May 11, 2013
This is the second pole in a row for Nico Rosberg, and the third on the trot for Mercedes... which brings us a puzzling situation. What happens when the car that's on pole is great for single laps, but not so good over race distances? Last race, Rosberg started first and ended up ninth... not because of any strategy problems, or traffic woes, but because the car just doesn't like going more than three laps at a time. Should prove interesting to find an answer... except if the two Mercs don't win, it'll undoubtedly be Hannibal Vettel whose lap the race will fall into.
In other news, one year ago, Pastor Maldonado started the Spanish Grand Prix from pole and won Williams' first race in what seemed like forever. Tomorrow, he'll be starting 18th, with his Williams teammate in 17th. Yeesh. And speaking of "yeesh," McLaren's season is essentially over already; they're 86 points behind Red Bull in the Constructor's Championship... even if they start winning everything in sight, does anybody really believe that Red Bull wouldn't be right behind them? Nope, stick a fork in 'em, they're done. Even Force India has more points than they do (26 to 23). One wonders if they installed the throttle correctly or something. "Oh, silly us, we put the gas pedal on the LEFT side, not the right..."
Race in the morning, F1U! sometime thereafter.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 11, 2013 08:10 PM (+rSRq)
But then again, it appears that this year's McLaren is a dog, too, so it doesn't matter how tightly you get the dog set up, it's still a dog.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 11, 2013 08:41 PM (Axk8h)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 12, 2013 03:28 AM (+rSRq)
HWMNBN is an example of someone who can take a bad car and make it look decent, and an okay car and make it a race winner. Slappy was like that, too. We don't really know what Vettel is, though I suspect he's more like the Spaniard than the Brit... he did get his first win in a Toro Rosso, after all.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 12, 2013 04:22 AM (Axk8h)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 12, 2013 11:11 AM (+rSRq)
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