The SF15-Ts of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from second and fourth spots on the grid respectively. At the end of today’s qualifying at the Sakhir circuit, where the temperature was around the 25 degree mark, pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who posted a 1.32.571 in his Mercedes. To claim his front row slot, Vettel did a 1.32.982, beating Nico Rosberg (1.33.129) in the other Mercedes. Raikkonen was fourth fastest with a 1.33.227 and therefore starts from the second row. [ferrari.com]
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.832s||1.261s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.450s||1.879s|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.462s||1.891s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.704s||–|
|15||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.103s||–|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.800s||–|
QUOTES + STUFF
From autosport.com – Kimi: “I think there was more grip than I expected. Afterwards it’s easy to say I could have pushed a bit harder in certain places but I wasn’t sure. But the car was OK, the lap wasn’t too bad, maybe I just ran a little bit wide in one corner but that wouldn’t have cost a lot of laptime. I could have pushed more in certain places because there was surprisingly good grip. It gives you a better chance or a more easy life for tomorrow as long as we make a good start out of it. Obviously then the race can turn out to be different because of that, so that helps. We know that we still have some work to do and things to improve but I’d take this rather than fifth or sixth place – I’m kind of happy.”
From ferrari.com – Kimi: “It was a positive day even if it’s a bit disappointing to finish fourth, because our aim is to be at the front. My last lap was quite good, I made a small mistake and ran wide a little bit in one corner, but it was nearly nothing, it did not cost me a lot of time. It was very close with everybody. On the track there was more grip than I expected and probably I could have pushed a little bit more, but I was not sure I could. My car was working well today, the position on the grid is not ideal but it’s a good starting point for the race. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start, and move on from there with a good first lap. To get ahead of Rosberg would help a lot, and then we’ll see what we can do. We’ll do our maximum”.
It was an exciting qualifying session at the Shanghai track today. Come the end of the hour long grid deciding session, the two Mercedes locked out the front row, with Hamilton on pole in 1.35.782 and Rosberg second with a 1.35.824. Sebastian Vettel will start from the second row in his Ferrari, third fastest with a 1.36.687. Kimi Raikkonen is sixth, separated from his team-mate by the Williams duo of Massa and Bottas. [ferrari.com]
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.540s||1.758s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.209s||–|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.393s||–|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.538s||–|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.290s||–|
|16||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.216s||–|
QUOTES + STUFF
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From autosport.com – Kimi: “It is just how difficult it was in the first three corners in the last try,” said Raikkonen when explaining what had gone wrong. “I lost so much time in corner three basically that I was a bit surprised. The car had been behaving very well and in the last run it was not so easy there for some reason. The laptime was pretty much done there – you couldn’t catch up.”
Raikkonen was convinced that the change of wind direction had not been a factor. “Obviously it was different from yesterday but I don’t know what happened. I got a loose car and lost an awful lot of time from that corner to the next corner. Maybe it is my fault. Maybe it just happened. But it is disappointing anyhow. It is not a complete disaster, but it seems to become a habit. I would rather get rid of it. For the race we have a good car. It has been behaving well all weekend. Today was not ideal with the last set of tyres, but we will do our best for tomorrow and see where we end up.”
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “We have had a pretty okay weekend, but surprisingly enough on the last try something wasn’t correct. I’m not complaining that something wasn’t correct, but it was a shit lap in that one area and the reasons for it we don’t know. It’s disappointing for me and I’m disappointed in myself that it has ended up this way again because it makes it much more difficult to start in that position. Tomorrow is another day and we expect the car to be good in the race, but that doesn’t make life easy to start in that position.”
From Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi:“I’m disappointed with the result, my car was behaving pretty well most of the time but in in my last run I was not able to put a good lap together. For some reason the handling of the car was different, more loose than in the previous laps and slippery on the rear especially in the first three corners. It’s a shame because in the previous sessions I had been satisfied with the behaviour. My starting position for the race tomorrow it’s not ideal , but I expect to have the same good car we’ve had so far. We’ll try to do our best and I’m sure that with a good start we can extract the best result out of the situation.”
Post-qualifying interview with Kimi
Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second in a rain-affected Formula 1 qualifying session.
