Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2015

2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid

2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Row 11. Nico Rosberg 1’40.237
Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’40.614
Mercedes
Row 23. Kimi Raikkonen 1’41.051
Ferrari
4. Sergio Perez 1’41.184
Force India
Row 35. Daniel Ricciardo 1’41.444
Red Bull
6. Valtteri Bottas 1’41.656
Williams
Row 47. Nico Hulkenberg 1’41.686
Force India
8. Felipe Massa 1’41.759
Williams
Row 59. Daniil Kvyat 1’41.933
Red Bull
10. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’42.708
Toro Rosso
Row 611. Max Verstappen 1’42.521
Toro Rosso
12. Jenson Button 1’42.668
McLaren
Row 713. Pastor Maldonado 1’42.807
Lotus
14. Felipe Nasr 1’43.614
Sauber
Row 815. Sebastian Vettel 1’42.941
Ferrari
16. Fernando Alonso 1’43.187
McLaren
Row 917. Marcus Ericsson 1’43.838
Sauber
18. Romain Grosjean* No time
Lotus
Row 1019. Will Stevens** 1’46.297
Manor
20. Roberto Merhi*** 1’47.434
Manor

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
**Five-place grid penalty for using fifth control electronics
***Will start from the pit lane

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12 comments on “2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid”

  1. So happy I got my prediction wrong!

    Hamilton with a fresher engine behind Rosberg and Vettel starting from the back. Should be an entertaining race.

  2. Can’t believe the norm is reversing on HAM and ROS.
    RAI seems to be Middle East specialist, which is rather ironic. Ha!

    1. Haha that second part about Räikkönen cracked me up, good one!

    2. How is he middle east specialist? Is Abu Dhabi the only race in middle east? In any case, Vettel’s not seen as “middle east specialist”, it’s “east” in general, or 2nd part of season depending on who you ask…

  3. That gap suggests this is not just Hamilton not driving well or as well as he did earlier in the season. Something about what Mercedes have changed on the car is favouring Nico and going against Lewis. Lewis said in his BBC column that changes the team made to the car after Singapore left him feeling that the car wasn’t underneath him whereas Nico has felt more comfortable. Nico will probably win tomorrow but Lewis’s biggest battle is going to be over the winter to try and get the team to look at why the car isn’t feeling right for him.

    1. @gazzap It’ll be car setup changes to put the tyres back into the correct temperature zone since Singapore, when the tyre pressure minimum was raised. Hamilton excels at heavy braking and thus it’s now harder for him to gain time there.

      Pre-Singapore: Hamilton 0.3s ahead on average.
      Post-Singapore: Rosberg 0.1s ahead (maybe a bit more now, given the gap here).

    2. Or Rosberg just upped his game over the last few races? Btw, Hamilton managed to win three more races after the Singapore updates, so his BBC column doesn’t completely correlate with the race results.

      1. Winning a race is about more than pure pace.

    3. I am pretty sure this problem arose when HAM started finishing second in races..We did not hear about it when he won in Austin..

      1. He wouldn’t have won if Rosberg hadn’t slipped up.

        1. That is true..and ROS actually overtook HAM in that race..maybe the car suits ROS better now as HAM says..

    4. The car set up favoured Hamilton for most the season and he won the title because of it? Now it suits Rosberg so what. Of course this assumes this is the case and not just driver form.

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