Pole position becoming routine for Sebastian Vettel.

Mark Webber unable to get though Q1 stuck in P18

Jenson Buton extremely happy with a front row start.

Petrov brings out a red flag and compromises Heidfelds lap.

Petrov: “I don’t know, after the second or third corner something started to be wrong with the car.

I tried to go full throttle but the car was not working, I tried to change the gears and that didn’t work also. We need to check to analyze what happened.

But to be honest I am very, very disappointed because we made a big step on set-up. We improved quite a lot from yesterday because it was really nice to drive the car. It would have been very interesting to see what would have happened in Q3.”

Heidfeld: “It’s quite frustrating to be starting from P16 because I don’t think it’s a fair reflection of our pace. We were always going to do one run on the soft tyres in Q2, but the red flag made the last few minutes on Q2 very busy. You really needed to be first in the queue at the end of the pit lane because there was not much time to get around and cross the line before the end of the session. I managed to do one final lap, but I was stuck in traffic and I couldn’t get a clean lap. As I said, our race pace is definitely better than our grid position, but starting from P16 is not going to be easy. I think it’s a track where you can overtake so hopefully I can make a good start, like in the previous two races, and fight for points.”

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m33.706s
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.421s  + 0.715
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.463s  + 0.757
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m34.670s  + 0.964
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m35.119s  + 1.413
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m35.145s  + 1.439
 7.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m36.158s  + 2.452
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m36.190s  + 2.484
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m36.203s  + 2.497
10.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault              No time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m35.858s                                   Gap **
11.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m35.874s  + 1.388
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.053s  + 1.567
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.236s  + 1.750
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m36.457s  + 1.971
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    1m36.465s  + 1.979
16.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault              1m36.611s  + 2.125
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    1m36.956s  + 2.470
Q3 cut-off time: 1m36.147s                                    Gap *
18. Mark Webber            Red Bull-Renault     1m36.468s  + 1.196
19. Heikki Kovalainen      Lotus-Renault        1m37.894s  + 2.622
20. Jarno Trulli           Lotus-Renault        1m38.318s  + 3.046
21. Jerome D'Ambrosio      Virgin-Cosworth      1m39.119s  + 3.847
22. Timo Glock             Virgin-Cosworth      1m39.708s  + 4.436
23. Tonio Liuzzi           HRT-Cosworth         1m40.212s  + 4.940
24. Narain Karthikeyan     HRT-Cosworth         1m40.445s  + 5.173