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GP USA, gara–23/10/2016

Lewis Hamilton takes 50th F1 win in US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton secured the 50th victory of his Formula 1 career, leading home championship rival Nico Rosberg in the United States Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion, who has won four times at Austin to add to his 2007 US GP success at Indianapolis, finished 4.5s ahead of Mercedes team-mate Rosberg, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo third.

Rosberg’s championship lead has been cut to 26 points over Hamilton, but it could have been more as Ricciardo and team-mate Max Verstappen had a shot at upsetting the Mercedes one-two.

Hamilton and Rosberg made clean starts, although Ricciardo took advantage of the wide first corner to get alongside Rosberg, ultimately completing the pass around the outside through Turn 2.

Verstappen, who passed Kimi Raikkonen on lap 12 to claim fourth, then began to push Rosberg who found himself sandwiched between the Red Bull duo.

But Verstappen’s race unravelled from lap 26 when he mistakenly thought he had been called into the pits, with his crew not ready when he arrived.

Three laps later Verstappen suffered a gearbox failure, and he tried to get his car back to the pits rather than stopping trackside.

When he eventually parked up, the virtual safety car was deployed, which gave Mercedes pair Hamilton and Rosberg what Ricciardo described as "a free stop".

Having stopped for a second time on lap 25, before the VSC, Ricciardo therefore found himself third, losing what Red Bull estimated to be 10 seconds to Rosberg thanks to the VSC.

From that point on the top three positions were sealed, with Ricciardo safe in third as Raikkonen was on a three-stop strategy and had another stop to make.

Raikkonen’s third stop led to the end of his race though, as he pulled away too quickly, with the right-rear tyre gun yanked off in the process.

As Raikkonen began to climb up the hill out of the pitlane he was forced to pull over after being told to stop, from where he rolled his car back down the slope and out of harm’s way.

Raikkonen was the fourth retirement of the race, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg first out after a Turn 1 collision with Valtteri Bottas in his Williams, sustaining trackrod damage with his car unable to turn left.

Bottas suffered a right-rear puncture that dropped him to the back of the field, and after an early pitstop he could only manage 16th at the end.

Along with Verstappen, Esteban Gutierrez was the other retiree after 18 laps with what appeared to be a brake problem that led to him going off at Turn 11.

Behind the leading trio, Vettel salvaged fourth for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso fifth for McLaren after passing Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr on the penultimate lap of the 56.

Alonso, though, is under investigation for an incident with Williams’s Felipe Massa on lap 54 that led to a front-left puncture for the Brazilian, who managed to hang on to seventh ahead of Sergio Perez.

The Mexican suffered a lap one spin after being hit in the rear by Daniil Kvyat, which led to a 10-second time penalty for the Russian who finished 12th.

Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean were ninth and 10th, the latter claiming a point for Haas at the team’s maiden home race.


Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1h38m12.618s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 4.520s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 56 19.692s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 43.134s
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 56 1m33.953s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1m36.124s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 55 1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
11 Kevin Magnussen Renault 55 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 55 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 55 1 Lap
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 55 1 Lap
18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 54 2 Laps
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 38 Retirement
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 28 Gearbox
Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 16 Retirement
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Collision


Pos Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 331
2 Lewis Hamilton 305
3 Daniel Ricciardo 227
4 Sebastian Vettel 177
5 Kimi Raikkonen 170
6 Max Verstappen 165
7 Sergio Perez 84
8 Valtteri Bottas 81
9 Nico Hulkenberg 54
10 Fernando Alonso 52
11 Felipe Massa 49
12 Carlos Sainz 38
13 Romain Grosjean 29
14 Daniil Kvyat 25
15 Jenson Button 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Jolyon Palmer 1
18 Pascal Wehrlein 1
19 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 636
2 Red Bull/Renault 400
3 Ferrari 347
4 Force India/Mercedes 138
5 Williams/Mercedes 130
6 McLaren/Honda 74
7 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55
8 Haas/Ferrari 29
9 Renault 8
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com

GP USA, prove sabato–22/10/2016

Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to US GP F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, as Mercedes stretched out an advantage over the opposition in qualifying.

Red Bull looked fast in free practice, but it couldn’t live with Mercedes in qualifying, where Hamilton pumped in a stunning 1m34.999s lap to bag pole.

The reigning world champion did his damage through the first sector, where he was almost three tenths faster than Rosberg, who ran wide at Turn 1 on both of his Q3 laps.

Rosberg, who briefly held top spot due to finishing his lap before his team-mate, was still fast enough to set the second quickest time, almost three tenths clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the best of the Red Bulls.

