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Featured Belgian GP: Hamilton takes 6th straight pole

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jack Hunsley, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
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    Spa Hamilton Quali.png Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix from pole position after dominating Saturday's qualifying session at Spa Francorchamps.

    Throughout all three sessions Mercedes looked well clear of the rest of the field, leaving Hamilton and Rosberg to fight it out at the top with Valtteri Bottas picking up the pieces in the third qualifying session.

    As qualifying got underway, Q1 passed with very little drama all round. At the front Mercedes asserted their dominance yet again after topping the session in 1st and 2nd without ever bolting on the quicker soft tyre on either of their two cars.

    Meanwhile Max Verstappen reported a loss of power on his final Q1 attempt that meant that, whilst he did make the cut, he was unable to post a lap time in Q2. So after Q1, Felipe Nasr, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi all failed to make the grade.

    In Q2 Mercedes again impressed as their first option run put both cars 1.2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen's hopes of a strong qualifying at his favourite circuit came to a swift halt as his Ferrari spluttered to an untimely death halfway through the session, with Ferrari noticing a drop in oil pressure on his car.

    At the end of the session the times started tumbling with Nico Hulkenberg being the big surprise drop out in Q2 in 11th after making a mistake at La Source, whilst his team mate went through to Q2 with a stellar 4th place. Meanwhile the Hulk was joined by Kvyat and Ericsson in 12th and 13th respectively.

    In Q3 however it was business as usual in Q3 as Hamilton did more than enough to take pole position ahead of his team mate, ensuring that the Brit will take home the 2015 Pole Trophy. Behind the two Mercedes Bottas picked up the pieces after Vettel had a poor Q3 where he could only manage 9th, whilst Grosjean pulled out an incredible lap to start 4th in tomorrow's Grand Prix. Sergio Perez was another fine performer with his 5th place grid slot, whilst Ricciardo, Massa and Maldonado line up 6th, 7th and 8th, with Carlos Sainz Jr. completing the top ten.

    Belgian GP Qualifying Official Results:
    1. Lewis Hamilton- Mercedes - 1:47.197
    2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 1:47.655
    3. Valtteri Bottas- Williams - 1:48.537
    4. Romain Grosjean - Lotus - 1:48.561
    5. Sergio Perez - Force India - 1:48.599
    6. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1:48.639
    7. Felipe Massa - Williams - 1:48.685
    8. Pastor Maldonado- Lotus - 1:48.754
    9. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 1:48.825
    10. Carlos Sainz Jr.- Toro Rosso - 1:49.771
    11. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - 1:49.121
    12. Daniil Kvyat- Red Bull - 1:49.228
    13. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber - 1:49.586
    14. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - No Time Set
    15. Max Verstappen - Toro Rosso - No Time Set
    16. Felipe Nasr- Sauber - 1:49.952
    17. Jenson Button- McLaren - 1:50.978
    18. Fernando Alonso - McLaren - 1:51.420
    19. Will Stevens - Manor - 1:52.948
    20. Robert Merhi- Manor - 1:53.099
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  2. I was hoping Rosberg would be 1st at the end of Q3, sadly he was a bit sloppy.
    Great drive from Perez although I thought he'd be above the Lotuses, so gj Grosjean.
    What about Vettel?
  3. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

    This just in, Hamilton is crowned 2015 AND 2016 champion #GettingDullNow
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  4. McLaren said, with their new engine they will be at the level of the Ferrari... actually they were right, both drivers are pretty close to Raikkonen :roflmao:
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  5. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    They might have meant the pace of the Manor-Ferraris, I mean.. they might have reached the speed level of a 2014 Ferrari engine now :roflmao:
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  6. #Justlikevettel
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  7. Damn you Lewis for being the best driver in the field. :rolleyes:
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  8. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    let me re-phrase that:
    Damn you Lewis for having the best car on the field!

    In other words, you forgot Fernando.
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  9. Alonso is not beating his own team mate though isn´t that criteria nr one :)
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  10. airutonpurosuto8912


    Unimpressed by Vettel's qualifying position.
  11. r.e. raikonnen
    agree with what they said in commentary, he does get a fair bit of flack for being so far behind vettel in the championship - but he's also had more than his fair share of bad luck.

    once again, as a fan of the team - awful day for McLaren :violin:
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  12. It's gonna be a pretty disappointing season if Hamilton gets the championship again,
    especially without a true fight...
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  13. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    yes true, they seem to be quite evenly matched.
    But my point was about Mercedes. It's by far the best far, Ferrari have done well to close the gap but it's still not competitive enough. Rosberg doesn't seem to be a threat to Hamilton this season (somehow.. strange imo), so these combined make a season where you can easily predict the champion(s).
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  14. Ugh, I hope Rosberg and Hamilton take each other , allowing Vettel to close the gap. Then Bottas hopefully will have a problem, Massa spins out, allowing Vettel to win, from hopefully Ricciardo and either Grosjean or Hulkenburg. Then I'll sit back, with a Mars Bar, and read everyone's Shamilton or Cheatberg comments and laugh :D

    In all serious, if Vandoorne doesn't get a drive at McLaren, I think Mercedes should replace Rosberg with him. I'm sick of seeing Rosberg not being able to challenge Hamilton.
  15. McLaren are also plonkers for going with the Honda engine. They said they'll be matching Ferrari in terms of power. As soon as they find they are only 1 second ahead of Manor, Arai comes and says that nobody ever said that :D

    Also with a 105 place grid penalty (Damn that's how broken the penalty system is in real life, cant wait for F1 2016 :D), they will be starting way back at Puhoun :D
  16. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    Aren't they starting in China?
  17. Nah that's too close. They are starting from Albert Park :D
  18. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    I meant China last year ;)
  19. I meant Australia 95 ;)
  20. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

    Ooh, Albert Park was only used since 1996! :p