The Red Bull drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have locked out the Indian front row today after setting the standard in all three Practice sessions. Such is their surprising dominance that it is the first time that the Milton Keynes team have secured three consecutive front-row lockouts.
Sebastian will line up ahead of Mark, but Mark maintains that if he can get past Vettel, he will not move over for him. This could be Fernando Alonso’s only chance at the championship, lining up in P5 on the grid. Between Webber and Alonso is Lewis Hamilton in P3 and Jenson Button in P4. Felipe Massa lines up in P6, right behind his team-mate and just in front of former team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen lines up in front of Sergio Perez in P8 who did a fantastic job to make it so high, despite missing Friday practice due to illness. Behind Perez is Pastor Maldonado who has struggled all weekend and Nico Rosberg in P10 who didn’t set a time.
Romain Grosjean is the first man outside the top 10, Followed by Nico Hulkenberg in P12, Bruno Senna in P13 and Michael Schumacher in P14. Daniel Ricciardo is P15 ahead of a disappointed Paul di Resta in P16. Kamui Kobayashi in P17 will be worried about his seat for 2013 with Esteban Gutierrez being given track time this Friday in place of Perez.
Jean-Eric Vergne took his usual position at the back of the field, being the only non-‘new team’ driver out in Q1. He lines up P18 ahead of Vitaly Petrov in P19 and Heikki Kovalainen in P20, who strangely set his fastest lap on prime tyres. Timo Glock beat Pedro de la Rosa today, lining up P21 and P22 respectively. Local boy Narain Karthikeyan took a nice break from his usual P24 in Qualifying by beating Charles Pic, who lines up in 24th, by 0.1seconds.
Oddly enough, there was absolutely no grid penalties to be handed out after qualifying today and so everyone will start where they qualified. They race starts at 9.30pm GMT but don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight or you’ll be an hour early for the coverage.