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Featured F1: Hamilton Romps to Monza Pole

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. Chris

    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium

    Lewis Hamilton has delivered a commanding and dominating performance in qualifying for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix by taking pole position ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by nearly half a second.

    Right from the outset, Mercedes were confident enough that their pace advantage was such that they need not bother with the Super-Soft compound for the first session of qualification, instead opting to only venture out of the pit lane for a single run on the yellow-marked Soft compound. With both cars comfortably in first and second, they remained in their garage's for the remainder of the session.

    Further back, a tight battle was shaping up between Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull. Despite the latter's power disadvantage, the bulk of their lap time came from the second sector as the RB12 is widely considered the second best chassis on the grid.

    Perhaps surprisingly, the biggest scalp from Q1 was Esteban Ocon. The Manor F1 team have shown strong pace this weekend, at a track which they've calendar-marked since the season's beginning as a place to score points. Suffering an electrical fault, Ocon would be forced to retire from the session and start the race from dead last. A clean race will almost certainly see him get closer to the points. Predictably, the others who lost out in Q1 were Kvyat, Nasr, Ericsson, Palmer and Magnussen.

    In his final Italian GP, Felipe Massa couldn't get it done in Q2.

    When the second session got underway, Mercedes essentially gave the middle-finger to every other team and went out again on the soft tyre, rather than the Super-Soft. This was a clear indicator of their intentions to make a one-stopper work on Sunday as they would start the race on the soft allowing them to run longer than their rivals in the first stint, who all used the Super-Soft for Q2. Yet again they were comfortably fastest as they turned the wick up on their engines and made everyone else look silly. The Red Bull's also tried the Soft tyre strategy, but deemed it too risky after their first runs only put them in ninth and tenth, so they will start on the red-banded tyres instead.

    Mercedes aside, the absolute star of the second session was Esteban Gutierrez, who managed to put his Haas F1 car into seventh, claiming the team's first ever Q3 appearance, as teammate Romain Grosjean comparatively struggled to even get close to the effort of his Mexican teammate and ultimately was eliminated after Q2. Another under-performer was Felipe Massa who cannot be happy with how his last ever Monza qualifying session went after he missed the cutoff for Q3 lapping only 11th fastest, half a second off his teammate in a car that realistically should be comfortably in the top ten.

    Pascal Wehrlein yet again proved that, outside of Max Verstappen, he is the hottest young driver property on the grid by lapping quick enough for 13th place on the grid with another stellar qualifying session.

    Esteban Gutierrez was arguably the star of qualifying by achieving Haas' maiden Q3 appearance.

    Going into Q3, the prediction of a Mercedes on pole looked like a certainty, the only question was which one? Hamilton had seemingly been the quicker of the two all weekend by a few tenths. Qualifying demonstrated this as he lapped in the low 1:21's, while Rosberg was in the high 21's. Interestingly, on the Super-Soft tyre, Mercedes hardly gained any time at all on a tyre that had shown, for some teams, up to a 1.2 second delta over the soft tyre.

    The Ferrari's claimed top trumps in the battle to be best of the rest to take an all-red second row, while Valtteri Bottas had an excellent session to take fifth place by one one thousandth of a second from Daniel Ricciardo who yet again has proven to be The Man when it comes to out-qualifying teammates. Sergio Perez, having confirmed his position for 2017 with Force India out-qualified Hulkenberg for eighth place as Esteban Gutierrez was unable to match his efforts in Q2 to round out the top ten.

    Rosberg's second run was unable to match the first lap set by Hamilton of a 1:21.358, with the German being three tenths off the Brit, solidifying Hamilton's pole position. However as Rosberg crossed the line, Hamilton was going quicker, and lowered the benchmark to a 1:21.135 to take the 56th pole position of his career by nearly half a second.

    2016 Italian GP Grid
    1. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG Petronas
    2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes AMG Petronas
    3. Sebastian Vettel - Scuderia Ferrari F1
    4. Kimi Raikkonen - Scuderia Ferrari F1
    5. Valtteri Bottas - Williams Martini Racing
    6. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing
    7. Max Verstappen - Red Bull Racing
    8. Sergio Perez - Force India
    9. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India
    10. Esteban Gutierrez - Haas F1
    11. Felipe Massa - Williams Martini Racing
    12. Fernando Alonso - McLaren-Honda
    13. Pascal Wehrlein - Manor F1
    14. Jenson Button - McLaren-Honda
    15. Carlos Sainz Jr. - Toro Rosso
    16. Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso
    17. Romain Grosjean - Haas F1 (5 place grid penalty for gearbox change)
    18. Felipe Nasr - Sauber F1
    19. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber F1
    20. Jolyon Palmer - Renault Sport F1
    21. Kevin Magnussen - Renault Sport F1
    22. Esteban Ocon - Manor F1

    Stick and stay with RaceDepartment for all the fallout and wash up from the Italian Grand Prix.

    Images credit of FIA.com
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016
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  2. GTSpeedster


    I'm sure we're in for another great race! As usual... :sleep:
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  3. Chris

    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium

    Let's wait and see. It could yet be a good one. Hamilton looks to have Rosberg completely pegged and Vettel probably won't come under threat from Kimi despite his improved pace as of late.

    I think the battle between Ricciardo/Verstappen/Bottas could be very interesting. The Red Bulls have better race pace than the Williams, but because the Williams is so slippery, he'll be hard to pass. It could possibly result in a battle similar to that of Hamilton vs Schumacher in 2011 :inlove:

    The last couple of races haven't been fantastic despite the grid being arranged in an order that should've resulted in brilliant races. So perhaps a boring looking grid will make for a good race :)
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  4. How is Hamilton 3 kph quicker on the straight than Rosberg?
  5. Chris

    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium

    Lower wing level perhaps?
    Could be a multitude of things. He was overall like 3 tenths quicker in sector 3 so he may have had a better launch out of parabolica.
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  6. New engine.
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  7. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon...

    Can F1 be more boring than Monza...:sleep::cautious:
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  8. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows..

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  9. GTSpeedster


    I've followed F1 ever since I can remember and I've always loved it! I never felt no even for a second it was boring as far as the sport goes.

    Thing is that our beloved F1's gotten terribly injured and subsequently very ill around the end of the 2004 season when it begun undergoing a series of drastic, unnecessary and regrettable procedures that ultimately left it defaced and in a comatose state...

    It still struggled for a while but was overpowered and couldn't resist any longer sometime around the end of 2009. We've watched its sad and slow burial and whatever came back ever since was simply a somewhat reanimated corpse vaguely resembling its former self.

    This thing that we sometimes try to watch and insist on referring to as "F1" is not merely boring, it is dead! Rotting away while sill moving lifelessly round and round unable to realize its own decaying state.

  10. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon...

    Oops forgot that one:whistling:
  11. (1) Severely reduce/control how much down force the cars can produce
    (2) Goodbye DRS
    (3) Open up the engine regs
    (4) Systematically reduce the per race fuel allotment each season, slowly working towards zero

    This will allow the drivers to battle it out on the basis of skill (no more anti climatic "highway passes", no more pissing and moaning about front tire degradation in traffic).

    Meanwhile, the engineers allocate less time trying to generate an extra 0.7% of down force and more time on creating more fuel efficient power units (with an eye towards being completely renewable).
  12. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon...

    F1 is about politics so they will never change the system
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  13. Tim.E


    Damn do I miss the times where half of the grid retired due to technical failures with the car.... F1's become too predictable.
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  14. Hamilton won't win the championship by the way it'll be Rosberg for sure