Max Verstappen US GP penalty: Raikkonen had no idea what happened
Kimi Raikkonen says he had "no idea" why Max Verstappen was penalised for his overtaking move on the final lap of Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.
Red Bull driver Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty after the race for having gone off track to overtake Raikkonen for third at Turn 17.
The penalty meant the Ferrari driver was promoted to a podium finish, while Verstappen dropped down to fourth, having started from 16th.
Raikkonen admitted he did not know how Verstappen had passed him.
"I have no idea what happened with Verstappen or why he got the penalty," said Raikkonen.
"I had no idea what happened to him apart from he got past me at the second last corner.
"Obviously I was disappointed just after the race when I thought I had finished fourth but there was some issue with Max.
"I got to go on the podium but didn’t see it, I don’t know where he went."
Raikkonen, who admitted Verstappen’s move surprised him, said he was angry he had let the Dutchman through.
"I was half surprised," said the Finn. "I saw him in my mirror and tried to slow down the whole thing before, the previous corners and I thought I had enough covering on the corner, and then suddenly he was there.
"I saw in my mirror and I was a bit surprised, at that speed – I was a bit pissed off he got past me but I didn’t have chance to slow down."
Lewis Hamilton wins United States Grand Prix ahead of Vettel
Lewis Hamilton moved closer to his fourth Formula 1 world championship with a commanding victory in the United States Grand Prix at Austin.
The Mercedes driver lost the lead to F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel at the start, but got back past the Ferrari driver early on to clinch his ninth win of the season and fifth in six attempts at the Circuit of Americas.
Vettel finished second, 10.1 seconds adrift, and now trails Hamilton by 66 points with only 75 remaining, with Max Verstappen snatching third from Kimi Raikkonen with a sensational pass on the final lap of the race.
However, Verstappen was given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage when completing that pass, which demoted him to fourth with Raikkonen promoted back to third.
Valtteri Bottas finished fifth as his Mercedes team clinched its fourth successive constructors’ championship with three grands prix still remaining.
Vettel made a great start from second on the grid to dive up the inside of Hamilton into Turn 1, despite the Briton’s efforts to defend the line.
Hamilton reported that his tyres felt good and after a couple of laps had got back within DRS range before launching an attack down the back straight.
The Mercedes nipped down the inside to take the position and though Vettel attacked through the twisty section that followed, Hamilton held him off.
Vettel pitted at the end of lap 16, swapping the ultra-softs for softs, but Hamilton chose to stay out three laps longer before pitting for fresh rubber.
Vettel set a series of fast laps, but ran wide at the penultimate corner as Hamilton pitted, with the Mercedes emerging from the pits just ahead into Turn 1 to stay ahead.
Max Verstappen ran a long first stint, having started 16th, and rose through the field to take the lead as others made their stops.
Hamilton quickly caught the Red Bull driver and used DRS to make the pass on cut back at Turn 14 to retake a lead he would not relinquish.
Verstappen pitted at the end of lap 24, taking the soft tyre and rejoining fifth. Red Bull then went aggressive by pitting him for a second time 13 laps later.
The Dutchman took the super-softs and stayed fifth, such was the gap to Esteban Ocon behind, with Vettel responding and taking the same compound, rejoining fourth having run second.
That promoted Bottas to second with Raikkonen third, but the Mercedes driver was struggling for pace and after a series of attacks, Raikkonen finally made one stick at the end of the back straight to snatch second.
Vettel used fresh tyres to close back up to Bottas, passing the Mercedes driver around the outside of Turn 1 to take third with five laps to go.
Raikkonen was informed by his team that Vettel was now the car behind and promptly moved over at Turn 1 to allow his team-mate to take second.
He then lost third in the final sequence of corners when Verstappen dived down the inside of the long right-hander on the final lap only to be given the position back following the Red Bull driver’s penalty.
It was a bad day for Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who retired early on, having had a great battle with Bottas for third, with a suspected engine problem.
Ocon absorbed pressure from Carlos Sainz Jr to hold on to sixth, with the latter scoring points on his first start for Renault in seventh.
Sergio Perez, who was frustrated with his Force India team when he felt he was being held up by Ocon midway through the race, ended up eighth with Felipe Massa and Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.
Brendon Hartley finished 13th on his grand prix debut with Toro Rosso, 26 seconds behind Toro Rosso team-mate Kvyat.
Nico Hulkenberg retired after suffering a loss of oil pressure, while Fernando Alonso’s race was ended with an engine problem.
Pascal Wehrlein also failed to finish after contact with Kevin Magnussen at the start while his Sauber team-mate finished 15th, having incurred a five-second penalty for causing a separate collision with Magnussen.
US Grand Prix result
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||56||16.768s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||56||1m30.980s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
|9||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||55||1 Lap|
|11||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||55||1 Lap|
|13||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||55||1 Lap|
|14||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||55||1 Lap|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||55||1 Lap|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||55||1 Lap|
|–||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||14||Engine|
|–||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||3||Oil pressure|
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|
“In the morning the weather was a bit tricky to start with, but all in all it was an ok day,” said Kimi. “Just a normal Friday, in which we tried different things and learned as much as possible. Every circuit can be tricky when you’re trying to go fast, and for sure there can always be an improvement; but it was only the first day of practice. We don’t know what the other teams were doing and obviously it’s too early to make any predictions. All we know is that tonight we have some work to do for tomorrow”.
Lewis Hamilton fastest again in second practice for F1’s US GP
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of Formula 1 Friday practice ahead of the United States Grand Prix by setting the pace in the second session.
