The Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying Formula 1


The Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of the qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit.


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COMMENTATOR: It is tailor made for the Ferraris. This is the first

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start for a Grand Prix I have seen. Button is caught up, as well as

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Lewis Hamilton. Michael Schumacher It is the most impressive track

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that we have around here. Long, quick, wet. It is massively fast.

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Absolute classic race track. One of the best venues to take a Formula

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One car to. We like being on the edge. If you make a mistake, you're

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going to hurt yourself. They go through flat out. There is always

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that challenge whether you can do As ever there is always a cloud,

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even when the sky is blue. The wait is almost over for Lewis Hamilton

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the -- and the rest. Welcome to place that is famous for his water.

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The big worry is water of the rain variety. We have had an incredibly

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wet weekend. And two men know about wet weekends in Spa. They have made

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them work to their advantage and disadvantage over the years. Your

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greatest ever weekend in the rain here, you haven't forgotten about

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it? I don't think you can. You keep showing it. It was simply amazing.

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Because you know it is difficult to put across the excitement and the

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feeling that you have got at this moment. These are very scary days

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in a romantic way. Eddie does sometimes still talk about the past.

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This is how he made hids way -- his way to the car. A snazy dresser and

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a snazy dancer. He was like a leprechaun. But the reason why

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Eddie took that win, you took out Michael Schumacher. Very kind of

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you. I didn't take him out. It makes it sound as if it was

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deliberate. It was as a result of the fact he was coming up to lap me

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and I had slowed, because I have given the information. Because of

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the heat in the battle between McLaren and Ferrari, he thought it

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was deliberate. His words can't be repeated. I felt secure, because I

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had my crash helmet on. But well done to Michael Schumacher. This

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weekend 20 years in Formula One. He said that losingly temper with you

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was the low point of his career. That is nice. I'm surprised given

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some of the other incidents he has been involved in. But it was the

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fact that he pub luck -- publicly showed his emotions. Well we have

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had a lovely break. What did you do to fill your time? I did some

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sailing. Did a bit of nothing. Just cruising. I did an interesting in

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Rotterdam, I did st city ray -- did the city racing exhibition. Did you

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get up to much? Not a lot! Yeah In my ways it is straight forward.

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You will be watching the road. off the throttle when I'm going

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down? Yes. Off the throttle when you're going down. I'm getting the

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feel for that. Brake a pit. You can definitely. Unbelievable. Eddie

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goes to Rotterdam, I go to Suffolk. David teaches Tom Cruise thousand

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drive a Formula One car. How did that -- how to drive a Formula One

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car. How did that come about. like to pretend he was a friend,

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but that was the first time I met him. He would have laughed at your

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dance when you won. He may have auditioned for for -- me for a part.

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We could do a due owe. He is a big fan of motor sport. When he was

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given the chance to drive the car, he has done an endurance race

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before.? You were there to celebrate the fact that Texas --

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You were out there to celeb brait the fact that Texas is coming on

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board. Yes we got it wrong the last time, but Austin is a state of the

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art track. A lot of elevation change and it is a very, it has a

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European feel. It is a young town and they will embrace Formula One.

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The guy there is are proud of the circuit. But regardless of what

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they do, we would all agree when it couples to circuits, they don't

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We may have put the umbrellas away, but don't be fooled, it once rained

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European Grand Prix in June. Snue But he is still dominant in the

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Championship and it will be a brave man who would call anyone to beat

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him. As far as the rest of the season goes, the worry for most of

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the drivers is they they can start catching Sebastian Vettel, he does

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not need to win any more. He could still be champion. Well yes, but

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the guys that are battling him for the Championship, the only one that

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hasn't won a Championship is Mark Webber. The others have peace of

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mind of knowing they have won it already. But the real, the building

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blocks of the Championship have been done in the early part of

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season and it will be difficult to beat Sebastian Vettel. But not

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impossible. Not if they keep on winning. I will leave you walk over

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here. The aim of the game is to pick up the wins. We haven't had

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any racing for a few weeks, but at least we stilled that memories that

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this guy in this car gave us, Jenson Button with an incredible

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win the last time out. Comment comen who can get some traction

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from -- COMMENTATOR: Who can get some traction from those tyres.

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Button is holding third place. Lewis Hamilton takes the lead as

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Sebastian Vettel can find no grip on that tyre. That is Massa. Into

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the tyres. Button takes over second place. Nick hide felt caught fire.

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Michael Schumacher has spun it. Around she goes. Oh di Resta has to

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drive off the track to avoid hims - - hitting him. Button takes the

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lead again. Now Lewis Hamilton is back in the lead. There is a

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handbrake turn, followed by a three-point turn. Lewis Hamilton,

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the intermediates going on. Fernando Alonso has breezed past

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Lewis Hamilton. He has got to pit for tyres. That will have cost

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Lewis the race. Lewis Hamilton is going to do his drive through.

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Lewis Hamilton is going to take the place from Mark Webberer. -- Webber.

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Button wins the Hungarian Grand Prix. How much would Jenson Button

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love this race to be as impressive? Let's talk about McLaren. They

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haven't got three wins in a row since 2008, looking at the stat,

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could you see them getting three wins in a row? Very good chance.

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They have the impetus and all of the power and they have made huge

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improvements to the car and changeable conditions. 23 you were

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looking for a track to give you changeable conditions, which we

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know these drivers excel in. only thing to add a will the of lap

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is 100% throttle. So it is place where McLaren have been strong. And

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they are supreme in brake. The middle sector will belong to Red

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Bull. But the first and last sector, there is only one corner where you

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have to brake. As much as this sport is controlled by computers,

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it is nice to see a toolbox. Not that we would know what to do with

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them. Now a look at the standings. It is so difficult to catch

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Sebastian Vettel. We have decided to though you what the gap is, 85

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points between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. And Red Bull dominant

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and this is where the money is involved in Formula One. 383 points.

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Because there has been no racing, it does not mane that not much hag

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has been going on in Formula One. Ted Kravitz is here with the latest

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news. TED KRAVITZ: Red Bull confirmed Mark Webber will continue

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to drive for them next year. He signed a one year contract

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extension for 2012, by which time he will be 36. It will be his sixth

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season with the team. You have been assured everything will be the same

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between you and Sebastian Vettel? Yes everything's fine. You know,

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that I wouldn't... Be happy if it wasn't like that. It's all good and

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that is why I have got it going again. Red Bull have lost ground in

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the development race, because some new parts they fit resulted in

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higher tyre wear. But Sebastian Vettel say there is is no need to

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panic. I think we have learned from previous races. Understood, we

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thought, we think that we have understood a lot. We will see this

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weekend how much. McLaren come here on a hat trick. Lewis Hamilton won

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in skraermy, Jenson Button in Hungary and here the team have a

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new DRS. That is possible. We're not the only people with uptkwraids.

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-- upgrades. It will make our car quicker. Red Bull and Ferrari will

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still be quick. It is going to be fun. We're there or thereabouts. We

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have a good shot. The others I think, they will be working as hard

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as us. But it will be a close battle. Ferrari will shift their

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focus on what they promise will be an innovative car. In the next

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couple of weeks we start thinking of nextlet year's car. But this

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year's car is still very useful to keep testing things and keep

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improving. Reno have replaced -- Renault have replaced their drivers.

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We have a main hearing in three weeks. My position is that I have a

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contract and that I want to drive. That is about it. If Bruno comes

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with money from Brazil, can you understand the team doing what they

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have done? No comment. It has nothing to do with a pure

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commercial point of view. He is fighting for Championship and he

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knows I can be competitive. With Senna and Vitaly Petrov, in terms

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of the F1 starts their line up is the least experience nds Formula

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One. Renault have redesigned the air bubble that exploded in the

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Michael Schumacher pushes himself... I always ask, what can I improve

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myself? Work can I work on myself? And I still have not lost at a

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critical approach and I are still asking, am I good enough? Following

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another double points finish in Budapest, Toro Rosso are going well.

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It was the first car of the team this year and we have more

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experience this time and we're getting better,. And if you missed

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practice, Friday was wet, which caught out Bruno Senna and Paul di

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Resta but this morning Mark Webber was quickest. No one has been

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caught out yet because the drivers have been banned from using their

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removable rear wing through the famous corner. No duress. And

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denies look at the form guide. And out of nowhere, this man has ended

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up in a car. Bad news for one tends to be good for someone else. Can we

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have a brake -- a quick word with Bruno? When did you find out you're

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in the car? It was quite late, I got a call on Wednesday evening and

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I was going into the car and at first there was some expectation of

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getting into the car. But that was still only last week. Everything

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came together very quickly. I'm really thrilled to be in the car

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I'm going for the race. describe it as like Christmas, but

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Christmas does not last long and neither does the honeymoon period

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in Formula One. You're in for the next two races, is that enough time

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to prove yourself? At the moment, that is what I am confirmed for,

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the team wants me to take these races and pending legal issues, it

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should be possible. I will take it step by step. So far, it has been

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going all right, apart from a small mistake on Friday, everything went

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smoothly. These guys give me great support when I needed it. It's all

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right. That was the baddies, the good news on Saturday was 9th

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fastest? How did that feel? I have not seen the top 10 in quite a

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while. Of course, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa put that together.

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But mixing with those guys, being in front of Michael, that was

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really good. I am looking forward to qualifying, there is still no --

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so much learning to do. I am nowhere near 100% but I know I can

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do it. It's great to see your name back in the black and gold. Good

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luck. And a chat to divot and Eddie, he seemed quite calm I'm looking

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quite serene. I'm sure the nerves will creep up slowly? -- I will

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chat to David. Why is he suddenly good enough now? It was a test on a

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Friday running in Budapest. His lap times have been consistent and

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physically this is one of the more challenging circuits and that is

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the reason they have the confidence. People might be a little bit

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sceptical. Is this team in a bit of a model? I love that analogy, David.

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I am confused and perplexed about this team, then made bad mistakes

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by allowing Kubica to do the rallying in the first place and

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their senior management have gone downhill steadily. They need to get

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a grip of this quickly. This was a World Championship team at one

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stage and they are a shadow of their former self. That is Eddie

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Jordan's thoughts, let's go down the pit lane and get away from this

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noise. Let's have a look at some of the teams that have not quite shown

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the speeds of Renault's so far this season and starting at the back. 11

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races down, he deserves the gold star? Who should get detention and

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he needs a new school uniform? It's and he churchy and Virgin together.

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No chance of catching them at mid level at this performance. Grid C.

