Hamilton keeps the McLaren ball rolling

Four minutes into Q1 and Nico Hulkenberg’s gearbox failed into turn 1, stranding him and bringing a yellow flag out for two minutes. With Hulkenberg out, It left the usual 6 drivers of Caterham, HRT and Marussia to join him at the back of the grid. Although d’Ambrosio had a close call, a pair of soft tyre’s ensured he made it into Q2. Heikki Kovalainen lines up 18th on the grid followed by his Caterham team mate, Vitaly Petrov and the the two Marussia’s of Timo Glock and Charles Pic. Narain Karthikeyan out qualified his team-mate for the first time since 2005, by grabbing the place ahead of Pedro De La Rosa by 2 tenth’s of a second. Hulkenberg had set no time and so lines up last.

Q2 brought no major drama’s. Jean-Eric Vergne couldn’t improve on 17th with Jerome d’Ambrosio starting just ahead of him in 16th. Daniel Ricciardo lines up 15th, right behind Sergio Perez who was 3 tenth’s off Bruno Senna. Sergio Perez lines up behind his arch-enemy Pastor Maldonado who has a 10 place grid penalty and will start 22nd. And Mark Webber was the last man knocked out in Q2, missing Q3 by just 6 hundredths of a second on a track where the Red Bull’s are never very strong.

Q3 brought major drama as Fernando Alonso who had topped the time sheet for both Q1 and Q2 was left running around with a broken rear anti-roll bar, Finishing 1.6 seconds off the poll position time. Ahead of him is Paul Di Resta who is right behind Kamui Kobayashi in 8th and Kimi Raikkonen in 7th. Nico Rosberg lines up 6th, Vettel starts 5th and Michael Schumacher starts 4th. Felipe Massa has his best qualifying in two seasons, starting in 3rd place just behind the McLaren duo of Jenson Button in 2nd and Lewis Hamilton in pole position.

The race starts at 1pm GMT.

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September 8, 2012 · 4:12 pm

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