Starting Grid 2019 Brazilian F1 GP

Pole Sitter Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing receives the Pirelli Pole Position Award from Rubens Barrichello on November 16, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

F1 Race Event: Brazilian F1 Grand Prix
Race Track: Interlagos Circuit

Start time: 15:10 (local) | 17:10 GMT | 09:10 PT

Max Verstappen scored his official 2nd pole of his career in Sao Paulo today. It was unofficially his 3rd, because a penalty in Mexico robbed him of his 2nd earlier this season.

In Brazil he got his revanche and showed the world his talent again on a track where last year he also got robbed of a certain victory, when Esteban Ocon made a desperate move on Verstappen and caused Verstappen who was the race leader to spin off and loose the lead to Lewis Hamilton.

Hopefully Verstappen will have more luck this time around.

Start Grid 2019 Brazilian F1 GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap
    1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:07,508
    2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:07,631 +0,123s
    3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:07,699 +0,191s
    4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:07,874 +0,366s
    5 23 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:07,935 +0,427s
    6 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:08,837 +1,329s
    7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:08,854 +1,346s
    8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:08,984 +1,476s
    9 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:09,037 +1,529s
  10 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:08,868 +1,360s
  11 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:08,903 +1,395s
  12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:08,919 +1,411s
  13 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:08,921 +1,413s
  14 16 *Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:07,728 +0,220s
  15 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:09,035 +1,527s
  16 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:09,320 +1,812s
  17 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:09,536 +2,028s
  18 63 George Russell Williams 1:10,126 +2,618s
  19 88 Robert Kubica Williams 1:10,614 +3,106s
  20 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren -


  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari no.16 gets 10 places grid penatty for use of additional power unit element.
  • Carlos Sainz, McLaren no.55 races at stewards' discretion after failing to set a qualifying time.


2019 Brazilian F1 GP Strategy

The fastest strategy on paper for the 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix is a one-stopper, using the red soft tyre for 26 to 29 laps and the white hard for 42 to 45 laps.
The second-quickest way is to run the red soft for 34 to 37 laps, and the yellow medium for another 34 to 37 laps. About as fast as this is ac

2019 Brazilian F1 GP strategy

tually a two-stopper: with two stints on the soft of 18 to 21 laps each, plus a medium run for 29 to 35 laps. These stints could all be done in any order, with a soft-medium-soft plan potentially making sense as a two-stopper, for example.
The reason for this is that with much warmer conditions expected on Sunday compared to Friday, the hardest compound as well as a possible two-stopper all become much more interesting.
What’s slightly slower is a one-stopper with the medium for 24 to 27 laps, and the hard for 44 to 47 laps.

2019 Brazilian F1 GP Race Notes

  • Higher temperatures. The weather tomorrow is expected to be warmer again, which could further affect tyre behaviour and therefore race strategy.
  • Traffic. The short lap at Interlagos means that getting through traffic will soon become an issue for the frontrunners, again affecting the timing of the stops.
  • Safety cars. Interlagos has little run off area, with both free practice sessions yesterday stopped by red flags. This might influence pit stop strategy.
  • Leclerc. In Q2, he was faster on mediums than most soft tyre runners.He has to fight his way up the order, but he clearly has the pace.

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