Nov 02

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix race report

United States Grand Prix Formula One race report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas.




Formula One teams United States Grand Prix race results






1 Hamilton Mercedes 56 1hr 40:04.785
2 Rosberg Mercedes 56 + 0:04.314
3 Ricciardo Red Bull 56 + 0:25.560
4 Massa Williams 56 + 0:26.924
5 Bottas Williams 56 + 0:30.992
6 Alonso Ferrari 56 + 1:35.231
7 Vettel Red Bull 56 + 1:35.734
8 Magnussen McLaren 56 + 1:40.682
9 Vergne Toro Rosso 56 + 1:43.863
10 Maldonado Lotus 56 + 1:47.870
11 Grosjean Lotus 55 + 1 Lap
12 Button McLaren 55 + 1 Lap
13 Raikkonen Ferrari 55 + 1 Lap
14 Gutierrez Sauber 55 + 1 Lap
15 Kvyat Toro Rosso 55 + 1 Lap
Hulkenberg Force India 16 Power Unit
Perez Force India 1 Accident
Sutil Sauber 0 Accident

Fastest Lap: Vettel (Red Bull) 1:41.379 (Lap 50)

Drivers’ Championship








1 Hamilton Mercedes 316 10 7 6
2 Rosberg Mercedes 292 4 9 5
3 Ricciardo Red Bull 214 3
4 Bottas Williams 155 1
5 Vettel Red Bull 149 2
6 Alonso Ferrari 149
7 Button McLaren 94
8 Massa Williams 83 1 1
9 Hulkenberg Force India 76
10 Magnussen McLaren 53
11 Perez Force India 47 1
12 Raikkonen Ferrari 47 1
13 Vergne Toro Rosso 23
14 Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Maldonado Lotus 1

Constructors’ Championship







1 Mercedes 608 14 16 11
2 Red Bull 363 3 2
3 Williams 238 1 2
4 Ferrari 196 1
5 McLaren 147
6 Force India 123 1
7 Toro Rosso 31
8 Lotus 9
9 Marussia 2



Red Bull Racing

United States GP – RACE 

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 5th
“I’m happy with that. I could see the Mercedes for the first part of the race which was really cool, I don’t know if they were just chilling, but we seemed to have good pace. It was great to get ahead of the Williams and to get onto the podium. The start wasn’t very good, I have to put my hand up to that one, but the recovery was good so we didn’t really lose out. The pit stops were really good, Red Bull is known for being awesome in the pits and they showed it today.”

SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 7th, Start Position: Pit Lane
“The first half of the race wasn’t so good. The second half it came more alive and we were able to make up some ground with a pit-stop near the end of the race. We decided to go for fresh tyres with only a few laps to go, so we were in a stronger position at that point compared to others who were struggling on older tyres and the pace was better. The low downforce set up was good for passing, but it made it difficult to stay close to people.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “After a poor start, it was a fantastic recovery from Daniel. Some of his overtaking manoeuvres, along with the today’s pit work, got us back ahead of Fernando and the two Williams to take a place on the podium, so an incredible drive by Daniel. For Sebastian, after starting from the pit lane, he had a difficult first stint struggling with the wind; his race really started to come alive on his second set of tyres. Then, with a final stop going onto the soft tyres for the last eight laps, he drove incredibly well to finish seventh place from the pit lane – so a good team performance today.”
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “Daniel delivered another great result for the team today after starting fifth, dropping down to seventh and charging back to finish third. There were some great overtaking moves at a circuit where top-end horsepower is critical. Likewise Seb, who started from the pits and fought back superbly. He struggled a lot with the car during his first stint, but then came alive as the fuel load dropped. There were no problems with his Power Unit either, which helped him fight his way back up to seventh on the option tyre at the end. Once again both drivers have done the job. It’s now a question of being able to complete the final two races with these Power Units. Reliability is obviously key and we’ll be looking at everything in order to preserve them.”

source: Red Bull Racing, redbullracing.com

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

2014 United States Grand Prix – Race

Lewis Hamilton took his third United States Grand Prix victory by less than five seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg after a tense battle at the Circuit of the Americas.

