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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Brazil: Qualifying

Changing conditions at Interlagos led to excitement for qualifying, and when the slicks came out in Q3 Nico Hulkenberg sprung the biggest surprise of all to take the first pole for Williams since 2005, a result that the rookie will be hoping gives a boost to his chances of keeping his seat in 2011.

Williams Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany gestures after winning the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix race at Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING IMAGES OF THE DAY)

For your title challengers, Sebastian Vettel edged best bud Mark Webber as the Red Bulls start second and third. Lewis Hamilton's McLaren starts fourth and Fernando Alonso is in fifth in the Ferrari.

The odds grew longer for reigning champion Jenson Button, however, who was on the outside looking in after being eliminated in Q2.

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

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