Hamilton beats the Red Bulls to take three poles out of three in Canada

2010 Canadian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position on his third visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

But he cut it very fine on fuel and had to switch his engine off as he returned back to the pits as McLaren feared they wouldn’t have enough to give a sample to the FIA.

The two Red Bulls, who had dominated qualifying previously this year, line up behind Hamilton on the grid for tomorrow’s race.


Qualifying began on a dry track in slightly warmer temperatures than at the end of final practice.

The teams wasted no time getting started, with Timo Glock queueing up at the end of the pit lane ready for the start, and quickly being joined on the track by the Lotuses, Vitaly Petrov and Karun Chandhok.

Most of the front-running teams used the medium compound tyres including the McLarens and Ferraris. But Red Bull began the session on the super-soft tyres, and Sebastian Vettel’s best time put him second, just 0.3s slower than Lewis Hamilton’s.

Kamui Kobayashi faced the threat of elimination at the end of the session and his last lap wasn’t good enough to reach Q2. He only narrowly beat Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.


Hamilton was the fastest driver again in Q2, but Jenson Button did not look as comfortable in the McLaren. The pair did lap times at the same time and Hamilton was a second quicker than his team mate.

The McLarens started the session on the medium tyres while most other teams ran the super softs. Button improved his time on the super softs but Hamilton didn’t need to improve his time and came back to the pits.

Vettel in the Red Bull was second, just three hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton, having used the super softs. Fernando Alonso was third, as he had been in Q1.

Button’s late improvement pushed Michael Schumacher deeper into the drop zone. He needed an improvement on his final run but braked too late at the final chicane and had to abort his run.

That left him 13th behind the two Williams cars while his team mate made it into Q3.

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Only the McLaren drivers did two sets of laps in final qualifying. Hamilton’s first effort was again a second quicker than Button’s.

As they came back onto the track their rivals had joined them. And three of them, unusually, were using the medium compound tyre instead of the super-softs: both Red Bulls and Robert Kubica.

Red Bull found plenty of speed on the medium tyres, Mark Webber beating Hamilton to set the fastest time with a 1’15.373.

Sebastian Vettel look set to beat Webber’s time but repeated Schumacher’s mistake of cutting the chicane at the end of the lap and had to abort his lap.

McLaren cut Hamilton’s final lap very fine in more than one way. He had just six seconds to spare as he begun his lap, but set a 1’15.105 to beat Webber by more than two-tenths of a second.

But on his cruise back to the pits his team instructed him to stop the car as they were concerned he was short on fuel. Hamilton switched the engine off and stood up in the cockpit as the car rolled along, eventually getting out to try to push the car home.

McLaren will have to give a fuel sample after the session and if it turns out there is too little fuel in the car Hamilton could receive a penalty.

Assuming he doesn’t, this wasn’t just the first time Red Bull had been beaten in qualifying this year. It was also Hamilton’s third pole position in as many attempts at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Full qualifying times

Pos. # Driver Car Q1


1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.889 1’15.528 1’15.105
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.423 1’15.692 1’15.373
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.129 1’15.556 1’15.420
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.171 1’15.597 1’15.435
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.371 1’15.742 1’15.520
6 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’17.086 1’16.171 1’15.648
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.673 1’16.314 1’15.688
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’16.370 1’15.682 1’15.715
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1&#8217#8217;16.495 1’16.295 1’15.881
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.350 1’16.001 1’16.071
11 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.880 1’16.434
12 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’16.770 1’16.438
13 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.598 1’16.492
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.569 1’16.844
15 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.356 1’16.928
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.027 1’17.029
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.611 1’17.384
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.019
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.237
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.698
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.941
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’19.484
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.675
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’27.757

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87 comments on “Hamilton beats the Red Bulls to take three poles out of three in Canada”

  1. Electrolite
    12th June 2010, 19:23

    Gutted for Koboyashi! I’m really hoping for no knee-jerk reactions on his performance.

