Sunday, November 12, 2017

Brazilian GP: Race - Re-Cap & Results


BRAZILIAN GP - RACE - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix after passing pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas off of the line.

    The Ferrari driver managed a safety car restart on the way to his fifth win of the season, finishing 2.762s ahead of Bottas.

    Newly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton battled his way up through the order to take fourth after starting from the pit lane.

    Vettel was already building up a gap to Bottas when a number of opening lap collisions bunched up the field again.

    Kevin Magnussen collided with Stoffel Vandoorne and Daniel Ricciardo. Vandoorne and Magnussen both retired, though Ricciardo was able to continue after a pit stop.

    A little later in the lap, Romain Grosjean had spun into Esteban Ocon at the start of the lap, causing the Force India to retire and leaving debris strewn over the start-finish straight. Grosjean was handed a 10-second penalty and two penalty points for the incident.

    A poor restart from Bottas allowed Vettel to get away again. The Mercedes tried to stay on terms with the race leader, but there was no catching up. Bottas later tried to undercut Vettel in the pit stops, but Vettel came out just ahead of the silver Mercedes. He managed the distance back to second and Bottas was unable to challenge again.

    Meanwhile, Hamilton was on the move again. The Brit was up into eighth in only a handful of laps and soon looking to find a way past Sergio Perez. The Force India tried to make the move hard for Hamilton, pushing him to the outside of turn one as Hamilton passed. Perez tried to fight back for a number of corners, but Hamilton eventually pulled away.

    His next target was the battling Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. The Mercedes flew past Alonso’s Honda powered McLaren, but passing Massa proved a little harder. A late move up the inside was enough to put him ahead of the Williams, though, and he set about closing the gap to Max Verstappen in fourth.

    A number of backmarkers and a pitstop for fresh tyres meant catching Verstappen had to wait until the closing stages of the race. With less than 15 laps of the 71 lap race remaining, Hamilton was on Verstappen’s gearbox, trying to pressure the Red Bull into making a mistake. Verstappen held firm, but couldn’t stay ahead when Hamilton pulled a move around the outside of turn three to take fourth with just 12 laps remaining.

    Five seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen, taking a podium after starting from the pit lane seemed like a realistic goal in the closing laps. Hamilton was in DRS range of Raikkonen when a small lock up meant he fell away from the Ferrari a little. Right up until the chequered flag, Hamilton searched for a way past Raikkonen, but Raikkonen kept the Ferrari ahead to take his third consecutive third place finish.

    Ricciardo had an equally exciting climb up through the field after the early pit stop to take sixth, just behind team-mate Verstappen.

    The Massa-Alonso battle continued throughout the race, albeit paused at various moments to allow front runners to pass. In the closing stages of the race, Alonso was right on the back of Massa but he couldn’t find a way through and, with Perez not too far behind, the Spaniard didn’t want to attempt anything too risky.

    Even as the leaders took the chequered flag, Alonso was still all over the back of Massa, forcing the Brazilian to defend hard in front of his home crown. The Williams was sliding all over the track as it approached the finish line, but it was just enough for Massa to take seventh – best of the rest – at his home GP. It moves Massa ahead of team-mate Stroll in the drivers’ championship, and marks his best result since Bahrain early in the season.

    Alonso also moved ahead of his team-mate in the championship. Eighth place and the four points that comes with it moves him ahead of Vandoorne and just four points behind Magnussen with one race remaining.

    Perez took ninth, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, and Pierre Gasly.

    Brendon Hartley suffered another retirement when he was called into the pits midway through the race.

    Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein finished 13th and 14th, ahead of Grosjean and Stroll, who spent the entire race battling to not finish last, often to the frustration of those trying to lap them. Stroll was forced to pit on the penultimate lap after a series of lock-ups caused a puncture.

