2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from Yas Marina

Session Reports

FP1: Mercedes’ Bottas dominates opening practice in Abu Dhabi

FP2: Bottas edges Hamilton to remain on top on Friday

FP3: Verstappen takes top spot from Mercedes in final practice

Qualifying: Hamilton and Bottas top final qualifying of 2019 in Abu Dhabi

Race: Hamilton signs off season with big win in Abu Dhabi

Photos

Gallery: All the pictures from Thursday’s build-up at Yas Marina

Gallery: All the pictures from practice day at Yas Marina

Gallery: All the pictures from qualifying day at Yas Marina

Gallery: A final look at Formula 1’s Class of 2019

Gallery: All the pictures from race day at Yas Marina

Results

Free Practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.957s 23
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.492s + 0.535s 22
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.591s + 0.634s 20
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:38.084s + 1.127s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.906s + 1.949s 19
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.146s + 2.189s 18
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:39.249s + 2.292s 18
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.350s + 2.393s 19
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:39.423s + 2.466s 20
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:39.505s + 2.548s 22
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:39.628s + 2.671s 18
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:39.864s + 2.907s 23
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:39.888s + 2.931s 17
14 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:39.901s + 2.944s 17
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.969s + 3.012s 20
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.401s + 3.444s 17
17 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:40.687s + 3.730s 23
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:40.792s + 3.835s 21
19 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:40.850s + 3.893s 12
20 George Russell Williams 1:41.362s + 4.405s 24

Free Practice 2 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.256s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.566s + 0.310s 33
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.642s + 0.386s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.691s + 0.435s 28
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.807s + 0.551s 30
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:37.288s + 1.032s 30
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.601s + 1.345s 17
8 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:37.637s + 1.381s 32
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.651s + 1.395s 34
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.770s + 1.514s 36
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.834s + 1.578s 32
12 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.918s + 1.662s 32
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.985s + 1.729s 32
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.080s + 1.824s 31
15 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:38.122s + 1.866s 29
16 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:38.400s + 2.144s 26
17 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.415s + 2.159s 30
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.464s + 2.208s 32
19 George Russell Williams 1:39.512s + 3.256s 32
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:40.455s + 4.199s 32

Free Practice 3 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.566s 14
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.640s + 0.074s 17
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.655s + 0.089s 16
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:36.927s + 0.361s 17
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.975s + 0.409s 14
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:37.010s + 0.444s 15
7 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:37.516s + 0.950s 15
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:37.615s + 1.049s 13
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.691s + 1.125s 21
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.736s + 1.170s 16
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.768s + 1.202s 11
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.963s + 1.397s 17
13 Lando Norris McLaren 1:38.100s + 1.534s 17
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.198s + 1.632s 11
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:38.462s + 1.896s 15
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.514s + 1.948s 20
17 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:38.580s + 2.014s 13
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.782s + 2.216s 17
19 George Russell Williams 1:39.206s + 2.640s 15
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.859s + 3.293s 16

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.851s 1:35.634s 1:34.779s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.200s 1:35.674s 1:34.973s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.390s 1:36.275s 1:35.139s
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.478s 1:35.543s 1:35.219s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.963s 1:35.786s 1:35.339s
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:36.102s 1:36.718s 1:35.682s
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.545s 1:36.764s 1:36.436s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:37.106s 1:36.785s 1:36.456s
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.358s 1:36.308s 1:36.459s
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:37.506s 1:36.859s 1:36.710s
11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:36.961s 1:37.055s
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.198s 1:37.089s
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.528s 1:37.103s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.683s 1:37.141s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:37.710s 1:37.254s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.051s
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.114s
18 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.383s
19 George Russell Williams 1:38.717s
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.236s

