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…
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.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||71||1.469s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||71||5.193s|
|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|
“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”.
Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel in Brazil F1 qualifying
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 10th pole position of the 2018 Formula 1 season in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, while nearest challenger Sebastian Vettel faces a stewards investigation.
Hamilton went fastest using supersoft Pirellis on the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, setting a time of 1m07.301s.
The Mercedes driver was the only one of the frontrunners to improve on his second run, shaving off a further two-hundredths of a second to make sure of pole position.
Vettel was up on Hamilton after the first sector on his final run, but a lock up in Turn 8 contributed to him losing time and he had to settle for second based on his earlier lap, 0.093s down.
Valtteri Bottas was third fastest in the second Mercedes, pipping Ferrari’s Kimi Raikoknen by 0.015s.
As expected, the Red Bull drivers annexed the third row with just 0.002s separating Max Verstappen in fifth and Daniel Ricciardo in sixth.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was the only driver other than Hamilton to improve on his second run, ensuring he held onto the seventh place he secured on his first attempt.
That put him two-tenths faster than team-mate Charles Leclerc, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean ninth and comfortably ahead of Pierre Gasly.
Both Ferrari drivers will start the race on soft Pirellis after aborting their initial Q2 runs on supersofts to change tyres, with the rest of the top 10 qualifiers all locked into using the softest compound.
But Vettel was frustrated to be called to the FIA weighbridge early in Q2 when he dived into the pits while in a hurry to change tyres in case of rain.
He was reported to the stewards for refusing to turn off his engine, then driving onto the scales and leaving under his own power.
Technical delegate Jo Bauer’s report to the stewards pointed out this made it difficult to get a stable weight, and that in driving off Vettel "destroyed the scales".
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was knocked out at the end of Q2 by a superb lap from Leclerc, who looked set to miss out on a place in the top 10 when rain hit with six minutes remaining.
At that point, Magnussen had just pushed Leclerc down to 11th, but the Sauber driver returned to the track after the rain eased and returned the favour.
When the rain came, Racing Point Force India driver Esteban Ocon did improve his lap time on a second set of supersoft Pirellis but it was only good enough for 13th behind team-mate Sergio Perez.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg was 14th fastest after improving his time, but not his position, with a late lap to end up ahead only of the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin.
Sirotkin had to swerve and skirt the grass on the approach to the Juncao left-hander while on an outlap after Hamilton attempted to move out of his way by jinking to the left too late.
The Williams driver then appeared to express his frustration by attempting a pass on Hamilton into Turn 1 on the following lap.
Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr was the fastest of those eliminated in a frenetic Q1 session, during which spots of rain made it difficult for drivers.
Gasly bumped Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley into the dropzone with a few minutes remaining, putting Ocon into 15th place.
But Sainz then posted a lap 0.005s slower than Ocon to take 16th, and slot in 0.011s ahead of Hartley, who complained of a lockup on his best lap that cost him time.
McLaren pairing Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne were 18th and 20th respectively and separated by 0.199s – as well as the second Williams of Lance Stroll.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.778s||0.497s|
|9||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m09.029s||1.748s|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.780s||0.499s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.741s||1.460s|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m09.280s||1.999s|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.770s||1.489s|
Brazilian GP F1 practice: Vettel leads Hamilton in FP3
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel went fastest in the third Formula 1 practice session for the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, beating Lewis Hamilton by 0.2s.
The Ferrari pairing made the early running on the Pirelli supersofts – Vettel fastest of all with a 1m08.857s – but there was little appetite among the other big hitters to emerge from their garages straight away.
A quarter of the session elapsed before the Mercedes of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas hit the track, and Hamilton was instructed to abort his practice start and return to the pits straight away.
The world champion remained in the garage with the engine cover off for a further 15 minutes while the mechanics traced the problem to a dislodged breather pipe.
When Hamilton got under way again he was instantly on the pace, clocking a 1m09.098s on the supersofts.
After a sunny and warm start to the day, the clouds had rolled in ahead of FP3 so while the air was less chilly than it had been on Friday, the track temperatures were only slightly higher than in the first two practice sessions at 33C.
Vettel’s early flier remained the benchmark until he surpassed it with a 1m07.948s 40 minutes into the session, half a second up on Bottas’s best of 1m08.465s, and a new lap record.
Hamilton took advantage of a brief lull in track activity to punch in a lap just 0.217s shy of Vettel’s time, but while he was fastest of all in the second sector he reported that his tyre pressures weren’t quite right.
Despite attempting another run, Hamilton failed to improve and had to settle for second, three tenths of a second ahead of team-mate Bottas, who edged the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen into fourth place by scarcely three hundredths.
The Red Bulls were the last to run, waiting until the half-way mark before leaving their garages, and each made just two flying laps over the course of one run on supersofts before parking up once more.
Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo slotted in behind the leading group and over a second adrift of Vettel’s pace, both complaining of problematic understeer.
Verstappen eventually got the better of Ricciardo in their internecine struggle, but his best time of 1m08.733s on supersofts was still 0.785s off Vettel.
The Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson were initially fourth and fifth until they were displaced by the Red Bulls, and Leclerc’s hopes of improving his time were briefly thwarted when he was instructed to return to the pits so that the team could investigate a technical issue.
