F1 – United States GP – Qualifying
Time for the second qualifying for this weekend with the United States Grand Prix, one of the favorites races for the teams and drivers, specially for Haas, being the first time for them racing at home. Wanna know what happened at the qualifying session? Keep reading!
Wehrlein was the first drivers or completing a lap at Austin during the Q1. Lewis Hamilton need to win this weekend if he wants to have a chance for winning the championship and he made a lap 2.2 seconds faster than the Haas of Grosjean, but we saw how Rosberg was close to his teammate with only 1 tenth of distance between them. Both Red Bull made their lap just behind the Mercedes and close to them we had the Force India and the Ferrari. Button was in danger at the end of the session making a final lap that gave him the 16th position, but Ericsson and Gutiérrez improved, making that Grosjean, Magnussen, Button, Wehrlein, Nasr and Ocon were at the knockout zone.
Interesting strategy for Mercedes for tomrrow, making their lap with soft tyres. Ricciardo made his lap with super soft and he made a lap just 1 tenth faster than Nico Rosberg. Max Verstappen also made his lap with soft tyres, showing a different strategy for tomorrow with Red Bull, making the same as Mercedes, but he made the 6th fastest time, so it wouldn’t be enough for him, but the team will take risk and won’t make a lap while from 7th to 15th will try a new lap with new super soft compound. Chequered flag and Daniel Ricciardo finished Q2 on top with Pérez, Alonso, Kvyat, Gutiérrez, Palmer and Ericsson.
Third round of the qualifying and we had a close battle between the Mercedes boys, with a difference of just 0.072 between them on their first lap with Lewis Hamilton ahead. Both Red Bull made their lap with half of a second behind the Mercedes and both Ferrari with a second of distance. The other drivers didn’t make their lap, because they were going to make just one lap.
After going to boxes and make the final changes on the setup, it was time to make their final qualifying lap. Everyone was improving and the battle between teammates was really funny. Nico Rosberg improved his lap but Lewis made an awesome lap being faster than Nico. Same happened between the Red Bull guys but at Ferrari things were different and Kimi could be faster than Vettel.
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Pole position for Lewis Hamilton with his teammate Nico Rosberg with him on first row. The top 10 will be completed by Ricciardo, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Massa and Sainz.
Different strategies between Mercedes and the rest of the grid, also Red Bull is mixing the strategy, so we can have a lot of fun at Austin. We hope you’ll enjoy the race as much as we will do. See you and remember… Be mini-good!