Category Archives: Qualifying

Qualifying reports

Because the night – Singapore quali

With off-track attention on the Mercedes-Benz inter-team rivalry, radio message bans and blown engines, it must have been a relief for the drivers to apply their concentration to piloting their machinery around the floodlit challenge that is the Marina Bay … Continue reading

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The heat is on – Italian GP quali

If there’s a cloud on the F1 horizon for the rest of the season, it’s not the swings of Mercedes drivers’ friendometer, even though the media circus post-Spa has focused squarely on the spat between Rosberg and Hamilton. That cloud, … Continue reading

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The sun’ll come out tomorrow – Belgian GP quali

With the rain stopping just before the session commenced, the good drainage of the spa circuit posed an immediate problem for the runners in Q1. A 70% chance of rain during the session provoked a scramble for times to be banked. … Continue reading

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We’re halfway there – Hungarian GP quali

With the  twisty, bumpy Hungaroring rewarding good aero balance and bravery under braking over pure speed, the Hungarian GP is a favourite with drivers who like racing. It’s a favourite track for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who has performed disproportionately well at … Continue reading

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Hot stuff – German GP quali

As pre-quali shots of the Mercedes garage at their home GP showed the hydraulic lines of their cars’ FRIC suspension system capped off, the question buzzing in the paddock air was ‘will the negating of this system reduce the team’s advantage?’. Both … Continue reading

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Rain starts play – British GP quali

With conditions described as ‘changeable’, there was some hope that qualifying for the British GP might throw up some different headlines for this 50th Silverstone GP weekend. Engine woes for Lewis Hamilton cast doubt on his weekend, with extra emphasis … Continue reading

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Topsy-turvy time – Austria quali

As the F1 roadshow rolls back into Europe, Mercedes-Benz bring their dominant form into Red Bull’s Austrian backyard. With the season settling into a somewhat predictable pattern, the question remains “who is the best of the rest?”. It has been … Continue reading

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