D’oh! I got confused and missed qualifying (5am this morning) because I thought it was Friday practice! So no live notes from me, but I’ll scan the F1 news sources and see what’s what.
Nico Rosberg was fastest in the first practice session (1:36.260); Kimi Raikkonen went top in the 2nd session (1:35.707). NR was also fastest in Saturday morning’s practice (1:35.940).
Rubens Barrichello picked up a 5 grid spot penalty after his Brawn GP car needed a new gearbox following Friday practice. [FIA]
Q1: Fastest = RB (1:34.681); Bottom 5 are P16=FM, 17=NP, 18=GF, 19=AS, 20=SBu.
Q2: f/lap JB (1:33.784); bottom 5 are P11=NH, 12=KN, 13=LH, 14=HK, 15=SBo.
Q3: P1=JB (1:35.181), 2=JT, 3=SV, 4=RB*, 5=TG, 6=NR, 7=MW, 8=RK, 9=KR, 10=FA. (RB will be relegated to P9)
So the provisional grid is: JB, JT, SV, TG, NR, MW, RK, KR, RB, FA, NH, KN, LH, HK, SBo, FM, NP, GF, AS, SBu.
The race starts at 5am tomorrow morning – the question is whether I try to stay awake or get up early – probably the latter. 🙂
Update: I forgot that SV has a 10 grid spot penalty imposed after the Australian GP, so he drops from P3 to P13, behind LH.