Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole by narrow margin

2014 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Nico Rosberg prevailed in a tight battle with team mate Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

There was no repeat of the controversial circumstance of qualifying in Monaco as Rosberg edged the other Mercedes by less than a tenth of a second.

Q1

Hamilton and Rosberg exchanged fastest times at the beginning of Q1, until Hamilton found seven-tenths of a second with his final effort to end the session well clear of Rosberg. The pair were eventually split by Kevin Magnussen, as the McLaren driver used a set of super-soft tyres to ensure his passage to Q2.

Behind them seven of the eighth Mercedes-powered cars filled the top seven places, with Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso the highest-placed non-Mercedes car.

However the eighth Mercedes-engined car, belonging to Sergio Perez, nearly didn’t make the cut for Q2. He ended the session 16th after spinning at turn eight.

He was in good company, as several drivers were caught out by the low-grip track, including Hamilton who went across the turn one run-off on his first lap. However Marcus Ericsson was the only driver to hit the wall, bringing out the red flags with 16 seconds remaining.

That meant none of the other drivers could complete their laps. But Pastor Maldonado’s session was already over as Lotus had advised him to pull over in the final moments. The Marussia pair were out too, Jules Bianchi unable to do a second run due to a problem with his car.

Drivers eliminated in Q1

17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’18.329
18 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’18.348
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’18.359
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’19.278
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’19.820
22 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari

Q2

The Williams drivers showed they had the pace to challenge the Mercedes on the super-soft tyre in Q2 as Felipe Massa headed the times to begin with.

But when the Mercedes drivers took to the track for their final runs they bumped the Williams back to third place, Hamilton leading Rosberg by over two tenths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel was languishing outside of the top ten before the final runs, but a clean final lap carried him through into Q3.

But with less than a tenth of a second covering Jenson Button in eighth to Magnussen four places behind him, the margins were incredibly fine. Nico Hulkenberg missed the final ten by less than five hundredths of a second, and was eliminated along with the other Force India of Sergio Perez.

Drivers eliminated in Q2

11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’16.300
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.310
13 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’16.472
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.687
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’16.713
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.314

Q3

Hamilton flew through the first two sectors on his first run in Q3, lighting up the timing screens with the fastest times.

But he began to close on a Red Bull towards the end of his lap and crossed the line slower than Rosberg – by less than a tenth of a second. “Just that last sector with traffic by the look of it,” said race engineer Peter Bonnington.

The Williams drivers were next, followed by the two Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen then put his car eighth after single run in the final minutes of the session.

As in Monaco Rosberg was the first of the two Mercedes drivers to set a time but this time it was a clean lap. Not far behind him Hamilton set a new fastest time in the first sector but Rosberg responded in the second.

Hamilton locked his front-right wheel at turn eight and this proved costly – his middle sector time was slower than Rosberg and that made the difference at the finishing line. Rosberg set a 1’14.874 and Hamilton was less than a tenth of a second slower.

But behind them it was even closer – Sebastian Vettel claimed third place with just 0.041s covering him, the two Williams drivers, and Daniel Ricciardo.

Top ten in Q3

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’14.874
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’14.953
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.548
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’15.550
5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’15.578
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’15.589
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.814
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’16.162
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.182
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’16.214

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137 comments on Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole by narrow margin

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  1. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 7th June 2014, 19:12

    So many people got their prediction wrong :P

  2. Malik (@malik) said on 7th June 2014, 19:13

    Hamilton’s face :D :D :D

  3. lordhesketh (@lordhesketh) said on 7th June 2014, 19:15

    Didn’t see the sector times, but I’m sitting in the stands at turn 2 right now. Lewis made a big mistake. Looked like the lap was lost there.

  4. Slava (@slava) said on 7th June 2014, 19:17

    I am shocked. Rosberg proved that it is possible to beat Hamilton. Amazing.
    I wish Ferrari will not finish tomorrow with both cars.
    Congrats to Red Bull. They really work on track.

  5. Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 19:19

    Hamilton has been poor recently, he should have demolished Rosberg today and it’s not happening. There’s nothing between these two speed wise, Rosberg has got to be favourite for the title surely.

