Send this page to a friend!
Fill in the form bellow

your name:
your email:
friend name:
friend email:
your comments:


autoviva2011-05-28 20:26:33

Red Bull unbeaten in qualifying with another pole for Vettel

Red Bull unbeaten in qualifying with another pole for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has conquered his fifth pole position of the season and his 20th of the career after being the quickest in the qualifying session for tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix. The session had to be interrupted after a heavy crash from Sauber's Sergio Perez.

The German time 1m13.556s of was set halfway into Q3, a time sufficient to keep him ahead of Jenson Button by 0.441s. Crashing heavily towards the end of the session Sergio Perez helped Vettel secure yet another pole as the time left in the session wasn't sufficient for the nine cars left running to warm up their tyres and make an attempt to take the lead from the championship leader.

Thanks to the crash from Sergio Perez the session had to be interrupted for 40 minutes, with the Sauber pilot being stretchered away and the barriers reset.

So with the long interruption there would be no change in the top six, after the restart of the session with Button being followed by Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. Behind them Michael Schumacher equaled his best qualifying of the season outperforming Ferrari's Felipe Massa in sixth.

Lewis Hamilton was the driver whose performance was more affected by the red flags. The Brit was the quickest on both Q1 and Q2 but was out with his set super soft tyres when the red flags came out. After the session restarted he only managed to climb up into seventh ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes and Pastor Maldonado's Williams. If Perez is fit to start tomorrow's race will depart from 10th position.

Renault had promised that they would be fighting for victory in Monaco, but their promise seems to be a little bit far from happening. Vitaly Petrov missed Q3 for the first time this season and his team mate only managed a disappointing 16th spot on the grid.

Rubens Barrichello was fighting for the last spot on Q3 but he didn't managed to make the cut and ended up behind the Russian from Renault and ahead of Sauber's Kobayashi and the two Force Indias of di Resta and Sutil. Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi was 17th.

The biggest name missing out on Q2 was Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari who was slower than Team Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, ending up in 20th.

Neither of the HRTs were on track during qualifying after Tonio Liuzz's crash during the morning practice and with a suspension behind discovered on Nahrain Karthikeyan's car. With neither of them making a lap, they didn't make the 107% cut, not being able to start tomorrow's race.

Position Driver Team Time Gap
 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m13.556s  
 2. Jenson Button McLaren 1m13.997s + 0.441
 3. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m14.019s + 0.463
 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m14.483s + 0.927
 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m14.682s + 1.126
 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m14.887s + 1.321
 7. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m15.280s + 1.724
 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.766s + 2.210
 9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m16.528s + 2.972
 10. Sergio Perez Sauber No time  
Q2 cut-off time: 1m15.545s

Vitaly Petrov

Lotus Renault 1m15.815s + 1.540
 12. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m15.826s + 1.551
 13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m15.973s + 1.698
 14. Paul di Resta Force India 1m16.118s + 1.843
 15. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m16.121s + 1.846
 16. Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault 1m16.214s + 1.939
 17. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1m16.300s + 2.025
Q1 cut-off time: 1m16.813s
 18. Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 1m17.343s + 2.136
 19. Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 1m17.381s + 2.174
 20. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1m17.820s + 2.613
 21. Timo Glock Virgin 1m17.914s + 2.707
 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin 1m18.736s + 3.529
 23. Nahrain Karathikeyan HRT No time  
 24. Tonio Liuzzi HRT No time  


Red BullRed Bull
V 8 (90º vee)
146 cu in
Top Speed
7, semi-automatic
Maximum power
Single Seater
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost




publish your news and scoops
Top 10ReviewsCar CultureGeneva Motor ShowElectric CarsHybrid CarsIndustry