Saturday, 29 October 2011

Vettel on pole for first Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel leads a Red Bull front row lockout in India after Lewis Hamilton's penalty.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel is on pole again, this time for the inaugral Indian Grand Prix. Vettel beat the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, but he will start fifth after a three place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in Friday practice. Mark Webber is therefore promoted to the front row, while Fernando Alonso is third for Ferrari, and it is Ferrari's best grid position since Silverstone.

Jenson Button lines up fourth for McLaren ahead of his penalised team mate, but the 2009 World Champion now faces an anxious time as he waits to find out if he will recieve a penalty. Button appeared to ignore yellow flags after a crash late on in Q3 for Felipe Massa, but it is unclear as to whether Button will recieve a penalty or not.

Massa was involved in a bizzare incident which saw his suspension and front wing break, before sliding into the barrier at low speed, the Brazilian unhurt. This weird crash saw Massa break his front wing, a part that has attracted plenty of attention in the last two days. The team are testing a development front wing for 2012 in the final races of this season but during practice the wing on Massa's car oscillated dramatically, so much so that it kicked up sparks.

Hamilton was 2nd, but has a 3 place grid drop

Nico Rosberg qualified seventh, ahead of the under-fire Adrian Sutil, while Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari pleased Toro Rosso, with both cars into Q3. Vitaly Petrov did qualify 11th but knew he would be taking a five place grid drop for his part in the collision between him and Michael Schumacher in Korea. Therefore Schumacher is 11th, ahead of Paul di Resta.

Kamui Kobayashi was the surprise drop out in the first part of qualifying, but his team mate Sergio Perez will start 20th after a 3 place grid penalty for the same offence as Hamilton on Friday. Hispania Racing Team had a good qualifying session, with 21st and 22nd, but unfortunately both drivers will recieve penalties for impeding another driver (Karthikeyan) and a gearbox change (Ricciardo.)

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