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Mexican GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth and Felipe Massa seventh for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix
Both cars made it safely through Q1 and Q2 as track conditions changed with slight drizzle during Q2
Neither driver was able to improve their time on their second run of Q3
Despite missing out on the top ten in qualifying, points are definitely the target in Mexico
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez proved a difficult venue for qualifying with Romain placing twelfth and Pastor thirteenth for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Clouds loomed but didn’t displace their loads as qualifying played out, with Romain and Pastor missing out on fighting for a top ten position as they struggled to find grip and extract the maximum performance potential from Pirelli’s soft compound slicks.
MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – MEXICO CITY, 31 OCTOBER 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning we had a problem with the car in P3, and we had to change the engine and the gearbox. It was a very tight call to put everything back together, but the guys did an excellent job to make the car ready for Q1 in that small lapse of time available. However there was not enough time and not everything was 100 per cent, I still had a small issue with brakes. Actually, they were working, but then they locked up on one lap. Anyway, with all the penalties we are getting tomorrow, our best option was to do well enough to make it to Q2 and not really do anything after that. We did three fast laps so that we can check later that everything is ok with the car and try to make a good run out of it.”
2015 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY
Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:22.039, pos. 11th, 31 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:20.995, (Q2) 1:20.894, (Q3) 1:20.710, pos. 8th
MEXICO GP – QUALIFYING
31 October 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Position: 4, (3rd Practice – 5, 1:21.530)
“Qualifying was interesting today. It was all quite clean in Q1 and Q2, but the track is new and it’s very easy to make a little mistake that can be quite costly, so perhaps no one had the ideal lap in Q3. I think P4 reflects our speed; I could have maybe been a couple of tenths quicker in Q3 but anyway it wouldn’t have put us any higher, as P3 was quite a long way ahead. We have done our best today and it gives us some good opportunities for tomorrow. In a new race on a new track, everything can happen, but we have to wait and see how fast we are and how much we can make the most of any opportunities. I’m not setting our expectations too high; I just want to have a good, clean, consistent race and grab some good points.”
Formula 1 Grand Premio De Mexico 2015, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India delivered a strong qualifying performance today with Sergio Perez lining up in ninth place just ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: Qualifying: sunny/overcast and dry, 22-20°C air, 35-30°C track
An up-and-down qualifying session for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix. Marcus Ericsson managed to make it into Q2, finishing qualifying in P14, while Felipe Nasr missed out on going through from Q1 and ended up in P17. Due to penalties for other drivers, Nasr will start the Mexican Grand Prix from P15.
2015 Mexican Grand Prix - Qualifying
31 October 2015, Mexico City
Dream Mexican debut for the Silver Arrows with a front row lockout!
Nico claimed his 5th pole of the season today - his fourth in a row and 20th in F1 to date
2015 Mexican Grand Prix - Free Practice
“We can have some fun around here”
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Friday October 30
Jenson started the morning session running the newer Spec-4 ICE for the first time. His car was affected by a high-voltage sensor failure during the session. Faced with a lengthy operation to fix the problem, the team instead elected to cut short his running and press on with the planned PU change ahead of FP2. Jenson ran FP2 with his second Spec-4 of the weekend.
Fernando was also running a brand-new Spec-4 ICE today, as well as a new gearbox. His morning running was affected by a cut to the left-rear tyre. Again, the team made a pragmatic decision, electing to conduct a further handful of evaluative laps using an Inter rather than break out a fresh set of Primes to conclude the session.
2015 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:27.410, pos. 8th, 37 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:23.364, pos. 13th, 41 laps
Pastor first to lap Mexico’s return, Romain’s running disrupted
Pastor Maldonado was the first to lap the Mexican Grand Prix circuit 23 years since the last one ahead of team-mate Jolyon Palmer, while Romain Grosjean’s day was more stop-start.
The challenges of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit went beyond being a mouthful to say. It was a new track for all Formula 1 drivers and the fresh tarmac combined with yesterday’s rainfall made for a slippery encounter.
MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – MEXICO CITY, 30 OCTOBER 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was quite a tricky day, the layout of the track is ok but the new surface was very slippery. The cars were sliding around and sometimes you felt more like being in rallying than in Formula One! The tires are a bit on the conservative side but it’s the same for everybody. We knew since the beginning that because of the altitude and the thin air, the speeds would have been high, I think everybody was running full downforce; but I would prefer to have the usual amount of downforce. Obviously, as we do more and more laps, track conditions will improve and the surface will grip out, but I’m sure it will still be more tricky than other races. In the second session during the long run it was raining a bit and I didn’t want to risk anything, so I took it easy every time there were drops coming down. Tomorrow we still have time to work on the car for a better set up and see how it goes. We’ll try to make the best out of it.”
