Baku: Mercedez’s racer Nico Rosberg will be starting on pole for the inaugural European Grand Prix in Baku with team-mate Lewis Hamilton at 10th after a calamitous qualifying session on the tricky street circuit on Saturday, June 18.
Lewis Hamilton was given another super-soft Formula 1 tyre with the same mileage as he damaged his first in European Grand Prix qualifying for Sunday’s race.
As per sources, Hamilton locked up heavily on his fastest lap in Q2, flat-spotting one tyre, in what was a scruffy one-hour session where he locked up several times and damaged all of his sets of super-soft.
As per article 34.4g in the sporting regulations, drivers must start the race on the tyres with which they set their fastest time during Q2, but any such tyres damaged during Q2 will be inspected by the FIA technical delegate who will decide “at his absolute discretion” whether any may be replaced or not.
Following an inspection of the tyre, it has been decided to give Hamilton a replacement with Pirelli saying it has been given approval by the FIA to do so.
This mishap led Hamilton to start the race from 10th place, leaving Hamilton with a monumental task to make it three wins in a row on Sunday.