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2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Sunday
23 October 2017
Renault Sport Formula Team claimed back seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship after a superb debut for Carlos Sainz in today’s United States Grand Prix. Carlos finished seventh and was pushing hard to equal the team’s season-best finishing position of sixth. Nico Hülkenberg wasn’t so fortunate despite making a strong start as he was forced to retire when his car experienced an oil pressure drop early in the race.
2017 United States Grand Prix
USA, Race | 23/10/2017
“WE REALLY DESERVED TO COLLECT SOME POINTS”
Reliability issues have plagued the McLaren Honda team all weekend, the result of which was a disappointing race day at the United States Grand Prix that finished outside the points.
This morning the team identified an issue with Stoffel’s MGU-H, but without sufficient time to change that element before the pit lane opened, the decision was made to change entire power unit. This inflicted a further 25-place grid penalty on his starting position in addition to the original five-place drop for changing the ICE on Friday morning.
One down, one to go...!
23 October 2017
So, how does it feel like to be world champions? Well, it never gets old, that's for certain! No matter whether it's your first title, or a repeat experience, every single time brings with it a unique cocktail of emotions. A mixture of delight, pride and humility - savouring an objective achieved, yet already looking ahead to the next challenge to be tackled.
As the team emerges from a night of celebration in Austin, and prepares to recognise its achievements back at base in Brackley and Brixworth, we turned to some of our leading lights to try and capture this incredible, intoxicating feeling in words.
US GP – RACE
22 OCTOBER 2017
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 16th
“I am feeling good after the race but of course it is never nice to be about to step out onto the podium and then have it taken away. They should at least let us talk it through in the stewards’ room first and voice our opinions. I had a great race and I am happy with fourth but it’s the way I got there that hurts. I got a five second penalty and one penalty point for what? I ran wide on a track with no limits that everyone is running wide on all weekend, why do I get punished? The rule is we cannot protest so all we can do is move on to Mexico, weird rule. We have an amazing race with loads of overtakes and action and then due to 5cm or 10cm of kerb the result is changed, people don’t like to watch that. At the end of the day I had a lot of fun and a great race. I feel I made some really good overtakes and had nice rhythm with really strong pace and balance in the car. Taking all these factors into account and no engine penalties I’ll hopefully start near the front and achieve a better result in Mexico.”
2017 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX-RACE REPORT
Sahara Force India scored 12 points in today’s United States Grand Prix as Esteban Ocon raced to sixth place ahead of Sergio Perez in eighth.
P6 - ESTEBAN OCON - VJM10-04
Strategy: Used UltraSoft (14 laps) – New Soft (42 laps)
Esteban: “Sixth place feels very satisfying because it was not an easy race with so much pressure from Sainz in the final stages. I spent a big part of the race just managing my pace and looking after the tyres to make the one-stop strategy work. The team told me when to push and when to manage the pace, and to finish sixth shows we judged this almost perfectly. Before the race there was an issue on the grid with a control unit in my car, but the team did a really good job to make the repairs in time for the start. The car was strong today with good pace and it’s another race where we have come away feeling we achieved the maximum result that was possible.”
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 25-27°C air, 34-37°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the United States Grand Prix in P15 (Marcus Ericsson). Pascal Wehrlein had to retire from the race on lap six, after the floor of his Sauber C36-Ferrari was damaged in a collision with Kevin Magnussen at turn 12 on the first lap. The F1 teams are now packing up and travelling to Mexico City for the next Grand Prix.
United States Grand Prix
Felipe Massa finished ninth with Lance Stroll 11th in the United States Grand Prix
Felipe and Lance both started on the supersoft tyre
On lap one, Felipe gained a place to go P9 with Lance initially dropping to P17 before climbing back up to P15
Felipe ran as high as sixth before making his one-stop onto the ultrasoft tyre on lap 29, re-joining in P12 before overtaking both Haas cars to claim P10
2017 USA GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
“My best race of the season for sure! I’m very happy about the result and I did everything I could to bring the points home. I really enjoyed myself, it was a very clean and enjoyable race and overall a good job by the team. We kept it together with limited running and we still managed to get into the points. It’s a pity I couldn’t defend from Massa, but I had less grip with my soft tyre and we had some energy deployment issues so my straight-line speed was down. I came here with a fresh mindset, we shuffled some things in the team to give everyone some new motivation and some new focuses. Everything has been working fantastically this weekend and the race was just great.”