2015 Mexican Grand Prix - Practice
30 October 2015, Mexico City
Eventful but productive opening day at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Nico finished the morning session in sixth and topped the times in the afternoon
Lewis set the 11th fastest time in P1 and the 4th fastest in P2
Both drivers used the intermediate and prime (medium) tyre in P1 followed by the prime, option (soft) and intermediate in P2
Nico spent part of the morning session in the garage after his rear brakes overheated, requiring a change of brake ducts and calipers
Today saw Formula One return to the track in Mexico for the first time in 23 years
MEXICO GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
30 October 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:26.295, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:21.776, Laps: 27
"The track is very cool, it’s a lot of fun and there are plenty of technical sections where you need to prepare for the corners and think twice before you really get into it. It was a good crowd, we saw lots of fans and passion today and the stadium section looks cool, it's very nice to see. Conditions were changing quite a lot today and as you expect with a new track, it was evolving a lot too. How things are right now, we look very competitive, so hopefully we can keep it up tomorrow. Nevertheless I don’t think it’s going to be easy because usually on Saturday the silver cars and the other guys find some more performance, but we’ll have to wait and see. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to maintain this nice level of performance and hopefully we can spice things up tomorrow. That would be really cool."
Mexican Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: sunny/overcast and damp/dry, 19-22°C air, 23-40°C track;
FP2: sunny/overcast and dry/damp, 21-18°C air, 41-28°C track
An informative Friday for the Sauber F1 Team during both practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix. For Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr the main focus was to become familiar with the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” by trying different set-ups on the Sauber C34-Ferrari. As expected, the grip was quite low on this new track.
Mexican GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: First impressions of the circuit are really good, the layout is great. The grip was really low today as you can see from all the drivers’ comments. It was very slippery even with the option tyre, but I’m sure that’s going to improve over weekend. The characteristics of the option and the prime will change, the delta between the two and the degradation will also change. It’s been quite a reasonable start, we did all the work we needed to get through on low and high fuel, now we just need to put it all together for qualifying tomorrow.
Formula 1 Gran Premio de México – Free Practice 1 & 2
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Friday 30 October 2015
ROSSI │ Chassis 03 FP1 P18 1:30.619 23 laps │ FP2 P18 1:25.940 29 laps
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 FP1 P20 21:32.866 11 laps │ FP2 P19 1:26.968 28 laps
The opening Free Practice sessions for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de México got underway today at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez where the Manor Marussia F1 Team drivers Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens got their first taste of Mexico City’s repurposed F1 facility.
Formula 1 Gran Premio De Mexico 2015, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed two busy practice sessions during the first day of action for the Mexican Grand Prix as the Formula One championship returned to the country after a 23-year absence.
2015 Mexican Grand Prix - Preview
28 October 2015
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Seventeen, the Mexican Grand Prix, from Mexico City
Mexican Grand Prix Race Preview
For seven years from 1986-‘92, Mexico hosted one of Formula One’s great power races. Three long straights, broken up by a demanding Esses section and the infamous Peraltada final corner, gave the track a distinctly Monza-like character which was tremendously popular among drivers, despite the punishing bumps. The altitude of 7500ft also ensures both man and machine are tested to and beyond their limit. The Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is back for 2015, with circuit reprofiling by Hermann Tilke and new pit and paddock facilities. Williams is on a hat trick of Mexican Grand Prix victories, having claimed the last two races there in 1991 and 1992 with Riccardo Patrese and Nigel Mansell respectively.
2015 USA Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas, Sunday October 25
In tricky damp-but-drying conditions, Jenson Button drove a strategically perfect United States Grand Prix to finish seventh at the flag. A 5s penalty applied to Carlos Sainz subsequently moved him up to sixth – his best finish of the 2015 season.
Jenson was one of the very first drivers successfully to make the Option tyre work on the drying track, a move that helped push him into the top 10. His second stop – under the Safety Car – consolidated his position; but it was Jenson’s risky call to make a third and final stop, to stem the onset of graining, that shored-up his race. From fifth, he dropped to eighth, but battled back to sixth by virtue of the fresher rubber.
2015 United States Grand Prix - Race
25 October 2015, Austin
Lewis Hamilton clinches his third World Drivers' Championship in thrilling United States Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg completing a historic Silver Arrows 1-2
Lewis took his 10th win of the season, the 43rd of his Formula One career, en route to sealing his third World Drivers' Championship crown
The result sees Lewis become the 10th driver to win three or more titles and the only Briton to successfully defend his crown
Today also saw Lewis become the first driver to claim ten or more victories in consecutive seasons
United States GP Race
Felipe and Valtteri both retired from the United States Grand Prix with damper failures.
Both cars suffered contact in separate incidents at the first corner. Valtteri gambled on dry tyres when pitting for repairs but retired shortly afterwards.
Felipe fought his way back up to 10th after his spin at the first corner, but was forced to retire on lap 24.
Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on securing the Drivers’ Championship.
2015 USA GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY
Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
“I really enjoyed today’s race! A fourth position is a great result, definitely the best we could do today, and I’m just really, really happy! There were some very good battles out on track and I’d say this was the most complete race of the season so far, everything worked out as it should have: I made no mistakes and the team did a perfect job with the strategy, making all the right calls. It was difficult to know when to make the move on to slick tyres, because you never want to go too early and lose time, so you just try and wait and see if someone else does it… When I heard over the radio that another car was on slicks and not doing too bad, I said okay, now we go. Once on the Softs, I didn’t risk much as I knew I had to look after the tyres and we managed to get to the end in a strong way. I’m delighted with today and I’d like to thank the team for all the efforts this weekend.”
