November 12, 2018 / 1:33 AM / 6 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Brazilian Grand Prix

Nov 12 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix (listed in championship order):


MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 5)

Mercedes clinched the constructors’ championship, and title double, for the fifth year in a row. Hamilton started on pole and ended up with his 10th win of the season, 72nd of his career and second in Brazil. The five times champion was gifted the lead by Verstappen’s collision with Esteban Ocon. Hamilton has now won 50 of the 99 races held in the V6 turbo hybrid era. Bottas set the fastest lap.


FERRARI (Kimi Raikkonen 3, Sebastian Vettel 6)

Raikkonen marked his 150th start for Ferrari with his 103rd career podium. Vettel lined up second but was passed by Bottas at the start and then fell further behind, with the team asking him to let Raikkonen through with 31 laps remaining. The team said his car had a sensor problem that made it hard to drive.


RED BULL (Max Verstappen 2, Daniel Ricciardo 4)

Verstappen started fifth, took the lead and seemed heading for victory until a collision with backmarker Ocon sent him spinning off and gifted the win to Hamilton. Ricciardo lined up 11th after a five place grid penalty for a new turbocharger. He was on Raikkonen’s tail at the finish.


RENAULT (Carlos Sainz 12, Nico Hulkenberg retired)

No points for Renault but fourth place overall now seems assured. Hulkenberg retired on lap 32 due to excessive engine temperatures with the team protecting the unit for the finale in Abu Dhabi. Sainz passed Hulkenberg on the opening lap and followed a two stop strategy.


HAAS (Romain Grosjean 8, Kevin Magnussen 9)

A double points finish for Haas for the fourth time this season but still too little, too late with Renault 24 ahead. On the plus side, fifth looks safe with McLaren 28 behind.


MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandoorne 14, Fernando Alonso 16)

Alonso had hoped for points in his penultimate race but suffered a long (12 seconds) pitstop and was also handed a five second penalty for ignoring blue warning flags. Vandoorne was also handed a similar punishment.


FORCE INDIA (Sergio Perez 10, Esteban Ocon 15)

Ocon thrust himself into the spotlight with a rash move on Verstappen while being lapped that cost Red Bull a race victory. He was handed a 10 second stop/go for causing the collision. Force India’s hopes of passing McLaren faded with 14 points still to make up. Perez saved fuel and made his tyres last in a lonely race for the Mexican.


SAUBER (Charles Leclerc 7, Marcus Ericsson retired)

Another strong race for Ferrari-bound Leclerc, the ‘best of the rest’ with Sauber now only six points adrift of Force India in that tight midfield battle. Ericsson damaged his floor and front wing early on and had to retire.


TORO ROSSO (Brendon Hartley 11, Pierre Gasly 13)

Gasly started ninth with Hartley 16th and on the harder compound tyre before pitting late for the supersoft. The Kiwi complained of the Frenchman holding him up despite being asked to let him through.


WILLIAMS (Sergey Sirotkin 17, Lance Stroll 18)

A frustrating race for the former champions, who face the task of scoring at least 26 points in the final race — more than three times their season’s tally — to avoid finishing last. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Peter Rutherford)

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