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GP Abu Dhabi, gara–25/11/2018


Lewis Hamilton wins 2018 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning Formula 1 season by dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which featured a dramatic first-lap crash for Nico Hulkenberg.

Hamilton ran the longest second stint of any driver after pitting under an early virtual safety car period, but he remained comfortably clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the end.

Max Verstappen overcame an early engine scare and resisted his charging Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and deny the Australian a podium on his final race for the team before switching to Renault next season.

Hamilton held his advantage from pole but the race was neutralised after only half a lap thanks to Hulkenberg’s accident.

The Renault driver attacked Romain Grosjean into Turn 9, the left-hander at the end of the first long back straight, but Grosjean hung on around the outside as he was forced to the edge of the track.

Hulkenberg turned in to the apex of the right-hander that immediately follows and was hit Grosjean’s front-left, which pitched the Renault into a barrel roll.

It came to a rest upside down against the outside barrier, briefly caught fire, and the unhurt Hulkenberg had to wait for trackside staff to arrive and reposition the car before he could extract himself.

Hamilton nailed the restart at the end of the fourth lap to lead team-mate Valtteri Bottas by more than a second over the line.

The leader stopped early, on lap seven of 55, when Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari switched off exiting the final corner and stopped on the start-finish line, sparking a virtual safety car.

Bottas and Vettel stayed out, with only Charles Leclerc – running a stunning fourth after jumping both Red Bulls on the opening lap and passing Raikkonen’s ailing Ferrari – and seventh-place man Romain Grosjean following Hamilton into the pits.

Bottas, Vettel and Ricciardo extended their stint on ultrasofts and Verstappen tried to make his hypersofts last as long as possible.

Ricciardo and Verstappen were given engine warnings early on by Red Bull but these passed and were traced to "unexpected power unit protection", suggesting a failsafe had briefly been erroneously activated.

Bottas pitted nine laps after Hamilton and rejoined nine seconds adrift, and although Hamilton complained about his tyres the Briton maintained a relatively comfortable gap.

Hamilton was still six seconds or so clear of Bottas when his team-mate lost his grip on second place thanks to some problems under braking.

A lock up at Turn 5 and then the end of the first long back straight allowed Vettel to steal second on lap 35, and then three laps later a smaller mistake at the same place let Verstappen get a run on Bottas down the second back straight and pass him – with a bit of wheel bumping – through the little chicane that follows.

One lap later Bottas lost another place to Ricciardo, who had led for a while thanks to extending his first stint to lap 33, and Mercedes decided to pit Bottas for fresh tyres after spotting a possible problem after the Verstappen contact.

Though Bottas’s troubles freed up Vettel to attack Hamilton, and hack the gap down to 2.5s at the flag, he never got close enough to trouble the leader.

Victory was Hamilton’s 11th of the season, matching his best-ever haul from a single campaign.

By keeping Ricciardo at bay for third, Verstappen was able to nick ahead of Bottas for fourth in the drivers’ championship.

Bottas finished his winless season with a distant fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sainz ended his time with Renault with a best-of-the-rest victory earned by virtue of a long first stint, that allowed him to overhaul Leclerc’s Sauber.

Leclerc had to survive pressure from Racing Point Force India driver Sergio Perez to hold onto seventh, while Haas duo Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso finished just outside the top 10 on his likely final F1 appearance, despite picking up two five-second penalties late on for a track limits offence when he cut the chicane at the end of the first backstraight.

Three drivers joined Hulkenberg and Raikkonen in not making it to the finish.

Marcus Ericsson’s stint with Sauber ended in retirement after running in the points early on, before Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly retired within two laps of each other with smoke coming from their respective cars.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 1h39m40.382s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 55 2.581s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 55 12.706s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 55 15.379s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 55 47.957s
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 55 1m12.548s
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 55 1m30.789s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 55 1m31.275s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 54 1 Lap
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 54 1 Lap
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 54 1 Lap
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 54 1 Lap
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 54 1 Lap
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 54 1 Lap
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 54 1 Lap
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 46 Oil leak
Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 44 Oil leak
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 24 Retirement
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 6 Electrical
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 0 Collision

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 408
2 Sebastian Vettel 320
3 Kimi Raikkonen 251
4 Max Verstappen 249
5 Valtteri Bottas 247
6 Daniel Ricciardo 170
7 Nico Hulkenberg 69
8 Sergio Perez 62
9 Kevin Magnussen 56
10 Carlos Sainz 53
11 Fernando Alonso 50
12 Esteban Ocon 49
13 Charles Leclerc 39
14 Romain Grosjean 37
15 Pierre Gasly 29
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 12
17 Marcus Ericsson 9
18 Lance Stroll 6
19 Brendon Hartley 4
20 Sergey Sirotkin 1