    Thrilled for Williams’ climb, like a lot of people I can imagine :)

    1. gonna be a super exciting race tomorrow with the teams choosing different tyre strats…

  2. Anyone have speedtrap data for the full 24? Would be interesting to see the Mclaren/RB differential on their flying laps.

    On the basis on the straight line advantage and the nature of the track, I’m struggling to see how a red bull overtakes Hamilton unless his tyres go off to the tune of >2 seconds a lap. And starting on the option seems to me a far better proposition if you wish to switch to single stopping too; if the most aggresive tyre wear is going to come in the first 10 laps as the race gets established, I’d rather it happened on tyres I don’t intend to race 75% of the laps on.

    1. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2010/831/6746/speed_trap.html

      What I think is interesting RedBull starts on hard and Ham on soft. They should be able to run lot longer then Hamilton if one of the two of them can jump him on the first lap if that is the case Hamilton is royalty sc…ed.
      Hamilton is 7 fastest and none faster then him has a higher then 8th start position. Webber 17 and Vettel 19th fastest yet 2 and 3rd. So I don’t think straight line no matter what all been said is not THAT important consider Ham 7th, Webber 17th, Vettel 19th, Alonso 10th fastest and starting in that order.

      Red Bull might have this race in the bag thanks to great strategy and excellent starting position. Will be one exciting race this I guarantee.

      So who will do the wall of champions?
      1 or 2 safety care periods? Will it happen before pit stop window opens (probably)?

      1. The idea that running long is an advantage is sooooo last year.

        Come on, anyone with sense looked at the new refueling rules and realised that as a general rule, stopping early is the best policy – no longer any fuel weight penalty for doing it, and you’re on better tyres on the crucial cross over laps.

        1. Well it’s not so hard to overtake in Canada – and the Red Bulls will have an advantage latter in the race, with fresher tyres, which means they’ll be faster than Lewis.

          1. McLaren may well be two stopping though. The Redbull isn’t a good car for overtaking and the McLaren is a good car for defending with, Redbulls only chance really is to jump Hamilton into the first corner.

            Frankly in a two stop situation I’d say McLaren have superior strategy, use soft tyre’s for a ten lap dash to the first pit stop. run a large portion of the race on hards, then possibly take another 10 lap dash on a rubbered in track at the end.

          2. They’re slower down the straights. Any overtaking will be a breaks test at the end of the straights. QED, they won’t be overtaking him.

  3. Great Battle…..Red bull look the Dark Horse….
    I dont know i have a feeling Michael or may be Rosberg are on a Wet Setup……?
    I think it either vettel or Hamilton tomorrow…
    Good job by Liuzzi too!!!

    1. Electrolite
      12th June 2010, 19:31

      I doubt it, but I sure hope they’r eon a wet setup! As a bit of Brawn GP/Mercedes fan i’m distrought they’re down in 10th and 13th :( My guess is neither of them could get a lap together. It happens!

      1. I know isn’t it dreaful :( Never mind perhaps the race will turn up trumps for MS as he was/(hopefully still is) a master at “moving up” when his back was/is too the wall.He seemed upset with the car I thought when he arrived back in the garage.

  4. liuzzi p6:)
    was sutil not using f-duct?

    1. i think yes from wht he said after the free practice……

      great job by liuuzi….
      and looks like a 2 pit strategy for all those who are in the soft compounds…..
      is it possible??

    2. Raveendhana
      12th June 2010, 19:48

      both force india drivers used f-duct, luizzi outpaced sutil because he reverted back to his old chassis, that might have helped him.

  5. Yes!!! Lewis finally did it!!
    Nice to see him stood up in the cockpit as the car rolled along & getting out to try to push the car home..sweet!

    1. Yes, it was lovely.

      1. Loved hearing the crowd cheering Lewis! Was an awesome lap and was great to see him pushing the car with the crowd cheering.

    2. I thought that was great too. Although at the time he was doing it I wasn’t sure what the rules were. I felt at the time that there was a high possibility he would have some kind of penalty. It didn’t happen though so I guess you are allowed to run out of fuel on your in lap.

      If you are allowed to run out of fuel then why doesn’t everyone do it? I can’t remember seeing it before. The less fuel ,the less weight, the faster you go.

