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Red Bull on pole for the 12th time this season!

Sebastian Vettel will lead the field off the line tomorrow afternoon after posting a time 0.474 second faster than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton went into Q3 with damage to the right hand side of his car after Pastor Maldonado took a side swipe at his car after Hamilton overtook the Venezuelan out of the Bus Stop chicane on his flying lap. The punishment for Maldonando; a five place grid drop; personally I believe he got off lightly; it was a deliberate attempt to damage the McLaren; I believe exclusion from the race should have been forthcoming, his conduct was completely unacceptable. The second Red Bull of Mark Webber lines up behind his team mate in third, a massive 1.078 seconds behind in an identical car. Felipe Massa outqualified his double world championship team mate by four clear places and 0.995 seconds, Fernando Alonso languishing in eighth place, clearly not very happy with his car judging by the radio comms in Q3.

Nico Rosberg and Jaime Alguersuari did fantastic jobs in changeable conditions to start from fifth and sixth respectively, even if they were both over two seconds off pole. Bruno Senna did an amazing job to start on the fourth row just ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso in seventh tomorrow considering he was thrown into the Renault at the last moment to replace the under performing Nick Heidfeld. Even more impressive is that the Brazilian outqualified his team mate Vitaly Petrov who has driven the car for 18 months by almost 1.2 seconds, the Russian will start from 10th place. Sauber’s Sergio Perez will start from ninth place, almost a minute ahead of Renault’s Petrov.

Michael Schumacher didn’t have a good qualifying session going out in Q1 without setting a time after losing a rear wheel sending him into the barrier in the race which marks 20 years since he first raced in F1. Jenson Button had a nightmare Q2 session setting a time good enough for P3; only to sit in the pits and watch as he slid down the timesheet. Apparently there was a misunderstanding, JB thought that he had another flying lap as he backed off to prepare for a second flying lap but in reality didn’t have enough fuel. I’m confused though; why didn’t McLaren get JB out again given the track was getting dryer and faster all the time? JB is understandably unhappy about starting from 13th, even more so when his team mate starts on the front row!

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