Norris Fights Off Precisions to Win Portland GP


16Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota51.88151.742
247Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd52.01451.768+0.026
357Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes51.99351.815+0.073
439Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota52.10551.892+0.150
594Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes51.89251.973+0.150
618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd52.10351.993+0.251
731Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes52.02152.172+0.279
823Alexander AlbonFerrari52.31352.162+0.420
929Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari52.48352.195+0.453
1064Dave CassidyFerrari52.42752.299+0.557
1170Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari52.39752.500+0.655
1233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari52.77352.406+0.664
1326Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari52.56152.817+0.819
147Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes52.81152.596+0.844
1577Valtteri BottasToyota52.99252.781+1.039
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota52.83452.902+1.092
1713Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd53.10252.938+1.196
1884Jack AitkenSauber-Judd53.15253.032+1.290
1923Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd53.56353.417+1.675
2055Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes53.49253.732+1.750
2199Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Mercedes53.70153.576+1.834
224Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd53.79153.704+1.962
2373Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd53.76353.823+2.021
2498Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd53.98053.807+2.065


At this point, Carlos Sainz could not have known he was about to influence the championship with his retirement.

Portland was welcoming a Formula One in dire need of positive news after the weather-induced catastrophe that was the Philippines Grand Prix and the Portland International Raceway was more than willing to provide action.

Precision-Mercedes in quite great form and was more than able to take the fight to Caterham and BR Mansell. Whilst Lando Norris managed to take pole position, the two Precision drivers started third and fifth.

Wehrlein and Stoneman both were so close to the top that they nearly fell out of the contest themselves when second-placed Artem Markelov was hit by Carlos Sainz, Jr. after he lost control of his Dawson and ran into a wall.

Thankfully, Markelov’s retirement only hurt his title chances so much, as main contender Sebastian Vettel was quite slow, only just finishing ahead of Roger Ibe and behind Esteban Ocon, right in the middle of the points.


147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd45:12.08215
257Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+1.34112
394Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+2.22410
439Sho TsuboiMansell-Mercedes+9.2158
514Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes+13.5116
618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+17.3275
729Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari+19.1374
864Dave CassidyFerrari+21.6273
97Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+27.5312
1023Alexander AlbonFerrari+29.9121
1126Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+35.526
1277Valtteri BottasToyota+40.236
1333Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+42.151
146Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-ToyotaCollision
1523Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1 Lap
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota1 Lap
1773Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1 Lap
1819Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
1999Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Judd1 Lap
2098Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
2155Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-MercedesAccident
DNF85Jack AitkenSauber-JuddMotor
DNF13Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddTransmission
DNF70Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-FerrariCollision

Fastest Lap:

Lando Norris – 1:13.243

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Precision-Mercedes – this time, they were as fast as the world champions they are.

Reject Of The Race:

Antonio Giovinazzi – quite poor driving earns the Italian a suspended race ban.