Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

2015 Spanish Grand Prix grid

2015 Spanish Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Row 11. Nico Rosberg 1’24.681
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’24.948
Row 23. Sebastian Vettel 1’25.458
4. Valtteri Bottas 1’25.694
Row 35. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’26.136
Toro Rosso
6. Max Verstappen 1’26.249
Toro Rosso
Row 47. Kimi Raikkonen 1’26.414
8. Daniil Kvyat 1’26.629
Red Bull
Row 59. Felipe Massa 1’26.757
10. Daniel Ricciardo 1’26.770
Red Bull
Row 611. Romain Grosjean 1’27.375
12. Pastor Maldonado 1’27.450
Row 713. Fernando Alonso 1’27.760
14. Jenson Button 1’27.854
Row 815. Felipe Nasr 1’28.005
16. Marcus Ericsson 1’28.112
Row 917. Nico Hulkenberg 1’28.365
Force India
18. Sergio Perez 1’28.442
Force India
Row 1019. Will Stevens 1’31.200
20. Roberto Merhi 1’32.038

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20 comments on “2015 Spanish Grand Prix grid”

  1. After Q2 it was noticeable that all team-mates were next to each other. Didn’t continue to Q3 though with Räikkönen and Massa underperforming (and the latter causing split among Red Bulls too)

  2. Last year, Hamilton took pole in 4 out of the first 5 races, yet Rosberg went on to win the pole position trophy easily. I’ll call it now: the same will happen this year.

    Let’s see how this prediction turns out in November.

    1. Well if it pans out the same as last year, I think Lewis would be nightly pleased with that result.

      1. It depends this year of the Ferrari threat, Rosberg could have some incentive in having a more quali setup again this year and leavve Hamilton with the Ferraris in the first laps. That’s what I would try.

    2. I think the qualifying head-to-head last year really deceived just how close the two Mercedes drivers were in pure pace last year. In the 57 track sectors, Hamilton’s best time was quicker in 29 and Rosberg’s was quicker in 28, with a mean advantage of 0.011 seconds to Hamilton.

      Although it technically ended up 12-7 to Nico, you have to remember that Hamilton had two failures in Q1 in Germany and Hungary. In Germany Hamilton looked fractionally faster in practice, and in Hungary Hamilton was pretty much dominating, being fastest in all practice sessions (he has 4 wins there). So without those Q1 failures Hamilton had a very good chance to take pole at both those two tracks meaning it would have been much closer, though still 10-9 to Nico.

      You also have Monaco, Austria and Britain where we didn’t really get to see a conventional fight for pole. In Monaco Hamilton was only 0.059s behind on the first runs, and on his second flying lap he was 0.2s up on Rosberg before he had to back off with the yellow flags.
      In Austria Hamilton was 0.4s up on the eventual pole time before running wide at the last corner and getting his lap time deleted, then spinning at turn 2 on the following lap, which ironically compromised Rosberg with the ensuing yellow flags (Rosberg definitely did a far better job here, but we didn’t really get to see who had the best pace).
      At Britain Hamilton was 0.2s ahead of Rosberg on the first Q3 runs (on the second runs, sector 1 & 2 were even wetter and therefore about a second slower, causing Hamilton to back out halfway through as he was over a second down on his previous time, but all the other cars on a lap found around 4 seconds in sector 3 alone to relegate Hamilton to 6th).

      Rosberg definitely did a better job in qualifying last year as he made far fewer mistakes than Hamilton in Q3, but with some slightly different circumstances it would have been a lot closer.

    3. Interesting … but my money is still on Lewis this year for the pole trophy.

      I hope it will be close though, last years’ qualifyings were pretty fun to watch.

  3. Amazing job by Toro Rosso and their drivers!

  4. Throughout practice I noticed that Rosberg looked closer to Hamilton this weekend. At previous weekends Hamilton consistently had at least 2 tenths or more on Rosberg whenever they got clean laps in, but this weekend Rosberg looked capable of taking pole for the first time I’ve seen this year. After practice I actually felt like Rosberg would be on pole. Interesting to see if he can maintain this form as the season carries on.

    1. More like: Hamilton looked close to Rosberg this weekend.

  5. Did Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull not get the memo that teammates were supposed to start next to each other?

  6. What’s happened to this ‘0.6 second’ that Alonso brings then?

    1. Yeah, if Alonso is really THAT good, why isn’t he wiping the floor with Button?

      1. @paulguitar @paeschli

        Because Button beat Hamilton in points during their time as teammates and he won the 2009 drivers championship, too! ;)

        1. @neiana

          Ah, always fun to hear that one…..;)

          1. Why because it’s true lol you Lulu fans just can’t take it can you . Stats and records are there no matter how much fans like/dislike them.

          2. @sonia54

            Taking about stats, why is Ricciardo paid more than Button then?

            12M for a driver who won 3 races is quite a lot if you ask me.

          3. @paeschli
            Because Red Bull are more desperate, perhaps?

          4. @sonia54

            Unless something has been changed, the WDC is counted each year, therefore Lewis bear Jenson 2:1.

  7. Ron (@rcorporon)
    9th May 2015, 19:39

    Good job STR!

    1. I have a proposal common to all teams regarding grid position and other penalities which result from engine or
      car structural failures not caused by collisions or contact, like flimsy fairings flooring and other components becoming
      detached. Such instances which attract penalties must be applied only to the constructor, not the driver, who should
      not be penalised at all for mechanical/structural failure.

      Further, doubtful instructions from the pit designed to direct driving tactics given in delicate situations to either of
      two to apparently favour the performance of one over the other should be disallowed as when Hamilton, rapidly
      gaining on Rosberg close to the finish , was frustrated by a puzzling warning to Hamilton to slow down and back off his bid to overtake Rosberg into first position by claiming a water coolant temperature problem. If that info is not
      available to the driver visually , why not ?

      And does not the Mercedes not have a engine coolant temperature guage visible to the driver ?

      In view of an obvious bias favouring Rosberg rather than Hamilton in every Grand Prix, dare we hope that in at
      least some of the remaining GPs, similar strategems will not produce other dubious outcomes .

      Lewis ! About time for you to WIN this time out !!!

      Rory Allen -South Africa ..

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