Qualifying: Vettel edges out Button by a Hundredth

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Image [1]: Vettel took pole from Button by a tenth of a second in Japan.

 

Sorry I couldn't get this article posted up earlier but I had a swim meet kicking off my short course season. Today was a good day filled with some surprises. I dropped a total of five seconds today and have made one first place and three thirds. This meet continues tomorrow and I have to be at the pool early so I won't post my race article until about this time tomorrow. Sorry for any changes that might effect any of you.

 

d11jpn1532-2.jpgTurning back to Formula 1, there had been some incidents on Saturday during practice and Qualifying. In Practice 3 it was a big one. Bruno Senna hit the wall hard and his suspension was thrown on top of the car. Senna was unharmed and apparently neither was his car. Senna put his Renault eighth, his teammate ninth.

 

Image [2]: Senna's stricken Renault is towed away after his impact in P3.

 

Rosberg and Liuzzi failed to set lap times during the Q1 session due to some mechanical failures. They were both given the green flag to race by the stewards since their practice times were able to make the cut. They will both start from the back of the grid which leaves Rosberg with his work cut out for him.

 

Button had been looking good in his McLaren all weekend as he topped every practice session. That was good news for him because he was the only man that could mathematically stop Vettel from the title. He almost got pole as well as he was a hundredth of a second behind the Red Bull. He could still be a threat for Vettel in the race.

 

Here are the final and official results for Qualifying:

 

Note: Rosberg and Liuzzi will race by the stewards permission.

 

Place 
No Driver Team Session 1 
Session 2 
Session 3 
Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:33.051 1:31.424 1:30.466 14
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.947 1:31.434 1:30.475 14
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.843 1:31.139 1:30.617 14
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.235 1:31.909 1:30.804 15
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.817 1:31.612 1:30.886 13
6 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:33.135 1:31.576 1:31.156 14
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.748 1:32.116 10
8 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:33.359 1:32.297 12
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:32.877 1:32.245 17
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.626 1:32.380 15
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.761 1:32.463 14
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:33.499 1:32.746 10
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:33.921 1:33.079 13
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:33.781 1:33.224 14
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:33.064 1:33.227 10
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:35.111 1:33.427 10
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.704 6
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:35.454 3
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:35.514 6
20 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.439 8
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.507 7
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:37.846 7
DNQ 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1
DNQ 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2
107% Time 1:39.109

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