European Grand Prix – Qualifying

As per my post re: practice, the tyre compounds available: primes = medium (white band), options = soft (yelllow).

PM was fastest in Free Practice 1 (1:40.890); SV in FP2 (1:39.334) and JB in FP3

TG is sick and won’t be taking part in Qualifying, but Marussia can apply for him to take part in the race if he recovers in time.

Air temperature 25°C; track 45°C; wind 2m/s

Qualifying 1
DR is first on track
DR 1:40.707
BS 1:40.468
FM 1:39.634
MS has a little oversteer as he exits the final turn
MS 1:39.577
JV locks up into Turn 17; almost loses the tail
10mins left of Q1; bottom 7 are: PRo, NR, NK, LH*, MW*, SV*, TG* (*no time set)
LH 1:39.169
7mins left; still no lap time from MW or SV (or TG)
Some cars now have the option (soft) tyres
5mins left; bottom 7 are HK, VP, CP, PRo, NK, MW*, TG* (*no time)
MW on options but only manages P17
3mins left; bottom 7 are BS, HK, VP, CP, PRo, NK, TG* (*no time)
PRe 1:38.858 on options
(MW back in the drop zone)
PM 1:38.825
Car 14 (KK) under investigation for impeding car 12 (NH)
Chequered flag; bottom 7: MW, HK, VP, PRo, NK, CP, TG
The Caterhams are pushing hard
(HK P17, relegating JV)
Back of the grid will be: JV, MW, VP, PRo, NK, CP, TG?
Everyone is inside the 107% time (except TG, of course)

Qualifying 2
PM 1:39.924
FA 1:39.245
PRe 1:38.922
KK 1:38.703
NR 1:38.504
Half way through Q2; still no time from HK
5mins left; bottom 7 are: BS, FA, SP, FM, PM, DR, HK
Jean Todt (FIA President) in the Ferrari garage, with his old team and boss (Luca di Montazemelo) – that really helps the impression of how impartial he is
1min left; bottom 7 are: RG, MS, BS, SP, FM, DR, HK
Chequered flag
RG 1:38.489 … that pushes FA to P11 and out of Q2
Middle of the grid: FA, MS, FM, BS, SP, HK, DR
It’s worth noting that SP (P15) less then 0.9secs off RG’s P1 time!

Qualifying 3
Top 10 shoot out between RG, NR, PRe, SV, KR, JB, PM, LH, NH & KK
KR 1:38.966
NR 1:38.623
(LH P2)
(JB P2)
PM clouts the kerb, thrown off-line and ducks into the pits
4mins left of Q3; order is NR, JB, LH, KR
RG 1:38.505 despite stepping the tail out in turn 13
PM 1:38.475
Chequered flag
(NH P4)
SV 1:38.086
(KR P4)
(LH P2)
Front of the grid: SV, LH, PM, RG, KR, NR, KK, NH, JB, PRe.

Provisional grid: SV, LH, PM, RG, KR, NR, KK, NH, JB, PRe, FA, MS, FM, BS, SP, HK, DR, JV, MW, VP, PRo, NK, CP, TG?

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