Hulkenberg stuns F1 field with surprise pole

Nico Hulkenberg celebrates his maiden F1 pole position

Nico Hulkenberg celebrates his maiden F1 pole position

In one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 Formula One season, Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg has stunned the fraternity to take pole position in the changeable conditions at Interlagos.

Hulkenberg result has put a different twist on the championship fight, with the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber taking second and third ahead of Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

It is Hulkenberg’s first F1 pole position and the team’s first pole since the Nurburgring in 2005.

In the final session, the weather improved, with all runners switching to slicks. Hulkenberg was fast all through all sessions, but in the last one, the German absolutely streeted the field, putting his Williams-Cosworth on pole by over a second.

Hulkenberg was over the moon with his stunning result.

“I mean it is amazing,” he said.

“I still cannot believe that I have done it. A big, big thank you to the team putting a good car together for qualifying. To go on slicks was obviously the right decision and my engineer told me I had one last lap but I was good in the rankings already.

“I was just squeezing everything I could out of my car, trying to do a very smooth lap, not to get on any wet parts and make a mistake. What a nice surprise for us on Saturday to be on pole. Very, very happy obviously and I am just enjoying the moment.”

It was a good all round day for Williams, with Hulkenberg’s team-mate and home-town Brazilian Rubens Barrichello taking sixth place.

Renault’s Robert Kubica will line-up secenth ahead of Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov.

Jenson Button, the fifth and final man to be in a position to challenge for the title, all but destroyed his hopes by missing the cut for Q3. He will start 11th.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:20.050 1:19.144 1:14.470
2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:19.160 1:18.691 1:15.519
3 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:19.025 1:18.516 1:15.637
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.931 1:18.921 1:15.747
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.987 1:19.010 1:15.989
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:19.799 1:18.925 1:16.203
7 Robert Kubica Renault 1:19.249 1:18.877 1:16.552
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:19.879 1:18.923 1:16.925
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.778 1:19.200 1:17.101
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:20.189 1:19.153 1:17.656
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.905 1:19.288  
12 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.741 1:19.385  
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:20.153 1:19.486  
14 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:20.158 1:19.581  
15 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:20.096 1:19.847  
16 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.174 1:19.899  
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:20.592 1:20.357  
18 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:20.830    
19 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:22.130    
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:22.250    
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:22.378    
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:22.810    
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1:23.083    
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:23.796    

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