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The 2018 US GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:30 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 18th round of the 2018 season taking place in Austin, Texas between the 19th and 21st of October.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Austin click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Austin close at the start of Saturday practice
The event timetable for the US Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 10:00 local time - 15:00 GMT
2nd Practice 14:00 local time - 19:00 GMT

Saturday
3rd Practice 13:00 local time - 18:00 GMT
Qualifying 16:00 local time - 21:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 13:00 local time - 18:00 GMT

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:46 pm

This weekend we are off to the land of hope and glory, the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Unfortunately for the red rockets, the fire has gone out. The Mercedes juggernaut came out of the summer break and have never looked back. For Sebastian Vettel, the off while leading at his home race was the beginning of the end.

So, my thoughts for this race are.
Mercedes will take both step at the top of the podium.
Max will dive bomb Vettel into turn 1 and not be seen for the rest of the race.
Vettel should recover enough and maybe able to hold off the charging Ricciardo
Kimi should take p6.

Now it gets interesting....

This latest incarnation of Force India with Perez will like it here. They will be battling with probably Grosjean for p7.
Possibly Ocon for P9 and maybe that wonder kid Leclerc for the final points position.

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:28 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:47.502	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:48.806	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:48.847	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 
4	1:49.326	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	1:49.489	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
6	1:49.928	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	1:50.665	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
8	1:50.821	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	1:50.961	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
10	1:51.016	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
11	1:51.036	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
12	1:51.232	Lando Norris	  McLaren
13	1:51.234	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
14	1:51.459	Sergio Perez	  Force India
15	1:51.589	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
16	1:51.614	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
17	1:51.655	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
18	1:51.717	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
19	1:51.896	Lance Stroll	  Williams 
20	1:52.625	Sean Gelael	  Toro Rosso
Overnight rain and continuing showers welcomed the teams to the Circuit of the Americas.
The session was relatively incident free other then Charles Leclerc spinning and bringing gravel back onto the circuit. The decision was made to throw the red flag and clean up the mess. Numerous small offs as drivers tested the grip levels and Esteban Ocon scaring his crew when he entered his pit too quickly for the conditions.

Both Toro Rosso's will start at the rear of grid following the installation of new power units for this event.

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:39 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:48.716	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:49.728	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
3	1:49.798	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
4	1:51.728	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
5	1:52.208	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
6	1:52.505	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
7	1:53.070	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
8	1:53.354	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
9	1:53.443	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
10	1:53.912	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
11	1:54.101	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
12	1:54.637	Lance Stroll	  Williams
13	1:54.963	Sergio Perez	  Force India 
14	1:55.348	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
15	1:55.446	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
The intensity of the rain increased leading to most teams sitting out the first half of the session.
The only drivers to take to the track early were Brendon Hartley and Stoffel Vandoorne as these were the two who had given up heir seats in FP1.
Carlos Sainz also did an installation however no time was recorded. All other drivers remained in their garages.

Stewards are investigating Sebastian Vettel for not slowing enough after the red flag was displayed in FP1. There are suggestions of timing problems that may support Vettel's cause. Hopefully common sense will prevail.

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:46 am

Let's start with the news.
Sebastian Vettel has been give a 3 place grid penalty for failing to slow quickly enough when the red flag came out in FP1.

For the first time this weekend, the drivers were greeted with a dry track.
Brendon Hartley's Torro Rosso lost a device from his halo on the back straight.
Brendon Hartley then spun in the penultimate corner which would have slowed Daniel Ricciardo's lap.
There were numerous off tracks as all drivers are still finding the grip limits.

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:33.797	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	1:33.843	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	1:33.870	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	1:34.556	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
5	1:34.703	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:34.910	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:35.365	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
8	1:35.411	Sergio Perez	  Force India
9	1:35.450	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
10	1:35.468	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
11	1:35.562	Esteban Ocon 	  Force India
12	1:35.713	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:35.770	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
14	1:35.882	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
15	1:36.000	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
16	1:36.188	Lance Stroll	  Williams
17	1:36.193	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
18	1:36.302	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
19	1:36.330	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:36.332	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:25 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:32.237	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:32.298	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	1:32.307	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	1:32.616	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
5	1:33.494	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	1:34.145	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
7	1:34.215	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
8	1:34.250	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	1:34.420	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
10	1:34.594	Sergio Perez	  Force India
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11	1:34.566	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
12	1:34.732	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	No Time		Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
14	No Time		Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
15	No Time		Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
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16	1:35.294	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
17	1:35.362	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
18	1:35.480	Lance Stroll	  Williams
19	1:35.536	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20	1:35.735	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
Max Verstappen clipped a track limiting kerb mid way through Q1 and damaged his right rear suspension. Red Bull couldn't repair the car in time for him to participate in Q2.
Both Toro Rosso's made it into Q2 but limited themselves to out laps and practice starts due to the penalties requiring them to start rear of grid.
Sebastian Vettel qualified in 2nd but will start in 5th with his 3 place grid penalty.
This will enable Kimi, Valtteri and Daniel to each move up one position from their qualifying positions.
Max Verstappen takes a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change but starts in 18th ahead of the Toro Rosso's.

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:00 am

Grid

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
6	Esteban Ocon	  Force India

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:07 am

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
2	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 
3	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
6	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
7	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
8	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
9	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
10	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
12	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
13	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
14	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
15	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
16	Lance Stroll	  Williams
DNF	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
DNF	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
DNF	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
DNF	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren

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Re: The 2018 US GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:54 pm

The stewards have looked at the telemetry following the exciting US Grand Prix and have made the following adjudications.
Esteban Ocon has been excluded for exceeding fuel flow limits on Lap 1.
Kevin Magnussen has been excluded for consuming more than 105kg of fuel during the race.

The top 10 adjusted results are

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1	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
2	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 
3	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
6	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
7	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
8	Sergio Perez	  Force India
9	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
10	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber

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