25 November

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Saturday

25 November 2017
Valtteri and Lewis secure the 50th front row lockout for the Silver Arrows in F1 as the 2017 season goes into its final round
Valtteri claimed his fourth career pole position - his first at the Yas Marina Circuit and fourth of the 2017 season
Lewis will start tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from P2 on the grid
Today's result marks the 50th front row lockout for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in Formula One
Both drivers completed one run on the UltraSoft compound tyres in Q1 and two runs in both Q2 and Q3
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24 November


FP1 1:40.293 P6 24 laps
FP2 1:39.323 P7 33 laps

Sergio: “We had a lot of test items to try on the car today on top of the usual preparations for the weekend. First practice was not very representative of the conditions we will experience in qualifying and the race, but what we saw during second practice makes me feel optimistic. The balance of the car is where I need it and the long run pace is competitive. There is still a little bit of work to do, but we’re starting from a good baseline and if we can improve overnight we should be in a good position tomorrow.”
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Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: dry, 26-27°C air, 30-45°C track
It was a decent day of free practice sessions for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team ran through the planned programme for both Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein, conducting aerodynamic tests in FP1, and focussing on race preparations with short and long-runs in FP2. [Read More!]
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Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.646, pos. 14th, 29 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:40.694, pos. 15th, 39 laps
“Overall, it’s been a positive and productive day. We managed to have two trouble-free practice sessions and did plenty of laps, which meant we were able to complete the program as we wanted, which is great. During this afternoon’s FP2, I felt good on the supersofts, but then on the ultra we didn’t manage to improve, which means we need to work on the tyres and try and improve this. Having said that, there are also many positive aspects to take from today so, all in all, a good start to the weekend and hopefully we can make a step forward tomorrow for qualifying.”
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24 NOVEMBER 2017
First Practice Session: 1:40.773 Position: 10, Laps: 29
Second Practice Session: 1:38.180 Position: 3, Laps: 34
“A pretty good Friday. This morning we couldn’t really look at the lap times as we tried a little bit of testing for next week. However this afternoon we put everything in the car that we needed and it was solid. On low fuel we looked quite strong but I thought we would be a bit quicker with high fuel, so we still need to find a bit there. Nothing in particular, just the general grip wasn’t quite there and I was sliding around so we’ll try and find a way to keep the tyres working a bit better in the night conditions. I think it’s still Friday numbers unfortunately, as we were ahead of one Ferrari and one Mercedes today. We expect them to be quick tomorrow, so if we have the same pace tomorrow as we had today I expect them to jump us. We still need to find a bit more speed.”
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was the final practice of the year and the final Formula One practice for Felipe. We had a good day and we got everything done that we wanted to achieve. Starting with Felipe, we ran a fairly normal programme. We did some special tests in FP1 aimed at 2018, and his pace seemed reasonably competitive, on both high and low fuel. For Lance, he ran a more unusual programme, putting on an extra set of tyres that we borrowed from FP3, to give him a bit more practice particularly aimed at qualifying, which will be in the cooler evening slot that we have for FP2 as opposed to FP3 tomorrow. It’s also the final evening of the year where the mechanics will rebuild the FW40 before it’s put away. It’s not something the public get to see, that last build and the last time on the FIA measuring patch, but that will happen somewhere around 2am. I think that’s actually quite a special moment that no one gets to hear about.
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2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Friday

24 November 2017
Silver Arrows show promising pace in Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit
Lewis finished the morning session in P2 with Valtteri in P5
Lewis ended the day on top of the time sheets in P1 with Valtteri in P5
Valtteri ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres in FP1, Lewis the Softs and UltraSofts
In FP2, both drivers used the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres
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22 November

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Preview

22 November 2017

A thrilling 2017 Formula One season concludes with Round 20 from the Yas Marina Circuit
Toto Talks Abu Dhabi
Featured this Week: On Your Marks...
Stat Attack: Abu Dhabi and Beyond
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21 November

Preview – Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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.
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20 November

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

24-26 NOVEMBER 2017
ROUND 20 OF 20
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20th November 2017

Our drivers about Abu Dhabi…
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19 November


Max Verstappen
“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.
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12 November

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.
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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
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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.
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Brazilian Grand Prix


Race Notes
• 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
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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.
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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.”
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Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)
Race: 12th
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.”
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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.”
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11 November


