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2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2018) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 November 2018 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil. The race was the penultimate round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship and marked the 47th running of the Brazilian Grand Prix and the 46th time that the race was run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950. Following Felipe Massa's retirement from Formula One at the end of the 2017 season, this running of the race had also marked the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix entered the Formula One World Championship calendar in 1973 that no Brazilian driver took part.

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 20 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Layout of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Race details[1]
Date 11 November 2018 (2018-11-11)
Official name Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2018
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.879 km (190.064 mi)
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:07.281
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
Time 1:10.540 on lap 65 (lap record)
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Third Ferrari

The race was won by Lewis Hamilton from pole position. Hamilton's race win combined with teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing 5th meant that Mercedes were able to claim the Constructors' Championship for the 5th consecutive season.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Going into the penultimate round of the 2018 season Lewis Hamilton had already claimed the Drivers' Championship, however Ferrari and Mercedes could both still claim the Constructors' Championship.[3] Ferrari needed to outscore Mercedes by 13 points or more to prevent Mercedes winning the title after the race's completion.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.464 1:07.795 1:07.281 1
2 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.452 1:07.776 1:07.374 2
3 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.492 1:07.727 1:07.441 3
4 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:08.452 1:08.028 1:07.456 4
5 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:08.205 1:08.017 1:07.778 5
6 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:08.544 1:08.055 1:07.780 111
7 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:08.754 1:08.579 1:08.296 6
8 16   Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:08.667 1:08.335 1:08.492 7
9 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:08.735 1:08.239 1:08.517 8
10 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:09.046 1:08.616 1:09.029 9
11 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:08.474 1:08.659 10
12 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:09.217 1:08.741 12
13 31   Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:09.264 1:08.770 182
14 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:09.009 1:08.834 13
15 35   Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:09.259 1:10.381 14
16 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:09.269 15
17 28   Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:09.280 16
18 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:09.402 17
19 18   Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:09.441 19
20 2   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:09.601 20
107% time: 1:12.979
Source:[5]
Notes
  • ^1  – Daniel Ricciardo received a five-place grid penalty for a change in turbochargers.[6]
  • ^2  – Esteban Ocon received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

RaceEdit

Max Verstappen was leading and extending his lead over Lewis Hamilton in second until, on lap 44, Verstappen made contact with Esteban Ocon, who was trying to unlap himself, causing both drivers to spin allowing Hamilton to take the lead and eventually the win. Following the collision the stewards gave Ocon a ten-second stop-go penalty for the incident. After the race Ocon and Verstappen were involved in an altercation which consisted of the drivers pushing each other angrily.[7] Verstappen would latter be given community service for the post-race altercation.[8]

Race classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 1:27:09.066 1 25
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 +1.469 5 18
3 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +4.764 4 15
4 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 +5.193 11 12
5 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 +22.943 3 10
6 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +26.997 2 8
7 16   Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 71 +44.199 7 6
8 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 71 +51.230 8 4
9 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 71 +52.857 10 2
10 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 12 1
11 28   Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 70 +1 lap 16
12 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 70 +1 lap 15
13 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 70 +1 lap 9
14 31   Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 18
15 2   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 70 +1 lap1 20
16 35   Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 14
17 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 69 +2 laps1 17
18 18   Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 19
Ret 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 32 Overheating 13
Ret 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 20 Collision damage 6
Source:[9]
Notes

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brazil". Formula1.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix 2018: Mercedes clinch constructors' title for fifth successive year". formula1.com. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix 2018 preview information, start times, weather". Formula1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix 2018: Lewis Hamilton now focused on winning constructors' title for Mercedes". formula1.com. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2018 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Ricciardo set for Brazil engine penalty". Formula1.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Verstappen and Ocon in war of words over race-defining Interlagos clash". formula1.com. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix 2018: Verstappen required to do 'public service' after post-race scuffle with Ocon". formula1.com. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2018 – Race Result". Formula1.com. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Brazil 2018 – Championship". StatsF1. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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