October 31, 2015
With that daunting prospect in mind, let's take a look at the provisional grid for the 2015 Grand Prix of Mexico:
|4||Kid Kvyat||Red Bull Racing||1:20.826||1:20.490||1:20.398|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:21.166||1:20.783||1:20.399|
|7||Felipe Not Nasr Massa||Williams||1:21.379||1:20.642||1:20.567|
|8||Embryo Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:20.995||1:20.894||1:20.710|
|9||Casachico Perez||Force India||1:20.966||1:20.669||1:20.716|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:21.315||1:20.935||1:20.788|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:20.960||1:20.942|
|17||Felipe Not Massa Nasr||Sauber||1:21.788|
Nothing too out of the ordinary, save for Raikkonen being 15th; on top of his engine fire earlier, in Q2 he had brake problems. This is the fourth pole in a row for Rosberg, fat lot of good it's done him. It was quite the fight between the two Merc drivers... Hamilton would throw down a time, Rosberg would better it, Hamilton would improve it, then Rosberg would go even faster. Pretty fun stuff. Throw in the upcoming rain, and Sunday's race is looking pretty darn great.
In other news from the weekend, American team HaasF1 named their second driver on Friday. Partnering Lettuce Grosjean will be current Ferrari test driver (and former Sauber race driver racer) Esteban! Not a bad choice, though hardly an inspired one, and probably "forced" upon them as part of the team's engine/technical deal with the team from Maranello. Fair trade, I think.
Also, if you're a fan of Force India, enjoy these last three races as much as you can because in 2016 they're going to have a different name. Vijay Mallya has reached a partnership that will see the team rebranded as Aston Martin, the legendary British car maker. It's a pity... while I haven't rooted for a team since Minardi and SuperAguri left the grid, Force India came the closest. And while I'd kill to see a F1 car in this livery:
...it's not going to happen. A pity, as the Gulf Orange and Powder Blue scheme is, to me at least, the "Warbonnet" of auto racing. On the other hand, having a title sponsor like Aston Martin might provide them the funding to take that step from midpack to racewinner. Only time will tell, but it won't happen as Force India, mores the pity.
Remember, the race is on NBC at a decent time for the US... here's your chance to see a "debut" track in front of a flat-out ridiculously enthusiastic Mexican crowd. The noise when they see Mexico City's very own Sergio Perez needs to be heard to be believed. F1U! will be along sometime afterwards... see ya then!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2015 05:47 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 01, 2015 12:18 AM (a12rG)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 01, 2015 02:25 PM (+rSRq)
And I answer my own question: the version I was looking at was from 2009. Since then they have added a straight stretch going right through those extra turns.
Sorry to bother you.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 01, 2015 02:27 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 01, 2015 03:11 PM (a12rG)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 01, 2015 05:15 PM (+rSRq)
They were right, too.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 01, 2015 06:09 PM (a12rG)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 03, 2015 08:49 AM (XOPVE)
Yes, you're correct. I misread the stat.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 03, 2015 06:08 PM (a12rG)
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