Vettel in pole position for Indian GP

Vettel in pole position for Indian GP

29th Oct 2011 8:55 pm

Sebastian Vettel swept to the 13th pole position of his dominant 2011 season with another commanding performance in qualifying session

The Red Bull driver was quickest in Q2, and carried that form into Q3 with a 1m24.437s provisional pole on his first flying lap. No one managed to beat that, but Vettel improved to 1m24.178s anyway to firmly cement his pole.

It will be an all-Red Bull front row, as although Lewis Hamilton was second quickest for McLaren, his three-place penalty for a yellow flag infringement in practice will drop him to fifth and elevate Mark Webber from third to second.

Fernando Alonso was just 0.011 seconds down on Webber in the top Ferrari, with Jenson Button next up for McLaren.

Felipe Massa took sixth on the grid despite crashing right at the end of Q3 when he smashed his suspension over a kerb then skated off into the gravel at the next corner.

NicoRosberg was seventh for Mercedes, while the remaining Q3 men all chose to sit out the segment to save tyres. Adrian Sutil was classified eighth in the only Force India to make it to Q3, with his team-mate Paul di Resta in 13th. Both Jaime Alguersuari and SebastienBuemi also reached Q3 but Toro Rosso opted not to run.

Toro Rosso's strong performance squeezed some likely top 10 names outside the Q3 cut. Neither Renault made it - VitalyPetrov and Bruno Senna will start back in 11th and 15th, although Petrov could consider himself unlucky as he equalled 10th-placed Alguersuari's Q2 time but the Spaniard got there first. Petrov is carrying a five-place grid penalty for colliding with Michael Schumacher in Korea in any case.

Schumacher also narrowly missed out, the Mercedes driver missing Q3 by 0.018s as he qualified 12th.

The two Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello sandwiched Senna in 14th and 16th.

It was a tough qualifying for Sauber. Sergio Perez was only 17th and will take a three-place penalty anyway for the same misdemeanour as Hamilton, while Kamui Kobayashi was eliminated in Q1 - a fate that could have befallen either Button or Schumacher had they not squeezed out strong late laps amid traffic.

Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan qualified ahead of both Virgins for his home race, and will gain another position from his HRT team-mate Daniel Ricciardo taking a gearbox penalty. Another gearbox fault meant Virgin's TimoGlock was firmly slowest.

 

 

 

Pos.

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

1

Sebastian Vettel        

Red Bull-Renault

1m24.178s

 

2

Lewis Hamilton       

McLaren-Mercedes         

1m24.474s 

+ 0.296

3

Mark Webber        

Red Bull-Renault          

1m24.508s 

+ 0.330

4

Fernando Alonso      

Ferrari                         

1m24.519s 

+ 0.341

5

Jenson Button        

McLaren-Mercedes    

1m24.950s 

+ 0.772

6

Felipe Massa       

Ferrari             

1m25.122s 

+ 0.944

7

Nico Rosberg         

Mercedes            

1m25.451s 

+ 1.273

8

Adrian Sutil         

Force India-Mercedes

   

9

Sebastien Buemi      

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

   

10

Jaime Alguersuari  

Toro Rosso-Ferrari   

   
   

Q2 cut-off time: 1m26.319s                                  

 

Gap **

11

VitalyPetrov 

Renault              

1m26.319s  

+ 1.662

12

Michael Schumacher   

Mercedes            

1m26.337

+ 1.680

13

Paul di Resta        

Force India-Mercedes

1m26.503s 

+ 1.846

14

Pastor Maldonado     

Williams-Cosworth

1m26.537s  

+ 1.880

15

Bruno Senna          

Renault  

1m26.651s 

+ 1.994

16

Rubens Barrichello   

Williams-Cosworth   

1m27.247s  

+ 2.590

17

Sergio Perez      

Sauber-Ferrari    

1m27.562s  

+ 2.905

   

Q1 cut-off time: 1m27.479s                                   

 

Gap *

18

Kamui Kobayashi      

Sauber-Ferrari      

1m27.876s  

+ 1.687

19

Heikki Kovalainen    

Lotus-Renault       

1m28.565s  

+ 2.376

20

JarnoTrulli 

Lotus-Renault       

1m28.752s  

+ 2.563

21

Narain Karthikeyan   

HRT-Cosworth

1m30.216s  

+ 4.027

22

Daniel Ricciardo   

HRT-Cosworth

1m30.238s  

+ 4.049

23

Jerome D'Ambrosio    

Virgin-Cosworth     

1m30.866s  

+ 4.677

24

Timo Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

1m34.046s  

+ 7.857

Story source: Autosport.com

 

 

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