Qualifying: Vettel on Pole in COTA

Sebastian Vettel had a perfect saturday with the fastest lap in FP3 and the Pole in Qualfying with a 1:35.657, so he was faster than the predicted lap time (1:37).

Vettel was ahead of Hamilton and his teammate Webber. Title contender Alonso was on very disapointing 8th Position behind his teammate Massa.

Grosjean had a good Qualifying with P4 but he will start from P9 in the starting grid because he’s team made a transmission change, so they got a five place grid penalty. Raikkönnen has good chances for a Podium today with P4, but he has also chances to win the race, who knows?

Schumacher was surprisingly fast in this Quali (P5), he has great chances to gain many points. He’s teammate Rosberg however will start from P17 and will have difficult run at the start of the race in the first few turns.

Hülkenberg had a great Quali (P8) and i still not understand why McLaren didn’t commited him instead of Perez, who is on P15 ahead of his teammate Kobayashi.

Button again very slow in Quali (P12), but two minutes before Q2 ended he had a technical failure.

HRT came above the 107% time and Glock with a fantastic 19th Position, he’s ahead of the two Caterham drivers (P21 and P22).

So if Vettel wins and Alonso finishes in fifth, then is Vettel World Champion for the third time in a row. He (Vettel) would be also Champion if he finishes in second and Alonso finishes in seventh, when he’s in P3 Alonso has to be on P11.

I think it will be a messy start at the first few corners (lockout for Grosjean, Perez and Maldonado). We can see some overtaking on the Circuit, of course the DRS-Zone, Turn 9 and Turn 20 (I think) are also a good overtaking points.

We will see a fantastic race, can Vettel win the race and be third in history of F1 to secure three titles in a row? Can Hamilton finish the race without any mechanical issues? Can Raikkönnen make it to the podium or even the win? Are we seeing some stupid mistakes or crashes from Perez, Grosjean or Maldonado? Many questions, but they will be all answered this evening in the US GP on Circuit of the Americas.

Can’t wait!!!

Full results from Qualifying:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:35.657 6
2 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:35.766 +0:00.109 +0:00.109 7
3 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:36.174 +0:00.517 +0:00.408 6
4 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:36.587 +0:00.930 +0:00.413 7
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:36.708 +0:01.051 +0:00.121 6
6 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.794 +0:01.137 +0:00.086 7
7 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:36.937 +0:01.280 +0:00.143 7
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:37.141 +0:01.484 +0:00.204 5
9 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.300 +0:01.643 +0:00.159 7
10 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.842 +0:02.185 +0:00.542 7
11 19 B. Senna Williams 1:37.604 9
12 3 J. Button McLaren 1:37.616 +0:00.012 +0:00.012 5
13 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:37.665 +0:00.061 +0:00.049 6
14 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:37.879 +0:00.275 +0:00.214 8
15 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:38.206 +0:00.602 +0:00.327 6
16 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:38.437 +0:00.833 +0:00.231 6
17 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.501 +0:00.897 +0:00.064 8
18 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39.114 9
19 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:40.056 +0:00.942 +0:00.942 12
20 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:40.664 +0:01.550 +0:00.608 11
21 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:40.809 +0:01.695 +0:00.145 7
22 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:41.166 +0:02.052 +0:00.357 7
23 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:42.011 +0:02.897 +0:00.845 12
24 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:42.740 +0:03.626 +0:00.729 10
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