Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pole for Jenson Button in Belgian Grand Prix

Pole for Jenson Button in 2012 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying

This 2012 Belgian Grand Prix qualifying will be remembered for a long time as most of the players went in unprepared. First of all this was the first Grand Prix after the month long break. And in the practice sessions on Friday, there was hardly any practice due to rains. So most of the teams got hardly any time to fine tune their setups. So as expected there were many hiccups.

Michael Schumacher who considers the spa track as his living room, could only score P13 with a time of 1:49.081 in the Q2 and hence could not qualify for the top ten shoot out in the Q1. Sebastian Vettel could only score P11 with a time of 1:48.792 .

Jenson Button scored the Pole in the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix qualifying with a time of 1:47.573. He was followed by Kamui Kobayashi with 1:47.871. Pastor Maldonado scored P3 with 1:47.893. Kimi Raikkonen was P4 with 1:48.205. Sergio Perez was P5 follwoed by Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber at P7, Lewis Hamilton P8, Romain Grosjean P9 and Paul di Resta P10. 

Mark Webber's 5 place grid penalty means he will start at 12th position before Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton will start at P7.

12. Nico Hulkenberg        1:48.855
13. Michael Schumacher 1:49.081
14. Felipe Massa              1:49.147
15. Jean Eric Vergne        1:49.354
16. Daniel Ricciardo        1:49.543
17: Bruno Senna               1:50.088

Both Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber will incur 5 place grid penalties due to gearbox change.

All the backmarkers as usual started first to set a time with their soft tires before the traffic started in Q1. Narain Karthikeyan lost the backend of his car but did well to recover.

First casualty in the Q1:
Nico Rosberg scored a painfully slow time of 1:50.181 to come 18th despite driving the maximum 10 laps by any driver in Q1. Rosberg will drop down 5 places due to the grid penalty for gear box change. The other drivers who didn’t make the cut were
19. Heikki Kovalainen 1:51.739
20. Vitaly Petrov 1:51.967
21. Timo Glock 1:52.336
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1:53.030
23. Charles Pic 1:53.493
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1:54.989
The 107% time was 1:56.622 which all the drivers comfortably achieved.

The 2012 Belgian Grand Prix is going to be interesting. Can Kimi, who has done well in Spa race away from P4 during the start and take the win? What will Michael Schumacher do from 13th position given that he has a phenomenal start? Will his love affair with the Spa circuit continue? This and many more will be revealed when the race happens tomorrow? Will Jenson Button win from pole in Belgian Grand Prix? With so many questions, the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix is definitely going to keep people hooked.

1 comment:

Akshay Kumar G said...

You seem to be a great F1 fan. I was too, until 2006 when Schumi retired. Even after Schumi came out of retirement, F1 didn't excite me anymore as he has been relegated to "one of the drivers".