Sebastian Vettel has grabbed his most important pole position in his young Formula One career. The 23 year old German headed Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the stunning Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi as the 2010 season looms to the end. Current world champion Jenson Button qualified a respectable 4th while Mark Webber disappointed by qualifying a lowly 5th. His championship hopes takes a hit but he has promised to fight back.
This is how it works ( Courtesy of BBC) :
- ALONSO 246pts
- WEBBER 238pts
- VETTEL 231pts
- HAMILTON 222pts
- If Alonso wins or is second, he is champion
- If Webber wins, he wins the title if Alonso is third or worse
- If Vettel wins and Alonso is 5th or worse, Vettel wins the title
- If Hamilton wins, Alonso must fail to score, Webber be 6th or worse and Vettel 3rd or worse for Hamilton to win the title
Q1: For the final time this season, the new teams dropped out with Lotus heading them.Bruno Senna put on an admirable performance as he out qualified teammate Christian Klien. A near encounter with the barrier put an end to Buemi’s qualifying session as teammate Alguersuari got into Q2. There wasn’t as much running from the big teams but Nico Rosberg shocked many people as he consistenly lapped in 2nd or 3rd position. Fernando Alonso headed the times and the 24 drivers.
Q2: Robert Kubica, despite putting consistent performances during the practices, he became the big formality and qualified a lowly 11th.
“I have been struggling with the car since yesterday and we simply didn’t manage to get on top of the issues, especially for qualifying. The rear of the car was sliding a lot this evening, so it was hard to get on the power early enough to set a good lap time. I tried everything, I was sideways in a lot of corners, but that’s how it was today. It’s disappointing to miss out on the top ten” Kubica said.
Both Force Indias and BMW Sauber Ferrari’s dropped out followed by Jaime Alguersuari and last week’s polesitter Nico Hulkenberg.
Q3: The important one and the contenders left their garages early all except Sebastian Vettel who felt confident and ready to charge. As Hamilton and Alonso hammered laps that grew faster and faster, Mark Webber couldn’t muster the speed to lap quicker than his teammate or his competitors. He continually lapped in 3rd and 4th places. Teammates Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified 9th and 8th respectively. Williams’ main runner Barichello was 7th as lone Renault Vitaly Petrov qualified 10th. Once Vettel got out his garage he consistently set lap times that were good enough for pole as the others quickly made it just in time to start another lap but none of them could even touch Vettel’s time as sun set in Abu Dhabi.
What a grand start to the finale of 2010. I shan’t miss the race and I trust you wouldn’t too. So Alonso, Webber, Vettel and Hamilton; Take your pick.
Enjoy the race tomorrow and Have fun!