    • D (@f190) said on 7th June 2014, 19:27

      Fully agree, Hamilton’s definitely not as strong over one lap as Rosberg. I don’t think Hamilton’s beat Rosberg once in the dry this year ? He’s Having an amazing and yet really poor year. Amazing because of the car, but extremely poor because he simply doesn’t have the pace.

      • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 19:39

        Just goes to show how exceptional the pensioner Michael Schumacher was in 2012. Mercedes thought they were getting a driving God in Lewis Hamilton when in reality they could have got an equally fast driver for much less money. Surely Hamilton’s wages need looking at in the future??

      • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 7th June 2014, 20:03

        How has Hamilton been poor of late? His form has been incredible! The only reason Nico is even close to Hamilton at the moment is because a mechanical error wiped Hamilton out of the Australian Grand Prix (of which he was pole). Following on from that race, Hamilton won four races on the trot; only one of which he wasn’t on pole for. Then we had Monaco which saw Hamilton on course to beat Nico’s pole lap before the Q3 incident and then a race where overtaking is incredibly hard between two cars of equal performance. And now Canada, where the margin between the two is so stupidly marginal so as to either one could have feasibly taken it.

        This is not the track record of a ‘poor’ driver. My money’s still on Hamilton to win the grand prix tomorrow; his form would suggest that in a straight race, he’s still the one to bet on.

      • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 7th June 2014, 20:20

        extremely poor because he simply doesn’t have the pace.

        Honestly? Hamilton does indeed have the pace, however he was unable to get a clean lap together today.

        • D (@f190) said on 7th June 2014, 20:28

          Call it what you will, but hes not on pole. Its made worse by the fact its a track he should have easily beat Rosberg at as the “Canada master”. Ive said he’s having an amazing season, but his pace just isn’t up to Rosbergs. He can’t always count on the rain to help him.

          • Edvaldo said on 7th June 2014, 20:39

            He shouldn’t easily beat Rosberg because they drive the same car.
            He lost on Q3 by a small margin. But still looks faster.

            Tomorrow is another day.
            Tomorrow we will see how “of the pace he is”. For the moment it’s just you talking about a driver you dislike. And with this nobody cares.

          • @f190 the problem with some of this short sighted analysis you portray on Hamilton only shows is hate. Hamilton has beaten Rosberg all weekend so far except to poll by a slight margin which he also actually did in bahrain. On another note rosberg is scoring Ham’s data all the time to catch up then you come and claim he is faster. If it takes Rosberg to Q3 to beat ham by less than a tenth of a seconds then……Let tomorrow speak

          • D (@f190) said on 7th June 2014, 21:48

            @sigwa

            I don’t hate any of the drivers. On a personal level I much prefer Hamilton over Rosberg. the reasons you list dont matter. It doesn’t matter how Rosberg beats him, the fact is it is happening. Is Hamilton slow ? No. Is he quicker than Rosberg ? on what ive seen this season i’d also say no. I admit theres extremely little between the two, but the facts dont lie and so far Rosberg has the edge, especially in dry qualifying.

      • Theo Parkinson (@theo-hrp) said on 7th June 2014, 22:42

        Wow. In Australia, it was always about being the last man across the line and Rosberg threw it away. Then in Malaysia, Hamilton destroyed Rosberg. In Bahrain they were close but overall Nico was the quicker man. In China Nico probably would have been closer in qualifying with working telemetary but there is no way he would have taken pole. In Spain they were very closely matched only this time Hamilton was faster. In Monaco Lewis was faster but Nico did a better job on his first lap and lucked into a pole. Then in Canada they were very close with both of them making mistakes on their final laps. I can’t even pick between them. And before you say it, wet sessions do count and probably show which driver has more pace.

        • f1N00B said on 8th June 2014, 0:43

          You can’t pick between them today! Will the following stats sway your opinion at the end of tomorrow’s race?

          HAM
          – Wins in straight fights = 5

          ROS
          – Wins in straight fights = 0
          – Wins by default = 1 [AUS]
          – Wins by fraud = 1 [MON]

          • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th June 2014, 1:50

            Dear oh dear, can’t we have a sensible non-inflammatory response from either drivers supporters?

