Hartley finishes 18th fastest in qualifying

Doug Mendoza
October 22, 2017

Hartley completed 69 laps during the two practice sessions yesterday, more than a race distance and more than any other driver as he adjusts himself to the single-seater.

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley will receive a grid penalty on his Formula One debut after his team changed his car's power unit ahead of the race.

Reuters reports that title favourite Lewis Hamilton was fastest in final practice, breaking the track record he set on Friday (local time).

"Brendon was always fast as a Red Bull junior, he just didn't withstand the pressure and made mistakes".

In practice session one his best effort was 1:39.267, while his best in the second session was 1:37.987.

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Hamilton completed the sweep with a fastest lap of 1:34.478, ducking under the previous best of 1:34.668.

Hartley's teammate Daniil Kvyat suffered mechanical issues during the session and spent most of his time in the garage as mechanics tried to fix his vehicle.

However, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed in his pre-race report that changes had been made to the power unit on Hartley's Toro Rosso vehicle since the last race in Japan, triggering a grid penalty.

Hartley took to the track in an official grand prix session for the first time on Friday in Austin, marking his first run-out in an F1 vehicle since a test with Mercedes in 20120. Stoffel Vandoorne will have a five-place penalty after McLaren fitted his eighth engine of the season, which is also represents the latest upgrade from power unit supplier Honda.

Hartley had the heaviest of four penalties of 25 places.

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