Rosberg continues pole streak in Brazil

Nico Rosberg has continued his streak of five pole positions in a row putting him in good position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas split the Ferrari duo of Vettel and Raikkonen but faced a three grid-space penalty for passing under red flag conditions during practice.

A very handy qualifying position for Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg narrowly besting Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.

Lewis Hamilton looked slightly crabby in post-qualifying press conferences and while the 2015 driver’s champion doesn’t like being beaten, his is, after all, the 2015 champion already.

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1m11.282s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m11.360s0.078s
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m11.804s0.522s
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m12.144s0.862s
5Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m12.265s0.983s
6Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m12.322s1.040s
7Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m12.085s0.803s
8Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m12.415s1.133s
9Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m12.739s1.457s
10Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m12.989s
11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m13.045s
12Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m13.147s
13Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m13.233s
14Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m13.913s
15Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m13.385s
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m13.425s
17Alexander RossiMarussia/Ferrari1m16.151s
18Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m16.283s
19Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m12.417s
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda
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Patrick Chapman

@NC Agreed, he did look slightly crabby during the post-qualifying press conference and I also noticed that he didn’t show up for the photo’s straight after qualifying. I wonder what that was all about? Do you think that it is getting under his skin a bit being out qualified 5 times in a row?

jiji the cat

i hope so. it means a fired up Hamilton and that can only be good for the race. Well done to Nico, he’s on a hot streak at the moment, just wish he could have strated earlier in the season with this rattling of Hamilton, would have made for a more exciting season

Patrick Chapman

It certainly would have. Now if we could get Ferrari, Mclaren, Red Bull and a couple of other teams up to speed then we could really have an exciting season next year. Oh well, wishful thinking makes the world go round.

jakobusvdl

I hope Rosberg is able to convert this pole into another win. There is so little between the two Mercedes drivers in terms of raw pace that Rosberg should be able to get more race wins and be as close to Hamilton as he was last season. A good run of wins at the end of this season could be a great springboard for a tighter wdc title race next season.

Patrick Chapman

I share your opinion that there is very little between the two in raw pace but I think that Rosberg loses out due to lack of aggression. If he could be less of a gentleman then I think that there could be some monumental scraps between the two of them. He needs some street cred.

jakobusvdl

You may be right, but the occasions last season that he did show a bit of ‘win at all costs’ behaviour (such as his ‘off’ at Monaco, and the contact at Spa) it seems that Rosberg gets bollocked by the team. Whereas no such sanctions seem to apply to Hamilton.
I’m just watching the brazillian GP, so far Rosberg is doing a great job, getting off the line smartly and making Hamilton go the long way around on turn 1.
Fingers crossed he pulls off the win, so we can see if Hamiltons cool is more thsn just surface deep…….

Patrick Chapman

Well jacobus (by the way is that the South African Jacobus or the Dutch one?) your hope of another Rosberg win has been realised and it seems that Hamiltons cool is indeed skin deep. The fact that he kept his helmet on till the last second speaks volumes. Now what I want to know is how will Lewis handle it if Nico takes the championship next season? Will we see another Alonso/Hamilton fiasco like we had at Mclaren? I hope that Nico can keep up this winning streak into next year as it makes the racing far more interesting. And… Read more »

jakobusvdl

Teehee! The Hamilton mojo has indeed been deranged, he was pretty much back to his mid 2014 sulky demeanour post race. While I’d also claim not to be a Hamilton hater, I’ve been rather sickened by the sycophantic coverage he gets on the SKY race coverage and BBC podcasts. He is a brilliant driver, but only a smidge better than his team mate, so I’m also keen to see some closer racing – like we had last year. I thought the Spa was a real 50:50 move, Hamilton’s chop across Rosberg’s nose was designed to force Rosberg to brake, like… Read more »