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The Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage from Sao Paulo as the drivers contest grid positions for the Brazilian Grand Prix.


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three of the newest tracks, this weekend, welcome to one of the

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true for Ayrton Senna and millions of Brazilians.

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Ayrton Senna achieves his ambition to win the Brazilian Grand Prix!

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It was all too much for the man himself. Some moment for McLaren.

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10 years later, a familiar face held to celebrate in style.

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A brilliant drive from David Coulthard.

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Two men in particular would love to watching this weekend. They are in

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great form, they remember winning the title here, and they would love

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to finish this season ahead. Welcome to the final weekend of the

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2011 season, from Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The engines are

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warming up, the 40th Brazilian Grand Prix. The crowd are here in

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their droves, as always are. It is a special place, and behind us on

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the podium, a special podium. Brazilians are an emotional people,

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we see that in the way drivers perform. 86 million people. These

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huge following for Formula One. When you on the podium, the

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Grandstand comes alight. Even this morning, there was singing in the

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grandstand. There is real passion, and that comes through. You picked

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up a win here in the rain in incredible conditions a few years

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ago, 2003, you did not get your opportunity to stand up there.

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remember rightly, it was looking particularly gloomy and grumpy! Ron

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Dennis stole my favourite position! What happened? There were lots of

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crashes. It was tipping down with rain. Look at the chaos. Cars were

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shunting and crashing. My driver drove fantastically. Gary Anderson

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said, we have got to get to 75% of the race, because then we could get

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four points for the race. We stayed out there. We won the race. But

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afterwards, we had to appeal the decision of the stewards. We won

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the case and we won the Grand Prix. That is the most subdued I have

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ever seen you! You have to think what was going on in my brain!

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are very lucky, you know what it takes to come here and win. I would

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love to know what it is like to drive around the circuit. They have

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been trying out something that we will see more of in the future.

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Does this give us a good idea of what it is like? It gives you a

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better insight than the camera view we normally have, which looks down

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at the driver. It takes away the amount of movement. A lot of wind

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movement across the driver's helmet. He will be glancing down at the

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dashboard. It is a great camera angles. I had one of those in 2008.

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But hopefully, we will have more of this. We would have had a perfect

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view of pole position, if we had followed Sebastian Vettel, because

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he has been dominant as we have travelled the world. This season

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has given us a 92% increase in overtaking it, the dentist at the

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double world champion, and a shirt that has raised money for charity.

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And the fund is not over yet. -- fund.

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McLaren would love to do what they did last time in Abu Dhabi, to

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snatch pole position. It was taken away by Sebastian Vettel at the

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very end. Let's discuss the season. The last nine races, they have

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ended up on the podium, and after an awful start, they win the award

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for turning their season around. McLaren could win so many awards,

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it is a great team, they set standards, were kept her shiny cars

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are. They had a ropey start to the season, but it was a tremendous

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comeback. They can develop a car. They have got to feel pretty

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confident for this weekend. But we have to be critical, they are used

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to winning championships, they have the resources, they have the

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manpower, the skills, the drivers, and it is unthinkable that they

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started as badly as they did, and they gave the drivers know platform

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to win the championship. One of your favourite pastimes is

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criticising McLaren. When you consider that Ferrari have won

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titles, and Renault, McLaren are the only team who have regularly

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raced and beaten Red Bull this season. There is something slightly

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different. There is success in their blood all the way through. I

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am being critical because I know they are capable of winning these

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championships. You cannot say that about Renault. If we are being fair,

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they are an outstanding team, and worthy of every accolade we can

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throw at them, but they did not do the job well enough at the

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beginning of the season. We would have had a much tighter and more

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interesting championship. We will wait and see if their pace shows in

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qualifying. Jenson Button, since 2005, never qualified in the top 10

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here. It has gone a bit trendy here. The drivers have changed their

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helmet. Lewis Hamilton had a Bob Marley helmet in India. His helmet

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is different, the Brazilian flag. I am sure you will recognise the

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design. No prizes for identifying the inspiration.

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Sometimes, I do a special helmet for a Grand Prix. Was thinking what

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to do for Brazil. Ayrton Senna, one of the most significant figures in

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my life. I was just going to have his design, but I know Bruno Senna

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has that, so I wondered whether it was possible to do a mix between my

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helmet and his. I put half of my design and then his on the back.

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They wanted me to use his new logo, but I wanted to use this one,

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because I used to have bait T-shirt with the Senna S on it. It feels

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awesome in the car. It has a green interior. All of the helmets have

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black. I specifically ordered this. I had to go and buy it myself. It

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is so cool. There is only one of them in the world. I wear it

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proudly this weekend, regardless of what the sort we have. -- what

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result we have. I hope Ayrton Senna is proud of me.

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We are proud of Lewis Hamilton. They are confident, already wearing

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the rocket red T-shirts. But they are fans who are happy to be here!

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A nightmare for you commentators, all of these will make changes.

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me, growing up, they should maintain the majority of the design.

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But it is great for the charity. But when you keep changing as often

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as they do, it is difficult to tell who is driving the car, because you

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cannot see the number. For years, it is the one area that a driver

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has had signed Asante. The team has imposed their sponsors, and

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religiously, it has been the one part of the driver that he can have

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control on. One would not like to see that changing. They can have as

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many different things on it as they like. I have remembered one small

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think. When I was at McLaren, they offered $1 million for me to give

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up the right to the image of my helmet, and I said, no, I have had

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this helmet since I was 11. It is not like you to miss out on every

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flight that! You could have given us half a million each! Ayrton

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Senna will be proud. That helmet will be auctioned off for the

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Ayrton Senna Foundation. They have just turned on the engine. It is

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sounding good. How much would McLaren have to pick up their first

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pole position here in the last 11 seasons? That would feel good, but

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there are no prizes for poor position. The prizes come on Sunday.

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Everybody will be hoping that the wheels come off.

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The race in the desert is under way, plenty of smoke. It is even between

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Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso goes round outside

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of Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel has gone off with a puncture! He

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has not even made it down to the fifth corner! Fernando Alonso has

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gone past Jenson Button! Lewis Hamilton leads the Grand Prix

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comfortably. Sebastian Vettel comes into the pits, and his luck has run

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out. I never thought I would say that this year! Now, we have got

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Mark Webber alongside Jenson Button. That looks like the position is

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taken. Jenson Button is indeed ers zone. He will be able to open his

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wink. Double DRS, two overtakes. Jenson Button does not have KERS.

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They touch, more or less. He goes through. Jenson Button comes up the

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inside and takes the position. expect Felipe Massa to defend the

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inside line. Very clear defence. Trying to use the extra grip, which

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she does. Felipe Massa needs to keep it tidy and get his own DRS.

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Felipe Massa should have given it up. Who is praised? Felipe Massa is.

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This is Mark Webber. He has got the inside line. Jenson Button decided

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not to do it. Felipe Massa has barn, which has taken the pressure off

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Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton is back, and so are McLaren! A tremendous

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Tremendous to see Lewis Hamilton back on the top step of the podium.

