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.
Full results from Qualifying:
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||1:35.657||6|
|3||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||1:36.174||+0:00.517||+0:00.408||6|
|8||12||N. Hülkenberg||Force India||1:37.141||+0:01.484||+0:00.204||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|
|18||16||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:39.114||9|
|23||22||P. de la Rosa||HRT||1:42.011||+0:02.897||+0:00.845||12|
But the team solved the problem and he was driving the fastest lap with a 1:38.718, 0.8 seconds faster than his teammate Webber.
Grosjean, De La Rosa, Massa and Hamilton spun out in this session. I think we will see a chaos start at the race to Turn1, because the track will be still very slipprey. Kartikehyan didn’t come over the 107% time (1:44.558).
We will have a very exiciting Qualifying tomorrow.
Full results of FP2:
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||1:37.718||17|
|2||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||1:38.475||+0:00.757||+0:00.757||36|
|15||16||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:40.435||+0:02.717||+0:00.109||30|
|16||17||J. Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:40.516||+0:02.798||+0:00.081||32|
|17||12||N. Hülkenberg||Force India||1:40.700||+0:02.982||+0:00.184||34|
|18||11||P. di Resta||Force India||1:41.430||+0:03.712||+0:00.730||35|
|23||22||P. de la Rosa||HRT||1:44.453||+0:06.735||+0:00.915||16|
Circuit of the Americas, home of the returning United States Grand Prix this season, has planned a series of concerts for race-goers ahead of its debut on the F1 calendar.
A downtown fan festival, concerts and parties will be staged on the three days of Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November. These will include a number of activities set up in collaboration with the F1 teams and music entertainment from Aerosmith, Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias (pictured, top).
“Racing enthusiasts from around the world will converge in Austin this fall to celebrate the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States, and we want to throw a Texas-sized party to show our guests what makes our city special,” says Circuit of The Americas President Steve Sexton.
“From racing team exhibits, simulators and interactive displays, to a sampling of Austin’s cuisine and live music scene, the best of motorsports will meet the best of the Lone Star State in downtown Austin for three days this November.”
More information can be found on the Austin Fan Fest website.
There is good news from new Formula One hosts in Texas as well as Sochi, Russia.
Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas announced that three-day general admission tickets for its inaugural grand prix in November have sold out.
US media reports said the venue estimates a whopping 120,000 spectators will attend on all three days of the race weekend.
“Worldwide fan interest has been remarkable,” spokesman Geoff Moore said.
And the Austin American Statesman newspaper said the first layers of track asphalt have been laid, concrete for the corner kerbs and pitwall poured, run-off gravel put down, and safety fencing is being installed.
Progress is also being made in Russia, despite earlier fears the resort city Sochi might not be ready for its inaugural 2014 race date.
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak is quoted by the ITAR-TASS agency as saying the track will be ready for 2014, even though Sochi is also gearing up to host the winter Olympics.
“We’ll be ready to host the first Russian grand prix in October 2014,” he said in London.