  • Lewis and Nico achieved the team’s tenth one-two finish of the season to equal the record set by McLaren in 1988
  • The result now means that only a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver can now win the 2014 World Drivers’ Championship
  • In claiming his 10th victory of 2014, Lewis has now won more Formula One races than any other British driver (32)
  • Both drivers employed a two-stop strategy, starting on the soft tyre and switching to mediums twice during the race
Car No.
Chassis No.
Result / Fastest Lap
Lewis Hamilton
F1 W05 Hybrid/05
P1 1:41.929
Nico Rosberg
F1 W05 Hybrid/04
P2 1:41.932
Clear, dry, warm
Air: 23 – 24 °C
Track: 33 – 35 °C

Lewis Hamilton
What an incredible place this is to go racing. We have such great support here and I have to say a massive thanks to the fans who have been awesome all weekend. I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to be out front here. It’s a very special feeling to have such an amazing car, an amazing team and to be on this incredible run. It’s been an unbelievable job from the team all year so a big thanks to everyone here at the track and at the factories back home. We managed to correct the problems from qualifying today which was great and I pushed as hard as I could. For the overtake, I just stayed as close as possible to Nico and waited for the moment to be just close enough to throw it up the inside. This is a good circuit to be able to follow another car but it’s still not easy. You have to judge the risk in these situations but I felt confident I could pull it off. Once I got past Nico, it was just about controlling the race. I’m very, very proud to now hold the record for the most Formula One wins for a British driver. I have to say, though, it’s all thanks to the team and the car we have this year that I’ve been able to reach that landmark so quickly. Ten wins in a season is just… well, wow!

Nico Rosberg
It was a tough day for me and it feels horrible to finish second after starting from pole. The conditions were very different compared to yesterday and it took me too long to find my rhythm at the beginning. In Formula One it is all about adapting quickly, but it just took me too long. Only 10 laps after Lewis passed me, I got it right and was able to push much more. Lewis just did a better job today, so congratulations to him. It’s getting tougher but there is still a chance for the title and everything can happen. I’m still going to be pushing flat out just as I always have. I never give up.

Toto Wolff
Today, we ensured that only a Mercedes-Benz driver can win the 2014 Drivers’ title, and that is an incredible achievement for the whole team – regardless of whether Lewis or Nico comes out on top in Abu Dhabi. It was a very strong race from both of them: each had the pace to win and the decisive laps came at the start of the second stint, when Nico was suffering of too much understeer on the prime tyre and Lewis was able to catch and then overtake him on lap 24. After that, both cars were very evenly matched and it was fantastic to see the tenth one-two finish for the team; that is record-equalling and shows the amazing job everybody in this team has done this year. Now we need to get our heads down and work to ensure two clean races on the sporting and reliability front in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Paddy Lowe
The decisive moments in this afternoon’s race came in the laps after the first pit stop, when Nico was suffering from understeer on the prime tyre and there was a pace difference between the two cars. This allowed Lewis to close the gap on Nico, take advantage of the DRS and make a clean overtake into Turn 12. Both drivers had to manage the challenge of making the tyres last long enough in each stint and they did a great job with this, running at a strong pace all the way to the flag. There were some alarming moments in the final laps as we saw our pair closing on a gaggle of cars absorbed in their own battle. But they were able to negotiate these backmarkers safely to bring home our tenth one-two finish of the season – which is a real tribute to what this team has achieved in 2014. As we have seen throughout the season, tiny margins are making the difference between first and second place finishes, and it’s fantastic to see such Nico and Lewis battling neck and neck in such a sporting way. We reached a number of milestones today but, on a personal level, the most significant is to see Lewis break the all-time record for race wins by a British driver. I worked closely with Nigel Mansell, the previous record holder, during his most successful years in the early 1990s, and he was another great, lionhearted racing driver; to see Lewis set a new record this afternoon is very special.

