Mexico: on uncertain ground

Mexico: on uncertain ground

Postby meteorite » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:52 am

Mexico City is by far the largest city in North America, histofric home to a rich Indigenous culture upon which conquests made by ruthless and technically far more advanced nations have long been overlaid and imposed. The local language is thus a form of Spanish, which has strongly influenced its history, style of government. laws, architecture, customs and habits. But it is on a shaky foundation. The land on which the city is built is an historic lake bed, high up at an elevation just under 7500 feet. And Mexico City, like neighbouring countries, sits along the Ring of Fire, the great stretch of territory that marks the border between the active tectonic plates ringing the Pacific Ocean. It is also subjeCt to tropical heat

The Rodriguez brothers for whom the circuit is named were siblings born in the 1940s, Pedro being the elder and Riccardo the younger brother. Both exhibited major racing talent at an early age, which soon attracted private sportsman, dealer and wholesaler, and eventually factory support from Ferrari As it happened, in 1962 in his second year, Ricardo died in a flaming barrier crash in that year's Mexican Grand Prix. Pedro carried on for the next several years with moderate success in Grans Prix and similar high level races before he too was forced at high speed into a wall. But Mexico greatly respects its young men who undertake such dangeorus sports as sea-cliff diving, bullfighting, and auto racing, and when they finally built a proper Grand Prix circuit they named it for their two young racing stars.



FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2017 - QUALIFYING

27 29 Oct 2017 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City

Race
Starting grid
Qualifying

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.665 1:16.870 1:16.488 20
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:17.630 1:16.524 1:16.574 19
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.518 1:17.035 1:16.934 21
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.578 1:17.161 1:16.958 17
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.148 1:17.534 1:17.238 20
6 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.336 1:17.827 1:17.437 19
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:18.208 1:17.631 1:17.447 15
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.322 1:17.792 1:17.466 17
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:18.405 1:17.753 1:17.794 17
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.020 1:17.868 1:17.807 19
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:18.570 1:18.099 10
12 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:18.902 1:19.159 11
13 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.683 DNF 12
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:17.710 DNS 9
15 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:18.578 DNS 13
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.176 9
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:19.333 9
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.443 10
19 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:19.473 11

Q1 107% Time - 1:22.944 Note - Gasly failed to set a time within the Q1 107% requirement, races at stewards' discretion.
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Re: Mexico: on uncertain ground

Postby meteorite » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:38 pm

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2017 - RACE RESULT

27 29 Oct 2017 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City

Race

Pos No Driver Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 33 Verstappen 71 1:36:26.552 25
2 77 Bottas 71 +19.678s 18
3 7 Räikkönen 71 +54.007s 15
4 5 Vettel 71 +70.078s 12
5 31 Ocon 70 +1 lap 10
6 18 Stroll 70 +1 lap 8
7 11 Perez 70 +1 lap 6
8 20 Magnussen 70 +1 lap 4
9 44 Hamilton 70 +1 lap 2
10 14 Alonso 70 +1 lap 1
11 19 Massa 70 +1 lap 0
12 2 Vandoorne 70 +1 lap 0
13 10 Gasly 70 +1 lap 0
14 94 Wehrlein 69 +2 laps 0
15 8 Grosjean 69 +2 laps 0
NC 55 Sainz 59 DNF 0
NC 9 Ericsson 55 DNF 0
NC 28 Hartley 30 DNF 0
NC 27 Hulkenberg 24 DNF 0
NC 3 Ricciardo 5 DNF 0

Short term, the significance of the race is that Lewis Hamilton, by finishing ninth and a lap down, still raised this points total above anything Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, could earn in the two remaining races, and so became winner oof the championship. His low placing was the result of a coming together with Vettel in the first corners, which demolished the nosepiece of Vettel's Ferrari and left Hamilton limping back to the pits with a blown tire. As a result both spent the rest of the race trying to regain lost ground but residual damage affected the aerodynamics of both cars and limited their success.|In fact Verstappen, who inherited the lead after the title contenders crashed, simply "cruised home" (as he put it, Bottas and Raikkonen straggling along behind. Meanwhile both factory Renaults, and two cars with customer Renault engines, had power failures and retired.

But the big story is the placings of the young drivers in the field. Verstappen's victory was his third of the season, despite atrocious mechanical luck. Max Verstappen coasted flag to flag. Valtteri Bottas, who Mercedes poached from Williams when Nico Rosberg suddenly defected, ran an easy, carefully calculated race to second. Force India's new recruit Esteban Ocon scored a stellar fifth, high even for that overachieving team, pursued by Canadiian Lance Stroll, celebrating his 19th birthday at the race. Add in the others who simply didn't have car enough under them to compete, or whose machines failed, and the roster of successful young drivers showing their worth augurs well for the future of the sport. On a day of hot and demanding racing, they showed their prowess with flying colours.
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