Max Verstappen was fourth, ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes drivers and Verstappen will start the race on soft tyres after all making it through Q2 on that compound.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest for Force India, well clear of the remaining top 10 runners.

Hulkenberg was in superb form, lapping inside the top six in the first two segments of the session.

He was also the only non-Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari driver to break into the 1m36s.

Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa headed an impressive performance from the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr in rounding out the top 10.

Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez missed out on making Q3 by just over a tenth of a second.

Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was six hundredths of a second further back in 12th, ahead of the second Toro Rosso of newly re-signed Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, and Jolyon Palmer’s Renault.

Marcus Ericsson completed a cursory run on old tyres in Q2 so wound up 16th fastest, after lapping quicker than both Gutierrez and Palmer in Q1.

Palmer complained about his final Q1 run being a "fucking disaster" as he held up Jenson Button’s McLaren on his out-lap, but the Renault still made it through to Q2.

Button was furious to drop out in Q1, after encountering the Renault entering the final corner of his best lap.

The 2009 world champion ended up a lowly 19th in his McLaren-Honda, fractionally behind Romain Grosjean’s Haas and Kevin Magnussen’s Renault, which both also missed the cut.

Pascal Wehrlein recovered from binning his Manor in the gravel in final practice to qualify 20th fastest, ahead of Felipe Nasr – who complained about his Sauber’s brakes – and Manor team-mate Esteban Ocon.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.999s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.215s 0.216s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.509s 0.510s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.747s 0.748s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.131s 1.132s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.358s 1.359s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.628s 1.629s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.116s 2.117s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.269s 2.270s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.326s 2.327s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.353s 2.354s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m37.417s 2.418s
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.480s 2.481s
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m37.773s 2.774s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m37.935s 2.936s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.356s 4.357s
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.308s 3.309s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m38.317s 3.318s
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.327s 3.328s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m38.548s 3.549s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.583s 3.584s
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m38.806s 3.807s

Da Autosport.com

US GP FP3: Max Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of the United States Grand Prix as neither Mercedes driver completed a qualifying simulation lap.

With Red Bull on a pace comparable to Mercedes at Austin so far this weekend, Verstappen topped the timesheet with a lap of 1m36.766s to finish 0.266s clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, both on super-soft tyres.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, just over half a second down on Verstappen on his super-soft outing, leaving Hamilton and Rosberg down in fourth and fifth.

Hamilton, whose team broke curfew overnight to change the fuel system on his car, set the quickest time on soft tyres with a lap of 1m37.483s prior to the late qualifying runs that remained his best outing.

Come his super-soft run Hamilton was sent out late, and only just crossed the line to start his flying lap as the chequered flag came out.

Hamilton, however, was held up by Felipe Nasr’s Sauber halfway through the lap and backed off, leaving him to tell his team on the radio it was "poor timing guys".

Rosberg, who was three tenths off of Hamilton on his best soft-tyre lap, opted to abort his super-soft run late on.

Rosberg had set a personal best in the first sector, which has proven to be Red Bull’s strong suit so far, but he was still 0.154s down on Verstappen at that point.

Rosberg then went quickest in the middle sector to close the gap to Verstappen’s best, but ultimately the championship leader failed to complete the lap, pulling into the pits instead after running slightly wide at the penultimate corner.

Sebastian Vettel was sixth quickest in his Ferrari, but he reported a potential gearbox problem and remained in the garage for the closing stages, finishing 1.128s down.

Vettel was followed by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas in his Williams and the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso to complete the top 10.

Carlos Sainz Jr suffered two punctures during the session, initially to the right rear on only his second lap, and then half an hour later one to the left rear, leaving him down in 15th and unable to conduct his own qualifying simulation as the team checked over the car.

The hour-long session was red-flagged for 10 minutes early on after Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein lost his car under braking at Turn 19, beaching it in the gravel.

With only four laps to his name, Wehrlein finished bottom of the timesheet just over five seconds off the pace.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m36.766s 16
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.032s 0.266s 19
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.284s 0.518s 15
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.483s 0.717s 12
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.784s 1.018s 10
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.894s 1.128s 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.948s 1.182s 17
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.188s 1.422s 16
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.212s 1.446s 14
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.452s 1.686s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.512s 1.746s 16
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m38.528s 1.762s 14
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.607s 1.841s 15
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.691s 1.925s 16
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.710s 1.944s 6
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m38.939s 2.173s 13
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.097s 2.331s 13
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m39.105s 2.339s 14
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.239s 2.473s 14
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.509s 2.743s 14
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m39.771s 3.005s 19
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.427s 4.661s 7

Da Autosport.com

GP USA, commenti post libere–21/10/2016

Kimi Raikkonen now trusts Ferrari F1 team – Maurizio Arrivabene

Kimi Raikkonen now feels he has the trust and commitment of his mechanics and that has inspired his improved form, according to Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

Raikkonen was comfortably outperformed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel last season and Fernando Alonso the year before.

