MEXICAN GP

 

Qualifying        Race    

 

Round 19 – Mexico City, 26 to 28 Oct 2018

 

All times UK

Date

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 26th

FP1

1600 – 1730

1545 to 1750

-

 

FP2

2000 – 2130

1945 to 2150

-

Sat 27th    

FP3

1600 – 1700

1545 to 1715

-

 

Qual

1900 – 2000-ish

1800 to 2045

Recording: 2200 to 2335

Sun 28th 

Race

1910 – 2040-ish

1730 to 2215

Recording: 2200 to 0115

 

 

Supersoft / Ultrasoft / Hypersoft

 

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Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

SuperSoft

Ultrasoft

Hypersoft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

4

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

1

3

9

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

2

9

Sergio Perez (Force India)

2

2

9

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

2

2

9

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

3

9

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

2

2

9

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

1

2

10

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

2

1

10

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

2

2

9

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

2

2

9

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

2

2

9

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

3

2

8

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

2

2

9

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

1

2

10

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

2

1

10

 

 

FP1:

Honda decided to change Gasly’s engine after he completed the installation lap.

The high altitude with associated thinner air gave Renault’s down-on-power a bit of an edge in this session, but remember, they don’t have the ability to turn the wick up that Ferrario and Mercedes have, so FP2 may well see an very different situation

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m16.656s 

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Sainz

Renault

1m17.926s 

4

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

 

7

Vettel

Ferrari

1m18.746s 

8

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

9

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

10

Latifi

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

 

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

15

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

1m19.716s 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m20.142s 

20

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

No Time 

 

FP2:

Renault-powered cars at the top again.  I imagine Mercedes and Ferrari are biding their time.  If they’re not then we’re in for a fascinating weekend.

Verstappen pulled to the side of the track with about 10 minutes to go when his engine cut out. Sounded the same as what happened to Ricciardo at Austin.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m16.720s 

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Sainz

Renault

1m17.953s 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

6

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

7

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

8

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

9

Bottas

Mercedes

 

10

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m18.733s 

13

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m19.670s 

 

FP3:

After earlier rain the track was still damp at the start and everybody waited for it to dry out a bit before venturing out to get a timed lap in.  As the session went on so the times came down. Then Bottas pulled over to the side of the track with a hydraulics problem with 15 minutes to go, hence the slow time. Magnussen, having completed his installation lap had to have the intecooler changed on his car so that was him sidelined for the duration.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m16.284s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

6

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

7

Sainz

Renault

1m17.336s 

8

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

9

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m18.145s 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

15

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

17

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Bottas

Mercedes

1m18.839s 

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

No Time 

 

Q1:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m15.580s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Vettel

Ferrari

6

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

8

Raikkonen

Ferrari

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m16.498s

10

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

11

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

12

Sainz

Renault

13

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

1m16.862s 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m16.911s 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m17.599s 

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m17.886s 

 

Q2:

As Gasly was incurring a load of penalties for engine and gearbox changes he didn’t bother going out.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m15.640s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Sainz

Renault

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

10

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m16.633s

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m16.844s

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m17.184 

15

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

No Time

 

Q3:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m14.759s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m15.827s

8

Sainz

Renault

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

10

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m16.513s

 

GRID:

Gasly penalised loads of places for an engine and gearbox change, and Grosjean was penalised 3 places for crashing into Leclerc in the USA, however the FIA in their wisdom dropped him from 16th to 18th I imagine because Dsly’s penalty came after Grosjean’s so he moved up to replace Gasly in 15th and was then penalised 3 places.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

20

 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

19

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

18

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

17

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

16

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

15

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

14

8

Sainz

Renault

13

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

12

10

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

11

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

10

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

9

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

8

 

14

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

7

 

15

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

6

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

5

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

4

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

3

Penalty

19

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1

Penalty

 

RACE:

·      Not particularly inspiring race as the tyres were too sift and had to be conserved throughout. Funny really, because last year everyone complained that Pirelli had brought tyres that were too hard, so they bought softer compounds this time…

·      Alonso had a coming together with Ocon at the start and damaged his car and had to retire a little later, Sainz’s engine cut out like Ricciardo’s in Austin last weekend, Perez had a brakes problem, and Ricciardo had an engine problem – we think!

·      Hamilton’s 5th place meant he now has an unassailable lead in the championship and will be crowned World Driver’s Champion sometime in December or January!

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

71

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

71

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

71

18

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

71

17

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

70

16

 

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

69

15

 

7

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

69

14

 

8

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

69

13

 

9

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

69

12

 

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

69

11

 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

69

10

 

12

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

69

9

 

13

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

69

8

 

14

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

69

7

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

69

6

 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

68

5

 

17

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

61

4

Electrics

18

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

38

3

Brakes

19

Sainz

Renault

28

2

Electrics

20

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

3

1

Damage

 

 

 

 

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