          • f1N00B (@casanachi) said on 8th June 2014, 6:09

            @hohum I guess you thought that was Algebra. I’m reposting the same after tomorrow’s race and hopefully you see it for what it is – plain old arithmetic…

          • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th June 2014, 8:19

            @casanachi, No the math is fine, I thought “fraud” was far to strong a word.

    • What are you talking about ‘recently’? He’s beaten him in 4 consecutive races leading upto Monaco, where he was still quicker than Rosberg in practice and Qualifying leading upto Q3 where he was stopped from going quicker, then he stuck on his tail the entire race. Then on Montreal he was quicker than Rosberg all weekend until he had a significant lockup on his last run and still managed to finishin 0.07 of a second behind him?

      Talk about pure sensastionalism.

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 7th June 2014, 19:51

      The favourite? Not at all, Hamilton would be at least 11 pts (more likely 18 pts) ahead without his cylinder failure in Australia, and has invariably, admittedly by a small margin, been the faster. Today is an excellent result for F1 because it shows that we genuinely have an epic fight on our hands, with Rosberg confirming that he is definitely fast enough to be Prost to Hamilton’s Senna; something I was not saying following the Spanish Grand Prix. That does not change the fact that a), on the basis of the race pace Hamilton showed on Friday and the efficiency of the DRS here, that Lewis has got a great chance to regain the championship lead and b), the fact that Hamilton probably still remains the thinking man’s title favourite.

      • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 20:02

        Believe me it’s no Senna vs Prost comparison, Nico is too quick over one lap to say that. Hamilton seems to have gone backwards in this car and not not making progress. He’s making a huge mistake IMO showing his hand too soon over the weekend, either that or Rosberg using his brain.

        • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 7th June 2014, 21:57

          Prost won 4 championships, he wasn’t slow.

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 7th June 2014, 22:50

          You are questioning the speed of a four-time champion, a man that took 13 out of 16 poles in 1993 (with the thoroughly underrated Hill in the sister car) a slow qualifier just because he didn’t match up well to the fastest racing driver of all time? Are you sure you have the necessary acumen for an educated blog like this?

          • aka_robyn said on 7th June 2014, 22:55

            It seems there’s something about four-time champions that makes fans like to question their speed fairly frequently…

          • jack said on 8th June 2014, 5:20

            It’s a relative comparison, no doubt Prost was extremely fast as you saw against Hill but against Senna’s Pure speed he was slow, having the upper hand on racing strategy and car set up, what made him the “Professor” since early in the 80’s . Which is not to say Senna was bad on that either, as his team colleagues point out, but there strengths on these particulars things were such that made the other look week, even thought compared to everyone else it was great.

          • Damonw said on 8th June 2014, 8:46

            Hill was there to play lapdog in 93 wether you like it or not. Like I said you can’t call Rosberg and Hamilton the new Senna and Prost because Rosberg is way too fast against his teammate in qualifying.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 8th June 2014, 11:27

            Yes, because Hill was obviously contractually obliged to lift off on his qualifying laps, Mr Damonw. Whilst the qualifying dynamic may not be representative of Senna versus Prost (although mistakes from Lewis in Canada and Bahrain and Q3 trickery in Monaco have cost Hamilton a 100% pole record this year), the race and championship dynamics certainly are, and no amount of overt partisan Hamilton hatred can undermine that.

    • Sankalp Sharma (@sankalp88) said on 7th June 2014, 19:59

      As good as Rosberg was today, he would need to put in a herculean effort tomorrow to contain Hamilton. So I’d still pick the Brit for the win.

  6. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 7th June 2014, 19:23

    I’ll happily eat humble pie with some of my previous comments about Hamilton beating Rosberg psychologically. The momentum has changed, and is now with Rosberg. This race should be an absolute cracker.

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 7th June 2014, 19:24

      Also, very strong performance by JEV today, he goes well here.

    • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 19:28

      It’s nothing to do with psychology it’s down to outright speed, Rosberg must hide his hand till it counts. Hamilton looked all weekend like he was going to destroy him and then Rosberg unleashes the beast.

      • nonsense, Hamilton lost a atleast a couple of tenths from that pretty major lockup, and still finished inside a tenth of a second of Rosberg. Plus Hamiltons long runs where better in practice, watch out.