      … I’m expecting the whole field to stop on track during qualifying for the next race. ;-)

  6. really disappointed about schumi! i wonder if their are hoping for a wet race,but if thats not the case they are laking quite some speed in canada.

    was hamilton told to stop his engine cos his tank was empty or was it because they thought he might not have the minimum weight in parc-ferme???

    1. They were consened that there might not be enough fuel to provide the mandatory fuel sample.

    2. Things are looking down for Schumi. This week BOTH Nicos outqualified him.

      1. Schumacher was outqualified by both Nicos in Malaysia too.

  7. That was a really thrilling qualifying.
    Q1 with Heikki getting in front of Kamuji, then the Sauber narrowly getting in front in the last moments. Button going throug to Q3 only in the last moments, both Williams getting in front of Schumi, Liuzzi getting into Q3.
    Then in Q3 we had Liuzzi right at the front, a stunning lap from Webber and great lap from Alonso. Vettel blowing it in the last chicane and Lewis really throwing the car around to get the last 100th out of it.
    And what a great scene with Lewis getting up in the car and even pushing it.

  8. FINALLY the red bull’s spree is over!! I wonder why Alonso did not switched to the harder primary tyres, they are always better for Ferrari…

    1. Your wrong, they heading for easy one-two with those tyres.

      1. your wrong, why would those tyres give them an easy 1-2 on a two stop track?

  9. I’m sure Schumi has a wet setup

    1. Yes.


  10. So you are pretty sure mclaren are going to get a punishment for too little fuel :/ that isn’t too good, I hate when you celebrate in f1 but the final results can be altered afterwards, but if it’s fine it will be a great Saturday result for mclaren.

    1. Does someone have a reference for a rule that running out of fuel is a violation of? I’ve seen that stated a couple of times with nothing to back it up. If he’s underweight, he’s underweight, but I would think they would have checked that before the interview session. I don’t see where there will be any penalty at all other than starting on used up tires.

  11. 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.889 1:15.528 1:15.105 -SOFT
    2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.423 1:15.692 1:15.373 -HARD
    3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:16.129 1:15.556 1:15.420 – HARD
    4. Alonso Ferrari 1:16.171 1:15.597 1:15.435 – SOFT
    5. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.371 1:15.742 1:15.520 – SOFT
    6. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.086 1:16.171 1:15.648 -SOFT
    7. Massa Ferrari 1:16.673 1:16.314 1:15.688 – SOFT
    8. Kubica Renault 1:16.370 1:15.682 1:15.715 – HARD
    9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.495 1:16.295 1:15.881 -SOFT
    10. Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.350 1:16.001 1:16. -SOFT

    1. It’s awesome ain’t it.

  12. The Mercedes were poor. Schumi didn’t look on the pace and Rosberg kept on making the rookie error of following the racing line to the finish line rather than keeping alongside the wall to minimise the distance travelled.

  13. Uncle Ron back patrolling the garage this weekend, just to make sure there are no more unfortunate “miscommunications” where his lad is concerned, eh?

    Whitmarsh vs Dennis, the Legacy Battle.

    1. Yes, and so he should. He can see that there has been too much funny business going on.

    2. You are simply Hillarious

  14. Kubica is only the 3rd fastest on hard. I think he’s going to live up to the expectations for this race tomorrow and get into the top 5, provided the race benefits the strategy.

    1. red bulls are quite punishing on tires as compared Mclaren and Ferrari,

  15. Surely the fia must clarify the rules properly.Not to take anything away from him, clearly hamilton had a “lower fuel weight” advantage over the others.If no action is taken or at least a rule is clarified we may see all the Q3 runners just put enough fuel to complete their final flying lap and then park their cars with the minimum amount of fuel required.

    1. I don’t really understand your comment. All teams are carrying as little fuel as they can, and most add a little safety margin. Therefore, no team really has a “lower fuel weight” advantage over another as you put it. That was the whole point of the discussions that took place after last race, because the race pace and the subsequent “save fuel” messages up and down the paddock revealed that the teams are cutting it really fine w/ the amount of fuel they carry.

