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Hamilton Secures Sepang Pole

By Mav | 24 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,533 views

Lewis Hamilton led McLaren’s second front-row lock-out as the Woking outfit continue to dominate qualifying. Can he reverse the fortunes of last weekend and convert that into victory? In a closely fought session, less than half a second separated the top five, impressive on a circuit with a lap time of over one and half minutes. second place was between four drivers from four different teams separated by less than a tenth – Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen posting exactly the same lap time. The former claimed fourth by virtue of starting his lap seven seconds earlier while the latter has to take a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Despite how close it was Hamilton always looked comfortable, however, and for the second weekend running he aborted his second run with the job already done.
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Race Prediction
With the threat of rain around, it’s anyone’s guess and this grid could count for nothing. What was clear in Melbourne is that there has been a clear divergence in philosophy in between those creating a car aimed at a good starting position and those targeting a strong race performance. Moreover, Sebastian Vettel may regret qualifying on the hard tyres if the sacrifice in grid position is wasted by a wet start.

Qualifying Lap Times

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.219
2. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.368
3. Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.391
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:36.461
5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:36.461
6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:36.634
7. Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.658
8. Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.664
9. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.566
10. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.698
Q2 cut-off time: 1:37.477
11. Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:37.589
12. Massa Ferrari 1:37.731
13. Senna Williams-Renault 1:37.841
14. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes     1:37.877
15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.883
16. Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes 1:37.890
17. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.069
Q1 cut-off time: 1:38.437
18. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.077
19. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:39.306
20. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:39.567
21. Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.903
22. Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.250
23. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.914
24. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.655

107% time: 1:43.974

Sector 1   Sector 2   Sector 3  
Schumacher    24.749 s Hamilton    32.277s Webber    38.889 s
Rosberg 24.807 s Button 32.416 s Button 38.947 s
Hamilton 24.807 s Webber 32.464 s Vettel 39.032 s

What are your predictions for the race?

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