Continuing the Build Up to the Italian Grand Prix, our Featured Writer Suneeth Nair covers the Qualification rounds. Red Bull dominated the Qualifiers from the word go as the championship leader Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole clocking a 1:23:755 and his team mate Mark Webber took second with a 1:23:990 to complete a Bull front line for tomorrow’s race. With a flier in the final sector, Nico Hulkenberg in his Sauber took the third place ahead of Fillpe Massa and Fernando Alonso in their respective Ferrari’s.
RED BULL DOMINATION CONTINUES:
There were no surprises from the Red Bull side as they continue to dominate the season. Both their cars looked superior from the practice session and it continued in the Qualifiers as Vettel set fastest time in all the Qualifying session. The defending champion pulled out of the pits at the very end of each session but continued to post impeccable timings. His fellow Australian went about his business setting the fastest time in the initial minutes to find it broken by his team mate within minutes. On the whole, Red Bull cars are the best in business and their driver invincible. A podium finish looks inevitably assured for them.
FERRARI – THE SECOND BEST:
Ferrari has done their homework well during the mid season break and are now with a much better car. Both the Ferrari’s looked good with enough paces to put a fight with the Bull’s. F1 is a race where strategy plays equal importance with that of raw pace, Ferrari’s strategy failed and it failed very badly. Ferrari was set to take on the pole with slipstream strategy which meant Massa setting up the lap time for Alonso. But when it just mattered Massa went too quick for the Spanish Former champion to catch up which let him end up 5th in the grid and his team mate Massa finishing 4th. Ferrari has done some tweaks to the car which promises to deliver during the race. If Alonso has a good start like he had in the previous race, he could challenge for the Top Podium finish. HAMILTON, KIMI OUTSIDE TOP10: The last time race winner Lewis Hamilton had a forgettable race as he finished 12th in the grid. A dejected Hamilton said ”I just drove like an Idiot. That’s the worst I’ve driven for a long, long time.” Hamilton who has been on pole for the last four races went wide at turn no 7 and had to return to pits in the middle of the Qualifier 2. Later when he drove out, he was caught in the traffic and was not able to post his best timing when Adrian Sutil interfered him at the final corner. Kimi and his Lotus looked like a shadow of the old self right from the start. His car didn’t have enough power in it to push him into final Qualifier as he was knocked out in the second Qualifier. Force India’s has something more to add to their worries as both their drivers failed to qualify for the final session finishing QUALIFIER 1: Nico Rosberg was the first man to be out in the tracks when the green lights flashed, signaling the start of Qualifier. Soon the pack of cars followed with Vettel being the last man to leave the pits. Webber set the early timing in 1:24 and lead the charts for most the Q1 session. Alonso was second best followed by Massa. Right at the very end of the Q1, Vettel set the fastest lap to claim the top spot with Alonso right behind his tail. QUALIFIER 2: Vettel was once again the fastest in the session with just two timed laps. Alonso and Webber finished second and third. Qualifier 2 a lot of traffic towards the end with Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Grosjean and the two force India drivers were the unlucky ones to get the boot. It was one of the closely fought qualifiers with just seven tenth of a second separating the top fifteen drivers. A close race is expected tomorrow.