June 29, 2013

Mercedes Rules Silverstone Qualifying , Ferrari Adrift

Harder rubber from Pirelli gives teams who complained a distinct advantage.

Without taking anything away from Hamilton's amazing Q3 lap, handing a heavy .452/s to his teammate Rosberg, .604s to Vettel,   it's pretty clear recent moves by Mercedes and Red Bull to badger Pirelli into providing rubber better suited to their cars have worked.    

It's not surprising cars that are gentle on tires, Lotus, Ferrari, Force India are far behind in qualifying:  Thanks to the harder compounds , Red Bull and Mercedes can take advantage of their better downforce without worrying about undue tire wear.

It's a shame F1 has decided to go this way, helping those who had failed at the formula but an interesting marker of Ferrari's decreasing influence on the politics of the sport.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m29.607s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m30.059s  + 0.452s
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m30.211s  + 0.604s
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m30.220s  + 0.613s
 5. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m30.736s  + 1.129s
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m30.757s  + 1.150s
 7. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m30.908s  + 1.301s
 8. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m30.955s  + 1.348s
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m30.962s  + 1.355s
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m30.979s  + 1.372s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m31.592s                                   Gap **
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.649s  + 0.659s
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m31.779s  + 0.789s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m31.785s  + 0.795s
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m32.082s  + 1.092s
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.211s  + 1.221s
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m32.359s  + 1.369s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m32.512s                                   Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m32.664s  + 1.669s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.666s  + 1.671s
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m33.866s  + 2.871s
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.108s  + 3.113s
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m35.481s  + 4.486s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m35.858s  + 4.863s

107% time: 1m37.364s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2


  1. DiResta demoted to back of grid for being 1.5kg underweight...

  2. From what the guys on SkyF1 were saying the compounds haven't changed, only the way they bond the tires together to prevent failures. Vergne ran the prototype tires in FP2, but the compounds weren't different from what they were saying.

  3. Perhaps but they did bring harder compounds that are more to Merc and RBR's liking

  4. Ah, okay. I was under the impression that it was a normal weekend as far as compounds, and the way they worded it lead me to think it wasn't a tire that they like.


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