Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of tomorrow’s race ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Max Verstappen as Nico Hulkenberg out-qualifies both Ferrari cars.
- First GP: 1963
- Laps: 71
- Circuit length: 4.304km
- Race distance: 305.354km
- Lap record: 1:20:521, Nico Rosberg, 2015
- Corners: 16
Palmer to miss Qualifying
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer will miss today’s qualifying session after damaging his car in FP3. Palmer finished 14th in the final practise session and was confident of reaching Q2 today. Renault found cracks in the chassis and were not able to fix Palmer’s car in time for qualifying. Its likely that he will start from the pit-lane tomorrow.
Romain Grosjean is the first car out on track and his first lap is a slow 1:27:544. Marcus Ericsson goes quicker on a 1:21:690. The first laps for all the drivers are a warm up lap as the tyres are not griping the track. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are next on a 1:19:970 and a 1:19:865. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen are next on a 1:19:874 and a 1:19:554. With Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari so close in lap times, its an early sign of a good qualifying ahead. Nico Rosberg is unusually slow at the moment on a 1:20:396.
With 5 minutes to go, Lewis Hamilton goes quickest on a 1:19:447. With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head out for their final laps. Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon are in the drop zone. The chequered flag falls as Esteban Gutierrez spins at turn 10, hampering team-team Grosjean as he was just behind. Q1 ends with Lewis Hamilton quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Out: Palmer – DNS, Grosjean – 21st, Ocon – 20th, Nasr – 19th, Kvyat – 18th and Gutierrez – 17th.
Lewis Hamilton is the first driver out on the track and he sets a lap time of a 1:19:137 on a set of Soft tyres. Hamilton is slightly blocked by Sebastian Vettel on the apex of the final corner. Nico Rosberg is also on the Soft tyre but goes slower than Hamilton on a 1:19:761. Vettel is next on a 1:19:385. Max Verstappen are next on a set of the Supersoft tyres and goes quickest on a 1:18:922.
With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head back out for their final laps. In the drop-zone at the moment is Valterri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Pascal Wehrlein, Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson. Q2 ends with Max Verstappen quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Out: Wehrlein – 16th, Ericsson – 15th, Magnussen – 14th, Button – 13th, Perez – 12th and Alonso – 11th.
Both Red Bull cars of Daniel Ricciardo and max Verstappen set the first lap times of a 1:19:210 and a 1:19:092. Lewis Hamilton is next on a 1:18:704 but again Nico Rosberg is slower on a 1:19:363. With 3 minutes to go, the drivers head out onto the track for their final laps. Hamilton is quickest ahead of Verstappen, Ricciardo and Rosberg at the moment. Ricciardo and Verstappen improve but its not enough to beat Hamilton. Rosberg produces the best lap of his weekend so far to jump both Red Bull cars on a 1:18:958.
Top 10: Sainz – 10th, Massa – 9th, Bottas – 8th, Vettel – 7th, Raikkonen – 6th, Hulkenberg – 5th, Ricciardo – 4th
Top 3: Verstappen – 3rd, Rosberg – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.
1.Hamilton 2.Rosberg 3.Verstappen 4.Ricciardo 5.Hulkenberg 6.Raikkonen 7.Vettel 8.Bottas 9.Massa 10.Sainz 11.Alonso 12.Perez 13.Button 14.Magnussen 15.Ericsson 16.Wehrlein 17.Gutierrez 18.Kvyat 19.Nasr 20.Ocon 21.Grosjean DNS Palmer