The drivers have had three practice sessions to become familiar with this new circuit; fastest the sessions were: LH (1:43.939) in Practice 1, HK (1:41.307) in Practice 2, and JB (1:40.625) in Saturday practice.
There’s a problem with erosion from the wind and sand – it’s making a real mess of the cars’ front wings’ leading edge. The track’s dusty, and the change in temperature (the race spans sunset tomorrow) is going to make it difficult for them to maintain enough grip to keep the cars on
the black stuff. Current conditions: air temperature 30°C; track 33°C; wind 3.1m/s; humidity 55%
At least the grand stands look a little more full that yesterday but it’s still not attracting as many paying spectators as Silverstone does … but that won’t sway Bernie.
Nice to see Ron Dennis in the McLaren garage – he’s only visiting though, after Bernie & Max got their way and ousted him.
Fillipe Massa is on the Ferrari timing wall – looks like the plastic surgeon’s done a great job.
My notes are, as always, after the cut…
Qualify session 1 (Q1):
First out through the tunnel is JA
NR out brakes himself and takes to the run off around Turn 8
15mins left – yet to see LH, MW and SV
HK has spun but recovers
10mins left of Q1
LH 1:40.365 – that’s faster than anyone’s time in any of the three Practice sessions
5mins left; bottom 5 are NR, VL, KK, RG, GF
RG has spun the Renault
(NR P4, demoting KN)
(KN P15, relegating AS)
(KK P13, so JA now in the drop zone)
1min left; bottom 5 are KN, AS, GF, RG, VL
Chequered flag; bottom 5 now JA, AS, GF, VL, RG
(JA P14, so HK now P16)
(HK P7, relegating FA)
Big sigh from Luca Di Montezemolo as GF fails to get the Ferrari into Q2
So the back of the grid will be: P16=FA, 17=VL, 18=AS, 19=RG, 20=GF
Qualify session 2 (Q2):
HK is first to leave the pits, through the tunnel
LH 1:40.542 – he’s the only one of the option (medium compound) tyres
BBC report the track temperature is down to 31°C
Yellow flags – HK is being manhandled by the marshals – well, his car is!
McLaren say HK had a transmission problem
3mins left; bottom 5 are KN, JA, SV, NR, KK
90secs left; bottom 5 are KR, KN, NR, JA, KK
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are HK, NH, KN, JA, NR
(NH P8, relegating KK)
(NR P10, pushing KR to P11)
KN tries too hard and messes up his flying lap
Luca Di Montezemolo visibly annoyed KR failed to make it to Q3
The middle of the grid are: P11=KR, 12=KK, 13=HK, 14=KN, 15=JA
Qualify session 3 (Q3):
Battling for the top 10 grid spots are LH, SV, JB, MW, JT, RB, SB, RK, NH & NR
The track seems darker but hopefully the drivers won’t see the difference
Track temperature is still 31°C
SB runs a little wide but keeps his foot down
5mins gone = 5mins left of Q3; order is NH, SV, JT, SB, RK, RB, MW, JB, NR (no time from LH yet)
LH runs wide
3mins left; order is JT, JB, MW, RB, SV, RK, NH, SB, NR, LH
MW runs wide
1min left; order is LH, RB, JT, RK, JB, MW, SV, SB, NH, NR
Chequered flag; it’s LH, JT, RB, RK, NH, JB, SV, MW, NR, SB
So the front of the grid will be: P1=LH, 2=SV, 3=MW, 4=RB, 5=JB, 6=JT, 7=RK, 8=NH, 9=NR, 10=SB
Which means the provisional grid is: LH, SV, MW, RB, JB, JT, RK, NH, NR, SB, KR, KK, HK, KN, JA, FA, VL, AS, RG, GF.
4 thoughts on “Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying”
The FIA have published the pre-race weights:
Heikki Kovalainen is set to receive a five-place grid penalty from the Yas Marina race stewards after McLaren decided his car needed a new gearbox following Saturday’s qualifying. Kovalainen, who had qualified in 13th, will now start Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 18th. [FIA]
BBC’s update on pre-race weights, giving us a fuel-adjusted grid:
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