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HRT. No longer back of the class, new orders and plenty of homework

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to be done. Grid C minus. Virgin, reliability has improved. But their

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performance has not. And a new tactical team is in place and they

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the moment and let's focus on Lotus. We know they have taken at the

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Renault engine and have brought the Red Bull back in and have not been

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short of paying money with two experienced drivers, but you cannot

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buy speed quickly here? You can take the engine and gearbox and the

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mechanical geometry, looking at the other cars, but you need the

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aerodynamic package and that is something that they need to invest

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money end and it's getting the right wind tunnels and getting the

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right amount of time. And in your very first season in Formula One,

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you have seven. Finishes and that was back when the top six picked up

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the points so what has changed in the way Formula One works that has

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made it difficult for teams like Lotus? It is reliability, it has

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been the poorest of all the teams, they have shown flashes of genius

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every now and then but not enough and for me, in their second year,

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they really need to start pushing midfield and try to get into the

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top 10 and at the moment it isn't there. I do not know what they need

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to do but David is right, the timing is always with the

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aerodynamics. We can see if they can make it into the second part of

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qualifying but for the first time in over 20 years, the crowd is

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saying, how will the Belgian driver get on? It is a big day for Jerome

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d'Ambrosio. In Belgium, since I was a kid, it was just impossible to

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make it into form and won. I just fought my own way up through the

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latter and now I am here and the fans appreciate that. I am not

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going to win the Grand Prix at home but and will try my best. People

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are coming to appreciate the fact that there is a Belgian man on the

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grid. What would be a successful weekend? There are no miracles. If

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I can do a good qualifying as close as I can and fined the maximum

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potential of the car, this is what I need to do. Finish the race in a

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good position, maybe if I can have another 14 or 20, that would be

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fantastic and the weather conditions must be strange for that

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to happen. That is what we need to move up the great but finishing the

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race, being close to the car's potential, that is what I need.

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finished 14th twice this year. The Canada weekend was big, from

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Saturday, highs and lows and lots of the motions. People ask me about

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my best moment and I say it was racing in Canada, and the worst was

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qualifying in Canada, I crashed on Friday. Qualifying on Saturday was

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different. D'Ambrosio is outside the percentage rule. It was a

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fantastic race on Sunday, it was crazy, I wasn't a good position, to

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laps after the Red Flag and the restart I was p 12. I had no idea,

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I came back. I came into the front and it was like that for the whole

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race. Very exciting and a great moment. You have been matching your

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team-mate pretty well throughout the season, something to be proud

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of. What do you think the benchmark is? It is to stay with my team-mate

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and because we had different cars, the best person you can reference

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in terms of her performance is your team-mate. And I am lucky enough to

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have a team-mate like Timo Glock, he has a lot of experience but just

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try to reach 10 and learn from hen, that is something that is a chance

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that I love. A handbrake turn and a three-point turn... Tell us about

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that Spain in the pit lane? It made a lot of hits on the website and

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Youtube. That is something from it! These things happen. You cannot

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stay too much on these things. many drivers say that's by is a

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favourite circuit, and this is your home grand prix. On the one side,

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he had the chance that it is probably the best track in the

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world from the driver's point of view, it's just fantastic to drive

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round. And for me, the second point is it's my own grand prix. So

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coming here is just a great moment. It's a great weekend and I will

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have to stick to my job and stay focused and everything but I will

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enjoy every bit of the weekend. Final preparations being made to

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the Virgin car, it's a big weekend for the man and that cockpit and

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this is what the teams assemble and seconds ago, Rhian expected between

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1:55pm and 2pm. 24 minutes or less. We have talked about the teams at

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the very back, that is where Virgin are. But what about the teams in

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the midfield, fighting tooth and nail to finish 5th or 6th in this

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note, greatly missed. The financial position is of grave concern.

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Evidenced by recent driver changes. C- Sauber, Rock Steady, the school

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of hard knocks, pushing this exciting but experienced team-mate.

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Force India, Ricky of the season in Paul di Resta. Together with Adrian

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Sutil, a force to be reckoned with. Toro Rosso, how very shaky start.

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But they have knuckled down. Alguersuari, once threatened with

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the sack, soon told his socks up. Williams, their worst season ever.

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Free-falling and no obvious signs of any immediate recovery. An epic

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smile on his face after the last couple of results. And particularly

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in 2009, that must put a smile on your face? That was like a dream

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come true. We never expected that, it was a huge surprise. Hoping we

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can repeat that some time. Let's talk about the season because it

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has been strange, five races were you have not picked up any point

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and for a team of your size isn't good enough but in the past two

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races you have scored more than anybody, apart from the three big

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teams, so how do you assess what you have achieved? At the beginning

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of the season I said that the first few races were an extension of the

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development, we did not quite get that right over the winter. And you

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are confident that once we came to Europe, we would start showing some

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real performance. We have made Q 3 in the last four races and we had

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scored a lot of points in the last couple of races, finishing just

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behind the top three. That shows that we're going the right

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direction. Not being English, but all the English eyes and his team

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want to know what is happening to your cricket team but you'll not

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get into that! How much do you put down to Paul di Resta, we love what

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he is doing, has he brought everyone together? Paul is a

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wonderful guy, a very talented driver. He gets along superbly with

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everyone in the team. We have a lot of respect for him and his talent.

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He is a wonderful addition. So is Nico Hulkenberg. Wonderful guys,

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both of them. They give us a lot of feedback and we have been assisted

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with Adrian in the development of the car. What do you need to change

0:29:290:29:33

in the team to take that next step? You say you have made changes from

0:29:330:29:36

the winter to getting back to Europe, but for next year, you must

0:29:360:29:44

want to move the team forward, is that personnel or budget? We are

0:29:440:29:50

very proud of the fact that on a small budget, we are punching well

0:29:500:29:54

above our weight. I do not believe that money alone can buy

0:29:540:30:01

performance. I think we have a dedicated steam -- team of

0:30:010:30:06

engineers, more on the track and back, Silverstone. The entire crew

0:30:060:30:11

is passionate about getting Force India ahead. And we have succeeded

0:30:110:30:16

in motivating them and getting The Passion up and clearly it is paying

0:30:160:30:26
0:30:260:30:35

luck chasing that sixth place. only sixth? Potential champions

0:30:350:30:41

this year. Well maybe next year. Now let's talk about the teams at

0:30:410:30:48

the front. We have the usual favourite, along with the new swot.

0:30:480:30:58
0:30:580:30:58

# We don't need no education! # We don't need no thought control #

0:30:580:31:03

Bull, Sebastian Vettel, a text book start. Following on from his

0:31:030:31:07

Championship win last year. He is still dominating qualifying,

0:31:070:31:11

however has been outfoxed in recent races. Mark Webber, never out of

0:31:110:31:19

the top five this season, but just can't get there on these Pirellis.

0:31:190:31:27

A my news -- A minus. McLaren, two wins each for the Brits, Jenson

0:31:270:31:31

Button simply amazing in changeable conditions. Lewis Hamilton the

0:31:310:31:35

perennial charger. Taking the pain and the tkphrory in equal

0:31:350:31:40

proportions. But -- glory in equal proportions, but the car has been

0:31:400:31:49

out of sorts. B. Ferrari, slow out of the blocks, but have turned it

0:31:490:31:52

around. Fernando Alonso's win at Silverstone and Felipe Massa upping

0:31:520:31:58

his game has given Ferrari a B and the most improved team of the

0:31:580:32:08
0:32:080:32:10

season to date. Mercedes, treading water. No real evidence of any

0:32:100:32:20
0:32:200:32:27

improvements. They must do better to remain in fourth place. D. We're

0:32:270:32:34

joined by two team principals, Martin Whitmarsh and Christian

0:32:340:32:39

Horner. Let's squeeze up. It is loud. Mark Webber has extended his

0:32:390:32:44

contract. Did you have to have something in writing that there is

0:32:440:32:48

equal footing in the team between him and Sebastian. I think you said

0:32:480:32:58

it would be treated equally in the team. Well hey -- he he has been.

0:32:580:33:04

It was an easy decision to reach. We're Delighted he will be with us.

0:33:040:33:09

What has he got a better sun tan than you? And the question to you,

0:33:100:33:15

tell us, you have won three races last two, you make it three in a

0:33:150:33:20

row? I wish we had run three races in the last two, but I think we

0:33:200:33:26

have won two in the last two. you for catching me out. We would

0:33:260:33:31

like to make it three in a row, but these guys look strong. I don't

0:33:310:33:36

think there is any point in giving predictions. Anything can happen in

0:33:360:33:41

the race. It is a fantastic circuit. These guys are pushing hard and

0:33:410:33:45

they have got a great lead. We're going to try and win as many races

0:33:450:33:52

as we can. They won't make it easy for us. I heard you earlier talking

0:33:520:33:58

to Stefano Domenicali, it seemed like a love in, what has gone wrong,

0:33:580:34:03

the team principals seem to be getting along. There is a better

0:34:030:34:09

class of people in Formula One now. I'm on your case now. Any time you

0:34:090:34:15

have seen me nice about McLarch, it is over. You have never been nice

0:34:150:34:20

about McLaren. Now it does seem like both Ferrari and McLaren have

0:34:200:34:27

caught you guys up, is that because your car is so good the changes you

0:34:270:34:32

can make are marginal and they have bigger leaps to make? That is

0:34:320:34:37

deSeptemberive. If you go back to Melbourne, we have had close

0:34:370:34:42

company from McLaren or Ferrari at every race. But we have taken our

0:34:420:34:46

opportunities. And managed to deliver upon that. We're now at a

0:34:460:34:50

stage where the teams have converged and you have got five or

0:34:500:34:55

six drivers that come to each Grand Prix with a genuine chance of being

0:34:550:35:00

able to win. How are you motivating your team to believe they can still

0:35:000:35:10
0:35:100:35:13

win? Well, as a mat me tigs, until it is impossible you believe it.

0:35:130:35:17

But we're trying to win races, we can't control what a good job Red

0:35:170:35:24

Bull are doing. But if we can win races that, -- that is great. But

0:35:240:35:30

there is a fearsome lead. But we haven't given up. You have had by

0:35:300:35:36

your own standards a miserable return for points in this circuit.

0:35:360:35:40

What will you do to change that? have only finished second here the

0:35:400:35:46

last two years. By your own standards I'm talking about. Yes it

0:35:460:35:51

is a track that doesn't play to our key strengths, it is horse power

0:35:510:35:55

the dependent in sectors one and three. We're determined to break

0:35:550:35:59

our duck here. Mark got the pole here last year. Both drivers are

0:35:590:36:04

fired up. They have come back from a good break and motivated to get a

0:36:050:36:12

big result. We know you're motivated, what is the pace telling

0:36:120:36:17

us, what is your strategy? They have got a small wing, so we have

0:36:170:36:22

put a small wing on. I hope we both have got it right. But I can't tell.

0:36:220:36:27

I mean, we have had a break. People have put some new parts on. You

0:36:270:36:33

will see a lot going on to the car, to people like me who don't

0:36:330:36:38

understand, they clearly new parts. In the running we have had so far,

0:36:380:36:42

you would say that Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren look strong. But I

0:36:420:36:46

wouldn't be able to call it. I don't think necessarily qualifying

0:36:460:36:51

conditions, we're in a pit of sun, but I think it is likely to be damp

0:36:510:36:57

by the time we get qualifying. I think again it will have a bearing

0:36:570:37:02

on the track with the right tyre, driver doing a good job to get

0:37:020:37:06

through. Thank you both very much. It is lovely to see you getting on

0:37:060:37:11

so well. But no more cuddling in front of cameras. Well done to

0:37:110:37:17

Eddie on his sun tan. I think he has won the competition. It was

0:37:170:37:22

never in doubt! No. This man has a tan in the middle of winter. Thank

0:37:220:37:28

you. Now let's find out what it is like on this circuit, not just from

0:37:280:37:34

a man who knows what it takes to win here, but a guy who had one of

0:37:340:37:44
0:37:440:37:44

his best finishes, Adrian Sutil, who went for a walk with David.