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.
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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.
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2017 Formula 1 Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix, Saturday

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Nico Hülkenberg was Renault Sport Formula One Team’s lead driver in qualifying for the Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix after setting the eighth-fastest time today, whilst Carlos Sainz was just a tenth of a second adrift in ninth position. Both drivers enjoyed trouble-free FP3 sessions and proceeded to the top ten determining Q3 session without drama.
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Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
Felipe Massa qualified 10th and Lance Stroll 18th for the Brazilian Grand Prix
A gearbox failure at the beginning of FP3 ruled Lance out of the session, limiting his amount of running on Saturday, and resulting in both a gearbox and power unit change ahead of qualifying
Despite improving on each lap, Lance was knocked out in Q1
Felipe was competitive throughout both Q1 and Q2 before traffic on his first flying lap in Q3 caused him to abort his lap, and he was unable to improve higher than 10th on his final run
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Formula One Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 19-20°C air, 26-28°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and dry/light rain, 17-19°C air, 26-29°C track

The Sauber F1 Team finished qualifying ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix in P16 (Pascal Wehrlein) and P19 (Marcus Ericsson). The first qualifying session on the Autódromo José Carlos Pace was close, with Wehrlein missing Q2 by only half of a tenth of a second.
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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday

11 November 2017
Valtteri storms to pole position in São Paulo
Valtteri claimed his third career pole position - his first at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace and third of the 2017 season
After an accident in Q1, Lewis failed to set a time and will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from the back of the grid
Today's result marks the 14th pole position for the Silver Arrows in 2017
Valtteri completed one run on the SuperSoft tyres in Q1, then two runs in both Q2 and Q3 [Read More!]
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Sahara Force India delivered a strong showing in Sao Paulo today with Sergio Perez set to start the Brazilian Grand Prix from fifth place ahead of Esteban Ocon in tenth.
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11 NOVEMBER 2017

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th, 1:08.925 (Practice 3 – Position: 9th, 1:10.445)
“I think we maximised the result in Qualifying today but we were just not fast enough. In general the pace has been simply not quite good enough across the whole weekend. I think both Daniel and I have been chasing the car balance and we could never find the full grip and potential. In Qualifying the grip was a little bit better; we lose a lot of time on the straights here but I think there are also one or two tenths we could have found. I never expected to beat Ferrari and Mercedes on this track as it’s just not strong for us, but I did expect to be a little closer. For sure I would love some rain in the race, but I don’t think it looks like that’s going to happen. Maybe I will do some praying tonight! We may need a bit of luck to be honest, but you never know what can happen up front and it can still be an exciting race.”
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Brendon Hartley (STR12-04, Car 28)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:11.085, pos. 17th, 30 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:10.625, (Q2) no time, pos. 15th
Brendon will serve a 10 grid position penalty for tomorrow’s race
“Not a bad day, I’m pretty happy to have got through to Q2 today! We then didn’t go out to set a time in Q2 in order to save all the tyres and keep all the options available for tomorrow’s race, so we just used the session to do a couple of practice starts – something I needed considering my first two starts in F1, which haven’t been the best… Hopefully this pays dividends tomorrow! It’s going to be quite a tough ask to finish in the points, but we’re definitely going to try, do our best and push for that – I’m really looking forward to the race!”
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10 November


Seb and Kimi just under the 50-lap mark

Interlagos, November 10th – Both practice sessions at the Autodromo Carlos Pace turned out to be quite uneventful, as despite the ever-present threat of rain, drivers only had to contend with a few intermittent and harmless drops during FP2. Scuderia Ferrari drivers jumped at the opportunity to rack up the laps of the 4.3 Km circuit, working mostly in preparation for Sunday’s race, which is supposed to be run in dry conditions. Sebastian covered 48 laps and Kimi 45.
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2017 Brazil Grand Prix - Free Practice

Grand Prix, Brazil, Practice | 10/11/2017
McLaren Honda kicked off its Brazilian Grand Prix weekend in warm sunshine after the threat of afternoon rain subsided.
Neither driver was completely happy with the balance and drivability of their MCL32s, each ending the day with a degree of head-scratching after the car proved reluctant to fall into its regular sweet-spot.
Fernando encountered a small PU issue at the start of the afternoon session, choosing to stop in the pit-lane as a precaution. The issue was promptly resolved by his mechanics with minimal delay to his run-plan.
Armed with plenty of data, our engineers will chew through the numbers this evening in a bid to get us back on track for tomorrow.
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2017 Formula 1 Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix, Friday

10 November 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of the Brazilian Grand Prix
– Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brazil - with Nico Hülkenberg leading the charge for the team with the ninth fastest time, a 1min 10.396secs. After being faster than his team-mate in the morning, Carlos Sainz ended the day two positions off Nico with the eleventh fastest time in the afternoon. Both drivers enjoyed trouble free uninterrupted sessions today.
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Brazilian Grand Prix: Friday Practice Recap

Nov 10, 2017

Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2)
Date: Friday, Nov. 10
Location: Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo
Layout: 4.309-kilometer (2.677-mile), 15-turn circuit
FP1 Weather: Sunny
FP1 Air Temps: 24.5-27.2 degrees Celsius (76.1-81 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP1 Track Temps: 38.5-50 degrees Celsius (101.3-122 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Weather: Partly cloudy
FP2 Air Temps: 29.4-31.4 degrees Celsius (84.9-88.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
FP2 Track Temps: 42.5-54.7 degrees Celsius (108.5-130.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
Drivers: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovinazzi
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Formula One Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny/cloudy and dry, 25-31°C air, 39-55°C track

During the first practice session ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc completed his fourth practice session for the Sauber F1 Team, during which he also tested the halo system for the first time. Pascal Wehrlein took over the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari in the afternoon. Marcus Ericsson had to cut his second free practice session short after touching the wall in turn 11.
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FP1 1:10.454 P9 26 laps
FP2 1:10.306 P7 49 laps

Esteban: “I’m happy with today. This morning the car was not at its best, but we made a massive step forward during second practice. The car feels much better now – close to where it should be, so it’s another good job by the team who made the correct decisions during the day. We need to keep improving ahead of tomorrow and hopefully we can be in our usual position for qualifying. It was very tough physically today because it’s very hot and humid – a bit like Singapore. I wasn’t expecting this and it was one of the toughest days in the car this year.” [Read More!]
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Brazilian Grand Prix Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It’s been a good day here in Brazil with some fantastic weather, which is great considering rain was predicted. We got a lot of work done on both sides of the garage, with all of our homework, particularly on tyres, achieved. Our pace looks reasonably competitive, but it’s close here as usual in the midfield. It’s a very short lap around here so a tenth is quite a big percentage of the whole lap time, so we’ll have to work very carefully overnight to fine tune the car and make sure we can get those valuable grid spots tomorrow afternoon. Felipe looked particularly strong around here today, so hopefully that’s a good sign of a great weekend for him for his final home race.
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Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:14.034, pos. 19th, 5 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:11.422, pos. 16th, 44 laps
“A pretty good afternoon after a tough beginning of the day. This morning of course was not great for us with the engine issue, I had only one timed lap and Brendon none, so we didn’t learn much - for me about the track and for the rest of the team about the car and setup… it wasn’t ideal! I managed to do many laps in FP2 which was good, a short run on softs and super softs, and then long runs on the second part of the session so I think it was really good. We finally could seize the potential of the car and work towards qualifying and the race on Sunday. At least we have many things to analyse tonight and to work and improve on for tomorrow.“
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10 NOVEMBER 2017

First Practice Session: 1:09.828 Position: 5, Laps: 38
Second Practice Session: 1:09.743 Position: 3, Laps: 37
“I’m pretty happy with Friday. For what we’ve got here we looked competitive. The long runs looked okay but the Mercs looked really strong. We can definitely find a little bit more for tomorrow but I don’t think we’re far off and we don’t have to make many changes tonight. It’s never a circuit where we have dominated in the past so to be close to Ferrari and at least in the fight with them seems positive. I’d like some rain for Qualifying tomorrow and I can try and fight for pole. I know if I get it I won’t start there because of my penalty, but anyway it would be good to start 11th for the race. That’s my target.”
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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Friday

10 November 2017

Silver Arrows top the time sheets in both practice session in São Paulo
Lewis finished the morning session in P1 with Valtteri in P2
The order remained the same in the afternoon session, with half a tenth between them
In FP1, Lewis ran the Medium (install), Soft and SuperSoft compound tyres, with Valtteri running Soft and SuperSoft
Both drivers then used the Soft and SuperSoft compound tyres in FP2
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