      • Dan said on 7th June 2014, 19:45

        Yep was sure a huge gap….

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 7th June 2014, 19:55

      @craig-o – Whilst I too have an egg on my face, this is not Monaco; the winner of the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix has not just been decided. Having shown better race pace than Nico on Friday and with highly DRS zones, Hamilton still remains my bet for the win tomorrow.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 7th June 2014, 21:33

        @william-brierty Would that be duck egg by any chance?

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 7th June 2014, 22:43

          @robbie – No ducks or cake involved in this one my friend, Hamilton has made it too difficult for himself for that, but he retains a great chance to beat Nico tomorrow with the circuit’s DRS efficiency especially. I would suggest that Lewis is, by a whisker, still the favourite for tomorrow, and that we have all the necessary ingredients for a truly epic duel, perhaps even akin to Bahrain.

          • Robbie (@robbie) said on 8th June 2014, 0:01

            @william-brierty Kidding aside, I concur with your comment. It’s going to be another epic start. I was so concerned about NR’s start at Monaco, and thought it was his highest pressure moment of the day, and I remain concerned still. I would think LH is still more than a whisker of a favourite and I think F1 doesn’t get much better than this…said in spite of F1’s concerns.

            For me this is what it should be all about, and if ratings are down, which depresses me a bit, what would they be if this was a one-car romp? LH wants to confirm all his past success in F1 with more success, and NR is experiencing new territory by the minute. I think this pole is huge for him and F1 and the fans because I think he’ll have his work cut out for him to win moreso than LH, ie. he already has a positive to take from the weekend even if the hill is still a little steep. But as I have hinted all along, this is NR’s long-dreamed chance and these moments are the ones potential WDC’s go through when they have the car to use fully or squander.

            This is exactly why I absolutely cherished learning in early May that Senna wanted only the best teammate, in his discussions and with signing a letter of intent to go to Ferrari post-Williams. He had to know he was pushed and challenged, to fully appreciate winning. I want and expect LH and NR to have that attitude.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 8th June 2014, 9:09

            @robbie – But all Hamilton needs is one victory, preferably when Nico is in fine fettle, like today, to regain the crucial psychological momentum. Whilst yesterday was crucial in that it confirmed Nico’s ability versus Lewis, but today is even more important; it’s about the 25 pts after all. Today could be the finest inter-team duel since, er, the Bahrain Grand Prix…let’s pray they don’t collide…

          • Robbie (@robbie) said on 8th June 2014, 13:58

            @william-brierty For sure it is all about the points paying day and the battle could/should be epic and I too do not want to see them collide of course. I’m just not so sure I envision ‘regaining the crucial psychological momentum’ like that is a directly relatable graph or a chart right beside the other charts that track points and poles and wins etc. I think psychological momentum is a great talking point for us fans, a great way to think of this rivalry, but not sure it is the drivers’ actual reality in quite the same way.

            I think both drivers know the lay of the land…they know they have the car….they already know the WDC is going to one of them….and I think they also have help in not getting too high on the highs or low on the lows. Ie. they know this is going to be a season long duel, and whilst I can envision one driver getting a natural and unavoidable boost from a pole or a win, or in this case if LH snatches a win from the pole sitter, I don’t see him then sitting comfortably that NR will be less of a challenge in the next races. And from a psychological standpoint, if NR loses after getting pole, which of course happens a lot where pole doesn’t guarantee the win, he may get even more bound and determined to not let that happen again.

            So even though I opined that NR’s pole was huge, it was huge for him given that this is supposed to be LH’s venue, but this does not mean LH need be psychologically downtrodden, nor that NR will be assuming the race is his. It might have simply fortified LH’s determination for today. So I generally think both these drivers ‘people’ will be trying to keep them grounded throughout this rivalry, keeping the psychological peeks and troughs minimal so that they create as little distraction as possible, while at the same time even trying to turn negatives into positives.

            All that said, these guys aren’t robots, and I think the crucial psychological moments are going to come as the pressure builds as the number of races remaining diminishes, and the split second decisions during the races, with calm cool and collected minds involved, or distracted ones where the concentration isn’t quite there, will play an increasing role to determine who will prevail.