But after re-signing in July for next year, his results have improved and he now sits five points and two places ahead of Vettel in the 2016 drivers’ standings with four races to go.

Arrivabene has consistently praised Raikkonen’s performances this year, at one stage saying he is "not a world champion for nothing", but at Austin elaborated on why he thinks the Finn has got better.

"Everyone gets surprised when they are talking about Kimi’s performance but there is nothing to be surprised about," said Arrivabene.

"He’s been a world champion, with us actually, and he is quite fast.

"He was most probably suffering a bit the last few years.

"Now he can feel that the part of the team that is working with Kimi is committed to him.

"He has a very good relationship with Sebastian and that helps.

"It’s just a question for him to feel the trust of people around him and then he’s going to do his best.

"When he has to push with his feet, he’s pushing very hard."


Former Ferrari chief engineer Luca Baldisserri told the Italian media last week that the Scuderia is suffering from a "climate of fear" that is leaving staff afraid to take risks.

When asked for comment, Arrivabene rubbished the claims.

"The atmosphere inside the house is different to what people think about or what you are reading in the newspapers," he insisted.

"It’s an old story. Ferrari in Italy is like the Italian national football team.

"Having pressure is normal, having tension is normal, having criticism is normal so you have to live with that.

"Sometimes it’s going too far.

"Our job is to be concentrated in what we are doing, it is to follow our way.

"This is part of the job.

"If you working in Maranello, if you work for a brand like Ferrari, you have to accept all of this, like it or not."

Da Autosport.com

Kimi: still work to do but no major issues

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a tricky day: in the first session, we struggled to find the right set up, and in the second practice I went off with new tires and couldn’t set a lap time. Apart from that it was a normal Friday, it looks worse than it is. We did a normal set up work and sometimes it goes like this. We did not have any major issue, we just tried to make a sense out of it and get the car exactly where we wanted. Now we have some work to do on the set up and make it correct for tomorrow. The Mercedes look very strong as they have been all year, but we’ll do our best.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP USA, prove libere venerdì–21/10/2016

US GP practice: Nico Rosberg fastest ahead of Daniel Ricciardo

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice for Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix, but Daniel Ricciardo resisted Lewis Hamilton and prevented a Mercedes one-two.

In a reversal of form from the morning session, championship leader Rosberg lapped nearly three tenths quicker than F1 title rival Hamilton during their qualifying simulations on the super-soft Pirelli tyre.

But Ricciardo sprang a surprise by splitting the pair with a 1m37.552s effort that placed his Red Bull within two tenths of a second of the leading Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest for Ferrari, over half a second adrift of Hamilton.

Max Verstappen was fifth in the second Red Bull, while Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, and McLaren-Honda duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, all lapped faster than Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which rounded out the top 10.

Raikkonen complained about the handling of the rear end of his Ferrari, and went off during his qualifying simulation, so had to rely on a second effort completed on the same set of tyres, which was only fractionally quicker than he managed on the soft compound early in the session.

Carlos Sainz Jr was the last man to lap below 1m39s, ending up 11th quickest in the underpowered Toro Rosso.

Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr also impressed, lapping 12th and 13th quickest for Renault and Sauber respectively.

That put them clear of Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who were split by the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Haas endured another difficult session at its home race, with Romain Grosjean only 18th fastest and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez 20th, behind Esteban Ocon’s Manor, which recovered well after an early spin into the gravel at Turn 17.

Grosjean complained that he could "barely drive the car", struggling particularly with the front end of his Haas.

Marcus Ericsson was 21st, over a second slower than team-mate Nasr, while Pascal Wehrlein ended up slowest of all runners, complaining of too much understeer in his Manor.

He returned to the track later and set improved times in the first and second sectors, but failed to complete the lap on each occasion so remained rooted to the bottom of the timesheet.

There was a brief red flag interruption just as the higher fuel long runs began, so marshals could clear some debris that fell from one of the Haas cars through the high-speed esses.

