Formula Racing

Monaco GP – Qualifying

Monaco GP – Qualifying: Third Time Lucky For Nico ?
By Armaan Ebrahim


Circuit De Monaco, an exceptional location of glamour and prestige, took the centre stage, as the 2013 season picked up pace. And a remarkable race awaited, as Mercedes once again secured the front row lockout with the German Nico Roseberg grabbing his third pole position in a row. However, it has been a bitter-sweet season for Roseberg so far, with brilliant qualifying throughout the season and just average race day. Would it be third time lucky for him?

Qualifying as it stood for Monaco GP

Mercedes

Nico Roseberg – P1

Lewis Hamilton – P2

Grabbing the third straight pole of the season, Nico Roseberg looked ominous as he triumphed against testing conditions. The clouds gathered in, layering the track with moisture during the first qualifying. But both Lewis and Nico put in amazing lap times to come out trumps in the qualifying and securing second successive front low lockout. A great chance then for the Mercedes to complete a 1-2 at the most difficult circuit of the season.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P3

Mark Webber – P4

The current world champion put in an amazing shift along with his teammate Mark Webber, for Redbull to take the next two qualifying spots after Mercedes. Showing great pace and skills, Vettel looked set for the pole with some astonishing driving, switching from intermediate to super soft tyres as the track dried out. Considering the limited opportunities to overtake on this narrow circuit, it was going to be tough overtaking the leaders. But with two pacy cars and brilliant drivers, Redbull would be hoping for that moment of brilliance as the war heated up.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – P5

Romain Grosjean – P 13

A lot would be expected from Kimi, with another podium finish in the previous GP, and he started brightly with a P5 place on the starting grid. Grosjean, came out in the final minutes of Q1 but redeemed himself with fastest lap time as he qualified comfortable to Q2. However, he was left fuming after claiming to be held up by Torro Rosso in Q2 and finishing a disappointing P13 in Qualifying. A lot would depend on Kimi, if Lotus was to make an impact on this traditionally difficult race circuit.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – P6

Filipe Massa – Did Not Qualify

Fernando Alonso was one of the first drivers to change tyres for his final run in Q3, however his effort was only good enough to qualify P6. Consistency is the forte of Alonso and Ferrari would be expecting him to move up a few positions, however a podium finish looked uncertain, with Filipe Massa not entering the qualifying after his Ferrari required repairs post the final practice.

McLaren

Sergio Perez – P7

Jenson Button – P9

In a first for this season, Mclaren had both their drivers qualifying in the top 10, as Perez led the McLaren charge with P7. Button took the P9. Mclaren would be hoping for points from both their drivers so as to remain competitive in the constructors’ championship.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – P8

Paul Di Resta – P17

Adrian Sutil showed good pace, especially after requiring repairs to his car post the final practice and qualified in the top 10. Unfortunately Di Resta couldn’t replicate his form and qualified a disappointing P17, to go out in Q1. Force India admittedly looks in great shape this season, and inspite of one of their drivers out of Top 10, they had every chance to garner some points for the team, as Adrian Sutil looked set to create an impact at the Circuit de Monaco.

STR- Ferrari

Jean Eric Vergne – P10

Daniel Ricciardo – P12

Struggling to make an impact on intermediate tyres, Jean Eric Vergne recovered wonderfully with a late change in tyres and in fortunes to qualify in the top 10 for the first time this season. Taking the last P10 spot, with team mate Ricciardo on P12 STR- Ferrari would be hoping to snatch some points from their illustrious opponents.

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