Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul – Sunday 10th October

Track distance – 3.316 miles/5.338km

Turns – 14

Top average speed 141mph/227km/hr

Race lap record – 1min 24.770sec (Juan Pablo Montoya – 2005)

P1 – No major incidents

1stHamilton (Mercedes) on soft tyres – 1min 24.178sec

2ndVerstappen (Red Bull)

3rdLe Clerc (Ferrari)

P2Latifi (Williams) spinning off was the only major incident.

1stHamilton 1min 23.804sec

2ndLe Clerc

3rdBottas (Mercedes)

P3 – ‘Raining’ so a wet session. Gasly (Alfa Tauri), Russell (Williams), Le Clerc and Vettel (Aston Martin) all off at various times. A drying track led to:

1stGasly 1min 30.447sec


3rd Perez (Red Bull)

Q1 – Produced early attempts for a lap time as rain was imminent. Tsunada (Alfa Tauri) and Mazapin (Haas) spun off.




Q2Verstappen, Le Clerc and Stroll (Aston Martin) all spun off causing slight delays.



3rd Bottas

Q3Hamilton fastest, but started 11th on grid due to penalty for changing engine components. Ricciardo (McLaren) and Sainz (Ferrari) started at the back of grid due to engine change penalties.

Race – All cars on intermediate tyres as drizzle throughout on circuit. Bottas led from pole, whilst Alonso (Alpine) and Latifi (Williams) spun off on lap one. Schumacher (2nd Haas) suffered the same on lap 2. Sainz up to 11th from 19th by lap 9 with exceptional driving, whilst Gasly and Alonso received 5sec penalties for causing collisions. During the middle laps, Verstappen and Bottas traded fastest lap times. Most cars boxed between laps 35 and 40, with only Vettal unsuccessfully trying slick tyres. All cars continued uneventfully in the main, with the result:


2ndVerstappen (plus fastest lap)


This left Verstappen regaining the championship lead on 262 points, with Hamilton 2nd on 256 and Bottas 3rd on 177.

US Grand Prix – Austin Texas – Sunday 24th October

Track distance 3.425 miles/5.513km

Turns – 20

Top average speed – 128.2mph/206.3km/hr

Race lap record – 1min 36.169sec (Charles Le Clerc 2019)

P1 Alonso (Alpine) spun off on first fast lap causing the session to be stopped for 10min. Le Clerc (Ferrari) off into a gravel trap causing a further temporary delay.  Soft tyres for most.

1stBottas (Mecedes)

2ndHamilton (Mercedes)

3rdVerstappen (Red Bull)

P2 – Medium tyres for most. Alonso spun off with 3min to go whilst Perez (Red Bull) had his fast lap deleted for exceeding track limits.

1st Perez

2ndNorris (McLaren)


P3Russell (Williams) spun off half way through the session whilst many times were deleted for exceeding track limits at turns 9 & 13.




Q1 – No incidents. The two Red Bulls led the times for most of the session, but Le Clerc pipped them on the final lap.

Q2Verstappen quickest followed by Hamilton and Norris.

Q3 Verstappen on pole in 1min 23.910sec. 2nd Hamilton. 3rd Perez.


Hamilton led from first corner after a faster start than Verstappen. A huge battle ensued for positions 4-7 between the 2 Ferraris and both McLarens. Having followed Hamilton from the start, Verstappen pitted early on lap 11 for fresh, hard compound tyres. Hamilton pitted on lap 14, but came out 6 secs behind Verstappen. Further pit stops for both left Hamilton with fresher tyres at the end, but despite closing, was unable to overtake.

1stVerstappen 1hr 34min 36.552sec

2nd Hamilton +1.33sec (but extra point for fastest lap)


Vestappen now leads Hamilton by 12 points in the championship.

Mexico Gran Prix – Mexico City – Sunday 7th November

Track distance – 2.674 miles/4.304 km

Turns – 17

Top average speed – 122.2 miles/hr 196.7 Km/hr

Race lap record – 1min 19.741 secs (Valtteri Bottas 2018)

P1 – Soft tyres on most tyres. Le Clerc (Ferrari) and Perez (Red Bull) early spinners, whilst the usual suspects (Hamilton & Verstappen) set the pace. Hamilton & Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) called to the stewards after the session for not following procedure when off at turns 1 & 2.

1stBottas – 1min 18.341


3rd – Verstappen

P2 – Most drivers on medium or hard compound tyres. Both Bottas & Hamilton went agricultural mid-session ending up on the grass. Russell (Williams) forced to retire with no time set. Leading drivers  switched to soft tyres late on, which saw lap times tumbling.

1stVerstappen – 1min 17.301


3rd – Hamilton

P3Tsunoda (Alfa Tauri) set the early pace, whilst the top drivers sat out the opening minutes. Le Clerc’s, spinning off track, caused a slight delay with 15 minutes left.

1st Perez – 1min 17.204



Q1Stroll (Aston Martin) crashed into barriers 10 minutes in, causing session to be stopped for several minutes.

1stBottas – 1min 16.721

2ndLe Clerc


Q2 – Tyres were split between soft and medium compounds.

1stHamilton – 1min 16.464




1stBottas – 1min 15.875 (pole)




Verstappen took the lead at the first corner, driving round the outside of the two Mercedes. Hamilton was 2nd after Bottas was hit by Ricciardo in the McLaren. Tsunoda in the Alfa suffered the same fate and when a further incident happened, a full safety car was straight out. Tsunoda and Schumacher (Haas) both out on lap 1.

The safety car left the track at the end of lap 4 and the order differed little until Hamilton pitted on lap 30. Verstappen stayed out until lap 34 leaving his team mate Perez leading his home Grand Prix, until he also pitted on lap 41. Verstappen then lead Hamilton by nearly 10 seconds, the gap steadily increasing as the race went on. Perez closed on Hamilton but was unable to overtake.

1stVerstappen – 1hr 38min 39.086sec



All bar Le Clerc (5th place) were lapped by the leaders.

Fastest lap – Bottas – 1min 17.774, a new lap record.

Verstappen now leads Hamilton by 18 points with 4 races remaining.