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2011 Spanish GP – Qualifying Analysis

Posted in Qualifying Analysis with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Mark Webber finally derailed the Vettel express today, ending the reigning world champion’s stranglehold on qualifying and putting himself in the best possible position to win the race tomorrow. The Red Bulls went on a rampage in the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, with a massive one second advantage to the McLarens, and a two second gap to the other teams. They were comfortably through into Q2 despite using only the harder tyres, and flexed their muscle in Q3 taking away what little hope their rivals had of beating them this weekend.

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2011 Spanish GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result with tags , , , , on May 21, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

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.

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2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Analysis

Posted in Qualifying Analysis with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix, but he didn’t blitz everyone else by a full second at the very end of the session as he usually does. This time, he did an early lap in Q3, a truly staggering 1:25.019 time that was miles ahead of all the other drivers on their first runs. Then he sat around, waiting for someone to get within striking distance of his time, possibly got bored, got out of the cockpit with utter confidence while everyone else went out for a second run. He has now been on pole position for all the races in 2011, a 5 race unbeaten streak if you count from Abu Dhabi last year.

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2011 Chinese GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result with tags , , , on April 16, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Chinese GP tomorrow and if you raised an eyebrow on reading that, you must be new to F1 2011. He hasn’t been beaten in qualifying since Singapore last year. And without the engine failure in Korea, Singapore would’ve been the last time he was beaten in a race. Practice pace indicated that the McLarens could run him close in the fight for pole, and a 1-2 by the Brits in Q2 seemed to underline that. But true to his style, the Q3 specialist pulled out a blinding seven tenths on his first run, with a 1:33.706 lap that was so far beyond everyone else that he was able to abort his second run.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result with tags , , , , on April 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel underlined his brilliance as a Q3 specialist once again, snatching pole position away from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in the dying moments of the qualifying session at Sepang. Mark Webber, despite showing immense pace in Friday practice, could do no better than third, ahead of Jenson Button. The final practice session in the morning led to speculation that the MP4-26 could now take the fight to the brilliant RB7, and the British car lived up to the expectations, pushing Red Bull every inch of the way in Q3.

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