0:37:440:37:54
0:37:540:37:55

DAVID COULTHARD: Hello racing driver. We stopped in the middle of

0:37:550:38:00

Eau Rouge, can you talk through the experience of going through this

0:38:000:38:04

amazing rise, the elevation change is huge. It is blind at the top.

0:38:040:38:10

Yes, it is my favourite corner. It's quite easy flat, but it is

0:38:100:38:16

challenging for some reason. It is the best rollercoaster. You feel

0:38:160:38:20

the G-force and the compression down there. It gets so light over

0:38:200:38:25

the top. You are facing up to the sky. You don't see. It is just a

0:38:250:38:30

man corner I always say. It is impressive. When you get down the

0:38:300:38:34

light you will be in the car. You don't see at all. How do you

0:38:340:38:39

reference where the position the car? It I about how long you hold

0:38:390:38:43

the apex? Yes. Just try to always hold the apex on a consistent way

0:38:430:38:49

and you know where to go. For you, this is the best corner in Formula

0:38:490:38:59
0:38:590:39:00

One? I would say, yes. We have stopped at turn 8. This isn't

0:39:000:39:05

actual think track. This is the run off area. The track is over there.

0:39:050:39:09

Why would they have covered this over? It is not a dangerous corner.

0:39:090:39:14

Yes it is not a dangerous corner and it has, there is not even

0:39:140:39:20

carpet here, where you probably get a bit of penalty. Here you just can

0:39:200:39:26

run wide. It was tricky, a tricky corner to brake. Sometimes when you

0:39:260:39:32

had a look up, you went wide and lost grip. This is where Lewis

0:39:320:39:35

Hamilton ran wide and touched the barrier. Yes I think it was last

0:39:350:39:40

two or three laps it started to rain and he was still there. Lewis

0:39:410:39:45

Hamilton is in the gravel. We have stopped here in the middle of ten

0:39:450:39:54

and 11. A fantastic corner. remember when it was wet, I was

0:39:540:40:03

cautious with this kerb, they were really sliply ry. It look,, yes --

0:40:030:40:13

slippery, it looks, yes anti-slip paint. He is on his bike, 60

0:40:130:40:21

kilometres an hour. You seem to be a historian in Formula One. You

0:40:210:40:25

liked it when there was no gravel run off. You like the thrill of the

0:40:250:40:32

roller coster -- rollercoaster ride. Before racing, I wanted to be a

0:40:320:40:39

stunt man. Now, I'm a stunt man or an actor. Now I'm probably both. I

0:40:390:40:47

have to be both in certain ways. But I like this one. You were a kid

0:40:470:40:54

throwing yourself off a garage roof to see your mother. With the

0:40:540:40:59

umbrella, I jumped down like a parachute. This a more Benny Hill

0:40:590:41:03

than Hollywood. Stunt man, actor, Formula One driver, we wsh you well

0:41:030:41:13
0:41:130:41:14

for the weekend and thank you for your time. JAKE HUMPHREY: Eight

0:41:140:41:20

minutes to the start. That is Eau Rouge to see a cargo through there

0:41:210:41:26

is incredible. You said the reason why the prince Pams are friendly,

0:41:260:41:30

they are not the team owners as they were? They're professional

0:41:300:41:39

guys and Chief Executives. They're responsible for the team. But they

0:41:390:41:43

haven't got their own money necessarily in there. When, in the

0:41:430:41:46

olden days and it was your responsibility and you had to plead

0:41:460:41:50

to the bank and the investors and make sure you budget was correct.

0:41:500:41:54

They don't have to do that. They have to administer it in a proper

0:41:540:42:01

way. That is why they were more grumpy in Eddie's day. The rain is

0:42:010:42:07

starting to come down. Things can change here in an instant. This is

0:42:070:42:11

what was happening earlier. It was 10 wet, the guise hardly did any

0:42:110:42:16

running. In the first two sessions, there was 50 minutes of dry running

0:42:160:42:22

and nothing today. So if it is dry, it will be a stab in the unknown.

0:42:220:42:25

It also is unbelievable for the viewers and the people here,

0:42:250:42:31

because it give there is a sense of excitement, no one has a clue what

0:42:310:42:37

is going to happen. Ross Brawn from Mercedes, would love to help

0:42:370:42:44

Michael Schumacher relive the glory around here. Michael has won six

0:42:440:42:49

times here. We are hearing it is going to be raining, but it could

0:42:490:42:53

be dry tomorrow. Could you afford to sacrifice today and take a

0:42:530:42:58

gamble to get good race pace tomorrow? This is a track where it

0:42:580:43:02

is a biggest differential between best lap time in the wet and in the

0:43:020:43:07

dry. So it is a question of whether you compromise or whether you

0:43:070:43:13

commit one way or the other. I think for us, it is commit to a dry

0:43:130:43:18

race, because qualifying these days doesn't seem as critical as it used

0:43:180:43:25

to be. With the drag reduction system you can overtake here. I

0:43:250:43:35
0:43:350:43:36

think now our tendency will be to go towards the dry set up. The lap,

0:43:360:43:40

the sector time in the middle sector is so down force dependent

0:43:400:43:44

and there can be one or two second difference between high and low

0:43:440:43:50

down force. So I think we could see some surprises today. Have a great

0:43:500:43:55

race. Thank you. It sounds like Ross is setting us up for a great

0:43:550:44:00

sessionment very brave, with these conditions to go on a dry set up

0:44:000:44:04

for race? What he is saying, he knows most of the others are

0:44:040:44:10

listening to this programme. And that is a decoy trick. I think he

0:44:100:44:15

will split them and put one on a sleightly higher down force. He is

0:44:150:44:21

a wiley old character. He won't give anything away on our show.

0:44:210:44:27

they can take a Rhys fbg they want to. -- risk if nay want to. Mark

0:44:270:44:33

Webber has resigned to Red Bull. Are you surprised that Mark Webber

0:44:330:44:39

has stayed? I did, I think he was already guns blazing a couple of

0:44:390:44:43

races ago. They have changed his attitude, it has mellowed you can

0:44:430:44:48

sigh see why the decision has been made. The drivers are making their

0:44:480:44:58
0:44:580:45:11

One is back in action after the summer brake and we have just the

0:45:110:45:19

right challenge to see who's brain is in gear. Spa. It's a small name

0:45:190:45:27

but a great race track and a challenge. Four and a third miles,

0:45:270:45:31

19 adventures for each lap and corner isn't a good enough word for

0:45:310:45:37

this race track. The three sectors we normally have but in the first

0:45:370:45:42

and third, they're very much about full throttle action, 80% of the

0:45:420:45:47

first is absolutely flat out, and the middle part of the lap, in red,

0:45:470:45:52

is for all of the downforce is needed. It is very much a track of

0:45:520:45:57

two parts in that respect. The first race scheduled at this track

0:45:570:46:02

was in 1921, and was cancelled because of only one car entering.

0:46:020:46:06

And the lead has been changed, it was nine miles back then, just over

0:46:060:46:14

four miles now. And the last layout change was in 2007. And David and

0:46:150:46:19

myself have both missed on this track. One thing that has not

0:46:190:46:24

changed as we can see from the helicopter is the weather.

0:46:240:46:28

Qualifying on a wet track with very little preparation, the free

0:46:280:46:33

practice has also been out. It doesn't get much tougher than that.

0:46:330:46:38

It is a challenge, it's fairly unique here, you come praying for

0:46:380:46:41

the dry run just for the experience of this, it's incredible roller-

0:46:410:46:46

coaster. And there are a few moments when you do get to drive in

0:46:460:46:54

the try and that is just fantastic. Another Belgian Grand Prix

0:46:540:47:02

qualifying and wet weather. Certainly a wet track and its

0:47:020:47:07

forecast to rain again at any time now. What would you do now? Talking

0:47:070:47:11

about tomorrow and the set up, whatever they trundle out of the

0:47:120:47:14

pit lane with, that is what they are locked into for the race

0:47:140:47:20

tomorrow. In almost every aspect of the race car. What were due to

0:47:200:47:26

begin at -- what would you be doing? If there was a climactic

0:47:260:47:29

change, brake ducts and things like that and there can adjust the front

0:47:290:47:34

wing and the differential engine maps but everything else, the main

0:47:340:47:38

base of that set up for qualifying is fixed so the real issue is the

0:47:380:47:44

wing, how much downforce? 80% of the entire lap is at full throttle

0:47:440:47:47

and in the dry running it is a devotee of the West --

0:47:470:47:52

significantly less when wet. But you only have to brake once in each

0:47:520:47:54

of the sector's so in a situation when running the correct wing level

0:47:540:47:58

from wet, if a strike tomorrow in the race, you would be a sitting

0:47:580:48:06

duck. I would go with the dry set up! So what will be slippery out

0:48:060:48:11

there. We must assume that everybody will take to the track as

0:48:110:48:15

soon as a green light comes on a the end of the pit lane for the

0:48:150:48:19

first part of qualifying, which has 20 minutes. Hindsight can be

0:48:190:48:23

wonderful but on the basis of everything, anybody who isn't on

0:48:230:48:28

the track, they will be mad because they can get downpours which don't

0:48:280:48:35

even show on the radar. So any time in the next 1.5 minutes, people

0:48:350:48:41

will be going down to the pit lane. My son amazing shop this morning

0:48:410:48:44

were Fernando Alonso in just a regular team here was standing at

0:48:440:48:51

the back and watching the action, no work even near the car. -- we

0:48:510:48:56

watched an amazing shot this morning. So confident. And the fact

0:48:560:49:00

that they are so restricted on the tyres, four sets of intermediate

0:49:000:49:03

and three wet. They were actually given an additional set

0:49:030:49:06

intermediate yesterday because of the weather, which is within

0:49:060:49:12

regulations. And reconstruct the session. They will be sitting at

0:49:120:49:15

the end of the put in for over one minute, they're so keen to be at

0:49:150:49:22

the front of the queue. It does have an impact, it is so long, in

0:49:220:49:32

terms of higher you run the session and getting that first lap? Before

0:49:320:49:36

they even think about getting the timed lap, the point at which they

0:49:360:49:39

can show the first lap will be more than four minutes into the session

0:49:390:49:49
0:49:490:49:53

and that is why it is crucial that the expected downpour. It is better

0:49:530:49:59

to leave this first group early and then we will go. I was going to say,

0:49:590:50:07

it looks like the pit lane is split. So, we will know in the Colin

0:50:070:50:10

minutes who has made the right decision. All the cars have gone

0:50:100:50:14

out so far on those intermediate tyres. With the blue paint on the

0:50:140:50:21

side of them to give us that play. They only need full wet when there

0:50:210:50:24

is a lot of standing water. We have a feature tomorrow explaining what

0:50:240:50:33

about that. And look at those rooster tails of spray. On board

0:50:330:50:43
0:50:430:50:48

with Sebastien Buemi. The rain is coming. Rain is coming. Let's go

0:50:480:50:55

and get the lap time in! Ted has an update. I wanted to see if anybody

0:50:550:51:01

has come from the pure white set up and nobody has. Toro Rosso

0:51:010:51:08

inherently goes very well... Oh, a big crash already. That is Michael.

