November 16, 2013
But that was yesterday. Today, there were some clouds overhead, but the big thing was the wind. The Legendary Announce Team said it was gusting up to 30mph, and it was playing hob with the cars all session. It was bad enough that when the cars were going one direction, aero grip was boosted, but the other? Shiv Hamilton was complaining that the front end of his Mercedes felt light and twitchy. To be sure, the cloudy sky also meant that it was cool-ish and the track surface never warmed up... meaning the tires didn't have as much mechanical grip as they should, either. So what does all this mean for the race tomorrow? Well, here's the provisional grid for the 2013 United States Grand Prix:
Yeah, yeah, Vettel still gets the pole. But Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Hamilton? Valtteri Bottas as high on the grid as 3rd in Q3 until slipping down to 9th? BOTH Saubers in Q3? Massa 15th? Rosberg in 14th? Really? Heikki Kovalainninninnie in 8th, despite not having driven the Lotus until yesterday? What sort of weirdness IS this, anyway? It's Austin Weird, of course, though I suspect the proprietor of that website frowns upon F1.
So we've got a... let's call it a "blended" grid, which should make for an exciting first couple of laps while the faster cars make their way up towards the front... or leave little pointy pieces of carbon fiber scattered all over the track, one of the two.
As far as penalties go, Button got a three grid-spot penalty for passing under the red flag on Friday, while ToothPic gets a five spot for a gearbox change, and thus will be starting from somewhere near the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
So the race is on NBC at 1pm Pond Central time, but there'll be an one-hour pre-race thingy at noon, also on The Big Network. You have no excuse to miss this one, and it should be worth watching... except for the whole "Vettel streaking off to another victory" thing.
See ya after!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 16, 2013 04:48 PM (+rSRq)
Jeese. The Red Bull cars had 7/10 of a second on the field?
This is going to be another "Vettel runs away and hides" race. About the only thing that could introduce suspense into this race would be if Webber and Vettel take each other out in the first turn.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 16, 2013 05:14 PM (+rSRq)
Actually, if you DID watch it, I suspect I'd be disappointed... and out of a job.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 16, 2013 09:13 PM (Izt1u)
Considered going, but moving in a month means I gotta keep a close rein on the expenses and especially on the vacation days. I suspect I wouldn't have as fun a time actually there, though - I'm not exactly a sophisticated fan and I really appreciate the commentary.
Posted by: Avatar at November 16, 2013 11:47 PM (GJQTS)
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