Sebastian Vettel getting out of the car, photo from Infiniti Global
Well this hasn’t happened before…nope…definitely not 9 other times this season alone.
Sebastian Vettel took his 10th pole of the season, and second of his career at Monza this morning. This is the first time a Red Bull Racing car has been on pole at the Italian Grand Prix.
Let’s start off in Q1, which looked to be going as planned..until Pastor Maldonado lost it coming through Parabolica and took off his car’s nose. The damage wasn’t too bad, as the team was able to send him back out, and he made it into Q2.
Timo Glock also nearly lost it, but also avoided a crash, although being in a Virgin car, he wasn’t ever going to be making it into Q2.
The usual drivers were knocked out with the rotating seventh spot going to Jaime Alguersuari.
Q2 looked to be the same: goodbye to the midpack teams: Saubers, Force Indias, Williams, and the Buemi half of Toro Rosso. It was close though, Bruno Senna just barely made it into the tenth position. The difference between his time and Paul di Resta’s time? Six thousandths of a second.
Sadly, Lotus Renault held Bruno Senna in the pits for the entirety of the Q3 session, so he will be starting tenth tomorrow. The last 2 minutes of the session looked like they were going to be crazy. All the cars were somewhat bunched up on the track, which looked like it was going to make the last run across the finish line rather hectic.
Instead, McLaren brought their drivers into the pits, as already on top Sebastian Vettel improved his time. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will start second and third respectively, with Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber down in 5th (or 10th if he yet again has an awful start).
Ferrari, at their “home event,” did manage to do slightly better than hoped. Fernando Alonso will start fourth, Massa will start sixth.
Other bits before the entire grid for tomorrow:
- Vitaly Petrov will be using an all black helmet this weekend in remembrance of those who died in a plane crash in Russia on Wednesday.
- Lotus Renault used one of their curfew breaking days on Thursday night to get all the upgrades on their cars.
- The FIA has told the teams to stay within Pirelli’s camber recommendations (or I guess now that’s requirements) or there is a chance they could be disqualified from the race.
- Williams has been fined 5,000 euros for “breaching tire regulations.” Tires not meant for Friday practice were put on Rubens Barrichello’s car yesterday.
And now the grid below the cut!
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