0:51:080:51:14

Michael, with his tee helmet on. He lost the rear wheel. Because of

0:51:140:51:20

contact with the barrier? The recently have put this additional

0:51:200:51:26

tarmac run-off area. Let's wait for the replay. Some confusion on

0:51:260:51:34

whether that was Michael or Nico Rosberg. He has that gold helmet?

0:51:340:51:39

Running free, which is unusual. There is no reason why that we

0:51:390:51:49
0:51:490:51:50

should come off, off the upright. Absolutely spot-on, eagle-eyed.

0:51:500:51:54

gave them a little knock on the way down the hill so Michael Schumacher

0:51:540:52:04
0:52:040:52:04

says... Unexpected. Out. Even with 20 years' experience and being a

0:52:040:52:08

master of this track, he cannot get the job done on three wins. And we

0:52:080:52:15

will see that again. Luckily that did not back him on the head. This

0:52:150:52:22

takes the pressure off all the midfield team, doesn't it? We know

0:52:220:52:26

immediately who will join the expected tail-end as the first man

0:52:260:52:32

to drop out of qualifying. Not the way Michael would like to have

0:52:320:52:36

celebrated 20 years since his grand prix debut. It's very unusual how

0:52:360:52:41

that could have come off because there is retaining 10. We did that

0:52:410:52:47

feature on McLaren with a pit stop. The pain should keep the not in

0:52:470:52:57
0:52:570:53:01

place. Even if it is loose. -- the nut. The mechanics are discussing

0:53:010:53:11
0:53:110:53:15

this but they are unique in that they have... INAUDIBLE. Mercedes

0:53:150:53:23

are unique, they have this mass car system were the wheel nut is

0:53:230:53:29

embedded into the We'll itself. We will see if it was the Spindle or

0:53:290:53:35

the axle. Rubens Barrichello, they have finished changing his car,

0:53:350:53:40

after a set-up change. So, lots of action at their but nobody has

0:53:400:53:47

completed a flying lap. I think the end of that message was to an

0:53:470:53:51

extent, that takes the pressure off. But you cannot guarantee it will be

0:53:510:53:55

82, Lotus and version on a day like this. Most likely to drop out

0:53:550:54:03

because you need the downforce and the grip. -- Virgin. It does take

0:54:030:54:08

the pressure off the main midfield. But the pressure is still on the

0:54:080:54:13

drivers to try the clean-up. They do have the grip painted onto these

0:54:130:54:18

Kers. But we have seen a number of cars just touching the white line.

0:54:180:54:22

And losing control. It is fast- flowing, as we said earlier, the

0:54:220:54:32

average land-speed is 240 kilometres an hour. -- lap speed.

0:54:320:54:38

It is still a massive average speed around the slap. Tricky conditions.

0:54:380:54:48
0:54:480:54:48

It is. A wedding was over the line. This morning, it was 208.9. And

0:54:480:54:54

that no were needed the slick tyres. Our destination was needed to get

0:54:540:54:59

some were mere two minutes per lap before the start gambling on slick.

0:54:590:55:09
0:55:090:55:09

It's about getting a laps in. That is what it could work out with

0:55:090:55:18

drivers to get the better track conditions. The track temperature

0:55:180:55:22

has been coming up steadily since the rain stopped this morning but

0:55:220:55:26

that was completely dry on the end of the sauce, telling with that

0:55:260:55:30

little bit of white but contrast to the top of the hill, conditions are

0:55:300:55:38

a lot wetter. No DRS, no rear wings being opened, it has been dissected

0:55:380:55:44

rated -- deactivated in the wet running. On previous experience

0:55:440:55:49

this year, it should be quite soon? Looking at how quickly the track is

0:55:490:55:54

drying up. Kovaleinen has been off the track at turn No. 12, the

0:55:540:56:02

middle of the track. And continued. No yellow flag out for that. How

0:56:020:56:07

does it look? Hamilton from Alonso, Felipe Massa and then Sebastien

0:56:070:56:17
0:56:170:56:19

Buemi. And Jensen Button then, he has done 2.12. He is in eighth

0:56:190:56:24

place at the moment. We're just looking for a he 18th place through

0:56:240:56:30

to 24th on the grid in this session. We expect four laps before the rain

0:56:300:56:37

coming. So, and opted for a Nico Rosberg with that window of

0:56:370:56:43

opportunity on these intermediate tyres. Michael Schumacher will

0:56:430:56:47

start last on the grid. Petrov does not have any time yet but he is

0:56:470:56:52

about it. That confirms that Schumacher will be the only driver

0:56:520:56:55

of the 24 not to complete his flying lap which puts him on the

0:56:550:57:01

back of the grid. Bruno Senna in 4th place, standing in for Nick

0:57:010:57:08

Heidfeld this weekend. He will get into that on the race show tomorrow

0:57:080:57:12

when there is breathing space because this is just going to keep

0:57:120:57:16

tumbling in terms of the times as the track constantly tries out and

0:57:160:57:19

comes towards those intermediate tyres. It would be too long before

0:57:190:57:24

we start to see them trying to cool those, even, such is the rate of

0:57:240:57:32

change. Rosberg now in 5th place. Sebastian Vettel is fast as, Paul

0:57:320:57:42
0:57:420:57:42

di Resta his second. Fastest now for Mark Webber. For the last five

0:57:420:57:47

consecutive races, the man who was not at first, 18th on the great,

0:57:470:57:51

has gone on to score World Championship points on the Sunday.

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It is a lucky position and that tells you about the Pirelli tyres

0:57:550:57:59

and the DRS and the rear wing and the energy recovery system. How

0:57:590:58:05

much of a difference that has meant. Before, 18th place would have meant

0:58:050:58:09

you were lucky to finish and 12. But it's like a lucky dip,

0:58:090:58:17

everybody gets. These days, top 10, anyway. You only got points for the

0:58:170:58:27

top six in my day. That was in another era. Mark Webber remains

0:58:270:58:31

fastest, for Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil in 5th place and Force

0:58:310:58:33

India in third and 4th, looking very handy on the damp track this

0:58:340:58:41

morning. 23 cars on the track, that is all the runners. They're all out

0:58:410:58:45

there, try to use this opportunity, Jensen Button in that 17th at the

0:58:450:58:49

moment, he needs to get this one together before that promised rain

0:58:490:58:56

comes. We expect this session to get trier and drier, we are to be

0:58:560:59:00

on this by the end of the session. That highlights just how difficult

0:59:000:59:10

it is to know where you are. Five minutes before the rain. You have

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got conflicting information coming from the engineers to the drivers.

0:59:130:59:18

So difficult year. Some of the information coming from the radar

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and some of that is spotters, out in the forests and they will say,

0:59:220:59:29

my head is getting wet, there is rain. As a driver, this track drops

0:59:290:59:33

100 metres from the top to the bottom, interestingly, I never knew

0:59:330:59:37

that fact until I read that yesterday. 1% more power in the

0:59:370:59:42

bottom of the track because it is there were attitude and more air

0:59:420:59:51

pressure. It still contributes to the speed. He would rather have

0:59:511:00:01
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weather coming better than anybody else as you're climbing up to Les

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Combs. Ted? TED KRAVITZ: the weather is coming in from your left.

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It does look threatening the clouds coming in. But I went into Mercedes

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and asked whether they know whether it was finger trouble or wheat nut

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failure, they say they need the to -- wheel nut failure. They say they

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need to get the car back to check it. It looks like they have said

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yes, they can rule out finger trouble. The clouds are forming

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above the track now. And it looks as if the weather teams disagree on

1:00:551:01:01

the time of the next shower. It look like it is on the way. That is

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the double left as they call it on some track maps, Pouhon as we know

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it. Mark Webber has had a personal best. After this corner it is a

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minute in these conditions, well make that 49.5 seconds, now he has

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found more grip. Mark Webber is the birthday boy today and they have

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announced a new contract for 2012. That was a no-brainer, why would

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you split up that partnership? There is no sense, there is no

1:01:451:01:49

question that you want to to have the best drivers you can in your

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car and the relationship between Mark and Sebastian Vettel may not

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all have been harmonious, but they have driven the team forward. For

1:02:001:02:06

Mark it is his best opportunity. And he goes fastest, two seconds

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quicker than Sebastian Vettel was. But Lewis Hamilton beats that with

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a 2n't be 0.26789 Sebastian Vettel was a couple of seconds slower. Who

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else is delivering decent times. We have seven and a half mince

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remaining of this session. Michael Schumacher will be out and that

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will be we think his worst grid position in his career. With a 24th.

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Vitantonio Liuzzi will be 22nd. Jerome D'Ambrosio is in 20th. They

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haven't got in, within the 107% time at the moment. Petrov 18th at

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the moment. Perez 19th. They're both on better laps. So under

1:03:021:03:06

pressure those drivers. Lewis Hamilton has gone even faster in

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the first sector. But Jenson Button was told, hey, we may need these

1:03:121:03:15

tyre again, don't push them too hard. Just clear the bar. But Lewis

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Hamilton is going for it. That information that Jenson Button has

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been given would have been from his engineer. Maybe that is the, you

1:03:261:03:30

know the unique perspective his engineer has and that is not shared

1:03:311:03:36

by Lewis's. But if Lewis Hamilton has been told he may need these

1:03:361:03:41

tyre later, this won't help the life. It has gone purple and Button

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has gone fastest. He has not gone purple, but has delivered the most

1:03:471:03:54

consistent lap time. We were talk about how he was told they may need

1:03:541:04:03

the tyres. They have been give an - - given an extra set of

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intermediates. So they are still using up that first set. I did see

1:04:071:04:12

some, Sebastian Vettel unwrapped a set of new once didn't he? Lewis

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Hamilton goes fastest on a 2.03. You won't feel confident to just

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sit in the pits and watch these times tumble, whoever you are.

1:04:291:04:33

real question is how much fuel have they in the car. The lap times

1:04:331:04:37

could topple quickly. Dry running around here of course you would

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expect them to be down in the sort of mid to high 40s. We're not going

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to see this in this part, but it show how much space there is in

1:04:471:04:57

terms of lap time improvement. The track now is almost dry.? TED

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KRAVITZ: Force India has sent their drive us out on new tyres. They

1:05:021:05:08

think they will get a better performance from the new tyres.

