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For Button it was the first pole position in over three years, since Monaco in 2009. For Kamui Kobayashi it was almost historic, only the second time a Japanese drive qualified on the front row (the first was Takoma Sato at the European GP at the Nürburgring in 2004 driving for BAR Honda) while the last time a Sauber was on the front row was in 1999 at Magny Cours driven by Jean Alesi. I believe it's also the first time a team led by a woman is on the front row of a Grand Prix, cool.
But it was Jenson's morning, Close to a perfect lap, not sure what they are going to do when they cut the engines to 1.6L. they better have very skinny tires otherwise they really will be flat the whole lap!
Hamilton was only 8th an late whined on twitter about how Jenson had a new rear wing and he did not, this from the same guy who the day before said he would never obey team orders. I guess that contract is not signed yet.
Big fail for Mercedes and Red Bull. Herr Marko will not be a happy camper with Vettel qualifying 11th but starting 10th with Webber's gearbox change penalty moving him from 7th to 12th. Mercedes had Rosberg not go past Q1 and Schumacher starting his 300th GP in P13.
Massa did himself no favors qualifying 14th, seven spots behind Alonso who will move from P6 to P5 because of a penalty Maldonado received for blocking Nico Hulkenberg in Q2.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m47.573s 2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m47.871s + 0.298s 3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m47.893s + 0.320s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.205s + 0.632s 5. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m48.219s + 0.646s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.313s + 0.740s 7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m48.392s + 0.819s*** 8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.394s + 0.821s 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m48.538s + 0.965s 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m48.890s + 1.317s Q2 cut-off time: 1m48.993s Gap * 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m49.722s + 0.472s 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m49.362s + 0.112s 13. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m49.742s + 0.492s 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m49.588s + 0.338s 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.763s + 0.513s 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.572s + 0.322s 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m49.958s + 0.708s Q1 cut-off time: 1m50.126s Gap ** 18. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.181s + 1.188s*** 19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m51.739s + 2.746s 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m51.967s + 2.974s 21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.336s + 3.343s 22. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m53.030s + 4.037s 23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m53.493s + 4.500s 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m54.989s + 5.996s 107 per cent time: 1m56.622s * Gap to fastest in Q2 ** Gap to fastest in Q3 *** Will take five-place penalty