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Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ferrari secures first and second row starts

There are no points given out after qualifying and the 2017 championship has only just begun, but having Sebastian Vettel on the front row in the SF70H, with a gap to pole down by half a second, does nevertheless mean something. And with Kimi Raikkonen right behind in fourth place, it shows that the overall picture for Ferrari is encouraging. “If we look back twelve months, the progress we have made is clear to see,” said Sebastian Vettel. “We are working well as a team, […]

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hamilton takes the first pole of the season

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will be starting the first race of the 2017 season from pole position. His fast lap of 1:22.188 set a new track qualifying record and was .268 of a second better than runner-up Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. It was Hamilton’s 62nd career Formula One pole and his fifth straight, dating back to last year’s United States Grand Prix. Qualifying results: 1.        L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:24.191            01:23.251           01:22.188   2.  S. […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hamilton prevails qualifying showdown 

Lewis Hamilton continued his scintillating form with a hard-fought pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos as Mercedes eclipsed the all-time record for pole positions in a single season. Hamilton topped all three qualifying sessions and clocked a 1:10.736 to grab pole, with team-mate and championship leader Rosberg, who can clinch the title with victory on Sunday, just a tenth adrift. Mercedes were in a league of their own, with the forecast rain failing to materialise and their nearest challenger Kimi Raikkonen nearly […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rosberg pips Hamilton to Suzuka pole

Championship leader Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by the finest of margins to grab a third consecutive Suzuka pole position, while Ferrari out-performed rivals Red Bull. Hamilton had snatched provisional pole on the first runs in Q3, but Rosberg, who had topped all three sections, clocked a 1:30.647 in the dying stages to head his title rival by just 0.013 seconds. It was an inspired performance from Kimi Raikkonen to take third on the grid behind the Silver Arrows, just three tenths adrift, […]

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hamilton storms to Sepang pole

An inspired Lewis Hamilton romped to a dominant pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg pipped the Red Bulls to take 2nd. Hamilton had set a blistering pace in practice, and he carried that momentum into qualifying, topping all three sessions. The Briton clocked a scintillating 1:32.8 in Q3, winding up four tenths quicker than title rival Rosberg. The German, though, will be relieved to be on the front row after an error-strewn first run meant he was only fifth […]

Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hamilton targets better race results

Lewis Hamilton will line up on the second row of the grid for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after struggling to find the right rhythm in his Mercedes to secure his fourth pole position at this track. The Briton hasn’t been totally comfortable with the car so far this weekend and has therefore managed to set only the third fastest time during today’s qualifying session.  “It's not been my weekend so far. I've not got many good laps out there. Not for any particular reason. I […]

Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rosberg takes pole ahead of Ricciardo

Nico Rosberg's title bid received a fresh boost as the German put in a sensational lap to secure a crucial pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo managed to split the Mercedes. Rosberg put in a superb 1:42.584 on his first run in Q3 to ultimately take pole by half a second ahead of Red Bull's Ricciardo, who promoted himself to P2 with a mighty final sector right at the death. After a scruffy pair of practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton was unable […]

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hamilton: I didn't have the pace

Lewis Hamilton conceded that he simply wasn't quick enough during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he was beaten to pole position by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton came into the weekend having claimed every pole of 2015 but Rosberg posted a time which Hamilton was unable to beat, leaving the World Champion to take second position. "I just generally didn’t have the pace, Nico did a great job, I didn’t have the balance how I like it, I did my best and tomorrow […]

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rosberg ends Hamilton streak with pole

Nico Rosberg ended Lewis Hamilton's streak of pole positions as he set the quickest time during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Rosberg set two laps fast enough for top spot but it was his first - a 1:24.681 - that enabled him to top the session comfortably, 0.267s ahead of Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari while Valtteri Bottas claimed fourth position for Williams. Toro Rosso built on its encouraging form by locking out the third row of the grid, with home driver […]

Posted on Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole in Brazil

Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim his 10th pole position of the season during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Rosberg’s time of 1:10.023s was 0.033s quicker than Hamilton, who locked up on the entry to Bico di Pato on his hot lap. Rosberg's 10th pole of the year ensures that he has secured the inaugural Pole Trophy. Williams threatened during the initial stages but both drivers backed off on their final laps, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ending in […]

Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lack of power hinders Sutil

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was left frustrated after a Power Unit issue rendered him unable to progress through the first knockout segment during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Sutil, who has yet to score a point in 2014, was 17th quickest in the session and consequently found himself eliminated from proceedings. "It is a pity that qualifying was not as good as we expected," he said. "But on the other hand, we have had issues with the power unit and the energy management since […]

Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hamilton surprised by rivals pace

Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised by the pace of Mercedes's rivals during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton claimed pole position for the race, ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, but the pair were only a couple of tenths ahead of Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Williams's Felipe Massa close behind. "[It was] quite an exciting session, wasn’t expecting to see how close everyone was, good laps in Q1 and Q2," he said. "Ferrari [was] very […]