1:05:081:05:13

Paul di Resta is close to the drop zone. Sutil has pitted and he is in

1:05:141:05:21

the top 10. But they're feel their intermediate tyres are worn out.

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DAVID COULTHARD: The only reason I can imagine in these drying

1:05:271:05:32

conditions they would get more out of a new set is if thr there was

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1:05:421:05:43

draining. - there was graining. It seems b -- it seems to be car

1:05:431:05:47

dependent. They found they get such an advantage from a new set of wet

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tyres, whether it is the full wet or the intermediate. So they have

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been saving their tyres. rethinking Jenson Button's message,

1:06:001:06:07

the message was you will need the tyre at the end of this session. So

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coast a bit and then pump in some lap times. So Jenson Button loves

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these tricky conditions. He seems to see and feel grip that the

1:06:181:06:23

others can't find. It is a confidence that he has. Immediately

1:06:231:06:28

then we are seeing drivers trying to cool their intermediate tyres

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down to have a run towards the end. And how much fuel did they put in,

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how long did they think they will have to keep running. The last

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place man's Michael Schumacher's wheel fell off before he could show

1:06:501:06:54

what he is made of. Fernando Alonso has pitted. He has decided he has

1:06:541:06:59

had enough track time. And he has got enough time in his pocket.

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Massa is in as well. Sutil's gone out. Ferrari with a two minute

1:07:071:07:12

outlap. We don't have too many second chances to get around before

1:07:121:07:17

the flag drops. Ferrari have given up on that. Felipe Massa down in

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11th that is a bit bold. I wouldn't be comfortable to have only a

1:07:211:07:27

couple of seconds to play with to the drop zone. But lap times could

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drop as we see continually up until the end of session. He is down to

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12th now. Sebastien Buemi ignores the main part of the corner and

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here comes the rain. So that might just save the day for Felipe Massa.

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Although if the intermediates overheat, you can still bring them

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back. What was that noise? He was so far off the throttle, he was

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getting the exhaust going? Yes. It is a perfect example of what it

1:07:561:08:01

sound like. You see Nico Rosberg having to be aggressive into the

1:08:011:08:07

last chicane. Outside of the Virgin. Here is, that Jerome D'Ambrosio?

1:08:071:08:15

Yes just overcooks it on the way in. He is down in 15th. That is a

1:08:151:08:19

replay, he is now on a better lap is Nico Rosberg. He has gone up

1:08:191:08:28

into P8 on a 2.05. Felipe Massa is down to 13th with that. As we see

1:08:281:08:33

Sutil has just gone through and we're looking at Perez. Paul di

1:08:331:08:38

Resta down in the danger zone in 17th. He is on track with two

1:08:381:08:44

personal bests going on. So Sutil has gone over the line. We watch

1:08:441:08:49

for Paul di Resta. There is the Lotus going through of Jarno Trulli

1:08:491:08:54

who is 19th at the moment. And here comes rest rest on the fresh

1:08:541:09:03

intermediates. And -- Paul deResta on the fresh intermediates. He has

1:09:031:09:08

got another lap to get himself out of the danger zone. Thiss why he

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was slow in the last secondor. -- this is why he was so slow in the

1:09:171:09:22

last sector. It will come down to this final lap that he is on. He is

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down in 17th and close to the drop zone. Who would put him in trouble?

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Heikki Kovalinan is right behind him time-wise. Paul di Resta has

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had a poor first sector. Here is Heikki Kovalinan. He is not any

1:09:431:09:48

faster. Ses a second slower. Di Resta may just get awhich with this

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one. All the times will be reset in qualifying two. The track is

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looking particularly slimey. Often it is at that stage that it I

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difficult. Heikki Kovalinan is running wide in that Rivage corner.

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He would have lost some time. He got on to the the -- on to the

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advertising hoarding that isn't painted with the special paint. The

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checkered flag has gone out. All those on their lap. This will be it.

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We're still waiting for Paul di Resta. He is going to go to get

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through. Tyres are getting too hot. The drivers aren't finding a lot of

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time now. Adrian Sutil has done a best middle sector. Heikki

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Kovalinan's put in a 58.0 in the middle sector. That is actually

1:10:491:10:55

only four tenth slower than the fastest middle sector. So Paul di

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Resta maybe out of trouble. He Daid 35.5 first sector. It is all about

1:11:011:11:07

Heikki Kovalinan and that looks like he is getting plebt of --

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plenty of traffic at the end. That could be Paul di Resta in his way.

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Heikki Kovalinan does it! Paul di Resta is down to 18th. Heikki

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Kovalinan up to 16th. Not watched by the director. So Heikki

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Kovalinan, despite the traffic, because you can complete the lap,

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he was one of the last to cross the line and he gets himself into Q2

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again. And Paul di Resta will be swhra gutted. I don't know if they

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-- somewhat gutted. I don't know if they told him to back off but he

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takes no further part in qualifying. This man, Michael Schumacher will

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take no further part in qualifying. Bruno Senna has been been faster

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than Vitaly Petrov through this sex. Only by a quarter of a -- through

1:12:021:12:06

this session, but only by a quarter o' after second. That is the

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feedback from his run in Budapest on Friday. He was seen to be

1:12:121:12:15

consistently quicker than Petrov in the long runs. So maybe it is not

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such a questionable decision to have put him in there against the

1:12:191:12:26

more experienced Nick Heidfeld. Jenson Button was fastest. He was

1:12:261:12:30

the man that found the grip by over a second from Mark Webber. Lewis

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Hamilton was third. We reset the times and 17 go forward into

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qualifying two. JAKE HUMPHREY: That includes cove, a good day for Lotus.

1:12:461:12:53

We have found somewhere to stay out of the rain. They have a big tent

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here and hopefully the only Belgian driver in the field, the first

1:12:571:13:03

since the 90s, Damilola Taylor -- Jerome D'Ambrosio will come out and

1:13:031:13:11

have a talk with us. Michael Schumacher, do you they car failure

1:13:111:13:17

was responsible. It is a strange one? It is bizarre. It seemed as

1:13:171:13:24

if... Don't want to say it, a wheel was loose. Look here, it just in

1:13:241:13:28

the middle of the straight, bizarre. We would like to hear from him of

1:13:281:13:35

course. But not how you want to start. It is his anniversary, 20

1:13:351:13:42

years ago it was. I was surprised. We need to know more about it.

1:13:421:13:46

people are worried about the wheel comes off. If the wheel nut comes

1:13:461:13:52

off, there is no tether. He was lucky it bounced off. But so

1:13:521:13:56

frustrating. We want him to do something specialy time it feels

1:13:561:14:00

like it would be the perfect weekend to do it, it doesn't happen.

1:14:001:14:03

People have different views about Michael Schumacher. He was the king

1:14:031:14:08

when racing at one stage was a bit more boring, because he dominated

1:14:081:14:12

so much. That is not his fault. We would all like to see him have a

1:14:121:14:16

fight for podium here at this, because it would be a fairy tale

1:14:161:14:20

story. It is something that most people, whether you're a fan of his

1:14:201:14:24

or not. You would have wanted to see him. That is not going to

1:14:241:14:29

happen. Let's speak to Jerome D'Ambrosio. What was it like? As a

1:14:291:14:37

Belgian driver at your home race? It is always a tough call, you are

1:14:371:14:41

looking as much at the sky as the track, to know if it is going to

1:14:411:14:46

rain or not. We had different strategies, I was specting --

1:14:461:14:51

specting the rain earlier and I didn't come in for a new set of

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tyres. But I think in the end I'm satisfied with the qualifying. I

1:14:551:15:05
1:15:051:15:13

had a good pace and now it is down it is the first reference, we have

1:15:131:15:18

the same car. The fact that you're in front of him, you were very

1:15:181:15:24

happy about that? I was in the beginning but in the end with those

1:15:241:15:31

new tyres, he is ahead of me. But it is good, if you are ahead, you

1:15:311:15:35

are happy and if you are behind, you have a benchmark. And with

1:15:351:15:40

Michael Schumacher's slipping out, let's have a reality check,

1:15:401:15:42

tomorrow, you will race in the Belgian Grand Prix and will have

1:15:421:15:46

Michael Schumacher all over the back of your car. Who would have

1:15:461:15:53

thought that? It is a dream come true? Definitely, the first grand

1:15:531:16:00

prix I went to see was in 1994 and he was racing, now I racing on the

1:16:001:16:10
1:16:101:16:10

same grid. It is a funny situation but I really enjoy a -- enjoying it.

1:16:101:16:18

Well done, congratulations. Jerome d'Ambrosio starts in 21st. If you

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are a rugby fan, today is the Challenge Cup final and of the

1:16:221:16:27

action and build up will start on the Red Button at 1:30pm. And the

1:16:271:16:33

action continues after us on BBC One. It is properly reigning over

1:16:331:16:39

the circuit for the second part of qualifying. Inside the McLaren

1:16:391:16:42

garage, they have made some mistakes in wet qualifying over the

1:16:421:16:46

years but who will rise to the challenge? He will make it through

1:16:461:16:51

to the pole position shoot-out? Back to Martin and David... This

1:16:511:17:01
1:17:011:17:03

man is very happy with his qualifying. He did a great job. He

1:17:031:17:11

would not give up. Even after the flag had dropped. We had a session

1:17:111:17:15

with it being too dry for the intermediate and the next challenge

1:17:151:17:19

is letting it rain and see how quickly you can get the time in

1:17:191:17:29
1:17:291:17:31

before the track starts to get wet. It is like an emotion, it is so

1:17:311:17:34

hard to repeat the lap times and there is a window with the tyres

1:17:341:17:39

are perfect. It is a chemical reaction with the heat and that

1:17:391:17:46

does affect the grip. It isn't just the surface water. For years

1:17:461:17:49

Brearley have been telling me that this particular surface, it allows

1:17:491:17:55

the water to set into the stones and there can be a lot of spray

1:17:551:17:59

coming off the back but the tyre is making contact with the tarmac.