Race results

Pos Driver Team Gap Stops
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 laps – 1:34:05.715s 1
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 16.772s 1
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 43.435s 2
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 44.379s 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 64.357s 2
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull + 69.205s 1
7 Sergio Pérez Racing Point + 1 lap 1
8 Lando Norris McLaren + 1 lap 1
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 lap 1
10 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 1 lap 2
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 1 lap 2
12 Nico Hülkenberg Renault + 1 lap 1
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 1
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1 lap 1
15 Romain Grosjean Haas + 1 lap 1
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
17 George Russell Williams + 1 lap 1
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso + 2 laps 1
19 Robert Kubica Williams + 2 laps 1
20 Lance Stroll Racing Point DNF 3

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Hamilton ends the day on top in FP2 at COTA

Lewis Hamilton put himself in charge in the US Grand Prix’s second practice session, the Briton and his mount looking strong as he lead Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 0.301s, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen close behind in third.

Sebastian Vettel clocked in fourth but endured a spin in the latter part of the session. The Scuderia charger edged Valtteri Bottas and Alex Albon, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly was the fastets of the midfield runners.

Today’s first practice session was a drama free affair save for the bumps in COTA’s road which generated a fair amount of complaining from drivers.

While the bumps remained, temperatures were on the rise, increasing from 10 degrees Celsius to about 16 amid a dry atmosphere that should remain the norm for the remainder of the weekend, per the local forecast.

Alex Albon, who put in a solid FP1 session this morning, put the first fastets time on the board, but the Red Bull driver was quickly deposed by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz thanks to a handy 1m36.538s.

But Bottas and Leclerc made minced meat of the Spaniard’s effort, with the former beating his morning’s best to comfortably top the timesheet with a 1m34.742s.

Just 13 minutes into the session, Romain Grosjean brought out the red flag as a result of losing it while negotiating Turns 5 and 6 and hitting the barriers wheels-first, comprehensively damaging the Haas’ left side and putting an early end to his day of running.

The session resumed after the marshals diligently cleared the track and Verstappen popped up into second, but Leclerc, still running on the medium tyre, lowered his own benchmark to 1m34.434s.

Several drivers in the field, including Albon and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, cpntinued to put Pirelli’s 2020 tyres through their paces, hoping to gain knowledge and a head start for next year.

Twenty-five minutes into the session, Hamilton sprung into action and seized P3 while Verstappen inched closer to Leclerc before noting a drop-off of performance of his medium tyres.

But the Mercedes driver, despite shod on the hard compound rubber, jumped the Dutchman to position himself second.

Tyre choices were diverse among the drivers, but both Vettel and Bottas opted for the soft compound to attempt qualifying sims. The German came out on top, lowering the fastest time to 1m33.890s while Bottas was a few tenths adrift.

Leclerc wasn’t giving up however on his efforts to keep himself on top of things, the Monegasque edging his teammate by three tenths but using the medium to do so.

But Hamilton – now on the soft – responded to the Ferrari driver’s lap, punching in with a 1m33.232s and putting the 1m32 barrier in sight with half of the session done and dusted.

Running a bit under the radar behind the frontrunners was one Pierre Gasly who secured P5 thanks to a flawless lap that put him three tenths clear of the next best mid-field runner, namely Sainz, with an impressive Lance Stroll lurking behind.

The qualifying sims this concluded with Hamilton leading Leclerc and Verstappen, with Vettel, Bottas and Albon right behind.

With 30 minutes remaining on the clock, it was time for some long runs to evaluate tyre wear for race day.

The consensus was to put the soft tyre to the task, but Mercedes sent Bottas out on the mediums, with both Silver Arrows lapping in the high 1m39s. But Hamilton exceeded track limits again at the now infamous Turn 19 and was subsequently deprived of two timed laps.

Verstappen’s competitive long pace was validated by a lap in the low 1m39s, while Vettel was seen taking the scenic route in the final sector, looping his Ferrari around with no consequences other than a damaged set of tyres.

A few tyre rotations were in order fro the final minutes of FP2, with Hamilton joining Vettel on the hards while Leclerc and Verstappen switched to mediums. The Mercedes driver concluded his day with a few impressive laps on the white-rimmed tyre.

Positions among the top-ten remained unchanged, with Mercedes this leading the charge thanks to Hamilton who edged Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel, Bottas and Albon.

