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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richard

April 13, 2013 4:03 PM

darth. i would reckon med, med... and soft for the last couple of laps. (even one lap would suffice). but it depends on the spacing of cars. softs would probably last longest when car is lightest.

Dr graham - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 4:57 PM

Richard - I get your reasoning but I think you will find your ideas with regards to strategy somewhat short sighted. Particularly on a long lap race. Obviously your entitled to your opinion but do you really think all those computers and brains along with the best strategist f1 has ever seen would come up with your idea... But then choose to do something else to get a pole... Like I said, these tyres are ruining the race. They simply flatter slower cars and drivers by making everyone drive at 80% - given there is only a few % between anyone car or driver, it is plainly obvious what will happen. Not to worry - Pirelli and the FIA tell me that is what I want as a paying viewer so they must be right... What Crap!

Cubikrube

April 13, 2013 5:12 PM

As mentioned in another thread, i think Vettel is favourite given his tyre choice at the start. Jenson's car is just not fast enough to compete with the red bull.
I think everyone on softs (if weather conditions or safety cars don't get in the way) will suffer.
Good result for Merc and Lewis but it was qualifying and it seems as though you will be better off on the harder compound at the start. Should be a good race, very much looking forward to it.

Kyunoske - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 6:14 PM

This looks like Kimi's race to win as the Lotus seems to make the tires last a little bit longer. I do wonder how much that lock up from Seb will affect his first stint. Anyways hoping tomorrow will be a competitive race for the win.

Andy - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 6:21 PM

now, nicos car is nobbled before the start of quali, and is deliberately detuned to ensure that lulu beat him.......
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Richard
When people said Lewis's car was nobbled last year just to prevent Lewis making No Grip look an HRT driver... You dismissed it as hot air...... so what are you doing now

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