1:17:591:18:05

That suggests that it is relatively high grip track. But looking out,

1:18:051:18:10

the rain is coming down. We have seen the intermediate tyres on a

1:18:101:18:15

dry track and women now see this intermediate set of tyres on the

1:18:151:18:24

ever wetter track. By the time it gets too full wet, they will

1:18:241:18:30

struggle to replicate the lap times. Green flags waving. I never

1:18:301:18:34

understand that. You just be to know if there is a reason to slow

1:18:341:18:41

down. You don't need any reason to go faster. But do you think that

1:18:411:18:45

for it and a third miles, would you just Neil those intermediates? Or

1:18:451:18:54

have a chance on the out that? out lap, 95%, you don't want to

1:18:541:18:59

lose concentration and find a puddle. Then you have to get the

1:18:591:19:08

best lap because it might be the driest you will have the track. It

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is more as a precautionary track for the race control, I usually

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1:19:231:19:23

ignore this, I agree. Green lights. They just mean go. There are going,

1:19:231:19:31

anyway. It is starting to brighten up. But the teams did that know

1:19:311:19:34

whether the Adi part of the session would be the only part they could

1:19:341:19:39

actually get a good lap timer. -- early part. You might find that

1:19:391:19:43

some of those drivers pit at the end of this lap and then wait to

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see if it does not dry out. There is quite a lot of rear knocking

1:19:501:19:55

going in for Alonso. And before that, loads of wheelspin. It looks

1:19:551:20:02

like there is no grip on the back of these intermediate tyres. He was

1:20:021:20:08

in 5th gear. Normally, that would be 7th year. Flat out in the dry

1:20:081:20:14

climb. This is an apple pricking son, usually plenty of grip through

1:20:141:20:19

this wonderful chicane. And then you have to be careful, this is

1:20:191:20:23

where Fernando Alonso crashed last year. And down to one of the most

1:20:231:20:29

difficult braking stones that I found in my career. Other you have

1:20:291:20:35

that Get Out Of Jail Free tarmac around the outside now. It is such

1:20:351:20:42

a tricky corner, Alonso getting those white lines. Mark Webber

1:20:421:20:48

describe those as like ice when they have got water on them.

1:20:491:20:51

hear that Ferrari are having difficulty getting this

1:20:511:20:54

intermediate tyres up to temperature which might explain

1:20:541:20:59

that excessive wheelspin. There is no benefit in spending a tyres that

1:20:591:21:04

amount, you're just ripping away at the surface. I thought he was

1:21:041:21:09

coasting along the out lap. It is probably thin on temperature. And

1:21:091:21:14

you can see, just burning that very slight dry line, aren't they? In

1:21:141:21:20

certain areas. They are starting to come back with some as braking up

1:21:201:21:27

from the back of the car. It looks like a pretty skinny rear wing.

1:21:271:21:32

Most of them have gone for that when level that is suitable for

1:21:321:21:39

straight-line speeds. That must make it so difficult for 7th gear

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with no duress? Indeed, with DRS, you will get about 20 kilometres an

1:21:441:21:51

hour extra in top speed. Typically, he would just be touching that

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limiter at the end of the straight. To make up for the other streets

1:21:551:22:02

were you're not able to run the duress. -- DRS. You really do not

1:22:021:22:08

want to be running at 15,500 at the end of the straight because there

1:22:081:22:13

would be no power for these 2.4 litre V8 engines. They feel quite

1:22:131:22:23
1:22:231:22:26

pathetic when you drop down to that we're 60,000 Wrens. -- revs.

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Broadly speaking, the wing level of the top teams is pretty similar,

1:22:321:22:36

McLaren are running just a little bit more because they have bought a

1:22:361:22:40

special new super powerful DRS system with the rear wing. That

1:22:401:22:44

will bring more of an ankle for the downforce and that will be

1:22:441:22:48

reflected in Lewis Hamilton's middle sector time, which was

1:22:481:22:54

quicker than Sebastian Vettel. And they can use the DRS system in

1:22:541:23:01

qualifying and that has been pretty effective. Thank you. Still

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Sebastian Vettel from Jensen Button, Hamilton in 4th. Red Bull, McLaren.

1:23:071:23:12

Adrian Sutil, the only surviving Force India with Paul di Resta

1:23:121:23:22
1:23:221:23:23

getting knocked out right at the end. Kovaleinen completed his lap.

1:23:231:23:33
1:23:331:23:36

Sebastien Buemi, inside the top 10. You can see some mud on the camera.

1:23:361:23:43

He has dropped at the top of ruche. That is a corner he lives were, he

1:23:431:23:49

said yesterday. -- lives for. We will get a replay to see without

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damage has been done. There we go. Just over the top... He gets too

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much Kerr. That little bomb, debris on the racetrack, difficult to tear

1:24:061:24:16
1:24:161:24:19

away. I wonder what they will do about that? That is the point where

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you hope you would just get away with it. But he has parked. He is

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completely out of harm's way, they do not need to red flag the session.

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But all that debris on the racing line and the grass. It is pretty

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much of the racing line. But easy to say from the comfort of the

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commentary box but a little bit greedy going over the top of the

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hill. I think that given her slippy these white lines are, I would not

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be kissing my car on them as you go over the rise. The car actually

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polls vertical one G in the drive so it's more than the weight of the

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car. That's the last place I would have placed the car. They have red

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flags that. Anybody he did a fastest first sector... Hamilton

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has done the fastest of anybody in the whole queue to. -- Q2. Anyone

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going faster after the red flags will take that penalty. Anyone on a

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lap, that gets abandoned. The time gets stopped at the top of the

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screen. Alonso had just gone at of the pits, he is on his out lap.

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minutes and 15 seconds to go. If we had a downpour and then restarted,

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they would be out on a brand new set... Intermediates, we hear from

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the pit lane. What does it tell us? 20 minutes, steady rain. This is

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getting quite critical. If it was to stop, they could we run the rest

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1:26:141:26:19

of it. -- re wrong. -- rerun. 50% of your braking force in the rain

1:26:191:26:23

goes through the front tyre. The tyre is to be rotating to give you

1:26:231:26:30

that retardation. As the all recovered to the pits. You want to

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be at the front of the queue, if you get a chance. The rain is still

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up there. Threatening. This is a very pivotal time. Who will be out

1:26:431:26:48

at the moment? Also, Perez, Bruno Senna, Kobayashi, Maldonado and

1:26:481:26:57

Kovaleinen. But that is irrelevant, unless it rains very hard. It could

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only have been for the debris. You would have to say, Adrian Sutil's

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car was really out of harm's way. You are right. Honest it was a

1:27:091:27:17

freak accident. If there was an opening and the barrier. It did not

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look like there was that much debris on the racing line. But it

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is one of the fastest corners. It is probably the wise move to be on

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the side of caution. There is no need for racing directors taking

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any risk, and you would not have any martial running out there at

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the top of the blind curve. And the tyres are so loaded at the top.

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When you are pulling the speed and the natural G-force, but I don't

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know. It is a red flag situation. Once again, Mark Webber quicker

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than Sebastian Vettel. Bottom and Hamilton right in there for McLaren.

1:27:571:28:05

We are wandering were Ferrari are. They would be out, they are P11.

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Alonso had just joined the track. Such a long out lap, you cannot

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really hang around too long. Certainly not and we have seen the

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trend this weekend were in changeable conditions, Mark Webber

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has more often been able to deliver the lap time than Sebastian Vettel.

1:28:281:28:33

His Sebastien just holding back? He doesn't need to take any risks. Or

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1:28:431:28:43

is he genuinely not able to feel his car round the track. There is a

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long way to go. Let's keep a close eye on that. Sebastian Vettel has

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never qualified in the top three at Spa. We have not had anything other

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than the Red Bull on pole position all year. That is how it is looking

1:28:591:29:04

right now. Plenty of action to come, it must be said. It has not been

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his starring role, qualifying here. It does look silly, somebody

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sitting in front of the car. But it's the weight distribution with

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the engine and gearbox at the back. It is quite interesting, the other

1:29:161:29:20

teams like to look at that and had the photographers get underneath

1:29:201:29:24

and look at the turning base. And everything that is going on

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underneath. It has been going extremely well of late. Adrian

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Sutil, still in 5th place and that time still counts. In terms of the

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top-ten shoot-out, he would not be able to take part. I with Ferrari

1:29:431:29:47

and there is consternation on the engineers face, not because -- not

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just because the tyres had been shot, they will still have good

1:29:501:29:54

tread but with six minutes and 53 seconds, they will have a limited

1:29:541:29:57

amount of time and less than they would like to get the intermediate

1:29:571:30:01

tyres warmed up and we know Ferrari is easy on the tyres and hard for

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them to do that. We have spoken about that in this session. I do

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not think Alonso is at risk of going out but it's less idea than

1:30:081:30:18
1:30:181:30:26

in 40 secs time. That is 14.41 local time in Belgium. We speak to

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many different people in the world in different time zones. And the

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queue begins to form at the end of the pit lane. And let's see what

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they have got now. Is that a brand- new set? No, they look like they

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have done a lap or two. There is water in the groove. So he is on

1:30:501:30:55

the same tyre. Mark Webber keen to watch thousand outlap go. There is

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a whole queue of cars and there is tho point in joining the back.

1:31:011:31:07

can't afford to do a slow lap. We need to push for the full three

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laps. No problem. The second part of qualifying begin and Bruno Senna

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with a steep lerve ever learning curve this weekend. His only

1:31:221:31:29

experience is with HRT last year. Although the Friday practice for

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Renault in Hungary. He raced here in GP2. He had a trip into the

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barrier on Friday. When he raced before it was on the Bridgestone

1:31:431:31:48

tyres. So to learn how the treat Pirelli and handle this three

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stages of qualifying. He was on pole here in GP 2. There is Adrian

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Sutil, the man we saw bouncing down the barrier and causing the red

1:32:021:32:12

flag at the top of Raidillon. caught the back end of Adrian

1:32:121:32:17

Sutil's engineer saying, and Paul didn't make it. That is like the

1:32:171:32:24

consolation prize, the interteam battle. He didn't maibt -- make it

1:32:241:32:30

through. Adrian Sutil is still P5 and it remains to be seen who beats

1:32:301:32:36

that in the remaining five minutes. The track still looks in reasonable

1:32:361:32:46
1:32:461:32:46

nick. We have got people in front closing the door and won't let me

1:32:461:32:52

past. It is impossible. He is not happy, is he? No it is impossible?

1:32:521:32:56

Well, he is going to have to make the impossible possible with four

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and a half minutes to go. We have got plenty of traffic. We have got

1:33:001:33:05

Senna in front of Petrov in the Renault. Not much of a gap there.

1:33:051:33:10

He is going to play his part. Look at the traffic in front of Fernando

1:33:101:33:16

Alonso as the rain comes down further. This is critical times for

1:33:161:33:23

Fernando Alonso. This is as tough as it gets, as I said, they will be

1:33:231:33:28

backing the pack up. He had such a fight with Ayrton Senna one day and

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trying to find ourselves space and finished about 6 o'clock on the

1:33:321:33:37

qualifying afternoon. We finished argue about who got in whose way.

1:33:371:33:41

Fernando Alonso still doesn't want to slow down. The back wheels were

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locked and he had to turn left into a right hand hairpin. The lap has

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started bad. I don't think his mood will be better. Let's see how it

1:33:521:34:02
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looks through the Mag niv sent la rouge corner. -- Eau Rouge Cohner.

