Precision 1-2 in New Zealand Grand Prix, Markelov Has Matchball


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:11.8711:11.684
26Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:11.9351:11.853+0.169
394Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:11.8941:11.985+0.210
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:12.2011:11.896+0.212
547Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:11.9331:12.106+0.249
67Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:12.4021:12.146+0.462
764Dave CassidyFerrari1:12.5761:12.150+0.466
839Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:12.3711:12.236+0.552
933Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:13.2111:12.362+0.678
1031Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes1:12.4481:12.367+0.683
1126Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:12.7671:12.576+0.892
1223Alexander AlbonFerrari1:12.6961:12.657+0.973
1377Valtteri BottasToyota1:12.6621:13.272+0.978
1429Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:13.0041:12.998+1.314
1570Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1:13.2801:13.048+1.364
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:13.4291:14.340+1.745
1713Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:13.9101:13.725+2.041
1823Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1:14.9651:14.314+2.630
1984Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:14.6271:14.446+2.762
2073Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1:14.6171:14.531+2.847
2155Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:14.8651:14.531+2.898
224Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1:14.8281:15.386+3.144
2399Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Mercedes1:14.9601:14.881+3.197
2498Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1:15.6031:15.515+3.831


Overtaking proved challenging in the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, so Dean Stoneman's pass against Artem Markelov was all the more important.
The New Zealand International Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious Grand Prix events in the world. Racing legends have gone to the Land of the Long White Cloud for decades now and thus it was about time it got an official place in the F1 world championship.

Derivating from its usual slot early in the season, the Grand Prix could play a key role in both championships. With a decent result, Markelov could bring himself into a situation where he could leave the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park with a matchball in hands.

He dutifully did so, even though he was unable to keep the Precisions behind him. That result is great for the excitement in the team battle, BR Mansell is losing grip, especially since they sacrificed Sho Tsuboi’s race to try to throw the Caterhams off Markelov’s tail.

The lower range of the points saw tough fighting for spots, sometimes even going beyond the limit. P6-P10 being split up between five different teams spoke volumes to the competitiveness of the midfield, especially given as there were only three retirements.


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes66:03.52915
294Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+12.38212
36Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+20.13510
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+38.5738
518Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+38.9626
633Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+44.4415
764Dave CassidyFerrari+47.8744
814Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes+50.9603
926Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+71.7872
1039Sho TsuboiMansell-Mercedes1 Lap1
1170Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap
1229Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap
1313Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1 Lap
1423Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1 Lap
1523Alexander AlbonFerrari2 Laps
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota2 Laps
1755Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes2 Laps
1873Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd2 Laps
1919Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps
2098Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps
2185Jack AitkenSauber-Judd3 Laps
DNF77Valtteri BottasToyotaAccident
DNF99Antonio GiovinazziDawson-JuddSuspension
DNF7Charles LeclercFAST-MercedesCollision

Fastest Lap:

Dean Stoneman – 1:13.207

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Loonmotor-Judd – Frijns in particular looked very competitive and when he suffered a puncture, Loonmotor had the best pitstop of the year.

Reject Of The Race:

Alexander Albon – barely misses race ban after careless return to track.