November 24, 2012

F1 Quals: Brazil 2012

So, just like the weather forecasters predicted, it didn't start to rain until after the session ended... they just got the session wrong!  Rain began to fall after P3, and didn't stop until a few minutes into Q1.  So what sort of mischief did that cause to Quals?  Let's take a look at the provisional grid for the 2012 Grand Prix of Brazil:

P Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Shiv Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.075 1:13.398 1:12.458
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.456 1:13.515 1:12.513
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.180 1:13.667 1:12.581
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.644 1:13.209 1:12.760
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.263 1:14.048 1:12.987
6 Pai-de-santo Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.266 1:13.698 1:13.174
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.536 1:13.704 1:13.206
8 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:16.097 1:13.856 1:13.253
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:16.432 1:13.698 1:13.298
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.929 1:13.848 1:13.489
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.901 1:14.121
12 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.333 1:14.219
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.974 1:14.234
14 Slappy Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.005 1:14.334
15 Gandalf Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.400 1:14.380
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:16.744 1:14.574
17 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.722 1:14.619
18 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.967

19 The Red Menace
Caterham-Renault 1:17.073

20 Heikki Kovalaineninnie Caterham-Renault 1:17.086

21 Tim O'Glockenspiel Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.508

22 Charles ToothPic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.104

23 Narain Kittylitter HRT-Cosworth 1:19.576

24 Pete Rose
HRT-Cosworth 1:19.699

Q1 107% Time

Well, in the long run, not much at all.  The two McLarens had been fast all weekend, with Button leading the way in P3 earlier; there is some question as to just how much wing they're running, however.  This could be massively important, as the forecast for Sunday remains a race aquatic.  If they're running a dry setup, it only figures they'd be faster than a car prepared for a wet race... and they'll drown come Sunday.  If, however, the McLarens are this fast without compromising a wet setup... well.

It's no surprise to see the two Red Bulls up towards the top of the sheet, obviously.  It IS a little surprising to see HWMNBN so far down, but we don't know how heavy the team went with the weather setup.  He might be in the best shape of the bunch if they've really cranked on the wing.  We just won't know until the race begins... assuming it rains.  And every red-blooded F1 fan has gotta be hoping for rain.  You know that Ferrari has mechanics behind their pit stalls making carbon-fiber rain turtles.

One still has to give Vettel the advantage at the moment, though.  We will see tomorrow, won't we?  The race is in the morning, F1U! thereafter.  See ya then!

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1 I imagine Vettel and HWMNBN are both running as much wing as they dare, with Vettel being willing to run a bit more, since he doesn't even need to end up on the podium to win the WDC.

Posted by: David at November 24, 2012 04:25 PM (vyRm+)

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