source: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, mercedes-gp.com

Scuderia Ferrari

United States Grand Prix – A challenging Sunday

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 6th 1:41:40.016 + 95.231 56 1.41.474 47
1st stop Lap 16 New Medium
2nd stop Lap 43 Old Soft
RAIKKONEN 13th 1:40:24.599 + 1 Lap 56 1.42.888 54
1st stop Lap 17 New Medium
2nd stop Lap 42 Old Soft
3rd stop Lap 52 Old Soft
Weather: air 24/26 °C, track 32/36 °C. Sunny

Marco Mattiacci: “After all the news this week, today, it was particularly pleasing to see that the grandstands were packed. The response of the American public was an encouraging sign, which shows how much the interest in our sport is growing in a country where we would like to strengthen its presence. It was a shame we could not give our fans a better result, with a Ferrari capable of fighting for the top places. Today, with Fernando, we were able to maintain his start position, while Kimi had some of those difficulties that we are working hard to solve as a team, to ensure he has a better car. On track, we continue to learn a lot and at home we are working tirelessly to reach our goals as soon as possible.”

Fernando Alonso: “Today went more or less as expected, with the cars ahead of us being very quick, clearing off immediately after the start. After a good start, we tried to manage our sixth place, with a view to the Constructors’ championship, in which it was important to finish ahead of the McLarens. The strategy was the best possible, coming in for the first pit stop at the right moment. For the second one, we tried to go long to fit the Softs and go quicker. I think this season has been very complicated and regardless of the car’s performance in these final races, I want to do my utmost to score points and help my team.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “This weekend was very complicated and again today in the race, I wasn’t able to give my maximum. Up to the first stop, the car behaved well, but after fitting the Mediums the situation got tricky, with higher degradation than expected, so I lacked grip and after a few laps I began to have problems with the front end. I tried to save the tyres in any way possible, slowing in some parts of the track and turning into the corners, but even so I had to take on a set of Softs earlier than expected, which meant I had to make a third stop in the closing stages. Now we will continue to work to try and solve our problems. It won’t be easy, but we won’t give up all the way to the end of the last race.”

Pat Fry: “Today, both drivers got away well at the start, even though they were on the dirty side of the track, making the most of one of our car’s strong points. When the Safety Car came out, we decided not to pit, aware that from then on we would have had to deal with the traffic of the group that was stopping. With Fernando we managed to maintain position, even if, unfortunately, we lacked the pace to keep up with those ahead of him. The collision with Perez might have damaged the left rear on Kimi’s car and unfortunately he then had traffic on his second stint and excessive degradation that meant he had to make an extra stop. When we get the car back, we will try and see if there’s something wrong with it, although an initial look at the telemetry data revealed nothing. For both Kimi and Fernando, the Mediums did not perform as expected and so it was after the first stop that we began to lose ground to the leaders. After another difficult race, we will now focus on Brazil where, in a few days’ time we tackle the penultimate race of the championship.”

source: Scuderia Ferrari, ferrari.com

Lotus F1 Team

Let the Sun Shine – 2014 United States GP, Sunday

Pastor Maldonado scored his first point of 2014 whilst Romain Grosjean was assisted out of a points-scoring position to finish an eventual eleventh in an exciting and action-filled United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Pastor finished ninth on the track but had five seconds added to his race time for speeding in the pit lane.

  • Romain started from P16 on new soft compound tyres. He changed to new soft compound tyres on lap 16 then new medium compound tyres on lap 29.
  • Pastor started from P10 on new soft compound tyres. He changed to new medium compound tyres on laps 15 and 35.

Romain Grosjean, P11, E22-03
“The race was really good, I enjoyed it. On the soft tyres, the car was quick; I could follow the Ferraris, and on prime it was a bit more difficult but still enjoyable. Fighting with JB was very very tight but definitely good fun. It was less amusing with Jean-Eric though, he broke my front wing and he broke my rear floor which made the car pretty difficult to drive afterwards. I wasn’t very happy about that as the incident cost me P8. On the plus side, it’s good to be back in the points with Pastor, it’s just a shame not to have been there too.”