RESULTS:

1. Sebastian Vettel / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany / + 25 Points

2. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland / + 18 Points
3. Kimi Raikkonen / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland / + 15 Points
4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / + 12 Points
5. Max Verstappen / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands / + 10 Points
6. Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia / + 8 Points
7. Felipe Massa / Williams-Mercedes / Brazil / + 6 Points
8. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Honda / Spain / + 4 Points
9. Sergio Perez / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico / + 2 Points
10. Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany / + 1 Point
11. Carlos Sainz / Renault-Renault / Spain
12. Pierre Gasly / Toro Rosso-Renault / France
13. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
14. Pascal Wehrlein / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
15. Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France
16. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada

RETIRED - Brendon Hartley / Toro Rosso-Renault / New Zealand / Engine

RETIRED - Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Honda / Belgium / Collision
RETIRED - Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark / Collision
RETIRED - Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France / Collision

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Brazilian GP: Qualifying - Re-Cap & Results



BRAZILIAN GP - QUALIFYING - RE-CAP & RESULTS

    Valtteri Bottas has taken Pole Position for Sunday's Brazilian GP, while team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, crashed out in Q1.

    Ricciardo, Hartley and Gasly all have been handed grid penalties due to multiple engine component changes, while Lance Stroll receives a grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

HOW IT WORKS:

Q1 = 18 minutes. All cars allowed to go out. At the end of the session, the five slowest are eliminated.
Q2 = 15 minutes. The remaining cars go out. At the end of the session, the five slowest are eliminated.
Q3 = 12 minutes. Final 10 cars go out. The final order at the end of the session is how the grid will line up. Fastest car starts from Pole Position.

GRID LINE-UP:

1. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
2. Sebastian Vettel / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
3. Kimi Raikkonen / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
4. Max Verstappen / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
5. Sergio Perez / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
6. Fernando Alonso / McLaren-Honda / Spain
7. Nico Hulkenberg / Renault-Renault / Germany
8. Carlos Sainz / Renault-Renault / Spain
9. Felipe Massa / Williams-Mercedes / Brazil
10. Esteban Ocon / Force India-Mercedes / France
11. Romain Grosjean / Haas-Ferrari / France
12. Stoffel Vandoorne / McLaren-Honda / Belgium
13. Kevin Magnussen / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
14. Daniel Ricciardo / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia*
15. Pascal Wehrlein / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
16. Lance Stroll / Williams-Mercedes / Canada**
17. Marcus Ericsson / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden**
18. Brendon Hartley / Toro Rosso-Renault / New Zealand*
19. Pierre Gasly / Toro Rosso-Renault / France***

PIT-LANE -  Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain

* - (Ricciardo & Hartley) 10-Place-Grid-Penalty each for multiple engine component changes
** - (Stroll & Ericsson) 5-Place-Grid-Penalty each for unscheduled gearbox changes
*** - (Gasly) 25-Place-Grid-Penalty for multiple engine component changes

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Brazilian GP: Free Practice #3 - Re-Cap & Times


BRAZILIAN GP - FREE PRACTICE #3 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    The top four drivers were covered by just five hundredths of a second in the final free practice session ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

    In cooler conditions than Friday practice, Valtteri Bottas topped the times with a 1m09.281s, 0.003s faster than team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second.

    Kimi Raikkonen topped the times early on, with Sebastian Vettel not too far behind, but Hamilton’s time on the soft compound of tyres was only marginally slower than the Ferrari times on the super soft compound.

    Ferrari were still top after Hamilton’s first run on super soft tyres, but both Mercedes were able to improve to push Raikkonen down to third and Vettel fourth.

    Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, but was nearly a second slower than Bottas. Team-mate Max Verstappen was only ninth quickest after a spin late in the session.

    A virtual safety car limited running only 10 minutes after the green flag, when Lance Stroll came to a stop on track claiming he lost power. The Canadian only managed a single lap and didn’t set a lap time. He will take a grid penalty for a gearbox change.

