Read on as Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes takes pole position ahead of tomorrows race.
Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Valterri Bottas.
The unusual blue sky saw a mixed grid with penalties for Romain Grosjean, Max Verstappen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. The Medium and Soft tyres (also known as Prime and Option) are the allocated tyres here. Pirelli have said all the tyres that they have checked are ok to use, this was because of Nico Rosberg’s tyre deflation in Practise 2.
The new start procedures are introduced here which could lead to a chaotic start.
Q1 saw both McLaren Honda cars of Button and Alonso out along with the Manor Marrusia cars of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi and the Sauber of Felipe Nasr. Max Verstappen reports of a power issue near the end and just scrapes into Q2.
Q2 saw Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari break down due to an oil pressure leak with eight minutes and twenty-four seconds to go. Max Verstappen stops in the pit lane and does not set a time. Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber is out. While Rosberg sets the fastest time of 1.47.955.
The first runs in Q3 sees that Hamilton is fastest ahead of Rosberg and Bottas. Everyone is on their final runs and Hamilton is quicker that Rosberg in Sectors 1 and 2, all he needs is a clean final sector and pole will be his. And it is, Hamilton’s on pole. A good run for Grosjean in 4th and Sergio Perez in 5th.
1.Hamilton 2.Rosberg 3.Bottas 4.Perez 5.Ricciardo 6.Massa 7.Maldonado 8.Vettel 9.Grosjean* 10.Sainz 11.Hulkenberg 12.Kvyat 13.Ericsson 14.Raikkonen** 15. Nasr 16.Stevens 17.Mehri 18.Verstappen** 19.Button* 20.Alonso*
Grosjean* got a 5 place grid penalty for a gear box change.
Raikkonen** did not set a time in Q2.
Verstappen** did not set a time in Q2 and recieved a 10 place grid penalty for an engine change.
Button* and Alonso* changed nearly all of thier power units and a combined total of 105 grid penalty between them.
A flawless lap by Hamilton scored him a well deserved pole position. A great effort by Bottas, Grosjean and Perez be in the top 5. I felt sorry for Raikkonen as he stopped in Q2, but watch him throughtout the race as he has won he 4 times in the past.