October 31, 2015

Rosberg fastest in Mexico qualifying

For the fourth time in a row Nico Rosberg had the measure of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying,  besting the champion by about 2/10th. On the second row will be Sebastian Vettel and Danil Kwyat.

Hamilton said afterwards he was using a better race setup. The forecast for tomorrow is calling for a 90% chance of rain. 2/10th is not a difference between a full dry and a full wet setup so it will be interesting to see how thing play out.

For sure the lack of grip is providing lots of entertainment for the capacity crowd in Mexico City. It must be especially satisfying for race promoter Tavo Hellmund after the fall out with COTA investors to have such a huge success in Mexico.

Here's Rosberg's qualifying lap.

1Nico Rosberg Mercedes1:20.4361:20.0531:19.480
2Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:20.8081:19.8291:19.668
3Sebastian Vettel Ferrari1:20.5031:20.0451:19.850
4Daniil Kvyat Red BullRacing1:20.8261:20.4901:20.398
5Daniel Ricciardo Red BullRacing1:21.1661:20.7831:20.399
6Valtteri Bottas Williams1:20.8171:20.4581:20.448
7Felipe Massa Williams1:21.3791:20.6421:20.567
8Max Verstappen Toro Rosso1:20.9951:20.8941:20.710
9Sergio Perez Force India1:20.9661:20.6691:20.716
10Nico Huldenberg Force India1:21.3151:20.9351:20.788
11Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso1:20.9601:20.942 
12Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team1:21.5771:21.038 
13Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team1:21.5201:21.261 
14Marcus Ericsson Sauber1:21.2991:21.544 
15Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari1:21.4221:22.494 
16Fernando Alonso McLaren1:21.779  
17Felipe Nasr Sauber1:21.788  
18Alexander Rossi Manor1:24.136  
19Will Stevens Manor1:24.386 

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