17/03/2012

Australian GP - Qualifying Results

Results: Hulkenberg 9th (1:26.451), Di Resta 15th (1:27.086), Karthikeyan Not classified (1:33.643).

After Q1 i was beginning to think about what to write here, we only just squeezed through to Q2 and the VJM05's pace looked, to be frankly honest, dismal. However in Q2 i changed my opinion ...

Nico Hulkenberg did a brilliant lap to jump into Q3. What this makes me think is that we still don't know Sahara Force India's true pace. The field is that close this season that one tiny mistake can drop you a tonne of positions (look at Raikkonen, 18th, compared to teammate Grosjean, 3rd). It's true that in FP3 and Q1 Sahara Force India were slow but i think this just may be to our drivers making errors or traffic as that lap by Hulkenberg shows our car does have pace.

Sure, it could just be a fantastic lap by Hulkenberg in a poor-paced car but i don't think so as he beat his previous best by a whole second. I very much doubt any driver in the World on an amazing lap would not improve on his previous best by such a large margin, unless the previous best was not reaching the cars potential. It seems as if then that our car is fast, just traffic or mistakes have got in the way this weekend.

Paul Di Resta starts 15th, he will be disappointed with that, we'll have to wait and see what he says in the post-quali quotes.

At the back of the grid; Narain Karthikeyan failed to be within 107% of the fastest Q1 team which means he has not qualified for the race. His teammate, de la Rosa, is in the same situation. The stewards do have discretion to let them race anyway, and they often use this power, however both cars were very slow and constantly holding up quicker cars so i think it's doubtful they will be allowed to race, we shall see when the stewards decide!

4 comments:

  1. iceman is on prime tyres when everyone did their laps on soft. and he did a mistake at turn 12 at the ultimate lap. otherwise he could have been to Q3 easily with car.

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  2. Correct, that's exactly my point, one mistake and he's way down the order in comparison to his teammate now.

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  3. We were looking much slower than Williams and Sauber, let alone Lotus. I was expecting this as the drivers didn't look that happy with the car during pre season testing.

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  4. Ummm, not sure where you getting your information from but the drivers have only praised the VJM05, everyone seems very positive about it. Lotus do look like they have taken a huge step forward but i think we're on pace with Sauber and Williams as in the article above :-)

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