Lewis Hamilton gets the second polo position and overtakes his colleague Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton gets the second polo position and overtakes his colleague Fernando Alonso.The distance between the 2 team-mates wasn’t so big but Hamilton did it again.Maybe tomorrow we will see another surprize from Lewis Hamilton,but who knows!
Alonso made the running in the first two sessions of qualifying, but Hamilton settled the issue with a lap of 1m 12.331s in the third, when Alonso’s best was 1m 12.500s.
The Englishman’s car required an engine change last night due to an assembly problem but he will not receive a grid place penalty as Friday engines don’t count. He described his two quickest laps in Q3 as ‘perfect’.
Having run the silver cars close all afternoon, the Ferraris line up on the second row with Felipe Massa third on 1m 12.703s and Kimi Raikkonen fourth with 1m 12.839s. As expected, BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld was their closest challenger, taking fifth place with 1m 12.847s.
Heikki Kovalainen signalled something of a resurgence for Renault by taking sixth fastest time, lapping his R27 in 1m 13.308s to edge out BMW Sauber rookie Sebastian Vettel, who has impressed many people with his smooth performance and a best lap of 1m 13.513s.
Jarno Trulli was the only Toyota driver to make Q3, placing his TF107 eighth with 1m 13.953s to head Mark Webber, who took his Red Bull round in 1m 13.871s, and Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 13.953s in the second Renault.
David Coulthard just failed to make the Q3 cut in Q2 after lapping his Red Bull in 1m 12.873s, then came Toyota ’s Ralf Schumacher (1m 12.920s), Honda’s Jenson Button (1m 12.998s), Williams’ Nico Rosberg (1m 13.060s), Honda’s Rubens Barrichello (1m 13.201s) and Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson (1m 13.259s).
As Coulthard survived a spin in Turn Eight, the two Red Bull drivers were separated by a 1000th of a second in Q1 (1m 13.424s to 1m 13.425s) as Q1 accounted for Alex Wurz (1m 13.441s) in the Williams, Super Aguri’s Takuma Sato (1m 13.477s), the two Toro Rossos (Tonio Liuzzi 1m 13.484s and Scott Speed 1m 13.712s), and the two Spykers (Adrian Sutil 1m 14.122s and Christijan Albers 1m 14.597s).