1:34:031:34:09

Up to Les Combs. It was a a real attack. For Fernando Alonso it is a

1:34:091:34:13

personal best. 34.4. Still not a tremendous first sector, compared

1:34:131:34:19

to earlier on in this session. Having to down shift on the way out

1:34:191:34:28

of la koms. Let's see if he can get it slowed down for Rivage. A short

1:34:281:34:33

shift up to get traction through the exit. No name corner, I has

1:34:331:34:43
1:34:431:34:46

been called some things, but Pouhon is the toughest corner on the track

1:34:461:34:51

since they sanitised Eau Rouge. Fernando Alonso will get his second

1:34:511:34:58

sector time when he comes out of first part. Jaime Alguersuari is

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out there. He has done two personal bests. This is about getting into

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the top ten, the final part of qualifying, qualifying 3 as we call

1:35:091:35:14

it. But they have their minds focused on qualifying two. He has

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locked the left front. He wastes so much time. Sebastien Buemi has gone

1:35:231:35:29

fastest. There is grip opt track and it is beginning to come to the

1:35:291:35:36

-- there is grip on the track. Bruno Senna goes sixth. Senna might,

1:35:361:35:42

I tell you wha, with another two minutes, he will get a second

1:35:421:35:47

effort at that. Fernando Alonso has gone fastest on a 6.1. He will just

1:35:471:35:52

about be last man over the line. Fernando Alonso has a couple of

1:35:521:35:58

minutes to get around again. Now, we're starting to lack at drivers

1:35:581:36:04

who have one more flying lap after this. Felipe Massa in 14th. Mark

1:36:041:36:14
1:36:141:36:14

Webber goes fastest from Button. Sebastian Vettel 2.03.3. He is all

1:36:141:36:19

over the place in terms of times. As they finish these long laps.

1:36:191:36:25

Felipe Massa, what did that do for him? Up into P5 with that. He will

1:36:251:36:32

only get this lap in now. Lots of cars out there in traffic. 16Th of

1:36:321:36:40

the runners, the on 16 left with Adrian Sutil in the warrier --

1:36:401:36:47

barriers. We watch Kobayashi down in 16th and moves up to seventh

1:36:471:36:51

with that effort. Still three seconds off the pace though.

1:36:511:36:54

have seen Jenson Button make way for Lewis Hamilton. So I wonder if

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that was a call from the team. Lewis Hamilton is in 12th and he

1:36:581:37:06

has done the fastest first sector. Presuming he gets a traffic-free

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lap, but Lewis Hamilton could be under trouble here. Traffic is a

1:37:091:37:13

problem as we can see. Heikki Kovalinan, Rubens Barrichello,

1:37:131:37:20

Heikki Kovalinan is down there, fighting over 16th and 17th, with

1:37:201:37:26

Pastor Maldonado close behind. That must have been Lewis Hamilton

1:37:261:37:31

coming through. He will catch a lot of traffic at the end of the lap.

1:37:311:37:38

And will struggle. Some of these may get into another lap. These

1:37:381:37:43

runners and Rubens Barrichello goes wide through Blanchmont. Both

1:37:431:37:47

Williams compromised with that problem. They have got six five

1:37:471:37:51

seconds to get over the line. Lewis Hamilton goes up the inside of

1:37:511:37:56

Pastor Maldonado the flag is dropped, Lewis Hamilton won't get

1:37:561:38:00

another run. But he moves up to fastest with that. He has his hand

1:38:001:38:06

in the air. It was enough at that time. Pastor Maldonado down in 16th.

1:38:061:38:15

Barr Parr only 149. Williams both - - Rubens Barrichello only 14th.

1:38:151:38:19

Williams both there. There is the contact, Lewis Hamilton had to do

1:38:191:38:24

it. But it has put him into the top ten. He is entitled to do that

1:38:241:38:28

don't you think? Yes, he is ahead. There is no question that mald hald,

1:38:281:38:32

I can't believe he -- Pastor Maldonado, I can't believe he

1:38:321:38:35

didn't know Lewis Hamilton was there. Who crossed the line?

1:38:351:38:40

Fernando Alonso was the last man over the line. Petrov and Senna too.

1:38:401:38:45

They could get themselves well inside the top ten by being last

1:38:451:38:55
1:38:551:38:57

over the line. And plenty of stuff for Senna in the Pouhon corner.

1:38:571:39:01

Can't afford any mistakes on this lap. That is that exhaust blowing

1:39:011:39:06

stuff that you can hear that we were hear sog much about at

1:39:061:39:16
1:39:161:39:18

Silverstone. -- hearing so much about at Silverstone. Perez is 139.

1:39:181:39:23

Will this get him through. Fernando Alonso is flying. Does he need to?

1:39:231:39:27

He is in 12th at the moment. Somebody moved up the order. Was it

1:39:271:39:33

Sebastien Buemi? Sebastien Buemi it was. Rosberg is up into fourth.

1:39:331:39:40

Massa is fifth. Perez crosses the line and goes seventh. He is inside.

1:39:401:39:46

Bruno Senna is right up there. Senna in fifth. Fernando Alonso is

1:39:461:39:51

in 13th. Petrov has gone into fourth. Fernando Alonso gets in

1:39:511:39:55

fastest. Fernando Alonso from Lewis Hamilton. Who did that affect?

1:39:551:40:01

Jenson Button in 13th. Button is out of it. Rubens Barrichello is

1:40:011:40:08

14th. Jenson Button, in all of that frantic last minute action, got

1:40:081:40:13

bumped right down the order. If he did have to yield, you were saying

1:40:131:40:18

you thought he may have to yield to Lewis. If he did, it has cost him a

1:40:181:40:22

horrible grid position. He did move over for Lewis Hamilton on that lap.

1:40:231:40:31

So whether that was a call from the pits ors -- pits, or whether he

1:40:311:40:36

made a mistake. Pastor Maldonado, 100% Pastor Maldonado will a

1:40:361:40:41

penalty. He pulse alongside Lewis and then takes a swipe at him.

1:40:411:40:46

Unacceptable. Pastor Maldonado if he makes the grid. Is there any

1:40:461:40:51

damage to the car stkph no, it was done deliberately, he cut across me

1:40:511:40:58

and hit my car. I think my front is damaged. Front wheels. There is so

1:40:581:41:05

lilt time before qualifying three. I spoke to Nigel Mansell and he

1:41:051:41:09

said we have had nothing. It has been so quiet. If they don't send

1:41:091:41:12

Pastor Maldonado home for that, it I not right. You can't tolerate

1:41:121:41:17

that. That sends all the wrong signals to young drivers. You can't

1:41:171:41:22

do that. I'm furious and I'm not even in the car. I hate to see

1:41:221:41:27

unsporting behaviour. If he has got a problem with Lewis, he should

1:41:271:41:31

face him up and discuss that point. If he wants to get physical and

1:41:311:41:35

misbehave then that is up to him. Doing that on the track is just

1:41:361:41:40

mindless. And he will definitely be penalised. Will they get Lewis

1:41:401:41:45

Hamilton's car repaired in time? A new front wing is not a problem.

1:41:451:41:51

But sometimes it does change the balance. Well the last minute

1:41:511:41:55

action then, Senna got himself into the top ten on his return to the

1:41:551:42:01

track and his first race for Renault, very good effort from him.

1:42:011:42:11
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Massa got in. JAKE HUMPHREY: Well done Bruno Senna. But that session

1:42:241:42:29

dominated by incidents with the McLaren cars. Jepz make didn't make

1:42:291:42:32

it through. But this Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado situation. It

1:42:321:42:36

I no t first time they have got friendly with each other. Let's go

1:42:361:42:39

back to the start of today and Lewis Hamilton was desperate to

1:42:391:42:47

make it over the time. And didn't want to have mald' - Pastor

1:42:471:42:52

Maldonado to stop him. If they have an issue with each other they need

1:42:521:42:56

to sort this out. We're talking about debris, dangers to each

1:42:561:43:04

others' lives and the public. This is unacceptable. What happened

1:43:041:43:09

after they went around the La Source hairpin. What, it is as wide

1:43:091:43:13

as could be. Look at this from a different angle. He actually moves

1:43:131:43:18

straight across on him. It is bizarre. It is like as if he fell

1:43:181:43:22

asleep. Or it was intentional. I don't know. We need to ask. This

1:43:221:43:26

for me was not straight forward. There is something lurking in the

1:43:261:43:30

background that we need to get to the bottom of. Maybe it is what

1:43:301:43:35

happened in man Coe a few races ago, when Lewis Hamilton had a bit of a

1:43:351:43:43

crash, bang wah lop time and stuck Pastor Maldonado into the barrier

1:43:431:43:49

rplt --. We know Lewis apologised. My guess is this is long in the

1:43:491:43:54

past. You have got a season to think about and he jeopardised his

1:43:541:43:57

position, Pastor Maldonado, although he has not made the top

1:43:571:44:03

ten. He knew what was going on there. And Monaco be lingering back.

1:44:031:44:07

It cost him points in Monaco, there noise doubt. That was a mistake by

1:44:071:44:12

Lewis Hamilton. But this should not be reoccurring. Revenge is never

1:44:121:44:15

sweet. I find this difficult for another race driver to treat

1:44:161:44:20

another one like that, it us unacceptable. You you're going to

1:44:201:44:26

get revenge, the place is not to do it is around the circuit driving at

1:44:261:44:32

high speed. Will what Nigel man several make of -- Mansell maim

1:44:321:44:38

make of it? The stewards have a better understanding of is what

1:44:381:44:42

happen and they will investigate it and have both drivers there and it

1:44:431:44:46

will be a serious investigation. I think there will be penalties.

1:44:461:44:48

David talks about Pastor Maldonado not being allowed to race. I

1:44:481:44:52

wouldn't go that far. I don't know what the extent of the wrath that

1:44:521:44:58

the steward will have, but it will have to be looked at in a very

1:44:581:45:08
1:45:081:45:13

Hamilton's car? We are waiting to hear from our expert in the pit

1:45:131:45:21

lane, Ted Kravitz, if he can get near to that. He is on his way down.

1:45:211:45:29

I'm sure they will fix the car? the brush with the side of the car

1:45:291:45:32

damaged the front wing and the suspension is quite strong in that

1:45:321:45:37

area, I have seen cars banging more aggressively so they will not be

1:45:371:45:40

too concerned and he would not pull the car out of qualifying on as a

1:45:411:45:48

driver said know. He will have felt if the geometry was correct on the

1:45:481:45:52

slowing-down lap and its Loch Carnan suspension, you can see some

1:45:521:45:55

of the damage on the bodywork. That is reassuring, it means that side

1:45:551:46:04

of the car took most of the impact. The driver is only one of three

1:46:041:46:12

stewards forced -- for stewards. What would you do? You would get

1:46:121:46:16

both the drivers' in, look at all of the information and once you

1:46:161:46:20

have all of that, you make a decision but knee-jerk, Maldonado

1:46:201:46:26

would be getting a severe penalty. In the back of the garage, all of

1:46:261:46:30

the mechanics are looking at this and the sponsor's logo has rubbed

1:46:301:46:36

off on the right hand side. It looks intact, these cars are

1:46:361:46:40

ostensibly in parc ferme. They have changed the front wing. They have

1:46:401:46:47

told Lewis to kill his engine. It looks like they're just going to

1:46:471:46:52

relax and that and see if they can make any more changes. They're

1:46:521:46:56

changing the tyres, putting on intermediate. Is that dry tyres on

1:46:561:47:01

Ferrari? Yes, it looks like a car has been bandaged up and it will

1:47:011:47:06

survive the session. Jensen Button, we heard a radio message and he was

1:47:061:47:15

told to come into the pits and he said, are you sure? They said yes.

