Sebastian Vettel was the first man out on track for the second qualifying session. The long wait which preceded the first car in Q1 was non-existent this time round. His first lap time was set on the scrubbed tires he ran on in Q1, but the German still set a strong lap time of 1.36.260. Mark Webber in the other RB9 was the second man to put in a time, setting a lap four-tenths of a second behind the German.
Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Jean-Eric Vergne were the next three across the line to sit third, fourth and fifth provisionally, respectively. Alonso didn’t have to be asked twice to jump to P1, although it was short of a tenth clear of Vettel’s time. Massa attempt at P1 gave the Brazilian third on the timesheets.
Mark Webber pulled his RB9 off track with a fuel issue meaning his Qualifying session was over. The Aussie was left sitting with the marshalls, hoping his lap time would be enough to see him through to Q3.
At the same time, The Mercedes’ ran free and let Lewis Hamilton set a fantastic lap – a 1.35.078 which put him nearly half a second clear of P2 man Nico Rosberg. Vettel returned to the track to ensure he was safely within the top 10 needed to progress to Q3 and he went P2. Alonso then stormed in to bump the German down to P3. Mark Webber felt the cost of his problem, sitting back as he dropped to P14 for tomorrow’s Grand Prix. Fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo put in a fantastic lap to make it through to the final Qualifying session.
- Paul di Resta
- Sergio Perez
- Adrian Sutil
- Mark Webber
- Pastor Maldonado
- Jean-Eric Vergne