Formula Racing

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying – By Armaan Ebrahim

1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) - All through the weekend the writing was on the wall as Hamilton emerged on the pole position in Saturday’s qualifying at the Yas Marina in UAE. The circuit that is similar to that in Valencia suits the McLarens and Hamilton managed to set the fastest time in all the three sectors and managed to gain pole position by doing a 1:40:630s a lap.

2. Mark Webber (Red Bull) - Webber was the only other driver who managed to get in the 1:40s at the qualifying. He managed to outpace his teammate and the title contender Vettel by 0.095 seconds. He was consistent in all the Quarters and will start the race in the front row and what would the Red Bull’s strategy for the race be remains to be seen.

3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) – Vettel would be a little disappointed to start on the second row for the race. The tyres of his car seemed to lock up on a few occasions during the practice session as well as the qualifying. He would be hoping to make the most of the start and have a consistent race and be within the sights for his third consecutive championship.

4. Pastor Maldonado (Williams) – The surprise of the qualifying session was Maldonado in his Williams. There is no doubt that the Wiliams have a decent overall car this season and Maldonado has surprised on a few occasions. With him ahead of Alonso, it could be a frustrating race for Alonso as overtaking Maldonado can get really tough.

5. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) – The Lotus didn’t look great throughout the weekend, however a fifth place in the Q3 at 1:41:260 and a top 10 position for Grosjean looks good for the constructors. Kimi will be hoping to capitalize on a good start and would be hoping to finish on the podium and consolidate his 3rd place in the Championship table this season.

11. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) – Nico just missed qualifying for Q3 and ended up in 11th place and will start the race in the fifth row. A bit more was expected of him but the cooler temperatures in the evening qualifying was the reason that the car didn’t manage to finish a bit higher up the grids. However, a free choice of tyres for the race could work in his favor at the race.

13. Paul Di Resta (Force India) – With a new chassis Di Resta had to struggle a bit throughout the practice and the qualifying to maintain the balance of his Force India. However the Abu Dhabi circuit should suit the Force India and consistency is expected through the course of the race. Starting in the row behind his team mate, Di Resta would be hoping to finish amongst the points at the race.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes