F1: Mercedes’ Rosberg Takes The Pole In Spain, Ferrari’s Vettel Qualifies 3rd

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: May 9, 2015 F1: Mercedes' Rosberg Takes The Pole In Spain, Ferrari's Vettel Qualifies 3rd

F1: Mercedes’ Rosberg Takes The Pole In Spain, Ferrari’s Vettel Qualifies 3rd

The Grid for the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (1.25.458) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.26.414) finished in 3rd and 7th places respectively. Track conditions were difficult Saturday afternoon and it was in the final sector of the track that the 2 Mercedes sought out their advantage, on their way to locking down the front row. Nico Rosberg is on Pole with a 1.24.681 ahead of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.948.)

Kimi Raikkonen: “So far the weekend has been more difficult than I wanted and today I was still struggling, for some reason my car was sliding around. After a difficult Friday I decided together with the team to go back to the old package because I wanted to make sure it was fine. We knew it would be a risk and it might be difficult but I don’t think that the result would have been as bad as it was today. In Q-2 the feeling was pretty OK  but then in Q3 it was difficult again, I had not much grip and did a bad lap.

It’s one of those weekends in which things keep going a little wrong here and there, and today we also lost one set of Medium tyres because of a burning of a blanket. Tomorrow is another day and the race is a different story, obviously we start in a position that is not ideal , but we have a good package. If we have a good start we can go from there, I’m sure we have the speed to have a good race”.

Sebastian Vettel: “It’s not a great place to be behind Nico and Lewis, but I think it’s the maximum we could do today, so I’m happy with qualifying. I think the week end has been a bit rougher compared to the last couple in terms of finding the balance and the feeling with the car: we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We have improved the car, but the track conditions this week end are a bit tricky: the wind is very gusty, which is throwing the car around plus the tires are potentially a bit too hard and not really working.

It seems that Mercedes is struggling less and the gap seems bigger than usual. Sunday we can put them under pressure: we’ll see, it’s a long race. Hopefully we’ll come up with a good strategy, we have saved one set of new tires for tomorrow as Mercedes did: I’m hoping we can stay with them for a long time. There’s room for improvements, hopefully the conditions tomorrow will come towards us and we’ll be a bit stronger again. We’ll do our best, as always”.

Ferrari is a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, NV (NYSE:FCAU)

Race: Sunday, 8 a EDT (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra)

Enjoy the race.


Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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