Hamilton’s first flying lap on intermediate tyres in Q3 proved enough to secure top spot, as Vettel split the reigning F1 world champion from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by qualifying second.
The highest-profile casualty of the scramble for track position to get one dry lap in before the rain came was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The 2007 world champion was delayed at the final corner trying to pass Ericsson’s Sauber (the last car to make the cut in 10th) and by being passed by Hamilton’s Mercedes at Turn 1, and wound up only 11th fastest.
Scuderia Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after qualifying second in a session hit by a massive storm. The rain arrived at the Malaysian track towards the end of the second part of the session and that meant Kimi Raikkonen, eleventh at the time in 1.42.173, was unable to make the cut into the top ten. In the delayed final part, the German steered his SF15-T to second, running two sets of intermediate tyres, with a best lap of 1.49.908, splitting the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who took pole in 1.49.834 and Nico Rosberg third in 1.50.299.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.541s||1.707s|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.950s||2.116s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m51.980s||2.146s|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.022s||–|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.468s||–|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.700s||–|
From motorsport.com – Kimi: “Obviously we got it wrong and should have been out earlier. That’s how it is. I’ve been pretty happy with the car, yesterday and this morning, and the laptime is thereabouts. I expected to be strong in qualifying, but this kind of thing is wasted. It’s part of the game, but it’s disappointing. To be quite good speed-wise, then this happens.”
From autosport.com – Kimi: “I tried to overtake Ericsson because he was in front of me. But at the last corner I couldn’t slow down because there were other people pushing me forward. We just got the timing wrong. That’s how it ended up. I don’t know if it helps to blame anyone. It’s easy to say afterwards that I should have been waiting behind Sebastian but the end result is this and whatever we will do now will not change it. It’s not often that a car is completely perfect so there are always things we want to improve. It’s not the ideal feeling with the car, sliding a bit, but it’s part of being here in Malaysia. It’s very hot and I think you can see everybody has had issues. The lap time is good but the feeling could be better.”
Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi: “Today it was simply a bad time to go out, we should have been out earlier. I did try to pass Ericsson but he was there trying to do his job; it’s not an unlucky situation but it was a mistake. Tomorrow we’ll try to climb some positions, for sure we have the speed but we are quite far from the front and when you start in this position is not going to be an easy race. Obviously there is going to be more risk in the first corner, but we’ll try to make the best out of it tomorrow.”
Report – Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the first race of the year from the second and third rows of the grid. Dominating today’s qualifying at Melbourne’s Albert Park was the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.26.327,) with the top three completed by the Englishman’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg (1.26.921) and Felipe Massa for Williams (1.27.718.). Vettel was fourth in his SF15-T, posting a 1.27.757, followed by Raikkonen who did a 1.27.790.
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.329s||2.002s|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.510s||2.183s|
|12||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.868s||–|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.070s||–|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.208s||–|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.209s||–|
Kimi Raikkonen: “On my quick lap, I lost around three tenths at turn 3 and then I made a couple of mistakes in the next two corners. We knew we couldn’t fight the Mercedes, at least not in today’s qualifying, but third place on the grid was possible. In any case, during free practice, we saw that our long runs are pretty good, so we can be confident of having a good race. All we need to do is get a good start and then give it our best, but I think we can fight for a good position. As a team, we are working well together and we have a pretty clear picture of the situation. We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”
Ferrari duo say mistakes hampered Q3 lap Kimi: “I had quite a big mistake, three tenths in corner three, and messed it up the next two corners. The rest of the lap was pretty good and I caught up with the laptime, but it was pretty much done. We should have been in P3 but that is how it is. And probably we would have been one second behind Mercedes. We knew we cannot fight with them [Mercedes] in qualifying, but yesterday we had pretty good long run. Tomorrow the weather plays a big part, but like last year we are more confident with the race pace and this year we improve a lot overall. So it is a bit disappointing to have a mistake and start in P5, but I think we can still do a good race.”
Vettel, who lined up fourth, thought he should have done a better job on his first set of tyres in Q3. “Felipe nailed the lap. I think it was in reach on the first set, and ideally it should have been a bit quicker, but it wasn’t. That was down to me. The second shot in terms of strategy we could have done things differently, but all in all it was a very good result to have both cars in the top five.”