|2017 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|Race 19 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
|Date||12 November 2017|
|Official name||Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2017|
|Location||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.309 km (2.677 mi)|
|Distance||71 laps, 305.909 km (190.083 mi)|
|Time||1:11.044 on lap 64|
The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil 2017) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 November 2017 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil. The race was the nineteenth and penultimate round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the forty-sixth running of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the forty-fifth time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the thirty-fourth World Championship event to be held at Interlagos.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas started from pole position with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen behind, after World Champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out of qualifying early and started from the pit lane. Vettel overtook Bottas on the first corner, after which he set the pace through most of the race. Vettel won the Grand Prix, followed by Bottas and Räikkönen. Hamilton eventually climbed to fourth, closing to less than one second of a podium finish.
The three free practice session demonstrated very tight competition between Ferrari and Mercedes. In first and second free practice, Lewis Hamilton was quickest, with both Ferraris and both Red Bulls within one second. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were notably strong in these sessions. In the third session, the order was similar. However, Valtteri Bottas pipped Hamilton's best time by three thousands of a second; and neither Max Verstappen nor Massa put in a strong lap. In the final practice round, less than a tenth of a second separated the two Mercedes and two Ferraris.
The first practice session saw George Russell's Formula One debut appearance. There was also an unusual appearance of a test driver (Antonio Giovinazzi) in the second practice session (usually, any test drivers that participate in a racing weekend, do so in the first practice session).
Qualifying began in a dramatic fashion as World Champion Hamilton lost the back end of the car with over-steer, seemingly due to a driver error, crashing to retire from Q1 without setting a lap time. Räikkönen was fastest in Q1 and Vettel in Q2. In the final qualifying session, however, Bottas took pole position. Vettel qualified a close second, followed by Räikkönen, Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo took a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components and started 14th on the grid. Hamilton elected to change his gearbox and power unit, so started the race from the pit lane.
Vettel achieved a good start during the second phase of clutch control to overtake Bottas on the first corner. There were numerous retirements due to collisions on the first lap. Romain Grosjean lost the back end, clipping Esteban Ocon off the track. Ocon's resultant retirement ended his record streak of 27 races finished from his Formula One debut. Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen also retired due to a collision on the first lap.
Hamilton, starting from the pit lane, implemented an inverted tyre strategy running to lap 44 on one set of soft tyres. After overtaking the back-markers and mid-field, he fell into first place as the leading cars - predominantly on one-stop strategies - pitted. Hamilton's only pit-stop positioned him fifth, after which he overtook Verstappen and was briefly able to challenge Räikkönen for the podium, but unable to overtake Raikkonen in third. Ricciardo also battled up to sixth after starting fifteenth on the grid and dropping to seventeenth as collateral of the Vandoorne-Magnussen collision.
Setting the pace through most of the race, Vettel won the Grand Prix, followed by Bottas and Räikkönen. Including Hamilton, the top four finished within the space of 5.5 seconds, with the two Red Bulls more than 30 seconds behind. The following three positions also carried a race-long battle to the finish line, finishing within 1 second of each other. Initially overtaking on lap 5 (as the safety car was pulling into pitlane), Massa held off Alonso who remained close throughout the race. Sergio Pérez also caught up to these two racers to cross the finish line barely behind Alonso.
|6||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:10.145||1:09.760||1:09.598||5|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:10.227||1:09.768||1:09.805||8|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:10.168||1:09.830||10|
|15||28||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:10.625||No time||182|
|17||10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1:10.686||193|
|107% time: 1:14.263|
|--||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||No time||PL6|
|9||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||71||+1:09.500||5||2|
|10||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||70||+1 Lap||7||1|
|11||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||70||+1 Lap||8|
|12||10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||70||+1 Lap||19|
|13||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||17|
|14||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||15|
|15||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||69||+2 Laps||11|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||Williams-Mercedes||69||+2 Laps||16|
|Ret||28||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||40||Engine||18|
|Ret||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||0||Collision||10|