2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - Austin
Race Official Classification
after 56 Laps - 308.405 Kms
POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 56 1:33:50.991 197.169
2 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 56 1:34:01.134 +10.143 196.814
3 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 56 1:34:06.770 +15.779 196.618
4 33 M. VERSTAPPEN * NED Red Bull Racing 56 1:34:07.759 +16.768 196.583
5 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 56 1:34:25.958 +34.967 195.952
6 31 E. OCON FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team 56 1:35:21.971 +90.980 194.034
7 55 C. SAINZ ESP Renault Sport F1 Team 56 1:35:23.935 +92.944 193.967
8 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 55 1:33:53.788 +1 LAP 193.548
9 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 55 1:33:54.312 +1 LAP 193.530
10 26 D. KVYAT RUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 55 1:34:00.463 +1 LAP 193.319
11 18 L. STROLL CAN Williams Martini Racing 55 1:34:22.169 +1 LAP 192.578
12 2 S. VANDOORNE BEL McLaren Honda 55 1:34:23.812 +1 LAP 192.522
13 39 B. HARTLEY NZL Scuderia Toro Rosso 55 1:34:27.591 +1 LAP 192.394
14 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 55 1:34:34.027 +1 LAP 192.175
15 9 M. ERICSSON * SWE Sauber F1 Team 55 1:34:40.803 +1 LAP 191.946
16 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Haas F1 Team 55 1:34:56.701 +1 LAP 191.410
14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 24 41:40.259 DNF 190.044
3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 14 24:01.158 DNF 191.993
94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Sauber F1 Team 5 9:32.998 DNF 171.154
27 N. HULKENBERG GER Renault Sport F1 Team 3 5:22.394 DNF 181.074
5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 1:37.766 on lap 51 203.003
Car 9 - 5 second time penalty - Causing a collision - Stewards' document no. 47
Car 33 - 5 second time penalty - Leaving the track and gaining an advantage - Stewards' document no. 48
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United States Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Oct 21, 2017
Event: Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix (Round 17 of 20)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Location: Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas
Layout: 5.513-kilometer (3.426-mile), 20-turn track
Weather: Partly sunny
Air Temps: 31.5-32.1 degrees Celsius (88.7-89.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 38.6-40.6 degrees Celsius (101.5-105.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:33.108 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 14th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 20th
NOTE: Due to grid penalties incurred by others, Grosjean will start 12th.
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – “WE HAVE A CAR WITH WHICH TO FIGHT”
Seb and Kimi determined to attack right from the start
Austin, October 21st – A solid team effort and a fine piece of driving on his very last run means Seb will start from the front row of the grid tomorrow. Kimi was unable to fully capitalize on the potential of the SF70H and ended up with fifth fastest, setting exactly the same lap time as Daniel Ricciardo. However, as the Australian set the time first, he starts ahead of the Ferrari man. Now it’s time for Scuderia Ferrari drivers and the whole team to focus on tomorrow’s race, when temperatures are expected to be lower than in Qualifying.
2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Saturday
22 October 2017
Carlos Sainz was eighth-fastest on his Renault Sport Formula One Team qualifying debut at the Circuit of the Americas today whilst Nico Hülkenberg was ninth fastest in Q1, but sat out the rest of the session for strategic reasons in Austin for the United States Grand Prix. Due to various penalties through the field, Carlos is expected to start from P7 on the grid and Nico P19 tomorrow.
2017 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX- QUALIFYING REPORT
Sahara Force India showed well at the Circuit of the Americas today as Esteban Ocon qualified in seventh place ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix.
US GP – QUALIFYING
21 OCTOBER 2017
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, 1:33.577 (Practice 3 – Position 9th, 1:35.723)
“I was happy when I crossed the line and could see I was fourth. But then I was only a hundredth off Valtteri so I was kind of happy but then I was like: a hundredth is nothing, but I felt with what I had that was all I could do. Q1 I was miles off the pace and even this morning in FP3 so it hasn’t been the easiest weekend up until now. The wind was a big struggle for everyone today. The track is really open and the wind blows from all directions so it’s quite strong. That factor combined with the track being a bit bumpy and slippery is why the lap times are not crazy fast this year. But then towards the end of Qualifying on the last lap we managed to find a little bit more so that was positive and I’m happy to end there. Second row is good enough to fight tomorrow.”
United States Grand Prix Qualifying
Felipe Massa qualified 11th and Lance Stroll 17th for the United States Grand Prix
Lance was hampered by an energy deployment issue and was unable to get out of Q1, meanwhile Felipe finished the first session in sixth
In Q2, Felipe’s time put him inside the top 10 before late improvements from others knocked him down to 11th
Both drivers qualified on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyre
Felipe and Lance will both benefit from other drivers serving grid penalties however Lance has also been given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Grosjean during Q1