Gasly sustained his position as ‘best of the rest’ while Stroll, Sainz and Giovinazzi rounded off the top-ten.

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2019 US Grand Prix Free Practice 2 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 2 for the US Grand Prix in Austin City, round 19 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.

2019 US Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.232s 34
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.533s + 0.301s 33
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.547s + 0.315s 28
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.890s + 0.658s 35
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.045s + 0.813s 34
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:34.434s + 1.202s 32
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.509s + 1.277s 31
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34.667s + 1.435s 34
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:34.744s + 1.512s 29
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:34.839s + 1.607s 29
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34.924s + 1.692s 29
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:34.975s + 1.743s 36
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:34.988s + 1.756s 32
14 Lando Norris McLaren 1:35.025s + 1.793s 30
15 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:35.109s + 1.877s 26
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:35.387s + 2.155s 34
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.442s + 2.210s 28
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.789s + 2.557s 4
19 George Russell Williams 1:36.749s + 3.517s 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:37.283s + 4.051s 33

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Verstappen edges Vettel in opening session at COTA

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen led the field in the US Grand Prix’s chilly opening practice session in Austin, the Dutchman leading Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.169s while teammate Alex Albon was third.

Toor Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the top five from which the Mercedes drivers were noticeably absent as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas appeared to spend much time in FP1 sampling Pirelli’s 2020 compounds.

Teams were greeted with clear blue skies at the Circuit of the Americas, but temperatures were a cool 9 degrees Celsius, making FP1 colder than pre-season testing in Barcelona in February.

Lewis Hamilton hit the track with an aero rake fitted behind his Mercedes’ rear tyres, an installation destined to gather data on Pirelli’s 2020 tyres that teams were given an opportunity to test today.

But the championship leader radioed in almost immediately to complain about the track’s surface.

“These bumps are insane out here – I don’t know if this track is safe,” were Hamilton’s first words. as early footage indeed showed cars bouncing and sparking around COTA .

Bottas put the first fastest time on the board but the Finn was overhauled by Verstappen, with the Dutchman himself ceding the top spot to Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane’s position at the top lasted a couple of minutes as teammate Romain Grosjean took over, only for Red Bull’s Alex Albon to put everyone in their place with a 1m35.743s.

However, Albon’s previous best time was deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits at Turn 19, an infringement drivers will likely be mindful of this weekend, especially as Verstappen was also stripped of his best time.

Williams reserve Nicholas Latifi, running in his fifth FP1 session of the year in place of George Russell, was seen pulling off the track at Turn 3, the victim by the ominous sound of it of a gearbox issue. The Canadian was able to limp his way back to the pitlane however.

©Mercedes

Meanwhile up front it was all about Red Bull as Verstappen and Albon – running on Pirelli’s 2020-spec tyres – continued to trade fastest laps, with the latter lowering the benchmark to 1m35.282s.

But the bull’s run was eventually cut short by a soft-shod Vettel who shaved almost a second off Albon’s best.

Leclerc, who encountered an engine issue at the outset of FP1, was up and running once again, slotting his SF90 into P3 in between the two Red Bulls.

With 30 minutes remaining on the clock, the field appeared split between long runs and additional sampling of Pirelli’s 2020 rubber.

But improvements were still in order as Verstappen reclaimed P1 from Vettel with a 1m34.057s, but the 22-year-old was again seen running wide at Turn 19.

©RedBull

While Albon moved up to third, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, also running on the soft tyre, clocked in fourth, just a few tenths in front of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, sporting his special ‘Longhorns’ helmet dedicated to Texas University’s football team.

Oddly, neither Hamilton or Bottas were anywhere to be seen among the top ten, the Briton appearing to spend most of his session pounding around on the new-spec tyre, and continuing to complain about COTA’s bumpy surface.

With five minutes to go, Mercedes finally showed a bit of its championship-winning hand, with Hamilton jumping to fourth. But low and behold, the reigning champ’s time was deleted, once again for exceeding track limits! There won’t be avoiding the ever-present timing loop at Turn 19 this weekend.

