2016 Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Review

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But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the teams to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, McLaren, Ferrari, Toro Rosso or Force India may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Lewis Hamilton leads Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton leads Q1 and Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q1, we saw Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.11.511, Nico Rosberg was second, Max Verstappen was third, Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, Sebastian Vettel was fifth, Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, Felipe Massa was eighth, Valtteri Bottas was ninth and Sergio Perez rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q1 we lose Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen, Pascal Wehrlein, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

In Q2, we saw Hamilton topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.11.238  Rosberg was second, Verstappen was third, Vettel was fourth, Ricciardo was fifth, Raikkonen was sixth, Alonso was seventh, Perez was eighth, Grosjean was ninth and Hulkenberg rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q2 we lose Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez, Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr and Jolyon Palmer.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Brazilian GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Kimi Raikkonen in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Brazilian GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Kimi Raikkonen in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

At the end of Q3, it was Hamilton who secured Pole Position for the Brazilian GP with a lap time of 1.10.736. Rosberg qualified in second place 0.286 seconds behind Hamilton, Raikkonen is in third 0.668 seconds behind Hamilton, Verstappen is fourth 0.749 seconds behind Hamilton and Vettel is fifth 0.804 seconds behind Hamilton.

Ricciardo is sixth 0.804 seconds behind Hamilton, Grosjean in seventh 1.201 seconds behind Hamilton, Hulkenberg is eighth 1.368 seconds behind Hamilton, Alonso is ninth 1.530 seconds behind Hamilton and Perez rounds off the top ten finishers.

It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend; even if Hamilton has a challenge on his hands to get a result this weekend.

You cannot discount Ricciardo, Verstappen or Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes (and also Ferrari in Mercedes’ case) that could see gaining some points on their rivals to kick start their Constructors Championship.

Hulkenberg, Perez and Grosjean could also have a decent race and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix on Sunday? I really don’t know.

But let’s see what happens on the Interlagos circuit on race day on Sunday…

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