May 25, 2013

F1 Quals: Monaco 2013

Rain.  Rain makes everything better.  In Formula 1, rain is called "the great equalizer."  When it rains, you throw everything you knew about the cars and throw it all into the wheeliebins.  ANYthing can happen, and occasionally does.  Now make it rain during qualifying at Monaco, and you can imagine what happened.

Let's take a look at the provisional grid for the 2013 Grand Prix of Monaco:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.620 1:16.135 1:13.876
2 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.779 1:16.265 1:13.967
3 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.243 1:15.988 1:13.980
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.352 1:17.322 1:14.181
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.835 1:16.040 1:14.822
6 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:23.712 1:16.510 1:14.824
7 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.682 1:17.748 1:15.138
8 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.108 1:17.261 1:15.383
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.744 1:17.420 1:15.647
10 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:23.699 1:17.623 1:15.703
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.547 1:18.331
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:24.852 1:18.344
13 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:23.738 1:18.603
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:24.681 1:19.077
15 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:26.095 1:19.408
16 Cardinal Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:23.452 1:21.688
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:26.322

18 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:26.633

19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.917

20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.303

DNQ Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth No time

DNQ Felipe Massa Ferrari No time


The rain came just as Q1 was about to begin, and you can see what it did to the times.  It was quite a common sight to see names like Valtteri Bottas and Jules Vergne at the top of the timesheet, though eventually it settled down slightly.  In Q2, a drying line started to form and the times dropped precipitously, leaving most of the usual suspects in Q3. 

In Q3, on a mostly dry circuit, the expected Mercedes massacre occurred, with Nico Rosberg taking his third consecutive pole, and Shiv Hamilton locking up the front row for the German team.  Red Bull holds the second row, and Hannibal Vettel looked like he wanted to kill someone in the interview room.

You may notice that Massa got a DNQ: he was involved in a terrible wreck in Saturday Practice, broke both ends of the car, and Ferrari just couldn't get it rebuilt in time for Quals. 

Fun Qualifying... maybe we'll have rain for the race, too!  That's Sunday morning, we'll see you afterwards!

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