America the unpredictable

America the unpredictable

Postby meteorite » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:02 pm

On qualifying day (Saturday) the sky was bright, the temperature warm, and the ground-level winds gusty and erratic. This led to differet steering requirements at different moments at different points on the course, and small variations in the speeds available in differennt locations at different moments. To complicate the issue, in the American tradition the track is a left-handed layout, rather than the right-hand circuits more common around the world. Complicating matters further, nearing the end of the season many teams are exceeding their allowances of engine and parts changes and thus incurring grid penalties. Speed is just the base determinent ofggris position; penalties can create strangwe mixtures of car potential as against car prowess. Thus the unusual placeents of many cars, with some speedsters moved back and other behind moved forward to fill the gaps. The results were like this:


2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING

20 22 Oct 2017 Circuit of The Americas, Austin

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.822 1:33.437 1:33.108 18
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.420 1:34.103 1:33.347 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:35.309 1:33.769 1:33.568 17
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:35.991 1:34.495 1:33.577 14
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:35.649 1:33.840 1:33.577 17
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:34.899 1:34.716 1:33.658 13
7 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:35.849 1:35.113 1:34.647 17
8 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:35.517 1:34.899 1:34.852 17
9 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:35.712 1:35.046 1:35.007 15
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:36.358 1:34.789 1:35.148 19
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:35.603 1:35.155 9
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.073 1:35.529 15
13 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:36.286 1:35.641 14
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:36.835 1:35.870 14
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.740 3
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:36.842 9
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:36.868 8
18 39 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.889 7
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:37.179 9
20 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:37.394 7

Q1 107% Time - 1:41.459

In addition to Magnussen, several other drivers already have grid penalties for Sunday’s race, all for use of additional power unit elements: Verstappen, 15 places; Hulkenberg, 20 places; Hartley, 15 places; and Vandoorne, 5 places.

The weather prediction for race day is for much chiilie rweather, and possibly heavier winds. The team engineers should have real fun calculatinf the adjustments they will need to make to aerodynamic devices, cooling apertures and ducts, tire pressue and wear calculations, fuel consumption and other factors influencing a sport where hundredths of a second sway results.

Still, if form maintains, Hamilton should make a clean getaway and control the race from the front. There are 100 points available in the final four races and Hamilton is 59 points ahead if the nearest competitor, so expect Vettel to try his utmost for th podium while rigidly controlling his aggressive instincts. He will also be under pressure from Bottas who with a faster car could well fill up his point gap to the Ferrari. Every team will be fighting for manufacturer points as they have a major effect on funding available for next season. Time is running out; expect to see odd things for reasons not immediately obvious.
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Re: America the unpredictable

Postby meteorite » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:55 pm

2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - RACE RESULT

20 22 Oct 2017 Circuit of The Americas, Austin

Race

Pos No Driver Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 44 Hamilton 56 1:33:50.991 25
2 5 Vettel 56 +10.143s 18
3 7 Räikkönen 56 +15.779s 15
4 33 Verstappen 56 +16.768s 12
5 77 Bottas 56 +34.967s 10
6 31 Ocon 56 +90.980s 8
7 55 Sainz 56 +92.944s 6
8 11 Perez 55 +1 lap 4
9 19 Massa 55 +1 lap 2
10 26 Kvyat 55 +1 lap 1
11 18 Stroll 55 +1 lap 0
12 2 Vandoorne 55 +1 lap 0
13 39 Hartley 55 +1 lap 0
14 8 Grosjean 55 +1 lap 0
15 9 Ericsson 55 +1 lap 0
16 20 Magnussen 55 +1 lap 0
NC 14 Alonso 24 DNF 0
NC 3 Ricciardo 14 DNF 0
NC 94 Wehrlein 5 DNF 0
NC 27 Hulkenberg 3 DNF 0

Note - Ericsson received a 5-second time penalty for causing a collision; Verstappen received the same for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Sorry everyone - we had a major disaster. Not sure yet whetehr it;s a mechanical failure ar nearly successful hack, but has put our computers almost out of action. Bu at least you will have the the results of thw U.S. G.P. and maybe if we can get some more fixes in we can add to this post before it goes stale.
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