USA GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
The Circuit of the Americas was the venue for one of the most exciting races in recent memory today. A drying track gave rise to multiple battles up and down the field, including at the very sharp end.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing traded the lead with Mercedes on several occasions in the first part of the race, with both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat heading the field.
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Race
Sahara Force India scored ten points in today’s United States Grand Prix with Sergio Perez finishing the race in a strong fifth place. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg was out of luck as he retired on lap 35 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo.
United States Grand Prix – Race
Weather: overcast and damp/dry, 17-18°C air, 18-19°C track
In the United States Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team was fortunate to have scored two world championship points in what was an exciting and eventful 400th Grand Prix for it. Felipe Nasr finished in P9. Marcus Ericsson was unlucky as his Sauber C34-Ferrari stopped on track due to an electrical failure.
The result of Sunday morning’s postponed qualifying for the United States Grand Prix was disappointing. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished in P16 and P17, as both struggled to get the wet tyres to work properly in these conditions. Due to other drivers’ penalties, Ericsson and Nasr started the race from P14 and P15.
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
AUSTIN, 25 OCTOBER 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today we have seen how strong the team has been all weekend, being capable of reacting so well, notwithstanding the postponing of the qualifying session and knowing that we would have to take a penalty anyway. Seb did another fantastic race, taking a podium finish after starting from P13 on the grid. This result helped us secure second place in the Constructors’ championship! We had a very good strategy today, gambling on the Prime tires to go all the way to the end when the Safety Car came out on lap 27; then we had another caution period and we fitted the Options. Before that second Safety Car period, we had hoped for an even better result, but the Safety Car is part of the game. As for Kimi, I appreciated to see him fight to make it back to the track after hitting the barrier: this fully shows our team spirit. Now the championship goes on, and we need to stay focused with humility and determination, trying to consolidate our position in the Drivers’ Championship. Congratulations to Lewis for winning the title.”
US GP – RACE
25 October 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 10th, Start Position: 3rd
“The beginning was really fun between both Mercs and both Red Bulls. It was a good four-way battle. To see the Mercs not getting away from us was awesome. I was enjoying that. In the lead we were quite quick for a few laps and it felt like old times. That obviously didn’t last long and once we put the slicks on we just didn’t have the pace. We struggled with the warm up with the tyres and also struggled a lot with braking today. It was so tricky in the dry and then obviously there were the collisions with Hulkenberg and Carlos. It went downhill from then on. Even though we were on slicks it was never really dry out there. The kerbs were slippery and there was still a bit of a puddle through Turns 9 and 10, so it was definitely tricky. Dany spun off just in front of me on to the astroturf and into the wall. It was a crazy race and I hope the fans enjoyed it as it was quite action packed. Lewis definitely deserves the title. This year he was clearly on top of the rest so congrats and hats off to him for being the 2015 champion.”
2015 USA GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 2:00.687, pos. 5th, 11 laps
Qualifying – postponed to tomorrow morning
“What a rainy day! In the morning we were able to go out and run on extreme tyres. Even though it was very difficult out there, we managed to complete some laps and confirm the good feeling we had yesterday driving in the rain. Therefore, there are some positives to take from FP3, as we know we are quite competitive in the wet, but tomorrow everything can change… It could be raining again in qualy but dry in the race. It will be a challenge for both myself and the team to have both qualifying and the race on one same day, but I’m sure we will manage it well, and I’m excited and looking forward to it!”
More spectating than running for Romain and Pastor
Watching the Rain
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado watched on as rain fell throughout the day in Austin ahead of the United States Grand Prix, eventually forcing qualifying into tomorrow morning to create a bumper day of Formula 1 action.
There was to be a brief foray into Austin’s new river for both drivers, with a few wet tyre runs keeping the pair on their toes.
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Saturday Report
Constant rain at the Circuit of the Americas forced the postponement of qualifying until Sunday morning. The only running of the day was during final practice this morning where Nico Hulkenberg ended the session with the third fastest time and Sergio Perez was eleventh fastest.
US GP – MORE RAIN, NO QUALI
24 October 2015
BIG THANKS TO THE FANS!
“A massive shout-out to the fans that stuck it out all day! They showed a lot of spirit and enthusiasm and I think they encouraged everyone in the pit lane to have some fun and do something silly, so Dany and I decided to break out our dancing shoes – hope we made some people laugh! Hats off to them, they put in a top effort. Hopefully, we put on a good show for the fans tomorrow.”
United States Grand Prix Saturday
Qualifying for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix has been postponed until Sunday morning after rain affected most of Saturday’s action.
A normal qualifying session will take place five hours before the start of the race.
Despite heavy rain, FP3 went ahead as normal with the prospect of the result determining the grid for the race if tomorrow’s qualifying session cannot be held.
