12 October


Williams Racing Confirms George Russell from 2019

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12/10/2018
Williams Racing is pleased to confirm George Russell’s appointment to a race seat from the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship with a multi-year agreement.

The 20-year-old British racing driver will make his Formula One race debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix and joins Williams with an impressive racing résumé.
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07 October


2018 Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday

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Lewis took his 71st career victory today – his 50th with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, ninth of the 2018 season and fourth at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit
Valtteri came in second to complete the second 1-2 for the team in a row – his first podium at the Japanese Grand Prix and 30th podium finish in Formula One
Today’s result marks the fifth consecutive win in Suzuka for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and tenth win at the Japanese Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz Power
Lewis (331 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 67 points from Sebastian Vettel (264 points) with Valtteri (207 points) in P3 and with 100 points left to be scored in the season
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (538 points) lead Ferrari (460 points) by 78 points in the Constructors’ Championship with 172 points remaining to be scored in the 2018 season
Matt Deane, Chief Mechanic, accepted the Constructors’ trophy on behalf of the team
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2018 Formula One Honda Japanese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

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07.10.2018
Weather: sunny and dry, 28-29°C air, 35-39°C track

Spectators and teams watched a hectic Grand Prix unfold at the epic Suzuka Circuit, with an eventful start of the race making an impact on Charles Leclerc’s race outcome. Starting from 10th on the grid, Charles Leclerc made a good start and was fighting his way to gain positions when an incident with Kevin Magnussen on lap two caused damage to his car and compromised his race. Shortly after that, Leclerc came in for an early pitstop during the safety car period where the team changed the nose of his car. He then consistently worked his way into the upper midfield. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue on Charles Leclerc’s car saw him retire from the race on lap 39. Marcus Ericsson also had a good start and made a strong recovery from the back of the grid, fighting in the midfield. He crossed the finish line in P12 after delivering a good performance at the 2018 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.
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2018 Japanese Grand Prix: Race Report

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Racing Point Force India scored eight points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix with Sergio Perez racing to seventh place ahead of Esteban Ocon in ninth.

P7 - SERGIO PEREZ - Chassis 02
Strategy: Used SuperSoft (24 laps) – New Soft (29 laps)

Sergio: “Today we had a good result: the best I could realistically hope to achieve. After yesterday’s poor qualifying we made up a lot of positions and I feel we really got the maximum from the race. Our pace was strong and the team delivered a great strategy. We knew we had to be aggressive to beat the Haas and we nearly managed to undercut Grosjean at the pit-stop, but I lost a bit of time battling with Leclerc and I just fell short. At the VSC restart I managed to get really close to Grosjean and when I saw an opportunity I went for it. I am so excited about our performance today. We had to push hard and make some good overtakes: it was a fantastic race.”
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JAPANESE GP – RACE

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07 OCTOBER 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 3rd
“After the penalty and incident with Seb I’m really happy to come away with another podium in Japan. The car felt good and we were able to compete at the front for the entire race, which at this track makes it even better. Judging by a few mistakes he made it looked like Bottas was pushing hard on the last few laps. It’s hard to follow anyway so I just did my best hoping he would make another fault and I could be in a position to take advantage. I felt a little hard done by with the penalty I got while defending against Kimi. I was trying my best to get back onto the track as quickly as possible instead of just cutting the corner, perhaps next time I will just cut the track. The incident with Sebastian was a very similar mistake to mine in China earlier this year, I think he could have passed easier if he had waited. It shows that even the most experienced drivers can make errors when under pressure. I’m now very excited to get to Austin, we have good performance and it’s a great place to visit.”
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Japanese Grand Prix

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07/10/2018
Race Notes

Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and Lance Stroll 17th in the Japanese Grand Prix
Both cars started the race on the soft Pirelli tyre, with Lance 14th and Sergey 17th
On the opening lap, both cars lost positions, while Lance made contact with Alonso which resulted in both receiving a five-second time penalty – Lance for causing a collision and Alonso for gaining an advantage
The Safety Car was deployed on lap four when Magnussen left debris across the track, prompting Sergey to pit for the medium tyre, with Lance waiting until lap 14
Both cars struggled to make progress during the race, and pitted again for the supersoft tyre, with Sergey coming in on lap 38 and Lance on lap 39
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FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka

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Race Final Classification after 53 Laps 307.471 km
NO DRIVER ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP INT KM/H PTS
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 53 1:27:17.062 211.358 25
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Pet ronas Motorsport 53 1:27:29.981 12.919 12.919 210.838 18
3 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 53 1:27:31.357 14.295 1.376 210.782 15
4 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 53 1:27:36.557 19 .495 5.200 210.574 12
5 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 53 1:28:08.060 50.998 31.503 209.319 10
6 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 53 1:28:26.935 69.873 18.875 208.575 8
7 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 53 1:28:36.441 79.379 9.506 208.202 6
8 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 53 1:28:44.260 87.198 7.819 207.896 4
9 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 53 1:28:45.117 88.055 0.857 207.863 2
10 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 52 1:27:26.104 1 LAP 1 LAP 207.008
11 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 52 1:27:38.955 1 LAP 12.851 206.503
12 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 52 1:28:00.266 1 LAP 21.311 205.669
13 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 52 1:28:00.804 1 LAP 0.538 205.648
14 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 52 1:28:01.138 1 LAP 0.334 205.635
15 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 52 1:28:01.966 1 LAP 0.828 205.603
16 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 52 1:28:04.356 1 LAP 2.390 205.510
17 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 52 1:28:09.047 1 LAP 4.691 205.328

NOT CLASSIFIED
16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 38 1:05:17.298 DNF 202.516
27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 37 1:03:45.584 DNF 201.907
20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 8 16:54.683 DNF 163.757

FASTEST LAP
5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.318 on lap 53 226.447

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06 October


Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying

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06/10/2018
Qualifying Notes

Lance Stroll qualified 14th and Sergey Sirotkin 17th for the Japanese Grand Prix
Both Lance and Sergey qualified on the supersoft Pirelli tyre
Both drivers set their first timed-laps with Lance P14 and Sergey P16, before a crash for Marcus Ericsson brought out a red flag
Both cars went quicker when the session got back underway, with Lance setting a 1:30.317 to take him through into Q2
Sergey just missed out on getting out of Q1 with a 1:30.372 to go P17
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a tricky session because dry-wet mixed conditions in qualifying sessions are the biggest test of team operations in Formula One as we indeed saw today. Some difficult choices had to be made but we’re very pleased to get the best we could from the car today on both sides of the garage. It was very close, and Sergey was unfortunate to narrowly miss out on Q2 but congratulations to Lance on getting out of Q1 with a brilliant lap. We were a little bit down on power by the time we got to his final run, otherwise we could have potentially secured one more place on the grid than we have, but we’re very happy to be starting this race 14th and 17th. Our race pace is good enough to fight from those places, so we’ll look forward to doing our very best tomorrow.
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2018 Japanese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

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P8 - ESTEBAN OCON - Chassis 03

Q1 1:29.899
Q2 1:29.538
Q3 1.30.126

Esteban: “Eighth place is okay, but I’m not satisfied because we didn’t maximise our potential today. Our approach to Q3 meant we fuelled up for a few laps because we felt the track would dry up and keep improving. In reality the track was already quite dry right from the start of Q3 and that’s when the track was at its best, but we were heavy on fuel. Then, by the time we started our second run, the rain was getting heavier. Well done to the others who judged it better than us – that’s what can happen in those wet sessions. So I think we had the potential for more and I know we can be strong in the race. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
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JAPANESE GP – QUALIFYING

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06 OCTOBER 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: P3 – 1:29.057 (Practice 3 – P4 1:30.304)
“Today as a team we made no mistakes, on or off the track. We managed to optimise the set-up and conditions in Q3 which resulted in a really good grid position to start from tomorrow. It was crucial that we swapped the intermediates to slicks at the beginning of Q3, this allowed us to get out ahead of Ferrari and set a strong lap time. I was a lot more satisfied with my feeling and performance in the car compared to yesterday. The hard work the guys put in overnight showed and meant I could have a good qualifying session. I think the Mercedes will be too quick for us to challenge come the race, but with a good start who knows. Sebastian will be looking to come through the pack quickly so I may have some defending to do at some point, I will of course do my best to hang onto my position. We need to concentrate on doing the best possible strategy from our side and then hopefully finish on the podium.”
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2018 Japanese Grand Prix - Saturday

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06 October 2018, Suzuka
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport lock out the front row in Suzuka

Lewis claimed his 80th Formula One pole position – his eighth of the 2018 season and second at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit
Valtteri will start tomorrow’s race from P2 – his best-ever starting position in Japan
Today’s result marks the 175th front row place for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Formula One
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FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka

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Qualifying Session Classification
NO DRIVER ENTRANT Q1 LAPS % Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:28.702 3 100.000 1:28.017 3 1:27.760 5
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:29.297 3 100.670 1:27.987 4 1:28.059 5
3 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.480 3 100.877 1:28.849 3 1:29.057 4
4 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.631 4 101.047 1:28.595 3 1:29.521 6
5 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:29.724 8 101.152 1:29.678 5 1:29.761 4
6 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.248 6 101.742 1:29.848 4 1:30.023 5
7 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.137 6 101.617 1:29.810 4 1:30.093 5
8 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:29.899 3 101.349 1:29.538 5 1:30.126 5
9 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.049 4 100.391 1:28.279 3 1:32.192 6
10 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:30.247 7 101 .741 1:29.567 4 1:37.229 5
11 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:29.706 7 101 .131 1:29.864 5
12 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:30.219 8 101.710 1:30.226 5
13 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:30.236 7 101.729 1:30.490 5
14 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:30.317 7 101.820 1:30.714 3
15 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.806 3 101.244 DNS 1
16 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:30.361 7 101 .870
17 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:30.372 8 101.882
18 14 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:30.573 6 102.109
19 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE Mclaren F1 Team 1:31.041 10 102.636
20 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:31.213 4 102.830