Pastor Maldonado, P10, E22-02
“It was a great fight from the very beginning; it felt good, the strategy was good and the car pace was surprisingly good! We were fully focused, keeping the pace and managing the tyres. We did lose out in the slow-speed corners but we were very competitive in the medium and high speed turns throughout the first and last sector. That meant we could recover the time lost in the slow ones so we were in the mix. Overtaking was challenging because of the speed we have but we still took the fight to others for position which was great. Let’s keep pushing like that; I think we can do a good job in the next two races.”

Federico Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal
“It was a great race from both our drivers and everyone in the garage for which we owe everyone at Enstone thanks for their perseverance throughout the season. Pastor and Romain both drove really well and showed their class on track. For Pastor it was great to finally score, which is something we all want. There are two further races in 2014 and we aim to achieve the very best possible in both of them.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director
“It was good to be back racing Ferraris and McLarens today and see both cars running in scoring positions. Tyres were key, with degradation varying at different points in the race but we seemed to manage well with the allocation here. Our pace was good and we matched that of McLaren and Toro Rosso fairly evenly. Overall it was a good effort from everyone. We have the same tyre combination for Brazil next weekend, we can go on and do the same.”

Simon Rebreyend, Renault Sport F1 track support leader
“We’ve seen a much-improved performance today, which is fantastic for the whole team. The Power Unit is made to work pretty hard here, especially in the first two sectors which involve a lot of straight-line speed, so to have scored a point for Pastor, and had the potential for a few more, and been able to overtake many cars, is personally very satisfying. We extracted everything we could from each PU, and neither experienced any problems, which allowed both drivers to complete good mileage early in the weekend and hone their race set-ups. Clearly that made a difference today.”

source: Lotus F1 Team, lotusrenaultgp.com

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

 2014 United States Grand Prix

“Both drivers coped manfully with less than optimal grip levels

Circuit of the Americas, Sunday November 2

Despite being involved in a number of spirited scraps – Jenson Button enjoyed a consummately measured ding-dong with Fernando Alonso, while Kevin Magnussen’s battle with Sebastian Vettel was also firm but fair – both our drivers encountered varying degrees of tyre degradation in the closing stages of this afternoon’s race.

Jenson was the worse affected of the two, dropping from eighth to 12th in just a handful of laps at the end. However, his determined fight to stay abreast of the chasing cars meant that Kevin, who had been running just ahead of him, was able to establish a useful cushion over the chasing pack. It was enough to limit most of the damage; however, he lost out on seventh place to a hard-charging Sebastian on the penultimate lap.

The four points scored this afternoon further consolidate McLaren’s fifth position in the constructors’ championship, moving the team 24 points clear of sixth-placed Force India.



Started                   7th

Finished                 8th

Fastest lap             1m44.287s on lap 29 (+2.908s, 14th)

Pitstops                 Two: laps 1 (5.06s) and 27 (3.09s) [Opt-Pri-Pri]

“Eighth position isn’t a fantastic result, but I honestly don’t think we could have got much more out of the car this afternoon.

“It’s a shame that Jenson lost out on a points finish at the end – I guess he must have run out of tyres – but I was fortunate enough to be slightly farther up the road, which enabled me to keep ahead of the cars chasing me down. Fortunately, therefore, I didn’t lose out too much.

“I can’t be too unhappy with today’s result, but it’s not really been a weekend for the team to remember. Still, we now head straight to Brazil for another grand prix in just a few days’ time – I’m really looking to driving at Interlagos, which looks like a fantastic racetrack, and I very much hope we can have a better weekend there.”



Started                   12th

Finished                 12th

Fastest lap             1m44.440s on lap 33 (+2.876s, 13th)

Pitstops                 Two: laps 1 (3.33s) and 28 (2.26s) [Opt-Pri-Pri]

“I just went backwards today. The only fun bit of the afternoon was my fight with Fernando. But, apart from that, it was pretty dull out there.

“It’s unusual for our car to suffer tyre degradation as damaging as we did today, and I experienced particularly significant issues with the rears. Their surface temperatures were getting really hot, yet their core temperatures were dropping. That meant we were slipping and sliding around, and as a result I was really struggling compared with the drivers around me.

“Hopefully, Brazil will suit us a little bit better.”

