F1: Saturday’s Qualifying Live from the Spanish Grand Prix
MercedesAMG’s Nico Rosberg hoping to make it 5 wins out of 5 as the Formula 1 season begins its European season, made a strong showing begin the Spanish Grand Prix weekend by setting the fastest time in Friday practice. at the Barcelona circuit
Mr. Rosberg arrived in Barcelona with a 43-point lead over team mate Lewis Hamilton after winning all 4 races to start Y 2016. And he was the man to beat Friday, too, a 1/4 of a sec ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the afternoon session.
Mr. Hamilton, held up by traffic on his best lap, was 0.719 secs behind his team mate, as he struggled with his car.
“That wasn’t an easy day for me, I struggled with the car balance through the day and this afternoon in particular it felt really tricky to drive,” he said. “I had traffic on my quick lap, so the lap times don’t tell the full story, but it’s clear we have plenty of work to do this evening to get the car driving like I want it to. But we will get our heads down this evening, work through the data and I’m confident we can pull things around for tomorrow.”
Mr. Hamilton will want no repeat of his last 2 qualifying sessions, when failures to his car’s hybrid system left him starting way back on the grid and unable to close the gap on race day.
Reliability issues have plagued Ferrari too in the opening races this season.
But, Kimi Raikkonen’s times suggested Ferrari can be competitive, even if Sebastian Vettel’s session was less smooth. And the 4X drivers’ champion was taking a wait-and-see approach over whether Ferrari can match MercedesAMG this weekend.
“I think the first impression of our pace today was good,” Mr. Vettel said. “Whether we can confirm it tomorrow depends also on what the others were doing today. I believe we can make the step and be stronger tomorrow.”
This weekend Red Bull with Max Verstappen, 18 anni, making his debut for the Team after replacing Daniil Kvyat, now at Toro Rosso. Mr. Verstappen made a solid start, coming in 8th, behind team mate Daniel Riccirado.
Mr. Verstappen’s former Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz, though, was the fastest of all 4 Red Bull-backed drivers, setting the 5th fastest time, and Fernando Alonso was 7th quickest in the upgraded McLaren.
In the USA: Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Time, Saturday, 8:00a EDT
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Tune in and enjoy the action.
Have a terrific weekend.
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