Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying

Tyre compounds this weekend: prime = medium (white band); option = soft (yellow)

Air temperature 29°C; track 31°C; wind 2.3m/s; humidity 53%; dry

Qualifying 1 (Q1)
KK 1:43.939
PM 1:42.595
FA 1:42.574
(JB P3)
PM 1:42.375
DR has a loose engine cover
LH locks up, cuts the chicane and ruins his lap
10mins left of Q1; bottom 7 are TG, PRo, VP, NK; no time yet from NR, SV, MW
FA 1:42.115
Radio from PRe – “traffic is a disaster”
LH 1:41.497
SV runs wide, smacks the wall with his rear-right wheel – that’s very unusual at this circuit
5mins left of Q1; bottom 7 are JV, HK, CP, TG, PRo, VP, NK; everyone inside the current 107% time
Radio for SV – “lap is good enough” (to get through to Q2)
2mins left; JV, HK, CP, VP, TG, PRo, NK all in danger of not making it to Q2
JV loses the tail and spins his Toro Rosso; just gets across the line with time for one more lap
Chequered flag; bottom 7 are JV, HK, TG, CP, VP, PRo, NK
Incident involving cars 15 and 19 (SP & BS) will be investigated after qualifying
(CP P19)
(HK P19)
Back of the grid: JV, HK, CP, VP, TG, PRo, NK.
Everyone’s inside the 107% time (LH, 1:41.497 -> 1:48.601)

Qualifying 2
PRe and the Saubers (SP & KK) out of the pit lane first; everyone’s on options
SP 1:42.313
PRe pits without setting a time
PM 1:41.907
KR 1:41.635
RG 1:41.628
MW 1:41.558
LH 1:41.366
(FA P2)
(SV P2)
Radio for FA telling him to stay calm after the French-Italian gesticulated at MW (who was way ahead of him!)
MW 1:41.277
LH 1:40.901
5mins left of Q2; bottom 7 are MS, SP, BS, KK, DR, NH, DR; no time from PRe yet
(NH P10, demoting NR)
(PRe P11)
(SP P11)
Top 6 are sitting in the garage
2mins left; bottom 7 are SP, PRe, NR, MS, KK, BS, DR
NR on a quick lap
(NR P7, moving NH to P11)
Chequered flag
Middle of the grid: NH, SP, PRe, MS, BS, KK, DR
Radio for MS – team apologise as he’s in P14; MS apologises back, saying he was confused about (KERS) harvest

Qualifying 3
The fight for the top 10 grid spots is between LH, MW, SV, FA, KR, RG, NR, FM, JB & PM
KR waits at the pit exit; lights turn green for the start of the 10min Q3 session
Sun is setting; floodlights are on
KR 1:41.756
(RG P2)
FA 1:41.582
(NR P2)
LH 1:40.630
(SV P2)
PM still in the pits – will he set a time or settle for P10? … and with that he exits his garage
(FM P6)
NR out of his car
1min left; everyone except NR on track for a final flying lap; order is LH, SV, MW, FA, NR, FM, JB, KR, RG, PM
(PM P3)
Chequered flag; LH, SV, PM, MW, FA, NR, FM, JB, KR, RG
(KR P5)
(MW P2)
(FA doesn’t improve on P6)
(SV P3)
(JB P6)
LH enters the pit lane – his pole time is safe
Unsafe release involving cars 10 and 5 (RG & FA) will be investigated after qualifying
SV has stopped on track on his cool down lap
Front of the grid: LH, MW, SV, PM, KR, JB, FA, NR, FM, RG

Provisional grid: LH, MW, SV, PM, KR, JB, FA, NR, FM, RG, NH, SP, PRe, MS, BS, KK, DR, JV, HK, CP, VP, TG, PRo, NK.

Under investigation:

  • Q1: Incident involving cars 15 and 19 (SP & BS) will be investigated after qualifying
  • Q3: Unsafe release involving cars 10 and 5 (RG & FA) will be investigated after qualifying

2 Replies to “Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying”

  1. SV will start at the back of the grid:

    Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has been excluded from Saturday’s qualifying results for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the stewards found his car did not have sufficient fuel onboard to comply with the rules on its return to parc ferme.

    [source: FIA]

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