      I think Lewis just butchered his first lap and had to do another hot lap. So he may not have had enough fuel to get him back to the pits.

      1. http://adamcooperf1.com/2010/06/12/hamilton-pole-under-threat-from-fia/

        This could mean that Red Bull due to miss hands Pole to Red Bull and continue to dominate pole.

    2. Clarifications remove ambiguity – please let me know which rule you think is currently ambiguous, because otherwise you’re simply advocating a rule change.

    3. How can you clarify a rule that has not been written? There is no “fuel weight” requirement, and if Lewis had been underweight in general following qualifying, he’d probably be starting at the back of the grid rather than giving an interview. I do think they check these things, don’t you?

      1. There is a in lap speed requirements. Read the Adam Cooper blog link I posted above.

        “The question mark is over the fact that drivers are given a lap time within which they have to return to the pits during qualifying, a legacy of the fuel saving days of several seasons ago.”

        Time is 30% of your lap time. Over S1 and S2 he was 51% slower and aborted the lap without any mechanical failure.

  16. Anyone know how much fuel the teams need to give to the FIA?

    1. You are correct in that Hamilton never intended on doing a 2nd flying lap but had too with something like 15sec to go until the chequered flag. If it hadn’t of been for that he would of had enough fuel.

      Also the margin he go pole by is more than benefit he might of got by less fuel.

      Hope there is no silly penalty, he’s been faster all weekend, (FP2 they weren’t really trying)

    2. I think it is 3 liters, so Nicolas Kiesa on danish TV..

      1. Adam Cooper hints of 1 liter. If you discount his last lap he would been 4th fastest, second fastest of the soft tired cars.

  17. My point is that every car is filled with fuel thats enough to bring the car back to the pit lane after quali with at least the minimum amount of fuel required.Hamilton’s car didnt have that much fuel and hence stopped midway.Thus he had an unfair advantage over the others.i dont care if that advantage was less than the gap between him and mark.But the fact is he had an unfair advantage. What if mark had done the same thing . Maybe secure provisional pole,park the car mid-track,yellow flags come out and then you get pole. I know lewis didnt ruin anyone’s lap but unless the fia makes its compulsory for the cars to be parked in pits after quali with given amount of fuel(barring accident or mechanical problem in the in lap)this could happen again.

    1. martin bell
      12th June 2010, 20:56

      I think that you make a fair point here. If it gets waved through by the stewards, as seems likely, are we from now on going to see cars running out of fuel as they cross the finishing line at the end of their last qualifying lap?

      1. He get a reprimand and a fine. So now you can buy yourself a pole position. This is absurd. How many reprimands will Hamilton be allowed? This is to much. MacLaren deliberabtly broke regulations and allow to pay their way out of it. If he failed not having enough fuel in the car they should have been penalized. Nothing wrong with the car and he wouldn’t had brought it in within the 30% allowed margin per the rules and should been penalized.

        EPICFAIL.. Bad precedent.. McLaren buying themselves to pole. Lewis last lap at least should been taken away from him putting him 4th.

      2. That’s a risk they’re all welcome to take. If they want to cut it that close, they could very well run out of fuel 100m *before* the line.

        Hamilton’s final run was simply superb. As the other seasons have shown, he dominates quali at Canada through skill and courage. It would be cool if people could just acknowledge that instead of constantly trying to find some non-issue to whine about.

        1. NO it’s NOT. It’s not legal per the regulations. Reprimand now penalty for next offender. So Lewis stole pole on breaking rules and got away with it. P4 is his rightful position not P1.

  18. I wonder what kind of strategy are aiming Red Bull and Renault :O

  19. LordHesketh
    12th June 2010, 20:42

    The circuit must have started rubbering in like crazy. I can’t believe that Hamilton was able to get that lap out of the super-softs his second go around.

  20. Hamilton seems to flourish anytime Ron Dennis is around brimming with confidence. same happened today and the ol man was keeping a keen eye out and seemed to be enjoying it.