1:47:151:47:24

Whoever is on soft tyres. -- Mark Webber. The bid 2.02 at the end of

1:47:241:47:28

that last session so we are right on the cusp of leading -- Nadine

1:47:281:47:38
1:47:381:47:38

those slick tyres. -- meeting. So, dry tyres going on to Lewis

1:47:381:47:43

Hamilton. Felipe Massa has gone off from the exit. That's double

1:47:431:47:49

trouble. You go up the road and you lose so much temperature. They go

1:47:491:47:56

out of the Pits with the blankets at 100 degrees and this is where

1:47:561:48:03

Fernando Alonso dropped, he dropped earlier. There is a little gravel

1:48:031:48:10

trap. No damage. He will drop that gravel and for the others to have

1:48:101:48:20
1:48:201:48:20

fun on. Just carry on and back into the tyres. Everything is still OK.

1:48:201:48:27

That car will need to go through a paint job. That rash. They stripped

1:48:271:48:32

them all down so there is no added weight. Everything has to come off.

1:48:321:48:36

It is a huge amount of work so no specific damage to the car in terms

1:48:361:48:46
1:48:461:48:46

of the potential that time what a lot of cosmetic damage so, Jensen

1:48:461:48:53

Button starting in 13th, he isn't in this qualifying top 10 shoot-out.

1:48:531:49:00

Sadly, Fernando Alonso is going through and now it's a question of

1:49:001:49:03

really having to take a gamble on how much grip there is on the

1:49:041:49:10

corner. You cannot coast through there? You don't have that luxury.

1:49:111:49:18

You don't. We are seeing some of those out laps, they're going

1:49:181:49:22

purple, there is clearly enough grip. What they just need to avoid

1:49:221:49:32
1:49:321:49:32

is running out of that try-line and using the curbs on the exit. What

1:49:331:49:36

happens now is everything just comes to us you, the tyres and

1:49:361:49:43

brakes heat up and the pressures become right again. These tyres,

1:49:431:49:51

lower than the car by 2.5 mm. And you have a proper racing car.

1:49:511:49:54

last person to figure out that intermediates were not that hard to

1:49:541:50:00

use was Nico Rosberg, he has changed in two sec. On the right-

1:50:001:50:05

hand side of Lewis Hamilton's car, it is held together by two bits of

1:50:051:50:15
1:50:151:50:18

black gaffer tape. This guy is darkening. This is the moment.

1:50:181:50:22

of the reasons they might choose not to send Lewis Hamilton out is

1:50:221:50:25

the negative pressure on the bodywork, it tries to suck the

1:50:251:50:29

bodywork of the car so if it isn't held in place correctly, you can be

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quite a bit of damage. They have loads of dry tyres left, they would

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be very nervous about intermediate. Sebastian Vettel, on the slick

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tyres. And on board. No issues with confidence, I present his DRS

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system would have been closed at that point. -- I prison. We have

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seen the wings being open on track. They become available when the

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slick is on. Sebastian Vettel, doing 54.7. Lewis Hamilton, going

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through. Never completely off the throttle, that was impressive.

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Climbing the hill. And it is a hill. The camera angle takes a lot of

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that elevation away. It is the highest point on the track. He is a

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quarter of a second up as he gets through the first checkpoint.

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Webber, Felipe Massa, Alguersuari, there is Hamilton. They are all out

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there. All 10 of the cars are now on the track, unsurprisingly.

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have seen Sebastian Vettel to 31.9. Which is only eight tenths slower

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than last year. If they are lifting, it must be a tiny left, bravery in

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the extreme when you have partial wet and dry conditions. Completely

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flat through the second part. Full throttle. And we begin to see some

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action. This is the first time that drivers... Mark Webber does 50.8.

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He sets a new benchmark, Perez two seconds slower. We need to keep a

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close eye out for who gets across the line last again. As we watch

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Lewis Hamilton. He is second now. Half a second shout. Sebastian

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Vettel in the background, what can he offer? Still Mark Webber, has a

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few tenths of a second in his pocket and just have a second off

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last year's pole position. It is actually five seconds of qualifying.

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It is faster than anybody else and has gone so far. He has got a new

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personal and field best. In Sector One. As we watch him head down the

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hill. The car accelerates so easily and beautifully down there. Mark

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Webber, the second sector time does not come up after this she came...

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He looks strong. Your contract in his pocket, birthday cars through

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the post this morning and he looks very at home on this race track.

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And it is mighty fast as well. Having spent a week in America, the

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impression is he is looking awesome! He has been connected

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through all these conditions. A brave man with 1.5 minutes to go.

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Who would bet against him for pole position? Whoever will only get one

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more flying lap. Some of them will get to. -- two. Webber on a 49.3.

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As ever, the McLaren looks very stiffly sprung across the pond. A

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very difficult Mickey Mouse last chicane. Crossing the line now.

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That is one 10th shy of pole position. Sebastian Vettel goes

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fastest. Three-tenths of a second covers the top three. They have got

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one more lap and the R drivers out there who might get a second lap in.

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Bruno Senna will be one of them and Nico Rosberg. Let us see... This is

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all about the front row in the next two minutes. Rosberg is flying out

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from Mercedes, only 10 cars in this final part of qualifying. And watch

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Mark Webber. 6th gear. He has gone a little bit wide. Luckily, the

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water is gone. Traffic ahead, that is Sergio Perez in the Sauber. Into

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the corner. He is a few thousandths of a second up on his best work.

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has actually lost time, he is now down. He will not have enough

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unless the absolutely finds something amazing in this last

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chicane. It sounds like he is up at the very top end of his range, it

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is just not accelerating. Hamilton is flying out there. He had a good

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tow from that Sauber. He can get good purchase on the racetrack.

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Mark Webber in second place at the moment, crosses the line and it is

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one 10th saw. But this man, Hamilton, bouncing all over the

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place, yet again. He comes out of the last corner for McLaren, if he

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is third at the moment, he crosses the line and goes fastest, he is on

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pole position. Can they respond? No, Sebastian Vettel, half a second saw.

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Sorry, Sebastian Vettel has done it! He was faster. The time change

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in front of my eyes. Sebastian Vettel, once again, all pole

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position, with Hamilton and then Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso in 6th

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place. Rosberg, Perez, Bruno Senna in mind. Petrov. We had just seen a

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change. Bruno Senna has gone up into 6th place. We are on board.

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The action is still very much going on out there. Look at this McLaren

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bouncing on the bumps. And Rosberg has gone 5th whilst we were

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watching the replays. His final lap... Alguersuari remains in 6th

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place, Bruno Senna in seven. Also in eight days. That means Petrov is

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still on to personal bests. And he stays in 10th place. Letters

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recount, Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton... I can confirm, pole

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position by half of the second. Well done. Brilliant! Thank you.

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That is the answer! Thank you. Sebastian Vettel endeavouring to

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keep his tyres cool. Going through the water. And those are the tyres

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that he will need to start the race on tomorrow. So, Sebastian Vettel,

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yet again, the Red Bull on pole position with Lewis Hamilton, his

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car does not look good but somehow he got into second on the grid.

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Mark Webber takes third. Just ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari, who has

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out qualified his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, there will only

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start on eighth place. They skin from the results of qualifying...

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And Sebastian Vettel, look at that, just as we thought that someone or

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other than Red Bull would be on pole, Sebastian Vettel takes pole

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position by almost half the second. One full second ahead of Mark

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Webber, congratulations to Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna, who has been

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parachuted into the car, starts on 7th. Also a difficult day for Paul

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di Resta. And you can see for drivers outside 107%. We would

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expect them to be racing. That was a cracking session and we saw

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drivers clashing with drivers and Lewis Hamilton fighting to the

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finish. And a very stiff McLaren. Bouncing around all over the place.

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There are so many superlatives, you do not know where to start. We must

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start with the guy who just at the last gasp, Sebastian Vettel, proved

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us wrong after the school report. Back on pole position. Literally in

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every way. That was an amazing lack. And a wonderful example of what

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excitement there can be in qualifying. Abandon the race

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tomorrow. Sebastien Vettel gets pole position but what about the

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boys behind? Jensen Button will be frustrated, starting at 13 if but

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he did his bit for the team. Pulling over to allow Lewis

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Hamilton to go through and it nearly worked out perfectly. He was

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on provisional pole position. Always a team player but could not

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get his side of the team any higher to see you so soon on a Saturday.

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What happened? Misunderstanding. I did my first lap then and I cooled

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the tairs. Not knowing that I didn't have any more laps left. --

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cooled the tyres. The track is getting drier, with so many cars

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out. I think I was third quickest when I did my lap. Then I didn't

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get the opportunity to do another lap. So wow, that is massively

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disappointing and a big shock. In Q1, I was a second quicker than

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anyone. A misunderstanding and a mistake on our part. One moment it

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looked like you had to yield, was that to give Lewis clear air?

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that was my cool down lap. I didn't realise that was it. I would have

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kept pushing. But I didn't know that was it. I thought I had

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another lap. It looks like a dry race, are you are set for that.

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Were you gambling on today? No a dry set up. But our car is quick

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around here and in every practice session we have been in the top

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that he. So it has been very competitive and when we have been

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on the Sir vit -- circuit we have been quickest. It is tough being in

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13th. But we have to deal with it now. I am sure he will deal with it.

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The first time he is not in Q3. He said it was Mus communication.

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Seems to be the order of the day. Here is Paul di Resta. What was the

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problem today? It didn't go wrong really. I made a small mistake the

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lap before and we were a bit quicker and the team chose to bring

2:02:032:02:08

me in, saying we were safe and we should box. When I got back, they

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said we hate to tell you this, but somebody's went quicker. Thai I'm

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not aware of the situation. I do as I'm ordered. We chose to sit out

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the middle of the session and go out when the conditions were west.

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-- best. Ieft confident we would have been further up had that nod

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happened. You felt you shouldn't be here. Just a wrong call. Another

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unhappy British boy. In the last five races the man starting 18th

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has picked up poinds. We saw Michael Schumacher not manage a lap.

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But the biggest story, Pastor Maldonado with what lacked like a

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deliberate swipe at Lewis Hamilton? Again we don't want the just

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interfere with what the steward's decision. But this looks clear as

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if Pastor Maldonado has ran into the side of hill. We need to know

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what the explanation is for that. Which well wait and see. Nigel man

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several is the drivers' representative with the -- Mansell

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is the representative with the stewards. If you look behind, you

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can see Eau Rouge. Tomorrow the true action gets going and it is so

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tight at the front with Sebastian Vettel from Lewis Hamilton, Felipe

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Massa getting in the mix, Mark Webber is up there. What do you

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expect tomorrow? Well I have learned a long time ago in Spa,

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never look for a prediction. Because it usually turned on its

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