ERIC BOULLIER Racing director, McLaren Mercedes

“We’re very disappointed to be leaving Austin having scored only four constructors’ championship points, courtesy of Kevin’s eighth-place finish.

“For much of the race, Kevin and Jenson ran in line astern, both drivers racing extremely well in decidedly difficult circumstances, coping manfully with less than optimal grip levels.

“Towards the end of the race, Kevin was able to cling on to eighth place, having managed his tyre wear extremely well. Jenson was by that time struggling with more significant tyre-degradation issues, especially to his rears, and was consequently unable to prevent being overtaken in the final laps by a series of cars running on newer rubber. As a result he ended up 12th, which was understandably disappointing for him.

“As of this afternoon, we’re in fifth place in the constructors’ championship, 24 points ahead of Force India and 49 points behind Ferrari. From here we fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where we’re looking forward to the challenge of racing on one of the Formula 1 world’s great circuits: Interlagos.

“There, and in Abu Dhabi two weeks thereafter, we’ll be aiming to consolidate our constructors’ championship advantage over Force India, and we haven’t given up on pipping Ferrari for fourth place.

“By no means will it be easy, but you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be giving it our very best shot.”

source: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, mclaren.com

Sahara Force India F1 Team

2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix: Race Report

It was a disappointing afternoon for Sahara Force India with both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg retiring from the United States Grand Prix.
DNF     Sergio Perez               VJM07-02
Tyre strategy: New Softs (1 lap)
Sergio: “What happened today is really unfortunate. I made a move on Adrian [Sutil] at turn 15 when he left the door open, so I went up the inside. Then Adrian started to close the door and I had to try and brake later than him. By doing so I was unable to avoid contact with Kimi [Raikkonen], which caused me to make contact with Adrian also. I just didn’t expect Kimi to be in that position. It’s a big shame because I had a great chance to keep up my run of points finishes and I was determined to do well in such an important race. I feel very sorry for all my fans who came to support me this weekend and I’m disappointed I could not give them a race to remember.”
DNF      Nico Hulkenberg        VJM07-04
Tyre strategy: New Mediums (1 lap) – New Mediums (15 laps)
Nico: “Unfortunately an early end to my race. I lost drive and had no more power so the team told me over the radio to stop the car. Even before that it had not been an easy race with a very difficult first lap. I was right behind Sergio and Adrian when they crashed, and Sergio’s front wing just happened to fall right in front of my car. I ran over it, which caused damage to my car and the tyres. I dived into the pits and lost quite a lot of track position. After that I was running behind the McLarens on a similar strategy with the plan to run the softs at the end of the race. It’s always disappointing to end a race with retirement but fortunately we have the next race in seven days so I will soon be back in the car. Sao Paulo is one of my favourite races and hopefully we can have a better weekend there.”
Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
“It was obviously a very disappointing day for Sahara Force India. We have had a pretty good level of reliability and consistency so far in the season, so when a day like this happens and two cars fail to finish the race it comes as a bit of a surprise. Checo’s race was very short and it was a real shame as he was already up inside the points before his retirement. He had the pace to bring home a good result and perhaps it was just a case of being too eager to make up the positions. Nico had to pit as he couldn’t avoid the debris from the crash, but we are confident he would have been battling for the points. Unfortunately, he was sidelined by an engine failure that will be investigated once the power unit is back in the UK. Today’s result complicates our battle for fifth in the Championship, but we will keep fighting until the very end. There are still two races, one with double points, and today has shown a bad weekend can happen to anyone.”

source: Sahara Force India F1 Team, forceindiaf1.com

Sauber F1 Team

United States Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 2.11.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-24°C air, 33-35°C track

At the US Grand Prix in Austin the Sauber F1 Team was not able to convert the good grid position into a good result. Starting from P9, Adrian Sutil was taken out of the race through no mistake of his own by another competitor on lap one. Esteban Gutiérrez, who started in 15th, finished the race in P14.

