2017 Mexican Grand Prix

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2017 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 18 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 2015.svg
Race details[1]
Date 29 October 2017 (2017-10-29)
Official name Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2017
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.304 km (2.674 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.354 km (189.738 mi)
Weather Sunny, dry
Attendance 337,043[2]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:16.488
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:18.785 on lap 68 (lap record)
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2017 Mexican Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2017) was a Formula One motor race held on 29 October 2017 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. The race marked the nineteenth running of the Mexican Grand Prix, and the seventeenth time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950.

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen won the race, while Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth world title with two races remaining after championship rival Sebastian Vettel finished fourth.[3][4]

Report[edit]

Hamilton came into the race with a 66-point lead over Vettel and requiring a fifth place finish to claim his fourth world title.

Driver changes[edit]

Pierre Gasly returned to Toro Rosso after sitting out the United States Grand Prix. Gasly replaced Daniil Kvyat, while the team retained Brendon Hartley in their second car.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Vettel pipped Verstappen to pole position, the two ahead of the two Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas with the Mercedes cars yet again struggling in high downforce circuits but were much closer to Ferrari and Red Bull than in the previous high downforce track in Singapore. Kimi Räikkönen qualified in 5th ahead of Esteban Ocon, Daniel Ricciardo, who had problems heating up his tyres, Nico Hülkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Pérez.

Race[edit]

Ricciardo took a 20 place grid penalty after replacing a part on his power unit before the race.

Verstappen managed to force himself past Vettel at the second corner and in doing so allowed Hamilton to overtake Vettel. However, Vettel, on the entry to the third corner, clipped Verstappen's right rear tyre and then made a larger impact to Hamilton's right rear tyre. This greatly damaged Vettel's front wing and he had to pit on the first lap to get it replaced. While Verstappen survived the contact with Vettel and minor contact with Hamilton, Hamilton obtained a puncture from the collision with Vettel and had to limp back to the pits and replace his tyres. This left both championship contenders in last with Vettel 19th and Hamilton in 20th, 24 seconds further behind. After the first lap, the running order was Verstappen, Bottas, Ocon, Hülkenberg, Sainz, Pérez and Lance Stroll. Sainz then spun in the high speed section and had to pit for new tyres and came out in 19th place. With Hamilton now out of the points, Vettel needed to finish 2nd in order to keep his championship hopes alive and he swiftly made his way through the field, while Hamilton, with rear diffuser damage, struggled to make his way past Sainz. In the 24th lap, Hülkenberg retired with an engine problem in what was his fourth retirement in five races and his third in a row. Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso ground to a halt on the 31st lap and brought out the Virtual Safety Car, allowing Räikkönen to jump Ocon into 3rd place and Stroll to jump Pérez into 5th place. Vettel, by the flag, had managed to battle his way to fourth place, but it wasn't enough to stop Hamilton, who finished 9th, from winning the World Championship. Ricciardo (who had retired after a few laps while running in the points), Sainz and Marcus Ericsson, having been running the points for a long time, were the other retirees. Verstappen won for the third time in his career ahead of Bottas and Räikkönen.[6]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.665 1:16.870 1:16.488 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:17.630 1:16.524 1:16.574 2
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.518 1:17.035 1:16.934 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.578 1:17.161 1:16.958 4
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.148 1:17.534 1:17.238 5
6 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:18.336 1:17.827 1:17.437 6
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:18.208 1:17.631 1:17.447 161
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:18.322 1:17.792 1:17.466 7
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:18.405 1:17.753 1:17.794 8
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.020 1:17.868 1:17.807 9
11 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.570 1:18.099 10
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:18.902 1:19.159 11
13 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.683 no time 172
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:17.710 no time 183
15 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:18.578 no time 194
16 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.176 12
17 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.333 13
18 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:19.443 14
19 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:19.473 15
107% time: 1:22.944
10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso no time 205
Source:[7]
Notes
  • ^1  – Daniel Ricciardo received a 20-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.[8]
  • ^2  – Brendon Hartley received a 20-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.[8]
  • ^3  – Fernando Alonso received a 20-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.[8]
  • ^4  – Stoffel Vandoorne received a 35-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.[8]
  • ^5  – Pierre Gasly failed to set a time within the 107% requirement, but received permission from the stewards to start the race; he also received a 20-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.[8]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 1:36:26.552 2 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 +19.678 4 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +54.007 5 15
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +1:10.078 1 12
5 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 6 10
6 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 11 8
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 9 6
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 14 4
9 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 3 2
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 70 +1 Lap 18 1
11 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 10
12 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 70 +1 Lap 19
13 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 70 +1 Lap 20
14 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 13
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 15
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 59 Steering 8
Ret 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 55 Engine 12
Ret 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 30 Engine 17
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 24 Power Unit 7
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 5 Turbo 16
Source:

Championship standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mexico". 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. ^ "Lewis Hamilton wins fourth world title at Mexican Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title after dramatic start to Mexican GP". Guardian. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hartley retained for Mexican Grand Prix". Speedcafe. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Race - Hamilton champion as Verstappen wins in Mexico". Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2017 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2017 – Starting Grid". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 


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