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Qualifying - Vettel leads commanding Red Bull 1-2 in Italy 07 Sep 2013

(L to R): Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber celebrate in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013 The view from Mark Webber's Red Bull cockpit of Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne getting it very wrong at the Parabolica in the final seconds of Q3 Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso head out at the beginning of Q3 for Ferrari, preparing to execute the slipstreaming tactic they practised in this morning's session Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton stuck behind the Force India of Adrian Sutil on his final flying lap. His time is only good enough for 12th place. The incident is under investigation by the stewards Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo runs wide, but ends up a very comfortable sixth after Q1

Ferrari longed to start at the front of the grid for their home race in Italy, but the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber proved unstoppable in qualifying at Monza on Saturday. And just to rub salt in the wound for the Scuderia, championship-contender Fernando Alonso won’t even start third on the grid…

Vettel headed Q1 with 1m 24.319s from the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, on 1m 24.527s and 1m 24.589s respectively, while Esteban Gutierrez proved the first faller in 17th when he couldn’t better 1m 25.226s in his Sauber. Behind him, Valtteri Bottas’ last effort didn’t make it either, 1m 25.291s leaving him ahead of the Caterhams and the Marussias.

Giedo van der Garde again outqualified Caterham team mate Charles Pic, 1m 26.406s to 1m 26.563s, while Jules Bianchi stayed ahead of Marussia team mate Max Chilton, 1m 27.085s to 1m 27.480s.

Q2 brought unwelcome drama for Hamilton and Mercedes; the 2008 champion ran wide at Parabolica on his first run, and was only 16th with two minutes left. His next run was looking much better until he reached Parabolica again. This time he didn’t go off, but he appeared to be impeded by Force India’s Adrian Sutil and could only manage a 1m 24.803s for 10th place. Hamilton made it across the line for one final effort, but was again delayed by Sutil in the first chicane.

The stewards are now examining the footage to see whether the German should be penalised for impeding, but Hamilton acknowledged his own shortcomings in the session, saying: “I drove like an idiot.” The Briton was subsequently bumped down to 12th place by the McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez who both improved their times.

Thus, as Vettel was again fastest in 1m 23.977s from Alonso on 1m 24.227s and Webber on 1m 24.263s, Kimi Raikkonen was another shock faller in Q2, finishing in 11th for Lotus on 1m 24.610s ahead of Hamilton, then came Romain Grosjean in the other Lotus on 1m 24.848s, Sutil on 1m 24.932s, Pastor Maldonado’s Williams on 1m 25.011s and the other Force India of Paul di Resta on 1m 25.077s.

Q3 went Red Bull’s way as Vettel trimmed his time down to 1m 23.755s to keep firmly ahead of Webber, whose best was 1m 23.968s, but it was a disaster for Ferrari. They had hoped for third at worst, perhaps even second, but Alonso’s attempts to slipstream Massa came to nothing.

Worse still for the Spaniard’s championship hopes, the Brazilian was the faster of the two, with 1m 24.132s to Alonso’s 1m 24.142s. But ahead of them both was Nico Hulkenberg who superbly jumped his Ferrari-engined Sauber up to third with a 1m 24.065s.

Behind them, Rosberg managed only sixth on 1m 24.192s, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso on 1m 24.209s, the McLarens of Perez and Button on 1m 24.502s and 1m 24.515s, and Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso on 1m 28.050s. The Frenchman went off exiting Parabolica, which accounted for his deficit.

So the Red Bulls are looking very good for Sunday’s race, but with a strong chance of rain at some point tomorrow and Ferrari determined to give the tifosi a good show, it will be another fascinating race.

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