September 07, 2013

So, About That F1 Quals: Italy 2013 Post...

I've decided that Labor Day weekend is great when you're, y'know, labor.  When you're management it just means you have four days to do what you normally do in five.  Throw in some other things and I pulled another "week" of 13-hour days.  I also went in on Labor Day for a couple of hours, not to mention today!

And that's where the F1 Quals post went: in to work.  I've not watched Quals for Monza yet, but from what I've read, the grid looks like this:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.319 1:23.977 1:23.755
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.923 1:24.263 1:23.968
3 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.776 1:24.305 1:24.065
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.950 1:24.479 1:24.132
5 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:24.661 1:24.227 1:24.142
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.527 1:24.393 1:24.192
7 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:24.655 1:24.290 1:24.209
8 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.635 1:24.592 1:24.502
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.739 1:24.563 1:24.515
10 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:24.630 1:24.575 1:28.050
11 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:24.819 1:24.610
12 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.589 1:24.803
13 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:24.737 1:24.848
14 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.030 1:24.932
15 Papa Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:24.905 1:25.011
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.009 1:25.077
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.226

18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:25.291

19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:26.406

20 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:26.563

21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.085

22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.480

Hamilton had two hot runs in Q2, from reports.  The first ended when he slid off-track in Parabolica, and on the second he was impeded by Force India's Adrian F'n Sutil, who received a three-spot grid penalty and will start 17th.  Cold comfort for the Mercedes man, though it's not like they like each other.

Speaking of Force India, I'm going to use them to illustrate the amount of downforce cars run at Monza.  In this picture, please look at the rear wing.

As you can see, it's very shallow.  This, of course, makes sense, as a shallow wing provides less downforce and thus less drag.  Downforce is great when you're trying to turn: it pushes you onto the pavement, giving you more grip.  But this is MONZA, where drag is the last thing you could possibly want, so you crank off as much wing as possible... resulting in the paper-thin beast you see here.  When DRS is activated, it becomes even thinner.  Having said that, Force India might have more wing than anybody this year: they were the slowest cars through the speed trap, some 7mph behind the fastest.  By comparison, let's look at Force India's wing at Hungary:

Yeah, 'nuff said.

But why would FI be running wing at Monza?  Because it's supposed to rain.  Forecasts are calling for thunderstorms in the morning, and then again somewhere around race time.  Interesting fact: it almost never rains at Monza.  In fact, the last time it did was 2008, when some young kid won his first race.  Before that?  1985.

See you tomorrow!

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