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QWC 2015

Discussion in 'Statistics & Analysis' started by teabagyokel, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    Can Rosberg defend his crown?

    In QWC, points are awarded for qualifying as if for a race, both to constructors and drivers. Exclusions from qualifying are removed but grid penalties are not. That's, in short, the rules.

    Here's the standings:

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    I doubt that will surprise anyone! I hope the Williams/Ferrari battle will be as good as it has started. However, I reckon Mercedes might just win the Constructors' Title.
     
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    News from Malaysia:

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    The maximum score still for Hamilton ahead of Rosberg and Vettel. Massa with a significant lead over Bottas, but already 13 drivers in the top 10.
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    Mercedes already on double Ferrari's points in secons, so that bodes ill for a competitive season. Red Bull surprisingly close to Williams, all told.
     
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    Happy Saturday all...

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    Hamilton joins Rosberg/Vettel as the two groups that are really getting away from the pack. Massa has an excellent start to the season, in particular compared to Bottas, while Ricciardo shows that there's life in the Renault yet. Nasr joins the Q3 party for the first time.

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    Mercedes neatly have exactly double the points of closest challengers Ferrari. Williams slip a single point away from the Prancing Horse, while Mateschitz' money has a bad week - Red Bull fall further back from Williams and Lotus close the gap to a single point to Toro Rosso.
     
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    Bahrain time...
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    Hamilton scores another pole, having now scored the lot. Vettel pulls to within 3 points of Rosberg, while Ricciardo is joined by 2 Finns in joint 5th place. Hulkenburg is the latest driver to join the Championship.

    QWCC.png No surprise that the 1-2-3-4 looks as it does. Grosjean's consistency does not yet get Lotus past Toro Rosso, while Force India join Sauber on their mark of 4 points.
     
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    There's one team that looks as distant as ever this week...

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    So Hamilton's dalliance with maximum points is well and truly over, Raikkonen's embarrassment over a huge gap to Vettel is well and truly not. Ricciardo is equally outperforming his team-mate.

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    A wonderful day again for that magnificent green-ish line, but if anything a better day for Toro Rosso. The top 5 teams monopolise Q2 this time out.
     
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    Apparently, Sainz was not excluded from qualifying. So here he keeps his 8th place...

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    Raikkonen has made very heavy weather of getting into 4th place, with only 2 points separating him from Bottas in 7th. Kvyat passes both Toro Rossos down in 8th, Perez leaps into the game, and Maldonado adds two points to his meagre tally.

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    It seems utterly impossible to stop Mercedes. Red Bull get closer to the Monaco-unfriendly Williams team. Force India now pull out a gap on Sauber.
     
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    Vettel's no-score allows the almost faultless Mercedes to escape even more. Another similar event for Massa leaves him down in 7th behind both his team-mate and Ricciardo. Raikkonen now moves into the 4th he really should occupy, but the mover of the day is undoubtedly 12th position Maldonado.

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    Lotus take advantage of woes further up the grid to take a big chunk of points and close in on Toro Rosso. Mercedes nearly now at double-Ferrari. All a bit spaced out save the battle for 5th.
     
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    Well, Saturday was a good day to be 24H winner Nico Hulkenburg. Valteri Bottas' result was slightly disappointing, but he still overhauls Raikkonen. Massa makes that battle for 4th tight - not as tight as the 4 drivers/4 points battle for 9th, with Kvyat barely away in 8th. In F1, look away from the front. Hamilton is still only 7 down on full marks...

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    I really hope Force India vs Lotus just got interesting, because precious little else is.
     
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    QWDC.png Last year, Rosberg was motoring in this part of the season as Hamilton was making errors in qualifying. This year, Hamilton's roadshow shows no signs of abating. Both Williams drivers are now back in front of Massa, while Kvyat is making progress up to his team-mate. Hulkenburg joings Grosjean one point down on Verstappen for 10th, while Sainz edges clear.
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    Force India close in on Lotus, while Williams close in on Ferrari in a less likely to be substantive move.
     
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    Raikkonen passes Massa, and closes in on Bottas. Next two races are appointed by Williams though...
    Grosjean and Verstappen take the minor points on offer in the battle for 9th.

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    Nothing to say, really...
     
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    So Hamilton's chase for near-perfection is still on. Bottas and Massa both take advantage of the broken Ferrari of Raikkonen - Bottas pulling away and Massa inching ahead. Grosjean's superb performance moves him well away from Hulkenburg, in front of both Toro Rosso drivers, and remarkably within striking distance of Kvyat. Maldonado's points are not enough to prevent Perez going past him, remarkably without a crash.

    QWCC.png Terrible day for Ferrari, although they're unlikely to slip into Williams' clutches. Williams also emphasise that lead over Red Bull, although looking at the races after Monza, that could become a story! In the most interesting fight (for 5th), Lotus' excellent day sees them pull up to just 3 points behind Toro Rosso, leaving Force India in their wake.
     
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    So a great day for Mercedes engines* in qualifying, with a Mercedes engine a passport to the top ten* at such a dyed-in-the-wool engine circuit. Raikkonen moves back into 5th, now splitting the Williams, Grosjean is closing in on Kvyat, while the Toro Rosso/Force India mêlée now gets seriously close, but the Junior Bulls hold out after the Force's "home turf" of the high speed leg. The power of the car over driver is evident in the standings with a clear pattern emerging for most*.

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    Lotus edge past Toro Rosso for 5th; I'm sure they know who to thank*. Mercedes fail to get a 1-2 for the first time since Bahrain (!) and thus have now dropped 12 points from the maximum score. All season. They have more than double the points of Ferrari, who have responded in style to their utterly miserable qualifying session at Spa. McLaren are still on no points.

    *Not Maldonado
     
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