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres tyres, after 1 and 20 laps change to medium tyres, after 40 laps change to soft tyres
“It was challenging to get the tyres to work after the safety car period. We lost quite a lot of time on this run. It is tricky when you have to push every lap of the race. Not being able to manage the tyres as other drivers do put us in a critical situation. I did my best and fought through the whole race. From now on we have to keep our focus on Brazil and Abu Dhabi, where I believe we will get the chance to score points.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres
“Unfortunately, it was a short race. I had a good start and was in a promising position. Sadly Sergio (Perez) crashed into my car, which was completely needless. It is very disappointing that we missed our biggest chance of points because of this move.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“After the promising qualifying this result is a huge disappointment especially for Adrian, who was forced out of the race through no fault of his own because of another driver. Looking at what happened at the end of the race, the question is what would have been possible today. Esteban, especially during the early race phase, lost a lot of time. We now have to analyse why that was the case.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“In the end a number of things went wrong today. Adrian made a good start defending ninth position. It was a good way to get into the race, but then he was taken out by another driver, which was a pity. So we had to concentrate on the other car. Being quite far back, we decided to change the strategy, and when the safety car came out at the end of lap one we brought him into the pits and put him on the medium compound tyres, in order to have longer stints in the beginning and a better pace in the end. But, particularly in the first stint, the lap times were not as expected. Overall we were limited by the race pace.”

source: Sauber F1 Team, sauberf1team.com

Scuderia Toro Rosso


Jean-Eric Vergne (STR9-01)
Position: 10th
“It was an exciting race, but difficult at the same time. In the final stages I absolutely wanted to gain positions. I saw the opportunity to overtake Romain (Grosjean) and I decided to go for it. When he closed the door it was just too late. At the end, this is racing and you have to fight as much as you can. I like fighting, so it was good fun. It’s great to be in the points, especially after a difficult weekend, with not much running. We have the car to do well and I’m happy that we do not have to wait too much before being back in the car next week in Brazil, where hopefully we’ll be able score more points.”
Daniil Kvyat (STR9-03)
Position: 15th
We were competitive today and we deserved to score some points here in Austin. We had a fantastic pace until the last part of the Grand Prix when I managed to overtake Raikkonen, but unfortunately I damaged my front left tyre during the fight. I had too many vibrations and I had to pit again. It could have been a fantastic race and it’s obviously disappointing when towards the end everything goes wrong. We couldn’t have done anything better, but sometimes that’s how it goes. I’m looking forward to Brazil, where hopefully we can achieve a better result.”
Franz Tost (Team Principal)
“Here in Austin the race weekend started very well on Friday in FP1, with Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen finishing respectively in 4th and 10th position. Unfortunately the trend changed on Saturday for qualifying, when we suffered from a lack of performance, which we will have to investigate. In addition, we had a 10 grid position penalty with Daniil, for a change to the 7th Power Unit, which meant we had to start the race from the back of the grid. Both drivers had a reasonably good start, especially Jean-Eric who moved up to twelfth place. During the safety car period he was found to have been over the speed limit, getting a 5 seconds penalty, followed by another penalty of the same kind for his move  in overtaking Grosjean. This meant we scored just one point for his 10th position at the end of the race. As for Daniil, his pace was really good and his strategy worked quite well. Unfortunately in overtaking Raikkonen, he damaged his front left tyre and he had to pit again, otherwise I reckon he could have finished higher in the ranking, possibly in 7th or 8th position. Nevertheless, the team showed quite a good performance and I hope we’ll be able to benefit from this positive aspect even more in the next two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, to bring home some very important points.”
Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader)
“Jean-Eric recovered from a disappointing qualifying session to produce another wonderful race performance and pick up one more point for the team. It was a combination of good tyre management and knowing when to attack. The Power Unit also ran without any problems, so all in all it’s been a very satisfactory day on that side of the garage. Things went less smoothly for Daniil who, as well as getting debris caught in his front wing, had an Energy Store sensor issue with his car’s battery. That meant the default mode wasn’t working correctly, which reduces the amount of energy available. He was handicapped a bit today.”

