Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vettel scores pole in European Grand Prix 2012

Vettel on Pole in European Grand Prix 2012

Sebastian Vettel scored pole position in the European Grand Prix in the Valencia circuit today. In the qualifying which saw some of the big names missing to qualify for the Q3, Vettel chose to do one run towards the dying minutes and clinched the pole position. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren came second. Pastor Maldonado of Williams came third. Lotus which was widely believed to score the pole position will have its drivers start at 4th and 5th with Romain Grosjean beating his teammate Kimi Raikkonen by a mere 0.008 seconds. Nico Rosberg came 6th. Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber came on 7th.

Fernando Alonso came 11th folowed by Michael Schumacher on 12th position. The big surprise was the Force India cars with both of its drivers within the top 10. Nico Hulkenberg came in 8th, followed by Jenson  Button of McLaren in 9th and Paul di Resta of Force India in 10th.

Another big surprise was Mark Webber who was 19th. So Heikki Kovalainen of Caterham was 16th and could qualify for the Q2.

Both the HRTs ie. Pedro de La Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan of India came in ahead of the Marusia of Charles Pic. Timo Glock of Marussia could not run and will be able to race tomorrow on the discretion of the stewards.

Sl. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull  1:38.086 15 laps
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren  1:38.410 17 laps
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams   1:38.475 21 laps
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus  1:38.505 16 laps
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus  1:38.513 16 laps
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes  1:38.623 17 laps
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber  1:38.741 12 laps
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India  1:38.752 19 laps
9 Jenson Button McLaren  1:38.801 16 laps
10 Paul di Resta Force India  1:38.992 18 laps
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari  1:38.707 14 laps
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes  1:38.770 12 laps
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari  1:38.780 14 laps
14 Bruno Senna Williams   1:39.207 15 laps
15 Sergio Perez Sauber  1:39.358 14 laps
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham  1:40.295 11 laps
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso  1:40.358 12 laps
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso  1:40.203 9 laps
19 Mark Webber Red Bull  1:40.395 7 laps
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham  1:40.457 8 laps
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT  1:42.171 7 laps
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT  1:42.527 8 laps
23 Charles Pic Marussia  1:42.675 10 laps
24 Timo Glock Marussia
Q1 107% Time  1:45.742

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