April 20, 2013

F1 Quals: Bahrain 2013

So... Bahrain.  Not much to say about it.  Here's the provisional grid for the 2013 Grand Prix of Bahrain:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.364 1:32.867 1:32.330
2 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.327 1:32.746 1:32.584
3 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:32.878 1:33.316 1:32.667
4 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.498 1:33.346 1:32.762
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:33.966 1:33.098 1:33.078
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.780 1:33.358 1:33.207
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:33.762 1:33.335 1:33.235
8 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:34.048 1:33.378 1:33.246
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:33.827 1:33.146 1:33.327
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.071 1:33.702
11 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:33.498 1:33.762
12 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.310 1:33.914
13 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.120 1:33.974
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.409 1:33.976
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:34.425 1:34.105
16 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.314 1:34.284
17 Dob-dob Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.425

18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.730

19 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:35.283

20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.178

21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:36.304

22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:36.476


Q1 107% Time
1:39.379

There are penalties all over the place here.  Webber has a three-spot penalty from last race.  Esteban Gutierrez gets a five-place penalty from last race, too.  Shiv Hamilton is taking a five-spot hit for a gearbox change.  The upshot of all of it is that Felipe Massa is promoted to 4th place, and he's the only car on the Hard tires.  THAT might be really important.

But probably not.  Pirelli has brought the Hard and the Medium rubber to the circuit this race.  The Medium compound has proven to be nearly as long-lasting as the Hard, but still gives a measurable bonus to traction.  Maybe Massa's going to try a 1-stop strategy? 

We'll find out Sunday morning.  See ya then for F1Update!

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