2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Results

Another Saturday afternoon shootout, yet another pole position for Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver was way ahead of anyone else in Q2, and was simply too fast to be beaten in Q3. His lap of 1:25.019 was by far the quickest of the weekend, and was four tenths ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. Only Nico Rosberg was more impressive, dragging his Mercedes up to 3rd on the starting grid, just a tenth behind the much faster Red Bull of the Aussie. To put that lap in perspective, Michael Schumacher could manage only eighth fastest in Q3.

Fernando Alonso managed to beat Jenson Button’s McLaren on his way to 5th on the grid. Encouragingly for the Scuderia, Alonso was just four tenths off the pace of Mark Webber, and eight tenths from Vettel which marks a solid improvement from the usual 1 or 1.5 second margin we have seen so far this season. Massa was quite disappointing on a track he has dominated on, in the past, requiring a set of soft tyres to make it through to Q2, and then forced to sacrifice his Q3 run to save a set of option tyres for the race. He starts tenth.

In Q2, both Toro Rossos were well off the pace, and were eliminated along with the two Force Indias, Sauber driver Sergio Perez, and the two Williams cars.

Kamui Kobayashi was among the first to go out in Q1, but the feisty Japanese driver, who usually outperforms faster cars and gets into Q3 on merit, was forced to park his car with a gearbox problem. As a result, he was knocked out along with the usual six drivers from Lotus, Virgin and Hispania. Heikki Kovalainen did well to come within half a second of the Q2 cut-off time. Also impressive was Tonio Liuzzi, who beat the Virgin of Timo Glock.

Full qualifying analysis to follow. Here are the results in the meantime :


2 Responses to “2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Results”

  1. Saiprasaad Ganapthy Says:

    “Straight away I felt comfortable in the car, felt the rhythm of the track very quickly,” said Vettel, who clocked 1 minute, 25.049 seconds.

    Certainly a good showing from the Red Bull boys as usual but a marked improvemnt for Mercedes, who could dice it up up at the front tomorrow along with Red Bull and Mercedes.

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