March 16, 2013

F1 Quals: Australia 2013... Q2 and Q3

After yesterday's soggy session, it looks like we've finally got a grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of Australia!  Let's take a look, shall we?

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:44.657 1:36.745 1:27.407
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:44.472 1:36.524 1:27.827
3 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.456 1:36.625 1:28.087
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:44.635 1:36.666 1:28.490
5 HWMNBN
Ferrari 1:43.850 1:36.691 1:28.493
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.380 1:36.194 1:28.523
7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:45.545 1:37.517 1:28.738
8 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:44.284 1:37.641 1:29.013
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:45.601 1:36.901 1:29.305
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.688 1:36.644 1:30.357
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.930 1:38.067
12 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:47.330 1:38.134
13 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:44.871 1:38.778
14 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:46.450 1:39.042
15 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.300 1:39.900
16 Valtteri Lipless Bottas Williams-Renault 1:47.328 1:40.290
17 Papabile Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:47.614

18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.776

19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.147

20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.909

21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:49.519

22 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:50.626


Q1 107% Time
1:50.616


From reports, Q2 started out wet but drying, and Q3 finished on the supersoft tires.  I don't think anybody is going to be surprised by the men on the front row; if we're lucky, the Red Bulls won't dominate the whole year.  I think the surprise has to be McLaren just being... slow.  We'll see if it carries over through the race and the season.

The race is in a few hours, we'll have the F1U! tomorrow!  See ya then!
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Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:30 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Usually the times get lower in later sessions, but I don't recall a case where anyone shaved 17 seconds off their Q1 time. The track really must have changed!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 16, 2013 10:32 PM (+rSRq)

2 Also, it looks like Hamilton may have known what he was doing, and not just following the money.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 16, 2013 10:34 PM (+rSRq)

3 It's the difference between two tire extremes: Q1 they used full-wet tires on a track with standing water, but in Q3 they had on the super-softs on a dry track. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 16, 2013 10:41 PM (SFv5m)

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