Hamilton got a fantastic pole, first in many months but then was bizarrely morose as he got out of the car and during the post qualifying conference. Massive hissy fit of just woken up on the wrong side of the bed, something's going on in there.
Tomorrow it will be early stops to get rid of the "red" Pirellis and then a race to see who can make their primes last. RBR might try for a 2 stopper.
Meanwhile, Vettel got an inexplicable freebee when stewards decided not to penalize him for cutting the track on his in lap after his first Q3 run. I would have thought you could make the argument that, in a game of seconds and ounces, cutting gave him extra flexibility in the garage. In the big scheme of things it means little but it certainly sets a bizarre precedent.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.820s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.042s + 0.222 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.126s + 0.306 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.468s + 0.648 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.831s + 1.011 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.980s + 1.160 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.754s + 1.934 8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m38.124s + 2.304 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes no time 10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes no time Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.254s Gap ** 11. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.315s + 1.789 12. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.354s + 1.828 13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.508s + 1.982 14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.775s + 2.249 15. Bruno Senna Renault 1m38.791s + 2.265 16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m39.189s + 2.663 17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.443s + 2.917 Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.464s Gap * 18. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m39.538s + 2.013 19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m40.522s + 2.997 20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m41.101s + 3.576 21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.091s + 4.566 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m43.483s + 5.958 23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m43.758s + 6.233 24. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth no time 107% time: 1m44.351s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2