April 07, 2018

F1 Quals: Bahrain 2018

Gotta admit, the circuit in Bahrain looks awful purty at night.  But for whom did the stars shine, and for whom did they fall?  Here's the provisional grid for the 2018 Grand Prix of Bahrain:

Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.060 1:28.341 1:27.958
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.951 1:28.515 1:28.101
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.275 1:28.794 1:28.124
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.396 1:28.458 1:28.220
5 Smiley Ricciardo Red Bull Racing
1:29.552 1:28.962 1:28.398
6 Pierre Ghastly Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.121 1:29.836 1:29.329
7 "DP" Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:29.594 1:29.623 1:29.358
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.260 1:29.187 1:29.570
9 False Esteban! Force India Mercedes 1:30.338 1:30.009 1:29.874
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:29.893 1:29.802 1:29.986
11 Death To Flying Things Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.412 1:30.105
12 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:30.218 1:30.156
13 LeMans Alonso McLaren Renault 1:30.530 1:30.212
14 Stoffelwaffle McLaren Renault 1:30.479 1:30.525
15 Embryo Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:29.374 No Time

16 Lettuce Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:30.530

17 Sony Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:31.063

18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:31.414

19 AMX_56 Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:31.420

20 Pleasant Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:31.503

While Vettel's on pole, it wasn't until the final run in Q2 that he started to show more speed than his teammate Raikkonen.  In fact, it took a truly outstanding lap from the German to beat Raikkonen in Q2, and in Q3 it was Vettel's last run that wound up being just a bit too good for anybody to catch.  The other flying Finn, Valterri Bottas and his Mercedes, put up good times but nothing to rival the Ferraris, and Lewis Hamilton left himself with a massive problem on Sunday.  Not only did he not get on the front row, but he had to change a gearbox between Australia and here. Apparently he very nearly was unable to finish the first race of the year... I had read somewhere that he had an oil leak that got into the gearbox and played all sorts of merry hell with the finely machined chunks of space-age technology in there.  In any case, that means a five-spot grid penalty, and that means he's actually starting in 9th, right where the midfield can bounce him around in Turn 1.

Speaking of the midfield, it's somewhat disheartening to see McLaren getting so stiffly roflstomped by Toro Rosso; not only did the former Minardi team beat both McLarens, but it wasn't even close... and the Ghastly one even made it into Q3, where he ends up in fifth after Hamilton's penalty.  AND I even got a nickname for Brendon Hartley, who ran into a bird during today's sessions.  Neither Force India impressed today... I didn't realize one was in Q3, they were so not-fast.

But the biggest pain has to be felt by Haas.  From looking like serious contenders for "best of the midfield" rights to having Lettuce miss out on Q2 by literally the slimmest of margins (he and Alonso set exactly the same time, 1:30.530, in Q1, but since the McLaren driver did it first, he ended up in 15th and moved on).  There must be much confusion and consternation in the American team's pits right about now. Why is K-Mag now being called "DP" Magnussen?  Heh... you asked for it.

On international television, too.

The less said about Williams, the better.  That was ugly, and Pleasant Stroll looked seriously pissed in an interview afterwards.

So the race is late tomorrow morning.  I hope to be along sometime that evening with the F1Update!, but my computer woes are beginning to become terminal.  My hard drive coughed up a "terminal failure" report to the various startup menu tests this morning, but eventually it booted.  I've spent the best part of the afternoon copying important things to flash drives and external hard drives and writing down passwords for places I don't often access.  I do have my laptop, of course, but that's a whole different set of problems to deal with.  In any case, sooner or later it'll be up.

See ya then!

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1 Magnussen is such a smartass. I like how he usually says what he thinks instead of what has clearly been rehearsed and pre-approved for release. He said earlier this week that Liberty shouldn't listen to any of the drivers' suggestions because all of them, including him, were just suggesting whatever they thought would benefit them personally. 

I did not see why Grosjean was almost a whole second behind Magnussen...but at least one of them is up there. Also pleased to see the Honda upgrades apparently worked out for Toro Rosso. 

Posted by: Mrs. Will at April 07, 2018 05:34 PM (h8yX6)

2 I couldn't see it on my phone earlier, but you can see in the gif the exact moment that K-Mag sees his opportunity *on the tv feedback* in front of them.

What happened to Verstappen?  I apologize if you've clearly written about it and I've missed it; I just woke up from a nap.

Also, from what I'm seeing up there, the Ferrari's, Mercs, and Red Bulls are all running a full second ahead of the next tier.  So I guess that probably confirms most of the podiums.

Posted by: Ben at April 07, 2018 08:13 PM (h8yX6)

3 Max put it in the wall in Q1. His story is that he was testing out some different engine settings, and on that corner, the engine output suddenly jumped 150 bhp, which put him into a spin from which he wasn't able to recover. (I have no idea if this is true...I've noticed that drivers tell a lot of stories of varying apparent veracity about unfortunate events.) He had already set a good time, so he was through to Q2. The damage is fairly minor, so he shouldn't have a problem running tomorrow, but I imagine his mechanics are still working as we type. 

Posted by: Mrs. Will at April 07, 2018 10:32 PM (h8yX6)

4 Sorry, in all the panicking and wailing and gnashing of gums involved with the computer problems, I neglected to mention the Verstappen Incident in Q1.
I suspect the "engine surge" was something more than just Embryo messing with the engine settings.  That 150hp jump sure sounds like the ERS's battery gave an uncommanded discharge at just the wrong time.  Why?  I dunno, I'm no F1 mechanic/engineer/janitor/really anything so I can't even speculate intelligently.
Which has never stopped me in the past: I'm going to bet he accidentally blipped the boost button while fiddling with something on the steering wheel.  That could explain why the rear of his car rotated clockwise as he headed into a counter-clockwise turn.
The damage looked to be relatively minor... the front left suspension snapped like a twig when he gently caressed the wall... and easily reparable.  Unless the mounting points in the chassis were damaged from the impact, which happens with depressing regularity.  In that case, they'd have to rebuild the car altogether... which also happens with depressing regularity.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 08, 2018 01:16 AM (h8yX6)

5 I've got some lightly used (media storage) 2TB sata drives.  I can throw them your way if you would like.  They work well, though slowly, in low cost USB external docks.........
Send me your snail mail address if you are interested.

Posted by: c6 at April 08, 2018 01:18 AM (h8yX6)

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