Max Verstappen Inherits Victory as Albon Suffers Penalty

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorQ1Q2Diff.
194Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:30.7181:30.538
257Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:30.5641:30.832+0.026
323Alexander AlbonFerrari1:31.2451:31.079+0.541
46Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:31.5081:31.112+0.584
529Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:32.7881:31.175+0.637
637Victoria DesaiFerrari1:31.5501:31.288+0.750
733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:31.7931:31.337+0.799
877Valtteri BottasToyota1:32.2081:31.806+1.268
920Kevin MagnussenToyota1:31.9731:31.842+1.304
1039Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:31.8981:32.129+1.360
1118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:32.3451:32.020+1.482
1226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:32.0551:32.054+1.516
1347Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:36.7271:36.270+1.610
1470Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1:32.6101:32.757+2.072
1531Esteban OconFAST-BMW1:33.5491:33.428+2.890
1611Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:33.7941:33.506+2.968
1723Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:34.6131:34.392+3.854
1856Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:35.1851:34.866+4.328
194Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:35.1681:35.420+4.630
2095Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:35.9311:35.724+5.186
2155Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:36.6211:35.968+5.430
2246Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1:37.0281:36.783+6.245
237Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1:36.9921:37.103+6.454
2484Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:37.6161:37.344+6.806

Report:

Artem Markelov's first race as world champion was a very poor one, he will not defend the crown this way.
A new Formula One season is always the best time of the year: twelve teams have ambitions towards winning the richest prize in all of sports, some’s more realistic than others but generally speaking there is enough optimism to go around.

Friday and Saturday seemed to imply good things for Precision, but their motor just cannot handle the heat for much longer than one lap. On Sunday, they were sitting ducks, overtaken even before the very first corner and finishing 12th and 15th.

Instead the victory looked likely to fall into Ferrari’s lap, as Alexander Albon had proceedings under control. Unfortunately, the youngster proved too young as he lost his patience with the backmarkers. The stewards could not permit such behavior and left Max Verstappen to earn his first race victory at the metaphorical green table.

Behind the Ferrari-Red Bull war, Caterham is making their case for long-term success. A total of 14 points leave them second in the constructors and with a good start to build on. Toyota scored double points as well and BMW earned three points on their return to the sport at the hands of the Fernando Alonso Speed Team.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari55:10.05615
223Alexander AlbonFerrari+3.996*12
326Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+22.27610
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+26.0098
547Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+28.5346
670Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari+46.3195
720Kevin MagnussenToyota+53.5174
877Valtteri BottasToyota+77.4393
911Terry HawkinFAST-BMW+83.0102
1014Esteban OconFAST-BMW+86.0931
116Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1 Lap
1257Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1 Lap
1356Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1 Lap
1423Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1 Lap
1594Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1 Lap
1695Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
177Charles LeclercSauber-Judd2 Laps
1885Jack AitkenSauber-Judd2 Laps
1939Sho TsuboiMansell-MercedesWater Leak
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariMotor
DNF55Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-MercedesCollision
DNF37Victoria DesaiFerrariAccident
DNF4Robin FrijnsDawson-MercedesTransmission
DNF46Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-JuddAccident

* 10-second time penalty

Fastest Lap:

Alexander Albon – 1:33.098

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Ferrari – their new motors are the most powerful they have produced in a while.

Reject Of The Race:

Artem Markelov – defined “not driving like a champion”, that’s for sure.