POLE POSITION LAP
44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:27.760 238.208 KM/H
FASTEST LAP
44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:27.760 238.208 KM/H

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FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka

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Third Practice Session Classification
NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:29.599 13 233.319
2 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.715 14 +0.116 +0.116 233.017
3 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:30.054 13 +0.455 +0.339 232.140
4 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:30.304 13 +0.705 +0.250 231.498
5 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:30.422 13 +0.823 +0.118 231.195
6 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:30.474 10 +0.875 +0.052 231.063
7 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force Indi a F1 Team 1:31.088 12 +1.489 +0.614 229.505
8 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:31.483 12 +1.884 +0.395 228.514
9 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:31.513 14 +1.914 +0.030 228.439
10 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:31.521 13 +1.922 +0.008 228.419
11 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:31.636 14 +2.037 +0.115 228.133
12 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:31.760 14 +2.161 +0.124 227.824
13 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:32.030 13 +2.431 +0.270 227.156
14 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:32.201 14 +2.602 +0.171 226.735
15 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:32.224 12 +2.625 +0.023 226.678
16 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:32.442 10 +2.843 +0.218 226.143
17 14 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:32.608 14 +3.009 +0.166 225.738
18 35 Sergev SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:32.631 14 +3.032 +0.023 225.682
19 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE Mclaren F1 Team 1:33.034 13 +3.435 +0.403 224.704
20 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:33.105 10 +3.506 +0.071 224.533


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05 October


FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka

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Second Practice Session Classification
NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:28.217 31 236.974
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:28.678 30 +0.461 +0.461 235.742
3 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.050 36 +0.833 +0.372 234.758
4 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.257 32 +1.040 +0.207 234.213
5 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.498 33 +1.281 +0.241 233.582
6 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.513 27 +1.296 +0.015 233.543
7 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:30.035 32 +1.818 +0.522 232.189
8 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:30.440 32 +2.223 +0.405 231.149
9 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:30.478 33 +2.261 +0.038 231.052
10 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.502 27 +2.285 +0.024 230.991
11 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:30.510 28 +2.293 +0.008 230.971
12 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:30.644 36 +2.427 +0.134 230.629
13 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.795 10 +2.578 +0.151 230.246
14 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:30.904 31 +2.687 +0.109 229.970
15 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:30.906 26 +2.689 +0.002 229.965
16 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:30.956 25 +2.739 +0.050 229.838
17 14 Fernando ALONSO McLaren F1 Team 1:30.988 34 +2.771 +0.032 229.757
18 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:31.087 39 +2.870 +0.099 229.508
19 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:31.215 32 +2.998 +0.128 229.185
20 2 Stoffel VANDOORNE McLaren F1 Team 1:31.981 32 +3.764 +0.766 227.277

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FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka

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First Practice Classification
NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP INT KM/H
1 44 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:28.691 25 235.708
2 77 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:29.137 26 +0.446 +0.446 234.528
3 3 Daniel RICCIARDO Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.373 32 +0.682 +0.236 233.909
4 7 Kimi RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.627 20 +0.936 +0.254 233.246
5 5 Sebastian VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:29.685 20 +0.994 +0.058 233.095
6 33 Max VERSTAPPEN Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:29.841 30 +1.150 +0.156 232.691
7 31 Esteban OCON Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:30.591 28 +1.900 +0.750 230.764
8 8 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:30.814 22 +2.123 +0.223 230.197
9 16 Charles LECLERC Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:30.929 27 +2.238 +0.115 229.906
10 9 Marcus ERICSSON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 1:31.073 29 +2.382 +0.144 229.543
11 10 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:31.073 20 +2.382 +0.000 229.543
12 55 Carlos SAINZ Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:31.100 23 +2.409 +0.027 229.475
13 11 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point Force India F1 Team 1:31.272 29 +2.581 +0.172 229.042
14 20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team 1:31.274 28 +2.583 +0.002 229.037
15 27 Nico HULKENBERG Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:31.418 18 +2.727 +0.144 228.677
16 18 Lance STROLL Williams Martini Racing 1:31.508 27 +2.817 +0.090 228.452
17 28 Brendon HARTLEY Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:31.908 23 +3.217 +0.400 227.457
18 14 Fernando ALONSO Mclaren F1 Team 1:32.034 21 +3.343 +0.126 227.146
19 35 Sergey SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing 1:32.513 26 +3.822 +0.479 225.970
20 47 Lando NORRIS Mclaren F1 Team 1:32.683 30 +3.992 +0.170 225.555

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