These are the words chosen by Mercedes to describe Lew Beauty’s performance. http://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/635075760433311744 The n°44 has just reached the 48th pole of his career in F1 (his 10th pole of the season, his 6th consecutive pole of the season and his 3rd pole in Spa). Very impressive!Both of Red Bull and Ferrari fall down while Valtteri Bottas, both Lotus boys, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr are the good surprises of the afternoon. Let’s review these qualifying tries at Spa…
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 24°C ; T. track: 40°C ; humidity rate: 40% and wind speed: 3 m.s (west)
Lewis Hamilton has signed an awesome performance in the Belgian Ardennes (P1=1’48’’908 onto the medium tyres in Q1 and P1 onto the soft compounds in his two runs in Q3=1st attempt in 1’47’’449 and pole in 1’47’’197). The Briton wants his revenge from last year without forgetting his disappointment from Budapest. Will he able to keep the advantage at the start on Sunday afternoon? There will be some risks of wheelspin or collision with the new rule. Let’s hope it won’t be a real disaster. Nico Rosberg, second (+0’’458s), hasn’t been able to put the pressure on the WDC leader apart from in Q2 (P1 in 1’47’’955 onto the soft tyres against 1’48”024 for Lewis in P2). Sir Frank Williams can congratulate Valtteri Bottas (3rd ; +1’’340s) for his effort. Mercedes could struggle again at the start so the Finn will have a serious role to play on tomorrow. Great prestation of Romain Grosjean who has been classified fourth (P+5 on the starting grid). Sergio Perez, good fifth, will be on the second line thanks the Frenchman’s misfortune. Daniel Ricciardo, sixth, will get the fifth place like last year (he was P5 in qualifying last year and he won the GP). This memory gives him a lot of hopes to do it again on Sunday. Felipe Massa has finished seventh. His family was in the Williams garage (his parents and his brother). Pastor Maldonado has been in the top 8 for his wife’s biggest pleasure (Gaby was in the Lotus garage). The results got by Ferrari aren’t as high as their expectations for their 900th GP. Sebastian Vettel hasn’t been so unhappy (9th for his 150th GP) because the gaps in Q3 were very close behind both Silver Arrows. The Little Prince from Heppenheim believes in his chances of podium. His team-mate has failed at the fourth row (no time). Kimi Räikkönen had to give up at the turn 13 at 2:31pm (loss of power caused by an oil pressure drop). There was a red flag and the Q2 restarted at 2:36pm for 8m24s. The men from Maranello should be in better shape on race. Kimi will have to use a new gearbox (P+5 on the starting grid). Carlos Sainz Jr has been a fantastic tenth on a track which doesn’t suit to the Toro Rosso car. Nico Hülkenberg made a mistake at La Source in his last flying lap in Q2. He’s been eleventh because of some turbo pressure problems. Daniil Kvyat has been a pretty confident twelfth. Spa still offers many opportunities. Marcus Ericsson has appeared in thirteenth position. Max Verstappen, fifteenth, couldn’t sign any time in Q2 because of an engine issue (P+10 on the starting grid). Felipe Nasr, seventh, has occupied the sixteenth place. Jenson Button, seventeenth, has outstripped Fernando Alonso and both Manor (advantage for Will Stevens). McLaren will have P+105 on the starting grid.
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