Double score for Toro Rosso caps off good British GP weekend

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Toro Rosso left the British Grand Prix paddock yesterday with its tail up after both Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne managed to finish in the points at Silverstone.

The result marked the team’s first double points haul since the opening race of the year in Australia, and it followed another impressive qualifying display. Kvyat and Vergne finished where they started – ninth and tenth respectively – and although their races were by no means spectacular, the points were certainly most welcome.

“This was a very intense race, especially towards the end when I was pushing to catch Hulkenberg,” Kvyat explained, having finished less than a second behind the Force India driver at the flag. “I was actually quicker than him and I was definitely getting very close, but unfortunately I was not able to pass him in the end.

“Overall, I am quite happy with this race weekend and I very much enjoyed driving this track with its high speed corners. And after having had a few difficult races, it is great to see that all the hard work has paid off and that we were able to get both cars into the points.”

Team principal Franz Tost was also pleased with the result, saying: “We can be satisfied with today’s race, finishing with both cars in the points. I have to say both drivers did a really good job in defending positions and overtaking other cars.

“We planned different strategies, with Daniil two stops and Jev one stop and they paid off, as they saw the chequered flag in ninth and tenth position.

“The team showed a solid performance and it’s encouraging to see that we are working in the right direction. Now we are looking forward to the German Grand Prix, where we hope we’ll be able to make further steps.”

The result sees Toro Rosso pull further ahead of Lotus in the constructors’ championship in seventh place, which, given the 75 point gap to McLaren in sixth, will be the best that the Red Bull B team can hope for this year.

How Hamilton, Mercedes can clinch F1 titles at the United States GP

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Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).

Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.

However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

  • If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
  • If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.

While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.

The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.

As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.

The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.