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 655
2 Ferrari 571
3 Red Bull/Renault 419
4 Renault 122
5 Haas/Ferrari 93
6 McLaren/Renault 62
7 Force India/Mercedes 52
8 Sauber/Ferrari 48
9 Toro Rosso/Honda 33
10 Williams/Mercedes 7

Da Autosport.com


E’ chiaro che sono un po’ deluso, non è così che avrei voluto che finisse la nostra ultima gara insieme. Volevamo un buon risultato e penso che avessimo la macchina giusta per farlo. Purtroppo abbiamo avuto un problema elettrico: nel rettilineo opposto ai box ho sentito che mancava potenza e poi si è spento tutto. E’ un peccato, ma è così che vanno le corse a volte. E’ stata una stagione più che discreta, ma i quattro ritiri non erano previsti e non hanno certo aiutato; volevamo di più, questo è certo. Vorrei ringraziare tutti i tifosi della Ferrari che mi hanno sempre dato un grande sostegno. Assieme abbiamo vissuto momenti belli e brutti, e questo rende le cose anche più interessanti. Avremmo voluto finire meglio ma anche questo fa parte dello sport. Conserveremo per sempre il ricordo del mondiale Piloti e dei due titoli Costruttori vinti assieme.

Da Ferrari.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove del sabato–24/11/2018


Lewis Hamilton takes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was fastest on both runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout to take pole by 0.162s from team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Although Bottas had a slight advantage in the middle sector and was up on his team-mate at the start of the final part of the lap, Hamilton was quicker in the first and third sectors to take his 11th pole of the year.

Sebastian Vettel couldn’t improve by enough on his last run thanks to losing time in the final sector and admitted there was maybe half-a-tenth missing, which would not have been enough to get onto the front row.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen – who picked up a reprimand in FP3 for returning to the track after committing to the pit entry – jumped Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for fourth place on the final runs despite the Australian setting a stunning pace in the final sector – fastest of anyone.

Max Verstappen was sixth fastest after abandoning his final run having complained about the tyres being too hot when he left the pits.

Five of the top six will start on ultrasofts having used that compound to set their times in Q2, the exception being Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver wasn’t quick enough on his ultrasoft run in Q2 and reported struggling for grip on turn-in, meaning he had to use hypersofts for his second run to ensure he reached Q3.

Romain Grosjean was best of the rest in seventh place, 0.045s faster than the Sauber of Charles Leclerc.

Racing Point Force India driver Esteban Ocon beat the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg to 10th, with the German failing to improve on his second run and slipping down from eighth place.

Carlos Sainz Jr failed to make Q3 after being relegated to 11th by Verstappen’s late improvement on hypersofts in Q2.

He was a tenth-and-a-half faster than Marcus Ericsson, who beat Haas driver Kevin Magnussen to 12th place.

Force India driver Sergio Perez was 14th fastest, two-tenths ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso – who is making, for now, his swansong F1 appearance.

Toro Rosso pairing Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly were fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th and 17th place.

They were shuffled back by improvements by Magnussen, Ericsson and Perez despite both improving on their final laps.

Hartley complained of a lack of entry stability compared, while Gasly suffered an engine problem at the end of his fastest qualifying lap and was ordered to stop on track after reporting smoke from the rear of the car.

Stoffel Vandoorne ended his final F1 qualifying session before heading to Formula E in 18th place, just ahead of Williams pairing Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll – the duo separated by less than half-a-tenth.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.794s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.956s 0.162s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.125s 0.331s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.365s 0.571s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.401s 0.607s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.589s 0.795s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m36.192s 1.398s
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.237s 1.443s
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m36.540s 1.746s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.542s 1.748s
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m36.982s
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.132s
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m37.309s
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.541s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m37.743s
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m37.994s
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m38.166s
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m38.577s
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m38.635s
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m38.682s

Da Autosport.com


Lewis Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi GP final F1 practice

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Saturday’s practice session ahead of the final Formula 1 qualifying of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes driver Hamilton enjoyed a comfortable three-tenths of a second advantage over the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, with Sebastian Vettel third.

Ferrari had control of FP3 for most of the session as Raikkonen and then Vettel hit the top of the pile early on.

