Nico Rosberg will start on pole position at the Brazilian Gran Prix, ahead of teammate Louis Hamilton and fellow German Sebastian Vettel. While Rosberg and Mercedes celebrate their sixth pole position, McLaren Honda are were left disappointed after their 11th failure to get past the first qualifying session this season.
Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Jack Everitt
The German Mercedes driver is looking to secure his second win in Sao Paulo, which would bring him level with Ayrton Senna. Every year the Sao Paulo race reminds us of the Brazilian superstar. This year Hamilton paid tribute to his childhood hero by painting the back of his helmet in blue, green and yellow.
He then said winning in Sao Paulo would be a tribute to Senna. The sun was shining as bright as the back of Hamilton’s helmet and Fernando Alonso had time to sun bathe, after he dropped out in Q1 due to an engine failure. His teammate Jenson Button faced a similar fate, which meant both McLaren Honda’s were out again.
Sky Formula One expert Martin Brundle angrily stated: “For goodness sake, sort this motor out. It’s not got anything. It’s got no power; it’s not economical, not reliable. And this is the end of the season.” Only Manor Marussia have been worse, who have just appointed former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan as their new racing director.
McLaren is having a fantastic season in its GT series and wrapped it up with victory at the Australian GT. But the F1 racing team needs to improve their engine performance in order to avoid a Red-Bull like disaster and keep the Surrey head-quarters happy. Former driver Johnny Herbert explains that “the Interlagos circuit is very short, you can hardly rectify mistakes”.
He adds: “With his team mate not feeling 100 percent ahead of this week and delaying his arrival in Brazil, Rosberg can take advantage and notch up his second win in a row, at a track where Hamilton has never won.”