    Fernando Alonso put his McLaren Honda sixth fastest, ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

    Carlos Sainz Jnr rounded out the top 10.

    Stoffel Vandoorne’s time, just three tenths of a second slower than Alonso’s, was only enough to put him 11th fastest. He was followed by Felipe Massa, Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, and Romain Grosjean.

    After problems with their Renault engines in Friday practice, both Toro Rosso drivers were able to get strong running in the final session. Pierre Gasly, who finished 16th fastest, completed 32 laps, more than any other driver. Brendon Hartley in 17th completed 30.

    Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson took 18th and 19th.

TIMES:

1. Valtteri Bottas - 1:09.281 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
2. Lewis Hamilton - 1:09.284 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
3. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:09.326 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
4. Sebastian Vettel - 1:09.339 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
5. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:10.244 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia
6. Fernando Alonso - 1:10.288 / McLaren-Honda / Spain
7. Sergio Perez - 1:10.322 / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
8. Esteban Ocon - 1:10.357 / Force India-Mercedes / France
9. Max Verstappen - 1:10.495 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
10. Carlos Sainz - 1:10.599 / Renault-Renault / Spain
11. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:10.637 / McLaren-Honda / Belgium
12. Felipe Massa - 1:10.671 / Williams-Mercedes / Brazil
13. Kevin Magnussen - 1:10.721 / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
14. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:10.743 / Renault-Renault / Germany
15. Romain Grosjean - 1:10.762 / Haas-Ferrari / France
16. Pierre Gasly - 1:10.981 / Toro Rosso-Renault / France
17. Brendon Hartley - 1:11.085 / Toro Rosso-Renault / New Zealand
18. Pascal Wehrlein - 1:11.126 / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
19. Marcus Ericsson - 1:11.480 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
20. Lance Stroll - NO TIME SET / Williams-Mercedes / Canada

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Brazilian GP: Free Practice #2 - Re-Cap & Times


BRAZILIAN GP - FREE PRACTICE #2 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    Lewis Hamilton topped the time-sheets again in the second practice session of the weekend. This time it was a 1:09.515. Team-mate, Bottas, was close behind again with a 1:09.563. Ricciardo, Vettel and Verstappen rounded up the top 5.

    It was a better session for Toro Rosso after the duo suffered engine issues in FP1. Brendon Hartley, having just won another WEC title, finished in 17th with a 1:11.821. Gasly finished just ahead in 16th with a 1:11.422.

    Marcus Ericsson suffered from a spin and ended up crashing lightly into the barriers, ending his session. Despite this, he had already set a time but it only placed him in 19th. Team-mate, Wehrlein finished one spot up in 18th with a 1:11.857.

    Haas chose to run Antonio Giovinazzi in place of Kevin Magnussen. Giovinazzi was supposed to run in FP1 but ended up in the later session instead. Giovinazzi finished in 20th with a 1:12.417. Romain Grosjean, who complained of vibrations during the session, finished in 15th with a 1:11.300.

TIMES:

1. Lewis Hamilton - 1:09.515 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
2. Valtteri Bottas - 1:09.563 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
3. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:09.743 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia
4. Sebastian Vettel - 1:09.875 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
5. Max Verstappen - 1:09.886 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
6. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:10.117 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
7. Esteban Ocon - 1:10.306 / Force India-Mercedes / France
8. Felipe Massa - 1:10.373 / Williams-Mercedes / Brazil
9. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:10.396 / Renault-Renault / Germany
10. Fernando Alonso - 1:10.655 / McLaren-Honda / Spain
11. Carlos Sainz - 1:10.685 / Renault-Renault / Spain
12. Sergio Perez - 1:10.695 / Force India-Mercedes / Mexico
13. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:10.902 / McLaren-Honda / Belgium
14. Lance Stroll - 1:11.064 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
15. Romain Grosjean - 1:11.300 / Haas-Ferrari / France
16. Pierre Gasly - 1:11.422 / Toro Rosso-Renault / France
17. Brendon Hartley - 1:11.821 / Toro Rosso-Renault / New Zealand
18. Pascal Wehrlein - 1:11.857 / Sauber-Ferrari / Germany
19. Marcus Ericsson - 1:11.989 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
20. Antonio Giovinazzi - 1:12.417 / Haas-Ferrari / Italy*