United States Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: FP3: rainy and wet, 19-20°C air, 21-22°C track
Qualifying to the United States Grand Prix was cancelled at 4 pm local time due to the severe weather conditions. The expected heavy rain caused a lot of water on the Circuit of the Americas, making some parts of the track undrivable. Therefore, qualifying has been postponed until Sunday morning at 9 am local time (3 pm CET); the race start will remain unchanged at 2 pm local time (8 pm CET). In the morning the weather allowed FP3 to be held in wet conditions, and in this session Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were able to run 13 and ten laps respectively.
United States Grand Prix - Austin
24 October 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s a shame that these two days went like this. This morning at least we could do more timed laps than yesterday, but we all are here to drive and the spectators have been sitting in the rain for five hours without seeing any of the cars. It’s an unfortunate thing but we cannot change the weather, there’s nothing that we can do. Tomorrow we’ll have qualifying and race in the same day, but I don’t think it will be so difficult. We have done it before, it will just be a bit more busy day. The main thing is that hopefully the weather will be better and we get both things done, the qualifying session and the Grand Prix. Then it would be nice for everybody.”
United States GP, Austin 23 October 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “We cannot take very much from today’s free practice. This morning, we only did three timed laps because we wanted to save intermediate tires for the second session. We don’t have many sets of tires for the rain conditions and if we still expect more rain it’s better to keep them. It’s a difficult situation but it’s the same for everybody. At the moment we are just guessing, tomorrow we’ll see how it is and then what comes after that if we can’t drive. With this weather conditions there’s more gamble and more chances for odd races, it can go all for you or against you. It’s a shame for everybody, the spectators can’t see anything and we can’t drive because of the conditions. Hopefully we get the proper conditions at least on Sunday and we can do qualifying and race. We’ll try to make the right decisions. I’m sure we have the speed to recover at the start.”
2015 United States Grand Prix - Free Practice
Riders on the storm
Circuit of The Americas, Friday October 23
Lightning storms and heavy rains washed out most of Friday’s free practice at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
Both Fernando and Jenson ran a busy morning session, dodging showers to conduct a series of power unit and aerodynamic tests. However, the weather worsened over the lunchbreak, becoming so bad that this afternoon’s FP2 was first delayed, due to the danger of marshals being hit by lightning, then cancelled entirely after it was established that the medical helicopter would be unable to take to the air before it became to dark for practice to continue safely.
US GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
23 October 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:55.224, Laps: 6
Second Practice Session: Session cancelled due to weather
"There was not so much to do out there today but we did a couple of laps in FP1 which was good for me to get on the track for a bit. But in FP2 there was obviously so much rain that we couldn’t even drive. We had some fun in the garage this afternoon because we didn’t get out at all, it was good to spend some time with the guys but obviously we would like to drive! If tomorrow is the same I guess I’ll bring my laptop, some movies, some magazines and a book and then we’ll see! The forecast is showing a chance of this sort of weather for a while so obviously we have to take every lap we can. It’s important to make the most out of what we did this morning and we also have to be ready in the event that everything is cancelled up until the race itself. This kind of weekend usually always makes the race more interesting."
2015 USA GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:55.667, pos. 4th, 8 laps
Second Practice Session: Cancelled
“We were only able to do three complete laps today because of the weather conditions. It’s a shame, because this is a new track for me so it’s important to get as much mileage as possible out there - but ending up P4 in FP1 is a good achievement. The car felt good in the wet and this gave me confidence. The fact that we didn’t get any running in FP2 is not ideal, but we just need to wait and see if the rain stops tomorrow.
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed limited mileage during today’s free practice sessions with poor weather forcing the cancellation of the afternoon session.
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas
Friday 23 October 2015
Free Practice 1 & 2
ROSSI │ Chassis 03 FP1 P18 2:01.154 11 laps │ FP2 0 laps
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 FP1 P19 2:01.907 13 laps │ FP2 0 laps
2015 United States Grand Prix - Practice
23 October 2015, Austin
Play abandoned in Texas as thunderstorms settle in
Nico topped a low-key morning session with Lewis P5
Both drivers completed exploratory laps on intermediate tyres before heading for an early bath due to mixed track conditions
No times were set during the afternoon session as thunderstorms settled in above the Circuit of the Americas
A fantastic effort from the crew saw the pit wall rain covers (partially) assembled in a mere 23mins, 47secs
United States Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: overcast and wet/damp, 25-27°C air, 26-27°C track
It was an unusual Friday for the United States Grand Prix in Austin. During the first practice session test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello was back in the cockpit for the fourth and last time this season – after Malaysia, Spain and the UK. Austin rookies Marciello and Marcus Ericsson were able to cover some mileage on the Circuit of the Americas in both wet and damp conditions. Raffaele Marciello completed 19 laps, whereas Marcus Ercisson put in 18 laps mainly on intermediates. In the afternoon it was not possible to run FP2 due to the severe weather conditions. Therefore, Felipe Nasr was not able to put in any laps today.
For tomorrow the weather forecast is expected to be similar to today.
