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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
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: sunny and dry, 26-32°C air, 30-41°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished qualifying ahead of the United States Grand Prix at the “Circuit of the Americas” in P16 (Marcus Ericsson) and P19 (Pascal Wehrlein). Ericsson was close to entering Q2, missing P15 by only 0.008 seconds. Due to several penalties received by other drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein start tomorrow’s race from P13 and P15, respectively.
2017 USA GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:38.500, pos. 20th, 6 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:36.073, (Q2) 1:35.529, pos. 12th
“I’m very pleased with today’s qualifying. We did a good job with the limited information we had and set the car up well after missing out on a lot of this morning’s FP3 – I think we reached the limit of the car with my last Quali lap, so we can be happy – the engineers did a fantastic job! I feel good in the car and we’ll try and turn today’s P12 into points tomorrow. Anything can happen in the race so we will just need to stay cool, look after the tyres, keep the strategy open and give it our all!”
2017 United States Grand Prix - Saturday
Lewis storms to pole position, Valtteri to start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from P3
Lewis claimed his 72nd career pole position as he sets a new track record at the Circuit of The Americas – his second pole position at this track and 11th of the 2017 season
Valtteri will start tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix from P3 on the grid
Today’s result marks the 13th pole position of the 2017 season for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows
Today’s pole position marks Lewis’ 117th front-row start which is a new all-time record in Formula One
Both drivers completed one run on the SuperSoft compound tyres in Q1, then two runs on the UltraSofts in both Q2 and Q3
2017 United States Grand Prix - Qualifying
"A CHANCE TO SCORE POINTS"
FP3 went to plan on both sides of the garage this morning in Austin. Fernando and Stoffel completed two trouble-free runs in dry and sunny but blustery conditions, finishing the session in 13th and 14th respectively.
In qualifying, the field faced similarly windy conditions out on the circuit, but with track temperatures five degrees Celsius higher than in the morning session.
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – MIXED WEATHER AND A MIXED-UP DAY
“The car is quick, no need to worry”
Austin – Once again, the SF70H car proved to be quick, but Seb’s practice was disrupted by a less-than perfect feeling with the car at the end of P2, when he was about to start long runs. In the end, he had to spend most of the afternoon session in the garage. Kimi had a more straightforward Friday and now Scuderia Ferrari is back at work to seek further improvement ahead of P3 and Qualifying tomorrow.
2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Friday
21 October 2017
The United States Grand Prix opening day marked Carlos Sainz’s debut behind the wheel with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Sainz registered the eleventh fastest time in FP2, five thousandths of a second ahead of new team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, who finished twelfth.
2017 United States Grand Prix - Free Practice
USA, Practice | 21/10/2017
“WE LOOK TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE GOING INTO SATURDAY”
Friday at the Circuit of The Americas ended productively for both drivers despite a challenging start. The morning session began under cloudy skies with drizzle in the air, making track conditions difficult to read and data gathering tricky.
On his first run after the installation lap, the team detected a hydraulic issue on Fernando’s car, and his session was aborted while the team investigated the issue and endeavoured to fix it. The team managed to get him back out on track 10 minutes before the end of the session, but weren’t satisfied with the fix, and despite a total of four installation laps did not set a time.
2017 USA GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY
Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:36.761, pos.13th, 40 laps
“I think it was a productive FP2. We were able to use plenty of the track time available and started the weekend on the right foot. We didn’t have the full day to correct the balance and issues we had, so we will now look at all of that overnight and see where we can make some progress. We’re not too far away of the guys ahead and we will aim to make a good improvement in order to be in that mix.”
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: rainy/cloudy and damp/dry, 20-21°C air, 22-24°C track; FP2: sunny/cloudy and dry, 25-28°C air, 30-35°C track
Both practice sessions ahead of the United States Grand Prix went according to programme. In his second FP1 session for the Sauber F1 Team, Charles Leclerc had his first experience of driving on the Circuit of the Americas. In the afternoon, Pascal Wehrlein took over the Sauber C36-Ferrari. Together with Marcus Ericsson, he concentrated on the usual race preparations for the rest of the weekend.