Nico Rosberg takes pole position in wet-dry qualifying ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo as Q1 is disrupted 4 times.
The new track limits were introduced fully for the British grand prix and were a heavy factor in qualifying and saw many drivers times deleted for running over the kerbs at certain corners. For this weekend, the track has been resurfaced and new kerbs with sensors to tell who has been off the track at certain parts. Turn 4 and turn 11 have track limits on them and if anyone who goes over more then 3 times will get a penalty.
The session is delayed by 20 minutes due to the amount of rain that is on the track. The safety car has made an appearance and finally, race control has decided that the track is okay for cars to go out on. Felipe Massa is first out and everyone is on wet tyres. Several team radio’s are reporting of more rain to come and its coming soon. Massa sets a lap time of a 1:43:999 compared to Nico Hulkenberg times after Massa of a 1:41:471. The session has been red flagged with 13 minutes and 8 seconds to go with the rain increasing. Its not looking good for Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton as their laps were slow and are languishing in 18th, 20th and 21st place.
Max Verstappen is the first car back out after the stoppage and with the rain dying, he sets a 1:40:424. With 9 minutes to go, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson is the first casualty of the session as he slid into the barrier at turn 10. Daniel Ricciardo goes quickest on a 1:39:968 and the session is again red flagged.
Felipe Nasr is the first car out on track after his team-mate’s car is removed from the track and he sets a lap of a 1:39:500. With 6 minutes to go Lewis Hamilton has gone wide at turn 1 and that has ruined his lap. Guess what? Their is another red flag with 5 minutes and 20 seconds to go, Felipe Massa is out at turn 4.
The session is started again and Fernando Alonso is the first car on the track. Everyone is on the Intermediate tyre. Lewis Hamilton sets the quickest lap of a 1:34:210. For the 4th and final time, the red flag appears again as Rio Haryanto is out at turn 10. The stewards decide not to restart the session and the session ends with Nico Rosberg quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Out: Palmer – 17th, Massa – 18th, Magnussen – 19th, Ericsson – 20th, Wehrlein – 21st and Haryanto – 22nd.
Sebastian Vettel is the first car out on the track on Intermediate tyre and sets a lap time of a 1:34:137. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo follow and are quicker than Vettel on a 1:32:378 and a 1:32:008. With 7 minutes and 50 seconds to go, Williams Valterri Bottas pits and changes to the Supersoft as the track is drying and the dry tyre makes an appearance. Bottas’s first lap on the Supersoft tyre is a 1:30:647. Everyone has now switched to the Supersoft tyre and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is lighting up the timing screens as he sets a 1:26:047. Max Verstappen ends the session quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
Out: Nasr – 16th, Button – 15th, Raikkonen – 14th, Perez – 13th, Kvyat – 12th and Grosjean 11th.
Nico Rosberg is out first ans sets a lap time of a 1:20:499. Lewis Hamilton then comes round and is on provisional pole position as he sets a lap time of a 1:20:108. Everyone goes back to the pits, refuels and changes tyres for the second runs. Everyone is on their final runs and somebody has spun! Its Fernando Alonso, he’s spun in sector 2 and their are double yellow flags around that sector. Nico Rosberg has had a bad sector 1 and comes round to sector 2 where Alonso has spun and the double yellow flags are gone as Alonso has recovered and back on the track. Rosberg slowed a tad but then sped back up because their was no yellow flags. It’s great sector 2 and Lewis Hamilton’s pole position looks to be in danger. Nico Rosberg comes round and takes pole position after an amazing sector 3.
Top 10: Bottas – 10th, Hulkenberg – 9th, Button – 8th, Alonso – 7th, Sainz – 6th, Vettel – 5th, Verstappen – 4th.
Top 3: Ricciardo – 3rd, Hamilton – 2nd and Rosberg 1st.
1.Rosberg 2.Hamilton 3.Ricciardo 4.Verstappen 5.Vettel 6.Sainz 7.Alonso 8.Button 9.Hulkenberg 10.Bottas 11.Grosjean 12.Kvyat 13.Perez 14.Raikkonen 15.Gutierrez 16.Nasr 17.Palmer 18.Massa 19.Magnussen 20.Ericsson 21.Wehrlein 22.Haryanto
Rosberg keeps pole
After studying data of the incident, in which Nico Rosberg passed double-yellow flags after McLaren’s Fernando Alonso spun out in sector 2, the stewards accepted telemetry from the German’s car ‘demonstrated that the driver reduced speed significantly’ in sector 2 and this means that Rosberg keeps his pole position.