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Binotto labels Vettel/Leclerc clash a "silly action"

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:09
Leclerc passed Vettel for fourth place at the first corner towards the end of the Brazilian GP and the two made contact on the run to Turn 4 moments later, when Vettel tried to re-pass on the outside.
Though Vettel moved over on his teammate and triggered the clash, neither driver was punished as the stewards determined nobody was wholly at fault.

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Sainz's Brazilian Grand Prix podium confirmed

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 16:34
Sainz inherited third place after Lewis Hamilton picked up a five-second penalty for hitting Alex Albon out of second on the penultimate lap of the race at Interlagos.
While no formal investigation was announced, the FIA did request data from some teams – including McLaren – after complaints that DRS was used illegally under yellow flags during the grand prix.
That meant further changes ...Keep reading
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Mercedes: Offering late stop to Hamilton was "plain dumb"

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 16:31
Allison also admits that the team was wrong to put the decision in the hands of the driver himself, especially as Hamilton was given incorrect information on how many places he would lose by stopping.
Hamilton was running second behind Max Verstappen in the closing laps of the race when the clash between the Ferraris triggered a safety car. He slowed and was approaching the pit entry when his ...Keep reading
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Ferrari drivers escape punishment for clash

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 16:11
Vettel was repassing Leclerc for fourth during their late-race battle at Interlagos when they made contact on the straight approaching the Descida do Lago.
Both retired as a result of damage from the incident, and they were summoned to the stewards shortly after the race.
After discussing the collision with the two drivers and a team representative, the stewards decided no penalty was ...Keep reading
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Gasly: "Insane" podium "the best day of my life"

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 15:51
The 23-year-old racer, who is contesting his second full campaign in grand prix racing, was unable to score a podium in his 12 races with Red Bull’s main team this year, and was replaced by Alex Albon after the summer break.
But a race of high attrition among the top cars in Brazil gave Gasly a shot at a milestone result in Toro Rosso machinery, and when Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clashed ...Keep reading
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Hamilton accepts full responsibility for Albon collision

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 15:43
Hamilton knocked Albon's Red Bull into a spin at the tight Bico de Pato corner on the infield while trying to reclaim second with one lap to go following a late pitstop for fresh tyres during a safety car period.
Though Hamilton crossed the line in third and took part in the podium ceremony, he was already under investigation and was given a five-second time penalty soon afterwards - dropping ...Keep reading
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Vettel, Leclerc called to stewards over accident

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 15:09
The pair were battling for fourth soon after the first safety car restart when the incident occurred.
Leclerc had overtaken Vettel into the first corner but his teammate had the better run onto the following straight and moved back ahead, only to make contact with the sister car as he did so.
While Leclerc had to park immediately with broken suspension, a rear puncture meant Vettel did not ...Keep reading
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Hamilton loses podium after penalty for Albon clash

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 15:00
Hamilton had clashed with Red Bull driver Alexander Albon on the penultimate lap of the race in the battle for second place, taking the Anglo-Thai racer out of contention and himself dropping behind Pierre Gasly.
He took the chequered flag in third place and stood on the podium, but was due to visit the stewards afterwards as the incident remained under investigation.
However, the stewards ...Keep reading
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Remorseful Hamilton summoned to stewards over Albon clash

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 14:19
F1 rookie Albon was running second in a Red Bull one-two after a late restart, aided by Hamilton pitting during a safety car that was caused by Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc colliding.
Hamilton re-passed Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso at the restart with two laps to go and then immediately attacked Albon for second, but the two collided and Albon spun, finishing 14th, while ...Keep reading
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Brazilian GP: Verstappen wins from Gasly after crazy finish

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 14:00
Poleman Verstappen had to pass Lewis Hamilton on track twice to score his third victory of 2019, while Gasly beat Hamilton in a drag race to the line after being handed second place when Hamilton and Alex Albon collided on the penultimate lap.
A collision between teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc caused a safety car and set up a four-lap climax to a thrilling race, with Albon in ...Keep reading
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Brazilian GP: The race as it happened

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 11:56
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Ricciardo not bitter over "impressive" Red Bull-Honda surge

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 10:32
The gains that Honda has made with its powerunit became clear at Interlagos on Saturday as Red Bull’s strong pace on the straights and strengths in the corner secured Verstappen the top spot on the grid.
And while Ricciardo’s decision to leave Red Bull at the end of last year has prompted questions all year about if there were any regrets, the Renault driver says he is actually happy his ...Keep reading
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Ferrari insists it changed "nothing" on its F1 engine

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 08:16
Recent technical directives issued over the last fortnight by the FIA regarding fuel-flow rules and the use of liquids as combustion have served to increase rumours about what Ferrari has been up to.
But despite it appearing that Ferrari is no longer as quick on the straights as before, team principal Mattia Binotto is clear that the shift in performance has nothing to do with its power ...Keep reading
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Mercedes hurt by altitude weakness more than expected

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 06:59
The Interlagos circuit is around 800 metres above sea level, which means less oxygen for the engines and a harder test for the turbocharger and MGU-H.
Although it is not as significant as the Mexican Grand Prix, where the circuit is more than 2km above sea-level, the altitude still has an impact in Brazil, and Bottas said it was behind Mercedes’ slightly muted qualifying performance.
“It ...Keep reading
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Ferrari form dip "interesting" after pole run – Allison

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 04:04
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has qualified on pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, two weeks after Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped qualifying in the United States.
Ferrari had started the previous six grands prix from pole position, although it was only fastest in five of those as its most recent pole came after poleman Verstappen picked up a grid penalty in Mexico.
More significantly ...Keep reading
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Sainz vows to take “maximum attack” approach in Brazil

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 21:16
Sainz was unable to post a flying lap in Q1, and was thus classified 20th. Engine supplier Renault traced the source of the problem after the session, but no decision has been taken on whether the Spaniard will take any new components ahead of Sunday’s race.
He has a high-mileage “Friday” engine that was used yesterday, but there would be no extra penalty if he takes a new V6, as he is ...Keep reading
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Leclerc blames "stupid" mistake for missing 'pole' shot

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 16:52
Pole position would not have been possible for Leclerc at Interlagos because he was carrying a 10-place grid penalty for a change of internal combustion engine necessitated by his Austin practice oil leak.
He ended up fourth fastest in Q3, so will start 14th.
But he was convinced he could have topped the session so he could "only be angry" with himself for the result.
"I'm very ...Keep reading
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Vettel, Hamilton surprised by Red Bull's straightline speed

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:18
Verstappen will start Sunday’s race at Interlagos from pole position after dominating qualifying in his Honda-powered Red Bull, which Ferrari driver Vettel claimed was not losing any time on the straights.
Red Bull has been underpowered throughout F1’s V6 turbo-hybrid engine era and its new-for-2019 partner Honda has been playing catch-up since it joined the grid in 2015.
However ...Keep reading
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Hamilton: Mercedes "down on power" against Red Bull, Ferrari

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:03
The world champion ended up third on the grid at Interlagos, just 0.191 seconds behind pole position man Max Verstappen, but says his fate was pretty much sealed by how much quicker his rivals are on the straight.
"We seemed quite competitive in P3 but then we seem to lose when we're going into qualifying, or they gain," he said.
"But nonetheless, I'm really happy that I was able to divide ...Keep reading
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