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Qualifying analysis - does Ferrari revival have staying power? 11 Sep 2010

Pole sitter Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10 in parc ferme. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 11 September 2010

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finally ousted Red Bull from the top grid slot on Saturday after taking pole position during a thrilling qualifying session in Monza. With McLaren’s Jenson Button in second and Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari in third, the highest-placed Red Bull is Mark Webber in fourth, whilst McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will occupy fifth and sixth on the grid. We take a team-by-team look at the pre-race form…

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 21.962s, P1
Felipe Massa, 1m 22.293s, P3

Alonso admitted that he was surprised to take his 19th pole position and Ferrari’s first in 30 races, but the F10 looked good all day and he was very quick in Q2 and Q3. Massa was also fast, but had trouble getting heat into his tyres over one lap and had to change his strategy accordingly. He did one three-lap run and then one less successful one-lap sprint on the same tyres. On their home ground, the Scuderia look to be in very good shape in a race which they have to win.

McLaren
Jenson Button, 1m 22.084s, P2
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 22.623s, P5

McLaren were surprised by Ferrari’s pace, having expected to be the fastest at Monza. Button and Hamilton went for different aero set-ups, the former keeping his F-duct and higher downforce configuration, the latter going the low downforce route. Button got it right, and probably only lost pole because of oversteer at Ascari, but Hamilton lost out and was disappointed with only fifth as his car slid around everywhere.

Red Bull
Mark Webber, 1m 22.433, P4
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 22.675s, P6

After problems in both Friday and Saturday morning practice, Webber bounced back brilliantly to displace Hamilton from fourth place right at the end of Q3, after seeing data from Vettel’s morning runs as he lost time stopping out on the track with an undisclosed problem. Vettel admitted that he struggled in qualifying, and was left pondering why he’d been faster the previous day with more fuel aboard.

Mercedes GP
Nico Rosberg, 1m 23.027s, P7
Michael Schumacher, 1m 23.388s, P12

Rosberg did a good job to get his WGP01 into the top 10 in seventh place on a circuit not expected to suit it, but Schumacher’s tale of woe continued as he could not muster better than 12th, complaining of instability in the fast corners.

Williams
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 23.037s, P8
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 23.328s, P10

Another good day for Williams saw Hulkenberg eighth and Barrichello 10th. The young German was happy with a very positive qualifying session and said his FW32 felt good all the way through and gave him plenty of confidence. Barrichello said he’d struggled to find the right set-up for the circuit on which he won last year for Brawn.

Renault
Robert Kubica, 1m 23.039s, P9
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 23.819s, P15, will start P20

Kubica hoped for seventh and missed it by a tick as he, Rosberg and Hulkenberg were so close. The Pole got through to Q2 using only one set of Bridgestone’s option tyres and was on a good initial Q3 lap when he decided to pit instead and do two timed laps later. Unfortunately he wasn’t subsequently able to repeat the first sector times he’d posted on the aborted lap. Petrov reported a tough session, and it got worse when he was docked five grid places for impeding Glock.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, 1m 23.199s, P11
Vitantonio Liuzzi, 1m 25.774s, P20, will start P19

Once again, a good day for Sutil, a disaster for Liuzzi. The German was happy with his VJM03, but having been faster in the corners the previous day despite a tired engine, Liuzzi found his replacement lacking power in the morning, then expiring within three laps in the afternoon. Sutil was 11th, but Liuzzi was only 18th, behind the Lotuses.

BMW Sauber
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 23.659s, P13
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 24.044s, P17, will start P16

Kobayashi was happier with his C29 on Saturday and had no problems on his way to a solid 13th overall. De la Rosa said he’d had a tough qualifying, and that his car just didn’t feel the same as it had the previous day even with more downforce.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 23.681s, P14,
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 23.919s, P16, will start P15

Buemi took a jump in performance in practice and again in qualifying, and felt the STR05 was more competitive than it had been at Spa. Alguersuari said he was satisfied with the way his day went.

Lotus
Jarno Trulli, 1m 25.540s, P18, will start P17
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 25.742s, P19, will start P18

Neither Trulli nor Kovalainen had anything but praise for the way their T127s ran, and each reported on strong qualifying sessions that saw them yet again emerge as the best new team drivers.

Virgin
Timo Glock, 1m 25.934s, P21, will start P24
Lucas di Grassi, 1m 25.974s, P22, will start P21

Glock lost out when Petrov impeded his first attempt at a lap in Q1, then moved ahead of Lotus on his second run. On his third, however, he reported lack of rear-end grip. Di Grassi said he’d had a good day overall and felt he got the most out of his VR01. Glock lost five grid places following a change of gearbox earlier in the day.

HRT
Bruno Senna, 1m 26.847s, P23
Sakon Yamamoto, 1m 27.020s, P24

Senna’s car ran better but the Brazilian complained about traffic on all three of his Q1 runs. Yamamoto lost time in the morning when a driveshaft needed replacing when a rubber boot split.

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