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2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Preview
22 November 2017
A thrilling 2017 Formula One season concludes with Round 20 from the Yas Marina Circuit
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The Sauber F1 Team is heading to Abu Dhabi for the final race of the 2017 FIA Formula One season on the Yas Marina Circuit. After having made some progress in the last few races, the team is going into the season finale feeling positive.
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.
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.”
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.
Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Nov 11, 2017
Event: Qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix (Round 19 of 20)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
Location: Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo
Layout: 4.309-kilometer (2.677-mile), 15-turn circuit
Weather: Cloudy with slight, intermittent drizzle
Air Temps: 17.2-18.8 degrees Celsius (63-65.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 25.7-29 degrees Celsius (78.3-84.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (1:08.322 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 12th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 14th
Note: Due to a 10-place grid penalty incurred by fifth-place qualifier Daniel Ricciardo, Grosjean will start 11th and Magnussen will start 13th.