Time Line To A Meltdown – Qualifying For The British GP

Monday – The race week begins. Coming off the the second place in Montreal, I have high hopes for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso at this weekend British GP.

Tuesday – Starting to check all the news services and F1 websites for any and all tidbits of information that I can use to get a overall picture of the race weekend.

Wednesday – The big news is all about Mark Webber’s retirement. I am quietly confident Alonso will be close if not on the second row at Silverstone.

Thursday – Media cycle is in full swing. I contribute a couple of posts to a sports fan site. I am feeling particularly good, at this point I can’t get enough of the news and related stories.

Friday – I wake up at 5:30 am and follow second free practice live and tweet. I begin to have a strange feeling about the Ferrari’s competitiveness. My fears are compounded by Martin Brundle commentating for Sky Sports as he is in a choice corner of the circuit and says the Ferrari is not stable.

Saturday – I decide to sleep in and watch Qualifying tape delayed. Coffee in hand, my prediction comes true, Lewis Hamilton takes a well-fought-for pole from his teammate Nico Rosberg and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.  It is a Mercedes AMG front row lock-out. Fantastic lap from Lewis seals a well deserved pole for Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton - On pole for his home GP.  Well done...

Lewis Hamilton – On pole for his home GP. Well done…

In Q1 Alonso is nowhere near the top of the timing pylon, maybe he and Ferrari are playing their cards close to their chest. Still I am getting nervous. Q2 and I feel the meltdown start, there is a Force India and a Lotus and a Toro Rosso in front of Alonso. However, nothing can prepare me for the the final position of Alonso’s Ferrari at the end of Q3. TENTH… The meltdown is in full effect. Immediately I get on-line to see what the hell is going on with the cars in red. To my surprise this is what I read:

“Obviously we are not happy, we are disappointed with today’s performance,” Alonso said. “We are not delivering what we are supposed to deliver every weekend. Maybe the new parts that are coming are not as expected, most of them are not working, so we are losing a little bit of pace compared to the top teams. But it’s hard to imagine we lose so much compared to them. If we were two or three tenths slower than the fastest car now it’s difficult to believe that we are one second.”

I will spare you the rest of the article, but it goes on to point out some serious problems and ones that I can’t see being fixed in the next few races. Believe me when I say it was not great reading if you are a Ferrari fan.

I am pacing up and down. I am at a loss as to why this continues to happen. Why has this problem been allowed to continue for four years running Ferrari? And why can’t Ferrari get on top of these issues with their one lap pace: the rate at which you have to bring updates and the issue of correlation.

The Ferrari of Alonso will start tenth. What is going on Maranello??

The Ferrari of Alonso will start tenth. What is going on Maranello??

As it stands right now the best that I can hope for is that through some crazy turn of events Alonso can manage to have a top five finish, and although Alonso has on many occasions pulled the proverbial podium out of the hat, I just can’t see it happening this time around. Not when the Red Bulls and Merc’s are so strong.

Here is your starting grid for the British Grand Prix:

Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m29.607s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m30.059s  + 0.452s
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m30.211s  + 0.604s
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m30.220s  + 0.613s
 5. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m30.736s  + 1.129s
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m30.757s  + 1.150s
 7. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m30.908s  + 1.301s
 8. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m30.955s  + 1.348s
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m30.962s  + 1.355s
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m30.979s  + 1.372s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m31.592s                                   Gap **
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.649s  + 0.659s
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m31.779s  + 0.789s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m31.785s  + 0.795s
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m32.082s  + 1.092s
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.211s  + 1.221s
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m32.359s  + 1.369s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m32.512s                                   Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m32.664s  + 1.669s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.666s  + 1.671s
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m33.866s  + 2.871s
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.108s  + 3.113s
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m35.481s  + 4.486s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m35.858s  + 4.863s

-jp- (now excuse me while I finish having my meltdown &^($##@!)_)((*&)&%&^)

2 Comments on “Time Line To A Meltdown – Qualifying For The British GP

    • hey Randy
      you know, like me F1 can get one so wound up sometimes i have to take a step back and remember it it just some cars going around a track and nothing more. lol.

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