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United States Grand Prix – Warm Up

Everything you need to know about tyres, penalties and the final starting grid for the eighteenth Grand Prix of the season.

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United States Grand Prix – Warm Up
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Lewis Hamilton was the fastest again, beating his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel by six hundredths. Kimi Raikkonen made it up to the third place, Valtteri Bottas finished his qualifying 4th, Daniel Ricciardo occupied the 5th place, while his teammate has damaged the car in Q1 and then stayed in boxes.

Both Mercedes drivers, Vettel and Ricciardo will start the US Grand Prix on Supersoft tyres, the other part of the top-10, including Raikkonen, will use an Ultrasoft.

Pirelli has brought three types of compounds for the United States Grand Prix –  yellow Soft, purple Ultrasoft and red Supersoft. Here's which compounds every driver still has available for the race.

Available tyres

Pirelli also revealed the quickest strategy for the race:

“Quickest is a one-stopper. Initial stint on supersoft for 18-24 laps then soft to the finish. Slightly slower is this: start on ultrasoft for 14-20 laps then soft to the flag.

Clearly slower: start on ultrasoft for 20-25 laps then soft to the flag.”

As for the power unit changes and penalties ahead of the Grand Prix, let’s overview the below list.

  • Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly - new   internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger (TC), motor generator unit-neat(MGU-H), motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K)
  • Hartley will also use a new gearbox, as well as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson and Max Verstappen.

Both Toro Rosso drivers got penalties for engine changes,  Brendon Hartley got a 5 places grid penalty in addition; Max Verstappen also got a penalty for a new gearbox.

And lastly, take a look at the starting grid for the United States Grand Prix (Note that Sebastian Vettel received a 3 place grid place for not slowing sufficiently during a Red Flag period):

1st row

2° – Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari  – 1.32.307s

1°  – Lewis Hamilton,  Mercedes – 1.32.237s

2nd row

4° – Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull – 1.33.494s

3°  – Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – 1.32.616s

3rd row

6° –  Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India – 1.34.145s

5°  – Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari  – 1.32.298s - 3 place grid penalty

4th row

8° – Romain Grosjean, Haas – 1.34.250s

7° – Nico Hulkenberg, Renault – 1.34.215s

5th row

10° – Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India – 1.34.594s

9° – Charles Leclerc, Sauber – 1.34.420s

6th row

12° – Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 1.34.732s

11°  – Carlos Sainz, Renault – 1.34.566s

7th row

14° – Sergey Sirotkin , Williams – 1.35.362s

13°  – Fernando Alonso, McLaren – 1.35.294s

8th row

16°  – Marcus Ericsson, Sauber – 1.35.536s

15°  – Lance Stroll, Williams – 1.35.480s

9th row

18°  – Max Verstappen, Red Bull – 1.34.766s - 5 place grid penalty

17° – Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren – 1.35.735s

10th row

20°  – Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso – start from the back of the grid + 5 place grid penalty

19°  – Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso – start from the back of the grid

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