Maldonado Wins Season Opener in Nevada


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:08.022
230Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:08.161
31Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:08.284
434Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:08.321
52Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:08.443
633Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:08.481
721Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:08.599
862Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:08.635
924Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:08.639
1027Dave CassidyFerrari1:08.787
1123Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:09.235
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:09.310
1328Daniel MelroseFerrari1:09.639
1431Romain GrosjeanHolden1:09.859
1532Alexander AlbonHolden1:10.000
165Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:10.205
1763Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:10.468
1891Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:10.520
1955Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:10.352
2090Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:10.814
2166Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:11.012
2267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:11.075
23118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:11.243
246Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:11.245
2556Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:11.404
26119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:11.576

* demoted five places for changing engine/gearbox


A Sauber and a Theodore battling for a podium, proving that the power balance in F1 has changed.

It has been too long. Nearly four months have passed since Sebastian Vettel has secured the world championship in Brazil. New challengers have emerged and we are going to spend the remainder of this year finding out whether they are sufficiently skilled to beat Caterham and the reigning driver’s champion.

It was Sauber-Judd who controlled the proceedings in qualifying, beating out the reigning champions and Theodore. Expected contenders Precision struggled heavily, with rookie Torrente barely able to make Q2, let alone challenge for any relevant positions. Calinetic-Holden also performed badly.

Once the race began, it was Pastor Maldonado who was able to take the lead and control the event. A miserable start left Dean Stoneman, the only person sharing a similarly powerful car, down the order. Maldonado ended up superbly controlling the race and winning the season opener just like in 2015.

Sebastian Vettel can be happy, despite low expectations, his title defense started with a great second place. Ferrari score double but it remains to be seen whether they can be a relevant player in 2019. Jordan Davies drove a good race for Haas and scored on his debut for the American team.


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd49:56.01615
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+12.18712
333Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+12.31510
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+12.9958
52Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+15.3356
627Dave CassidyFerrari+31.2855
721Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+34.2124
828Daniel MelroseFerrari+43.0813
962Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+44.4862
1022Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+45.0001
1124Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+48.7330
1223Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+52.0180
1331Romain GrosjeanHolden+59.6660
146Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1591Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1666Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
175Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
19119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
20118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
DNF63Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesCollision0
DNF34Valtteri BottasTheodore-JuddSuspension0
DNF32Alexander AlbonHoldenAccident0
DNF55Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesAccident0
DNF90Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-HoldenAccident0
DNF56Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesEngine0

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:09.895

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Theodore-Judd – signing Adrian Newey paid off, a quick rise to relevance.

Reject Of The Race:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – whilst his retirement was not his fault, his race before it was an atrocious first outing.