March 23, 2013
Q1 was dry, and it became apparent that the big teams were protecting their hard tires for the race. This trick very nearly backfired for Seb Vettel, who was 15th at the end of the session, a mere quarter-second away from being knocked out. This being F1, however, you can pretty much expect that Red Bull planned it that way all along. Right.
Q2, on the other hand, saw everybody lined up in the pit lane, waiting for the track to go green. Rain was coming, and lots of it... 35 miles away, the Malaysian Open golf tournament had just been called for the day by torrential rains, and the clouds rapidly heading towards the race course promised a similar fate for the guys in the fast cars. Thus, the plan was to get on track, put in a banker lap, then hope to get something faster in before the rains come. This was duly accomplished by everybody... except for Paul di Resta, who never completed his first hot lap. Instead, he drove back to the pits and the Force India mechanics started to do the usual maintenance... wipe down the car, clean the radiators, check telemetry, that sort of thing. It was seemingly only as the rain began to fall that people realized "hey, he doesn't have a time yet." Too late: he was five seconds off the pace of the next slowest car.
On the gripping hand, Q3 started off wet, but with little rain falling. Intermediate tires were the way to go, and a dry line quickly began to form. As the final session went on, one began to wonder if anybody would risk putting on a set of slick tires... it was that close to the cut-off time where the dries were as good or better. If the session was 15 minutes long, someone surely would have tried it. Alas, Q3 is only 10 minutes in length. Remarkably, Seb Vettel took pole by nearly a second over Felipe Massa, despite running less rear wing than anybody in the field. I'm not sure what that means for the race... nothing good, I expect. It's supposed to be plagued by heavy rains... if it turns out to be dry, Vettel will run away with this. If it does rain... well, I truly don't know.
Fortunately, we'll find out Sunday morning! See ya there for F1Update!
It's looking increasingly like Hamilton made a smart choice.
What's McClaren's problem?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 23, 2013 10:54 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 23, 2013 12:49 PM (stmPk)
Posted by: Ed Flinn at March 23, 2013 02:55 PM (NoFEL)
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