Grand Prix of Mexico – Race

Rosberg says his anger at Hamilton won’t affect his race today [BBC] but the fact that he’s thinking about it enough to make that comment shows he is being affected by it. Maybe we’ll see more childish sulking from ROS. πŸ™‚

Qualifying didn’t really have many surprises; the McLaren pair are at the back, and the Mercedes pair are at the front.

Provisional grid: ROS, HAM, VET, KVY, RIC, BOT, MAS, VES, PER, HUL; SAI, GRO, MAL, ERI, RAI*; ALO*, NAS, RSI, STE, BUT*
*Penalties to be applied: RAI = five-place grid drop for a gearbox change; ALO and BUT drop about 5000 places each. πŸ™‚
Also, because BUT didn’t set a time in Q1 he’ll need to appeal to the stewards for permission to race.

Since Quali, Ferrari put a new engine in RAI’s car so he gets another penalty, dropping him behind ALO on the grid. [FIA]

ROS leads away on the formation lap
Everyone starting on options (soft compound) except ALO, RAI and BUT

01/71: HAM challenges into Turn 1 but ROS keeps P1
KVY ahead of VET
RIC past VET too
Radio from VET – puncture; blaming RIC for causing it
Radio from ALO – loss of power; told to retire the car

02: VET pits, as does ALO
VET takes on prime tyres – can he go the whole race distance on them?
Slow-moving ALO means VET has to wait before exiting his box
ALO drives into the garage, and he’s out of the car

03: ROS fastest lap 1:25.195
DRS enabled

04: RIC defending P4 from BOT
VET f/lap 1:25.006
Radio for RAI – brakes getting hot

05/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, RIC, BOT, VES, MAS, PER, SAI, HUL
HAM f/lap 1:24.889
VET f/lap 1:24.764

06: ROS f/lap 1:24.369
Turn 5 incident involving cars 3 and 5 (RIC and VET) under investigation

07: HAM f/lap 1:24.313
Turn 5 incident – no further action

08: VET still over 10 seconds behind STE

09: BOT pits; early stop but looks scheduled rather than a problem
Radio for PER asking about tyres; rear going off but “all under control man” πŸ™‚

10/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, RIC, VES, PER, SAI, MAL, RAI, GRO
MAS pits

11: MAL and ERI pit

12: HAM f/lap 1:24.256 – still just over 1sec behind ROS
GRO pits

13: VET f/lap 1:24.012

14: ROS f/lap 1:23.998
SAI pits

15/71: ROS f/lap 1:23.634

16: ROS f/lap 1:23.620
HAM f/lap 1:23.499
VET takes P12 from SAI

18: VET loses the tail under braking; spins; recovers but he’s dropped to P15

19: PER pits; long stop as they adjust the front wing
PER rejoins just ahead of SAI but SAI has the pace into Turn 1 and takes P10

20/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, RIC, VES, RAI, BOT, MAS, HUL, SAI
ROS f/lap 1:23.228
Radio from VET – flat spot pretty bad

21: ROS f/lap 1:23.161
HAM f/lap 1:23.008
ROS is 2.5sec ahead of HAM, who in turn is 13.5sec ahead of KVY

22: PER still on the tail of SAI
KVY pits from P3; rejoins P5
RAI takes P6 from BOT
BOT fights back
RAI pushes BOT wide but BOT tries to stay off the grass
Contact – RAI runs over BOT’s wheel; breaks the Ferrari’s suspension
RAI parks off track

24: Incident involving cars 7 and 77 (RAI and BOT) under investigation

25/71: ROS, HAM, RIC, VES, KVY, BOT, MAS, HUL, SAI, PER; GRO, MAL, VET, BUT, ERI, NAS, STE, RSI; retirements: RAI, ALO
RIC pits from P3

26: VES pits

27: ROS pits; clean stop; rejoins in P2
Incident involving RAI and BOT – no further action

28: VET dives inside MAL but locks up and runs wide

29: HAM pits from P1; another clean stop from the Mercedes team
Radio from VET – tyres are really not in great shape now

30/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, BOT, MAS, VET, VES, RIC, HUL, SAI

31: ROS f/lap 1:22.872
HAM f/lap 1:22.441

32: BUT pits to switch from primes to options
HAM f/lap 1:22.100

33: FIA timing on TV shows PER in P10 but FIA’s app shows him as P14 – useless!!

