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GP Week : Issue 223
Pos DRiVeR teAm Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPs 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.218 1:09.062 1:08.455 30 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:10.976 1:08.634 1:08.655 31 3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:11.184 1:09.392 1:08.810 21 4 Felipe Massa Williams 1:11.830 1:09.719 1:09.192 27 5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:11.319 1:09.604 1:09.278 22 6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:11.894 1:09.598 1:09.319 26 7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:11.307 1:09.631 1:09.612 28 8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:12.092 1:10.187 1:09.694 32 9 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:12.001 1:09.652 1:09.713 29 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:11.821 1:09.980 No Time 22 11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:11.661 1:10.374 22 12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:12.388 1:10.426 20 13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:11.158 1:10.465 23 14 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:11.973 1:10.482 19 15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:12.508 1:10.736 22 16 Sergio Perez Force India 1:12.522 13 17 Jenson Button McLaren 1:12.632 12 18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.867 10 19 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:14.071 12 20 Will Stevens Manor 1:15.368 11 Q1 107% Time 1:17.273 Formula 1 round 8 austrian gp – Qualifying QUALIFYING Last time Nico Rosberg ended a qualifying session with a close up view of the Armco he was on pole in Monaco, much to Lewis Hamilton’s frustration as conspiracy theories ran rampant. There was nothing sinister to his mistake in Austria. The German was pushing hard and with rain having made venturing off line a treacherous, Rosberg was simply caught out. After touching the wet astroturf on the outside of the penultimate corner he had no grip when it came time to turn into the final corner. By that point Rosberg’s fate was in his own hands. Second fastest after his first flying lap, teammate and provisional pole sitter Lewis Hamilton had already spun off into the carpark at turn one. It was a similar mistake to that made twelve months ago where he lost the rear under braking. Rosberg was faster than Hamilton's best effort at the second split but with the pressure was on and a short lap heavily penalising the smallest mistake it all proved too much. It was far from a Mercedes cake walk. Sebastian Vettel had been fastest in two of the three practice sessions as the gap between the two leading teams shrunk to next to nothing. Saturday but Sunday was a day to forget for Kimi Raikkonen, who disappointed in the second Ferrari to be slowest of all but for the two Manor’s. For no obvious reason Raikkonen was 18th; slower than even Jenson Button in the pedal powered McLaren. McLaren’s situation is dire. No matter where Jenson Button qualified he was going to start last, and take a drive through penalty at least, courtesy of a whopping 25-place grid penalty. There are only 20 cars on a Formula One grid, and Button was the fourth slowest. Post- session Fernando Alonso received a further five place penalty too for a gearbox change, on top of his own 20-place penalty. Combined, McLaren received a 50-place grid penalty. They weren’t alone. Red Bull had penalties for both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, though nothing quite as drastic as that received by McLaren. Ricciardo struggled with brake temperature, the Australian running off the circuit in the second phase of qualifying before being eliminated from the session entirely. It probably made no difference in the grand scheme of things given he was slapped with a ten-place penalty for an engine change anyway. So too was Kvyat, meaning both Red Bull’s started well down the order with little hope of a strong result. That’s because not only is Raikkonen starting down the order but also because Nico Hulkenberg showed strong pace. 23 GPWEEK.com // 23 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: Anything but perfect