This weekend’s Chinese GP qualifying marked the return to the format that has been in place for nearly a decade. The familiar Q1, Q2, and Q3 sessions hummed along nicely in the changing wet-to-dry conditions in China, but two ill-timed crashes brought out red flags that slowed down the action. Still, all eyes were on Ferrari.
The Scuderia had been on top of several practice sessions and, as Q1 came to a close, there was a Ferrari ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes failed to even make the field. the Ferraris looked dominant, in other words, and the talk was of Ferrari finally breaking through. With the new Ferrari looking fast going into Q3, would the red cars be able to pull off a front-row lockout and break Mercedes’ qualifying streak?
Chinese GP Qualifying: Nico on Top
In a word: no. In more words, not only did Ferrari fail to lock out the front row, they failed to get either of the red cars on the front row after Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg- driving like the 2016 World Drivers’ Champion, it should be said- and a resurgent, Daniel Ricciardo-driven RBR stormed ahead of the Scuderia in the closing seconds Q3.
2007 WDC Kimi Raikkonen put his Ferrari in third while four-times WDC Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth. Further back, Lewis Hamilton will be starting from the back of the grid after failing to start, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenburg- who caused the red flag that brought Q2 to a close after his left front wheel fell off (!) on the track.
You can check out our handy-dandy Chinese GP qualifying results chart, below, to see how qualifying shook out for the rest of the Formula 1 field, then let us know what you thought of the
new old qualifying format in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
|FORMULA 1 2016: CHINESE GP RESULTS – QUALIFYING|
|DRIVER No.||DRIVER||TEAM||GRID POS.|
|3||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||2|
|26||DANIIL KVYAT||RED BULL RACING||6|
|11||SERGIO PEREZ||FORCE INDIA||7|
|55||CARLOS SAINZ||TORO ROSSO||8|
|33||MAX VERSTAPPEN||TORO ROSSO||9|
|27||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||10|