Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
Both Red Bulls, McLaren’s and Torro Rosso’s have grid penalty’s. They are taking the penalty’s now because they are getting ready for the Singapore grand prix which will suit all there cars better.
Q1 saw both McLaren’s and Manor Marussia cars did not get through. Max Verstappen missed most of the session to fit his new engine components for tomorrow but did get out. On his only lap, Verstappen lost a part of his engine cover in spectacular form and did not get a time in. Hamilton sets the fastest time of 1:24:251.
Q2 saw Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo did not get through. Ricciardo the same as Verstappen, got out in Q1 and set a time but not a time in Q2.
Q3 saw Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India coasting into the pits with half of the session to go. He did not go back out and ended up 9th. Hamilton was in a league of his own with a new updated engine only for him and Rosberg. But Rosberg’s engine gave up and he had to resort to his old engine. Ferrari gave the Tifosi something to cheer about with Raikkonen 2nd and Vettel 3rd.
1.Hamilton 2.Raikkonen 3.Vettel 4.Rosberg 5.Massa 6.Bottas 7.Perez 8.Grosjean 9.Hulkenberg 10.Maldonado 11.Nasr 13.Ericsson* 14.Stevens 15.Merhi 16.Button* 17.Alonso* 18.Sainz* 19.Kvyat* 19.Ricciardo* 20.Verstappen*
Ericsson* got a two place grid penalty for impeding Hulkenberg .
Button* and Alonso* got penalty’s for changing power unit elements.
Sainz* got a 20 place penalty for changing two power unit elements.
Kvyat* received a 35 place penalty for various power units.
Ricciardo* received a total of 50 place penalty’s.
Verstappen* will start last after receiving a 20 place grid penalty for changing two power unit elements and a drive through penalty for having an unsafe condition while leaving the pits due to the bodywork in Q1.
Tomorrow’s race will be interesting to see if Hamilton can hold off the prancing horses through out the race. A good points finish is on Grosjean’s mind after a 3rd place at Belgium. Can any of the Torro Rosso and Red Bull cars manage to pull themselves into the top 10?