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Vettel on Pole at Silverstone, While McLarens Struggle

July 10, 2010

For the British fans flocking to Silverstone this weekend, hoping to see the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in a British one-two, they were left disappointed after qualifying, as Red Bull locked-out the front row, and Button failed to get through to Q3.

Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s race from pole, after scoring an impressive lap time of 1:29.615, with teammate Mark Webber, just over a tenth slower in second. Fernando Alonso qualified third, and will be joined on the second row by Hamilton, who was lucky to post such a fast time, after making it through to Q3 with just a three tenths of a second buffer from the drop-out zone.

His teammate, Button, was less fortunate, and after complaining that the he had no grip in the rear of the car during Q2, he failed to improve on 14th.

The Woking-based team had headed to Silverstone with new updates to the MP4-25, a blown diffuser, currently sported by the Red Bulls, that adds more downforce to the car. The updates, including a new front wing, unbalanced the car, and while the team continued to run the new wing, they scrapped the new diffuser for the weekend.

Hamilton managed fourth, an achievement he and the team were happy with, considering the lost hours in Friday practice, spent testing the new updates.

Nico Rosberg made the first ‘comeback’ for Mercedes, after their less-than-impressive run in Valencia two weeks ago, to qualify fifth, ahead of Robert Kubica in sixth, Felipe Massa in seventh, Rubens Barrichello in eighth and Pedro de la Rosa in ninth. Rosberg’s teammate, and seven-time champion, Michael Schumacher, will start tomorrow’s race from tenth.

Dropping out with Button in Q2 was Adrian Sutil in 11th, Kamui Kobayashi in 12th, and Nico Hulkenberg in 13th, with Button 14th ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi in 15th, Sebastien Buemi in 16th, and Vitaly Petrov in 17th. In the dropout zone in Q1 were Jaime Alguersuari in 18th, Heikki Kovalainen in 19th, Jarno Trulli 20th, Timo Glock 21st, Lucas di Grassi 22nd, Karun Chandhok 23rd, and Sakon Yamamoto, replacing Bruno Senna in the HRT, in 24th.

Vettel will begin tomorrow’s race having won two races so far this season, as will Webber, Hamilton, and Button. And for win number three, so far it’s advantage-Vettel, heading into the tenth race of the season. Will he take his second successive British Grand Prix win in Silverstone, or will Webber steal it off him, or indeed, will Hamilton do what McLaren came to Silverstone to do? The race is live on BBC1 at 1pm.

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  1. […] Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s race from pole, after scoring an impressive lap time of 1:29.615, with teammate Mark Webber, just over a tenth slower in second. Fernando Alonso qualified third, and will be joined on the second row by Hamilton, who was lucky to post such a fast time, after making it through to Q3 with just a three tenths of a second buffer from the drop-out zone… More […]



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