1st Lewis Hamilton, 2nd Nico Rosberg
Hamilton has a strong fight to Rosberg in the final part of qualifying. He managed to go find the time when it mattered in Q3 going faster by 1.720 seconds than Sebastian Vettel in Q1. But Vettel as we saw in Sepang may have the better race pace on track. He does not need the same mistakes on strategy as in Malaysia because it was a factor in him losing out to Vettel
3rd Sebastian Vettel, 6th Kimi Raikkonen
Vettel did everything he needed to in order to get in the best place in order to challenge Mercedes during the race after going fastest in Q1. He will need a good start and must challenge in the twisty sectors and build the gap up there in order to win the race.
4th Felipe Massa, 5th Valtteri Bottas
Good solid performance from the team again. The team are making and on course to build on their position in the constructors championship and could in time be fighting for their first win since 2012. However, they will require the long term funding as a business to do that. Bottas and Massa are and have proved themselves to be able to do that.
9th Felipe Nasr, 10th Marcus Ericsson
Sauber seem to be already slipping away a bit in one lap pace but they have proved what they are capable of. Ericsson I think will be a good driver and Nasr has also done his best to impress the paddock as a rookie.
13th Max Verstappen, 14th Carlos Sainz
Verstappen has been another rookie who has impressed this season and he will be a talent to watch. I think he has proved us wrong when we slammed Toro Rosso for signing a sixteen year old. He will be looking to come back to get into the points during the race. Sainz looks good too.
7th Daniel Ricciardo, 12th Danill Kvyat
Red Bull had another difficult day on track backing up the worries that they are failing away on track. They hope to fight their way back to the top but this may take a few years in order to mount a serious challenge again. Ricciardo has done well to fill Vettel’s boots.
18th Fernando Alonso, 17th Jenson Button
Both drivers had another good day making some progress with developing the car. McLaren are still not where they would like to be still struggling to fight near the top of the field. Jenson Button said the car didn’t feel too bad during Q1. They will be hoping their race pace is better. Button has that ability to outperform the car and Alonso is good to.
15th Sergio Perez, 16th Nico Hulkenberg
8th Romain Grosjean, 11th Pastor Maldonado
19th Will Stevens, 20th Roberto Merhi