Leclerc hit the road again with 10 minutes to go and found more pace, but it wasn’t enough to earn the ‘best of the rest’ spot as the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly, slotted in ahead, leaving Leclerc to round out the top 10.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.733s||0.785s||12|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m08.788s||0.840s||12|
|9||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m09.402s||1.454s||22|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.588s||1.640s||18|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m09.985s||2.037s||18|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m10.116s||2.168s||18|
“Oggi non è stata proprio una giornata facile; è stato piuttosto complicato per diverse cose, ma a volte al venerdì le cose vanno in questo modo. Molto spesso, durante il primo giorno di prove, facciamo un po’ fatica qua e là; ci sono alcuni punti della pista favorevoli per noi, e altri più impegnativi, ma questo fa parte del gioco. Per quanto riguarda gli pneumatici, si scivolava un po’ con le mescole più dure, ma più o meno è quello che ci aspettavamo. Sicuramente c’è del lavoro da fare; faremo qualche modifica e poi vedremo come andrà”.
Q: Coming to another Finn, who had the hot breath of Lewis in his neck all the time. How tough were the closing laps, Kimi?
Kimi Raikkonen: Well, it wasn’t all the time, obviously, it was only in the end. I must admit I had a little bit tricky balance on the first set. It improved at the end of the first run. The second set was very good, the car handled very well and I could catch up with the guys, but it’s impossible to get past here if you have this close the speed of a few cars. Yeah, he [Hamilton] got close to me, also I got close to Sebastian and Valtteri, but I wasn’t too worried, I had a pretty good run out of the last corner, so it was OK.
Q: Kimi, for you obviously, the real talking point was the end. Hamilton was going past cars with sometimes 248km/h on the straight in the DRS. Talk about that and also, he had a couple of lock-ups. Do you think that’s where he lost the momentum that stopped him coming through on you?
KR: He did or I did? OK. Obviously, I don’t really look at what he’s doing. All the time I try to do my own stuff. I had a few lock-ups in the first corner, basically for no really good reason. I was checking a bit, obviously, this year it’s very hard to see from the mirrors where the other guy is, especially in the circuit where it goes a bit up and down: you lose the sight of them. I had very good last few corners so I could see it when we pulled out of the last corner that he was quite far away. I know that they’re very fast when they put full power and full energy and DRS, they catch up a lot by the end of the straight – but I was quite comfortable with a, let’s say, gap in the last three corners and I was surprised that he didn’t go closer to me. That’s why I wasn’t too worried – but then I locked a few times into Turn One because I think I was looking too much in the mirrors and not really braking so heavy and then just locked a bit. To be honest, my car was pretty good. Maybe the first part was a bit tricky. More, close to that first pitstop it got a bit better. The second, with the soft tyres, with the pitstop was very good. I took it very easy in the beginning and was still catching up with the guys in the front but I felt always I took care of my tyres but once I pushed, it’s nothing… you can get close but you cannot really do anything. The circuit, the cars this year, in this kind of place, it seems to be very difficult to pass anybody and it gets a bit boring, unfortunately. I felt that I had a lot of speed but I felt there’s nothing that I could have done. We all stayed the same distance. Yeah. It was a good end result but obviously I wanted more.
Brazilian GP: Vettel defeats Bottas as Hamilton charges to fourth
Sebastian Vettel secured his fifth victory of the 2017 Formula 1 season with an impressive drive to defeat Valtteri Bottas in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
Vettel passed pole-sitter Bottas on the inside into Turn 1 and had the pace to fend off an attack from his Mercedes rival to secure Ferrari’s first victory since Hungary in July.
Bottas crossed the line second, 2.7 seconds adrift, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen holding off a charging Lewis Hamilton, who had started from the pitlane, to finish third for the third race in succession.
Vettel made a great start from second on the grid and though Bottas gave him a squeeze into Turn 1, the Ferrari driver made the move stick.
Further down the field, Kevin Magnussen squeezed Stoffel Vandoorne towards Daniel Ricciardo exiting Turn 2.
Ricciardo was spun round, dropping him to the back of the field, but he continued while Vandoorne and Magnussen retired immediately.
That incident sparked a safety car and was not the only clash on the opening lap – Esteban Ocon suffered the first retirement of his F1 career after being tagged by Romain Grosjean, who lost control of his Haas at Turn 5.
Grosjean continued, but was handed a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision, and ultimately finished 15th.
At the restart, Vettel retained the lead from Bottas, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, with Felipe Massa delighting his home crowd with a pass around the outside of Fernando Alonso into Turn 1 for fifth.
Hamilton, running on soft tyres, made good progress through the field and was up into the points by lap nine, passing Pierre Gasly for 10th.
Bottas was the first to pit for softs, with Vettel pitting a lap later and rejoining just ahead of the Mercedes driver, managing to hold him off into Turn 4.
As those who started the race on the super-softs pitted, Hamilton inherited the lead and pushed on until lap 43, when he pitted, rejoining 15th – 19 seconds behind Vettel.
The four-time world champion was the fastest driver on the track, catching and passing Verstappen around the outside on the run to Turn 4 with 12 laps to go.
He then rapidly caught Raikkonen but a lock-up into Turn 1 dropped him back and he could not attack the Ferrari before the race’s end.
Verstappen, who struggled with his tyres in the closing stages leading to a late stop for super-softs, was fifth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.
Massa held off Alonso to take seventh in his final Brazilian Grand Prix and penultimate race of his F1 career.
Sergio Perez took ninth, crossing the line right behind Alonso, with Nico Hulkenberg scoring Renault’s first point since Singapore with 10th.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||32.940s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||48.691s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.500s|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||1 Lap|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||2 Laps|
|–||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|
|–||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||Collision|