An abbreviated weekend in Austin has resulted in an abbreviated qualifying session on Sunday just ahead of the US Grand Prix. Due to torrential rains, qualifying was moved to Sunday just 3 1/2 hours prior to the race start but rain even scuppered part of the session as Q3 was canceled leaving Nico Rosberg on pole from his Q2 performance.
It’s always important to get a banker lap in at the start of any qualifying session and Nico has been the benefactor of that banker laps before but in this case, Nico had a banker session in hand as he set the pace in Q2 which ultimately became the final results of Sunday’s session.
Nico will be followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who could put secure his third world title this weekend, and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Hamilton can be the first British driver to defend his title if he scores two more points that Rosberg and nine more points than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. It may be made more possible to beat Vettel as his engine change this weekend will see a 10-place grid penalty for the start of the race but beating Rosberg may not be as easy as Nico is going to the win and will lead the field in just a few hours.
IF, and I say if, the weather clears and the track dries, a team who gambles on a dry setup could do well today. Just saying.