Vettel’s initial benchmark of 1m38.668s stood until the final 20 minutes of the session, when he lowered it significantly to 1m37.587s on new hypersoft tyres.

Hamilton then blitzed that with a 1m37.176s, before Raikkonen also edged ahead of Vettel by clocking a 1m37.464s.

Raikkonen has been summoned to the stewards for a bizarre pitlane entry incident in which he slowed almost to a stop and then crawled back across onto the track at the last minute.

The Ferrari driver had run wide at the penultimate corner, meaning he failed to get across to the pit entry line in time, and he eventually chose to bail out of trying to head down the pit lane.

Red Bull slipped back after showing strongly on Friday, although Max Verstappen outpaced the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Verstappen was just over half a second slower than Hamilton but he was ahead of Bottas by two tenths to take fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six in the second Red Bull, which was the last car to lap within a second of Hamilton’s benchmark.

Ricciardo did not complete the session as he was forced to pull over at the exit of Turn 9, just at the beginning of the second of the two long back straights, with a few minutes to go.

A flurry of late flying laps mixed up the rest of the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg rose to seventh-fastest with five minutes left, but neither Haas nor the Sauber of Charles Leclerc had completed their final qualifying simulation by that stage.

Romain Grosjean jumped to seventh with his effort, a 1m38.304s, but Leclerc – who spun early in the session and broke his rear wing backing his Sauber into the wall on the exit of Turn 19 – could only manage 11th and Magnussen 13th.

That allowed Carlos Sainz Jr and Esteban Ocon to complete the top 10.

Ocon spent most of the session in the garage after identifying a possible engine problem early on.

At the end of the session Grosjean and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly were involved in a peculiar clash at Turn 17.

Gasly pulled alongside the Haas on the entry to the corner and gesticulated at his fellow Frenchman – who was not notified by his team that he needed to get out of the way of the Toro Rosso – just before the two cars made light contact.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.176s 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.464s 0.288s 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.587s 0.411s 15
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m37.747s 0.571s 15
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m37.933s 0.757s 16
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.090s 0.914s 11
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.304s 1.128s 13
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.850s 1.674s 15
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m38.970s 1.794s 16
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m39.011s 1.835s 7
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.053s 1.877s 15
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m39.074s 1.898s 18
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.282s 2.106s 10
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m39.612s 2.436s 13
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m39.740s 2.564s 12
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m39.974s 2.798s 13
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.997s 2.821s 20
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m40.117s 2.941s 18
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m40.233s 3.057s 14
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m41.182s 4.006s 22

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove libere venerdì–23/11/2018


Abu Dhabi GP practice two: Valtteri Bottas fastest for Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas topped the second free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Finn hit top spot in the early running with a lap of 1m38.600s using ultrasoft Pirellis, which put him a quarter of a second ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen’s time on the same compound.

Ferrari was the first frontrunning team to send its drivers out on the hypersofts, with Kimi Raikkonen going fastest just after the 30-minute mark with a lap of 1m37.461s.

Sebastian Vettel then slotted into second place, just over a tenth of a second slower, before the Mercedes drivers completed their performance runs.

Bottas improved his best time to a 1m37.236s to reclaim top spot.

Hamilton was behind him on track and on a quick one but was only able to set a time good enough for second after losing time in the final sector and ended up 0.207s behind his team-mate.

This allowed Verstappen to grab second place with a lap of 1m37.288s despite complaining of running out of battery power for the final two corners. He subsequently improved by 0.008s on his second flier.

Verstappen did have a concerning moment earlier in the session when he ran wide at the exit of the penultimate corner and ground the floor of his car along the sausage kerb, but was sent back out again after checks.

Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also managed to get two fast laps out of the hypersofts, jumping from the back of the top six up to third with his final attempt.

This shuffled Hamilton down to fourth, ahead of Raikkonen and Vettel.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean emerged as the midfield leader in seventh place with a lap half a second off Vettel.

That put him 0.170s ahead of Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, with the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen in ninth.

Racing Point Force India’s Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, 1.166s off the outright pace.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly showed strong pace on the ultrasofts earlier in the session, but slipped down to 11th place ahead of the second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr after his run on hypersofts.

Fernando Alonso ended his final Friday in F1 – for now, at least – in 13th place.

Running a special livery on the engine cover of his McLaren that replicates his helmet colours, Alonso set a best lap of 1m38.725s to beat the second Force India of Sergio Perez.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was 15th, also complaining of possible floor damage after a wide moment into the complex that leads onto the long back straight, with Brendon Hartley 16th in the second Toro Rosso and admitting to a couple of errors on his fast lap.

