March 15, 2014

F1 Quals: Australia 2014

Before one can race at Australia, one must first qualify.  Sound easy?  NOT SO FAST!  Let's take a look at the provisional grid for the 2014 Grand Prix of Australia:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.699 1:42.890 1:44.231
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:30.775 1:42.295 1:44.548
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.564 1:42.264 1:44.595
4 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.949 1:43.247 1:45.745
5 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:31.388 1:42.805 1:45.819
6 Jules Vergne STR-Renault 1:33.488 1:43.849 1:45.864
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:33.893 1:43.658 1:46.030
8 Kid Kvyat STR-Renault 1:33.777 1:44.331 1:47.368
9 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:31.228 1:44.242 1:48.079
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:31.601 1:43.852 1:48.147
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.396 1:44.437
12 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.439 1:44.494
13 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:31.931 1:44.668
14 Adrian F'n Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.673 1:45.655
15 Gandalf Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:34.274 1:45.867
16 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:34.141 1:47.293
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:34.293

18 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:34.794

19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.117

20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:35.157

21 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.993

22 Williams Maldonado Lotus-Renault No time

Q1 107% Time

Let's get the massive one out of the way: reigning four-time World Drivers Champion Hannibal Vettel didn't make it out of Q2, much to the delight of the rain-and-Fosters-soaked Australian fans.  Meanwhile, his Red Bull teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, managed to get his car on the front row.  Eyewitnesses later said that there was blood trickling from the doors of the Red Bull mobile home, accompanied by loud screams of Germanic fury.  These claims have yet to be verified.

Yes, it rained during Quals, starting towards the end of Q1, and not really stopping.  I believe I called these new cars "twitchy".  Boy, I didn't know what I was talking about... you haven't seen twitchy until you see them in the rain.  Yeeeeeeeee-haw!

The drive of the day honors goes to rookie Kevin Magnussen, who needs a nickname badly.  His first time in Quals, his first time driving the Australian circuit, and the first time running the McLaren in the rain, and he puts it on the second row?  Spiffy job, that.

A big thumbs-up to the returning Gandalf Kobayashi, getting his Caterham into Q2... something that only happened ONCE last season.  Meanwhile, neither Lotus made it out of Q1, and Williams Maldonado didn't manage to set a time at all.  Dear lord, they're going to suck so hard this year...

So we've got a scrambled field, partially from rain, mostly from new rules.  It's gonna make the race ridiculously fun, or just terrible, one of the two.  Of course, the F1U! team will be all over it, beginning at 1230am Sunday.  Writeup sometime after that... we're not as young as we used to be, after all.  See ya then!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:50 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 So they applied the 107% rule anyway?

I proprose Rocket Magnussen (only because it was the first thing I thought of.)  Though, a nickname in race 1 might be bad.

Posted by: Dreamshadow at March 15, 2014 11:10 AM (T5fuR)

2 Ignore me on the 107% rule question.  I'm not reading properly.

Posted by: Dreamshadow at March 15, 2014 11:10 AM (T5fuR)

3 If the cars are "twitchy", that suggests we're going to get a lot of accidents this year, which isn't a good thing.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 15, 2014 11:47 AM (+rSRq)

4 Well, a lot of spinouts, if nothing else.  It's not impossible.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 15, 2014 04:01 PM (41uEd)

5 Magnussen P.I.?

Posted by: Mauser at March 15, 2014 09:52 PM (TJ7ih)

6 By the way, who's responsible for the rubber this year?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 15, 2014 11:02 PM (+rSRq)

7 Steven, it's still Pirelli.  They must have gotten some concessions from the FIA.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 15, 2014 11:06 PM (41uEd)

8 I'm looking forward to your writeup on today's race. I looked at the result, and it must have been pretty amazing.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 16, 2014 04:03 PM (+rSRq)

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