May 14, 2016
|3||Smiley Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:23.749||1:23.585||1:22.680|
|4||Embryo Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||1:23.578||1:23.178||1:23.087|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:24.496||1:24.077||1:23.643|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:24.698||1:24.003||1:23.782|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:24.463||1:24.203|
|13||Kid Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:24.696||1:24.445|
|18||Felipe Not Nasr Massa||Williams||1:24.941|
|20||Felipe Not Massa Nasr||Sauber||1:25.579|
|22||Rio Rainbow Gate||Manor||1:25.939|
If Lewis Hamilton is going to make a run at points leader Nico Rosberg, this is where he needs to start, and Barcalounger's propensity of giving the win to the polesitter seems to bode well for the Brit. The surprise isn't that he's on pole, though... it's that Ferrari isn't on the second row. Instead, it's the new Red Bull combination of Smiley Ricciardo and Embryo Verstappen that poses the nearest "threat" to the Silver Arrows.
And yes, I said Verstappen is driving for Red Bull. Earlier this week it was announced that Kid Kvyat was being moved to Toro Rosso, with The Embryo moving to the Grownup's Team. Allegedly this was going to happen in 2017 anyway, but it seems much more likely to be due to Kvyat's ham-fisted mauling of Seb Vettel last race.
In any case, I have my doubts as to whether Red Bull can mount a legit challenge to the Mercs, but I guess we'll see. I suspect a Mercedes 1-2 is in the offing... oh wait. That's almost every race, isn't it?
Haas seems poised for points again, with Lettuce is 14th. Maybe the biggest shocker is Fernando Alonso dragging his McLaren kicking and screaming into Q3 for the first time since the team took on Honda engines.
Race is in the morning... see ya then!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2016 12:30 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2016 01:07 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2016 07:10 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 15, 2016 07:16 AM (XQ5ac)
"Knock-out", eh? heh heh heh
(Damn; I'm bursting with smartass comments I want to make about today's race and I'm holding them in waiting for your writeup.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2016 12:31 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 15, 2016 03:23 PM (XQ5ac)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2016 03:31 PM (+rSRq)
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