Formula Racing

Chinese GP Qualifying

Chinese GP – Qualifying Hamilton sets the pace
By Armaan Ebrahim


It’s that time of the year again, when the drivers fight it out in the land of the red dragon, The Chinese GP. If the qualifying is anything to go by, it is going to be a fascinating race! With a different driver winning this race every year in the recent past few years, with an exception of Lewis Hamilton, who has won twice here, this race promises to be another shoot-out between the world champions but with an opportunity for Hamilton to complete his troika of victories.

So, let’s look at how the top teams fared in the qualifying:

Mercedes

Nico Roseberg – P1

Lewis Hamilton – P4

Setting in the pace again in Q1, last year’s winner Nico Roseberg looked in ominous form, as he set out to replicate his last year heroics, but lost out in the final corner to still start a creditable P4. However, it was his teammate, Hamilton who was more consistent and finished P1. There will be a lot of expectations from Hamilton in his maiden season at Mercedes, as he will look to start strong in a difficult race, while the team will be hoping for a big double point header from both their drivers.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – P2

Romain Grosjean – P6

Kimi Raikkonen stormed through for a P2 in qualifying, even though looking slightly off the pace. But having understood his limitations, he strongly held on to his P2, beating competition from his world champion rivals. Known to possess the best tyre management strategy and an ice-cool head on his shoulders, the “Iceman” is set to be a strong contender for victory. His teammate, however, showed consistency and finished P6, with his eyes surely set on that elusive podium finish.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – P3

Filipe Massa – P5

Qualifying 3rd in the illustrious list of world champions on top 3 positions, Alonso is looking to make up for his unfinished business (read – Race) in the Malaysian GP. With a great straight line speed and a sound temperament, Alonso surely looks like one of the main contenders. His teammate Massa looks in great touch since the beginning of the season, proven aptly by his consistent performances this year, and finished P5 in Q3. Will he be able to put one better than his teammate?

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricardo – P7

Jean Eric-Vergne – P15

A surprise top-10 starter for the race, Daniel Ricardo held onto his 7th position in qualifying, while Jean Eric-Vergne finished last in Q2 with a P15. It will be interesting to see if Ricardo can emulate his qualifying performance in the race, however he will looking to garner as many points for himself and his team in this race.

McLaren

Jenson Button – P8

Sergio Perez – P12

Qualifying in P8, Jenson Button shows consistency in his performances yet again, however, it is the movement up that he will be looking at this year. With Button spearheading the team flag this year, this race will be an interesting show of what to expect from him this year. On the other hand, the man who replaced Hamilton, in the team, Sergio Perez, has still to prove his credentials with Mclaren. Finishing a bit disappointing P12, he never looked in contention to be a part of Q3. He will need to show better skills and composure if he were to make an impact in this race.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P9

Mark Webber – P22

Taking of from where, they left in the last race, the Red Bull team crisis shows no signs of settling. Mark Webber ran out of fuel in the second qualifying, and now starts last on the circuit. It was a disappointing qualifying for the current world champion, Vettel, with a below average P9. Vettel, however, has shown time and again, that the grid start position is only a small hindrance in the past, and hence cannot be discounted as a contender for Podium considering his superior driving skills.

Suber

Nico Hulkenberg – P10

Esteban Guttierrez – P17

Hulkenberg has shown good promise since the last season, and is taking that promise ahead with his new team. Would be looking to put some points on the board for his team, along with his teammate.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – P13

Paul Di Resta – P11

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