UNITED STATES GP

 

Round 19 – Austin, 1 to 3 November

 

All times local UK (Please consult your local TV schedules)

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 1st

FP1

1600 to 1730

1545 to 1745

-

 

FP2

2000 to 2130

1945 to 2145

-

Sat 2nd 

FP3

1900 to 2000

1745 to 1910

-

 

Qual

2200 to 2300-ish

2000 to 2230

Recording: 0040 to 0210

Sun 3rd 

Race

1910 to 2040-ish

1730 to 2210

Recording; 2300 to 0100

 

Individual driverÕs tyre choices:

 

Hard

(White)

Medium

(Yellow)

Soft

(Red)

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

4

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

1

3

9

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

4

8

Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

1

4

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

1

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

1

10

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

2

2

9

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

3

9

Carlos Sainz (McLaren)

2

3

8

Lando Norris (McLaren)

2

3

8

Sergio Perez (Racing Point)

2

2

9

Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

2

2

9

Kimi Raikkonen (Sauber)

1

3

9

Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber)

2

2

9

Daniil Kvyat  (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

2

2

9

George Russell  (Williams)

2

2

9

Robert Kubica (Williams)

1

3

9

 

 

FP1:

á      Track surface very bumpy. Apparently the circuit itself is sinking!!

á      Session times ÔupsetÕ by the introduction for the day of prototype Pirelli tyres being tested for 2020.

á      Nicholas Latifi drove RussellÕs car until a gearbox snag put him back in the garage and out of the car.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

1m34.057s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m35.008s 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

 

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

8

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

14

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m36.037s 

16

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

17

Bottas

Mercedes

 

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m37.948s 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m41.112s 

 

FP2:

á      Not so much use of the prototype tyres in this session.

á      The FIA have put electronic sensors on the exit of turn 19 to check on cars exceeding track limits.  What they have dome asks two questions: 1) Why only on turn 19 and not on every corner, especially turn 8 where I saw a number of cars crossing the white line and the across the kerbing in order to cut the corner completely? And 2) They have placed the sensor on the outside edge of the kerb, NOT the white line – therefore are the track limits no longer defined as the white line at the edge of the track, but the outside edge of the red and white kerbing?

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m33.232s 

2

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

 

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

1m34.434s 

7

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

10

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

11

Ricciardo

Renault

 

12

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

16

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m35.387s 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m36.749s 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m37.283s 

 

FP3:

á      LeclercÕs engine gave up after only a few laps with smoke coming from the air-intake!!

á      Perez has a pit lane penalty for failing to stop at the weighbridge yesterday. He just did enough runs to make sure the car was okay for qualifying, which I suspect will be just enough to guarantee a start.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

1m33.305s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

6

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m34.408s 

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

9

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

10

Ricciardo

Renault

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m35.305s 

16

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m36.256s 

18

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m38.426s 

20

Leclerc

Ferrari

No time 

 

Q1:

Track did improve towards the end of the session.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m33.353s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Vettel

Ferrari

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

Ricciardo

Renault

9

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

10

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

11

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

12

Leclerc

Ferrari

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

14

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m34.161s 

16

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m34.226s 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m35.372s 

19

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m35.889s 

 

Q2:

Track improvement not so marked.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m32.760s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

6

Bottas

Mercedes

7

Norris

McLaren-Renault

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

9

Ricciardo

Renault

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m33.715s

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m33.815s

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

13

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m34.158s 

 

Q3:

Track did not improve. Nobody improved their position in the 2nd run.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m32.024s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m33.175s

9

Ricciardo

Renault

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m33.601s

 

GRID:

Perez penalised for failing to stop at the weighbridge during practice yesterday.  If there are no more penalties the grid will beÉ

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

22

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

19

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

18

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

17

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

15

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

14

9

Ricciardo

Renault

13

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

12

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

9

13

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

8

 

14

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

7

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

6

 

16

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

5

 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

4

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1

Penalty 

 

RACE:

á      LetÕs get the controversy out of the way first. What has happened to Ferrari. Firstly there was the suggestion that they were running a Ôoil burnÕ system illegally. Then there was a call by Red Bull for clarification over a Fuel Flow Metering system that could change the way the fuel flow meter recorded the fuel flow during the race. Of course, nobody actually accused Ferrari of using such a system, but there was the suspicion, The FIA issued a Technical Directive that stated such a system was indeed illegal. All of a sudden FerrariÕs performance fell away to what it was like before the summer break. In my opinion, FerrariÕs attention had been drawn to the fact that such a system was being looked out for, so they took it off their cars, at the same time making sure no Ôoil burnÕ system cold be found, and even made a big play of inviting a challenge to the other teams to protest (their now legal car).  As their superiority fell away it wasnÕt necessary for other teams to protest.  I reckon thatÕs the reason they are not so good as they were a couple of races ago!!!

á      Right – in the race Vettel went over the kerbs once too often and broke his right rear suspension, oh dear, how sad, never mind!

á      Leclerc simply didnÕt have the pace to keep up with the top three cars.

á      Albon got punted off on the first lap and had to pit for bits putting him firmly at the back. He then drove the race of the day to recover. His overtaking was positive but fair, and even made sure his victims were well aware he was coming.  This boy will go far.

á      MagnussenÕs accident appeared to have been caused by a brake failure, and I donÕt know why Gasly didnÕt finish.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Bottas

Mercedes

56

22

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

56

20

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

56

19

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

56

19

FL

5

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

56

17

6

Ricciardo

Renault

56

16

7

Norris

McLaren-Renault

56

15

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

55

14

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

55

13

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

55

12

11

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

55

10

12

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

55

9

13

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

55

8

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

55

7

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

55

6

16

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

54

5

Not Running

17

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

54

4

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

52

3

Accident

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

31

2

Hydraulics

20

Vettel

Ferrari

7

1

Suspension

 

 

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