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It's still three months until Valentine's Day - Christine's Rankings, Week 35

A new power couple in F1, as Brazil brings out the best

Sidepodcast: It's still three months until Valentine's Day - Christine's Rankings, Week 35

by Christine

We're drawing ever so close towards the end of Christine's Rankings for 2017, with just two weeks after this one for drivers to get some last minute points on the board. That being the case, you're needed more than ever, to let me know of anything you've spotted that might be pointsworthy. Ricciardo has a healthy lead, but there have been bigger swings than that in the past, so it really could all change before the season is up.

HUGO BOSS announce partnership with Formula E, after dropping Mercedes F1

New sponsors for trackside banner and clothing

Sidepodcast: HUGO BOSS announce partnership with Formula E, after dropping Mercedes F1

by Christine

This is It Only Takes E Minute – keeping you up to date with the FIA’s electric racing series, Formula E. Today, Formula E organisers launched their new partnership with global fashion designer HUGO BOSS, ahead of the upcoming season that kicks off in Hong Kong in December. HUGO BOSS are sponsoring the sport with trackside banners, and will stick their logo on Formula E staff uniforms, as well as the demo car itself.

Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth

Bottas loses lead on first lap

Sidepodcast: Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth

by Christine

Valtteri Bottas' pole position lasted only moments as Sebastian Vettel swept past the Mercedes to take the lead into the first corner. There was chaos in the opening laps, as Romain Grosjean picked up a puncture and punted himself and Ocon off track. Daniel Ricciardo spun, dropping him down the field, after he'd made a good start trying to recover from a low grid position.

Bottas takes third pole position as Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying

Early qualifying exit for champion at Interlagos

Sidepodcast: Bottas takes third pole position as Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton's qualifying session came to an abrupt and early end when he crashed heavily into the tyre barriers just four minutes into Q1. The red flags came out whilst the car and the driver were recovered - he was fine - and then the action continued. The two Saubers, Stroll and Gasly were out in that first session. Brendon Hartley got his Toro Rosso through to Q2 but didn't participate in that session.

Paddock personnel hit by Brazil crime wave

Mercedes and Sauber amongst those affected

Sidepodcast: Paddock personnel hit by Brazil crime wave

by Christine

Felipe Massa has talked of his disappointment and sadness that his home country has failed to deliver a safe environment for the F1 paddock to race in, after several high profile incidents for teams leaving the circuit. Lewis Hamilton revealed that part of the Mercedes crew were held up at gunpoint, with shots fired, in an armed robbery, with Williams and FIA officials also in the convoy of cars.

Race information - Brazil 2017

Interlagos brings the party in penultimate race of the year

Sidepodcast: Race information - Brazil 2017

by Christine

The 2017 F1 season has just two rounds left, and although both the championships are complete, it's hard not to still have some excitement for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The atmosphere radiates from the ever-popular Interlagos track, and it's an event that often has great racing, interesting results and a general feel-good aura. That being said, there are still two more races of a season that has dragged on long enough, so it really better had be a good one.

Felipe Massa confirms second retirement from Formula One

Williams look elsewhere for 2018 season

Sidepodcast: Felipe Massa confirms second retirement from Formula One

by Christine

Massa announced his F1 retirement at the end of 2016 but was recalled to Williams after they needed an experienced driver at the last minute. Fast forward one year, and with the Williams team fifth in the championship standings, they're looking forward to the 2018 season and their driver lineup. That won't include Felipe Massa, as the Brazilian driver has announced his second retirement from the sport.

First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

Punctures and front wing damage decide title

Sidepodcast: First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

by Christine

The pressure was all on Sebastian Vettel's shoulders going into this race, the title fight in his hands. Earning pole position was the best he could do on Saturday, but unfortunately it was all for nothing. In the first two corners, he, Verstappen and Hamilton ran alongside each other, jostling, bumping wheels, so that eventually Max moved into the lead, whilst Hamilton and Vettel dropped back with a puncture and front wing damage respectively.

Spins and punctures dominate Mexico practice sessions

Ricciardo leads the way in tight opening sessions

Sidepodcast: Spins and punctures dominate Mexico practice sessions

by Christine

The first practice session in Mexico featured a lot of Friday drivers, including Giovinazzi, Leclerc, Gelael and Antonio Celis, who was driving in front of his home crowd. Unfortunately, he spun his Force India and hit the barriers, causing a red flag whilst the incident was sorted out. Stoffel Vandoorne only managed three laps due to an engine problem, Verstappen spent much of his morning in the garage, and Brendon Hartley stopped out on track, before getting going again only to disappear in the garage.

Race information - Mexico 2017

Could the stadium track host the title deciding race?

Sidepodcast: Race information - Mexico 2017

by Christine

We thought it could happen in the US, but this weekend in Mexico could very well see the 2017 championship wrapped up. Mercedes have already earned the constructor's trophy, but the battle between Hamilton and Vettel continues. Mexico is still a relatively new track on the calendar, but has a good reputation and has been popular in its two previous outings. Hopefully this weekend will see a good race at the track - whether or not the title is decided.

Race highlights - United States 2017

One title is decided in the Austin afternoon action

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - United States 2017

by Christine

With blue skies and a bizarrely grandiose build up, the US Grand Prix got underway to much applause. Two championships were up for grabs, with both Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton able to close out a title if the results went their way. With a great first lap, the racing began in style and the undulations of the fabulous COTA track meant opportunities for overtaking continued throughout the ninety minute event.

That's Max, walking on the moon

Formula One meets NASA in Texas

Sidepodcast: That's Max, walking on the moon

by Christine

When I went to Texas a couple of years ago, there were two things I knew I had to do before I left - go to a baseball game, and visit the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It looks like Mercedes and Red Bull have gone to the US this weekend with the same thoughts in mind, as their drivers were spotted hanging out at NASA, and generally having a good time. There are no words to describe the video of Max Verstappen in simulated low-gravity, and it just keeps on getting better from there.

Race information - United States 2017

F1 returns to the popular Circuit of the Americas

Sidepodcast: Race information - United States 2017

by Christine

There are just four races left of the 2017 season, and whilst the championship is likely to be decided before we get to the end, there's still plenty to keep an eye on. This weekend, Formula One is being hosted by the Circuit of the Americas, a still relatively new but impressive facility. It's a popular track, which is even more impressive considering the results and reviews of other newer circuits, and should provide a great weekend of racing.

She's a fan, hence the hat - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

Passing the time in Suzuka with the fans

Sidepodcast: She's a fan, hence the hat - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

by Christine

At this point in the rankings season, I'd usually be saying the competition is wide open and it's all to play for. Granted, there are still a good few weeks left but, just like the actual Formula One championship, things are very much headed in the direction of one particular driver. Every single day, Daniel Ricciardo is doing new and brilliant things to engage with fans and generally just bring the fun. Amazing.