F1 » Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Hamilton snatches last-second pole


In a qualifying session dominated by teams having to cagily manage tyre use, Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole for Mercedes ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

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Oldmosis

April 13, 2013 10:07 AM

Bob

So now the Mercedes is the fastest car?

I think the race is going to be interesting with the differing tactics, and yes I agree with you that the guys on the primes should be at the front once the first pit stops take place. The question will then be how many laps the softs will last, and how much pace the primes will have lost compared to the fresh ones at that point...

All will be revealed tomorrow.

OnTheOtherHand

April 13, 2013 10:08 AM
Last Edited 622 days ago

Bob.
If you have issue with a posters view, normally a Lewis Hamilton follower, why don't you name only them in your replies' as opposed to generalizing Lewis Hamilton followers as being all the same in the way they think.

Supporters like to see him do well.

Non-supporters not so much.

In tomorrows race, the best driver/team strategy will win.

cookie - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 10:29 AM

bob if the Mercedes is now the fastest car how come Rosberg is not at the front aswell then?
Hamilton is going to blow Rosberg away this year just like he mullered Button last season

oligarch - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:28 AM

bob, so button will go 55laps on one set of tyres and only pit at the very last lap to change to the other compound? and when hamilton pits button will continue to post faster times on used primes until he has to pit?

kiwibob - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:51 AM

bob hamilton has 1 podium last start and now 1 pole for merc so what was your point that gweed agreed with . I mean the one and one can,t be to hard even for hamilton haters

Andy - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:58 AM

The problem and gamble with Vettel and Button is that if they loose their front wing or a puncture at the first corner.... Their gamble goes out of the window

benignlyindifferent

April 13, 2013 12:11 PM

If any of the front can make their softs last 7 - 8 laps with strong pace, that will be enough to neutralize the medium tire guys, because they will only use the softs for the same length at race end. I think Kimi can do this, and I think Mercedes boys might too, though it is questionable. i think the real concern is where they come out after their first stop. If they exit in traffic then Seb and Jenson look good. But if they come out in free air, they will enjoy fresh mediums on a reducing fuel load and then they look good. The race will be very interesting.... and you know someone will try to do most of the race on one medium set and finish on the soft. They wont win but they might move into the top five from well down the grid.
We'll see.

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