Nico Rosberg dominates, Lewis Hamilton signs the pole position and Mercedes takes in charge of the entertainment at the end of Q3. Are you happy now, Bernie?At Ferrari, the Savior is still German. Nico Hülkenberg, Max Verstappen and Felipe Nasr are the good surprises. Let’s review these qualifying tries without rain…
Weather report: cloudy, T. air: 13°C ; T. track: 22-25°C ; humidity rate: 65% and wind speed: 1,4 m.s (south)
Lewis Hamilton got his seventh pole of the season during his first run (1’08’’455). He’s just equaled the record of Sebastian Vettel (45). All in all, the Briton was comfortable in this session (understeer problems). Mercedes’ last attempt was a real mess (spin for Lewis at the turn 1 and off-track for Nico in the last corner). Nico Rosberg has been second (+0’’200s) but he has been very strong this afternoon (P1 in 1’10’’976 in Q1 and P1 in 1’08’’634 in Q2). Toto Wolff doesn’t expect an easy race for Mercedes. He thinks Ferrari could be very strong on tomorrow. Pirelli expects 1 or 2 pit-stops on race. Sebastian Vettel has been an excellent third (+0’’355s). His parents Heike and Norbert Vettel are in the paddock from Spielberg. http://twitter.com/Anythingseb_/status/612317841233199104 Jean-Eric Vergne has been in the Ferrari garage today. It’s nice to see him again in the paddock! http://instagram.com/p/4Kcg9RSzES/ (credit: instagram.com/jeanericvergne) Let’s note that after the FP3, two neighbors from Thurgau received a reprimand. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/vettel-and-hulkenberg-reprimanded-by-stewards Felipe Massa will be beside him on the second line. Nico Hülkenberg has been inserted between both Williams. Max Verstappen has signed an amazing performance (+1’’157s). Daniil Kvyat, good eighth, will be eighteenth on the grid (P+10 for his 5th engine). Renault confirmed that they’d supply engines to the men from MK on next year too. According to Bernie Ecclestone, Red Bull won’t leave F1. Sauber said that this round is like a home race for them because Spielberg is situated at 707Km from their factory in Hinwil. Felipe Nasr has been a great ninth. Romain Grosjean, tenth, had some brake-by-wire issues. Pastor Maldonado has failed near the top 10. Marcus Ericsson has been twelfth. Carlos Sainz Jr has outstripped Daniel Ricciardo (P+10 like Daniil and a penalty during the race). McLaren will have a difficult race on tomorrow (P+25 and a penalty during the race for Fernando Alonso 15th, it’s the same thing for Jenson Button 17th). The team from Woking hopes the FIA will change the engine penalty rule because it’s becoming ridiculous. Sergio Perez has been at the bottom of the grid (16th). Kimi Räikkönen has been a very disappointing eighteenth because of a misunderstanding with his team. Both Manor boys have been the good last ones (advantage for Roberto Merhi). Honda denied to want to supply engines to a second team in 2016. After the qualifying, there will be the legend parade with Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger, Nelson Piquet Sr, Niki Lauda, etc.
A thought for the victims in Graz and all our support for their families and their friends in these hard moments! http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33211479
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