Marcus Ericsson took 17th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, who had an extended stay in the pits mid-session but went out on hypersofts late on.

Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin brought up the rear in 19th and 20th place respectively.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m37.236s 37
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m37.280s 0.044s 32
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.428s 0.192s 31
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.443s 0.207s 35
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.461s 0.225s 40
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.569s 0.333s 39
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.060s 0.824s 30
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.230s 0.994s 36
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m38.318s 1.082s 30
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m38.402s 1.166s 33
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m38.506s 1.270s 32
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m38.511s 1.275s 37
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m38.725s 1.489s 35
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.806s 1.570s 31
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.831s 1.595s 33
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m38.957s 1.721s 35
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.502s 2.266s 36
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m39.938s 2.702s 18
19 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m40.046s 2.810s 33
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m40.935s 3.699s 39

Da Autosport.com


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice: Max Verstappen tops Red Bull one-two

Max Verstappen used hypersoft tyres to lead a Red Bull one-two in opening practice for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen enjoyed a comfortable advantage over team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to top the practice one times by almost half a second.

The Dutchman burst clear in the second half of the session on a 1m38.491s that left him 0.454s clear of Ricciardo, while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was the only other driver to lap within a second of Verstappen.

Red Bull’s one-two was earned as the team completed two sets of fresh hypersoft runs, while Mercedes and Ferrari switched from the softest-available compound to the hardest for the second half of the session.

Bottas used supersofts to lap 0.961s slower than Verstappen, but outpaced world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton by under a tenth.

Hamilton made a modest improvement on ultrasofts, having led the running early on using hypersofts.

While the Mercedes drivers were able to make gains on the hardest of the three Pirelli compounds in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari did not improve.

That allowed Esteban Ocon to steal into fifth place for Racing Point Force India and Kevin Magnussen to take sixth for Haas.

Ocon was 1.6s off the pace, just over a tenth quicker than Magnussen, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel relegated to seventh and eighth.

Their early hypersoft efforts stood as their best times despite the Ferraris conducting laps on supersofts that were not part of a long run.

Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr and the second Haas of Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.

The 90-minute session passed with minimal drama, although Marcus Ericsson caused yellow flags with a half-spin in his Sauber exiting Turn 1 early on and slid nose-first into the inside barrier.

Newly-confirmed 2019 Williams race driver and F1 returnee Robert Kubica completed the 20 runners, standing in for the driver he will replace full-time next year Sergey Sirotkin.

Kubica lapped 4.5s off the pace, 1.5s slower than Lance Stroll, but had already made clear on Thursday he would not be pursuing lap times in practice and would instead complete evaluation work for next season.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.491s 27
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.945s 0.454s 19
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m39.452s 0.961s 29
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.543s 1.052s 26
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m40.102s 1.611s 26
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m40.235s 1.744s 21
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.417s 1.926s 24
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.453s 1.962s 21
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m40.588s 2.097s 21
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.663s 2.172s 24
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m40.671s 2.180s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m41.023s 2.532s 24
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m41.075s 2.584s 23
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m41.137s 2.646s 26
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m41.493s 3.002s 22
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.662s 3.171s 24
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.928s 3.437s 22
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m42.114s 3.623s 22
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m42.313s 3.822s 16
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m42.992s 4.501s 26

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, conferenza stampa giovedì–22/11/2018


Q: Kimi, after eight seasons, this is your final race with Ferrari. What does this team mean to you and what will you miss most about it?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I don’t know. Obviously I had this leaving them once already so it’s not a new thing. I’m not sad because I don’t see why we need to be sad. We will stay as friends. We’re going to see a lot of us anyhow in the paddock so not an awful lot changes. We’ll both go for new things and I think it’s exciting but we’ve had good times with the team, great people. We’ve had some difficult times, but that’s part of business and I think that’s how it should go: sometimes it needs to be a bit hard. No, obviously I won the championship with them, as a driver. We twice won the team (championship) so I’m very happy to be part of it because there’s not many people who have done it. We will happily go different ways. We’re not that far away from each other and we will keep doing what we do.

Q: And just looking at this weekend, you’re in a tight battle with Bottas, just 14 points separating you in the championship. How important is that third place for you?
KR: I don’t think it’s changing my world any way. If I end up third, I think we need to go wherever the prize giving is so it’s a negative thing in the end, you know, more travelling but we’ll see.

