British GP 2010: Vettel Storms To Pole As Button Falters
Sebastian Vettel scored another pole position, a vital pole ahead of team mate Mark Webber ahead of tomorrow’s British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit.
Despite laps which were not completely clean, the superior pace of the Red Bull led to Webber leading through both Q1 and Q2, but it was Vettel that stole the show in Q3. Red Bull have again been accused of favouritism toward the young German, something which team boss Christian Horner profusely denies.
Fernando Alonso made it into 3rd, a stellar effort in the Ferrari which is certainly looking like the second fastest car – although he was blocked in Q3 by Rubens Barrichello. Team mate Felipe Massa could not do as well, and will start 7th tomorrow.
Lewis Hamilton has the hopes of the entire home nation on his shoulders, despite a poor weekend for the McLaren with their blown diffuser failure, he starts 4th. Team mate Button starts 10 place further back in 14th. Not good for the 2009 World Champion. Martin Whitmarsh of McLaren tells us that they are only keeping 6 of the new parts on the car from an initial start list of about 30 new pieces. Still lots of work to do.
Rosberg and Kubica are 5th and 6th, with Barrichello, De la Rosa and Michael Schumacher rounding out the top 10.
Jaime Alguersuari got caught out in Q1, and will start ion 18th – the young Spaniard was clearly unimpressed.
Sakon Yamamoto, Bruno Senna’s replacement at Hispania just looked poor. Indeed both HRT’s were appalling today, some 6 seconds off the pace through Q1. If the 107% rule was in, the new Japanese man would not be racing tomorrow. The other new teams, Lotus and Virgin now have an easy 2 second advantage over the Spanish outfit.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.841 1:30.480 1:29.615 2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:30.858 1:30.114 1:29.758 3. Alonso Ferrari 1:30.997 1:30.700 1:30.426 4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.297 1:31.118 1:30.556 5. Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.626 1:31.085 1:30.625 6. Kubica Renault 1:31.680 1:31.344 1:31.040 7. Massa Ferrari 1:31.313 1:31.010 1:31.172 8. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:31.424 1:31.126 1:31.175 9. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.533 1:31.327 1:31.274 10. Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.058 1:31.022 1:31.430 11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:31.109 1:31.399 12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.851 1:31.421 13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:32.144 1:31.635 14. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.435 1:31.699 15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:32.226 1:31.708 16. Petrov Renault 1:31.638 1:31.796 17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.901 1:32.012 18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.430 19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:34.405 20. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:34.775 21. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:34.864 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:35.212 23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:36.576 24. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:36.968
This entry was posted on July 10, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with British Grand Prix, British Grand Prix Qualifying, Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Jenson Button, Kobayashi, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Robert Kubica, Sakon Yamamoto, Sebastian Vettel.