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Stats from Valencia Qualifying

By saltire | 23 Jun 2012 | 5 Comments | 3,323 views

Who says qualifying at Valencia can’t be interesting? We might have anticipated a close qualifying session given that FP2 had seen 15 drivers setting times within one second of the leader, but Mark Webber’s surprise exit from the first session had not seemed likely.

A DRS fault and lack of FP3 practice were to blame for the early exit but his was not to be the only surprise as Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa followed suit in the second session. With four of the top contenders dutifully dispatched, the duel for pole saw Vettel and Hamilton battle for the honour, in the end the German was to take his 33rd pole, putting him alongside Alain Prost and Jim Clark’s record for career poles. Maldonado’s strong performance sees him start on the second row alongside Romain Grosjean, with his team-mate, former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen one place behind.

Rosberg starts the race a disappointing sixth after strong times all weekend whilst this was to be the first Q3 session to see both Force India drivers take part. Honourable mention must go to Heikki Kovalainen who starts the race in sixteenth place, ahead of both Toro Rosso’s, perhaps tomorrow could be Caterham’s day.

Qualifying Facts

  • Sebastian Vettel has been on pole 3 times this season with an average qualifying position of 5.5; Lewis Hamilton’s average qualifying position is 1.9 having set 2 poles and one fastest time in Q3.
  • The best three sector times combined would have produced a 1 minute 37.938 lap, just 0.148 seconds faster than pole.
  • Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa are the only drivers to have beaten their team-mate in qualifying at each event this season.
  • Nico Rosberg is the first driver to use a fifth engine this season, he has 3 new powerplants available for the remainder of the year.
  • The top three qualifying drivers have no new sets of soft tyre available for tomorrow’s race having used them all during qualifying.

Q3 Summary
Qualifying Lap Times

1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:38.086
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes     1:38.410
3. Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.475
4. Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.505
5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:38.513
6. Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.623
7. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.741
8. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:38.752
9. Button     Mercedes 1:38.801
10. di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.992
Q2 cut-off time: 1:38.703
11. Alonso Ferrari 1:38.707
12. Schumacher     Mercedes 1:38.770
13. Massa Ferrari 1:38.780
14. Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.207
15. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.358
16. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:40.295
17. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.358
Q1 cut-off time: 1:40.087
18. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.203
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:40.395
20. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.457
21. de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.171
22. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.527
23. Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.675

107% time: 1:45.742

Timo Glock did not take part in qualifying due to illness. The FIA has yet to confirm if he will be allowed to take part in the race.

Best Sector Times

What are your predictions for the race? Can Romain Grosjean score his maiden F1 victory? Will Caterham score a point? Who should have done better in qualifying?

Photo: Red Bull Racing/Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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  • saltire (author)

    Late news. Stewards will allow Glock to race as long as he passes medical examination on race morning.

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  • Mav

    Glock has withdrawn to recover from what is likely an intestinal infection

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  • Mav

    Ferrari will be disappointed but in terms of time, they were insanely close to fastest Q2 time (1min38.489). All the way down to 15th were within a second – and on a pretty long lap at that. Mind blowing.

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  • str8y

    Great Round-up. Liking the New Graphics!!

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  • saltire (author)


    Thank you :-)

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