Through nine races in the 2019 Formula 1 season, there have been three drivers who have made it to Q3 every race and three drivers who have yet to make it out of Q1.  Both Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and Sebastian Vettel have made it to Q3 every race.  On the other side of the rankings, and this is no surprise, both Williams drivers, George Russell and Robert Kubica, still haven’t made it out of Q1.  The third driver to, frankly, be truly awful in qualifying if Lance Stroll.  The two young guns, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, who are just 16 days apart, have been in Q3 for eight of the nine races with Leclerc missing out at his home race in Monaco and Max missing out in Canada.  Kevin Magnussen has been in Q3 for seven of nine races, missing out in Azerbaijan and France.  Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly are tied with six appearances in Q3, but Gasly didn’t make it out of Q1 in Australia, so Lando is definitely winning that battle.  Danny Ric has five appearances in Q3 and has made it out of Q1 every race, which is more than can be said for his teammate.  Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikonnen, and Carlos Sainz each have four appearances.  Grosjean has gotten stuck in Q1 twice vs. only once for Kimi and Carlos.  Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat, aka The Torpedo and namesake of this website for 2019, have three appearances in Q3.  Checo Perez and the Hulk have been there twice, each having been in Q2 four times, and gotten shafted out in Q1 three times.  Alex Albon has only been to Q3 once and only gotten stuck in Q1, at Monaco and China, respectively.  He’s been knocked out of qualifying in Q2 in the other seven races.  Russell and Kubica have legitimate excuses being in the Williams, which sadly is just a nightmare this year.  I hope their home race this weekend at Silverstone with Frank’s celebrations planned brings them luck.  I’d say they get a pass.  The only driver who does not get a pass is Lance Stroll.  He hasn’t made it out of Q1 all season, and his teammate has made it out in six of nine races.  I don’t know whether Checo is just keeping his mouth shut since his teammate’s Dad is his boss (and doesn’t need Carlos Slim’s money), but Checo is beating the crap out of Lance in qualifying this year.  I hope Lance gets his act together because every now and then, there’s some real brilliance in his driving (not like Lewis or Max, but some…).

 

 

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