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Remarkably, despite winning that race, Lewis Hamilton can no longer

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catch his teammate to finish second in the Championship. Mark Webber

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must win this weekend to become runner-up to his teammate,

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Sebastian Vettel. It is getting very tight in the Constructors'

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We have come out to the paddock to be joined by a man who will be

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recognisable to all of you, and to all of Brazil. It will be hoping to

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hold on to that fifth place in the Championship, Bruno Senna. In this

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race, and in this place, is the Senna name their help or hindrance

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to you? It is obviously a help. It is a lot of attention. But it is

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natural to come to your home race and get your countrymen to salute

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you. It is a great feeling, I'm very excited about the race. It is

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a fair bit of pressure as well. Absolutely, but pressure is always

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there. I want to deliver whenever I am in the car. It is no different

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to other places in that respect. you feels somewhat unlucky that at

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this stage, you arrive in a team like this and the performance of

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the car just disappear as? It is not really the performance of the

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car, it is more that the other guys are making strides and we are not.

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It is unfortunate. The decision was to invest in next year's car. I

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think it is natural. I'm sure that if I am raising for these guys next

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year, I will be pleased with this decision! We have had complaints

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from Vitaly Petrov, and some issues with Robert Kubica, does this

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enhance your opportunities for next year? It is hard to say. It depends

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very much on what I'm doing on the track. And also, if we can find

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some good backing for the team. It is an overall package, it is not

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just one thing. I don't think I'm fighting for Vitaly's seat, I'm

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fighting for the other seed, and it is a pretty fierce fight. 17th in

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final practice, what was the problem this morning? We had of it

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-- a bit of a difficult run this morning, we had an imagination.

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These things took some time away. We only have one hour, so we got to

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do very few laps in the session. But if it is wet tomorrow, the race

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will become a lottery anyway. will let you go, because there's a

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big crowd building around us. We will await news on the future of

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Bruno Senna. And talking of news, here's Ted Kravitz. The spring his

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back in Lewis Hamilton's stepped this weekend. His McLaren has been

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quick, he was fastest in second practice, and happy with himself

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after spending time with some special friends in the USA earlier

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this week. I'm really excited to be here, coming off a positive couple

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of weeks. The last few days have been very positive for me as well.

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I was able to have a couple of great lunches and dinners with

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Nicole, which has been a real positive. It has been a year of

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growth, and hopefully in the future I will look back and think, I took

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a lot from that year. Next year will be an interesting one. Jenson

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Button is also after a good weekend. He struggled a little bit in

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practice compared to Hamilton, but things he can go well as long as he

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sorts out his qualifying. Winning here in Brazil would be great for

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me. First of all I have got to qualify the car inside the top 10,

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which I have not done for six years. And then I can have a good race.

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This is a great place to overtake. Sebastian Vettel says he still does

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not know why his tyre deflated on the first lap in Abu Dhabi. He

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denies that Red Bull were running with low tyre pressures, against

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Pirelli's advice. We did exactly the same as we did everywhere. I do

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not like the word bad luck, but there was not much we could do. For

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me, the most important thing was to understand that I did not do

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anything wrong in preparing the car for the start. And also, in the

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first corner. But it was nothing to do with the pressure or anything

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like that. Tomorrow marks Felipe Massa's 100th race for Ferrari, at

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the end of his worst season for the team. He gives some explanation

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here as to why he has got no podium finishes this season, while his

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teammate has got 10. Every race, something happens during the race.

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That affects me, in fighting for the podium. I think it was not a

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very nice season, something happened all the time. And it is

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also true to say that we did not have the car we expected. It seems

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Renault have fallen out with Robert Kubica. The team says he does not

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have a contract with them for next season, and in any case will not be

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fit to drive at the start of 2012. Robert Kubica's management say they

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cannot be sure of that. Meanwhile, HRT are beginning to style

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themselves into a Spanish national team. It is another comeback for

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the 40-year-old Pedro de la Rosa. It is another step in my career,

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surprising for many, but at the end of the day, I'm a racing driver, I

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want to race, this is where I belong. I'm very excited. Next

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year's US Grand Prix is set to be removed from the calendar, as work

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has stopped on the track, and the local government in Texas say they

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will not pay Bernie Eccleston's fees. Somebody has got the land and

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they have started to do something. I think the biggest problem they

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have got is a shortage of finance. So, it is unlikely to happen next

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year? I think it is most unlikely. And what about Bahrain for next

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year? We do not know. It is on the calendar, we will be there unless

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something terrible happens to stop us. There's now less than 40

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minutes to go until the start of qualifying. The crowd are getting

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excited. In four months' time, we will be in Australia for the first

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qualifying session of the new season, and Pedro de la Rosa will

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be in an HRT. That's two drivers on the grey who will be older than you.

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Can you imagine still driving yourself? I cannot, because I had a

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full 15 seasons. It is all down to the individual. We do not all age

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at the same rate. Pedro feels he has got unfinished business. Even

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if he does not realistically think he will get Grand Prix victories,

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it will take him on a journey which will clove of that particular part

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of his career. He may have equity in the King, it may be as simple as

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the fact that it is a special -- it is a Spanish Grand Prix team. In

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any event, it will be a massive challenge for him, even more so

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than for Michael Schumacher, in the Mercedes. We will let you go back

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to having your photo taken, David. And we can join Eddie, who was with

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another older statesmen of Formula 1. Not just statesman, but one of

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the greatest legends of the technical era of Grand Prix racing,

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Patrick Head, who, in 1980, was part of the great team that brought

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World Championship success. Alan Jones, we can remember - what has

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happened? I cannot remember that far back. I'm not asking that.

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we're paying the penalty for designing a car which is not good

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enough, and we have been hovering just outside the points, sometimes

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further out, and when you get no points, you get the sort of season

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but we have had. So, not good enough work over the winter, and

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not good enough development during the year at. You have been in a

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situation... Do you feel as if you have been squeezed out? If I am

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right, this is your last race in your current position? Well, we

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have got new, senior technical staff. When it came to the

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beginning of this year, and we found we were in pretty much the

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same position, we had no alternative but to make some senior

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position changes, and when I looked at it, I'm very confident in the

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new people, and when I looked at it, I did not really think that there

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was a position where I could seriously contribute. But I'm going

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on to do other things. One of my activities will be with what is

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called Williams Hybrid Pas. But if I turn up to Grand Prix his next

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year, I probably will not be wearing a Williams are shut. But I

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will be contacting your tailor and turning up in something more

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colourful than you, Eddie. -- a Williams shirt. Are you confident

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in these new people that they can bring you back to the glory days?

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Well, they are not all that young. With Mike and Jason on aerodynamics,

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and Mark winning it, they're not spring chickens. But I'm very

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confident that they will do a very good job. I see signs of some of

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what was present at Williams in the days when we were competitive,

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which, sadly, in recent years, has been rather missing. I'm very

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confident that they will have a strong future. Me for one, speaking

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all the time about football, but I shall miss you. We had better not

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tell them what team that is. And we would certainly reiterate that on

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behalf of the whole of the BBC. And I know that David would as well,

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because it was Williams that helped him launch his career in Formula 1.

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I think Eddie is talking about Chelsea, they're both Chelsea fans.

