September 10, 2011

F1 Quals: Italy 2011

Monza.  Where speed is king, and everything else is just rubbish.  Would the Red Bull boys continue their sweep of the pole position?  Or would someone... anyone... knock them off?  Well, let's check!  Here's the provisional grid for the 2011 Grand Prix of Italy:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:24.002 1:22.914 1:22.275
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.976 1:23.172 1:22.725
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.013 1:23.031 1:22.777
4 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:24.134 1:23.342 1:22.841
5 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:24.148 1:23.387 1:22.972
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.523 1:23.681 1:23.188
7 The Red Menace
Renault 1:24.486 1:23.741 1:23.530
8 Slappy Schumacher Mercedes 1:25.108 1:23.671 1:23.777
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.550 1:23.335 1:24.477
10 Bruno Senna Renault 1:24.914 1:24.157
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.574 1:24.163
12 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.595 1:24.209
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:24.975 1:24.648
14 Hesychast  Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:24.798 1:24.726
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.113 1:24.845
16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:25.164 1:24.932
17 Gandalf Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.879 1:25.065
18 NKOTT STR-Ferrari 1:25.334

19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:26.647

20 Heikki Kovalaineninnie Lotus-Renault 1:27.184

21 Tim O'Glockenspiel Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.591

22 Custard d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.609

23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:28.054

24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:28.231


Q1 107% Time
1:29.854


Nope.  Red Bull makes it 13-for-13, and Seb Vettel becomes only the second driver in F1 history to have at least 10 poles in a season more than once (he did it last year, too).  The performance was so dominating that both McLarens aborted their final runs at pole position, though to be honest Hamilton backed off because he screwed up a chicane, smoking a tire in the process.

Then just to add insult to injury, Vettel finished his final lap even though he knew both McLarens had given up... and made the final difference an even half-second.  Yeesh.

Even though the best he could do was fourth, HWMNBN and Ferrari have to call this one a win.  They fully expected their best to be the third row of the grid.  There's a lot of pressure on the Red Team; it's their home race, after all, and "Italy expects...".  Last year, HWMNBN brought the tifosi a win.  This year?  I'll be stunned if anybody can catch Vettel, but as they say, "that's why they run the races."

The race is tomorrow... see ya then!

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