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Formula 1 Qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit
Saturday November 2, 2013
Qualifying day was met with ups, downs, controversy and surprise.
After the race in Abu Dhabi there are only two races left in the Formula 1 season. The USGP in Austin Texas and the Brazil race.
The 2013 season is the swan song for the very likeable Mark Webber, who just made pole position by beating the time of teammate and red bull champion, Sebastian Vettel.
On the downside was fan favorite and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth but was unable to finish Q3 because his car broke-down. The Mercedes driver is in a great position to take the number two or three spot on points, and help his team land in second place, in the constructors.
Abu Dhabi was not without controversy when the "iceman," Kimi Raikkonen, with Lotus F1 held a press conference to clear up rumors of trouble between him and team heads.
The usually shy Raikkonen said the issues were about money. He went on to say he had not been paid all year and he might not race on Sunday unless, something was worked out. This is Kimi’s last season with Lotus F1 because he made a deal with the Ferrari team and will drive for them next season.
The big surprise during qualifying was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who did not make it into the top ten. Alonso will be in 11th place on the starting grid, which has put his team chances of second place, in jeopardy.
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An almost predictable line-up will be on track for race-day on Sunday, at the Grand Prix in Belgium. The track was wet, dry, then wet, and the cars were slipping, skidding, sliding, and in Pastor Maldonado’s case, crashing. But all in all, the teams and drivers already on top continued to dominate. Pole sitter for Sunday’s race will be Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg. Right behind Rosberg will be fellow teammate, Lewis Hamilton. The 2013 champion Sebastian Vettel qualified third, while his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, was comfortable in fifth.
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Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was a commanding presence, on the track today in Sochi during qualifying, at the Formula One Russian Grand Prix. He was two-tenths ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg who secured second.
The 53-lap street circuit with challenging twists and turns, on a purposefully built track, is in the heart of the beautiful Black Sea Resort in Sochi. The long straight before turn one is where Hamilton will likely battle with Rosberg to hold onto, first position. The other drivers also view the location as a great place to improve, their position during the race.
Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas was third. Bottas set the fastest first and second sectors on his final run, but started to struggled towards the end of the lap and lost the rear of the car in the last corner. As a result Bottas had to settle for third on the grid, with Jenson Button taking his best dry qualifying of the year in fourth.
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso, was excited to race at his home circuit. He made an impressive showing by securing 5th position, the best qualifying result of his career.
Disappointed, was Daniel Ricciardo in 7th who had a bit of a problem with the grip, of the new track stating, “It was hard to read the grip.” His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in eleventh position was not satisfied with the rear of the car while taking corners. He said, “The car felt nervous”.
Force India continues to work hard for points. Team Principal Vijay Mallya said “the penalty against Nico Hulkenberg was unfortunate and strategy options will be limited on a track where overtaking appears difficult.” At the end of the day, the teams learned quite a bit from qualifying on the new track.
On tonight's show we talk about today's qualifying for the Geico 500; or the lack there of it. It was a MADHOUSE which lead to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Joe Nemechek, and Justin Allgaier missing the race. Terry Labonte in his final start will roll off 9th. And Brian Vickers is on the pole.
We'll break down qualifying and see if Clayton was right about qualifing on our Wednesday show. And what can NASCAR do to fix this?
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Breaking News: Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel is jumping ship from Red Bull Racing to the Scuderia Ferrari team, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso will jump ship and go back to the McLaren team, which he left under extreme controversy. For the past several weeks, rumors were swirling that a shake-up was on the horizon at Ferrari, who made no secret that they wanted to lure Vettel away, from Red Bull. Scuderia's new management team had not been happy with Alonso's attitude, and track performance, and were willing to terminate the remaining two-years on his contract. Alonso strongly denied those rumors, but obviously saw the handwriting on the wall and began negotiations, with McLaren. Sebastian Vettel on the other hand, was accustomed to being the star of Formula One and the press, from 2010-2013, had been relegated in 2014 to a 5th rank driver, and has not won a race all season. After 15-years with Red Bull, he said he wanted to get back to winning.
Starting on pole for Sunday’s race will be a 1-2 Mercedes team with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
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