Ferraris Sebastian Vettel qualifies in second spot
Max Verstappen took pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the top spot for Red Bull with a superb lap to deny Ferraris Sebastian Vettel who was second. Lewis Hamilton was in third.
Ferraris Charles Leclerc was in fourth but will receive a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes in front of Red Bulls Alexander Albon.Continue reading...
• Max Verstappen on second row of grid at Marina Bay
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took his third successive Formula One pole position, with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes joining the youngster on the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel, who was fastest after the first flying laps in the final session of qualifying, made mistakes on his last effort and qualified third with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fourth.Continue reading...
•Red Bull driver is Briton’s closest rival other than Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton’s unrelenting march to a sixth world championship has been given another boost after it was revealed Max Verstappen will start this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix from the back of the field.
Verstappen is Hamilton’s closest non-Mercedes challenger for the title, 87 points adrift of the Briton. But just days after he crashed out on the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, it emerged that an engine penalty will demote the Dutchman down the grid for Sunday’s race in Monza.Continue reading...
Having enjoyed his best opening 12 races, Lewis Hamilton is in position to seal his sixth world championship with his most successful season. That the title, which will move him above Juan Manuel Fangio and behind only Michael Schumacher, is in his grasp is beyond doubt. He has already won eight races, to lead his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 62 points, and Hamilton usually only improves on the run-in. Last year he won four of the first five races after the summer break; nine races remain, starting with this weekend’s Belgian grand prix, and with four more victories he will have surpassed his previous best of 11 in a season. Hamilton has been explicit in insisting he is taking nothing for granted yet he is in the form of his life and motivated as never before. Closing out the championship by leaving the opposition scattered and reeling will be his target as Schumacher’s record seven titles looks eminently reachable next season.Continue reading...
- British-born Thai driver promoted from sister team Toro Rosso
- Pierre Gasly has scored only 63 points to Max Verstappen’s 181
Red Bull have promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen for the remainder of the F1 season. The move means Pierre Gasly has returned to race for Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso, alongside Daniil Kvyat.
Albon, the runner-up in last year’s Formula 2 Championship, has impressed in his first season in F1. The 23-year-old British-born Thai driver has scored 16 points from 12 races, with his best result a sixth-placed finish in the rain-affected German Grand Prix.Continue reading...
Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.
Mercedes made a strategic gamble with around 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tyre change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking.
The much quicker tyres helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen's 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70. Sebastian Vettel finished in third place for Ferrari, ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.
Hamilton is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 91.Continue reading...
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