Sorry this is late, I’ve been somewhat out since last night due to what I think might have been food poisoning. NOT fun. Also we continue to have on and off WordPress issues here at Aerys where it decides none of us should ever be able to load the new post page.
(photo credit: Flickr/Infiniti Global
Let’s start with someone who feels like I do. Timo Glock did not qualifying today due to a stomach bug that’s been bothering him since Thursday. The stewards decided he can race tomorrow if he’s feeling better.
So that made Q1′s knockout group the slow six instead. If you thought it would still be the usual suspects, you would be wrong.
Mark Webber will start 19th in tomorrow’s race due to hydraulics problems with his DRS system. Jean-Eric Vergne was also knocked out. However, Heikki Kovalainen made it to Q2 for the first time ever in the Caterham!
Q3 knockouts: Jean-Eric Vergne, Mark Webber, Vitaly Petrov, Pedro de la Rosa, Narain Karthikeyan, Charles Pic, Timo Glock (did not qualify)
In Q2, Heikki also left the other Toro Rosso behind, making his way to 16th place. Both Ferraris also failed to get out of Q2, much to the disappointment of Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, who is attending this race for some important reason or another. Michael Schumacher also failed to make it to Q3. The same can be said of Bruno Senna, who continues to be completely outpaced by his teammate.
Q2 knockouts: Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Bruno Senna, Sergio Perez, Heikki Kovalainen, Daniel Ricciardo
Q2 was a fiercely fought battle, with the top thirteen cars all within three-tenths of a second of each other. The same could not be said for Q3.
Sebastian Vettel put on an absolute flyer of a lap, leaving the rest of the drivers well over three-tenths of a second in his dust. Lewis Hamilton was the closest competitor, with a time of .32 seconds longer than Vettel’s time. Love him or hate him, it’s absolutely amazing to watch Vettel get in the zone and qualify like this.
Vettel is now tied for most career poles with Jim Clark and Alain Prost at 33. With 34, he’ll take the third most spot for himself. He’ll then still have to get 30+ pole positions to make it up to Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher’s numbers, but considering he’s gotten 33 at the age of 24, this might not take too long.
Pastor Maldonado continues to impress while in Spain. He’ll start third tomorrow. The Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen will start fourth and fifth respectively. Nico Rosberg starts sixth, Kamui Kobayashi seventh, and the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta eight and tenth respectively.
Jenson Button will start ninth, perhaps finally overcoming his problems in the car.
Lewis Hamilton had to meet with the stewards after Nico Rosberg complained that he slowed him down, but no further action was taken due to there being tons of traffic on the track at the time.
Remember, the race is on a tape delay in the states tomorrow. Practice Makes P1 will NOT ruin the results for you beforehand, promise. Blacking yourself out from social media is quite difficult, but I wish everyone the best if they’re choosing to take the same route.