I really enjoyed this qualifying, among the best in a long time.
Category: Formula 1
MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
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.
THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS
THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW
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.
MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“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
AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)
21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)
EOS CAMBER LIMIT
-3.50° (front) | -2.00° (rear)
By Courtesy of PIRELLI
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.
Courtesy of Red Bull Racing
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.
Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the victory in the race today, well done in a “strange” race.
What a mess at the start.
Kimi, Max, Vettel’s fault or just a race incident?
— Tim Wray (@TRW24) September 17, 2017
— BBCF1 (@bbcf1) September 17, 2017
— Autosport (@autosport) September 17, 2017
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.
Despite a wallop from the RAI/VER train, Fernando Alosno is still running in the #SingaporeGP;, in P12
— Channel 4 F1® (@C4F1) September 17, 2017
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 17, 2017
— ? Micheal Wright ? (@MWright96) September 17, 2017
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 …
— Sky Sports F1 ? (@SkySportsF1) September 17, 2017
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.
— Peter Leung (@BaronVonClutch) September 17, 2017
Then the lap count down was changed to timing, two hours rule. 28 minutes to go 😉
— SingaporeGP (@F1NightRace) September 17, 2017
And the winner is Lewis Hamilton!
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Australia||Red Bull Racing||18|
|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|
|9||Romain Grosjean||France||Haas F1 Team||2|
|10||Esteban Ocon||France||Force India||1|
|2||3||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||58|
|4||55||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO||58|
|5||11||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||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||9||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||35|
|NC||26||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO||10|
|NC||14||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||8|
|NC||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||0|
|RACE||FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX||RACE TIME|
|10||1||Circuit Name||:||Marina Bay Street Circuit|
|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|
DURIAN FRUIT CHALLENGE
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.
Full story and video 😉
The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix (15-17 September).
Wow, Mercedes was in a different class today. Well done!
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Australia||Red Bull Racing||12|
|6||Esteban Ocon||France||Force India||8|
|9||Sergio Perez||Mexico||Force India||2|
|10||Max Verstappen||Netherlands||Red Bull Racing||1|
|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 –
Full result from Formula1.com –
|4||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||53||+40.335s||0|
|6||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+71.528s||0|
|9||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+75.276s||0|
|10||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||52||+1 lap||0|
|11||20||HAAS FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|12||26||TORO ROSSO||52||+1 lap||0|
|14||55||TORO ROSSO||52||+1 lap||0|
|15||8||HAAS FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|16||94||SAUBER FERRARI||51||+2 laps||0|