May 08, 2010

F1 Quals: Spain 2010

Last year, the top 17 cars on the grid for the Grand Prix of Spain were covered by .800 of a second.  What's the result this year?  Let's take a look at the provisional grid:

Pos Driver Team Q1Q2Q3
1 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:21.412 1:20.655 1:19.995
2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:21.680 1:20.772 1:20.101
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.723 1:21.415 1:20.829
4 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:21.957 1:21.549 1:20.937
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.915 1:21.168 1:20.991
6 Slappy Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:22.528 1:21.557 1:21.294
7 Robert Kubica Renault 1:22.488 1:21.599 1:21.353
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:22.419 1:21.867 1:21.408
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.564 1:21.841 1:21.585
10 Kamui Kobayashi Burger King Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.577 1:21.725 1:21.984
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.628 1:21.985
12 Pete Rose
Burger King Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.211 1:22.026
13 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.857 1:22.131
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:22.976 1:22.139
15 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:22.699 1:22.191
16 NKOTT STR-Ferrari 1:22.593 1:22.207
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.084 1:22.854
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.125

19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.674

20 Heikki Kovalaineninnie Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.748

21 Timo Glockenspiel Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.475

22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.556

23 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.750

24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:27.122


Yeah, not exactly everybody covered by less than a second.  There's nearly a second between first and third!  Pretty much a dominating performance by the Red Bulls, and as the Legendary Announce Team pointed out, this is without the trick "F-Duct" system that McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are using.  What'll happen when the RB6 finally gets one of their own? 

Overshadowed by Red Bull making the Circuit de Catalunya their own personal playground is Slappy Schumacher finally outqualifying his teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this season.  Looks like the longer wheelbase is to the seven-time World Champion's liking.  One would think that Rosberg can't be pleased at the moment, but when you're Slappy, you get what you want and everybody else can go pee up a wheel tether.

Sadly, Force India's Adrian Sutil didn't make it into Q3, ending his streak at four races.  It didn't look like his final lap in Q2 was marred by anything untoward, like an off or excessive traffic... he just couldn't make it go any faster when he needed to.  Too bad, that.

For the boys at the back, insult added to injury as Glockenspiel, diGrassi, and Chandhok are all having to take five grid-spot penalties.  The Virgins' penalty is for a procedural error where the team neglected to tell the FIA what gear ratios they were going to be using by a certain time, while Chandhok needed to have his gearbox changed.  Vitaly Petrov of Renault is getting the same penalty.

One driver who isn't getting a penalty is HWMNBN.  In Q3, the Ferrari driver was released into the pitlane after a tire change, at which point he nearly performed an overrun assault on Nico Rosberg.  The Mercedes driver slammed on his brakes as HWMNBN went on his merry way, prompting Rosberg to snap over the radio "(HWMNBN) needs to be penalized for that."  Of course, HWMNBN being penalized in Spain is about as likely to happen as Slappy being penalized at Hockenheim.  Instead, Ferrari is being tagged with a $20000 fine for an "unsafe release."  To make matters worse, HWMNBN just had to open his mouth afterwards, saying in effect that if he was penalized, the FIA would need to rethink "some of the grand prixs we've had so far in terms of penalties in the pit lane," obviously referring to Hamilton and Vettel's little squabble in China.

Man, I hate that guy.

Race Sunday, F1U! sometime in the afternoon.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:46 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Starting Q2, the RBR's really were kicking everyone else's butt, weren't they?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 08, 2010 05:00 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yeah.  Truth be told, if you told me that the RBs were three seconds faster than everybody else, I would have believed you... they were just that dominant today.  Woe betide the field tomorrow.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 08, 2010 09:11 PM (JWQqT)

3 Unless it rains. I think & hope it'll be a good race, though the RB team looks very, very good right now.

Posted by: vonKrag at May 08, 2010 10:31 PM (VGXAE)

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