source: Scuderia Toro Rosso, tororosso.com

Williams Martini Racing

United States Grand Prix

Race Notes:
  • Felipe Massa finished fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth in today’s United States Grand Prix.
  • Felipe and Valtteri drove clean and consistent races, but after Ricciardo moved ahead during the pitstops, the Red Bull had the pace to hold onto the final podium position.
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship to 42 points.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We are slightly disappointed to have lost places to where we started, but at the end of the day Ricciardo was quicker than us and drove a very good race. We need to analyse our strategy as our pitstop choice allowed Red Bull to jump us for the podium, so we will go away and assess what we could have done differently and rectify that for next time. We are focused on consolidating third place in the Constructors’ Championship and we need to be satisfied with the fact that we have extended our position over Ferrari so well done to all of the team for another strong performance.
Felipe Massa: I had a very good start to get up to third place and we showed strong pace throughout the race, but unfortunately a slower than normal pitstop allowed Ricciardo to jump me and this could have cost us a podium which was possible. These things happen though and the team have been operating at a very high level with pitstops this season so we need to quickly move on from this one. On the whole we need to see this as a positive weekend as we have scored more points than our rivals in the Constructors’ Championship and we have good momentum for the final two races of the season.
Valtteri Bottas: Overall we have managed to secure some good points and increased our lead over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship, but there are a number of things we can learn from today. I had a bit of clutch slip at the beginning which allowed Ricciardo to jump me in the first corner. The Red Bull’s also had better tyre management and could run at a better pace for longer, so that made it difficult to catch Ricciardo after he jumped me at the pitstops. At this point in the season we’re trying to maximise our points haul and this has been a solid result that puts us in a good position headed into Brazil.

source: Williams F1, williamsf1.com

Marussia F1 Team

coming soon

source: Marussia F1 Team, marussiavirginracing.com

Team Caterham

coming soon

source: Team Caterham, caterhamf1.com


2014 United States Grand Prix – Race


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton used a two-stop strategy to seal victory from second place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix and ensure that only he or his team mate Nico Rosberg will win the 2014 drivers’ title. Hamilton’s 32nd victory means that he is now fifth on the list of all-time winners, equalling Fernando Alonso, and has the highest number of Formula One wins of any British driver.

Hamilton started on the soft tyre and then completed two stints on the medium tyre to win the race by four seconds: a strategy that was echoed by his team mate. All the drivers apart from Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) started on the soft tyre, with Vettel in particular hoping that a diverse strategy would help him make progress following a pit lane start.

Both Williams drivers used a different two-stop strategy to the cars in front of them, completing two opening stints on the soft tyre to maximise their speed early in the race and a final stint on the medium. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also made the most of the opportunities available by stopping earlier than his direct rivals (a manoeuvre known as ‘the undercut’) and pushing hard during his in and out laps to claim his eighth podium in Formula One. The Ferrari of Alonso had a different school of thought: the only top-10 finisher going for a soft-medium-soft strategy.

A safety car on the opening lap prompted a number of drivers to come into the pits, changing their strategies, including both McLarens. The most interesting tactic was from Vettel, who did only one lap on the soft tyres under the safety car – potentially allowing him to run all the way to the end of the 56-lap race without stopping again. In the end he stopped four times in total, eventually ending up in a points scoring seventh place.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “We’ve seen some very close racing all the way from the front to the back of the grid, putting on a great show for the crowd here in the United States. That’s been helped by the tyre choice, which has been exactly right in terms of degradation and grip, allowing a wide range of strategies and plenty of entertainment from the start all the way to the very end. Tyre performance obviously changed compared to yesterday because of the warmer temperatures, which led to some quick calls on the pit wall. Lewis Hamilton was able to use his tyres perfectly to gain an advantage when it mattered most over a very strong team mate. Congratulations to Mercedes for winning the drivers’ championship – now we just have to wait and see with which driver!”

