Sebastian Vettel continued his brilliant form en route to the pole position for the 2012 Indian Grand Prix. Despite making a mistake on his first run, the young German got it all together for the second run and secured his second consecutive pole position in India.
Mark Webber made it a Red Bull front row lock-out by setting the second fastest time. Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in his McLaren. The Briton wasn’t looking in a good shape prior to Q3 but did a good clean lap at the end of Q3 to set the third fastest time.
Hamilton’s team mate Jenson button was fourth fastest while Championship contender Fernado Alonso could only produce the fifth fastest time.
The Ferrari team will have to hope for some miracle if they want to challenge Red Bull as with their momentum, they are fast getting out of everyone’s reach.
Felipe Massa was sixth fastest in the other Ferrari. The Brazilian had endured a tough day yesterday but managed to make it into Q3 and will be starting from P6 on the grid. He was followed up by the Renault of Kimi Raikkonen.
Raikkonen’s team mate Grosjean didn’t make into Q3 and from the visuals, it looked like the young Frenchman was over driving his Lotus. He will be starting from P11 on the grid.
Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldanado and Nico Rosberg round up the top 10. Nico Rosberg didn’t set a time in Q3, instead he opted to preserve his tyres for tomorrow’s race. Michael Schumacher couldn’t make into Q3 and will be starting from P14 on the grid.
Neither of the drivers from Force India made into Q3 which was a big disappointment for the Indian fans. Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di resta start from 12th and 15th respectively.
Home hero Narain Karthikeyan qualified in 23rd place.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:26.387||1:25.435||1:25.283||13|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:26.744||1:25.610||1:25.327||17|
|10||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1:26.458||1:25.976||No time||23|
|12||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.185||1:26.241||20|
|16||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.462||1:26.989||19|
|22||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:30.592||8|
|Q1 107% Time||1:32.071|