July 09, 2016

F1 Quals: Great Britain 2016

I took a nap.  During my Quals watch.  Whoops.  Here's the provisional grid:

Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.739 1:29.243 1:29.287
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:30.724 1:29.970 1:29.606
3 Embryo Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:31.305 1:30.697 1:30.313
4 Smiley Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:31.684 1:31.319 1:30.618
5 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.326 1:31.385 1:30.881
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.606 1:30.711 1:31.490
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 1:31.913 1:31.478 1:31.557
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:32.115 1:31.708 1:31.989
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 1:32.349 1:31.770 1:32.172
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:32.281 1:31.740 1:32.343
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:32.336 1:31.875
12 FelipeNot Nasr Massa Williams Mercedes 1:32.146 1:32.002
13 Lettuce Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:32.283 1:32.050
14 Esteban! Haas Ferrari 1:32.237 1:32.241
15 Kid Kvyat Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:32.553 1:32.306
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:32.729 1:37.060
17 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 1:32.788

18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:32.905

19 Rio Rainbow Gate MRT Mercedes 1:33.098

20 Points Wehrlein MRT Mercedes 1:33.151

21 FelipeNot Massa Nasr Sauber Ferrari 1:33.544

The sharper-eyed among you will notice that there are 21 drivers listed.  Sauber's Sony Ericcson had a massive accident in Practice 3 that wound up with his car totally ruined and the driver taken to hospital for examinations.  He races at the stewards' approval and if the FIA medical delegate allows.  He was reportedly back in the paddock area late after quals, and the team proclaimed him okay, but that's not the same as the race doc giving him the thumbs up.  Since the impact was so bad that he knocked the steering wheel off with his knee during it, I assume they're thinking concussion.

In other news, or not news as the case may be, Hamilton is back on pole.  Again.  It was close, though: he had his fastest lap disallowed for exceeding track limits, going outside the lines.  That happened to a lot of drivers today. 

All in all though?  That stretch of Quals I was awake for was pretty much "Lewis Hamilton and everybody else merely watching."  Which is what I expect the race to be tomorrow.  See ya then!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 03:08 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Some day, F1 will figure out the solution to this unrelenting same-old-same-old problem they're having. Right?

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 09, 2016 04:10 PM (rKFiU)

2 My current installment of F1 fandom stretches back to 2004, but let's extend that out to 2000 for completeness' sake.

In the 16 completed seasons since the year 2000, there have been six drivers champions.  Here they are, and the constructors champions to go with:
2000 - 2004: M Schumacher / Ferrari
2005 - 2006: F Alonso / Renault
2007: K Raikkonen / Ferrari
2008: L Hamilton / Ferrari
2009: J Button / BrawnGP
2010 - 2013: S Vettel / Red Bull
2014 - 2015: L Hamilton / Mercedes

Please note that 2008 is the only time we've had a constructor that didn't match the driver: Hamilton drove for McLaren that year.

So this "same-old-same-old" is actually par for the course; it's stretches like 2007 - 2009's three championship drivers in three years that's weird.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 09, 2016 10:06 PM (Hdexn)

3 Aha. So this is actually normal.

I'm guessing that one finds enjoyment in the shenanigans and the chaos among the backfield, then?

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 09, 2016 10:20 PM (rKFiU)

4 It used to be that one would find enjoyment in the politics of F1, more than the racing.  That's paled for me, however, leaving just the racing.  Haas kept me here this season, giving me a team to root for again, but... well. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 09, 2016 11:32 PM (Hdexn)

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