Lewis Hamilton has just offered himself the 41th pole of his career in F1 and the 3rd consecutive pole of the season.Invincible here, Mercedes will aim P1 and P2 on race. Williams has been between both Red Knights. Pirelli predicts two pit-stops on Sunday. Let’s review this afternoon spent in Shanghai…
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 18-19°C ; T. track: 37-43°C ; humidity rate: 32-33% and wind speed: 2,5 m.s (east but changing)
Lewis Hamilton has been ahead during the whole weekend apart from in Q1 (pole in 1’35’’782, P1 in Q2 in 1’36’’423). His seat was too hot again but the Briton said that if he was able to win on tomorrow, this problem wouldn’t stop him. Niki Lauda wanted Nico Rosberg to tease his team-mate and he’s just done it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-3034131/Niki-Lauda-challenges-Nico-Rosberg-step-push-Lewis-Hamilton-way-Mercedes-F1-prepare-Chinese-Grand-Prix.html The German missed the pole and the gap is really tiny (2nd ; +0’’042s). The start will be very important and he’ll have to watch the Little Prince from Heppenheim to keep the advantage on his fellow-countryman. Sebastian Vettel, leader in Q1 in 1’37’’502, has been a happy third (+0’’905s). He saves a set of soft tyres for Sunday. Ferrari should be a bigger threat for Mercedes on race. By the way, they didn’t think both Silver Arrows would be so fast in qualifying. Williams finally wakes up. Felipe Massa has been classified fourth (+1’’172s). The third line of the future starting grid will be 100% Finnish with both of Valtteri Bottas and a disappointing Kimi Räikkönen, a little bit too optimistic at the turns 3 and 4. Daniel Ricciardo has signed the seventh time. Good performance of Romain Grosjean who has been eighth. Sauber has been invited itself in the top 10 (advantage for Felipe Nasr). Pastor Maldonado, struggling with the rear of his E23, has fallen down at the eleventh place. After some brake issues in FP2 and FP3, Daniil Kvyat has finished twelfth this afternoon just in front of the rest of the Red Bull family (advantage for Max Verstappen). Sergio Perez has occupied the fifteenth row. Nico Hülkenberg has failed from the Q1 (16th). Jenson Button has appeared in seventeenth position. Fernando Alonso, eighteenth, has changed his expectations for tomorrow. The goal won’t be anymore to be closer to the points but both cars see the chequered flag. Both Manor boys have been the good last ones (advantage for Will Stevens).
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