  7. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 7th June 2014, 19:26

    Stunning lap from Rosberg. I never thought someone had it in them to beat Hamilton around Montreal in the same car.

    Strangely enough, I actually think that Rosberg is slightly faster than Hamilton in dry qualifying sessions. It’s 3-1 thus far this season and 10-8 overall as teammates. Rain is Rosberg’s weakness.

    • “Strangely enough, I actually think that Rosberg is slightly faster than Hamilton in dry qualifying sessions”

      I don’t. What happened in Monaco skews your numbers, and number dont tell a story. Secondly, Hamilton had a significant lock-up today. Sure, a mistake on his part, but he undoubtably lost a couple of tenths of his ultimate laptime. Which, if he had have finished mistake-free, would have made Rosbergs lap look positively ‘normal’ – ie, his usual couple of tenths slower.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 7th June 2014, 20:02

      @kingshark

      I never thought someone had it in them to beat Hamilton around Montreal in the same car

      The thing is Hamilton’s problem has a name and a surname : Nico Rosberg. The fact that he missed the pole by such narrow margin despite the mistake proves that he had it in his hands and he threw it away. The pressure made by Roseberg who is not the Vettel in qualifying or the Alonso in the race is affecting Hamilton who needs to have some lessons in the politics department, because sometimes the mind games as shown by Roseberg can beat the natural talent.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 7th June 2014, 20:25

        @tifoso1989
        Ultimate lap time (best sector times added together):
        http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/922/7352/best_sector_times.html

        Hamilton 1:14.857
        Rosberg 1:14.866

        There was nothing to choose between them today.

        Also Rosberg is easily as good as Vettel or Ricciardo in qualifying IMO. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that Rosberg is the fastest dry-weather qualifier in the field.

        • I could make an “ultimate lap time” record at Monza by cutting the first chicane out but that doesn’t count.

          • Adam Hardwick (@fluxsource) said on 7th June 2014, 20:32

            @damonw I’m not sure how that’s relevant…

          • Since when do ultimate sector times count?? What also makes me laugh are the people that predict a race looking at the long runs on a Friday. In Spain going by that method Hamilton would have lapped everyone including is teammate when in reality he was hanging on for dear life come the chequered flag.

        • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 7th June 2014, 20:54

          @damonw
          Ultimate sector times reveal the fastest time a driver was capable of doing if he strung together a perfect lap. You’re right, they don’t count, but they are very interesting and give us a good indication of a driver’s overall speed in a particular session.

          Also neither Lewis nor Nico ever cut any chicanes today, and even if they did, that sector time would not count, so I’m not sure how that is relevant to this.

          • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 21:03

            There you go then, there’s nothing between them even if they had done their perfect lap. Where was this devastating practice pace Hamilton had over Rosberg when it counted?

            Rosberg is playing the perfect game, taking it easy in practice and then turning it on big time when needed.

  8. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 7th June 2014, 19:27

    Ericsson tried and failed to emulate Nico Rosberg in Q1 today.
    Kudos to Hamilton on accepting defeat in qualifying gracefully. Seems like he was just miffed about the perceived cheating rather than just being beaten. So excited about tomorrow, this race is going to be close and I don’t really care who wins so long as it is exciting like Bahrain.

  9. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 7th June 2014, 19:29

    Well done to Vettel too. I honestly thought he was going to get trounced when it was halfway through Q3 but he pulled that lap out of the bag and even beat the Williams’. Stunning.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 8th June 2014, 12:07

      Yeah, I think the Ricciardo “domination” is somewhat overblown. Vettel had problems with the engine, MGU-K, turbo or gearbox most of the time when Ricciardo was faster than him. Don’t get me wrong, Ricciardo is a very fast driver, and Vettel hasn’t found the best way to drive the new cars yet, but at the end of the season it would be a big surprise if Ricciardo ends up higher than Vettel in the WDC standings. If he does against all odds, all the better for him!

  10. Aced (@aced) said on 7th June 2014, 19:29

    I’m in awe.

    Seriously, if a 40 year old Schumacher held his own to a young much more motivated Rosberg that seems to be on par with Hamilton… Just how actually goddamn good was Michael Schumacher in his prime? Gives me goosebumps just to think about it.