The session concluded with Verstappen, leading Vettel, Albon, Gasly and Ricciardo, while Grosjean was sixth, edging Leclerc, Hamilton, Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Magnussen who rounded off the top ten.

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2019 US Grand Prix Free Practice 1 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 1 for the US Grand Prix in Austin City, round 19 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.

2019 US Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.057s 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.226s + 0.169s 30
3 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:34.316s + 0.259s 28
4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:35.008s + 0.951s 32
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:35.263s + 1.206s 29
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.356s + 1.299s 24
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:35.380s + 1.323s 23
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.439s + 1.382s 32
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:35.586s + 1.529s 31
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.659s + 1.602s 23
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.661s + 1.604s 31
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:35.723s + 1.666s 26
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:35.854s + 1.797s 22
14 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:35.971s + 1.914s 29
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:36.037s + 1.980s 26
16 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:36.124s + 2.067s 24
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.159s + 2.102s 40
18 Lando Norris McLaren 1:36.263s + 2.206s 23
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:37.948s + 3.891s 28
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:41.112s + 7.055s 7

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Power unit element usage update for Austin

As Formula 1 enters its final three-race epilogue, all drivers are now on the verge of grid penalties in the event of a power unit component failure.

Here’s a detailed look at where everyone stands in terms of element usage before the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Power Element Usage – 2019 United States Grand Prix

Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE
Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 2 2 2
Valtteri Bottas 3 3 3 2 2 2
Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel 3 3 3 2 2 3
Charles Leclerc 3 3 3 2 2 3
Red Bull/Honda
Max Verstappen 5 4 4 3 3 3
Alex Albon 5 5 5 4 3 3
Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 5 4 4 4 3 4
Nico Hülkenberg 6 4 4 3 2 3
Haas/Ferrari
Romain Grosjean 3 3 3 2 2 2
Kevin Magnussen 3 3 3 2 2 3
McLaren/Renault
Carlos Sainz 5 4 4 4 2 3
Lando Norris 4 4 4 4 4 4
Racing Point/Mercedes
Sergio Pérez 4 4 4 3 2 2
Lance Stroll 4 4 4 2 1 1
Alfa Romeo/Ferrari
Kimi Räikkönen 4 3 3 2 2 3
Antonio Giovinazzi 4 4 4 2 2 4
Toro Rosso/Honda
Daniil Kvyat 7 7 7 6 3 3
Pierre Gasly 7 5 5 5 3 3
Williams/Mercedes
George Russell 3 3 3 2 3 3
Robert Kubica 4 4 4 2 1 1

Notes:

    • ICE: Internal Combustion Engine
    • TC: Turbo Charger
    • MGU-H: Motor Generator Unit – Heat
    • MGU-K: Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic
    • ES: Energy Store
    • CE: Control Electronics

As a reminder, before incurring a grid penalty, drivers can use 3 ICE, 3 TC, 3 MGU-H, 2 MGU-K, 2 ES and 2 CE

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Bottas wins at Suzuka as Mercedes clinch sixth title

Valtteri Bottas cooly dominated the Japanese Grand Prix after pole sitter Sebastian Vettel suffered a poor start off the line in Suzuka.

Bottas swept into the lead heading into turn 1, leaving the Ferrari to fight it out with Lewis Hamilton to hold on to second place. The matter was eventually decided in Vettel’s favour, but the overall result was still enough for Mercedes to clinch the constructors title for a sixth consecutive time.

Alexander Albon just missed out on a podium in fourth place ahead of Carlos Sainz, his Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen having been forced to retire after clashing with Charles Leclerc on the first lap.

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 leads at the start of the race.

It felt like no time at all since qualifying when the cars reconvened on the grid for the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, with the skies over Suzuka a bright blue betraying no trace of typhoon Hagibis that had resulted in such disruption to the weekend’s schedule. However, the gusty winds that had caused so much trouble in the morning session continued to make themselves felt.

With Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc having secured an unexpected front row lockout ahead of Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, the two-by-two line-up continued with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon lining up on row three after posting identical times in qualifying. They were followed by an all-McLaren behind them, with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris ready to take advantage of any opportunities that presented themselves in the downhill run down to turn 1. The top ten was rounded out by Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Haas’ Romain Grosjean.

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 leads at the start of the race.

When the lights went out, Vettel stuttered off the line which allowed Bottas to get the upper hand, sweeping around the outside of the Ferrari to take the lead. Hamilton also tried a move around a slow-starting Leclerc on the other side of the track only to have to fall back in line, losing a spot to Verstappen in the process.

However seconds later, Verstappen tried his own move on Leclerc only for the cars to made contact as Leclerc ran wide and hit Verstappen, who spun off onto the grass at turn 2. The Red Bull was able to resume albeit in 18th place, while Leclerc incurred damage to his front wing. Despite shedding chunks of carbon fibre, Leclerc decided to carry on regardless until finally pitting on lap 4 and dropping to the back as a consequence. Elsewhere there was also a hot-tempered clash over fifth place between Albon and Norris at the chicane, with Norris sent into the runoff and subsequently pitting for repairs, but clearly compromised for the rest of the afternoon.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB15.

Eight laps in, Bottas had built up a 2.5s lead over Vettel followed by Hamilton, Sainz, Albon, Gasly, Lance Stroll, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo. Verstappen had already recovered to 16th place with Leclerc in close pursuit; but with the RB15 carrying damage from their earlier clash, Leclerc was soon able to get past using DRS down the main straight. He followed that up with determined moves on Daniil Kvyat through Spoon on lap 12 and then Kimi Raikkonen on lap 14. In contrast Verstappen was now waning fast, and on lap 16 the team finally called him into the garage to retire due to the earlier damage.

Verstappen’s team mate Albon was the first of the front-runners to pit on lap 16 for a new set of mediums, with Vettel in next time by. He slammed on the brakes as he came in to pit lane to pick up a second set of soft tyres, a move which briefly dropped him behind Sainz. Bottas immediately responded on lap 18, opting for the medium tyres and coming back out in second while Hamilton took over the lead of the race, seemingly on a one-stop strategy while those behind him were set for two stops meaning that they were now gaining fast.

Hamilton eventually pitted on lap 22, handing the lead back to Bottas in the process. He came back out in third behind Vettel but crucially ahead of the yet-to-stop Sainz, who had ten seconds in hand over Albon. Sainz duly made his stop on lap 27 for fresh mediums, a lap after Leclerc made his own second stop of the afternoon for another set of softs which allowed him to make quick work of Kvyat – again – for 11th place. The Russian had already lost two places to Hulkenberg and Perez in a single move the lap before.

Bottas continued to command the race with an 11s lead over Vettel, but Hamilton was less than happy with the team’s strategy choices for him despite running in third place, with a big lead over Albon who was now up to fourth ahead of Ricciardo, Sainz, Gasly, Stroll, Hulkenberg and Perez. Ricciardo’s pit stop on lap 30 – exchanging his starter mediums for a pacier set of softs to finish the day on – temporarily dropped the Renault out of the top ten, while at the same time Leclerc cruised past first Perez and then Hulkenberg to move up to eighth place. He soon put Stroll to the sword as well, and then dispatched Gasly with aplomb for sixth through Spoon.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF90.

Vettel was back on pit lane on lap 32, finally switching to medium tyres and dropping 20s behind Hamilton as a result. The question now was whether Hamilton could stay out all the way to the finish while continuing to maintain sufficient speed to stay ahead of Vettel, or whether he would have to make a second pit stop of his own.

Bottas was already committed to a two-stop strategy, and was in for his second stop on lap 37 to put him back on the soft compound for the run to the finish line. That dropped him nine seconds behind Hamilton, but with the advantage of faster and fresher tyres. While Hamilton had been largely able to preserve his advantage, the team crunched the numbers and called him on lap 43 in an effort to achieve the Mercedes 1-2. Hamilton dropped four seconds behind the Ferrari as a result, meaning that he now had work to do in the remaining ten laps.