* - Notes driving in FP#2 only.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Brazilian GP: Free Practice #1 - Re-Cap & Times


BRAZILIAN GP - FREE PRACTICE #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES

    Lewis Hamilton led the first practice session of the weekend by breaking the track record with a 1:09.202.

    The Mercedes driver recently secured his 4th Drivers' Championship title during the previous race weekend in Mexico. Team-mate, Bottas, took 2nd in the session with a 1:09.329. Rounding up the top 5 were Raikkonen, Verstappen and Ricciardo.

    Force India chose to run 19-year-old GP3 Champion George Russell in place of Sergio Perez. A great opportunity for the British Driver, who will most likely be driving for ART Grand Prix in Formula 2 next year. There are rumours his team-mate could be Lando Norris, the newly recruited McLaren reserve driver. Russell finished the session in 12th with a 1:11.047.

    Charles Leclerc also ran in this session in place of Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber. Leclerc, who won the Formula 2 title this year, is looking for his chance at an F1 seat in 2018. While most seats have been filled, there are hopes that Sauber would take him for a full-time season if Wehrlein is to not be re-signed. Leclerc's fastest time of the session was a 1:11.802.

    Toro Rosso endured a painful day as both Hartley and Gasly suffered from engine issues that left them missing most of the session. They both also gained more grid penalties after needing engine component replacements. Gasly finished in 19th and Hartley ended up in 20th after being unable to even set a time. A session to forget overall for the Italian team.

    Max Verstappen, who went from bad to good luck during this season, reported struggling majorly with his tyres. He even used some 'choice' words to describe how they were feeling as he lapped the circuit. Despite this, he still finished in 4th with a 1:09.750.

TIMES:

1. Lewis Hamilton - 1:09.202 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain
2. Valtteri Bottas - 1:09.329 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Finland
3. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:09.744 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland
4. Max Verstappen - 1:09.750 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Netherlands
5. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:09.828 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia
6. Sebastian Vettel - 1:09.984 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Germany
7. Felipe Massa - 1:10.102 / Williams-Mercedes / Brazil
8. Stoffel Vandoorne - 1:10.402 / McLaren-Honda / Belgium
9. Esteban Ocon - 1:10.454 / Force India-Mercedes / France
10. Fernando Alonso - 1:10.476 / McLaren-Honda / Spain
11. Lance Stroll - 1:10.632 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada
12. George Russell - 1:11.047 / Force India-Mercedes / Great Britain*
13. Romain Grosjean - 1:11.188 / Haas-Ferrari / France
14. Kevin Magnussen - 1:11.463 / Haas-Ferrari / Denmark
15. Carlos Sainz - 1:11.467 / Renault-Renault / Spain
16. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:11.608 / Renault-Renault / Germany
17. Charles Leclerc - 1:11.802 / Sauber-Ferrari / Monaco
18. Marcus Ericsson - 1:11.898 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden
19. Pierre Gasly - 1:14.034 / Toro Rosso-Renault / France
20. Brendon Hartley - NO TIME SET / Toro Rosso-Renault / New Zealand

* - Notes driving in FP#1 only.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Brazilian GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Haas


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - HAAS F1 TEAM

Romain Grosjean - "It’s a pretty tough track with not much opportunity for a rest. Even in the straight lines you can’t rest as much as you would like. You’re at altitude as well, at 800 metres (2,625 feet), so coming from Mexico that’s nothing, but you’re still not at sea level. The weather can be challenging. It can be very warm and humid. It’s a pretty intense challenge but, at the end of the day, that’s what we’re looking for.

