Lewis Hamilton has been the first ’round’ serious fight with Nico Rosberg. The british, with a spectacular 1:10.736 (a second faster than the 2015), succeeded his eleventh pole position of the season (second in Brazil), which will attempt to alleviate the slight curse that has at Interlagos, where it has not gained never.
The rain only appeared so shy, which in part deprived of any surprise from behind. Fernando Alonso went on to Q3, although it served more than to be 10th on the day, something that even took into perspective a Carlos Sainz without power and with a car more uncomfortable than I expected, and you will come out the 15th.
Q1: Corrective Hamilton to Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton he finished first in the first round of qualifying, ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg and with a time better than that of the pole 2015 (1:11.511). The mercedes had no problems to pass the court, despite the threat of rain and a slight sirimiri put in stress on all the computers.
Sebastian Vettel came out at ten minutes to the end, but not for pleasure. Between third free and qualifying, they found a problem in the brakes that made them climb the Ferrari stands to try to fix it. Passed without major difficulties to the Q2.
The performance of Fernando Alonso was better than expected and, although with a time not too good, you passed the cut to Q2, with the eleventh time, without major difficulties, something that has not got a Jenson Button that rolled into traffic first, and was wrong to start his last attempt. In addition to English, were eliminated Magnussen, Wehrlein, Ocon, Ericsson and Nasr.
time Table Q1 Grand Prix Brasil
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 11″511||0||3|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 11″815||+0.304||3|
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 11″957||+0.446||3|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 12″100||+0.589||5|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 12″159||+0.648||4|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 12″409||+0.898||3|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 12″428||+0.917||8|
|8||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 12″432||+0.921||4|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 12″680||+1.169||5|
|10||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 12″684||+1.173||8|
|11||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 12″700||+1.189||5|
|12||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 12″893||+1.382||10|
|13||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 12″950||+1.439||9|
|14||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 13″052||+1.541||11|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 13″071||+1.560||9|
|16||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 13″259||+1.748||5|
|17||Jenson Button||22||McLaren||01′ 13″276||+1.765||10|
|18||Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault||01′ 13″410||+1.899||6|
|19||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor F1||01′ 13″427||+1.916||8|
|20||Esteban Ocon||31||Manor F1||01′ 13″432||+1.921||8|
|21||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber||01′ 13″623||+2.112||8|
|22||Felipe Nasr||12||Sauber||01′ 13″681||+2.170||8|
Q2: Hamilton and Rosberg are challenging for the final
As was foreseeable, Hamilton and Rosberg they simply had an attempt well back to get the best time, going down even in the time that had been marked both in the Q1. More than four-tenths left their pursuers, the Red Bull and the Ferrari barajados with Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo and Räikkönen.
beyond the Mercedes, the distance from the third to the tenth, which marked the cut was barely half a second. The Interlagos is a track very short, which is conducive to this extreme equality. In part, this benefited to a Fernando Alonso that happened on the court with a great return that he was only a second slower than Hamilton. Among the eliminated are the two Williams, in addition to the other Spanish, a Sainz who suffers a serious lack of power in this path. Especially bleeding is the case of the local idol Felipe Massa, that for the first time since 2002 there will start from the first ten.
Fell Bottas, Gutierrez, Massa, Kvyat, Sainz and Palmer.
time Table Q2 Grand Prix Brasil
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 11″238||0||6|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 11″373||+0.135||6|
|3||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 11″834||+0.596||6|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 12″010||+0.772||7|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 12″047||+0.809||6|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 12″301||+1.063||9|
|7||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 12″312||+1.074||11|
|8||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 12″331||+1.093||15|
|9||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 12″343||+1.105||15|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 12″360||+1.122||14|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 12″420||+1.182||10|
|12||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 12″431||+1.193||14|
|13||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 12″521||+1.283||11|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 12″726||+1.488||15|
|15||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 12″920||+1.682||15|
|16||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 13″258||+2.020||11|
Q3: Hamilton takes pole to the limit
Hamilton and Rosberg left no room for doubt, but the british struck first. The second place in the table was the first to achieve a 1:10 at the end of the week, with the leader and favorite for the title just over a tenth and a half. However, in the second and final attempt, the british suffered much more.
Hamilton and Rosberg went out practically together to make the time, but a minimum of detail, almost imperceptible in the third sector, allowed the british to add the pole number 60th of his career. Only 102 thousandths separated the two racers Mercedes. After they start again on the second row two old ‘foes’: Kimi Räikkönen, who was third, and Max Verstappen, fourth.
Fernando Alonso was the tenth time of the session, which will fight for points as the only possible target.
time Table Q3 Grand Prix Brasil
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 10″736||0||12|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 10″838||+0.102||12|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 11″404||+0.668||15|
|4||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 11″485||+0.749||12|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 11″495||+0.759||13|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 11″540||+0.804||12|
|7||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 11″937||+1.201||18|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 12″104||+1.368||20|
|9||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 12″165||+1.429||21|
|10||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 12″266||+1.530||17|