Saturday, July 9, 2011

British GP: Qualifying

Changeable, Difficult conditions was the main theme of Qualifying session at Silverstone. First 7 to drop out after Q1 were Alguersuari, Buemi, Glock Trulli, D'Ambrosio, Liuzzi and rookie Ricciardo (who was just 0.6seconds off his more experienced HRT team-mate)

New Kid on the Track

Team Lotus's Heikki Kovalainen made it into Q2 and set about improving beyond 17th place. However he didn't manage this and stayed in same position after several runs in Q2. Positions 11th to 16th are: Sutil, Perez, Schumacher, Petrov, Barrichello, Heidfeld.

The Top 10 shoot-out was a surprising affair with Mark Webber edging out his team-mate, and showing no indications of the 'disadvantage' the RedBull team principal spoke of. Ferrari drivers also seem unaffected by the last minte rule changes - locking out the second row on the grid. 
Two Brits on row 3 but a surprising pair of Button and Di Resta. Williams' Maldonado starts in an impressive 7th place, Kobayashi 8th. Mercedes' Rosberg qualified ahead of his old racing friend Lewis Hamilton who starts 10th. Lots of questions have been raised about the 'lack of performance' by McLaren and in general, Mercedes-engine cars but no definitive answers yet to explain the 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th position of the Mercedes-engine cars.
Main points from  British GP Qualifying session are that: Vettel is NOT 1st on the grid, 2 rookies out-perform their more experienced team-mates, there are 3 Brits in the Top 10 and Red Bulls seem unaffected by "off-throttle diffuser blowing" ban.

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