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Gerry Gows Lad
12 Nov 11 11:33
Date Joined: 29 May 01
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Surely Hamilton should be fav after that 3rd session of qualifying.
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Report Gerry Gows Lad November 12, 2011 12:34 PM GMT
practice rather
Report NW November 12, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
I agree, Mclarens quickest in all three practice sessions. Not a certainty of course - it never is with Hamilton - but I think his odds should be shorter the Vettel's for pole.
Report Zazu November 12, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
no prizes for practice Crazy

vettel 14 poles
hamilton 1 pole

vettel 10 poles
hamilton 1 pole
Report GPT November 12, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
Great effort from Lewis today in a car at least a second slower than Vettels.
Report Virgin November 12, 2011 8:21 PM GMT

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took his 14th pole position of the season on the final lap of Q3, marking the first time all weekend that a McLaren hadn’t been fastest and bringing the German level with Nigel Mansell’s seasonal record.

Lewis Hamilton set the pace yet again on the first runs in the McLaren, with 1m 38.704s from Vettel on 1m 38.746s, but then team mate Jenson Button upped the ante as the first driver to complete his second run, with 1m 38.631s. Hamilton responded immediately with 1m 38.622s, but right at the end Vettel, almost inevitably, managed 1m 38.481s for Red Bull.

Mark Webber’s second run didn’t improve on 1m 38.858s, leaving him fourth in the other Red Bull. The Ferraris didn’t have the pace when the final chips were down, with team mates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa fifth on 1m 39.058s and sixth on 1m 39.695s.

After a first run on the Pirelli prime tyres, Nico Rosberg lapped his Mercedes in 1m 39.773s for seventh ahead of team mate Michael Schumacher on 1m 40.662s. Adrian Sutil made a run in 1m 40.768s to take ninth for Force India, while team mate Paul di Resta stayed in the garage to conserve tyres and will thus start 10th.

Hamilton had set the pace in Q2 with 1m 38.434s, the fastest up to that point, but Vettel was close with 1m 38.516s as Schumacher’s 1m 40.554s kept him three-tenths the right side of failure to make Q3.

Sergio Perez’s final run for Sauber failed to better his 1m 40.874s, leaving him 11th ahead of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov on 1m 40.919s.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi had to be content with 1m 41.009s, and Bruno Senna was close with 1m 41.079s for Renault as Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari, Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado were similarly closely bunched on 1m 41.162s, 1m 41.240s and 1m 41.760s. The session was momentarily interrupted by red flags whilst the marshals cleared a damaged bollard.

As Hamilton had set the pace comfortably in Q1 with 1m 39.782s, the Lotuses of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli headed those who failed to get through the session. The Finn was within three-tenths of Schumacher, on 1m 42.979s, with team mate Jarno Trulli making a late improvement to 1m 43.884s.

Timo Glock managed 1m 44.515s to place his Virgin 20th, while Daniel Ricciardo was HRT’s leader on 1m 44.641s ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio’s Virgin on 1m 44.699s. Tonio Liuzzi struggled with his HRT to 1m 45.159s, while Rubens Barrichello failed to do a lap after an oil leak from FP3 could not be fixed in time.

That made it a doubly bad day for Williams, as team mate Maldonado drops from 17th place to the back row with him due to his 10-place grid penalty for using a ninth engine since India. That makes the provisional final order from 17th place: Kovalainen, Trulli, Glock, Ricciardo, D’Ambrosio, Liuzzi, Barrichello and Maldonado.

Not really knocking anyone apart from the stats guy  ....

Shirley Seb has had more opportunities to get 14 poles in a season which has 18 races compared to Nigel's 14 when they only had 16 races
Report Zazu November 12, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
williams last and second last on the day mansells record goes Laugh
Report Virgin November 12, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
It hasn't gone though was my point Crazy
Report Wicked Whisper November 12, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
Report catflappo November 13, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
Well, all the stats are a bit meaningless for that very reason.  Varying number of races per season, qualifying with race fuel, team orders, ultra dominant cars, changes to the points system, all these things mean you can't really compare like with like.
Report bb66 November 13, 2011 7:09 AM GMT

Great effort from Lewis today in a car at least a second slower than Vettels.

What a nonsense, McLaren on this track clearly faster than RB, only Vettel's superior driver's capabilities secured him pole!
Report Virgin November 13, 2011 12:48 PM GMT

yes that's a good point ....  many variables in F1 makes it hard to compare any driver/team achievements
Report bleedingpegasus November 13, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
VETtel punctured!
Report Virgin November 13, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
Sebastian Vettel 1.02 first lap leader Shocked
Report Virgin November 13, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
22.00         first lap leader Shocked Hamilton     £47
Report GPT November 13, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
bb66LaughLaughLaughLaugh what a fcking clueless remark.
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