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You started your career at Williams, in 1995, with Damon Hill, they had

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just won for reconstruct as championships - what has gone

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wrong? They have just not designed a car which is good enough. It

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comes down to the people. -- Constructors' Championships. They

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had a long period of success, they dominated, but they are having a

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difficult time right now. Williams can get back to their former

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success, if they employ the right people. But is that enough? The old

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adage in Formula 1 goes, how fast can you afford to go? And this is a

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privateer team, they have not got the money. But that is a

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consequence of not having the success in the short time. The

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sponsors start to move on. Also, you do not get the FOM money. These

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other teams, people like Red Bull, have worked their way up. And that

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comes down to the other aspect of Formula 1, the commercial side of

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Williams, they have got to go out and sell the vision for the team.

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If they can get success on the track, then we will see the

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Williams flag flying again. As far as Patrick Head is concerned, I

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think he might be having quite a nice time next year. He's a real

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character. He will be missed, but thankfully, he will still be

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turning up at the odd Grand Prix. Let's see how that shirt

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competition goes on! Yes, that's bad news! Let's have a look at

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what's happening in the garage. This car belongs to Rubens

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Barrichello. It really looks like his Williams career is coming to an

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end. In fact, this weekend, is Formula 1 career could come to an

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end. After so long in the sport, it looks like his days are numbered.

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He has been discussing his career with his very first boss, a certain

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Eddie Jordan. Here we are again, Sao Paolo, your home town. Tell us

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a bit about your emotions coming here, soca. I was born in

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Interlagos, my heart is here, I have done my whole career here. It

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is such a good vibe. People do this with their hand and say, come on,

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you have got to do this. It is such a passion. It feels so nice.

:27:59.:28:04.

remember yourself, your father, your manager, sitting in the Jordan

:28:04.:28:08.

kitchen in Oxford and chatting about how you were going to make it

:28:08.:28:12.

possible to come to Formula 1 - have you any memories of that

:28:12.:28:15.

moment when kit I had a great time at the beginning of my career,

:28:15.:28:19.

because you gave me, not just the fact that it was a small team with

:28:19.:28:25.

not a lot of money, but we needed to learn how to survive a, to go

:28:25.:28:28.

fast when it mattered, and to finish the race when it mattered.

:28:28.:28:35.

It taught me a lot. There were two outstanding moments for me, your

:28:35.:28:45.
:28:45.:28:48.

first ever pole position, in Spa... And also, the first podium, that

:28:48.:28:55.

was magical. Our first podium as well. Both moments, I remember. The

:28:55.:29:00.

podium was such a special moment. If you also remember, we were

:29:00.:29:04.

having a glass of champagne, and Ayrton came in to say

:29:04.:29:11.

congratulations. It was his penultimate ever race, if you call

:29:11.:29:17.

it like that. I was there, by myself, I opened my door, and the

:29:17.:29:20.

door on the other room opened as well, it was Ayrton, I could not

:29:20.:29:27.

believe my eyes. He said, we're going to Disney, can I join you? I

:29:27.:29:34.

tell you, maybe he did not have a cheeseburger for ages, because that

:29:34.:29:42.

day, he ate it like a kid. He must have been so strict. And that

:29:42.:29:45.

happened on the way to that race. It was such a memory. To get on the

:29:45.:29:50.

podium, it was a great weekend. Which takes us on to your darkest

:29:50.:29:59.

moment, Imola 1994. Looking back, were you surprised to see the

:29:59.:30:03.

ferocity of it, and how you got away with it? Yes, I remember

:30:03.:30:06.

turning in, the back end went, and turning in, the back end went, and

:30:06.:30:09.

that is the final thing I remember. But it caught my attention again

:30:09.:30:16.

when I saw the movie. Because on the big screen, it was such a big,

:30:16.:30:25.

big shunt. It was such a difficult weekend. Although I lost my memory

:30:25.:30:30.

with the accident and everything, it was vivid, I went back to

:30:30.:30:38.

England on that Sunday, and like almost the whole world, when Senna

:30:38.:30:43.

moved his head, I thought he was fine. Two days later, we were in

:30:43.:30:46.

Brazil for the funeral and so on, it was my first ever funeral, I was

:30:46.:30:52.

shocked. I have tried to tell the Brazilian people, don't worry, I

:30:52.:30:58.

will be there for you guys. I'm Brazilian, I love my country.

:30:58.:31:02.

People thought it was a promise, it was just a sad thing, because it

:31:02.:31:08.

just made it a pressure. I was then on the podium in Canada, and that

:31:08.:31:18.
:31:18.:31:25.

emotional person! We all dropped 80 when you when your first race,

:31:25.:31:32.

Hockenheim, in the Ferrari. To be the first ever Brazilian driver to

:31:33.:31:39.

be driving for Ferrari, it was very emotional. Did I ever tell you what

:31:39.:31:49.

made me cry? I have cried my eyes out on that lap, and I said, I have

:31:49.:31:52.

quite enough, now it is OK, but when I went to the podium and I

:31:52.:32:02.
:32:02.:32:02.

looked at the sky, I remember my father selling his Fiat to keep on

:32:02.:32:10.

going to go kart Championship. I thanked the sky for that, and it

:32:10.:32:17.

was so pure! It was such an emotional situation.

:32:17.:32:25.

Let it all out! Feel proud! 2002, 2004, runner up in the

:32:25.:32:28.

Drivers' Championship, team-mate to Michael Schumacher. Still good

:32:28.:32:37.

friends? Not any more? With a glass of wine in his hand, he can be very

:32:37.:32:41.

truthful. I enjoyed our times, but we do not have that relationship

:32:41.:32:51.
:32:51.:32:55.

any more. Has Hungary had a harder impact as a result? No, but I was

:32:55.:32:59.

fighting for the points, and it is almost like a win, you are going

:32:59.:33:05.

for it. I said, who is the guy? When I saw it was Michael, it made

:33:05.:33:15.
:33:15.:33:19.

me laugh, because I thought I would fight that forever. I have decided

:33:19.:33:24.

to quit Ferrari one year before my contract ended, because I could not

:33:24.:33:30.

take it any more. They would not give me the chance, it was all

:33:30.:33:39.

about Michael, so what could not sustain that environment. -- I

:33:39.:33:43.

could not sustain. They will be hearing more about his

:33:43.:33:53.
:33:53.:33:54.

career in tomorrow's built up. Is this the final time he will take a

:33:54.:33:58.

Formula One car out? When you into the somebody, they give you one

:33:58.:34:01.

answer to the television cameras and a different impression

:34:01.:34:09.

otherwise. Did he give you any clue about next season? Rubens

:34:10.:34:15.

Barrichello is such an honest person. I have to be careful

:34:15.:34:23.

talking about drivers, but drivers sometimes do not tell you the truth.

:34:23.:34:26.

