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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Germany: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel took pole at Hockenheim, but Fernando Alonso made it difficult, as a resurgent Ferrari looks set to make a statement at the German Grand Prix.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 24: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after finishing first during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 24, 2010 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

It took Vettel's final run to knock Alonso from the top spot, the Spaniard starts second. Felipe Massa starts third, while an error by Mark Webber sees the Australian starting fourth.

July 24, 2010 - Hockenheim, GERMANY - epa02259654 Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari in action during the qualifying session at the Hockenheimring race track in Hockenheim, Germany, 24 July 2010. German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing took pole position, followed by Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari in second and Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari on third. The German Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hockenheim on 25 July.

The McLarens make up the third row.

Q1 was halted for eight minutes to remove debris following a heavy crash by Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Force India Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy removes a part of his car to get out after crashing in the qualifying session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit in south-western Germany July 24, 2010. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the qualifying session for the German F1 GP ahead of Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alonso's Ferrari fellow team mate Felipe Massa of Brazil.  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay  (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

So, just when it seemed this year's championship was down to Red Bull and McLaren, Ferrari reminds it is a long season. But do the Scuderia have race pace?

The grid
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
  4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
  5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
  6. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault
  7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
  8. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth
  9. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari
  10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes
  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes*
  12. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari
  13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth
  14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
  15. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault
  16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
  17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
  18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth
  19. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth
  20. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India - Mercedes
  21. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth
  22. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth
  23. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth
  24. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT - Cosworth
*grid penalty - gear box change


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If Ferrari have picked up enough pace to stay with Red Bull, that will be a big jump in a couple of weeks. If they can do it again, things will be looking up for them.

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