Gutierrez’s car appeared to shed more bits later on through the same section of the circuit, something that also occurred during a troubled morning session for the Haas team.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.358s 33
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.552s 0.194s 33
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.649s 0.291s 32
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.178s 0.820s 35
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.258s 0.900s 27
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.508s 1.150s 32
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.568s 1.210s 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.713s 1.355s 29
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.801s 1.443s 30
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.865s 1.507s 31
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.971s 1.613s 31
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m39.159s 1.801s 23
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.189s 1.831s 28
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.197s 1.839s 34
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.202s 1.844s 36
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.281s 1.923s 30
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.455s 2.097s 34
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.554s 2.196s 24
19 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m40.086s 2.728s 27
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.114s 2.756s 26
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.219s 2.861s 28
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.131s 3.773s 31

Da Autosport.com

US GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg in first practice

Lewis Hamilton edged Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice ahead of the United States Grand Prix as Mercedes started the weekend well clear of its rivals.

Hamilton finished 0.315s clear of Rosberg at Austin, posting a lap of 1m37.428s, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third quickest, but a further 1.6s adrift, albeit on the medium compound.

The leading times from Hamilton and Rosberg were set on Pirelli’s soft compound tyres, beating their early times on the super-soft as the track improved during the first 90 minutes of F1 running.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the early pace on soft tyres with a 1m42.738s before being deposed by Rosberg by 2.1s, with the championship leader the first to try the super-softs at the time.

Rosberg remained top for only a handful of minutes as Hamilton became the first to dip below the 1m40s mark with his first run on super-softs.

While Hamilton continued to lower the benchmark, just before the hour mark Rosberg then reclaimed top spot with a 1m37.743s on softs, but Hamilton produced a lap soon after that remained unbeaten.

Raikkonen finished fourth quickest, improving to a 1m39.407s ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who recently confirmed he is Renault bound in 2017.

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo were sixth and seventh best, the latter finishing 2.535s adrift on used mediums, with Sebastian Vettel down in seventh on softs.

At one stage Vettel ran wide at the penultimate corner, his Ferrari rattling over the rumble strips resulting in a piece of bodywork shaking loose, colliding with his right wing mirror in the process and dislodging it.

For the lap that followed Vettel drove with one hand as he used his left to stop the wing mirror from falling off.

Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10, both 2.7s down and separated by just nine thousandths of a second on the super-soft compound, with the latter complaining of understeer.

On home soil for their team, Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez finished 14th and 15th, 3.5s off the pace.

Their session ended in unusual fashion as both had to be wheeled back into the garage from the end of the pitlane where they had come to a stop.

There was an outing for two reserve drivers, with Force India’s Alfonso Celis Jr – in for Sergio Perez – four seconds down in 17th.

Manor’s Jordan King, in his maiden practice outing and replacing Pascal Wehrlein, was 20th, 4.584s adrift.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.428s 25
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.743s 0.315s 27
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m39.379s 1.951s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.407s 1.979s 21
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.712s 2.284s 27
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.776s 2.348s 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.963s 2.535s 26
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.988s 2.560s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.131s 2.703s 16
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.140s 2.712s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.191s 2.763s 27
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.287s 2.859s 16
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.362s 2.934s 26
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.826s 3.398s 15
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.970s 3.542s 15
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.170s 3.742s 17
17 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m41.422s 3.994s 27
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.663s 4.235s 21
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m41.942s 4.514s 22
20 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m42.012s 4.584s 29
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m42.332s 4.904s 31
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m43.874s 6.446s 27

Da Autosport.com

GP USA, anteprima–20/10/2016

Kimi: “We keep improving to get the results we deserve”
I like the race in Austin: it’s a nice town and people are very polite. I think it’s good for F1 and for Ferrari that we come to the US, and hopefully we can have a good weekend. But it’s hard to say who is going to be the fastest here and what we are going to get on Sunday. Tomorrow we’ll start as any other race weekend, doing our things and we’ll see where we are. The circuit is interesting, quite a new one and the design is nice. Usually there’s quite a good racing here, which is good for us as drivers and also for the spectators. Last year it was a pity for the weather conditions, this year it looks ok so let’s see what happens. We keep working all the time and obviously in some races we have been strong and in others not as strong as we hoped. We are doing things right and we are improving, but we still have a lot of work to do, it’s a never-ending work in progress. Last race was good but did not give us the result we should have got, so we are there to try again.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Giappone, commenti post gara–09/10/2016

Raikkonen describes F1 backmarkers as ‘crazy’ after Japanese GP

Kimi Raikkonen has described Formula 1 backmarkers as "crazy" after struggling to clear traffic during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was among those who complained about being held up during the race over team radio, with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen among those also requesting more blue flags.

Raikkonen admitted Suzuka’s narrow and sweeping layout is particularly tricky for lapping cars, but believes backmarkers have a responsibility to get out of the way quickly.

"Every track is different but the fact is when you have blue flags, certain people slow down and let you pass," said Raikkonen.

