October 15, 2011
The streak is over! For the first time this season, someone other than a Red Bull driver will be on pole on Sunday. Of course Seb Vettel was more subdued than his normal smiling self; one would expect that under the circumstances. Jenson Button had his normal smile in place, looking full pleased with the grid slot he held. You'd expect Lewis Hamilton to be nigh on vibrating in place from joy and excitement, but to be honest, he looked more like Felipe Massa had just run over his dog... twice. It was so obvious that the english-language interviewer asked him about it. Hamilton's reply was a flat, nearly monotone "No, I'm happy. I'm really happy." One gets the feeling that Lewis can't wait for the season to be over.
The two Force India drivers elected to conserve their tires in Q3. While it was probably the correct move strategically (it's not like they really stood to gain more than one position, after all), it's still kind of sad. Farther down the grid, HRT's Daniel Ricciardo had a suspected water pump problem and never took to the track in Q1. He'll race only at the grace of the stewards, and it's anybodies guess whether they'll allow it.
I find that I'm less happy about the Red Bull pole run coming to an end than I expected. I've been wanting someone to do it all season, but now that it's over, I'm a little disappointed. It would have been cool to see Red Bull get all the poles in a season, something that's never happened before (the closest: McLaren took 15 of 16 in 1988 and 1989, and Williams did the same in 1992 and 1993).
For all the drama about the streak coming to an end, all in all this wasn't the most exciting Quals session ever. But that's okay too, because as both Hamilton and Vettel said, "It's what happens during the race that counts." I have this feeling that neither of them will win, and that Button will take his second race in a row. Some drivers are saying that the race will require five pit stops per car, which seems impossible. I guess we'll find out on Sunday! Stay tuned, this one might be a doozy.
Posted by: von Krag at October 15, 2011 01:59 AM (o45Mg)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 15, 2011 09:09 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 15, 2011 09:52 AM (o45Mg)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 15, 2011 01:05 PM (+rSRq)
It ought to be nice to see how this track races in the dry. There sure aren't a lot of places to pass...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at October 15, 2011 01:58 PM (GJQTS)
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