21 October

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 [Read More!]
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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.
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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.” [Read More!]
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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.”
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United States Grand Prix - Race Notes

Sergey Sirotkin finished 15th and Lance Stroll 16th in the United States Grand Prix
Both drivers started the race on the supersoft Pirelli tyre, with Sergey P14 and Lance P15 on the grid
Both cars suffered damage after each making contact with a different McLaren on the opening lap, with Lance receiving a drive-through penalty for causing a collision as a result
Lance immediately pitted for a nose change and swapped to the soft tyre, and came back out in P18, before pitting again on lap 38 for the ultrasoft tyre
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07 October

2018 Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday

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

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

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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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

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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06 October

Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying

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

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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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

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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29 September

2018 Formula One VTB Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finishes qualifying with both cars in Q3

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 23-24°C air, 34-38°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 23-24°C air, 25-37°C track

In line with the progress that has continued to be shown by the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson concluded a successful and exciting day ahead of the 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix. The two drivers finished qualifying in Q3, and will start tomorrow’s race from P7 and P10. The tricky Sochi Autodrom, which challenges teams and drivers to find the ideal car set-up and manage tyres on the low-grip surface, saw both drivers complete the sessions on hypersoft tyres. Rookie Leclerc drove his first ever qualifying session on the Russian circuit, achieving his personal best, and the team’s best result of the season so far, with a P7 start position. Marcus Ericsson also did a great job, finishing in the top-ten. Heading into tomorrow’s race from the upper midfield, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is optimistic about the outcome of the Grand Prix, and is targeting both cars scoring points to add to its tally.
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