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Stats From Silverstone Qualifying

By saltire | 7 Jul 2012 | 5 Comments | 2,826 views

Silverstone produced a qualifying session almost as chaotic as its car parking arrangements as rain dictated proceedings. First Jenson Button went out in Q1 thanks to a yellow flag and worsening conditions on his final run. Q2 was then hit by a red flag as the water deepened – prior to that Sergio Perez had been quickest but a decision to resume on the intermediate tyres saw him eventually 17th. And so to Q3, which turned into a two-way battle between Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber, the Ferrari driver the eventual winner.

GP INGHILTERRA F1/2012
 
Qualifying Facts

  • This is Ferrari’s 205th World Championship pole position and Fernando Alonso’s 21st, his first since the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix 32 races ago.
  • Nico Rosberg’s 13th place means that only Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean have now reached Q3 every weekend in 2012.
  • Hamilton and Alonso also continue their run of out-qualifying their team mates, Pedro de la Rosa is the only other driver with a 100% dominating record this year.
  • Eight drivers took their fifth engine of the season this weekend, joining Rosberg who took his two weeks ago in Valencia.

 
Q3 Summary
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Qualifying Lap Times

1. Alonso Ferrari 1:51.746
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault     1:51.793
3. Schumacher     Mercedes 1:52.020
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:52.199
5. Massa Ferrari 1:53.065
6. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:53.290
7. Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:53.539
8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.543
9. Hulkenberg¹     Force India-Mercedes     1:54.382
10. Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time set
Q2 cut-off time: 1:56.931
11. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:57.009
12. Kobayashi²     Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.071
13. Rosberg Mercedes 1:57.108
14. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:57.132
15. Senna Williams-Renault 1:57.426
16. Vergne³ Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:57.719
17. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.895
Q1 cut-off time: 1:47.724
18. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.044
19. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:49.027
20. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:49.477
21. Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.618
22. De La Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:52.742
23. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:53.040
DNQ Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:54.143

107% time: 1:53.718
¹ Nico Hulkenberg starts 14th after a five-place grid penalty for a new gearbox
² Kamui Kobayashi starts 17th after a five-place grid penalty from the European Grand Prix
³ Jean-Eric Vergne starts 23rd after a ten-place grid penalty from the European Grand Prix
Charles Pic starts at the discretion of the stewards after failing to qualify within the 107% rule, if he does he will start ahead of Vergne.

Best Sector Times
Sectors

 
What are your predictions for the race? Should qualifying have been red flagged? Who was luck and who was unlucky today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…


Photo: Scuderia Ferrari/Ercole Colombo

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5 Comments »

  • str8y

    Nice stats! The sector times look odd. Were they from all 3 sessions or just Q3?

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  • saltire (author)

    str8y,

    All three sessions I believe, those are the fastest times each driver set, normally that would be Q3 but in this instance the fastest driver in sectors one and three was Jean-Eric Vergne so must also include the earlier sessions. FIA scetor times pdf file

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  • Mark Biesheuvel

    It’s funny how Button through Glock aren’t included in the little graph inside the Q3 summary, since they were quicker in Q1 than the fastest time of Q3.

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  • str8y

    str8y,

    All three sessions I believe, those are the fastest times each driver set, normally that would be Q3 but in this instance the fastest driver in sectors one and three was Jean-Eric Vergne so must also include the earlier sessions. FIA scetor times pdf file

    Thanks, that would make sense as Alonso’s 3 best sectors are quite slow compared to the others.

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  • saltire (author)

    Mark Biesheuvel,

    Yes they were faster than the top 9 drivers and since I started the graph with Alonso’s time on top they were omitted, maybe with hindsight I should have included them. By way of recompence here they are all in the one graph. The minus numbers at the top indicate that those drivers were faster in Q1 than the time set by those in Q3.

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