Q1: Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa both failed to qualifying with the 107% rule. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t belong on the grid, but I’m not Charlie Whiting.
Kimi Raikkonen did not make it out of Q1. He was timed to cross the line for a hot lap just as the clock hit zero, but a slight off meant no such luck. Both Catherham and Marussia cars did not make it either.
Several drivers set fast laps, including ones you would not expect: both Williams were on top, Jean-Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso (second fastest time in the end), and Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber in the end. Felipe Massa barely made it out of the session.
Knocked out, P18-22: Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus; Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham; Vitaly Petrov, Caterham; Timo Glock, Marussia; Charles Pic, Marussia
Q2: The McLaren cars quickly took the top two spots in the second session.
Fernando Alonso beached his car in the gravel after putting a wheel in the grass…causing a red flag with just under 8 1/2 minutes left.
Once time got started again, the two Mercedes took the top spots.
Both Ferraris were knocked out.
Knocked out, P11-17: Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso; Fernando Alonso, Ferrari; Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber; Bruno Senna, Williams; Paul di Resta, Force India; Felipe Massa, Ferrari; Sergio Perez, Sauber.
Q3: No idea how I am supposed to sleep after this one. What looked to be a set 1-2 for McLaren first looked like it wasn’t going to happen, as Schumacher and Grosjean both took P2. But in the end, McLaren held it.
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren: 1:24.922
2. Jenson Button, McLaren: 1:25.074
3. Romain Grosjean, Lotus: 1:25.302
4. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes: 1:25.336
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull: 1:25.651
6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull: 1:25.668
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes: 1:25.688
8. Pastor Maldonado, Williams: 1:25.908
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India: 1:26.451
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