind me took some big risks. I decided to let them go because the risks were too big in my opinion. After that it was difficult to fight back because the cars we were racing [the Renaults] had already gotten ahead. After the pit stop, I had Kevin [Magnussen] behind me for the rest of the race. He was quick and it wasn’t easy keeping him behind. I’m pleased we still picked up some decent points, but we definitely need to review our weekend and see where we can improve for the races to come.”
US GP – RACE
21 OCTOBER 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 18th
“It is safe to say today went a lot better than expected. I managed to stay out of trouble on the first lap while progressing up the field as the pace of my car was really strong. This was crucial as it allowed me to settle into my own rhythm and catch the cars ahead. I didn’t think the Soft compound was the best out there, once I pitted I felt more comfortable and able to control the Supersofts. The undercut on Valtteri was ideal and probably the key to achieving the podium, a great call from the team. In fact, our entire strategy was spot on and once we stopped we were able to manage the Supersofts all the way to the end. The last 10 laps were pretty exciting, especially being the only car on the softer compound fighting at the front. I was trying to get close to Kimi but at the same time keeping an eye on Lewis in my mirror, it was close but we managed to hang on to second. Lewis had a go but we both gave each other plenty of room and thankfully he ran a bit wide and onto a dirty part of the track. I think I started to run out of traction towards the end so attacking Kimi was not on the table. The team have certainly earnt a little celebration tonight before we head to Mexico, where we will try to do even better.”