Qualifying analysis - Alonso's pain, McLaren's gain 08 Sep 2012
Thanks to technical problems for Fernando Alonso, superb pace from Force India - unfortunately allied with a gearbox penalty for Paul di Resta - and a relatively lacklustre showing from Red Bull, Saturday's qualifying produced an exciting and mixed-up grid for Sunday's Monza race. We take a team-by-team look at the form book...
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 24.010s, P1
Jenson Button, 1m 24.133s, P2
Hamilton said his laps in qualifying werent as good as those hed done in practice, but he still managed to take his 23rd pole, as Button came up to second place. It was a terrific performance from the British team, and its lockout of the front row officially took it past Williams tally with 62. Now all they have to do is make it through the first corner intact
Felipe Massa, 1m 24.247s, P3
Fernando Alonso, 1m 25.678s, P10
Massa did a great job to uphold Ferrari honour, as it all went wrong for Alonso. The Spaniard set the pace in Q1 and Q2 after losing out by a thousandth to Hamilton in FP3, but a problem with his rear anti-roll bar at the start of Q3 kept him down to 10th place on the grid. He was convinced that without the problem he would have taken the pole, though the McLaren drivers had a different view.
Paul di Resta, 1m 24.304s, P4, will start P9
Nico Hulkenberg, No time, P24
This was a bittersweet day for the team. Di Resta looked strong throughout and served up an excellent fourth-place performance, but hed needed a gearbox change which automatically gave him a five-place grid penalty, so he will start only ninth. Hulkenberg, meanwhile, was told to roll to a halt before hed even recorded a lap time in Q1, when the team noted falling fuel pressure.
Michael Schumacher, 1m 24.540s, P5, will start P4
Nico Rosberg, 1m 24.833s, P7, will start P6
Schumacher said he was happy with his car, and he was even happier when Di Restas penalty moved him from fifth to fourth on the grid. Rosberg likewise moved up a place, but said hed been much less happy with his cars balance by Q3.
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 24.802s, P6, will start P5
Mark Webber, 1m 24.809s, P11
Once again, the story was that Red Bull just werent quick enough. Vettel thought his lap might have been slightly quicker but doubted it would have made much difference; Webber was philosophical that he missed the Q3 cut by a fraction.
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 24.855s, P8, will start P7
Jerome DAmbrosio, 1m 25.408s, P16, will start P15
Lotus, too, lacked that final bit of pace, but Raikkonen was relieved to be in Q3. DAmbrosio looked less strong again, but said that 70-80 percent of the difference between himself and the Finn came in sector one, where he was clearly struggling.
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 25.109s, P9, will start P8
Sergio Perez, 1m 24.901s, P13, will start P12
Kobayashi said that yesterdays undisclosed mechanical problem had largely been overcome, while further set-up changes after FP3 gave him a car he could push for qualifying, even if it lacked the pace it had demonstrated at Spa. Perez was not so happy, and felt that held lost his Q3 chance by staying too close to Senna on his final run in Q2. Neither sounds overly confident for the race.
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 24.820s, P12, will start P22
Bruno Senna, 1m 25.042s, P14, will start P13
Williams didnt have the top 10 they had hoped for, and Maldonados two five-place grid penalties really hurt as he dropped from 12th to 22nd. Senna said he was troubled by understeer.
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 25.312s, P15, will start P14
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 25.441s, P17, will start P16
Ricciardo described his qualifying as so,so, while Vergne admitted that hed never felt comfortable with the set-up of his STR7.
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 26.382s, P18, will start P17
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 26.887s, P19, will start P18
No problems here, but not enough speed.
Timo Glock, 1m 27.039s, P20, will start P19
Charles Pic, 1m 27.073s, P21, will start P20
Glock was unhappy that his MR01s balance wasnt as good today as it was yesterday, after the ambient temperature had risen, and struggled as a result. Pic said he was happy with his qualifying even though he met traffic on his first Q1 run and felt that a small change since FP3 hadnt been the right way to go.
Narain Karthikeyan, 1m 27.441s, P22, will start P21
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 27.629s, P23
Karthikeyan said he was quite happy with the way things went for him in Q1, despite some problems on his second set of Pirellis, but De la Rosa said that his build-up to his 100th Grand Prix was only average and that his F112 had been better in the morning.
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