The new soft tyres played to Hamilton’s advantage, and he was within DRS range of the Ferrari with five laps to go. But catching is one thing and passing quite another, especially with the SF90’s straight line speed advantage, and Vettel was able to hold on to second all the way to the chequered flag. Even so, the outcome wasn’t enough for Ferrari to prevent Mercedes from taking the constructors title – with a little help from a bonus point for fastest lap by Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel (GER), Scuderia Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes AMG F1  13.10.2019.

The battle over second and third place had played out well in front of Albon and Sainz, who were the only other cars still on the lead lap by the finish. Leclerc finished in sixth ahead of Ricciardo, Gasly, Perez and Hulkenberg – despite Perez spinning into the gravel on the penultimate lap, after a timing systems error resulted in the result actually being set a lap early at the end lap 52.

Missing out on the top ten were Stroll Kvyat, Norris, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Giovinazzi, with Kevin Magnussen in 17th place. The two Williams of George Russell and Robert Kubica were the final cars still running, and Verstappen the only formal retirement of the afternoon.

Today’s result also means that Mercedes has won the drivers championship – making it a record sixth consecutive driver/team title combination – as Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel are all too far behind to catch Hamilton with four races remaining. However Hamilton hasn’t actually yet clinched the title: his team mate Valtteri Bottas is the only driver who can thwart him now.

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2019 Japanese Grand Prix – Revised race results

Full race results from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course, round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

2019 Japanese Grand Prix – Race results

Pos Driver Team Gap Stops
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 laps – 1:21:46.755s 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 13.343s 2
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 13.858s 2
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull + 59.537s 2
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 69.101s 1
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 1 lap 1
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 1 lap * 3
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso + 1 lap 1
9 Sergio Pérez Racing Point + 1 lap 2
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault + 1 lap 1
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point + 1 lap 1
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 lap 1
13 Lando Norris McLaren + 1 lap 3
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
15 Romain Grosjean Haas + 1 lap 1
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1 lap 2
18 George Russell Williams + 2 laps 1
19 Robert Kubica Williams + 2 laps 2
20 Max Verstappen Red Bull DNF 1

* includes five second penalty for causing a collision and a further ten second penalty for continuing to drive the car in an unsafe condition after an incident on lap 1

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Typhoon Hagibis predicted to hit Suzuka on Saturday

Typhoon Hagibis now has Japan’s main island in its sights, with meteorologists predicting a potential disruption of proceedings at Suzuka on Saturday.

Hagibis – which the U.S. military has put on par with a Category 5 hurricane – is currently still intensifying although it’s expected to weaken once it makes landfall.

But the sheer size of the storm means that areas not located directly in its path could still be impacted.

Steffen Dietz, Formula 1’s former weatherman, posted his latest assessment of Hagibis on Twitter.

“Hagibis is still a powerful super typhoon with gusts above 300 kph”, wrote Dietz.

“Numerical models are in good agreement regarding track through Friday, afterwards some uncertainties arise.

“From today’s point of view landfall is likely between Suzuka and Tokyo on Saturday.

“Distance to the passing eye/center of the already weakened typhoon will play a huge role. At this stage about 100 mm of rain and gusts around 100 kph are possible at the track during Saturday.

“For race day conditions should improve significantly.”

F1 and the FIA are obviously closely monitoring the situation, but for now, no changes to Saturday’s schedule have been announced.

In 2004, the Japanese Grand Prix weekend was also disrupted by a typhoon that forced organisers to postpone qualifying until Sunday morning.