The Mercedes F1 driver, who also topped the morning session, outpaced Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by 0.397s to secure top spot with a best lap of 1m34.668s.
Hamilton was only third fastest after the early runs. During that phase, Daniel Ricciardo used super-softs to set the pace ahead of Verstappen, who like Hamilton used softs early on.
Hamilton had a brief off-track moment at the penultimate corner during that run, but made no mistake when he returned to the track on ultra-softs as he went quickest after 35 minutes.
By that stage, Valtteri Bottas had already knocked Ricciardo off top spot, but Mercedes driver Bottas ultimately had to settle for fourth fastest, just under a tenth slower than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel survived a spin into the gravel shortly before the 20-minute mark, when the rear snapped away on turn-in to the penultimate corner.
Vettel was able to dig himself out and recover to the pits, before returning for his performance run shortly before the halfway mark of the 90-minute session.
He later complained of a potential problem with the front axle, which he described as feeling "a bit like jelly", contributing to him completing only 11 laps.
Red Bull’s Ricciardo improved his first-run time by almost seven-tenths after switching to the ultra-softs, but it was only good enough for fifth, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was best-of-the rest in seventh, having briefly been as high as fourth thanks to putting in his quick lap in earlier than most.
Williams driver Felipe Massa was eighth, with Force India pairing Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10 – with the trio separated by just three-hundredths of a second.
Renault debutant Carlos Sainz Jr was the penultimate driver to complete his performance run on ultra-softs, taking 11th shortly before the one-hour mark.
The last driver to do so was team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who suffered an engine glitch that kept him in the garage after his first run and only posted his time just inside the final 20 minutes.
Daniil Kvyat, who sat out the first session to allow Sean Gelael some mileage despite this being the Russian’s first time in the Toro Rosso since September’s Singapore Grand Prix, was 13th fastest.
Kevin Magnussen, who had a high-speed spin early in the session, was the best of the Haas-Ferraris in 14th.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Lance Stroll were 15th and 16th, ahead of F1 debutant Brendon Hartley, who improved several times on his ultra-softs to end his first day in grand prix racing 17th fastest.
Pascal Wehrlein missed the first session, with Charles Leclerc taking his Sauber seat, but recovered well to post the 18th-fastest time, ahead of team-mate Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.065s||0.397s||30|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.463s||0.795s||24|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.481s||1.813s||28|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.490s||1.822s||34|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m36.761s||2.093s||40|
|17||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m37.987s||3.319s||41|
Lewis Hamilton fastest in first practice for Formula 1’s US GP
Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 world championship rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in first practice for the United States Grand Prix, in mixed conditions.
Mercedes F1 driver Hamilton clocked a 1m36.335s on the super-soft Pirelli compound tyres, 0.593 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Vettel with Valtteri Bottas half a tenth further back in third.
Early morning rain subsided before the start of the session, but the majority of the field headed out on the intermediate tyres for installation laps.
Hamilton set the early pace on the green-walled rubber, with a 1m50.146s, but that was usurped by Max Verstappen when the Red Bull driver fitted a fresh set of the same rubber.
Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was caught out when he ran wide out of the final part of the high-speed esses and lost the car on the kerbs, before catching it and continuing.
Felipe Massa then went quickest on the intermediates, before Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to try dry tyres, running a set of super-softs and going quickest with a 1m45.960s lap.
After a lull in the running, Ricciardo broke the silence and posted a flurry of quick laps to break the 1m40-barrier, his best being a 1m39.366s on the super-softs.
Verstappen demoted him briefly, before Hamilton sets his first time on dry weather tyres with a 1m36.935s to move to the top of the pile.
Hamilton improved again with a 1m36.335s to cement his place at the top of the timesheet, with his time unchallenged for the remainder of the 90-minute session.
Verstappen, whose Red Bull team announced he would stay with the team until the end of 2020 ahead of the session, was fourth quickest, one second off the pace.
Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren-Honda, running an upgraded engine, was fifth quickest on the ultra-softs, but his team-mate Fernando Alonso failed to set a timed lap and spent most of the session in the garage after the team discovered a hydraulic leak.
Massa ended up sixth in the leading Williams, with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari seventh and Force India’s Esteban Ocon eighth.
Sergio Perez’s Force India and Carlos Sainz Jr, competing in his first session for Renault, rounded out the top 10.
Sainz was three quarters of a second clear of new team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who will take grid penalties this weekend after Renault fitted an upgraded engine featuring 2018 development parts.
Brendon Hartley, who is set to start his debut grand prix from the back of the grid because of similar engine component changes, set the 14th fastest time, 2.932s off the pace.
The New Zealander was just under 1.2s quicker than Seal Gelael, who was running in the other Toro Rosso for this session in place of Daniil Kvyat.
Charles Leclerc replaced Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for first practice, clocking the 19th quickest time, just under fourth tenths adrift of team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.339s||1.004s||21|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.808s||1.473s||25|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.861s||1.526s||20|
|14||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.267s||2.932s||28|
|16||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.366s||3.031s||14|
|17||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m40.406s||4.071s||25|
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.
US GRAND PRIX RESULT
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||56||19.692s|
|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|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||28||Gearbox|
|–||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1||Collision|
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.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.509s||0.510s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.747s||0.748s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.628s||1.629s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.326s||2.327s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.353s||2.354s|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.480s||2.481s|
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.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.766s||–||16|
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.032s||0.266s||19|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.948s||1.182s||17|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.512s||1.746s||16|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.691s||1.925s||16|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.710s||1.944s||6|