"Then they are one lap down and I understand sometimes they have their own fight but it’s not difficult to let people past.

"You are always going to lose time but you are one lap down so it’s a part of racing.

"Obviously a circuit like this it affects more and you end up following people and some of them were just crazy.

"You end up following one lap behind them so it could be better.

"But I don’t think it would’ve changed our race it was more where we started."

Da Autosport.com

“Fast enough for doing better”

Kimi regrets starting position affected his race

Kimi Raikkonen: “After a good qualifying yesterday, the issue with the gearbox and the consequent starting position change was not ideal in this kind of track. Obviously there’s a lot of disappointment, as we had a good car and if we could have stayed in front we would have fought with more free air and with a lot of speed. I had a good start but then I got stuck behind other people: it was really tricky to follow other cars and it affected quite a bit the behavior. It was also difficult to stay close to them and attack them. Once we got past them and I was on my own, the car was quick and handling well. For sure today we were fast enough for a better result. Unfortunately that’s how it goes…”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Giappone, gara–09/10/2016

Nico Rosberg wins F1 Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton third

Nico Rosberg strengthened his grip on the lead of the Formula 1 drivers’ title race with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix as another slow start undermined team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

From the 30th pole position of his F1 career Rosberg produced a faultless drive at Suzuka to claim his 23rd win, and ninth this season to open up a 33-point cushion over Hamilton with only 100 now to play for from the final four races.

Hamilton could only manage third, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking second as 5.7s covered the top three at the chequered flag.

The result sealed a third successive constructors’ championship for Mercedes after it failed to clinch it in Malaysia last Sunday when Hamilton’s engine blew.

Hamilton’s hopes of a third successive win at this track were over after the first few seconds.

Following overnight rain, come the start of the race there were still damp patches on the circuit, with one of those being Hamilton’s grid box, and the three-time champion showed some concern beforehand.

Once the five red lights disappeared Hamilton then bogged down and was swamped, slotting into eighth and apologising to his team shortly afterwards.

While Rosberg enjoyed the lead, what followed was damage limitation from Hamilton, who passed Nico Hulkenberg on lap seven before making up another two places at his first pitstop to get ahead of Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton then soon cleared Ricciardo to leave him with Verstappen and Vettel in between him and Rosberg after all the opening pitstops in which the leaders took on the hard tyres.

Come the second round of stops Hamilton again made up ground, getting ahead of Vettel by pitting before the Ferrari.

Mercedes again gave Hamilton the hard tyre, while Ferrari switched Vettel to softs in an aggressive move, but despite a couple of laps of pressure from the latter he was unable to get close to make a move on the former.

Vettel’s irritation over backmarkers this season reached new heights in this race as the four-time champion was continually on the radio bemoaning being held up, and by the end he could only claim fourth, 14.4s behind Rosberg.

Hamilton did close to within a second of Verstappen on lap 44, and on lap 52 he made a move into the chicane, but was forced to take the escape road as the 19-year-old moved to the inside to defend as they hit the brakes.

Behind the leading quartet, Raikkonen, who started the day with a five-place penalty for a gearbox change after qualifying third, and Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth.

Force India pair Perez and Hulkenberg were seventh and eighth, with the team ekeing out a 10-point gap over Williams whose drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished ninth and 10th on a one-stop strategy.


Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 1h26m43.333s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 53 4.978s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 5.776s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 20.269s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53 28.370s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 53 33.941s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53 57.495s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 53 59.177s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 53 1m37.763s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 53 1m38.323s
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 53 1m39.254s
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 52 1 Lap
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 52 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 52 1 Lap
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 52 1 Lap
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 52 1 Lap
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 52 1 Lap
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 52 1 Lap
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 52 1 Lap
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 52 1 Lap
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 52 1 Lap
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 52 1 Lap


Pos Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 313
2 Lewis Hamilton 280
3 Daniel Ricciardo 212
4 Kimi Raikkonen 170
5 Max Verstappen 165
6 Sebastian Vettel 165
7 Valtteri Bottas 81
8 Sergio Perez 80
9 Nico Hulkenberg 54
10 Felipe Massa 43
11 Fernando Alonso 42
12 Carlos Sainz 30
13 Romain Grosjean 28
14 Daniil Kvyat 25
15 Jenson Button 19
16 Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Jolyon Palmer 1
18 Pascal Wehrlein 1
19 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 593
2 Red Bull/Renault 385
3 Ferrari 335
4 Force India/Mercedes 134
5 Williams/Mercedes 124
6 McLaren/Honda 62
7 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 47
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 8
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com