  21. Stuart Hotman
    12th June 2010, 20:49

    I think you need a litre available for sample at any time during the weekend, but thats just from memory. It is not sufficient to just let the vapour condense as Jordan indicated, cos you still may not have enough.

  22. Anyone else think Bruno Senna is doing an excellent job in qualifying this year?

  23. I missed nearly all of the qualifying.The Irish teletext service(Aertel)said it began at 20 past 7.
    Anyways good on Lewis on getting pole position.

  24. Red Bull has the advantage over Hamilton.
    hamilton to go with the heavy car and with the softer tires will eventually destroy them.
    Red Bull and Renault left when they have these tires for the car lighter.
    the red bull abdicated from pole to try a better race.

    1. If Hamilton is infront of the Red Bull until he pits for better tyres, and is quicker down the long straights, such that there isn’t a cats chance in hell of an overtake unless they take him off the line, I really fail to see where Red Bull’s advantage lies.

      That is, of course, before we factor in the standard 0.5s McLaren race pace effect.

  25. That final lap from Lewis was a stormer. For a minute there I thought ‘oh no, not another Red Bull lockout…’ but when I saw the big ‘1’ pop up at the end of his lap I actually cheered.

    Gutted for for Schumacher and Kobayashi.

  26. Sure enough, the FIA are looking into Hamilton’s lap:


    1. That will be extremely disappointing if they penalise him after he put in such a good performance there. I really hope nothing happens.

    2. If he finally got a penalty my prediction is gonna be screwed up completely!!!

      FIA give Lewis a chance

    3. he should be penalised, as an example. teams mistake – they should pay for it. i think -5 places on grid would be fair :)

    4. Apart from the 30% over-time in the first two sectors, rule 30.13 states: “If a driver has serious mechanical difficulties he must leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so.” Low (or no) fuel must be seen as a “difficulty”; coasting along half out of the car, then pushing it is hardly “leaving the track” let alone “as soon as…”.

      I’m concerned that if this had happened just a few minutes earlier, there could well have been a [potentially major] safety problem – yellow, even red, flag. If the stewards do nothing, are we going to see a proliferation of *ultra* low fuel loads during quali?

      Every driver/team should push the envelope to the maximum, but I’m not convinced that McLaren didn’t take matters a tad too far with Hamilton today (nothing personal, just general safety.)

  27. Also nice to see Lotus doing well, really pushing ahead. In a few races time I’m willing to bet they’re going to overtake the Saubers in qualifying.

    Great to see Liuzzi doing really well too.

  28. Adam Cooper on his blog site is nearly 100% certain to lose his pole time due to the low fuel issue on his in-lap. His in-lap time was also outside the allowed 30% limit for Sector 1 & 2.

  29. One of the best qually hours I’ve seen in a long long time. Great to see a vast improvement by Williams and to have MSC behind them I bet will make it seem even better, despite not quite getting into the top 10.

    They need to work with Cosworth though as that does seem to be the achilles heel again, losing around 2/3 tenths in the final sector compared to the drivers around them.

    Safety car is pretty much standard practice, but I cant see those soft tyres working at the start for very long at all, so I think RBR have still got the ball in their court.

    1. I was rooting for one of the Williams to make it to the last Qualifying round, but 11 and 12 ahead of MSC is indeed a good result for them. Maybe they had a point in wishing for both cars in the points after all. Until today I was really skeptical of that coming true.

  30. Younger Hamilton
    12th June 2010, 21:34

    Lewis on Pole YES!!! Thats what im talking about i knew Redbulls pole streak would end i knew it.But a lot of Hard work tomorrow in the race for Lewis.He’s on the options but Redbulls are on Primes so hoping for a safety car period but its not actually all Red Bull Tyre advantage,they struggled on the Options as well so they might find themselves at a 2 stop strategy as well as everyone else besides i think Lewis coped with the options the best of everyone so Lewis still has a big chance of winning the race.

    1. it did not ended? only teoretically. rbr gave away the pole but now they have hard tyres and will win the race.