34: SAI cuts a turn; has to let PER pass to avoid a penalty

35/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, BOT, MAS, RIC, HUL, VES, PER, SAI

36: VET pits; rejoins in P14; lapped by ROS

37: Ferrari between the two Mercedes cars might look good but he’s a lap down

40/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, BOT, MAS, RIC, HUL, VES, PER, SAI
ERI makes a second stop

41: Radio for VET telling him to let HAM pass; “but I’m quicker than him”

42: HAM f/lap 1:21.994

44: Marshal dashes onto the track to pick up a large piece of debris
SAI pits – 2nd stop

45/71: ROS f/lap 1:21.932
Radio for ROS telling him the gap to HAM – “I don’t want to know; don’t tell me”

46: SAI locks up but keeps it under control

47: ROS pits – new set of primes
Radio for HAM – converting to Plan B
What if HAM says he doesn’t want to pit?

48: HAM doesn’t pit but the mechanics are in the pit lane waiting for him
Radio from HAM asking why; told it’s because of tyre wear, “safety”
Radio from HAM – “my tyres are good”; told “pit this lap; instruction”

49: HAM pits
ROS f/lap 1:21.673
Radio from HAM – “please check those tyres and let me know”
RIC all over the rear of MAS

50/71: ROS, HAM, KVY, BOT, MAS, RIC, HUL, PER, VES, GRO
ROS f/lap 1:21.367
RIC looking for a way round MAS

51: HAM f/lap 1:20.853
RIC dives inside MAS; takes P5
PER past VES for P8

52: HAM f/lap 1:20.815
I think HAM might have been OK with P2 but being told to pit has got him fired up πŸ™‚

53: VET is in the wall! He’s out of the car
Safety Car deployed
SAI and ERI pit
RIC, MAS, HUL all pit

54[SC]: BOT pits
Replay shows VET locked up and went into the barriers nose-first
SAI is between ROS and HAM

55/71[SC]: ROS, HAM, KVY, BOT, RIC, MAS, HUL, PER, VES, GRO, MAL, SAI, ERI, NAS, BUT, STE, RSI; retirements: VET, RAI, ALO
Lapped cars can pass SC

56[SC]: Radio for KVY reminding him to keep warming his tyres

57[SC]: Radio for ROS telling him to use the 10 car lengths (behind the SC) to cool his car
Radio from BUT – NAS has a brake fire
SC in at the end of this lap
HAM tucked up tight, inches from ROS

58: Green flags
BOT takes P3 from KVY

59: NAS is off track; drives behind the barrier
Radio from NAS – “my brakes are gone”
ROS cuts a corner

60/71: ROS, HAM, BOT, KVY, RIC, MAS, HUL, PER, VES, GRO
DRS enabled
Radio for BUT telling him PER is P8 but on 40-lap old tyres

61: ROS is 1.3sec ahead of HAM

62: HAM closing to 1.1sec from ROS

64: MAL runs deep, barely missing the wall
HAM still closing on ROS
HAM made a mistake – back to 1.8sec from ROS

65/71: ROS, HAM, BOT, KVY, RIC, MAS, HUL, PER, VES, GRO, MAL, ERI, SAI, BUT, RSI, STE; retirements: NAS, VET, RAI, ALO

66: HAM closing again; 1.4sec

67 = 5 laps remaining: HAM f/lap 1:20.772
Gap is down to 1.2sec from ROS

68: ROS f/lap 1:20.521
ROS closing on STE to lap him again

69: MAL looking at making a pass on his teammate; they’re P10 and P11

70/71: ROS maintaining the gap at about 1.6sec to HAM

71 = final lap: ROS takes the chequered flag

Provisional result: ROS, HAM, BOT, KVY, RIC, MAS, HUL, PER, VES, GRO; MAL, ERI, SAI, BUT, RSI, STE
DNF: NAS, VET, RAI, ALO

It would be interesting to hear the conversation between HAM and the team about that pit stop πŸ™‚

Oddly enough ROS isn’t sulking like a kid this time

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