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Qualifying analysis - race now Red Bull's to lose? 10 Jul 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates his pole position in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 10 July 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 10 July 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 10 July 2010 (L to R): Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault with team mate Robert Kubica (POL) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010

Everyone says the RB6 is the fastest car on the grid over a single lap and at Silverstone on Saturday Red Bull hammered the point home, once more locking out the front row. With or without its latest front-wing update, it seems the rest of the pack will have their work cut out to stay in touch on Sunday. We take a team-by-team look at where things stand after qualifying for the British Grand Prix…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 29.615s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 29.758s, P2

Red Bull hit back with a vengeance on a circuit that was tailor made for the RB6’s aerodynamic excellence. But it transpired that after his front wing failure in free practice, Vettel was given the only other new front wing, which came off Webber’s car. The Australian was not happy that his team mate was given that aero advantage and did not trouble to hide it.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 30.426s, P3
Felipe Massa, 1m 31.172s, P7

Alonso’s coarser style worked well to heat up the Bridgestones and third fastest time left him the closest challenger to the Red Bulls and confirmed the progress that the F10 had made in Montreal and Valencia. Massa, by contrast, could not generate sufficient heat in his tyres and struggled for grip on his way to seventh.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, 1m 30.625s, P5
Michael Schumacher, 1m 31.430s, P10

Rosberg was very happy with a nice, clean lap, and said that fifth place showed that the team had made decent progress in and since Valencia. Schumacher said that he was very disappointed not to be able to get his lap together in Q3.

Renault
Robert Kubica, 1m 31.040s, P6
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 31.795s, P16, will start P15

Kubica said the R30 was still difficult to get the best out of even after a raft of set-up changes, and that as a result if felt like a significant achievement to make Q3. Then, typically, he hauled the car to sixth place. Petrov also looked pretty good until Q2, when then engine cut out as he entered the pit lane and he lost time while the mechanics ran down to retrieve the car. On his final run he didn’t warm the tyres fully, and suffered grip problems as a result.

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 30.556s, P4
Jenson Button, 1m 31.699s, P14

Hamilton said he was delighted with fourth place, and well he might have been. McLaren got on their back foot yesterday when the new front wing and blown diffuser did not work together quite as they had been expected to. After an all-night session in the simulator at Woking by tester Gary Paffett, they reverted to the old floor but the handling of the cars was not optimised in final practice. Hamilton monstered the time out of his car, while Button’s was so bad that he suspected at one stage that something was wrong with it.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, 1m 31.399s, P11
Vitantonio Liuzzi, 1m 31.708s, P15, will start P20

Sutil said that he struggled a little with grip all day and that his final result was a disappointment. Liuzzi still complained about straight-line performance in his VJM03 and was 4 km/h down on Sutil. Then he got a five-place grid penalty for impeding Hulkenberg, which he felt harsh as he did what the team told him. They believed the German was on an out lap when he was actually on a flying run.

Williams
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 31.175s, P8
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 31.635s, P13

Barrichello was pleased overall with his eighth-fastest time and aspires to a top six finish tomorrow. Hulkenberg said that traffic destroyed his chances, and the stewards seemingly agreed, hence Liuzzi’s penalty.

BMW Sauber
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 31.274s, P9
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 31.421s, P12

Not surprisingly, De la Rosa was very happy with ninth place on the grid after the team had made a lot of aerodynamic and mechanical changes to the C29. This made it much more consistent. Kobayashi also reported an improvement with his car, but said he found it extremely difficult to put together a decent lap.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 32.012s, P17, will start P16
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 32.430s, P18, will start P17

Buemi said he was disappointed about Q2 as he’d hoped to make Q3 and didn’t miss it by much. Alguersuari said he had a lot of trouble with heavy traffic and only got one clean lap.

Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 34.405s, P19, will start P18
Jarno Trulli, 1m 34.864s, P21

Kovalainen admitted that this wasn’t the best qualifying session of his career, as he struggled with a change in wind direction, while Trulli shrugged off a hydraulic problem in the morning and did a strong job despite minimal mileage over the weekend.

Virgin
Timo Glock, 1m 34.775s, P20, will start P19
Lucas di Grassi, 1m 35.212s, P22

Glock had a much better day despite another wing breakage and a throttle sensor problem in the morning. He got two very clean qualifying laps and was gratified to be closer to Lotus. Di Grassi thought he improved his car, but said he couldn’t put a good lap together.

HRT
Karun Chandhok 1m 36.576s, P23
Sakon Yamamoto, 1m 36.968s, P23

Chandhok complained that heavy traffic had cost him four-tenths of a second, while Yamamoto made some good progress as he logged time in the car.

David Tremayne