2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 19 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Layout of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Race details[1]
Date 12 November 2017 (2017-11-12)
Official name Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2017
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.909 km (190.083 mi)
Attendance 141,218[2]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:08.322
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Time 1:11.044 on lap 64 (lap record)
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2017) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 November 2017 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil. The race was the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the forty-sixth running of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the forty-fifth time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the thirty-fourth World Championship event to be held at Interlagos.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas started from pole position with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen behind, after World Champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out of qualifying early and started from the pit lane. Vettel overtook Bottas on the first corner, after which he set the pace through most of the race. Vettel won the Grand Prix, followed by Bottas and Räikkönen. Hamilton eventually climbed to fourth, closing to less than one second of a podium finish.[3]

Report[edit]

Free practice[edit]

The three free practice session demonstrated very tight competition between Ferrari and Mercedes.[4] In first and second free practice, Lewis Hamilton was quickest, with both Ferraris and both Red Bulls within one second. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were notably strong in these sessions. In the third session, the order was similar. However, Valtteri Bottas pipped Hamilton's best time by three thousands of a second; and neither Max Verstappen nor Massa put in a strong lap. In the final practice round, less than a tenth of a second separated the two Mercedes and two Ferraris.

The first practice session saw George Russell's Formula One debut appearance. There was also an unusual appearance of a test driver (Antonio Giovinazzi) in the second practice session (usually, any test drivers that participate in a racing weekend, do so in the first practice session).

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying began in a dramatic fashion as World Champion Hamilton lost the back end of the car with over-steer, seemingly due to a driver error, crashing to retire from Q1 without setting a lap time. Räikkönen was fastest in Q1 and Vettel in Q2. In the final qualifying session, however, Bottas took pole position. Vettel qualified a close second, followed by Räikkönen, Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo took a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components and started 14th on the grid. Hamilton elected to change his gearbox and power unit, so started the race from the pit lane.

Race[edit]

Vettel achieved a good start during the second phase of clutch control to overtake Bottas on the first corner. There were numerous retirements due to collisions on the first lap. Romain Grosjean lost the back end, clipping Esteban Ocon off the track. Ocon's resultant retirement ended his record streak of 27 races finished from his Formula One debut. Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen also retired due to a collision on the first lap.

Hamilton, starting from the pit lane, implemented an inverted tyre strategy running to lap 44 on one set of soft tyres. After overtaking the back-markers and mid-field, he fell into first place as the leading cars – predominantly on one-stop strategies – pitted. Hamilton's only pit-stop positioned him fifth, after which he overtook Verstappen and was briefly able to challenge Räikkönen for the podium,[5] but unable to overtake Raikkonen in third. Ricciardo also battled up to sixth after starting fifteenth on the grid and dropping to seventeenth as collateral of the Vandoorne-Magnussen collision.

Setting the pace through most of the race, Vettel won the Grand Prix, followed by Bottas and Räikkönen. Including Hamilton, the top four finished within the space of 5.5 seconds, with the two Red Bulls more than 30 seconds behind. The following three positions also carried a race-long battle to the finish line, finishing within 1 second of each other. Initially overtaking on lap 5 (as the safety car was pulling into pitlane), Massa held off Alonso who remained close throughout the race.[6] Sergio Pérez also caught up to these two racers to cross the finish line barely behind Alonso.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.452 1:08.638 1:08.322 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:09.643 1:08.494 1:08.360 2
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:09.405 1:09.116 1:08.538 3
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:09.820 1:09.050 1:08.925 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:09.828 1:09.533 1:09.330 141
6 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:10.145 1:09.760 1:09.598 5
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:10.172 1:09.593 1:09.617 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:10.078 1:09.726 1:09.703 7
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:10.227 1:09.768 1:09.805 8
10 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:09.789 1:09.612 1:09.841 9
11 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:10.168 1:09.830 10
12 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:10.148 1:09.879 11
13 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:10.286 1:10.116 12
14 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:10.521 1:10.154 13
15 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:10.625 no time 182
16 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:10.678 15
17 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:10.686 193
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:10.776 164
19 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:10.875 175
107% time: 1:14.263
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes no time PL6
Source: [7][8]
Notes
  • ^1  – Daniel Ricciardo received a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
  • ^2  – Brendon Hartley received a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
  • ^3  – Pierre Gasly received a 25-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
  • ^4  – Lance Stroll received a 5-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^5  – Marcus Ericsson received a 5-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^6  – Lewis Hamilton failed to set a time within the 107% requirement, but received permission from the stewards to start the race. He also started from the pit lane due to a gearbox and power unit changes.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 1:31:26.262 2 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 +2.762 1 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +4.600 3 15
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +5.468 PL 12
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 +32.940 4 10
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 +48.691 14 8
7 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 71 +1:08.882 9 6
8 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 71 +1:09.363 6 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 71 +1:09.500 5 2
10 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 70 +1 Lap 7 1
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 70 +1 Lap 8
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 70 +1 Lap 19
13 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 17
14 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 15
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 11
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 Laps 16
Ret 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 40 Engine 18
Ret 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 10
Ret 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 0 Collision 12
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 0 Collision 13
Source: [9]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brazil". formula1.com. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "F1 reveals overall rise in 2017 attendance". GPupdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton fightback". The Guardian. 13 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "FP3 – Mercedes and Ferrari all but inseparable at Interlagos". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton fightback". The Guardian. 13 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Race History Chart". FIA. 12 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying Session Official Classification". FIA. 11 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Official Starting Grid". FIA. 12 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Race Official Classification". FIA. 12 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 

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