    Generally, it’s a track I really like. I like the Senna ‘S’, and the first few corners are pretty amazing. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s evolved with the heavy rain we know you can get in Brazil. We’ll just go out there and see what we can do.

    Brazil is always special because of Ayrton Senna. He was one of the biggest names in Formula 1. Interlagos is a special place. There’s so much history there. On race day you’ve got so much support from the fans. I remember Ayrton winning there in 1991 when he couldn’t hold the trophy in the air because he was so tired and had the pain in his arms from driving.”

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Brazilian GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Red Bull


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - RED BULL RACING FORMULA ONE TEAM

Daniel Ricciardo - “I really like South America in general so I’m always excited about the Brazilian GP. Last year in the wet was fun and I wouldn’t mind some more rain this year as I know I could do better. I’m positive I can get a good result there but as of yet I haven’t really had a stand out race in Brazil, hopefully that will change this year.

    The circuit itself isn’t what I typically look for in a track. It doesn’t have any notable high speed corners which I usually really enjoy, it is quite slow and short which isn’t that exciting, that doesn’t mean I will try any less for a strong result though.

    The fans in Brazil are some of the loudest, lots of air horns and trumpets and a general carnival vibe. The area of town where the track is located is quite authentic so you get lots of local fans coming out to watch the race, it’s a good one with real soul and passion. As well as experiencing the Brazilian support I am also looking forward to a good helping of Churrasco food at Fogo de Chao.”

Max Verstappen - “We are looking for another strong performance at Interlagos following a really fun race in the wet last year. I really enjoyed 2016, there were some great battles and overtakes which resulted in a hard earned podium. I also had a big moment near pit lane entry which was a close call, I managed to save it and carry on to achieve a good result. As you would expect I’m hoping for another damp race weekend as I don’t think we can be as competitive there in the dry, especially with the elevation changes on the straight, it is not our strongest point.

    Being such a narrow starting grid you often end up really close to the grandstand which is a pretty unique and exciting experience. The Brazilian fans are so passionate and vocal so it is always special to feel the atmosphere from the crowd before the start. I think the history of F1 in Brazil means it has a massive following and this is clear to see across the race weekend.

    The food in Brazil is very good, the Churrascaria restaurants serve unbelievable grilled meat. Although it is nearly the end of the season I still have to be careful what I eat in order to stay the correct weight, this is a shame as I would like to get involved in the local cuisine.”

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Brazilian GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Renault


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM

Nico Hulkenberg - “It’s very special for me and one of my favourite places and races on the calendar. Sao Paulo is a crazy city and there’s something I really like about it. The food, the people, it’s all really engaging and a highly unique experience.

    The track itself has so much history especially when you cast your mind to all the stories and championships won there. You can feel the history and the emotions that belong to racing and I really like that. It’s a reason why I usually perform quite well there. The circuit is short and can be quite tricky to get right. It’s anti-clockwise, very bumpy and extremely tough on the neck! It’s all about confidence, especially the in-field middle sector.

    I have special memories around Interlagos! My only Formula 1 pole position to date came in my rookie season, which was awesome. I put a perfect lap together at the right time in changing conditions and poled it by over a second; that’s a real standout moment in my entire racing career. In 2012, I led for a large part of the race and was unlucky not to get a podium. I have a decent record there and I will be pushing to make sure I continue that.”

Carlos Sainz - “The track is obviously nice and you can still feel the vibe from Ayrton Senna all around. He’s still very much in people’s hearts, which makes it very special. In actual fact, it’s not a track layout I particularly enjoy, but it’s one of those historical places in Formula 1 where you race. There are a lot of stories in Brazil and lots of championships have been won there. The Brazilian culture is pretty eclectic, and, in terms of food, it’s probably my favourite destination on the calendar.

