November 02, 2013

F1 Quals: Abu Dhabi 2013

Well, it's nearly 830pm, I've only just gotten home from work, and I'm not going to get to watch Quals... which is a shame, because it appears to have been interesting!  Here's the grid:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.568 1:40.575 1:39.957
2 4Time Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.683 1:40.781 1:40.075
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.420 1:40.473 1:40.419
4 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.693 1:40.477 1:40.501
DSQ Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:41.276 1:40.971 1:40.542
6 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.631 1:40.931 1:40.576
7 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.447 1:40.948 1:40.997
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.254 1:40.989 1:41.015
9 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.687 1:40.812 1:41.068
10 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:41.884 1:40.852 1:41.111
11 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:41.397 1:41.093
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.676 1:41.133
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.817 1:41.200
14 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:41.692 1:41.279
15 Don't Look Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.365 1:41.395
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:41.862 1:41.447
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.999

18 Adrian F'n  Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:42.051

19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:43.252

20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.398

21 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:43.528

22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.198


Q1 107% Time
1:47.741

The big news is, obviously, Jules Bianchi being hit with a five-grid-spot penalty for an unfortunate gearbox change.and will thus be starting from somewhere near Umm al-Quwain.  No, okay, I'm joking of course.  The sharper-eyed amongst you will have seen the dreaded "DSQ" next to Kimi Raikkonen's name.  He qualified in fifth place, his best performance since the summer break... and then his car failed scrutineering afterwards.  The FIA says that the floor of his car deflected too much in the usual tests, while Lotus said that was because the piece they were testing was broken on a curb during the session.  This explanation was not accepted, which means that Kimi Raikkonen was duly excluded from Quals altogether and will be starting from the back of the grid.

Considering the news that came out yesterday that he has not been paid by Lotus at any time this season, one has to think that Kimi is more than a little peeved.

Me, I'm more than a little tired. Race in the morning, though considering the whole time change thing, I have no idea when.  See you sometime tomorrow with a F1U!

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