McLarens outshine title protagonists in Brazil GP qualifying

  • Sunday 25th November, 2012 4:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
hamiltonGP 344x224 McLarens outshine title protagonists in Brazil GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton scored his second pole in a week

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have locked out the front-row of the grid for the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

The two Britons were separated by just 0.06s at the end of their second Q3 runs after knocking Australian Mark Webber from the top spot.

Webber will line-up third on the grid, one place ahead of team-mate and world championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who jumped from 10th to fourth in the dying stages of the session after a mistake on his first run.

Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg completed the Q3 order, although Maldonado will start just 16th after being handed a 10 place grid penalty for failing to stop at the weighbridge when requested in Q2.

Rosberg’s team-mate Michael Schumacher will start his final Grand Prix from 14th on the grid after another difficult session for the seven-time world champion.

Romain Grosjean had an even tougher time of it – knocked out of the session in Q1 after a touch with Pedro de la Rosa’s HRT left the Lotus with a damaged front-wing.

Following a damp start that required intermediates in the early stages of Q1, the majority of qualifying was held in dry conditions. Sunday morning rain at Interlagos is being predicted, potentially making for a mixed race.

Result: Formula 1 Qualifying, Interlagos

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.075 1:13.398 1:12.458 21
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.456 1:13.515 1:12.513 20
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.180 1:13.667 1:12.581 22
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.644 1:13.209 1:12.760 19
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.263 1:14.048 1:12.987 25
6 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.266 1:13.698 1:13.174 24
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.536 1:13.704 1:13.206 23
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.097 1:13.856 1:13.253 25
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:16.432 1:13.698 1:13.298 22
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.929 1:13.848 1:13.489 26
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.901 1:14.121 18
12 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.333 1:14.219 21
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.974 1:14.234 21
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.005 1:14.334 17
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.400 1:14.380 24
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:16.744 1:14.574 22
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.722 1:14.619 23
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.967 8
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.073 14
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:17.086 14
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.508 13
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.104 14
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.576 13
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:19.699 12

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