Vettel takes his 14 th pole of the season matching Nigel Mansell
Sebastian Vettel: “I don’t know, there is no box in the car that I open and get it from, To be honest I would not say I’m surprised, but we expected to be closer than in practice, much closer.
McLaren were very quick straightaway yesterday in particular and I wasn’t happy with car. I wasn’t happy with myself. Overnight we tried to find out where the problem was. I think this afternoon it was already quite a bit better, but this is a tricky place with different conditions.
In Q2 we were quite close to reaching Lewis and we thought in Q3 we would have a chance. In the first run in Q3 I pushed a bit too hard, but in the last run I was able to have a good start in the lap.
When I crossed the line I looked up to the monitor and I couldn’t read the laptime, but the green was good so I was very pleased.
It is going to be a long race, a fun race, as we have seen all weekend,” he said. McLaren are very competitive on the long runs as well, and they will be very quick in the race.
Also we need to see from some people behind. We have to focus on ourselves, try to get a good start. It will be a long fight to the chequered flag. I am confident and ready.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.481s 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.622s + 0.141 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.631s + 0.150 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m38.858s + 0.377 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m39.058s + 0.577 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m39.695s + 1.214 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.773s + 1.292 8. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m40.662s + 2.181 9. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m40.768s + 2.287 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes Q2 cut-off time: 1m40.554s Gap ** 11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.874s + 2.440 12. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m40.919s + 2.485 13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.009s + 2.575 14. Bruno Senna Renault 1m41.079s + 2.645 15. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.162s + 2.728 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.240s + 2.806 17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m41.760s + 3.326 Q1 cut-off time: 1m42.605s Gap * 18. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m42.979s + 3.197 19. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m43.884s + 4.102 20. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.515s + 4.733 21. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m44.641s + 4.859 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.699s + 4.917 23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m45.159s + 5.377 24. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosoworth no time
Fabio Leimer claimed his maiden GP2 Feature Race win today at Yas Marina Circuit.
The Swiss racer took a lights-to-flag victory with a dominant drive, and in spite of his closest rival Luiz Razia’s best efforts to try and reduce the gap, Leimer remained in perfect control of his Racing Engineering machine all race long and was never in danger. Jolyon Palmer in third pocketed his first GP2 podium finish.
When the lights went off, Leimer launched from pole position perfectly. Behind him, Dani Clos made a slower start from P2 and then found himself caught in between Josef Kral and Razia. With no space to go to at Turn 1, Clos and Kral came together ending the Rapax man’s race prematurely and sending the Czech into a spin. The incident allowed Razia and Palmer to get past and free to chase Leimer. But the Swiss drivers pace proved to be difficult to match for Palmer who in turn had to look into his mirrors to try and keep a charging Esteban Gutierrez at bay. The Lotus ART man made a blazing start from P8 and looked hungry for more after a disappointing qualifying result. But the poor Mexican’s hopes for a podium today were crushed when he had to re-enter the pits in order to repair a damaged rear wing sustained when he was hit by Stefano Coletti at Turn 1 on the first lap.
With Leimer maintaining a good gap at the front, Razia’s only hopes of stealing the lead was during the mandatory pitstops, but the Swiss man pitted two laps after the Brazilian. He re-emerged second ahead of Razia and behind Palmer who pitted a lap later and handed the lead back over to the Racing Engineering driver.
Behind the Leimer/Razia duo, Palmer who had had a rather lonely first stint, then had to hold off pressure from Marcus Ericsson. The iSport ace started from thirteenth on the grid and made a perfect start that put him in P8. His pace enabled him to move up to P4 after his pitstop on Lap 13 and he kept on pushing until the last lap. However, that was not enough and Palmer retained his first podium finish.
At the chequered flag, Leimer who had clocked in the fastest laptime for good measure savoured his victory ahead of Razia and Palmer, and pocketed a perfect thirteen points. Ericsson finished fourth ahead of Kevin Ceccon. The final three points-paying places were claimed by GP3 graduates Tom Dillmann, Antonio Felix da Costa (who recovered from P15 on the grid) and James Calado. The Lotus ART man will start from tomorrow’s reverse pole.