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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sebastian Vettel takes Pole as Ferrari falter

Sebastian Vettel took pole position in Quali but only by one tenth of a second from Lewis Hamilton who drove the laps of his life to try to challenge the Red Bulls.

Vettel takes another pole for F1's return to the USA
Copyright: Clive Mason/Getty Images

For Fernando Alonso the session showed up a significant failure by Ferrari to make a dent in the dominance of Red Bull.

Jenson Button's McLaren suffered a total loss of power in Qualifying 2 under the disapproving eyes of Ron Dennis in the garage which pushes him down into 12th position.

Jenson yesterday posited the theory that perhaps P2 would be better than Pole but this seems to have been rubbished today, with all of the teams trying to line up on the odd side of the grid.  The even side of the grid would appear to have no grid whatsoever, so whether Lewis will get away decently tomorrow is a crucial question both for McLaren and for Fernando's title hopes.

Grosjean qualified in 4th but takes a 5 place grid penalty which helps to move Fernando up to 8th position and the slippy side of the grid.

The Lotus team have really pulled up their socks since Free Practice and, Kimi takes over 4th from Grosjean as he moves back on the grid.

Michael came in 5th while Rosberg couldn't put a lap together and ended up in 17th.

Caterham were comprehensively outqualified by both Marussia's.

The real problem seems to be getting heat into the tyres.

The grid lines up as follows:

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Lewis Hamilton,
  3. Mark Webber,
  4. Romain Grosjean,
  5. Kimi Raikkonen,
  6. Michael Schumacher,
  7. Felipe Massa,
  8. Nico Hulkenburg,
  9. Fernando Alonso,
  10. Pastor Maldonado,
  11. Bruno Senna,
  12. Jenson Button
  13. Paul di Resta,
  14. Jean Eric Vergne
  15. Sergio Perez
  16. Kamui Kobayashi
  17. Nico Rosberg,
  18. Daniel Ricciardo
  19. Timo Glock
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Vitaly Petrov
  22. Heikki Kovalainen,
  23. Pedro de la Rosa
  24. Narain Karthekeyan