Rubens Barrichello is a different class of person. He should have

:34:26.:34:31.

achieved more. I do not know what he will do. He has not got a

:34:31.:34:35.

contract for next year, he would like to have one. But I do not

:34:35.:34:43.

think he will Hawkins of around the teams. If he gets the Williams

:34:44.:34:50.

driver, he will always be an asset, because he never crashes, and he

:34:50.:34:56.

has the speed, but these new guys are very good. Is the classic

:34:56.:35:02.

driver with unfinished business? He has taken part in a third of all of

:35:02.:35:09.

the Grand Prix ever. But he has always been a bridesmaid. Yes, our

:35:09.:35:16.

careers have mirrored each other. We did not quite get the last

:35:16.:35:19.

little bit of performance. But there comes a point when you have

:35:19.:35:23.

to weigh up what is a realistic chance of me ever achieve in the

:35:23.:35:28.

ultimate goal. You have got to win races to win championships and the

:35:28.:35:36.

clock is ticking. Many times, people will take the potential of

:35:36.:35:42.

youth, potential is such a potent word. Sometimes that wins over the

:35:42.:35:47.

known quantity. I think Rubens Barrichello is an asset, but he

:35:47.:35:54.

will not knock-on the door of any of the top teams. He has had 11

:35:54.:36:03.

wins in his career. You employed young drivers. Maybe because there

:36:03.:36:08.

is that potential, that BT, that perhaps he will be the next Michael

:36:08.:36:11.

Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel? That has gone for Rubens

:36:11.:36:17.

Barrichello. When he was 19, he had a budget, he had a great history,

:36:17.:36:23.

and I do not think it was a big risk. He was brilliant at that time.

:36:23.:36:29.

He was so motivated. He was better at selling the team and the

:36:29.:36:34.

sponsorship than anybody else. I have this huge respect for him. But

:36:34.:36:37.

I think he should leave with dignity, he has a lot going for him

:36:37.:36:43.

in the future, I would hate to see him struggle like this year. I

:36:43.:36:51.

would like to see him go in a good way. There is a lot to be said for

:36:51.:36:58.

that. Ayrton Senna was driving a Williams when he passed away in

:36:58.:37:03.

1994. Since then, they have carried his logo on their cars, and 20

:37:03.:37:07.

years since he won his last Brazilian Grand Prix, what a

:37:07.:37:14.

touching tribute that is. The name is obviously a name of the past.

:37:14.:37:18.

Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello, names of the present.

:37:18.:37:22.

What about names of the future? They have been getting a chance to

:37:22.:37:29.

impress. British GP to driver testing for

:37:29.:37:37.

Force India. Mercedes test driver. Testing for Virgin. Test driver,

:37:37.:37:47.
:37:47.:37:55.

the young drivers test. We found there was a whole and and drivers

:37:55.:38:01.

were not getting an opportunity to try Formula One cars. It is a

:38:01.:38:05.

fantastic feeling, to get into a Formula One car. It is every boy's

:38:05.:38:13.

dream. I thought, what am I doing here? To be enjoying every minute,

:38:13.:38:17.

it is amazing. It is good to look at what talent is coming through

:38:17.:38:23.

the ranks. There is no better way of doing it and putting them into a

:38:23.:38:30.

car. I started in go-karting. I worked up from there, and I went

:38:30.:38:34.

from Formula Three to GP to, and this is my first Formula One test.

:38:34.:38:39.

Really excited, looking forward to helping the team developed the car.

:38:39.:38:44.

Any feedback is crucial. I have got to do the best job I can, so the

:38:44.:38:48.

engineers can look through the data and make sure that we go forward.

:38:48.:38:51.

If we can bring on some new components and do some development

:38:52.:38:58.

for the future races, we will not let it compromise our plan, because

:38:58.:39:05.

we are here to get as many miles on them as we can. I did two days in

:39:05.:39:09.

the World Series, and I am here doing formal one. It is great to

:39:09.:39:19.
:39:19.:39:22.

have an insight of what I am aiming for. It also allows us to print

:39:22.:39:29.

people through the ranks. -- bring people. We have got people in mind

:39:29.:39:35.

for new positions, and we try them out. It is a dream come true to get

:39:35.:39:41.

the call from Mercedes have. I'd crossed opportunity with both hands.

:39:41.:39:47.

Now, I have got a job with the team. Working out what has happened so

:39:47.:39:53.

far, there are drivers doing a good job. We are seeing the future of

:39:53.:39:56.

Formula One, we have to keep developing and allowing for these

:39:56.:40:06.
:40:06.:40:07.

youngsters to show us how good bail. -- how good they are off.

:40:07.:40:14.

They are ready in the garage. 20 minutes to go until qualifying. We

:40:14.:40:21.

are here with a man who had to be a star of the future. A Brazilian boy,

:40:21.:40:27.

living in Norwich. Will we see you in Formula One in the not-too-

:40:27.:40:35.

distant future? The plant is to enter as soon as possible. 2012 is

:40:35.:40:41.

difficult, but 2013 not promising. Is always difficult to get into

:40:41.:40:47.

Formula One, there are a lot of drivers with talent and the budget.

:40:47.:40:53.

It is not an easy job. The talent is already there, we can understand

:40:53.:40:58.

that, but what is the going rate? What do you need to bring to a team

:40:58.:41:05.

like Lotus to secure your seat? would be nice to bring a big brand

:41:05.:41:11.

to Formula One again. The figures, it depends on what the contract

:41:11.:41:21.

this. It depends. It would be nice to have a big brand to come to

:41:21.:41:27.

Lotus or to any other team. Is it below $10 million or above? It is a

:41:27.:41:33.

big number, 10 million. Probably we can expect around six or seven. But

:41:33.:41:37.

10 million would be very good! Those are the kind of numbers we

:41:37.:41:44.

are talking about. You put in some good lap times ahead of Hispania

:41:44.:41:49.

and Virgin. Roman Grayshott has been looking for a second chance in

:41:49.:41:55.

Formula One. Yes, he has done seven races, and

:41:55.:42:02.

he is still a young driver. Tell us about the challenges of this track.

:42:02.:42:07.

The challenge is to have fun in the car, that is the main thing. After

:42:07.:42:14.

two years, in Abu Dhabi I was so excited, like a kid at Christmas,

:42:14.:42:22.

it was fantastic. The way Formula One is going is so impressive and

:42:22.:42:28.

so enjoyable, I was very happy. The session went quite well. I was

:42:28.:42:36.

pleased with the performance, and I was quite quick in the car. This is

:42:36.:42:43.

where I want to be. We can see your enthusiasm. We were talking about

:42:43.:42:47.

the young drivers printing money to get their drivers. Is that a

:42:47.:42:53.

situation you would be in? Or is it on performance? At the moment, it

:42:53.:42:58.

is quite difficult for everybody, because the pitch that has have

:42:58.:43:03.

left Formula One, it is more like a private team that needs funds. You

:43:03.:43:06.

are trying to put everything together to get a seat and to have

:43:06.:43:11.

the chance to race. But hopefully, talent is important, and I keep my

:43:11.:43:19.

fingers crossed for next year. the best.

:43:19.:43:23.

Less than 15 minutes to go until we get into qualifying. How sad is it

:43:23.:43:28.

to hear somebody like him St that hopefully a little bit of talent

:43:28.:43:36.

helps as well? It should not be about the millions. This is not

:43:36.:43:43.

like any other sport. It costs four chins to get the show on the road -

:43:43.:43:50.