Fastest times of the day by compound:

Medium Soft Intermediate Wet
First Ham 1m41.929s Vet 1m41.379s
Second Ros 1m41.932s Alo 1m41.474s
Third Bot 1m42.505s Kvy 1m41.689s

Longest stint of the race:

Medium  Magnussen (26 laps)
Soft  Massa (18 laps)


We predicted three stops as theoretically the fastest strategy for the 53-lap race, but we also said that two stops were the most likely option, because of traffic. The fastest theoretical strategy was: start on soft, change to soft on lap 12, soft again on lap 25 and then medium on lap 38. The fastest two-stop strategy was expected to be start on soft, change to medium on lap 14 and then medium again on lap 35. Hamilton pitted for mediums on lap 16 and lap 33: very close to our second prediction (although the length of the first stint was affected by the safety car).

source: Pirelli, pirelli.com

Renault Sport F1

United States Grand Prix Race Report

Infiniti Red Bull Racing claimed its 11th podium of the season thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s third place at the United States Grand Prix this afternoon, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel battled back from starting in the pits to finish seventh. There were also points for both Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado and Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who came home ninth and 10th, respectively.

Key race points:

  • An early Safety Car period saw several drivers dive in after just one lap to replace their option tyres in the hope of switching to a one-stop strategy. Degradation would prove too high throughout the afternoon though and all ultimately ended up having to pit at least once more for fresh rubber.
  • Ricciardo might have made a slow start to the afternoon but was quickly into his stride after initially losing two places and falling to seventh at Turn 1. Indeed, it took just half a lap for him to re-pass Kevin Magnussen before the collision between Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil necessitated a Safety Car. The Australian then completed his comeback at the first opportunity by diving down the inside of Fernando Alonso at Turn 1 as soon as racing resumed. From there it was a case of tracking the two Williams drivers and undercutting both Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa at consecutive pit-stops before managing the Red Bull’s pace behind the two Mercedes drivers.
  • Team-mate Vettel experienced a race of two halves before making the most of fresher tyres in his final stint to claim an excellent seventh. Consistent pace across his first two stints allowed the reigning World Champion to climb as high as seventh before pitting with only six laps remaining. Having re-joined 14th, he set about carving his way back through the field with a series of overtaking manoeuvres, culminating with a pass on Magnussen on the penultimate lap. Such was his pace that the German finished just half a second behind sixth-placed Alonso.
  • Toro Rosso rebounded from a difficult qualifying session to have both cars fighting for points finishes. In the end it was only Vergne who made the top-10 after a seesaw battle throughout the race with both Lotus drivers and Jenson Button’s McLaren. Indeed, a bold lunge down the inside of Romain Grosjean at Turn 1 late in the race – which later resulted in a five-second penalty – still offered an opportunity to make up for team-mate Daniil Kvyat’s disappointment at having to pit to remove debris from his front wing while on fresher tyres than those around him.
  • Austin saw a return to form for Lotus, who looked like contenders for points all afternoon. Not even two separate five-second penalties – one for speeding behind the Safety Car and the other for doing likewise in the pits – could deny Maldonado his first points of the season. However, team-mate Grosjean’s chances faded with a brake issue in the closing stages.
  • Red Bull’s double points finish helped them maintain their grip on second place in the constructors’ championship with only two races remaining. Ricciardo remains a comfortable third and Vettel tied-fifth with Alonso, albeit just six points behind Bottas.

Rémi Taffin, Head of Track Operations:
All three of our teams performed well today, with none of them suffering any Power Unit problems. I must congratulate Daniel on another fine drive and podium after slipping backwards at the start. It was fantastic to see him overhaul both Williams drivers after producing some great overtaking moves. Indeed, all of our drivers seemed to be passing cars throughout the race, which again proves the Renault-powered teams can fight hard and reliably.

Obviously Sebastian’s weekend was compromised by using a sixth PU, but his tenacious performance en route to seventh not only proved his fighting spirit but also that the install was completed without any issues as it ran faultlessly during the race.

I also really enjoyed the race-long scrap between Toro Rosso, Lotus and McLaren. This was Lotus’ best weekend for some time actually, and Pastor’s first points of the season prove that we haven’t stopped pushing hard to develop the partnership despite it coming to an end in just two races.

Our target now is to keep up the pressure for podiums at the end of the season and help Red Bull secure second place in the constructors’ championship.

source: renault.com