The penultimate race of the 2010 season has come upon 0n F1 fans.It falls onto the Brazilian Track Interlagos, to give us at least a Constructors Champion, or more importantly the Drivers’ Champion. However, only Fernando Alonso can win the championship on this track and if he fails to; the title race goes to the magnificent Abu Dhabi.
- If he wins in Brazil, Webber must finish fourth or higher to keep the championship alive. Everyone else would be out of contention, regardless of where they finish.
- If Alonso is second, Webber must be higher than eighth to stay in it, Hamilton higher than fourth and Vettel must win.
- If Alonso is third, Webber must score points, Hamilton must be in the top four and Vettel in the top three.
- If Alonso finishes lower than third, the championship will stay open to the last race because Webber, at least, will still be able to win regardless of where he finishes.
( Thanks to the BBC for that one ^^ I would have taken years to calculate that)
Q1: ( Absolutely no prize for guessing who dropped out) The new teams, with Sutil dropped out. Christian Klien, who won this weeks’ HRT musical driver chair qualified higher than his teammate Bruno Senna qualified at the bottom of the pack. The Virgins outpaced the Lotuses and the casualty was Force India’s Adrian Sutil. Lotus’s Mike Gascoyne later “tweeted” saying : That they will be able to get ahead of Glock as they have the faster straight-line speed.
Q2 : Scramble out of the pits and continuosly set the fast laps >> That was the main aim for the title contenders. Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso traded fastest laps while Jenson Button decided he wanted to explore the circuit and marvel at its wondrous views which probably made him slow and it resulted in him getting kicked out of the Q2. Jenson was followed by Kobayashi, Rosberg, the Toro Rossos’ of both Buemi and Alguersuari, Heidfield, and the Force India of Vitantonio Luizzi. Webber came out fastest and was closely shadowed by Sebastian Vettel. Now many fans assumed that this was going to occur again in Q3; A front-row lockout between the Red Bulls. My God, how wrong were we?!
Q3: Cue the hearts of many F1 fans pumping very violently and butterflies fluttering in the stomach. The 1st lap was set by Lewis Hamilton who was already faster than the others in previous sessions and well into the 1:17s. It was immediately outshadowed by the Ferraris and the Red Bulls charging, setting fastest sector times, again and again. Then there were the Williams, who were expected to qualify 8th and 9th respectively; with Barichello outqualifying his teammate. But no they were wrong! Hulkenberg set the pace time and time again going faster than the Red Bulls and Ferrari of Fernando Alonso! He set times that blinded viewers and commentators. Even his first lap, was fastest enough for pole position but he decided to hammer on. He is now the 6th youngest driver to get pole position and goodness knows that he wants to win it. Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton qualified 2nd,3rd and 4th respectively with Fernando Alonso 5th. It was a truly a excellent drive from Hulkenberg who deserved the pole. But he’s got the 4 title contenders in fastest cars behind him. Going to be a brilliant race don’t you think?!
I leave you with a final thought : Hulkenberg outqualified Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber in a Williams car. Perhaps this is a sign of things that we can expect from him in the future. Pastor Maldonado BEAT THAT!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and remember to tune in to the race!