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2019 Singapore Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Session Reports

FP1: Verstappen clocks in fastest in first practice in Singapore

FP2: Hamilton takes command in second practice at Marina Bay

FP3: Leclerc edges Hamilton in final practice in Singapore

Qualifying: Brilliant Leclerc stuns Hamilton for Singapore GP pole

Race: Vettel beats Leclerc as Mercedes slump in Singapore

Photos

Gallery: All the pictures from Thursday’s build-up in the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Gallery: All the pictures from practice day in the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Gallery: All the pictures from qualifying day in the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Gallery: All the pictures from race day in the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Results

Free Practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:40.259s 22
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.426s + 0.167s 23
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.925s + 0.666s 26
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:41.336s + 1.077s 14
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:41.467s + 1.208s 24
6 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:41.812s + 1.553s 26
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:41.966s + 1.707s 20
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:42.180s + 1.921s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:42.305s + 2.046s 26
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:42.377s + 2.118s 24
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:42.527s + 2.268s 20
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:42.630s + 2.371s 23
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:42.677s + 2.418s 15
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:42.786s + 2.527s 13
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:42.791s + 2.532s 28
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:43.150s + 2.891s 22
17 Robert Kubica Williams 1:43.336s + 3.077s 28
18 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:43.369s + 3.110s 23
19 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:43.618s + 3.359s 12
20 George Russell Williams 1:43.993s + 3.734s 29

Free Practice 2 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.773s 29
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.957s + 0.184s 29
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.591s + 0.818s 31
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:39.894s + 1.121s 30
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:39.943s + 1.170s 30
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:40.018s + 1.245s 31
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:40.145s + 1.372s 33
8 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:40.324s + 1.551s 30
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:40.361s + 1.588s 35
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.637s + 1.864s 32
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:40.713s + 1.940s 32
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:40.811s + 2.038s 30
13 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:40.875s + 2.102s 29
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:41.128s + 2.355s 35
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:41.128s + 2.355s 31
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:41.232s + 2.459s 28
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:41.392s + 2.619s 26
18 George Russell Williams 1:41.445s + 2.672s 35
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:41.564s + 2.791s 30
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:42.177s + 3.404s 35

Free Practice 3 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:38.192s 15
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.399s + 0.207s 15
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.811s + 0.619s 13
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.885s + 0.693s 16
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:39.258s + 1.066s 14
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.366s + 1.174s 9
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:39.507s + 1.315s 14
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:39.709s + 1.517s 13
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:40.118s + 1.926s 15
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:40.153s + 1.961s 12
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:40.209s + 2.017s 11
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.339s + 2.147s 15
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:40.953s + 2.761s 16
14 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:40.985s + 2.793s 4
15 George Russell Williams 1:41.156s + 2.964s 13
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:41.169s + 2.977s 14
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:41.494s + 3.302s 12
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:41.542s + 3.350s 12
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:41.954s + 3.762s 13
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 3

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:38.014s 1:36.650s 1:36.217s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.565s 1:36.933s 1:36.408s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.374s 1:36.720s 1:36.437s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.540s 1:37.089s 1:36.813s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:37.317s 1:37.142s 1:37.146s
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:39.106s 1:37.865s 1:37.411s
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:38.882s 1:37.982s 1:37.818s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:39.362s 1:38.399s 1:38.095s
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:39.001s 1:38.580s 1:38.264s
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:38.606s 1:37.572s 1:38.329s
11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:39.909s 1:38.620s
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:39.272s 1:38.697s
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:39.085s 1:38.699s
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:39.454s 1:38.858s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.942s 1:39.650s
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.957s
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:39.979s
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.277s
19 George Russell Williams 1:40.867s
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:41.186s

Race results

Pos Driver Team Gap Stops
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 61 laps – 1:58:33.667s 1
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 2.641s 1
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 3.821s 1
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 4.608s 1
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 6.119s 1
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull + 11.663s 1
7 Lando Norris McLaren + 14.769s 1
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso + 15.547s 1
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault + 16.718s 2
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 27.855s * 2
11 Romain Grosjean Haas + 35.436s 2
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 35.974s 2
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point + 36.419s 3
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 37.660s 1
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 38.178s 2
16 Robert Kubica Williams + 47.024s 2
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 86.522s 2
18 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo DNF 1
19 Sergio Pérez Racing Point DNF 1
20 George Russell Williams DNF 1

* Includes ten second penalty for an incident in turn 8

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