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Malaysian Grand Prix- Qualifying Review

Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying Review
By Armaan Ebrahim


The sophomore race of the 2013 season saw a second wet start. At the Sepang circuit, even though the qualifying began with hot conditions, the wet conditions in Q3 ultimately decided the starting positions.

Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel: P1

Mark Webber: P5

Vettel managed to edge out the Ferraris to grab the pole on the Sepang circuit, which had a tricky qualifying session due to half dry and partial wet periods. Webber could have finished a notch up had he taken full advantage of the last part of the Q3. For the race on Sunday, the Red Bulls proved they were the ones to beat.

Ferrari

Felipe Massa: P2

Fernando Alonso: P3

Alonso snatched the honours from Hamilton and Webber, only to be beaten by his team mate and Vettel to the pole in Q3. Ferrari didn’t look the quickest in the dry conditions and rain certainly helped them for a P2 and P3 position. Ferrari was headed to a challenging race with the tyre management and weather conditions looking to be deciding factors.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton: P4

Nico Rosberg: P6

Rosberg set the pace in Q2 with 1m 36.190 from Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus. Once it began to rain, the Mercedes didn’t look too much in the comfort zone. However, with both the drivers placed in the 2nd and the 3rd grid of the starting line-up, Mercedes had a good chance to have at least one of their drivers finish on the podium for the race.

McLaren

Jenson Button: P7

Sergio Perez: P9

McLaren will have to get the act right before it is too late into the season. The qualifying results at Sepang were certainly better than what one would have expected after the Australian GP, however with two quality drivers in Button and Perez, behind the helmets, more was expected from them.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil: P8

Paul Di Resta: P15

Sahara Force India is looking like a force to be reckoned with this season as Sutil set the pace in Q1 in dry conditions. However, with the showers in the later part of the qualifying and with the track getting slippery there was a lot of over steer and sliding. Di Resta who looked quite strong in the qualifying had to abort his lap due to slippery tracks. However, with a good start to the race, Force India did look strong enough to cause upsets.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen: P10

Romain Grosjean: P11

Kimi qualified 7th on the grid but was penalised for impeding Mercedes’ Rosberg by dropping him three places to start 10th. Grosjean also looked set to finish in the top 10 positions for qualifying but the weather had other plans. With an extra set of fresh tyres at hand, Lotus were looking to make use of a smart strategy to challenge for top spots in the race at Kuala Lampur.

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