DESTINATION TEXAS. For the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
All you need to know about Round 16 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 23-25 October…Location Circuit of The Americas…Debut race 2012…Number of laps 56…Circuit length 5.513 km…Race distance 308.405km…Lap record 1:39.347 (Sebastian Vettel 2012)…Left hand corners 11…Right hand corners 9…Race start time 14.00hrs local…Driver numbers Alexander Rossi 53 Will Stevens 28
USA Grand Prix Preview
Focus on…what we love about Austin
The USA Grand Prix is one of the most popular events on the calendar amongst the F1 fraternity. But why is that? We spoke to Renault Sport F1’s team leader for Scuderia Toro Rosso, Cedrik Staudohar to understand:
USA & MEXICAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
October 20, 2015
Before boarding yet another plane, we caught-up with Carlos and Max to see what they had to say about the next two back-to-back races coming up, Austin and Mexico... They just can't wait to go racing! Okay... And to also eat a steak and a few Mexican tortillas (Ssshhhhh... Don't tell their physios ;D)! Are you ready for the next two races guys?!
United States Grand Prix - Back to back in North America
The challenges of Austin
Maranello, 20 October – Scuderia Ferrari is getting ready to tackle back-to-back races in North America, with Texas the first port of call. Lorenzo Sassi, Chief Designer Power Unit, explains the most important aspects of the next race to ferrari.com. “The Austin track has three interesting facets: the first is what’s known as the power effect, or the importance the output from the power unit has on lap time, which is very high at this track. The second is energy management, because the long straights mean we have to ensure good energy recovery in order to maintain performance on those straights. Last, but by no means least, is the fact the track features many sections that rise and fall, which makes managing oil pressure critical. We expect fuel consumption to be less critical than in Sochi, but it’s still a parameter we will be monitoring carefully, because only when we take to the track on Friday and Saturday will we get a true picture of the situation. As for our development tokens, we still have four left and plenty of ideas on how to spend them, both on increasing power for this season and also looking ahead to 2016.”
United States Race Preview
gets ready to saddle up and go steal some points in America
What are your thoughts on the Circuit of the Americas?
Austin is a great track, it’s a challenging layout which is refreshing to drive and it’s an enjoyable event. The first turn is quite something with its very steep climb and the rest of the lap flows well. The atmosphere at the circuit is really special, even for the first time we visited. It’s great to see the RVs at the side of the track and people staying at the circuit to enjoy the full weekend. The circuit can be a difficult one for tyres. The event is taking place earlier in the year this season so hopefully there’s plenty of sun to burn off any morning fog! Certainly, there can be a variety with the weather and in the past we’ve seen it be quite cold at the start of the day.
United States Race Preview
23 – 25 OCTOBER
Formula One has made several attempts in the past two decades to regain a successful foothold in the United States, and seems to have finally struck gold with the Circuit of the Americas. The sport is steeped in history in the USA, with the likes of Watkins Glen and Long Beach helping to define that era, but after transitions through Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix it struggled to find a permanent home.
The short-lived stay in Indianapolis was followed by a five-year absence, but since 2012, the universally popular Texas venue has carried Formula One back with a bang. Williams has scored victories at five US circuits, with Alan Jones at Watkins Glen in 1980, Long Beach and Las Vegas in 1981 (it was common to have multiple races in the US), and with Keke Rosberg at Dallas in 1984 and Detroit in 1985.
2015 United States Grand Prix - Preview
19 October 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Sixteen, the United States Grand Prix, from Austin
It's been great to catch up with the team back at the factories and to celebrate together the amazing achievements of this year. I can't say enough how grateful I am for all the hard work and it's important that we savour these moments. Now, we head off to Austin, which is definitely one of the highlights of the year for me. I love the States and spend a lot of time over there, so it's a weekend I always look forward to. I've learned from experience that nothing is ever done until it's done in this sport, so I won't be taking anything for granted going into the weekend. I'm going into this next race with the same approach I've had all year. There are four races left for me to get this Championship tied up and as long as it's done by the time I cross the line in Abu Dhabi that's what really counts. I'm excited to get out there, give my best and if I can come away with a third Stetson hat that would be unbelievable.
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on the podium in Sochi and sets his sights on a strong race in Austin.
VJM: “We travel to Austin full of energy and optimism following Checo’s fantastic podium in Sochi. The car was strong, our strategy was good, and Checo didn’t put a wheel wrong. You could see from our post-race celebrations just how much the result meant to everyone in the team and it’s a welcome reward for everybody’s hard work this year. It’s very satisfying to get some more silverware for our trophy cabinet at Silverstone.
Red Bull Race Preview: USA and Mexico 2015
Driver quote: Daniel Ricciardo, US GP
So Daniel, what turns you into the head cheerleader for the United States Grand Prix? What do you like about Austin?
Everything! I love Austin. Great track, great city, great food, great fans, great people in general, great hotel. Basically... great.