      1. Please explain how.

        Subject to stewards, they’re behind Hamilton until he chooses to pit, at which point he’ll be on the same tyres as them, except newer.

        1. how rbr will win?
          tonight showers = no rubber tomorow on track.
          heavy car + soft tyres + hard track + hamilton style = no tyres afer 5 laps.
          he pits and outs somewhere after buemi = no podium.

          … but thats only my scenario :)

          1. Yes I think that’s a possibility. Equally likely though is that there is a safety car within the first 5 laps which allows him to change to hards. Then he is in a great position.

            Field spread, how much the track rubbers in and helps the softs later in the race, and safety cars are the imponderables that will decide the result of the race. It’s exciting to have a split of strategies. I have no idea how the race will go. High tyre wear should make the race much more exciting and unpredictable as will the 2nd stop if they are going to do one.

  31. NASCAR Camping World is eating into the delayed SPEED TV coverage of qualifying. What did I tune into at 1:30 PM PST? Nelson Piquet Jr spinning into the grass. Brilliant.

  32. Jhonnie Siggie
    12th June 2010, 21:47

    I think the Red Bulls were cowed by Mclaren into choosing the prime tire. They didn’t think that Lewis would use the option based on his performance in Q2. They had a couple of tenths in the bag and probably believed based on Lewis’ whining during FP2 that he would be on the prime also. Well played by Mclaren having Lewis set a solid time on the prime and then waiting till the last moment to switch him to the option.

    1. Yes, it did seem like that was the case. And Vettel definitely felt pressured by both Webber and Hamilton, causing him to make that mistake to come third.

      1. Jhonnie Siggie
        12th June 2010, 22:30

        The different tire strategies will make for a real interesting race. There is also the element of teams possibly two stopping. I think the Bulls would have taken pole if they had used the same tire as HAM and by not splitting their strategy they have handed HAM a real opportunity to control the race. Of course with possible rain, anything could happen. Can wait for what should be an intriguing race!

  33. hamilton = a class act but for somer reason i fear mr alonso tomorrow
    best two racers on the track by a country mile

    1. The fight will be between Alonso & Hamilton the soft with the Red Bulls hard.

  34. Florida Mike
    13th June 2010, 1:13

    I understand the rules require a top-10 qualifying driver to start the race on the tires he set his qualifying time with, but as in Weber’s case today, can he change the wheel the tire’s mounted on? It looked to me like he clipped the wall with his right-rear wheel on his last lap, and I wouldn’t be suprised if that wheel is damaged.

    And what happens if the tires are damaged after the lap time is set, say by running over debris (or hitting a wall), and they are deemed to be unusable or unsafe?

  35. Keith, why don’t you mention at all about the great performance by Force India? Any egos? Sorry Kidding…

  36. Hoo-ray. To say I was getting sick of seeing Red Bull dominating is an understatement.

  37. Some disappointing performance by Kobayashi, Schumacher & Petrov.It was nice to see for the first time any car but Red Bull are on pole which I predicted in the prediction championship.
    Great lap from him & it was nice to see that at the end of the qualifying he gave something to the crowd by pushing his own car & trying to get it in the pitlane.
    But I think if they were given the soft tyres then the Red Bull could have been faster then Mclaren, Webber shouldn’t be surprise to see white mark on his right front tyre as he was the only driver ( as see from TV) that have rubbed his car to the champions wall.

    Question remains what will happen in the race where Hamilton’s tyre will deteriorate whereas the Red Bulls tyre will develop grip, still I favour them as they will have the soft compound tyres to charge in the later stages of the race.& can the fourth place man put up a surprise for us?

  38. No matter what, we’ve got whole host of champions and future champions on the grid tomorrow. It’s been a while since we had this many competent and exciting drivers on the roster. Formerly a lot of the drivers were in their late twenties to mid thirties. I remember Keke smoking a cig during the end of race interview. I remember Prost pushing his car across the line when he ran out of fuel. Mansell won his first and only WDC in his late thirties. Today’s young guns should hopefully, give us a great show for years to come. The nucleus of it all is safety. RIP Senna.

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