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Not that they have not been busy checking things, Hulkenberg's Sauber and Raikkonen's Lotus both had their floor tested, Hulk passed, Kimi's tea tray moved more than allowed so he will start from the back. A way for Lotus to save on contractual point bonuses? No that would be crazy, like ordering one of your drivers to crash intentionally....
Hamilton got hosed, literally. Rear suspension failure in Q3, means mechanics will have to fix it in parc ferme and hope they won't find any nasty surprises. For sure they will have to clean up all the fire extinguisher foam an over eager track marshall sprayed all over the car when he saw smoke coming from the brakes.
All this might make Ferrari's week end less miserable than it has been so far. In front of that gargantuan Ferrariworld exhibition center, to have a "no budget" Sauber kick your but with the same engine is just sad.
Speaking of sad, I don't think anyone was sad to see Webber take pole from an clearly bummed out Vettel. Unfortunately, Helmut Marko will insist on personally setting Webber's clutch tonight.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.957s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.075s +0.118s 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.419s +0.462s 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40.501s +0.544s 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m40.542s +0.585s 6. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.576s +0.619s 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.997s +1.040s 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.015s +1.058s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.068s +1.111s 10. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.111s +1.154s Q2 cut-off time: 1m40.989s Gap ** 11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.093s +0.620s 12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m41.133s +0.660s 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.200s +0.727s 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.279s +0.806s 15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m41.395s +0.922s 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m41.447s +0.974s Q1 cut-off time: 1m41.884s Gap * 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.999s +1.306s 18. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m42.051s +1.358s 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m43.252s +2.559s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m43.398s +2.705s 21. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m43.528s +2.835s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m44.198s +3.505s 107% time: 1m47.741s * Gap to quickest in Q1 ** Gap to quickest in Q2