400 GPs – The Sauber F1 Team celebrates its anniversary at the 2015 United States Grand Prix
Hinwil, 16th October 2015 – This year’s United States Grand Prix in Austin marks an outstanding milestone for the Sauber F1 Team: 400 GPs, 808 points in 23 years of Formula One. Many former and current Formula One drivers have joined and left the team, but more importantly, they are all part of the Sauber F1 Team’s history. Read below the “Sauber moments” from some former and the current Sauber F1 Team drivers. More interesting facts and figures about the 400th GP anniversary can be found on the following infographic: http://bit.ly/JoinOurPassion-EN
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Race
11 October 2015, Sochi
Success in Sochi with Lewis taking the win to secure the 2015 Constructors' World Championship
Lewis took his second Russian Grand Prix win, becoming only the ninth driver to win the first two Grand Prix at a new circuit
The victory sealed the F1 Constructors' Championship for Mercedes-Benz for the second time in a row
The result also marks Lewis' 9th win of the season and 42nd of his Formula One career, drawing him level with Sebastian Vettel in the all-time standings
2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix - The Race
MERHI │ Chassis 03 P13 1:44.926
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 P14 1:45.049
Sunday 11 October 2015
The Manor Marussia F1 Team notched up their 11th two-car finish of the season in Sochi today, where Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens ended the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in 13th and 14th positions respectively.
"We did everything right today”
Sochi Autodrom, Sunday October 11
They say that to finish first, first you have to finish. While we did not achieve the former, wecertainly did the latter – and on an afternoon when many did not. As a result, McLaren-Honda scored two points, Jenson taking full advantage of the chaos in the closing laps to secure ninth. Fernando finished 10th, but was later demoted to 11th, following a stewards’ decision, for corner-cutting.
2015 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
“I’m disappointed. It certainly wasn’t the best of race starts, as I got clipped because the cars in front of me crashed and from then on it was a very difficult race. I had a lot of damage on the car, especially at the rear, and it wasn’t behaving as it should’ve been. It was very difficult for me to continue, but we tried to, hoping we could get back into the points, even though in the end it wasn’t possible.”
Pastor gains back to back points finishes as Romain retires
Pastor Maldonado made it two points scoring Grand Prix in a row as he finished eighth in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, while team-mate Romain Grosjean was thankfully unhurt in a high speed impact.
Romain had been unfortunate for much of the race, picking up a damaged front wing from contact with Sergio Perez on the opening lap.
Russian Grand Prix - Sochi
11 October 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Once again, as I said many times before, I was impressed by Seb’s skills. He proved to be a good asset for the team and he shows at every race what a great driver he is. He drives a very good car, that’s for sure, but he can add that little extra that is a champion’s trademark. As for his battle with Kimi in the first stages of the race, our drivers are well aware that the team has its rules of engagement: so it was a nice fight between two great drivers. Our race strategy was the right one, congratulations to Iñaki Rueda: if Kimi had managed to get past Bottas in the final round, that would have further shown that we were on the right tactics. It’s up to the Stewards to decide on the accident they had, but to me it clearly looked like a normal race episode. Now Seb is running second in the Drivers’ standing and, mathematically, the race to the championship is still open: but our humbleness says this is not the case. So, as a priority, we have to work race-by-race to consolidate our current position”.
RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE REPORT
RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Danill Kvyat secured a popular sixth position in the Russian Grand Prix today. The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver finished his home event in the points following an action-packed race that involved multiple incidents and two safety car periods.*
Kvyat was the highest-classified Renault-powered driver, with both Daniel Ricciardo (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Carlos Sainz (Scuderia Toro Rosso) retiring from the race. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen suffered a first-lap puncture and finished in 11th.**
*Classified in fifth following Raikkonen’s penalty
**Classified in tenth following Alonso’s penalty
Russian Grand Prix
Felipe Massa finished 4th, with Valtteri Bottas classified 12th after an accident on the final lap ended his chances of a podium in today’s Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri was set for third place after overtaking Perez on the penultimate lap on newer tyres, but was hit by Raikkonen on the final lap and his race ended in the barrier at T4.
Starting down in P15, Felipe drove a strong and consistent race to make his way through the pack and score some valuable points for the team.
Congratulations to Mercedes who have clinched the 2015 Constructors’ Championship today.
Russian Grand Prix – Race
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 18-19°C air, 26-28°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the Russian Grand Prix back in the points. Felipe Nasr took the chequered flag in his Sauber C34-Ferrari in P7. At the very end of the Russian Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) caused a collision, and he was given a 30 second penalty added to the elapsed race time. This decision moved Felipe Nasr up into P6, and he collected eight world championship points. This was his second best result after the Australian Grand Prix, in which the Brazilian finished in P5. Marcus Ericsson was unlucky the whole weekend. Directly after the race start, the Swede ran into another competitor after he spun in turn two.
2015 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, Race Report
Sergio Perez raced to a well-deserved podium finish in today’s Russian Grand Prix to score 15 world championship points. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg retired on lap one after spinning at turn two.
RUSSIAN GP – RACE
11 October 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 5th*, Start Position: 11th
“I think we squeezed everything out of it today and ten points at the end of such a complicated race is a very good achievement, so we have to be satisfied with these points. With hindsight, you could say we could have run a slightly better strategy, but you can never be completely sure how these things will turn out and you never stop learning in this respect. It was nice to see all the people that came here to support me today, it’s a great feeling and hopefully it will continue and get better and better. I could also see that other drivers had their fans in the crowd as well which was nice, it’s a true passion and it looks like in Russia the sport is growing a lot and many people are coming which is great to see. I’m already looking forward to Austin because I think it should suit us a little bit better and I’m looking forward to those high speed corners.”
