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GP Week : Issue 209
QUALIFYING If there was anywhere that pure, brute power was going to dominate it was at Monza and, in qualifying at least, it did. Heading the queue were the pure-bred Mercedes duo; next a pair of Williamses; next a pair of McLarens. The first non-Mercedes-powered car, Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, was 1.3 seconds away from pole, just shading the pair of Red Bulls – predictably not expecting much here. With Kimi disrupting the 2x2 analogy, outside the 10, another Merc, Sergio Perez’s Force India, took grid 10. Pretty straightfor ward ... Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered niggles during practice, Nico losing all of P3 with a gearbox problem which turned out to be electrical and not requiring a grid-spot-losing change. With the suggestion that Lewis might have gone for a set-up with fractionally less downforce, qualifying when it mattered, Q3, was going to be close. In the end, Lewis took it by a couple of tenths,the only question mark being that his fast set of tyres from Q2, on which he would start the race, might have had a small lock-up on one of the fronts – he dismissed that as being of any import. And the ‘revised’ Parabolica, with its safety margin strip of outer tarmac, wasn’t much of a issue either. “In the past it was a corner that you really had to build up to and you really did not want to go past the limit because you would be in the gravel and it’s hard to get back from the gravel at that place,” said Lewis “Now, of course, you can attack it more. I go in with the same mentality but you do know you have that cushion there if you have an oversteer moment or you went in too far, you can run wide and come back on. In terms of the Spa controversy, “it's business as usual tomorrow, we're free to race and I hope we get a strong result for the team, hopefully a one-two ...” On grid two, Rosberg was reasonably happy considering the morning’s inaction and some set-up changes made overnight, which worked: “Overnight we improved the set-up a lot with the engineering support from Brackley, therefore I felt a lot better in the car today compared to yesterday. Today Lewis was quicker, but starting Noah's (Monza) Ark fOrmula 1 round 13 italian gp – Qualifying POS # DRIvER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS 1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.363 1:24.560 1:24.109 20 2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.493 1:24.600 1:24.383 19 3 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:26.012 1:24.858 1:24.697 16 4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:25.528 1:25.046 1:24.865 17 5 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.337 1:25.973 1:25.314 18 6 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.328 1:25.630 1:25.379 18 7 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.514 1:25.525 1:25.430 17 8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.631 1:25.769 1:25.436 18 9 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.721 1:25.946 1:25.709 17 10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:26.569 1:25.863 1:25.944 23 11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:26.261 1:26.070 16 12 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.689 1:26.110 13 13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:26.140 1:26.157 15 14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.371 1:26.279 18 15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.034 1:26.588 17 16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.999 1:26.692 17 17 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.520 8 18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:27.632 5 19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:27.671 9 20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:27.738 8 21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.247 8 22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:28.562 9 Note - Kvyat qualified 11th, drops 10 grid places for an engine change. 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ITALY PARTNERS: