McLaren look to be quick again this weekend, although NP did well to be 2nd fastest in yesterday's practice.
Air temp 30°C; track 43°C; wind 3.2m/s; humidity 41%; dry.
My notes are behind the cut as always... Qualifying Session 1 (Q1):
SV first on track - he had hydraulic problems yesterday so he needs the track time
SB, DC & NR also on track
LH 1:19.376 - wow, that's 0.8s quicker than his teammate!
Note - FM on the super-soft (option) tyre and still is off the pace
10mins left - 5 drivers yet to set a time
(HK P2 1:19.945)
FA runs quite wide in the final turn - he's on the super-soft tyre and can only manage P8
AS runs extremeley wide in the final turn - almost hits the wall but recovers it
5mins left; bottom 5 are RB, KN, NR, GF, AS - both Williams and a Honda!
On-board with FM shows they're still got problems with the Ferrari not turning in cleanly
KR can't improve on P5
SB on his out lap ahead of NH - will the stewards see that as blocking?
Cheqeured flag is out
(JB P15) - that relegates NH to P16, so the stewards will have to make a call very quicklyProvisionally
the bottom 5 are: P16=NH, 17=KN, 18=RB, 19=GF, 20=ASQualifying Session 2 (Q2):
TG first on track, followed by KR
NR over pit-car radio: the harder tyre (the soft compound, rather than the super-soft option) is better for him
5mins left; 2 cars yet to set a time
4mins left; bottom 5 are DC, NP, JB, SB, NR* (*yet to set a time)
NR out of the car without setting a time - must be a problem with the car
Chequered flag falls
Bottom 5 are: P11=SV, 12=JB, 13=DC, 14=SB, 15=NR
Apparently it's a hydraulic problem for NRQualifying Session 3 (Q3):
Battling for the top 10 spots are FM, TG, LH, HK, JT, KR, RK, FA, MW, NP
JT & TG are first out, and both Toyotas are on the harder tyre
3mins left; TG is first to pit
Looks like everyone's going with the less-soft compound for the final flying lap
With just 1 lap left, the order is LH, TG, FM, KR, MW, JT, RK, FA, HK, NP
Chequered flag falls
LH 1:20.899 - extending his lead
Top 10 are: P1=LH, 2=HK, 3=FM, 4=RK, 5=TG, 6=KR, 7=FA, 8=MW, 9=JT, 10=NP Provisional Grid:
LH, HK, FM, RK, TG, KR, FA, MW, JT, NP, SV, JB, DC, SB, NR, NH, KN, RB, GF, AS
Will we see a penalty for SB?