Esteban Ocon Scores Cyprus Grand Prix Victory as Substitute

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime
111James James DaviesToyota1:12.550
222Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:12.664
399Harrison NeweyRed Bull-Ferrari1:12.959
473Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:13.011
564Dave CassidyFerrari1:13.047
617Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:13.090
73Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:13.174
855Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:13.207
933Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:13.249
1096Esteban OconPrecision-Mercedes1:13.447
1118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:13.476
127Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:13.489
1357Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:13.613
1414Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:13.795
151Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:13.888
1647Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:13.116*
1732Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:13.924
1856Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:14.172
1910Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:14.205
2094Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:14.254
2119Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:14.326
2298Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:14.350
236Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:14.468
2435Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:14.663

* given ten-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident

Report:

Harrison Newey had a debut worth remembering, he even took the lead for a few brilliant moments.
With the new hydrogen fuel cells, the Cyprus Grand Prix was one of the most anticipated races of the season: how would this new technology look and perform on the fastest playing field the sport can offer?

Whilst the cars do not run around the Akrotiri Bay International Circuit anywhere near as fast as in previous years, the event still provided an entertaining showcase that saw a number of unusual heroes and a number of stars failing to complete the entire race distance.

Harrison Newey, who took the place of the banned Mike Rockenfeller, was one of them; he dueled with the two Toyotas, who were the positive surprise of the event, truly having a power advantage.

After James James Davies was denied a certain win by technical issues, the battle for P1 began. Kazuki Nakajima tried his best to hang on and earn his first career win, but in the end it was Esteban Ocon’s day, making him another substitute with an historic performance.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
196Esteban OconPrecision-Mercedes42:02.01515
222Kazuki NakajimaToyota+4.22612
373Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari+6.39110
47Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+6.8238
547Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+14.4146
657Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+15.5295
71Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+17.8644
855Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari+23.8173
911James James DaviesToyota+25.9672
1094Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd+32.2681
1119Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari+52.7560
1214Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+53.1420
1356Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd+60.8360
1498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari+62.8120
DNF99Harrison NeweyRed Bull-FerrariHydrogen Leak0
DNF32Alexander AlbonDawson-JuddMotor0
DNF10Pierre GaslyDawson-JuddLoose Wheel0
DNF6Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesMotor0
DNF64Dave CassidyFerrariTransmission0
DNF33Salvatore MiccoliFerrariTransmission0
DNF35Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesCollision0
DNF3Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-FerrariCollision0
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddCollision0
DNF17Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Charles Leclerc – 1:15.523

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Esteban Ocon – failed to enter Q3, yet he turned it around and won as a supersub.

Reject Of The Race:

Ferrari – complete transmission failure on a weekend where they could have scored major points.