D he Formula 1 fans can look forward to an exciting Qualifying look forward. In the dress rehearsal on Saturday morning, the three top teams Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari already fought an exciting duel for the third best time in practice. After Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button took turns at the top, in the end it was Sebastian Vettel again, whose name appeared at the top of the time classification.
Vettel surprised with a clear best time
For a long time, the gaps in the leading group were very close. The fact that the world champion was able to break away from his opponents by three and a half tenths came as a surprise in the end. The Red Bull driver is once again the favorite for the qualifying session in the afternoon.
Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton lurked behind the champion. All three were within a tenth. The Ferrari duo, on the other hand, had to tear something down in the end. After good times on Friday, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were almost a second missing from Vettel on Saturday.
Force India vs. Mercedes
Behind the three top teams there seems to be an exciting battle between Mercedes and Force India for the title 'Best of the Rest'. In training, Paul di Resta won the duel, much to the delight of the local fans. The Scot remained in fifth place but already almost two seconds behind the front. Teammate Adrian Sutil also showed in ninth place that the new update package seems to work.
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher found themselves somewhat on the defensive in eighth and eleven places. After Mercedes had fully prepared for the race on Friday, they let at least some fuel out of the car before qualifying. The battle for the regular places seven and eight will be much closer than usual.
Glock clearly behind Lotus
Timo Glock, the fifth German pilot, landed again in 21st place. The two direct competitors of Lotus drove out of reach. In contrast to team-mate Jerome D’Ambrosio and the two Hispania cars behind him, Glock at least stayed below the 107 percent hurdle. However, since the leaders in the first qualifying lap will probably drive on the slower, hard tires, that shouldn't be a problem for the backbenchers.
The track was still very slippery on Saturday morning. Found on the racing linethe pilots already have good grip, but next to the track, dust and dirt continue to create treacherous conditions. Even Vettel had to go through the run-off zone once.