Q: Can I just throw this to the Ferrari drivers? Sebastian and Kimi, what are your thoughts on what happened between these two drivers in Brazil?
SV: We can go? Now? I don’t know. I have an opinion. I’m not sure I should say what I think.
KR: Not really. I saw it afterwards. Boys and boys and that’s how it goes. I don’t think anything bad happened in the end it’s probably in many eyes, if you take the whole picture, maybe it’s not the greatest thing in many aspects but it’s not the end of the world. That’s how it goes.

Q: (Marco Privitera – LiveGP.it) Kimi, after your long experience with Ferrari, what will be the next target for next year and the rest of your career?
KR: I haven’t really thought (about it). We’ll see once we start driving the new cars next year where we are roughly, purely by feeling and then we go from there. Obviously it’s a different challenge but I enjoy also, that’s why I (inaudible). We’ll see. If you ask many people there are lots of different opinions how it’s going to go but we’ll find out next year and we’ll do our best. I think we have a good change to do some great things. Where that’s going to take us, who knows? We’ll find out but we’ll see what happens once we start next year and then after that, I haven’t even thought about it.

Q: Sebastian, can you name something that you will miss about Kimi next year?
SV: Silence!
KR: Short meetings from my side.
SV: Exactly!

Q: (Abhishek Takle – Mid-Day) Kimi, just to follow up from what you said earlier: like you said, it will be a new challenge next year at Sauber. What do you think you will enjoy most about driving for Sauber next year?
KR: Obviously I don’t know yet because… I’m pretty sure it’s a much smaller team than where I’ve been now, at Ferrari, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be different in many ways but the aim is still the same, do well in the races. I think it’s more pure racing and less the other stuff in there. Hopefully it will turn out to be good for both of us and that’s our aim. I think it’s what we can do, but obviously I might be completely wrong but we’ll find out. I have a good feeling about it and I’m excited to go there. But it’s close to my home which is obviously a bonus.
SV: Didn’t you tell me that you’re really looking forward to the simulator.
KR: Yeah, but I have it at home. I told them don’t spend the money on it because I have on at home.
MV: So you will do the set-up work for them for the Friday, for the first practice?
KR: Yeah. That’s easy. No worries. Do it once well and it should be fine.

Da Formula1.com


GP Brasile, commenti post gara–11/11/2018


Q: All the best. Kimi, late pressure from Daniel coming in, but a good race from you?
Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, it was good. Not easy, but there was some battling, so it was fun. Obviously we hoped for better but not the easiest.

Q: Ferrari’s tyres choice didn’t look like it worked out in the end, these guys looked very strong at the beginning, certainly Max on the supersoft. Do you think that was wrong?
KR: I don’t know. My tyre was good, but it was difficult to pass and it took too long to pass. You cannot replay on other tyres, so we don’t know.

KR: Nothing to add, really. Formula E looks nice but…

Da Formula1.com


GP Brasile, gara–11/11/2018


Brazilian GP: Hamilton wins after Ocon spins leader Verstappen

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen was taken out of the race lead while lapping Esteban Ocon.

Verstappen had blasted past Hamilton early in his second stint and was edging clear when his Red Bull was pitched into a spin having been clobbered by Ocon at the second corner.

That dropped Verstappen behind Hamilton, who managed engine and tyre concerns to stay clear and win a race after clinching the title for the first time – he was winless in the grands prix he completed after wrapping up the championship in 2015 and ’17 respectively. The result also clinched the constructors’ championship for Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen took advantage of a mistake from Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel early on and Valtteri Bottas’s challenge fading to complete the podium.

Hamilton had maintained his pole advantage at the start as Bottas jumped Vettel for second place.

Verstappen started fifth but made short work of the two Ferraris by passing them both on successive laps into the first corner, nailing Raikkonen around the outside under braking before diving inside Vettel.

He caught Bottas quickly and cleared the Mercedes on lap 10 when Bottas inexplicably failed to close the door properly into Turn 1.

Hamilton pitted on lap 19 of 71, one lap after Bottas, as Mercedes switched to fresh tyres much earlier than its rivals.

Verstappen continued until lap 36 but emerged behind Hamilton despite initially looking like he might build a big enough lead and Hamilton growing frustrated by what he thought was a lack of information from his team.

By running so long in the first stint Verstappen was able to switch to softs and with much fresher and faster tyres, he cruised up to the back of Hamilton and blasted past on the start-finish straight with 31 laps to go.

With Mercedes protecting Hamilton’s engine that should have set Verstappen up a relatively simple run to the flag, but four laps later Verstappen’s win bid unravelled at the first two corners.