    And, no, I’m not a Schumacher fanboy and I’ve never really been a fan exactly, but this just made me wonder about things.

  11. Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 19:35

    Hamilton hasn’t got any excuses in his pocket this year such as “I’m not comfortable with the brakes” infact he’s doing worse in this years car in the dry against Rosberg. I’m telling you now, put your money on Nico for the title!!

    • Dan said on 7th June 2014, 19:44

      Oh dear Damon, yeah Ham is done afterall it is Nico 4-2 in races when they have finshed…

      • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 19:50

        Hamilton is no faster than a Schumacher of 2012 or am I wrong?? So you believe that Hamilton deserves to be payed more than Rosberg when there’s nothing between them?? I’m glad you don’t run my business.

        • davidwhite (@davidwhite) said on 7th June 2014, 20:08

          Why do you hate Hamilton so much? Shame. Please take your issues elsewhere

          • Haha so it’s hate when I point out blatant facts. It’s clear to see that he’s no better against Rosberg speedwise than Schumacher was in 2012, don’t you agree?

        • Dan said on 7th June 2014, 20:11

          OMG it is 4 wins to 2 lol what are you on about i suppose they were wet too. Eh no you’re wrong and you no it when the car is a lock for 1-2 what do you expect the gap to be lol he can only gain 7 points maximum. I mean Ham should be leading the WC aswell.

          You go on like Ros destroyed him lol have you seen the gap last 2 qualifying sessions? Ham messed up his lap it was clear, Ros aced his he gets pole but we no Ham will be winning this tommorow.

          • The mistake barely cost him anytime at all plus Nico’s lap was far from perfect. Anyway isn’t it the drivers job to not make mistakes when it matters??

          • davidwhite (@davidwhite) said on 7th June 2014, 20:18

            @damonw I’m still laughing! Nico must be really bad if he’s only won 2 races to hamilton’s 4….Enjoy tomorrow buddy. Hamilton for his 5th win of the season

          • Dan said on 7th June 2014, 21:13

            Yeah funny how Damon dont respond to Ham 4 dry wins eh.

          • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 21:57

            @dan

            The season is long and the way the second half of it went for Rosberg it’s looking bleak for Lewis. Don’t forget that for two of those wins Rosberg was the quicker driver.

        • Richard said on 7th June 2014, 21:24

          I’m glad I don’t run your business as you are to short sighted to only compare a drivers salary to the performance of his team mate! Performance aside, Lewis is the far more marketable driver for Mercedes globally and is arguably the cheapest advert they have. Merc paid a couple of million to get a two minute ad in the Super Bowl and you’re questioning Lewis’ salary.

          • Damonw said on 7th June 2014, 22:13

            Will he still be as marketable next year when his teammate is the new German world champion?? I highly doubt it myself.

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 7th June 2014, 21:15

      @Damonw: Seems like you’re more rattled than Lewis or Nico!

  12. Finally Vettel turned tables for the 2nd row.. great lap and what a great job by Nico too.

  13. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th June 2014, 19:36

    I was critical of Vergne at the end of last season when he seemed to have stagnated in his progress, and I thought he could get dumped by Toro Rosso by mid-season if he didn’t improve. This season he has been hit by a lot of bad luck, and whilst I still don’t think he will be with Toro Rosso for next season, I feel his performances this season have been good enough to put himself in the market for a drive elsewhere. He is better than some of the other drivers out there at the moment.

    • Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 7th June 2014, 19:43

      He’s definitely good enough for F1. The problem he has is that even if he does perform beyond expectations he has nowhere to go. Same with Kyvat, people have been talking him up but where is next for him? Unless Vettel leaves in 2016 for Ferrari he has very few options like Vergne.

  14. Greg said on 7th June 2014, 19:48

    I tip my hat to Rosberg for that stunning lap. Having said that, Hamilton will pass him in the first couple of laps, get the preferred strategy and win the race (barring any mechanical failures). Watch this space.

  15. Rick said on 7th June 2014, 19:50

    Will be interesting to see how Rosberg handles the pressure of being in front on an overtaking circuit, I wouldn’t put all your money on Britney just yet !

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