Formula Racing

Australian Grand Prix - The Qualifying Review

A look at the first race of the season - Australian Grand Prix 2013
By Armaan Ebrahim


The Formula 1 season 2013 had a screech and a stop start what with the wet weather, restricting the qualifying session to only Q1 on Saturday, with Q2 and Q3 postponed for early Sunday morning.

Red Bull Racing

Sabastian Vettel: P1

Mark Webber: P2

At the restart of the qualifying however, we had the usual suspects – the world champion of the 2012-13 season Sabastian Vettel of the Red Bull Racing team scorched the pace and qualified in Pole position, while his partner in crime, Mark Webber, also from Red Bull Racing, qualified just behind him.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton: P3

Nico Roseberg: P6

Nico Roseberg set the pace in the early Q1, and was mesmerizing in Q2, as he led in both the qualifying sessions but lost pace in Q3 and let his more illustrious colleague, debuting for Mercedes this season, Lewis Hamilton, take the centre stage along with a host of other rivals. However, Mercedes would be glad to know that their testing form has proved genuine as they look in contention for a prime finish this season.

Ferrari

Filipe Massa: P4

Fernando Alonso: P5

The two prime gentlemen in their Ferraris looked to set the pace early on, with Alonso starting from where he had left off last season, and taking the dominant position. However, just when it looked like Alonso had clinched the P4 for himself, out rode Massa – who had looked aggressive all weekend – to snatch it by a hundredth of a second.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen: P7

Romain Grosjean: P8

Showing signs of his steely nerves, the man famous as the ‘Iceman’ coolly realigned himself to push harder and hang on for P7 after having a spin as he ran over his jack during Q3, finishing a place ahead of his teammate Grosjean. Raikkonen looked like a prime contender in this race with his experience, especially considering the bad weather conditions.

Sahara Force India

Paul Di Resta: P9

Adrian Sutil: P12

All eyes were on the comeback man Adrian Sutil, as his pace looked ominous on Friday. However Di Resta pushed harder and managed to finish P9, one place ahead of Jenson Button. All in all a satisfying display by the Sahara Force Indians, as they look to make a mark in this season. The signs are indeed positive.

McLaren

Jenson Button: P10

Sergio Perez: P15

McLaren’s riders tried hard to make a mark, and in the process also switched to supersoft compound tyres during Q2. However, recognizing the need to change, Button quickly shifted on to intermediate tyres to finish P10, but Sergio Perez, making his debut for McLaren, pushed on with the super soft to finish a disappointing P15.

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