NOTEBOOK – Sochi Qualifying

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Nico Rosberg took pole for the Russian Grand Prix after his teammate Lewis Hamilton encounters problem once again with his engine.

Hamilton woes

It has been a very tough start to the season for the world champion but he knows that in racing you have ups and downs. The engine is clearly the more powerful but maybe Hamilton has the bad batch because we have not seen any issues with another Mercedes powered car.

He admits that he could and most likely have to do an extra engine above the five permitted this means a penalty for going above the five permitted.

Rosberg pole lap

He made a good start getting right to the apex before pulling away on exit towards the other side for the straight down to turn two. Perfect entry taking bit of kerb which sets him up well to do the same at turn three setting him up well again for the short run to turn four. Takes bit more kerb on middle of the turn before angling towards six which he takes perfectly taking the same at seven.

The same at eight, nine and ten. One wheel over the line on run to elven and on exit takes kerb which sets him up to go well through the centre at twelve. Takes kerb both at turn thirteen and fourteen setting him up well for fifteen which goes well into sixteen. When he exits he runs well down to seventeen takes kerb at the corner and at eighteen. Crossing the line with a 1:35.417.

William strong

Valtteri Bottas put in a very good performance to out qualify Ferrari. Last season he out qualified Sebastian Vettel. This circuit is in their hands as it is a circuit where you need a good engine and overall package.

Bottas said he was “Really pleased with how it all went. This weekend has been very positive. We have some new bits on the car and the car has been feeling better. It’s also a good track for us. I’m glad we could maximise the qualifying today.”

Red Bull

Red Bull could also be in the mix during the race based on their race pace which could see them in the fight between the Ferraris and Williams. They will first need to get Daniil Kyvat past the Force India if they’re going to cause a upset.

Mclaren – Ok but not good enough  

A OK but not the best qualifying for McLaren they just missed out on a place in Q3 by a few tenths. But both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button appeared to be up beat as there is some progress on track from the team. Honda say its representative of were the team are.

Race preview

Things are shaping up in a way which plays to Rosberg. Ferrari may have to fight with the Williams but I have a feeling that they may cause a upset here and they need it if they want that third in the constructors championship.

Qualifying Result



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