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2017 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX- PREVIEW
Sahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya: “Whatever happens in Abu Dhabi this weekend, 2017 has already been our most successful season to date. I can’t stress just how proud I am of our achievements. Claiming fourth place in the World Championship for two consecutive years doesn’t happen by accident and I have to pay tribute to each and every one of the 400 staff who played their part in making it possible.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview
24-26 NOVEMBER 2017
YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
ROUND 20 OF 20
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXVIEW
20th November 2017
Our drivers about Abu Dhabi…
AHEAD OF THE ABU DHABI GP
“We will of course try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi. Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tyres to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.
PIERRE AND BRENDON TO STAY FOR… 2018!
16th November 2017
Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that its driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 1 season will be the one formed by Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. After making their Formula 1 debuts this year in Malaysia and Texas respectively, both drivers will continue together, as teammates, in the new year.
Next week’s Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will be Pierre’s fifth Formula 1 weekend and Brendon’s fourth, gaining vital experience in order to start the 2018 season with already a good understanding of the sport and, at the same time, getting to know the team better.
2017 Formula 1 Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix, Sunday
12 November 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Nico Hülkenberg returned to the points with a tenth position finish in a fast-paced and hot Brazilian Grand Prix, whilst Carlos Sainz crossed the line just one position and 6.5 seconds behind. Both cars lost a position at the start and thereafter ran clean races without issue.
• Nico started the race from P7 on his qualifying Supersoft (red) Pirelli tyres, stopping on lap 30 to change to a new set of Soft (yellow) tyres.
• Carlos started from P8 and stopped a lap later than Nico for the same Supersoft to Soft swap.
2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Sunday
12 November 2017
Valtteri comes in second as Lewis storms through the field in São Paulo
• Valtteri took second place today – his 12th podium with the Silver Arrows and best ever result at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
• After starting from the pit lane, Lewis finished today’s Brazilian Grand Prix in P4
• Today’s result marks the 25th podium for Mercedes-Benz Power in the 2017 season
• Lewis (345 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 43 points from Sebastian Vettel (302 points) in P2, with Valtteri (280 points) in P3
• With one race to go, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (625 points) lead Ferrari (495 points) by 130 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Formula One Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 28-30°C air, 54-60°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in P13 (Marcus Ericsson) and P14 (Pascal Wehrlein). In comparison to previous races, the two drivers were fighting in the lower midfield, making some progress in terms of pace. The team is now packing up and heading out to the final race of the 2017 FIA Formula One Season in Abu Dhabi.
Brazilian Grand Prix
• Felipe Massa finished seventh and Lance Stroll 16th in the Brazilian Grand Prix
• Both cars started on the supersoft Pirelli tyre, with Felipe starting in ninth and Lance 16th due to several penalties to other drivers including a 5-place penalty for Lance after a gearbox change
• Both Felipe and Lance avoided several accidents on the opening lap, to go P6 and P13 respectively
• The safety car was deployed and Felipe made the most of the restart to take P5 from Alonso
• Felipe pitted on Lap 27, with Lance pitting a lap later, both changing to the soft tyre
• Felipe ran the remainder of the race in P7, with Lance running in P14 before a second stop put him back to P16
• Felipe regains 10th in the Drivers’ Championship, ahead of Lance in 11th. The team remains fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 82 points
2017 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX-RACE REPORT
Sahara Force India scored two points in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez fighting hard to finish in ninth place, while teammate Esteban Ocon was taken out of the race on lap one.
BRAZILIAN GP – RACE
12 NOVEMBER 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 4th
“In general this is not a track that suits our car and together with the power deficit on the straights it is very hard for us. You then try and catch up on the corners, but you ask too much of the tyres and get more drop-off. Of course I hoped for more in the race but it was a difficult situation, but I think we maximised the result and that was fifth. I didn’t want to drive the last ten or 15 laps with difficult tyres and at the end of the day I wasn’t going to lose a position, so we decided to make a second pit stop. From there on the race was gone but I pushed for the fastest lap, I didn’t get it in Mexico, so I’m really pleased to take it here.”
2017 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 12/11/2017
Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)
I think it’s definitely our best race and best performance since I arrived in Malaysia. It’s true that we knew it would be a difficult race starting from P19 with the penalties, but I think in the end it was really positive coming back from 19th on the grid. We knew the start was the key, after watching races from the past few years, if we wanted to have a decent race, so I went on the outside into Turn 1, which worked out pretty well. I overtook maybe three cars at Turn 1 then one at Turn 2, then after all the mess in front of me I stayed flat out and just tried to avoid everyone! In terms of performance, we extracted everything we could. At the beginning of the first stint I was staying quite close to Carlos and then after that I picked up the pace, but we were quite limited with the tyre degradation. In the end I don’t think we could have done much better than what we did today.”
Brazilian Grand Prix - São Paulo 12 November
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Already yesterday, in qualifying, it was clear that the SF70H was quick and well prepared. Today, we got the confirmation that we have a very good car at our disposal. The result of this race is also down to the great job carried out by the team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, not forgetting the drivers who, on the day, know how to step up to the mark. Now we look ahead to the next challenge in Abu Dhabi, still determined to give it our all, right to the very end.”
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO HEINEKEN DO BRASIL 2017 - São Paulo
Race Official Classification
after 71 Laps - 305.909 Kms
POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 71 1:31:26.262 200.732
2 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 71 1:31:29.024 +2.762 200.631
3 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 71 1:31:30.862 +4.600 200.564
4 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 71 1:31:31.730 +5.468 200.532
5 33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Red Bull Racing 71 1:31:59.202 +32.940 199.534
6 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 71 1:32:14.953 +48.691 198.966
7 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 71 1:32:35.144 +68.882 198.243
8 14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 71 1:32:35.625 +69.363 198.226
9 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 71 1:32:35.76 +69.500 198.221
10 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Renault Sport F1 Team 70 1:31:43.880 +1 LAP 197.271
11 55 C. SAINZ ESP Renault Sport F1 Team 70 1:31:50.426 +1 LAP 197.037
12 10 P. GASLY FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 70 1:32:07.102 +1 LAP 196.442
13 9 M. ERICSSON SWE Sauber F1 Team 70 1:32:24.548 +1 LAP 195.824
14 94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Sauber F1 Team 70 1:32:33.405 +1 LAP 195.512
15 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 69 1:31:47.048 +2 LAPS 194.341
16 18 L. STROLL CAN Williams Martini Racing 69 1:32:12.329 +2 LAPS 193.453
28 B. HARTLEY NZL Scuderia Toro Rosso 40 55:00.835 DNF 187.948
31 E. OCON FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team 0 DNF
2 S. VANDOORNE BEL McLaren Honda 0 DNF
20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Haas F1 Team 0 DNF
33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Red Bull Racing 1:11.044 on lap 64 218.349
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BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – “TODAY IT WAS CLOSE, AND TOMORROW…”
Seb and Kimi confident for the race after tight qualifying battle
Interlagos, November 11th – Scuderia Ferrari has been a regular on the front row of the grid, including taking two pole positions, since the last Singapore Grand Prix and Brazil was no exception today as Sebastian topped the time sheet right up to the last run in Q3 and lost pole to Bottas by a mere 38 milliseconds, while Kimi lined up right behind his team-mate. Tomorrow, in what are expected to be warmer and dry conditions, the 71-lap race promises to provide fans with lots of excitement.