- it costs a fortune. Therefore, it is expected that, if you are an

:43:50.:43:54.

integral part of the team, you are required to drink some commercial

:43:54.:43:58.

benefit along the way, because there are too many other drivers

:43:58.:44:05.

two can do that. The team bosses make those decisions. Sebastien

:44:05.:44:13.

Buemi did not take part in the final part of practice. It is the

:44:13.:44:17.

future of young drivers like him that is decided by a team bosses.

:44:17.:44:22.

One race to go, any decision on your future? I still do not know.

:44:22.:44:28.

Hopefully, we will have a good race. I try to concentrate too much on

:44:28.:44:37.

this weekend, then we will see. saw you on the scales! No comment!

:44:37.:44:42.

The team bosses decide on the future of the younger men like him,

:44:42.:44:49.

but who are they? Where have they come from?

:44:49.:44:54.

Behind every team is a team boss. Behind every driver, a person who

:44:54.:45:00.

decides the fate. Behind every car, the principal, who handles the

:45:00.:45:08.

pressure of competition. I thought I had worked hard all my life, but

:45:08.:45:13.

will I came into Formula One. I had never scratched the surface!

:45:13.:45:16.

Sometimes, we believe we are facing the biggest problem in the world,

:45:16.:45:26.
:45:26.:45:30.

bring it on yourself because of your competitiveness. There's all

:45:30.:45:34.

sorts of challenges, engineering, political and many others.

:45:34.:45:40.

never know what the next challenge will be. In Formula 1, never give

:45:40.:45:46.

up, because it is a rocky road. have to be very determined, you

:45:46.:45:52.

need to know what you want. You need to enjoy it and be passionate

:45:52.:46:01.

about it. At the moment, Vitaly is doing his homework, talking to the

:46:01.:46:11.
:46:11.:46:23.

side. Newscast: aerodynamicist Ross Brawn is back in the wind tunnel.

:46:23.:46:28.

Every team boss has come up in a different way. Christian Horner is

:46:28.:46:34.

an ex-racing driver. NEWSREEL: Christian Horner has no

:46:34.:46:44.
:46:44.:46:44.

doubt about where his ambitions lie. I have grown up in motor sport. I

:46:44.:46:48.

came to the attention of Red Bull when Dietrich asked me to join the

:46:48.:46:54.

team right at the beginning. I had just won three consecutive Formula

:46:54.:46:59.

3,000 championships. This is my family, I spend more time with them

:46:59.:47:09.
:47:09.:47:09.

than with anybody else. Bringing the contract. Ready to sign. You

:47:09.:47:14.

will be blamed for anything you do. Very small, but very useful office.

:47:14.:47:18.

The only satisfaction you can get is when your people are happy to

:47:18.:47:23.

work with you, and when you win races. Is it more important to be

:47:23.:47:28.

liked or respected as a team boss? I think the most important is to be

:47:28.:47:32.

respected. You cannot make people like you at the end of the day.

:47:32.:47:38.

is more important to win. If you can win, it helps. I do not think

:47:38.:47:42.

you need to be liked. I would like to be respected and liked at the

:47:42.:47:47.

same time, but in terms of quality is, you just need to be pretty

:47:47.:47:50.

determined, but capable of long hours, and have a strong sense of

:47:50.:47:55.

humour, because your patience will be tested quite frequently. Have

:47:55.:47:59.

you ever had a team boss who has been a complete lunatic? Eddie

:47:59.:48:06.

Jordan. It is winning which makes it worth it, releasing the pressure

:48:06.:48:16.
:48:16.:48:16.

if only for a few hours. For people like Ron Dennis and Jean Todd, Ken

:48:17.:48:22.

Tyrrell, to the old man himself, Enzo Ferrari, the reward is in

:48:22.:48:27.

Enzo Ferrari, the reward is in building the gins. And if wins

:48:27.:48:37.
:48:37.:48:39.

create legends, then one man has been the best at that. I think Timo

:48:39.:48:44.

Glock might not have been wise to give that answer, Eddie! I will

:48:44.:48:48.

have to go and talk to him about those remarks, and the remarks

:48:48.:48:53.

which were made afterwards off camera. They're all a bit too nice

:48:53.:48:58.

these days. In your day, the team bosses owned the teams. I think

:48:58.:49:02.

there was also a lot more pressure on you. I can remember the stress,

:49:02.:49:06.

I did not know what to do with it, I had a permanent headache. The

:49:06.:49:11.

reason was because it was your cash that was on the line, you had to

:49:11.:49:14.

call the bank manager. Bank managers do not cash promises, let

:49:14.:49:20.

me tell you that. You're in there on your own. David, you're going to

:49:20.:49:24.

go to the commentary box. It is a very short lap here, it should be

:49:24.:49:28.

good fun. Yes, as you say, it is the second shortest lap on the

:49:28.:49:33.

calendar, the shortest lap time of all. That is going to make it

:49:33.:49:38.

incredibly close. What we have seen in free practice suggests that we

:49:38.:49:43.

could get a few surprises at the back end of the top 10, and it is

:49:43.:49:47.

by no means certain that it will be the usual suspects sitting on pole

:49:47.:49:51.

position. While David goes to the commentary box, we can have a look

:49:51.:49:55.

at him hanging out with a man who, having discussed the money, was a

:49:55.:49:59.

victim of the fact that in Formula 1, you need money if you want to

:49:59.:50:05.

get a seat. This man is called Nico Hulkenberg. He got a Sikh this time

:50:05.:50:15.
:50:15.:50:23.

a year ago, there was dropped by Extraordinary for Williams. We

:50:23.:50:27.

thought you were the perfect man to take us around here. You were on

:50:27.:50:36.

pole position last year. Shall we wander down? Anti-clockwise circuit,

:50:36.:50:40.

short lap, I would like to demonstrate just how steep the hill

:50:40.:50:50.
:50:50.:50:55.

is, going down from turn one. We're not going to put it in gear. Look

:50:55.:51:01.

at the speed! We have got up to 60 kilometres an hour, without putting

:51:01.:51:08.

it India. It seems to me one of the absurd aspects of Formula 1, you

:51:08.:51:15.

had been champion in many different classes, you put yourself in the

:51:15.:51:19.

shop window in qualifying, and yet so keen not racing - how can we

:51:19.:51:24.

explain that to the people at home? We can explain it because Formula 1

:51:24.:51:31.

is very much money-driven. Williams had a bit of a financial situation,

:51:31.:51:36.

they needed someone who could fund the team. Is it 100% that you will

:51:36.:51:42.

be racing next year? It is a two- digit higher percentage number. I

:51:42.:51:48.

have just got to be patient for one or two more weeks. This is the

:51:48.:51:51.

second slowest corner on the track, it is pretty tricky, isn't it?

:51:51.:51:56.

because you come up the hill, it is a very fast corner. At the top of

:51:56.:52:03.

the hill, the rear gets very light, and it is not very stable. It is

:52:03.:52:13.
:52:13.:52:15.

tricky. I can spot another racing driver. I did not know that you

:52:15.:52:21.

could do impersonations, that Australian impersonation?

:52:21.:52:26.

Impersonation? Imitating. That's all I can do. I used to imitate

:52:26.:52:33.

being a racing driver. Fast corner, very tricky, this is called Juncao.

