Motorsports Blog

17 November 2013

US GP qualifying report

Sebastian Vettel is on pole...again

Christopher Chaves
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The Red Bull cars head the starting line up at the United States GP. Mark Webber had stood a tenth of a second clear of the four-time world champion after the pair’s first runs in Q3 on the circuit in Austin, and improved that time on his second set of new tyres shortly after. Vettel rolled up his sleeves and went fastest of all on his final lap, lapping a tenth of a second quicker of Mark.

The Red Bulls were the only cars to have breached the 1m37s mark, leaving little more than a half of a second distance between themselves of the Lotus of Roman Grosjean, who slots his Lotus third on the starting grid. The top three are followed by Nico Hulkenberg's Sauber, a now quick looking Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and Sergio Perez's McLaren.

Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen – standing in for his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen – in the Lotus qualified eighth, folllowed by Valtteri Bottas in his Williams and Esteban Gutierrez in the second Sauber.

Bottas was in the spotlight in the early part of qualifying, going fastest in Q1 and emerging fourth in Q2. In Q3 however, a mistake on his crucial lap meant he slipped down the starting order to 9th.

Fernando Alonso couldn’t match up to the pace of the Red Bulls in his Ferrari and will start the race from sixth spot.

Sergio Perez was the only driver from the Mclaren team to make the Q3 cut and will start the race from seventh on the grid. Jenson Button missed the Q3 cut by less than two tenths of a second with his final lap in Q2 and qualified 13th. He will drop to 16th on the grid thanks to a three-place grid penalty for overtaking under the red flag in qualifying.

Adrian Sutil had yet another poor qualifying session as was restricted to the sidelines for most of the qualifying session after failing to make the Q2 cut-off. 

Position         Driver                Team              Time       

1.           Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1m36.338s

2.           Mark Webber           Red Bull        1m36.441s

3.           Romain Grosjean       Lotus           1m37.155s

4.           Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1m37.296s

5.           Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes     1m37.345s

6.           Fernando Alonso       Ferrari         1m37.376s

7.           Sergio Perez          McLaren           1m37.452s

8.           Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus            1m37.715s

9.           Valtteri Bottas       Williams           1m37.836s

10.          Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber        1m38.034s

11.          Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso    1m38.131s

12.          Paul di Resta         Force India       1m38.139s

13.          Jenson Button         McLaren       1m38.217s

14.          Nico Rosberg          Mercedes      1m38.364s

15.          Felipe Massa          Ferrari            1m38.592s

16.          Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso      1m38.696s

17.          Adrian Sutil          Force India       1m39.250s

18.          Pastor Maldonado    Williams         1m39.351s

19.          Giedo Van der Garde  Caterham   1m40.491s

20.          Jules Bianchi         Marussia           1m40.528s

21.          Charles Pic           Caterham           1m40.596s

22.          Max Chilton           Marussia          1m41.401s

Tags: f1, formula one, sebastian vettel



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