November 17, 2012

Lone Star

Photo:Timothy Hollywood Khan/Flickr

Resistance is futile, all your pole are belong to RedBull.

All that remains, if you wanted to see the championship decided in Brazil, is to cheer for an alternator to fail or for Grosjean to attain low earth orbit into turn 1.

All that being said, as of 4:45 PM ET Webber and Schumacher are still under investigation, one for missing post qualifying weigh in and the other for impeding.

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m35.657s
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m35.766s   + 0.109
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m36.174s   + 0.517
 4.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m36.587s   + 0.930
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m36.708s   + 1.051
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m36.794s   + 1.137
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m36.937s   + 1.280
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m37.141s   + 1.484
 9.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m37.300s   + 1.643
10.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m37.842s   + 2.185
Q2 cut-off time: 1m37.404s                                   Gap **
11.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m37.604s   + 1.808
12.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m37.616s   + 1.820
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m37.665s   + 1.869
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m37.879s   + 2.083
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.206s   + 2.410
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.437s   + 2.641
17.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m38.501s   + 2.705
Q1 cut-off time: 1m38.862s                                  Gap *
18.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m39.114s   + 2.556
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m40.056s   + 3.498
20.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m40.664s   + 4.106
21.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m40.809s   + 4.251
22.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m41.166s   + 4.608
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m42.011s   + 5.453
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m42.740s   + 6.182

107% time: 1m43.317s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2


  1. I wouldn't say he is a lone star, Lewis came very close, surprising close considering how the rest of the weekend had gone.

  2. All things considered I thought Lewis did a phenomenal job closing the gap in Q3, because Vettel was all by himself in Q2. I didn't think anyone would be within a half second of him when the checkered flag waved in Q3. Still getting tired of the Red Bull show, this will be my third season in a row hoping that next years RB chassis will fall short of the mark lol

    1. Yup, If Lewis really meant it when he said Alonso deserves the title, he's in a position to actually do something about it Sunday.

  3. Webber just given a reprimand, no penalty.

  4. Nice to see that Pirelli really screwed the pooch. Like PDR was saying, if the RB8 is taking 5 laps to get heat into its tires then the other guys don't have a chance. What ever possessed them to bring the two hardest compounds to a new circuit with new asphalt and in November were temps are in the low 20's?

  5. I called Lewis pulling out a last-lap pole on FB, with vettel and webber next in line, but I seriously thought Alonso would bring more to the fight - when even Massa had a better time in Q3 there's something seriously lacking in the Scuderia. I also called Kimi right up there, Grosjean showed me up but it just proves the Lotus(I really wish we weren't calling them Lotus but oh well) has got the setup to roll with the big boys.

    And of course there are still mysterious reliability issues on the macca. Poor Jenson, guess he has some idea of how devastated Lewis was last outing. Given the occasional performance of the Mercedes and the letdowns (TWO breakdowns for Lewis from the lead this year, #facepalm) it's not much of a surprise LH took an out when he had the chance.

    They're predicting a completely full crowd on hand today, tons of action in the pitlane and paddock, celebs all over the place, and this start should be vurry interesting. Got my coffee and breakfast going, gotta get some housework done before I can claim my slice of the sofa. Should be a good day!


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