RUSSIAN GP: QUALIFYING
October 10, 2015
First of all, we have good news: Carlos is okay and is out of hospital! Then, here you can find our team's reaction after today's Free Practice 3 and Qualifying.
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO STATEMENT
October 10, 2015
Following Carlos Sainz's accident during FP3 today in Sochi, the driver is perfectly conscious and was able to talk to the extrication team. Once out of the car he was taken to the circuit Medical Centre, where he underwent an initial assessment of his condition.
He has now been taken by air ambulance to the Sochi Hospital 4.
Investigations on the reasons for the accident will take place once the car is back in the team's garage.
Further information will be released by the team and the FIA to the media when it is available.
2015 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India enjoyed a strong qualifying performance this afternoon as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez set the sixth and seventh fastest times of the day ahead of tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix.
RUSSIAN GP – QUALIFYING
10 October 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 10, (3rd Practice – 18, 1:43.347)
“We were slower with the set-up we had in Q3 but we’ve learned which direction to go in for tomorrow, so that’s a positive. Even with a good lap, at this track, we were probably looking at ninth for quali at best, so we didn’t lose too much. We’ll do what we can in the race; we have some strong teams around us, but we will push. On a positive note, it’s good to hear that Carlos is doing well.”
Romain comfortably in the top ten, Pastor takes 14th.
It was a mixed qualifying session at the Sochi Autodrom for the Russian Grand Prix, as Romain easily secured a top ten start with eighth place and Pastor missed out on Q3 in fourteenth.
As has been the pattern of the weekend, the morning’s practice session was curtailed after Carlos Sainz Jr’s red flag incident ended the session twenty minutes earlier.
Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, 10 October 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “So far, it has been a compromise weekend because of the weather and many other things that happened. Qualifying today was not the easiest one, it was a bit tricky to get temperature in the tires as we wanted in just one lap, because of the cold conditions. When the tires were working, though, the handling of the car was pretty good. In the last run in Q3 there was no time to do more than one lap, the start of the lap was ok but then I went wide and lost significant time. Tomorrow in the race it will be a bit unknown for everybody: obviously, we don’t have enough data from the long runs, so it’s hard to know what is going to happen, but I think we should be ok. I’m sure that when the tires work exactly as we want, the lap times will be a lot different We’ll try to make a good start then hopefully we’ll have a strong race and will be able to take the fight.”
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Qualifying
“My best qualifying performance of the year”
Sochi Autodrom, Saturday October 10
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso qualified 13th and 16th respectively for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix. However, Fernando will be demoted to the back of the grid after incurring penalties for changing elements of the power unit this weekend.
2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Saturday 10 October 2015
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 Q1 P18 1:43.693 9 laps
MERHI │ Chassis 03 Q1 P19 1:43.804 8 laps
Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 16-17°C air, 22-27°C track
Mixed feelings during qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team at the Russian Grand Prix. Felipe Nasr made it into Q2, and will be starting the race in P12, while Marcus Ericsson will start the race from P17. In the morning, shortly after half way through FP3, Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) had a massive accident. Fortunately, the spaniard is uninjured. After that, FP3 was red flagged and around 15 minutes before the end of the session cancelled.
Russian GP Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa fifteenth for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri showed strong and consistent pace in all qualifying sessions to start P3 for the second year in a row.
Traffic on his first quick laps and a mistake when the tyres were past their best prevented Felipe from making it through into Q3.
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Qualifying
10 October 2015, Sochi
An historic 30th all-Silver-Arrow front row with Nico taking a stunning pole position and Lewis second
Nico claimed his third pole position of the season at the 2015 Russian GP and his second in a row after Japan
Lewis secured P2, 0.320 behind Nico, to make it an all-Mercedes front row for the eleventh time in 2015
Both drivers did a single run in Q3 and set their best times on the second flying lap with neither able to improve on their fourth flying lap
The drivers completed one run in Q1 (prime), two in Q2 (option/option) and one in Q3 (option)
2015 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:46.203, pos. 9th, 13 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap 2:00.806, pos. 4th, 7 laps
“It was not a very eventful day, as we didn’t get a lot of track time unfortunately. This morning in FP1 we were not able to do a proper run because of the diesel on the track in Sector 2, which remained quite wet. This wasn’t great for us, because we didn’t learn as much as we wanted to. Then just before FP2 it started to rain heavily, so there was a lot of waiting as the track was very wet. But in the end we did some wet running and it was very positive. I think we can be happy with our afternoon!”
Diesel and rain conspire to limit Romain, Pastor and Jolyon's runs
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado started the build up to the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom by spending most of the day sheltered from the rain, with only 18 laps completed by the team.
Few things were learnt today, although a diesel spill got the day started and revealed that diesel is slippery when spilt on a track.
