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Qualifying result for Mexico GP 2017

I really enjoyed this qualifying, among the best in a long time.


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Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico.
Friday 27 October 2017.
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 Honda.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
ref: Digital Image _O3I6838

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Round 18 of 20

Mexico City, 27-29 October 2017


Milan, October 23, 2017 – Like the United States Grand Prix that has just taken place, the tyres brought to Mexico will be the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft (which reverts to its usual colour after turning pink in Austin!).

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year, and – as has been the case on a few occasions already this season – it’s the first time that the ultrasoft has been nominated there. With the race only returning to the calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.






  • Surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tyre wear and degradation despite the high speeds (372kph was seen in 2016).
  • Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
  • As well as the fast corners, there is also a well-known slow and technical stadium section: an interesting mix of old and
  • Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis
  • Pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and so influencing strategy.




“In Mexico, we again maintain our principle of bringing softer compounds than last year whenever possible, in the pursuit of increased performance and more exciting races. This is actually the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tyre to Mexico, as last year the supersoft was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current version of the track before, so it’s not one of the venues that the teams are most familiar with. This means that there will be some learning to do with the ultrasoft in particular during free practice”.





  • The ultrasoft tyre comes to Mexico City for the very first time and has proved very popular: many drivers have selected the maximum number of 10
  • Following the support for Susan G.Komen® foundation in the United States, the charitable focus this weekend will be the victims of the Mexico City earthquake earlier this
  • Italy’s Paolo Andreucci recently clinched a remarkable 10th Italian Rally Championship title, using Pirelli tyres on his Peugeot Italia 208





21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)





-3.50° (front) | -2.00° (rear)




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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race


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Wet or dry?


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Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.
Saturday 30 September 2017.
Romain Grosjean, Haas VF-17.
World Copyright: Andrew Hone/LAT Images
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Horner confirms Aston Martin deal

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar.

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Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing confirm Aston Martin as title partner from 2018.

Eighteen months after launching an Innovation Partnership that led to the redefinition of automotive possibility with the game-changing Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, Red Bull Racing is set to similarly redefine the Formula One grid with the announcement that the iconic sports car brand Aston Martin is to become its title partner from 2018 onwards, with the team competing as ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’.

The strengthened ties between the two brands are far more than a skin-deep exercise, with the expanded technical partnership taking concrete form in the shape of a new Advanced Performance Centre being established at Red Bull Racing’s campus later this year.

The new Centre will create 110 new jobs-housing Aston Martin’s design and engineering personnel responsible for future sports cars from the two companies. The new centre will allow a closer working relationship between the two leading brands in their respective fields which will see the adoption of both F1 and road car technology.

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”

Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides. The power unit discussions (in Formula One) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting-edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a groundbreaking hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the first in a line of new products to be born of this Innovation Partnership and will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.

Aston Martin will feature prominently across the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team from the start of the 2018 season.


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Singapore GP – Race Result

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the victory in the race today, well done in a “strange” race.

The result can be found below.


Starting tires:


What a mess at the start.

Kimi, Max, Vettel’s fault or just a race incident?


Standings after lap 2:

Alonso manages to continue the race after the hard hit he took from Max, just after the start crash Vettel spins around and destroy the car on what seems to be cooling liquid or gear oil leaking from the damaged Ferrari.



Lap 8, Alonso has to retire the car due to the damage from the incident in the start.
Too bad, Alonso meant that the McLaren Honda was good enough for a podium today.

Lap 11, Dani Kvyat is doing exactly what we expect him to do, crash out of the race …

Lap 14/15 – Safety car in after Kvyats car has been removed from the tire barriers.

Lap 26, the track is starting dry up, and the weather-forecast is no more rain.

Lap 37, Marcus Ericsson spin on the “bridge”. This brings out the safety car again, and Lewis Hamilton loses his 9-second gap to Daniel Ricciardo.

Then the lap count down was changed to timing, two hours rule. 28 minutes to go 😉


And the winner is Lewis Hamilton!



Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 15
4 Carloz Sainz Jr Spain Toro Rosso 12
5 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 10
6 Jolyon Palmer England Renault Sport F1 Team 8
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren Honda 6
8 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 4
9 Romain Grosjean France Haas F1 Team 2
10 Esteban Ocon France Force India 1
Full result:
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 58
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 58
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 58
4 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 58
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
6 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 58
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 58
8 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
9 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 58
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
11 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 56
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 50
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 48
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 35
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 10
NC 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 8
NC 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0

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Marina Bay Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore.
Saturday 16 September 2017.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
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2017 Singapore Grand Prix – Sets available for the race




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14 12:00 GMT
Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 25
2 18
3 15
4 12
5 10
6 8
7 6
8 4
9 2
10 1 Circuit Name : Marina Bay Street Circuit
Established : 2008
Pole Position Capacity : 110 000
Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari Circuit Type : Street
Circuit Length : 5.073 kms
Past Winners Number of Laps : 61
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Race Distance : 309.316 kms
2015 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Direction : Anti-clockwise
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Turns : 23
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 1 Lap Record : 1:45.599 – Kimi Raikkonen (2008)
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 3
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Red Bull Racing: Taking the taste test 


It’s known as the ‘King of Fruits’, is reckoned to be something of a delicacy, and it’s banned from most hotels across Asia. So pungently awful is the smell of a ripe, opened Durian fruit that it has been known to induce vomiting and can linger for days. Brilliant – we’re in Singapore, Max and Daniel are here, so let’s make ’em eat one then. Better still give them one each!

We dragged the boys out to a scenic deck near the Singapore circuit and presented them with two thorny, fruity problems…..

A variety of tools were provided with which the boys could attempt to get at the flesh of their Durian, including hacksaws, hammers and for some unknown reason a plastic mallet and a brace of squeaky rubber chickens.

Daniel had no problem with his Durian, but Max’s proved a tougher nut to crack. Undeterred by mother nature’s prevention plans or, indeed, logic, Max went full physical assault on his Durian and after dispensing with an ineffective hacksaw attempted the scientifically proven ‘if we throw it really hard, it might burst’ method.

Success! With both fruits opened and the deck smelling like something diabolical had passed away underneath it several weeks ago, the time had come for the taste test.

Daniel was first to go and after a couple of small retches managed to chow down on what we will say was the tiniest sliver of fruit.

“It burns! It tastes worse than it smells,” he moaned as Max laughed like a drain, or like a man surprisingly blind to the fact that he has to follow suit.

The results, which involved a lot of gagging, demands for water and a trip to the balcony railings, were not pretty.

Kudos, though, to our two intrepid heroes. Like the have-a-go daredevils they are, they looked the fearsome Durian in its spiky face and – lost. Yep, they failed big time. Horrible, evil-smelling, fruit 1 – Not very heroic racers 0.

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Race result – Italian GP 2017

Wow, Mercedes was in a different class today. Well done!

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 12
5 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 10
6 Esteban Ocon France Force India 8
7 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 6
8 Felipe Massa Brazil Williams 4
9 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 2
10 Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing 1
Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes
Past Winners
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Starting Grid : 2
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 1
2012 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Starting Grid : 1


Post photo – Courtesy of  Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von Italien 2017. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Italian GP 2017. Lewis Hamilton


Full result from Formula1.com –

1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 53 1:15:32.312 0
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 53 +4.471s 0
3 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 53 +36.317s 0
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 53 +40.335s 0
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 53 +60.082s 0
6 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 53 +71.528s 0
7 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 53 +74.156s 0
8 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 53 +74.834s 0
9 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 53 +75.276s 0
10 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 52 +1 lap 0
11 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 52 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 52 +1 lap 0
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 52 +1 lap 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 52 +1 lap 0
15 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 52 +1 lap 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 51 +2 laps 0
17 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 50 DNF 0
18 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 49 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 33 DNF 0
NC 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 29 DNF 0


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