Grand Prix of Mexico: a Zombie Apocalypse. 19 series

To hold the Grand Prix in Mexico city on the eve of the popular in those parts of the “day of the dead” – win-win marketing solution. The crowd disguised in zombie viewers only increase the effect from one of the most atypical races, held in the rarefied mountain air on a slippery, dusty and very fast track. But the pilots themselves gave such a Mexican passion that the rest of the special effects could save.

If the calendar of the championship was Red Bull Racing’s undisputed champion of f-1 on the part of creatures, probably remained in his time only the Mexican Grand Prix. The Austrians his appearance carefully shook too politically correct paddock, and then rejoicing yourself and delight others. Why should only traditional bathing in the pool naked RBR boss Christian Horner. No less characteristic example is the issue of the magazine Red Bull Bulleten, which reads aloud all Formula 1 is headed by Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene. But in “Bulletin” kings of soda laughed at others no less than on themselves. But it is not forgotten to tell about the beautiful victories of their competitors. Their first time was not. With the onset of the harvest season champion Sebastian Vettel (2010-2013), and therefore of psychological war, of creativity, of course, diminished.

But soldering competitors Brut from the sweaty Shoe was not the only entertainment of the “red bulls” of the season. On the eve of the Grand Prix the face of Daniel Ricciardo and max Verstappen made-up suitable for the celebration of the “day of the dead”.

Moreover, the traditional photo session did not stop the pilots had to stay in character even when it left the racetrack, becoming the main show-stoppers.

Alas, nothing to attract attention, they could not – the first violin in the exercise played their main competitors out of the camp of Ferrari, which conducted a relentless battle for silver after the ‘silver arrows’.

But not for long – on Saturday the sky cleared up, the asphalt was heated from +19 to +27 deg, the path cleared. Got neither Sebastian Vettel nor Kimi Raikkonen for the final segment of qualifying was not enough. Another thing that is usual at the previous stages of the 6-th and 7-th place in Mexico looked like a real disappointment. Especially that “Ferrari” has lost not only pilots Mercedes and RBR, but Nico Hulkenberg from Force India.

Crime without punishment

It seems that Lewis Hamilton really get rid of the problem with slip at the start of the grip. The second race in a row defending champion starts from pole position and manages to first turn be dispersed so that it becomes inaccessible. “The circuit behalf of the brothers Rodriguez,” he’s even a bit overdone, rally flying through a bunch of the first turn. But started behind Nico Rosberg left the track not on their own – outside of the canvas it was literally forced Verstappen. Surprisingly, the judges turned a blind eye to both incidents, while fined 5 seconds, Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), in a similar maneuver olesnevich on the side of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Most likely, the stewards reasoned as follows: Lewis at the time defended the position got advantage because when I got back on the road take your foot off the gas pedal, allowing the peloton to catch up. In addition, in the first turn divided highway Haas, Esteban Gutierrez and Manor of Pascal Wehrlein, taking with him more and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson. So safety-car in any way nullify all the advantage that ham would be able to get because of the cutting. But the fact of the judge. Verstappen and the precedent of impunity was understood on the.

Of the leaders took the opportunity to quickly change only Ricciardo. Becoming the first time a major content producer, overtaking rivals packs. And so easily and naturally that experts began to wonder whether Dan is these tyres to the finish? Because after the first scheduled pit-stop (12-15 rounds) pilots are surprised to find that the Medium fits perfectly under the Mexican asphalt and will quite allow to do without a second visit to the pits.

By the time the leader was presidency all on the “soft” Vettel – the German rolled into the pits only on lap 32. But never managed to secure the necessary groundwork and returned to the peleton only 6th and temporarily dropped out of the field of rhenium Directors. By that time focusing on overtaking Hamilton and Rosberg circular. And desperate attempts Verstappen to get at least one of them. On the 50th circle of Dutch, thanks to the deterrent invoice in the face of unyielding Sainz, has caught up with Nico. And, justifying his nickname Mad Max, immediately rushed to the attack. But missed the braking point, missed the turn and was again rolled back. In the “embrace” literally flying on much fresher rubber Vettel and Ricciardo. Three laps to go, defending a position from Sebastian, the flying Dutchman again parathormone. And in the tradition of Hamilton and in the same place – bunch poliestrowy turns – drove in a straight line. The team warned him about the need to return the item.

19-year-old daredevil, of course, the voice of reason was ignored. And then broke through the usually cautious Vettel, who broke out in the radio juicy tirade, including the address of the race Director Charlie Whiting. The meaning of which has long been known: if the FIA will not stop this abnormal, to be trouble.