:52:33.:52:43.
:52:43.:52:45.

Did you not put the handbrake on? When you were here last year, did

:52:45.:52:53.

you know you were heading for pole position? No, it felt good, though.

:52:53.:52:57.

Lap after lap, it went better and better. It was one of the trickiest

:52:57.:53:03.

corners. All the way up to the finish line, I could see my lap

:53:04.:53:11.

times. I think it is time we let you get back to the paddock. We

:53:11.:53:17.

look forward to seeing you on the grid next year. Please don't write

:53:17.:53:21.

in, David personally paid for the damage to be repaired on that car.

:53:21.:53:24.

Let's talk about Nico Hulkenberg, it comes into the tin, does

:53:24.:53:28.

brilliantly, then gets replaced by Pastor Maldonado, who has the worst

:53:28.:53:34.

full season for any Williams driver since the 1970s - wrong decision?

:53:34.:53:40.

In hindsight, yes. Pastor Maldonado, very good, very good person as well.

:53:40.:53:44.

He must have broken the bank in Venezuela to get that gig. Because

:53:44.:53:48.

anyone in their right mind would not have replaced Nico Hulkenberg,

:53:48.:53:52.

having done all the hard work, the first year in motor racing is

:53:52.:53:55.

really difficult. When you have got rid of that, you have got the

:53:55.:54:01.

experience, then you can grow. It was a bad decision. Next season,

:54:01.:54:07.

where will Nico Hulkenberg be? think it is a foregone conclusion,

:54:07.:54:13.

it is not a to Judit number, it is 100%, he's going to Force India.

:54:13.:54:20.

He's going to join Paul di Resta there. Williams? The other question

:54:20.:54:24.

mark is, what is going to happen to Rubens Barrichello? My guess is

:54:24.:54:29.

that he may not get the drive because Adrian Sutil is younger,

:54:29.:54:39.
:54:39.:54:39.

and is showing poor performance in some respects. It would be lovely

:54:39.:54:44.

if Rubens could have a great qualifying session. You cannot not

:54:44.:54:50.

like this guy, he is a consummate professional, he is brilliant.

:54:50.:54:54.

the final time this season, in the case of Rubens Barrichello, who has

:54:54.:55:00.

got plenty of support around here, perhaps, for the last time ever, it

:55:00.:55:10.
:55:10.:55:23.

MARTIN BRUNDLE: And qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix is always

:55:23.:55:28.

a very close contest indeed. And today will be no different. Every

:55:28.:55:38.
:55:38.:55:40.

blink of the eye can be the equivalent of a row on the grid of

:55:40.:55:48.

the shortest race track in the calendar. Everybody wants to beat

:55:48.:55:57.

top dog in this, the last race before the winter. The track is

:55:57.:56:00.

anti-clockwise and tough on the neck, with lots of Contador changes,

:56:00.:56:07.

too. There is some talk of a thunder storm brewing up later in

:56:07.:56:10.

the afternoon. Will it interfere with qualifying? We think not, at

:56:10.:56:16.

the moment, but rain is forecast for tomorrow, race day. And there

:56:16.:56:22.

are added challenges. Finding a clear lap is always a problem here.

:56:22.:56:28.

Maximising the use of the DRS rear wing and KERS as well on this track,

:56:28.:56:34.

among those problems. So, set-up will be absolutely critical. David,

:56:34.:56:39.

do you think the teams will go into qualifying today with the rain in

:56:39.:56:44.

mind? DAVID COULTHARD: Formula 1 has

:56:44.:56:51.

evolved, the difference between a wet set-up and a dry set-up has got

:56:51.:56:58.

closer. There will always be a bit of benefit in pushing the car more

:56:58.:57:01.

into the race track, but you still have the same length of straight in

:57:01.:57:11.
:57:11.:57:12.

the wet. The need to accelerate the car becomes even more, of Cuba.

:57:12.:57:15.

Some of the teams are saying, we do not have a big difference between

:57:16.:57:21.

wet and dry. It might be something on the front wing, and the DRS,

:57:21.:57:31.
:57:31.:57:33.

that's it. Of course, the wet tyres lift the ride height of the car by

:57:33.:57:39.

5 mm. Yes, but it is normal to be doing that when you're running low

:57:39.:57:43.

fuel in preparation for qualifying. The average fuel load for the race,

:57:43.:57:49.

they will start this race with just over 140 kilos of fuel. It uses

:57:49.:57:52.

about 8% less fuel than other tracks.

:57:52.:58:02.
:58:02.:58:03.

RADIO: We may get some rain during qualifying. If we will -- if so, we

:58:03.:58:10.

will change the fuel level and then we will decide on the tyres. Who do

:58:10.:58:17.

you think his most under pressure in this qualifying? I think it

:58:17.:58:21.

would be one of the Renaults or one of the Saubers, being most under

:58:21.:58:26.

pressure in qualifying. It is a short racetrack, really difficult

:58:26.:58:32.

to find perfect temperature. You only have 15% of the lap spent

:58:32.:58:40.

under braking. Before you know it, so key on the long flat-out section,

:58:40.:58:44.

coming into turn one. If your brake temperatures are not what they

:58:45.:58:48.

should be, then you compromise your entry speed, and you cannot afford

:58:48.:58:55.

to leave any lap ton behind in qualifying. It is one of five anti-

:58:55.:58:59.

clockwise circuits on the calendar. It is tough on the left-hand side

:58:59.:59:08.

of the neck. Bruno Senna, a local hero, of course. Felipe Massa, the

:59:08.:59:12.

man who has been on pole position here three times and won the race

:59:12.:59:17.

twice. Barrichello has been on pole position twice here, and so has the

:59:17.:59:23.

great Ayrton Senna. Already, some cars coming out to the end of the

:59:23.:59:27.

pit lane. It is a 20 minute session, pit lane. It is a 20 minute session,

:59:27.:59:36.

starting in 45 seconds. That is not going to help their chances, coming

:59:36.:59:45.

out early. But they will get more than one run of course, so they're

:59:45.:59:49.

just trying to get a bit of track position. There's a man who could

:59:49.:59:53.

do with his fourth pole position of the season, and to get on top of

:59:53.:59:58.

Sebastian Vettel before they head into the winter, Mark Webber.

:59:58.:00:03.

another thought, these guys will be sitting there longer than Sebastian

:00:03.:00:08.

Vettel sat on the grid in Abu Dhabi. Any question marks over tyre

:00:08.:00:13.

pressure, this confirms Pirelli does not have any concerns.

:00:13.:00:18.

green light is on, qualifying is under way. There is around one

:00:18.:00:24.

second per lap difference on the tyres. It could be very interesting.

:00:24.:00:28.

If you get the wrong tyre at the wrong time, or you catch traffic,

:00:28.:00:34.

you could be in serious trouble in the first part of qualifying, and

:00:34.:00:44.
:00:44.:00:56.

early. We have got a fantastic view over the sprawling city. It is a

:00:56.:01:00.

bit grey, so none of the top teams want to risk anything. These

:01:01.:01:05.

humidity is rising, and that is why we are seeing so many cars on the

:01:05.:01:15.

track, rain is being mentioned. 800 metres of altitude above sea level.

