GP USA, prove del sabato–21/10/2017
Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to United States GP F1 pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 72nd Formula 1 pole position with a dominant performance in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was fastest in all three segments of qualifying, ending up 0.239s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
This was despite a poor final sector on his Hamilton’s second Q3 run preventing him from improving, meaning the 1m33.108s he set on his first attempt was good enough for pole.
Vettel was only fourth on the first runs in Q3, but he hooked up a strong second lap to jump ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who also lost time in the final sector and did not improve on his first run time.
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest thanks to setting his laptime before Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, the duo setting identical marks of 1m33.577s.
Max Verstappen, who has a 15-place grid penalty, was sixth fastest and is the only driver from the top 10 in qualifying who will start on super-softs rather than ultra-softs having used the slower Pirelli compound to set his Q2 time.
Esteban Ocon was seventh fastest, a second off Verstappen, while Carlos Sainz Jr completed only one run in Q3 thanks to only having one set of fresh ultra-softs, ending up eighth.
Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez – who only had used tyres for his first Q3 run – rounded out the top 10.
Felipe Massa was eliminated in Q2 after a late improvement from Perez, missing out by less than half-a-tenth and ending up 11th.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was 12th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, who has a five-place grid penalty thanks to the upgraded Honda V6 engine that was introduced at the start of the weekend, and Romain Grosjean.
Nico Hulkenberg ended qualifying 15th having opted not to run in Q2 for what the team described as "strategic" reasons because of his 20-place grid penalty for engine component changes.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was the quickest of the drivers to be eliminated in Q1, missing out thanks to being just seven-thousandths slower than Grosjean.
That put him ahead of Lance Stroll, who complained over the radio of a deployment problem on his final run that he subsequently said cost him eight-tenths on the back straight.
The Williams driver is also being investigated by stewards for impeding Grosjean, having jinked to his right and off the track while the Haas driver was attempting to go around the outside of him near the end of the lap.
Toro Rosso debutant Brendon Hartley, who has a 25-place grid penalty, was 18th fastest having briefly lifted himself out of the dropzone early in the final-run flurry before being shuffled back.
The New Zealander was ultimately only 0.054s off a place in Q2, having lapped eighth-tenths slower than team-mate Kvyat’s Q1 time.
Pascal Wehrlein was 19th for Sauber, with Kevin Magnussen slowest for Haas.
Magnussen is also being investigated by stewards for impeding Perez through Turns 13/14.
US GP starting grid
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.577s||0.469s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.647s||1.539s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.148s||2.040s|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.529s||2.421s|
|16||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.658s||0.550s|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m36.889s||3.781s|
US Grand Prix: Hamilton beats Vettel by a tenth in final practice
Lewis Hamilton edged out Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to set the pace in final practice for the United States Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m34.478s, which is a new track record, to beat Vettel by just 0.092 seconds with Valtteri Bottas two tenths off the pace in third.
Hamilton set the early pace, clocking a 1m35.125s on his second lap on the ultra-soft tyres, with Bottas 0.420s adrift in second.
Vettel, whose Ferrari team changed his chassis overnight, then slotted into second, 0.002s quicker than Bottas with Kimi Raikkonen 0.02s further back in fourth.
Daniel Ricciardo was another half a second further back in fifth, while team-mate Verstappen – who will have a 15-place grid penalty for engine component changes – ran wide at Turn 7 on his first lap on the ultra-soft tyres.
The Red Bull driver reported a "massive loss" of rear grip, which Red Bull suggested could be down to gusting wind at that corner.
Attention then turned to qualifying simulations with the field bolting on fresh sets of the ultra-soft tyres in the final third of the one-hour session.
Verstappen improved to second fastest, less than a tenth behind Hamilton, but then the times started to tumble as Vettel pumped in a 1m34.570s.
The Ferrari driver’s time at the top was short-lived, though, as Hamilton snuck back ahead.
Hamilton attempted a second flying lap on that set of tyres and though a 1m35.547s was fractionally slower, it did mean he clocked the two quickest laps of the session.
Bottas ended up third quickest, two tenths off the pace, with Raikkonen a fraction further back in fourth and Verstappen shuffled down to fifth despite a late improvement that reduced the deficit to 0.625s.
There were a flurry of low-fuel runs just minutes before the end of the session, with Felipe Massa popping into sixth, 0.868s off the pace in the Williams.
Nico Hulkenberg slotted into seventh, 1.130s off the pace and just 0.042s clear of Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ricciardo left his second run on the ultra-softs until the final moments of the session, but though he set a personal best in the first sector, he backed out of it after running wide at Turn 9 and ended up ninth.
Force India’s Sergio Perez completed the top 10, just over a tenth ahead of Esteban Ocon who was told by his team to abort his final run because of traffic.
McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne completed their low-fuel runs earlier than rivals, initially sitting in the top 10 before dropping down to 13th and 14th respectively.
Brendon Hartley, who is competing in his first grand prix weekend, ended up 15th quickest, 2.340s off the pace in the Toro Rosso.
His team-mate Daniil Kvyat, returning to the Italian team’s set-up after making way for Pierre Gasly in the last two races, managed just six laps after reporting something strange with the car and subsequently being recalled to the garage.
There was frustration for Romain Grosjean, who lost the rear of his Haas at Turn 7 midway through the session and ended up beached in the gravel.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.625s||14|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1.245s||17|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.324s||16|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1.487s||17|
|15||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.340s||26|
|20||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||4.022s||6|