Stats From Silverstone Qualifying
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.
- 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.
Qualifying Lap Times
|2. Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:51.793|
|4. Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:52.199|
|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|
|14. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:57.132|
|16. Vergne³||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:57.719|
|Q1 cut-off time:||1:47.724|
|22. De La Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:52.742|
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.
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Photo: Scuderia Ferrari/Ercole Colombo