Verstappen put a lap on Ocon but his ex-karting and Formula 3 rival fought back into Turn 1 to the outside of the Red Bull then held firm as track went back to the right.

Ocon did not back out and Verstappen turned in, with the resulting contact spinning both and leaving Verstappen with floor damage, although he was lucky to only lose a place to Hamilton.

Verstappen was able to gradually cut into Hamilton’s five-second advantage over the rest of the race, but Hamilton was just able to hang on despite voicing engine concerns and complaining of a lack of grip late on.

Raikkonen made it through to third after passing Bottas into Turn 1 just as Verstappen was being taken out.

After passing Vettel in the opening stages when the German ran wide at Turn 4, Raikkonen was repassed by his team-mate in the pitstop phase.

But Vettel let Raikkonen go to attack and successfully pass Bottas – while Vettel had to make a second stop after dropping to the tail of the top six, behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

The recovering Ricciardo made it up to fourth after passing Bottas as well, which triggered a second stop for the Finn, who was complaining with blistering.

Bottas and Vettel therefore completed the top six, while Charles Leclerc took seventh for Sauber after dominating the best-of-the-rest fight.

The 2019 Ferrari driver finished comfortably clear of Romain Grosjean’s Haas after passing team-mate Marcus Ericsson at the start.

Grosjean finished eighth ahead of fellow Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, while Sergio Perez took the final point in 10th.

Brendon Hartley was first finisher outside the top 10 after an ill-tempered conclusion in which he raged over the radio at Toro Rosso team-mate Pierre Gasly refusing to comply with an order to swap positions.

Gasly, who was also angry, eventually let Hartley past on the final lap but also lost a place to Renault Carlos Sainz Jr.

There were only two retirements from the grand prix. Ericsson stopped early on after picking up damage at the first corner, slipping down the order and suffering a spin after his pitstop.

Nico Hulkenberg was ordered to stop as Renault recorded a high engine temperature.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 1h27m09.066s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 71 1.469s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 71 4.764s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 71 5.193s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 22.943s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 26.997s
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 71 44.199s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 71 51.230s
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 71 52.857s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 70 1 Lap
11 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 70 1 Lap
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 70 1 Lap
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 70 1 Lap
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 70 1 Lap
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 70 1 Lap
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 69 2 Laps
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 69 2 Laps
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 69 2 Laps
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 32 Retirement
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 20 Retirement

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 383
2 Sebastian Vettel 302
3 Kimi Raikkonen 251
4 Valtteri Bottas 237
5 Max Verstappen 234
6 Daniel Ricciardo 158
7 Nico Hulkenberg 69
8 Sergio Perez 58
9 Kevin Magnussen 55
10 Fernando Alonso 50
11 Esteban Ocon 49
12 Carlos Sainz 45
13 Romain Grosjean 35
14 Charles Leclerc 33
15 Pierre Gasly 29
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 12
17 Marcus Ericsson 9
18 Lance Stroll 6
19 Brendon Hartley 4
20 Sergey Sirotkin 1

Constructors’ championship

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 620
2 Ferrari 553
3 Red Bull/Renault 392
4 Renault 114
5 Haas/Ferrari 90
6 McLaren/Renault 62
7 Force India/Mercedes 48
8 Sauber/Ferrari 42
9 Toro Rosso/Honda 33
10 Williams/Mercedes 7

Da Autosport.com


GP Brasile, commenti post qualifiche–10/11/2018


“Considerando quanto sia stato difficile il weekend fino ad oggi, queste qualifiche sono state la sessione migliore per noi. Il risultato ovviamente non è ottimale, ma abbiamo fatto un buon lavoro. Sono soddisfatto di come si è comportata la macchina ed c’è ottimismo per domani. In Q2 le condizioni erano complesse, c’era il rischio che piovesse, ma abbiamo deciso di uscire con le Soft per fare un tentativo e per poter iniziare la gara con questa mescola e ha funzionato. Credo che questa sia l’opzione migliore per noi, ma vedremo; sono molte le cose che possono accadere in gara. Nel mio ultimo tentativo, la prima parte del mio giro è andata bene, ma poi ho perso un po’ nell’ultimo settore. Ho cercato di recuperare nell’ultima curva ma non sono riuscito a migliorare il mio giro. Il divario rispetto ai piloti davanti è minimo, eravamo tutti vicini. Domani la gara sarà molto interessante”.

Da Ferrari.com