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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vettel Leads Red Bull's One Two (Chinises Grand Prix Qualifying)

Red Bull used a special device to extract extra performance from their RB6 in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
He’s called Sebastian Vettel, and he’ll start from pole position for the third time this year in tomorrow’s race.

Q1

Heikki Kovalainen’s session got off to a bad start as he spun his Lotus at turn six.
As usual Lotus along with Virgin and HRT were the slowest cars in the first part of qualifying. Timo Glock won the ‘division two’ battle but was over two seconds slower than the only driver from the established teams to face elimination.
This week’s Q1 victim was Vitantonio Liuzzi, who once again blamed traffic for failing to get a sufficiently quick time.

Q2

Lewis Hamilton showed McLaren’s pace with the fastest time in Q2. He was the only person to lap in under 1m 35s and had half a second in hand over his team mate.
Between them were the two Red Bulls, both Ferraris and Nico Rosberg.
Michael Schumacher only narrowly made it into Q3, beating Rubens Barrichello by 0.033s.
Also eliminated were the Toro Rossos of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, Vitaly Petrov, Kamui Kobayashi (who also gets a five-place penalty for a gearbox change), Nico H├╝lkenberg and Pedro de la Rosa.

Q3

From the moment Q3 began the performance McLaren had shown in practice and the first two parts of qualifying was no longer apparent.
All the top ten drivers used soft tyres for the session – but Sebastian Vettel found a quarter of a second more than his team mate, most of it with a very quick run through the final sector.
Behind Webber the next two rows of the grid were closely-fought. Fernando Alonso edged Rosberg by a hundredth of a second, and from Rosberg the two McLarens were covered by just a tenth of a second.
Having been off Hamilton’s pace for much of qualifying, Button turned the tables with his final effort, out-qualifying his team mate for the third time this year.
Felipe Massa lines up seventh ahead of Robert Kubica and Schumacher – the Mercedes driver seven tenths of a second slower than his team mate.
The finished the last race one-two and they did the same in Shanghai last year. Now Red Bull will start first and second for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.


Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:36.317 1:35.280 1:34.558 21
2 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:35.978 1:35.100 1:34.806 17
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.987 1:35.235 1:34.913 15
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:35.952 1:35.134 1:34.923 17
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.122 1:35.443 1:34.979 17
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.641 1:34.928 1:35.034 13
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:36.076 1:35.290 1:35.180 19
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:36.348 1:35.550 1:35.364 21
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:36.484 1:35.715 1:35.646 21
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:36.671 1:35.665 1:35.963 23
11 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:36.664 1:35.748
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12 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:36.618 1:36.047
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13 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:36.793 1:36.149
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14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:37.031 1:36.311
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15 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.044 1:36.422
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16 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:37.049 1:36.647
14
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.050 1:37.020
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18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:37.161

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19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:39.278

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20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:39.399

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21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:39.520

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22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:39.783

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23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:40.469

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24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:40.578

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