The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

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The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:33 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 20th round of the 2018 season taking place in Sao Paulo between the 9th and 11th of November.

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

Picks for Brazil close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the Brazil Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 11:00 local time - 13:00 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 17:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 14:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 17:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 17:00 GMT

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:02 am

This weekend is the penultimate round in Brazil. The manufacturer's championship is still on the line and will be Lewis to deliver, with some assistance from Valtteri. Ferrari will try their hardest to halt the juggernaut that is Mercedes. Red Bull will still be doing their best to ruin the party and, to some extent, will succeed.

Best of the rest is where the interest is. The Force India's should fill the next best positions, possibly a Haas and maybe Charles Leclerc will continue his run of top 10's.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:02 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:09.011	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing 
2	1:09.060	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
3	1:09.107	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
4	1:09.395	Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull Racing 
5	1:09.573	Kimi Räikkönen	   Ferrari
6	1:09.679	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
7	1:09.922	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
8	1:10.236	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
9	1:10.346	Charles Leclerc	   Sauber
10	1:10.361	Esteban Ocon	   Force India
11	1:10.662	Carlos Sainz	   Renault
12	1:10.679	Nico Hulkenberg	   Renault
13	1:10.685	Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 
14	1:10.799	Lance Stroll	   Williams 
15	1:10.934	Pierre Gasly	   Toro Rosso
16	1:11.013	Lando Norris	   McLaren
17	1:11.037	Sergey Sirotkin	   Williams
18	1:11.176	Brendon Hartley	   Toro Rosso
19	1:11.452	Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren
20	1:11.493	Nicholas Latifi	   Force India
Daniel Ricciardo has had a turbo replaced following his DNF in Mexico. This gives him a 5 grid place penalty for this event.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:38 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:08.846	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	1:08.849	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:08.919	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:09.164	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	1:09.339	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:09.412	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	1:09.769	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:09.943	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
9	1:10.007	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
10	1:10.159	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
11	1:10.320	Sergio Perez	  Force India
12	1:10.330	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:10.332	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
14	1:10.458	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
15	1:10.532	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
16	1:10.569	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
17	1:10.596	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	1:10.662	Lance Stroll	  Williams 
19	1:10.734	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:11.674	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
Max Verstappen missed the first half of the session after a crack was detected in an oil tank on the front of the engine.
Nico Hulkenberg lost his Renault coming out of turn 12 and hit the barriers. This brought out the red flag. Damage is to both right corners of his car.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:20 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:07.948	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	1:08.165	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:08.465	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	1:08.490	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:08.733	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:08.788	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:09.146	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
8	1:09.257	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	1:09.402	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
10	1:09.448	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
11	1:09.461	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	1:09.588	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
13	1:09.808	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
14	1:09.864	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
15	1:09.885	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
16	1:09.985	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
17	1:10.001	Lance Stroll	  Williams
18	1:10.020	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
19	1:10.116	Sergio Perez	  Force India
20	1:10.289	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
Esteban Ocon also has a 5 place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:41 am

Qualifying Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:07.281	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:07.374	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	1:07.441	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	1:07.456	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:07.778	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:07.780	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:08.296	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
8	1:08.492	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
9	1:08.517	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
10	1:09.029	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
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11	1:08.659	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
12	1:08.741	Sergio Perez	  Force India
13	1:08.770	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
14	1:08.834	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
15	1:10.381	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
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16	1:09.269	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
17	1:09.280	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
18	1:09.402	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
19	1:09.441	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	1:09.601	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
Well, that was some exciting qualifying session. The rain didn't come as heavily as predicted but there were enough drops to ruin the driver's concentration.
Biggest talking point was Hamilton and Sirotkin almost coming together as Sirotkin was about to wind up for a hot lap. As it was on Sirotkin's out lap, there seems to be no penalty however I feel that someone needs to be spoken to at least.
Another Hamilton incident was on the straight after turn 3 where he didn't hinder Kimi Raikkonen but didn't make it easy for him either.
Off track, Sebastian Vettel was called to the scales in Q2. He drove onto and off the scales damaging them in the process. This was at a time where Ferrari were trying to get a time on the soft tyres before a weather change ruined their strategy. Procedure for the weighbridge is that the car is pushed onto and off to avoid damage to the equipment. This incident is at the stewards for discussion on what penalty he has incurred.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:58 pm

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
3	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
6	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
7	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
8	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
10	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
12	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
13	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
14	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
15	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
16	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
17	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
18	Lance Stroll	  Williams
DNF	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
DNF	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
Both McLarens were penalized 5 seconds post race for blue flag infringements.
Esteban Ocon was penalized 10 seconds during the race for causing a collision.

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Re: The 2018 Brazilian GP Thead

Post by cmlean » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:12 pm

Well, that was some race. With Max out front and controlling the race, Esteban Ocon, on fresher tyres, caught up to him. Rules do say that you can unlap yourself and Ocon endeavored to do so. Ocon had the run up the straight and showed his nose up the outside of Verstappen at the entry to the Senna curves. Max, being the racer that he is, decided that this wasn't on and fought back and the two made heavy contact in the second curve. My thoughts are that Ocon had every right to try to unlap himself and Max just ran him out of track but the stewards saw it differently and penalized Ocon with a 10 second penalty that was served in his pit stop.
Daniel Ricciardo finally had a little luck after starting from grid position 11, caught up to the rear of Kimi's Ferrari. The podium was in sight but Kimi drove a heady race and stopped the Red Bull's momentum.
Lewis had his own problems with the Super Softs only lasting 19 laps and having to run the remainder of the race on his medium compound tyres. He was also complaining of an engine problem that required him to nurse is Mercedes to the finish.

One round to go but both championships have been decided.

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