October 11, 2014

PERKELE!! Bottas boots it in the final corner

It could have been the feel good upset of the season. Valterri Bottas came really close to ruining Lewis Hamilton's day on his final Q3 run.
It seems that, while you can take the Finn out of Finland you can't entirely take the Rally out if Finns: Valterri carried too much speed into the final corner which resulted in a lurid slide and a missed opportunity.

Oh well.

The Sochi track may be a featureless gully in the style of Valencia but it seems to be quite the challenge for the drivers. Very technical yet very fast too. It's wide and with little grip and tire degradation. Hopefully there won't be too much tire rubber turning the track into the usual one lane bobsled run.

Hamilton hammered another, perhaps the final,  nail in Rosberg's championship hopes.

Enjoy his great lap for pole,


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:38.7591:38.3381:38.51318
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:39.0761:38.6061:38.71318
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:39.1251:38.9711:38.92023
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:39.5601:39.3811:39.12122
526Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:40.0741:39.2961:39.27727
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:39.7351:39.0221:39.62921
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.5191:39.6661:39.63521
814Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:40.2551:39.7861:39.70925
97Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:40.0981:39.8381:39.77126
1025Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:40.3541:39.9291:40.02027
111Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.3821:40.05213
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:40.2731:40.05816
1311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:40.7231:40.16313
1421Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:41.1591:40.53618
1599Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:40.7661:40.98418
168Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:42.5261:41.39718
179Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:42.6489
1819Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:43.0648
1910Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:43.1669
2013Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:43.2055
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:43.64910
Q1 107% Time1:45.672
Note - Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Chilton drop 5 places for unscheduled gearbox changes. Maldonado drops 5 - remainder of 10-place penalty for engine change at last round

1 comment:

  1. Wow, the first 3/4 of the circuit is snoozeville. Tilke is a menace.


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