Russian Grand Prix - An accident halts practice
Session stopped following Sainz’s Toro Rosso crash
Sochi, 10 October – The only remaining free practice session prior to qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix lasted just 36 minutes. The difficulties encountered by the rescue crews in removing Carlos Sainz’s car from under the barriers at turn 13 led the Stewards to halt the session ahead of time.
Kimi Raikkonen managed only one run on the Supersoft tyres, on his way to 12th place with a 1.42.297, while Sebastian Vettel ran the Softs to finish 16th in a time of 1.42.686, running a high fuel load. Given the circumstances, there was no time for either driver to tackle a proper qualifying run. Heading the time sheet in this short session was Nico Rosberg (1.38.561) in the Mercedes, ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas (1.39.287) and the other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.39.363.)
RUSSIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
9 October 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 16, Best Time: 1:48.096, Laps: 9
Second Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 2:01.418, Laps: 6
“It was not a very useful Friday, it was quite quiet and I didn’t do so many laps. We did six laps in the wet, so nowhere near being able to draw any conclusions today. We have to be patient and see where we can be tomorrow compared to the other guys. I hope that we manage to put in some nice laps tomorrow morning, it’s going to be quite an important FP3 as I'm sure everyone will be trying to do as much as possible then. Because today was a very irrelevant day FP3 will define our qualifying really. In Japan my Saturday morning session was not great which had a significant effect on my qualifying, so we need to aim to have a good FP3 tomorrow.”
2015 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India topped the timesheets in Sochi this morning during a disrupted practice session ahead of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. The rain-affected afternoon session saw all the teams complete limited mileage in anticipation of dry weather over the weekend.
Russian Grand Prix – Practice
Weather: FP1: sunny/overcast and dry/wet, 18-19°C air, 23-25°C track; FP2: wet, 13-14°C air, 18-19°C track
Difficult conditions during both practice sessions for the Russian Grand Prix. FP1 was delayed by 30 minutes due to a diesel spillage on the circuit. Track conditions during the shortened one hour session were slippery mainly in sector two, therefore, proper running was limited. In the afternoon the expected rain arrived for FP2 which again compromised today’s programme.
Russian GP Practice
Objectives: Wet set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was quite a stunted session today which stopped us from completing all of the work we wanted to. We had planned to run in the wet but we had a strange situation this afternoon in that half of the circuit was much wetter than the other half which made most of the tests null and void. We have been working on the wet set-up of the car and so wanted to get out at the end of FP2 to see the progress we have made. In a similar vein to our low speed corner work in Singapore, we seem to be making progress. We got through all of the bits and pieces we wanted to get through in terms of control systems and power unit set-up, and we have to go into tomorrow with a good plan for FP3 to get the car set-up for qualifying and the race.
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Practice
09 October 2015, Sochi
Running limited to 34 laps on Day One in Sochi
Nico finished P2 and Lewis P7 in the morning session with no time set between them in the afternoon
Track activity was delayed by 30 minutes in FP1 owing to a diesel spillage on track, causing further difficult conditions throughout the session
The afternoon brought rainfall at the start of the second practice session and, with dry conditions forecast for the remainder of the weekend, the team sat out the majority of the session and did not complete any timed laps
Both drivers ran Inters for most of FP1 with a short spell on the prime tyre to end the session. Wet tyres were used for the limited running in the afternoon
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Free Practice
“An unusual and inconclusive day”
Sochi Autodrom, Friday October 9
With weather more akin to a wet weekend in Margate than a balmy day on the Baltic coast, there was little action to report from either FP1 or FP2 at the Sochi Autodrom today.
Indeed, the most noteworthy incident of the day happened before first practice, when a large diesel spillage on the circuit rendered the track unusable, and prompted a 30-minute delay while safety crews cleared the extensive spillage.
Lunchtime rain meant the afternoon was effectively meaningless, with only eight drivers setting lap-times during the session. Nonetheless, both our drivers worked hard, setting the fifth- (Fernando) and eighth- (Jenson) fastest lap-times of the afternoon.
The team has taken a strategic decision to change components on Fernando’s power unit – these mean he will take a 35-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.
2015 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, Preview
Vijay Mallya reflects on a successful couple of races and targets more points in Russia.
VJM: “I’m feeling optimistic as we approach the final couple of months of the season. In Singapore and Japan we continued to show competitive pace and, despite missing the chance to score with both cars, we remain in a solid fifth place in the championship.
2015 Russian Grand Prix - Preview
05 October 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Fifteen, the Russian Grand Prix, from Sochi
Preview – 2015 Russian Grand Prix
15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 9th to 11th October 2015
Hinwil, 5th October 2015 – This week the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to Sochi on the Black Sea Coast, which was the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, for the second Russian Grand Prix. The team’s freight, which is around 35 tons, has already arrived in the paddock at the Sochi Autodrom. The Sauber C34-Ferraris were transported directly by air from Nagoya to Sochi.
Red Bull Race Preview: GP Russia 2015
Dany, it’s home race time. Can you count the number of times you’ve given interviews about the Russian GP?
Impossible to count – hundreds? I have talked about it a lot but it’s the same for any driver, the home race is always the busiest! So, what do you want to know about – the track?