European Grand Prix – Qualifying

European Grand Prix is in Valencia, Spain, again. The track is at 44°C and the forecast is for a dry weekend.

Qualifying Session 1 (Q1)
JB 1:39.467
FM 1:39.288
LH 1:39.108
FA 1:38.736
(RB P3)
(JB P2)
10mins left = halfway through Q1; RK yet to set a lap time
LH 1:38.697
FA 1:38.472
SV 1:38.324
RK 1:38.282
RK 1:38.132
3mins left; bottom 7 are PdlR, HK, JT, TG, LdG, KC, BS
(RB P5)
(JT P19)
(KK P16, pushing MS to P17 and on the verge of going out)
(PdlR P11)
(BS P23)
30secs left; bottom 7 are MS, JT, HK, TG, LdG, BS, KC
(KC P23)
(LdG P21)
Chequered flag
(MS P12, so KK now P18)
Back of the grid will be: P18=KK, 19=JT, 20=HK, 21=LdG, 22=TG, 23=KC, 24=BS

Qualifying Session 2 (Q2)
FM 1:38.591
FA 1:38.455
LH 1:38.402
(RB P3)
MW 1:38.041
(VP P4)
(FM P2)
(FA P2)
(LH P3)
SV 1:38.015
(RK P3)
FA fighting to keep the Ferrari out of the wall
JB is fastest through the speed trap (312.9km/h) but he’s only in P7
5mins left; bottom 7 are SB, NR, AS, VL, MS, PdlR, JA
All 17 cars on track for a final couple of laps
(LH P4)
(FM P5)
30secs left; bottom 7 still SB, NR, AS, VL, MS, PdlR, JA
Chequered flag
(FM P3)
MS can’t improve on P15 … and his Mercedes team mate can’t improve on P12
Middle of the grid will be: P11=SB, 12=NR, 13=AS, 14=VL, 15=MS, 16=PdlR, 17=JA

Qualifying Session 3 (Q3)
Battling for the top 10 grid spots are SV, MW, FM, RK, LH, FA, RB, JB, NH & VP
VP sits at the pit lane exit, waiting for the lights to change
LH barely crawling along as he opens a gap to give himself room for his fast lap
VP 1:38.822
JB 1:38.314
(FA P2)
LH 1:37.969
MW 1:37.852
5mins left (halfway through Q3); order is MW, LH, SV, JB, FM, FA, VP, RK; both Williams (NH & RB) only just now on a fast lap
(NH P5)
(RB P10)
2mins left; MW, LH, SV, JB, NH, FM, FA, VP, RK, RB
(FA P4)
(RB still P10)
30secs left
Chequered flag
SV 1:37.587
LH went too deep into a corner and he’s blown that lap
(FM P5)
(MW P2)
(JB P6)
(VP P9)
(RK P6)

RB’s best time is exactly the same as NH (to 1/thousandth of a second) but NH posted the time first so he gets P8

Provisional grid: SV, MW, LH, FA, FM, RK, JB, NH, RB, VP; SB, NR, AS, VL, MS, PdlR, JA; KK, JT, HK, LdG, TG, KC, BS.