Attempted Last-Lap Pass Goes Wrong, Norris Penalised as Ármannsson Wins Again


156Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:06.9941:08.981
27Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:07.5901:10.294+0.746
394Pascal WehrleinToyota1:07.6691:09.596+0.825
426Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:07.8061:10.341+0.962
560Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:07.9161:10.390+1.072
623Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:07.9731:08.683+1.129
739Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:07.9781:08.507+1.134
847Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:08.1121:09.736+1.268
988Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:08.2021:09.033+1.358
104Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:08.4691:11.290+1.625
1163George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:08.8851:09.341+2.041
1257Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:08.9621:10.094+2.118
1318Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:08.9661:09.425+2.122
1470Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:09.0111:12.419+2.167
151Victoria DesaiFerrari1:09.2581:09.615+2.414
1620Kevin MagnussenToyota1:09.3811:09.480+2.537
1733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:09.7931:11.296+2.949
1829Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:10.0271:10.966+3.183
1955Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:10.5841:11.596+3.740
2010Alessio LorandiFerrari1:10.6391:12.009+3.795
2195Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:10.7211:11.750+3.877
2281Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:11.2381:12.513+4.394
2380Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:11.7811:13.240+4.937
2411Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:12.3081:14.200+5.464
2598Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:12.5451:13.049+5.701
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:12.7581:14.640+5.914


Pascal Wehrlein's motor failure on the second lap prophesied a terrible race for Toyota and their customers.
After last year’s surprise win by Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan crowd was absolutely packing the Globex Autódromo de San Carlos, putting the expanded facilities of the South American track to their limits.

While the hometown favourite failed to finish the race because of a transmission failure, the fans still left happily, seeing an exciting race with overtakes, but also great defensive driving ensued thanks to a mixed grid.

One of the drivers taking advantage of the conditions in qualifying was Einar Ármannsson who was on the track at the right time to take pole position. He managed to hold the lead for most of the race until Norris pushed him out on the final lap. The stewards immediately gave Norris a penalty, giving MRT back-to-back wins at the green table.

Unfortunately, the Venezuela Grand Prix was not just a disappointment for Pastor Maldonado and his many fans in San Carlos, but also for the Toyota motor department: three cars ended up retiring with motor issues. Only Robert Kubica managed to score points for a Toyota-powered team despite five Toyota-powered cars starting in the top 10.


156Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW49:29.216111
247Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+20.944*88
388Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota+40.03296
41Victoria DesaiFerrari1 Lap155
533Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap174
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap183
710Alessio LorandiFerrari1 Lap202
895Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap211
960Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1 Lap5
1080Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari2 Laps23
1198Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari2 Laps25
1226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari2 Laps4
1311Terry HawkinFAST-BMW2 Laps24
1455Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes2 Laps19
1521Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW2 Laps26
Ret4Robin FrijnsDawson-MercedesMotor10
Ret70Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-FerrariTransmission14
Ret39Sho TsuboiROOKIE-ToyotaLoose Wheel7
Ret81Malik ZidanLoonmotor-JuddTransmission22
Ret63George RussellMcEwan-MercedesMotor11
Ret23Jules BianchiMRT-BMWSuspension6
Ret7Charles LeclercSauber-ToyotaWater Leak2
Ret18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddCollision 13
Ret20Kevin MagnussenToyotaMotor16
Ret57Dean StonemanMcEwan-MercedesSuspension12
Ret94Pascal WehrleinToyotaMotor3

* 30-second time penalty

Fastest Lap:

Lando Norris – 1:03.670

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Terry Hawkin – the FAST actually looked like a competitive Formula 1 car in South America thanks to Hawkin’s driving.

Reject Of The Race:

Toyota – three terminal issues with Toyota hydrogen power units, all of them before the halfway point.