    I had a good race there last year and it was one of my most complete Grands Prix. I was fifteenth in qualifying – two seconds off the top guys - and suddenly I was racing against them in the rain! We were back alive on race day, we got the strategy right and it paid off. We did a decent job and it was a very enjoyable Sunday capped off with eight points.

    The track is old school and challenging to get right, especially the twisty in-field which features some changes in elevation. The weather usually throws up some surprises; it can be nice and very warm and then it will switch to thunderstorms. The secret is adapting quickly to the weather and finding a well-balanced car which is suited to both wet and dry conditions.”

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Brazilian GP: Driver Preview Quotes - McLaren


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - McLAREN HONDA FORMULA 1 TEAM

Fernando Alonso - “Interlagos is one of the great ‘classic’ tracks on the calendar, with an incredible history and a long list of famous names that have lifted the trophy. It’s also one of the most dramatic Grands Prix of the year – there are always incidents and action and the weather plays a big part in the outcome.

    This circuit should suit our car better than the last couple of tracks, so we hope we can give ourselves the best chance in qualifying as starting position is very important in a race where a lot can happen. It’s a really fun track – a short lap with a good flow, and the new cars this year will make it feel even faster. During the race, if you can get a good rhythm through the final corner it really helps down the start-finish straight and into Turn 1, and then you can attack the first corner going into the next lap. It’s part of what makes this circuit so exciting.

    After the USA and Mexico, we’re looking ahead to Brazil and Abu Dhabi with a bit more expectation as we knew those tracks would be really difficult for us. However, Mexico was definitely a surprise and we performed better than we anticipated. This will surely be a tricky race and there are always risks to take with the weather and strategy, but if we can start the race from where we should be in qualifying, it could give us a good chance to score some points.”

Stoffel Vandoorne - “I’m looking forward to tackling another new circuit next weekend in Brazil, especially one that is considered so legendary among the fans and the other drivers. Interlagos is the place where championships have been won and lost, and classic Grands Prix have taken place with great names like Senna and Prost winning some of F1’s most famous races.

    Like every circuit we race on, I put in a lot of preparation with my engineers in the simulator, so by the time we head out onto the track on Friday morning I feel completely ready to tackle it and already comfortable with the layout and set-up the circuit requires. This means that, like Fernando, I can spend FP1 dialing-in the car to the track and conditions and give valuable feedback to the team so they can gather as much as information as possible.

    Qualifying at Interlagos is always important because you never know what can happen in the race. In Mexico I had a great start, so if we can start further up the grid in Brazil – providing we can avoid more penalties – it’ll open up good opportunities in the race. It’s important to stay out of trouble and have a clean race and then we can see what we can do from there. There’s everything to play for and I’m excited to experience the famous atmosphere at Interlagos thanks to the enthusiastic Brazilian fans.”

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Brazilian GP: Driver Preview Quotes - Toro Rosso


DRIVER PREVIEW QUOTES - SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO F1 TEAM

Brendon Hartley - “I’m very happy to be heading to Brazil with Toro Rosso. With the help of the team I made big progress in Mexico and I’m confident that, with a little bit more luck than last time out, we can fight for points. I’m starting to feel at home in the F1 paddock and Sao Paulo is a track I enjoyed and know quite well from when I raced there back in 2014 for the final round of the FIA WEC Championship. So, all in all, I definitely look forward to my third race weekend in Formula 1 and what will be my fifth race weekend in a row!”

Pierre Gasly - “I’m so excited to be racing in Brazil this week! It will be my first time driving in Sao Paulo, it’s such a mythical track! It has so much history and it’s one of my favourites, even though I wasn’t born, one of my favourite races was when Ayrton Senna won in ’91. With Senna being one of my all-time idols, I really can’t wait to get there and discover this amazing track! The weather can be sometimes tricky and I remember many race weekends happening under rain, in terms of performance it will be better for us. I really like wet conditions as well, so let’s see how it will be, I think the rain would be good for us to spice things up! If it rains, anything can happen!”

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