GP Japan 2010 - Qualifying result

GP Japan 2010 - Qualifying result
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R ed Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won with a lap time took pole position by 1.30.785 minutes, beating his Australian team-mate Mark Webber by seven hundredths of a second. McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in third place was already around four tenths of a second behind the pole time.

'It was not an easy qualifying because we didn't know where we would be in the setup,' said a happy Vettel. 'On the other hand, we knew that the Suzuka track, with its fast corners and relatively short straights, would suit our car. That was a good start to the day. We got the most out of it.'

Hamilton in eighth place after penalty

The third-placed winner of the World Cup, Lewis Hamilton, showed fighting qualities in qualifying: 'Because of my accident on Friday and the freak weather on Saturday Only driven five to six laps the whole weekend. In that respect, I'm really happy with third on the grid. But because we had to change the gearbox, I was unfortunately put back by five grid positions. '

The Polish Renault followed in fourth -Pilot Robert Kubica. Ferrari ace and World Cup co-favorite Fernando Alonso made it to fifth place in the qualification. The Spaniard has big plans for the race: 'I have to pass Robert as quickly as possible. The podium is the goal,' was the challenge.

Hülkenberg, Rosberg and Schumacher in the top ten

The performance of the two Williams drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg, who both made it into the final qualifying lap and finished eighth and ninth, were also strong. The two Mercedes GP drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher also qualified for the final knockout round, but remained below expectations with starting positions seven and ten.

The qualification did not go well for the other German drivers either optimal. Nick Heidfeld just failed to make it into the top ten in eleventh place, but at least managed to keep his teammate Kamui Kobayashi behind him. Michael Schumacher from Mönchengladbach almost kicked out of the top ten. But the seven-time world champion was able to literally undercut Heidfeld's lap time by a tenth of a second in stoppage time in Q2.

Glock and Sutil with disappointing starting positions

Adrian Sutil was also in the second roundEnough. With 15th place, the Force India pilot remained well below his own expectations. Timo Glock was also unable to achieve his own goals. As expected, the Virgin pilot was eliminated in the first qualifying phase. The German was 4.3 seconds short of Sebastian Vettel's fastest time.

On top of that, Glock lost in a direct duel with his team-mate Lucas di Grassi, even if the Brazilian was only seven hundredths of a second faster. 'I can't really explain it. Our car was pretty good in practice the day before yesterday, but nothing ran with the soft tire. We were just sliding. I hope that it goes better in the race with the hard tires,' commented the Odenwald driver Qualifying disappointment.

Massa not in the first ten

The three qualifying sessions went otherwise without any accidents or special incidents. Mercedes GP driver Michael Schumacher provided the only entertaining moment when he blocked World Cup runner-up Fernando Alonso after a driving error in the first qualifying stage, but then let him by after the 130R bend.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, to everyone's surprise, missed the jump into Q3. With a lap time of 1.32.321 minutes, the Brazilian was only 12th in Q2 - while fellow World Cup favorite Fernando Alonso was fifth.


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