May 29, 2010

F1 Quals: Turkey 2010

Over the past few years, Turkey has been Ferrari's sandbox, but then BrawnGP came along last year and kicked sand in their faces.  Now the Red Bullies have arrived on the scene, looking for a fight.  Will Ferrari stand up for themselves?  Will McLaren or Mercedes finally kick Red Bull out of the top spot on the grid?  Let's take a look at the provisional lineup:

Pos Driver Team Q1Q2Q3
1 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:27.500 1:26.818 1:26.295
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.667 1:27.013 1:26.433
3 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:27.067 1:26.729 1:26.760
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.555 1:27.277 1:26.781
5 Slappy Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:27.756 1:27.438 1:26.857
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:27.649 1:27.141 1:26.952
7 Robert Kubica Renault 1:27.766 1:27.426 1:27.039
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.993 1:27.200 1:27.082
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:27.620 1:27.387 1:27.430
10 Kamui Kobayashi BK Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.158 1:27.434 1:28.122
11 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.951 1:27.525
12 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:27.857 1:27.612
13 Pete Rose
BK Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.147 1:27.879
14 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:28.534 1:28.273
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:28.336 1:28.392
16 NKOTT STR-Ferrari 1:28.460 1:28.540
17 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:28.227 1:28.841
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:28.958

19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.237

20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.519

21 Timo Glockenspiel Virgin-Cosworth 1:30.744

22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:31.266

23 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.989

24 Cowboy Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:32.060

Yeah, like anybody is gonna kick Red Bull off of pole.  Though to be honest, it looked like Lewis Hamilton had it cold at the end of Q3.  He was maybe 20 seconds behind Webber on the track, and when Webber turned in the fastest sector 1 time of the day, Hamilton bettered it.  Webber set the fastest sector 2 time, but Hamilton had been crusing there all day.  It seemed that for once we'd get a non-Red Bull car on pole.

Then Slappy Schumacher had to go and ruin it for us by spinning off on Quad-8 and making a fine try for the barriers, coming up just a few feet short.  Unfortunately, he was between Webber and Hamilton on track, meaning that when the local yellow flag came out, Hamilton had to slow down... but Webber didn't.  So long, pole hunt.  Obviously we don't know that Lewis would have been faster than the Red Bull driver, but it looked like it would have been close.

As far as Ferrari's sandbox went, it looked more like Ferrari's litterbox.  Massa could only manage a lackluster eighth, while HWMNBN screwed up on his final two laps in Q2 and was bumped out.  So much for "no more mistakes."  For some reason, I am not unhappy with this result.

So there's our grid... and Webber is suddenly looking like he's in the clear for a three race winning streak.  Will it pan out?  We'll see tomorrow!  Come back on Sunday for the F1 Update!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:05 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 You know Ferrari has work to do when Petrov of all people beats them (well, Kamui and Satil too, but that's ok).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 29, 2010 02:42 PM (/ppBw)

2 It's nice to see that the team-formerly-known-as-Brawn is still competitive.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 30, 2010 10:45 AM (+rSRq)

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