F1: Brazilian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas ‘On the Pole’
Round 19 of the 2017 F1 World Championship takes us this weekend to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paolo, Brazil. And although the championship has been decided this year, the Brazilian Grand Prix is a race that should not be missed.
Valtteri Bottas will start this Grand Prix from The Pole position, while MercedesAMG team-mate Lewis Hamilton will start from last place following a crash in the 1st qualifying session.
The world champion failed to set a time before steering his car into the wall and will have to petition the organizers to even start the race.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished the qualifying session in 2nd and 3 rd place, respectively, while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo took 4th and 5th. But, Mr. Rissiardo will move back due to a 10-place grid penalty.
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Mr. Hamilton’s crash sent the world champion to last place on the grid and opened up a huge battle for The Pole position.
The Silver Arrows had dominated the weekend until that point, but Mr. Raikkonen took the Top spot in the 1st session, despite being on the slower compound.
Felipe Massa was in danger of dropping out late, but he clocked the 4th-best time to move into Q-2.
The rain returned as the 2nd session got under way, complicating the tactical battle.
Mr. Bottas laid down a huge marker, dipping below 1:09 with his 1st hot lap, and the Ferraris did not match. Red Bull were almost half a sec down, and Mr. Ricciardo had his grid penalty to worry about too.
Mr. Vettel beat Mr. Bottas late in the session, taking the Top spot.
Mr. Bottas set the 1st hot lap of the Shootout, and Mr. Vettel immediately responded, clocking a 1:08.360 lap.
Mr. Raikkonen sat well behind those 2 drivers, and with the rain returning, the field appeared set.
Mr. Bottas found some extra pace in the 1st sector on his final run handing MercedesAMG The Pole position ahead of the Ferrari team.
Red Bull’s were the 4th and 5th fastest, but Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso will be the beneficiaries of Mr. Ricciardo’s penalty.
From The Scuderia
Seb and Kimi confident for the race after tight qualifying battle
Interlagos – Scuderia Ferrari has been a regular on the front row of the grid, including taking two pole positions, since the last Singapore Grand Prix and Brazil was no exception today as Sebastian topped the time sheet right up to the last run in Q3 and lost pole to Bottas by a mere 38 milliseconds, while Kimi lined up right behind his team-mate. Tomorrow, in what are expected to be warmer and dry conditions, the 71-lap race promises to provide fans with lots of excitement.
“We have improved since Friday, and that’s the important thing” said Seb. “I was happy with my car today, but in my last run, I was perhaps a bit too shy in braking for the first corner. I had a better run at the end of my out-lap, so there was probably more grip than I expected there. In the last sector, I knew I could make up for some of the lost time, and I did, but it wasn’t enough. However, it was very close, and we’re usually even closer in race conditions, so my motivation is high for tomorrow and I’ll being aiming for a win”.
“The feeling with the car was good most of the time” commented Kimi, “but somehow the laps were always a bit tricky, with everybody trying to get their free space. When the tyres switched on well, then everything was easier, but with the traffic in the out-lap it was not always the case. Some sets were feeling better than others purely because of having a bit better out-lap . It was a bit hard to trust them and not get a front lock-up at the first corner. Overall the car itself was nice to drive when the tires worked, so it’s a bit of a shame. It was not the most straightforward qualifying but in the end it was a decent result .
I think we did a solid job today, we can consider it a good team result. For sure there was more to get, but the race is tomorrow and it’s going to be long. For the start we’ll try our best, the first corner is quite tight, so we’ll try to make a good start and see what we can get”.
Here are the schedule and viewing details for the race:
Date: Sunday, 12 November
Start Time: 4 p.m. GMT/11:00a EST
TV Info: Sky Sports F1, NBCSN