Lewis Hamilton reported in his radio that his lap in Q3 wasn’t perfect and he could do better. Nevertheless, it was enough to offer himself the 49th pole position of his career in F1 (his 11th pole of the season, his 7th consecutive pole of the season and his 4th pole in Monza). Euphoria at the Tifosi after Ferrari get P2 and P3. Let’s review these qualifying tries in Monza…
Weather report: blue sky, T. air: 22-23°C ; T. track: 34-36°C ; humidity rate: 49-53% and wind speed: 1,5 m.s (north)
Lewis Hamilton has been ahead in the three sessions (Q1=1’24’’251 onto the medium tyres and best S2/3, Q2=1’23’’383 onto the soft compounds and best S1/3, pole in 1’23’’397 on soft). The double world champion in title isn’t very serene for the start because Ferrari is pretty good in this domain like we could see in Budapest. Kimi Räikkönen has invited himself in first line (+0’’234s). The euphoric Tifosi didn’t forget to applause him. Sebastian Vettel, who has got a big story with Monza (http://www.express.de/motorsport/nach-geburt-von-tochter-matilda-sebastian-vettel-will-mit-seinem-ersten-sieg-in-rot-den-grundstein-fuer-ein-neues-wm-wunder-legen,4595266,31726628.html), has been classified third (+0’’288s, best S2 in Q2). After some mechanical issues in FP3 (related to a leak in the cooling system which contamined the PU, not a problem with the engine itself, Mercedes tells), Mercedes put the engine from Spa to Nico Rosberg for the qualifying tries (it’s less powerful than the new one). He did his best (4th ; +0’’306s). Felipe Massa has occupied the fifth row (+0’’543s). Valtteri Bottas has been sixth (+0’’730s). Sergio Perez, seventh (+1’’229s), has been the fastest driver of the line-up (354,4 km/h in Q1 and 354,7 km/h in Q2, best S1 in Q1). Romain Grosjean has been an excellent eighth. Nico Hülkenberg, ninth, had to stop his car at the pit entrance at 2:54pm (loss of power, no power). Marcus Ericsson, tenth, has been the good surprise of the day but the Swedish received a penalty for having impeded Hulk in Q1 (P+3 on the starting grid and a 2pts penalty). Pastor Maldonado has appeared in eleventh position. Felipe Nasr, twelfth, has been followed by three Bulls cumulating P+120 on the grid (P+35 for Carlos Sainz, P+35 for Daniil Kvyat and P+50 for Daniel Ricciardo). Daniel didn’t take part in Q2. Let’s note that Renault will bring its new engine in Austin instead of Sochi. Jenson Button has been at the sixteenth place (P+5). Fernando Alonso has signed the seventeenth time (P+10). Will Stevens has been eighteenth. Roberto Merhi has been the good last one. Max Verstappen had no time. He lost his cover engine at Curva Grande at the end of the Q1. His mechanics didn’t finish to do up all the screws but they sent him on track nonetheless thinking it would hold. The Dutchman got a DT for this unsafe release. By the way, he has already had P+30 on the starting grid.
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