2011 Spanish GP – Qualifying Results


Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel decimated the competition and blazed their way to a 1-2 in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix today. They were miles ahead of the opposition – the margin to the McLarens was one full second and the others were almost 2 seconds adrift. It also means that Sebastian Vettel’s domination of qualifying came to an end, with his team mate bettering his 1:21.181 lap with a blinding 1:20.981 time that put him on pole for the first time this season.

The McLarens were the nearest challengers, with Hamilton in P3,and Button in P5. Fernando Alonso did a phenomenal job to haul the Ferrari to 4th on the grid in a single run. That car clearly does not belong in the top 6 as Massa demonstrated with his 8th fastest lap in Q3. Vitaly Petrov too did a brilliant job to get his Renault up into 6th place beating Massa and Rosberg, whose Mercedes could do no better than 7th quickest. Michael Schumacher elected not to set a time in Q3, preferring to save a set of soft tyres. Pastor Maldonado brought some cheer to the beleaguered Williams team by getting into Q3 for the first time in his F1 career. He was 9th fastest and less than a tenth behind Massa.

In Q2, the usual trio of Force Indias, Saubers and Toro Rossos were eliminated, but the real surprise of the Q1 session was Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen getting his team into Q2 for the first time this year. He was just 1.7 seconds behind the midfield teams which is a huge achievement. The Force Indias elected to run on the hard compounds in Q2, effectively falling behind Kovalainen at the end.

Barrichello was stranded in Q1 with a gearbox problem and failed to get through. Likewise, Heidfeld’s car could not be repaired in time for it to complete a timed run in Q1, leaving the German dead last on the grid if he is allowed to take part. The HRT cars did well to recover from their lack of practice pace to beat one of the Virgin cars.

Full qualifying analysis to follow. Here are the results :

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