Rosberg's best starting position

Author of the article: , published on May 11, 2013.


Ricciardo was the first to start the qualifications, but he was immediately followed by those slower racers. In the first five minutes, only seven racers took to the track, but among them both Lotus racers, because Raikkonen was, of course, faster than Grosjean. Both Ferraris were the first to drive into the second third of the first part of the qualifiers, and di Resta, who took fourth place behind Vergno, also came to the time.

Five minutes before the end of the first part, we saw only eighteen racers who got to the time. Among them were also both Ferrari racers who took the first two places, Alonso ahead of Massa. In the last five minutes, the others also drove on the track, but of course in the first two parts of the qualifications we are most interested in those at the beginning who will not be allowed to continue with the qualifications.

Outside the sixteen, Bianchi, Van der Garde, Chilton, Pic and Gutierrez were three minutes before the end. Of course, all of them mentioned and also the others drove to the track after the hunt for faster time. In the end, Bottas and Maldonado remained in the first part of the qualifiers. Van der Garde, Bianchi, Chilton in Pic.


Gutierez was the first to hit the track in the second half, followed by Hulkenberg. There wasn't much going on on the track in the first five minutes, but practically all the racers went to the track right at the start of the second third. All the racers chose medium-hard tires for this part of the qualifiers, which obviously suited Raikkonen best. Of course, the track was improving all the time, and the racers were getting faster and faster.

Seven minutes before the end, the real hunt for the fastest time began, as both Ferraris also came on the track, where Alonso took first place and Massa fourth behind Rosberg. Grosjean was also very fast, but as in the first, in the second part of the qualifications we are most interested in those at the beginning. Ricciardo, Button, Sutil, di Resta, Perez and Vergne were out of the top ten five minutes before the end.

In the last three minutes, almost all the racers drove to the track, where they mostly used softer tires. Interestingly, Red Bull and McLaren struggled to progress to the final of qualifying. Nevertheless, Vettl succeeded, as he broke through to the first place, and Webber to the fourth. Gutierez and Hamilton were very close to relegation. With Di Resta’s faster time, Hamitlon also stayed out of the top ten, making him very close to Hulkenberg. In the end, Gutierrez, Hulkenberg, Button, Sutil, Vergne and Ricciardo remained outside the top ten. They were, of course, least pleased with this at McLarn, where they were visibly very disappointed.


As soon as the green light came on for the last part, Kimi Raikkonen drove onto the track. The Finn was soon followed by Fernando Alonso, who was fortunately waved by a huge crowd of fans. Of course, in Formula One, fans don’t make a difference like in football, for example. When Raikkonen drove the fast lap, he was told to save his tires and return to the pits, he was immediately overtaken by both Alonso and Gorsjean, all overtaken by Nico Rosberg.

Of course, the last part of the qualifications has only just begun, but apparently in addition to the aforementioned and Masse, everyone else opted for just one quick lap. Virtually all the racers drove onto the track about three minutes before the end. Fernando Alonso waited in the pits for a very long time, as only Webber and Massa followed him on the track.

Rosberg's time from the first part remained intact at Vettl, as the latter ended just behind him. Rosberg improved the best time and won the best starting position. Second place went to Hamilton, third remained Vettel ahead of Raikkonen. Only fifth place went to home hero Fernando Alonso, sixth was occupied by Massa ahead of Grosjean and Webbr. Perez and di Resta took ninth and tenth place.

Qualifying times:
 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.718s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.972s + 0.254s 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m21.054s + 0.336s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m21.177s + 0.459s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m21.218s + 0.500s 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m21.219s + 0.501s 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.308s + 0.590s 8. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m21.570s + 0.852s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren -Mercedes 1m22.069s + 1.351s 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m22.233s + 1.515s
11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.127s + 1.126s 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.166s + 1.165s 13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m22.346s + 1.345s 14. Jenson Button McLaren- Mercedes 1m23.166s + 2.165s 15. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.389s + 1.388s 16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.793s + 1.792s
17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m23.260s + 1.532s 18. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m23.318s + 1.590s 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m24.661s + 2.933s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m24.713. 2.985s + 21s 1. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 24.996m3.268s + 22s 1. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 25.070m3.342s + XNUMXs

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