:01:15.:01:22.

That affects the cost. Yes, you get less horsepower at this altitude.

:01:22.:01:31.

That means you use less fuel. You get less downforce. That takes away

:01:31.:01:36.

the total feeling of grip and acceleration. But it is the same

:01:36.:01:42.

for everyone. The engine can feel cutlass and quite slippy. But this

:01:42.:01:49.

middle sector, from the fourth corner, through the middle part of

:01:49.:01:55.

the lap, it is very technical. is interesting to see how the Times

:01:55.:01:59.

are achieved. In the practice, Red Bull have been the leaders in the

:01:59.:02:06.

middle sector. Mercedes and McLaren have had the best times in the

:02:06.:02:16.
:02:16.:02:17.

first sector. That will have cost him time. He is just trying to get

:02:17.:02:24.

an opening time on the border. medium tyres. We have got medium

:02:24.:02:32.

tyres and soft tyres. The soft tyre today becomes the medium tyre for

:02:32.:02:40.

2012. RADIO: We should get the Lappin because of the rain. They

:02:40.:02:49.

really are concerned! He humidity is up to 60%. Yes, the key message,

:02:49.:02:54.

you are going to have to work it yourself for the traffic. The

:02:54.:03:03.

drivers would rely on their team looking at the pit wall. But what

:03:03.:03:08.

he said his, we do not have time, go for it. 22 cars on the track,

:03:08.:03:15.

and that does not include Felipe Massa, and Fernando Alonso. He has

:03:16.:03:21.

just gone out, so we have 23 cars. Felipe Massa was getting ready.

:03:21.:03:29.

Kravitz? The other people in trouble, Sebastien Buemi. He was

:03:29.:03:36.

out on the soft tyre. They are looking at 14.5 as the cut-off to

:03:36.:03:44.

get into Q2. Lewis Hamilton on the hard tyre. Watch out for Sauber,

:03:44.:03:48.

they might be in big trouble. They have looked off the pace all

:03:48.:03:57.

weekend. I think it will be very close between Williams, Toro Rosso

:03:57.:04:04.

and Sauber as to who might be the first Scot to fall into one.

:04:04.:04:09.

Sebastien Buemi had three laps in total this morning, he has little

:04:09.:04:19.
:04:19.:04:20.

truck time. I had Renault paid, Bruno Senna, because he had been in

:04:20.:04:27.

all sorts of problems. If he runs the KERS, it locks up into the

:04:27.:04:32.

corner, and he loses the entry position. If he switches it off,

:04:32.:04:37.

you are giving away performance, and it is worth 0.3 seconds in

:04:37.:04:47.
:04:47.:04:49.

qualifying, probably more. You can deploy it twice. I do not think

:04:49.:04:55.

Renault were suffering from pace as such. But he had some specific

:04:55.:05:05.
:05:05.:05:15.

problems. Sebastian Vettel is on a Vitaly Petrov up to fifth. It will

:05:15.:05:19.

change very quickly indeed have. Lewis Hamilton is the fastest man

:05:19.:05:23.

in the first sector. They are getting the Times in quickly, they

:05:23.:05:28.

are concerned about the weather. But there is nothing I can see that

:05:28.:05:32.

should bother them too much. Sebastian Vettel the fastest man in

:05:32.:05:38.

the middle sector. The wind sock is handing above the paddock, so there

:05:38.:05:48.
:05:48.:05:48.

is not much wind. Sebastien Buemi has had a spin. Problems are not

:05:48.:05:58.
:05:58.:06:04.

over. Sebastian Vettel goes fastest. He is on the medium compound tyre.

:06:04.:06:11.

Jenson Button is on the charge. RADIO: The range is holding off for

:06:11.:06:20.

now. -- rain. Wind speed, 6.1 metres per second. It will not be

:06:20.:06:29.

zooming in quickly. But let's wait and see. I have been in races here

:06:29.:06:32.

with you can see the brain bubbling up and it appears almost from

:06:32.:06:40.

nowhere. Sao Paulo is 800 metres above sea level, a plateau,

:06:40.:06:48.

surrounded by dense forest and vegetation. Fernando Alonso looking

:06:48.:06:58.

for positioning. Lewis Hamilton is on a better first sector. An

:06:58.:07:04.

average middle sector. He will not go quickest, but he only needs to

:07:04.:07:14.
:07:14.:07:18.

get tricky one. -- get through Q1. Felipe Massa about to finish his

:07:18.:07:28.
:07:28.:07:35.

again to be inside the top 10. Michael Schumacher fighting to stop

:07:35.:07:41.

the car from swapping ends. Bruno Senna had difficulties in the

:07:41.:07:51.
:07:51.:08:02.

Renault this morning. The longer a Pixies or stop -- the long apexes.

:08:02.:08:07.

This will be the end of his first proper flying lap. He will be

:08:07.:08:16.

inside the top 17. Jenson Button is another flying lap. They are all

:08:16.:08:22.

staying out at the moment, 19 cars on the racetrack. Michael

:08:22.:08:31.

Schumacher goes into the top 10. It is always much closer here. Red

:08:31.:08:36.

Bull and McLaren have looked very close indeed. Will Red Bull find

:08:36.:08:46.
:08:46.:08:47.

more speed? They can turn up the engine. Lewis Hamilton pits. Jenson

:08:47.:08:52.

Button is on a better lap. Jenson Button goes fastest, but is a good

:08:52.:08:58.

time on the media tyres. He prefers the balance of the car on those

:08:58.:09:07.

tyres. He is not as happy on the soft tyres. If you nail those tyres,

:09:07.:09:11.

they give you a bigger difference. That is not how he drives a racing

:09:11.:09:19.

car. Engineers have given feedback on where the pressures are. They

:09:19.:09:24.

have the censors, it is beamed back to the pits. You cannot afford to

:09:24.:09:31.

run the pressure too low. Very few braking points around the lap.

:09:31.:09:38.

There are only 15 corners, so the majority of the track is spent full

:09:38.:09:47.

throttle. In Abu Dhabi, 21 corners, the drivers had to negotiate. The

:09:47.:09:52.

way they have the car set-up, it is unloading be inside tyre. The

:09:52.:09:56.

feeling you have, it reduces the amount of grip you have when you

:09:56.:10:03.

turn. Three-quarters of the lap is spent with the throttle pedal

:10:03.:10:13.
:10:13.:10:14.

welded to the floor. It is like a go-kart, stop and go. There is no

:10:14.:10:20.

room for a third pedal. Jenson Button and Mark Webber in the pit,

:10:20.:10:28.

as is Lewis Hamilton. Who will have to sacrifice a set of soft tyres?

:10:28.:10:32.

Everybody from Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher? They are under

:10:32.:10:42.
:10:42.:10:43.

pressure. They would have to go again. Potentially. Fernando Alonso

:10:43.:10:52.

with the harder tyre. There is no APS on Formula One cars, you have

:10:52.:11:02.
:11:02.:11:03.

got to make it yourself. That is probably why he got a bit and cited.

:11:03.:11:11.