The third wheel

In the end, Verstappen, safely reached the finish behind the two “silver arrows”, only in the break room, where pilots are primping before leaving the podium, he learned about his 5-second penalty. Which cost him not only the Mexican “bronze”, but 4-th place. And in the ceremony of the pouring of champagne was attended by Vettel. Justice has been served? But not for long: 3 hours fine hung and German – “for a change of trajectory on the brakes”. On the final lap as he could, defended from attacks Ricardo. And on the 5th place and now has landed Sebastian. The piquancy of the situation is that the Germans were punished 10-secondnum penalty for what he already half of the season, Verstappen was criticized for the systematic offset in front of an opponent on braking. I achieved it Myself – just before the Mexican stage in regulation ordered a ban, which he first broke.

Last farewell

Vettel can, if not forgive, then to understand – Max behaves provocatively with the tacit consent of the FIA. “Verstappen rides like is in a video game. – commented on the actions of the Dutch champion f-1, 1997 Jacques Villeneuve. – He throws a bowling ball and see what happens”.

But neither righteous anger nor constructive criticism from Vettel after the finish so we have not heard. Instead of what would once again raise the issue of impunity youngster, SEB race against his boss ran in front of everyone to apologize. And then another, and wrote to the Federation a letter of guarantee – say, more than ever, and with max all you’ll take care of it. Although it has long been clear that the problem f-1 – just as the system of making penalties at the mercy of the stewards. Due to the fact that they are constantly changing, for the same action, the pilots on different routes get sometimes diametrically opposed to punishment.

In October, the fourth (and third consecutive) stage, as expected, was won by Hamilton. With the connivance on the part of Rosberg, not even trying to attack. However, in such hands, not very clear who exactly made the big step to winning the title. Lewis still only need to win, and Nico enough “silver” and “bronze”. Another question – once again we did not see the fight would be equal, one gets the impression that before the start the two Mercedes drivers compete for “lots of domination.”

But the number of victories ham caught up with four-time Alain Prost – both on 51. Moreover, the British repeated the record of Michael Schumacher, lasted a dozen years, winning the 23 different tracks.

If the fate of the first place still uncertain, the first “of the rest” is already known. Became the third and last bronze medal of the Mexican stage, along with Ricciardo securing third place at the end of the season. And this is his 15th consecutive finish in the points.

 

 

Pilot

The car

Time

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:40:31.402

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+8.354

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

+20.858

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+21.323

5

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

+27.313

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

+49.376

7

Nico

Force India

+58.891

8

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

+65.612

9

Felipe Massa

Williams

+76.206

10

Sergio Perez

Force India

+76.798

11

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

+ 1 lap

12

Jenson Button

McLaren

+ 1 lap

13

Fernando Alonso

МсLaren

+ 1 lap

14

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

+ 1 lap

15

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

+ 1 lap

16

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso

+ 1 lap

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

+ 1 lap

18

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

+ 1 lap

19

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

+ 1 lap

20

Romain Grosjean

Haas

+ 1 lap

21

Esteban Windows

Manor

+ 2 laps

 

The world Cup

Place

Racer

Country

Team

Glasses

1

Nico Rosberg

Germany

Mercedes

349

2

Lewis Hamilton

UK

Mercedes

330

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Australia

Red Bull

242

4

Sebastian Vettel

Germany

Ferrari

187

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Finland

Ferrari

178

6

Max Verstappen

Netherlands

Toro Rosso/Red Bull

177

7

Sergio Perez

Mexico

Force India

85

8

Valtteri Bottas

Finland

Williams

85

9

Nico

Germany

Force India

60

10

Felipe Massa

Brazil

Williams

51

11

Fernando Alonso

Spain

МсLaren

42

12

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Spain

Toro Rosso

38

13

Romaine .Grosjean

France

Haas

29

14

Daniil Kvyat

Russia

Red Bull/Toro Rosso

25

15

Jenson Button

UK

McLaren

21

16

Kevin Magnussen

Denmark

Renault

7

17

Jolyon Palmer

UK

Renault

1

18

Pascal Wehrlein

Germany

Manor

1

19

Stoffel Vandorn

Belgium

МсLaren

1

 

The Cup of designers

Place

Team

Motor

Glasses

 

1

Mercedes AMG F1 Team

Mercedes

679

 

2

Red Bull Racing

TAG Heuer (Renault)

427

 

3

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari

365

 

4

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Mercedes

145

 

5

Williams Martini Racing

Mercedes

136

 

6

McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team

Honda

74

 

7

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Ferrari

55

 

8

Haas F1 Team

Ferrari

29

 

9

Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Renault

8

 

10

Manor Racing MRT

Mercedes

1