-- UN sighted. Ted Kravitz? Felipe Massa will have to go again. It is

:11:11.:11:16.

the first time for a few races that there is technical parity between

:11:16.:11:24.

them. Felipe Massa has played a round with his car. For this

:11:24.:11:32.

session, they are both running the same specification from wind. --

:11:32.:11:40.

front wing. Another team potentially in trouble is Williams.

:11:40.:11:44.

I think the whole of the midfield will be nervously looking at the

:11:44.:11:52.

weather. What tyres is Sebastian Vettel on? He surely does not feel

:11:52.:11:56.

the need to put a set of soft tyres on, and less he is concerned about

:11:57.:12:06.
:12:07.:12:11.

the rain. Heikki Kovalainen on target to be inside the top 17. He

:12:11.:12:18.

is climbing the hill to the finish line, and he only goes 19th. He was

:12:18.:12:24.

0.1 outside the top 17. That is on the soft tyre. He has been through

:12:24.:12:30.

to Q2 three times this year. But at the moment, that is not going to do

:12:30.:12:37.

it. Will he get another run? We saw lots of drivers do their best time

:12:37.:12:41.

after doing a lap, calling it, then going again. It is about

:12:41.:12:50.

maintaining the right pressure. They need to get the breaks up to

:12:50.:12:54.

temperature for the run into the first corner. We have seen a lot of

:12:54.:12:59.

locking up around this lap. If you can get the tyres to last, you will

:12:59.:13:09.
:13:09.:13:11.

definitely gain time there. Let's look at the drop zone. Jarno Trulli

:13:11.:13:15.

is faster than Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello, although

:13:15.:13:24.

Williams have not been out on the soft tyre yet. Jerome d'Ambrosio

:13:24.:13:28.

will be replaced next year by a French driver. We have no French

:13:28.:13:32.

drivers on the grid at the moment, but there could be two or three

:13:32.:13:39.

next year. Including Jean-Eric Vergne. They will be very welcome,

:13:39.:13:48.

the cuisine they will bring to the paddock! Rubens Barrichello, he has

:13:48.:13:53.

gone back out on the track, as has Pastor Maldonado. 13 drivers out

:13:53.:13:59.

there. Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher in the pits, six minutes

:13:59.:14:08.

remaining. Being such a short lap, you need less time to get round.

:14:08.:14:13.

Nico Rosberg still on the medium tyres. He thinks he can go fast

:14:13.:14:23.
:14:23.:14:44.

straight line, so as to not lock the front wheel. RADIO: Go for it,

:14:44.:14:54.
:14:54.:14:55.

we think there is rain coming. is because Nico Rosberg... They are

:14:55.:15:05.
:15:05.:15:14.

line, going tenth. It might just be enough, as we watch d'Ambrosio.

:15:14.:15:19.

Schumacher has gone out on the soft tyres. There is Kobayashi on the

:15:19.:15:26.

soft tyres, in 13th at the moment. soft tyres, in 13th at the moment.

:15:26.:15:30.

There will be some tears here today. It is a question of getting those

:15:30.:15:40.

laps in. Pastor Maldonado, in 19th at the moment, flat out. Maldonado

:15:40.:15:46.

gets up to 14th with that. So he's in for now. It is Paul di Resta

:15:46.:15:56.
:15:56.:16:01.

under pressure, but he's on a So, a straight fight at the moment.

:16:01.:16:06.

Buemi needs to get it done as well. It looks like Kobayashi is the next

:16:06.:16:13.

man under pressure. Barrichello goes nineth, fastest man through

:16:13.:16:18.

the final sector. He has been on pole position here three times. He

:16:18.:16:25.

grew up just the other side of the wall from this place. It is his

:16:25.:16:30.

home, he feels most comfortable here, and that's a very good effort,

:16:30.:16:32.

surely to get him comfortably through into the next phase of

:16:32.:16:38.

qualifying. 3.5 minutes remaining. Buemi, the man who did so few laps

:16:38.:16:42.

this morning, has had a problem in the middle part of the lap. He will

:16:42.:16:49.

get another effort. He had an awful middle sector. I don't know if it

:16:49.:16:56.

was traffic or a problem. Let's see what Lotus can do. Kovalainen has

:16:56.:17:06.
:17:06.:17:07.

pitted, Jarno Trulli is ahead of him at the moment. Kobayashi has

:17:07.:17:17.

fallen down to 16th. He's going for his second hot lap on these tyres.

:17:17.:17:26.

He has got Jerome d'Ambrosio ahead of him. Coming through what used to

:17:26.:17:36.
:17:36.:17:44.

be one of the most terrifying Coming up there, hitting the KERS,

:17:44.:17:53.

giving you another 80 horse power. Michael Schumacher did not go any

:17:53.:17:59.

faster. Massa has gone out on the soft tyres. Sebastien Buemi has got

:17:59.:18:05.

himself in, in 16th. So, it is Maldonado once again under pressure.

:18:05.:18:10.

We're on board with him. Coming up to the finish line. You have got

:18:10.:18:16.

constant G-force, 16 seconds at full throttle. Driving to the

:18:16.:18:26.

finish line, Maldonado, 18th, did not go faster, he is in trouble.

:18:26.:18:36.
:18:36.:19:02.

Maldonado in 18th place, really under pressure.

:19:02.:19:09.

DAVID COULTHARD: You definitely do not want to get out over that

:19:09.:19:16.

curved handle bar and he paid the price. Bruno Senna looks safe

:19:16.:19:26.
:19:26.:19:27.

enough, but Adrian Sutil will not be feeling that confident. So,

:19:27.:19:37.
:19:37.:19:41.

Perez is in at the moment. 30 seconds remaining. Just eight cars

:19:41.:19:51.
:19:51.:19:55.

out on track. He was just too wide as he went through turn seven.

:19:55.:20:02.

You're unsighted at that point., isn't it? Raikkonen we're hearing

:20:02.:20:08.

will not go to Williams next year, that has all fallen over. We just

:20:08.:20:13.

got a quick shot of Patrick Head, on the pit wall, a man who's coming

:20:13.:20:19.

to his last Grand Prix officially for Williams. Alonso is on track as

:20:19.:20:28.

well, as is Sebastien Buemi. It is just a personal battle really

:20:28.:20:34.

between the two Lotus drivers. Jarno Trulli is ahead of Kovalainen

:20:34.:20:38.

for the third time this year at the moment, but it is Kovalainen who

:20:38.:20:48.
:20:48.:20:50.

changes that with a 15.0. This is just a grudge match within Team

:20:50.:20:58.

Lotus, changing its name of course next year to Caterham. I think

:20:58.:21:01.

they're going to keep the same colours. Jarno Trulli, another

:21:01.:21:05.

personal best in the middle sector. This is going to be very close

:21:05.:21:13.

indeed to getting ahead of his teammate. It does not do it. He's a

:21:13.:21:21.

third of the second shy of beating Heikki Kovalainen. That makes it

:21:21.:21:26.

16-2 to Kovalainen. The first big scalp to fall, Maldonado, for

:21:26.:21:32.

Williams. That was on the cards. Barrichello was in 11th place. At

:21:32.:21:38.

the moment, it is McLaren 1 and two. Serious frustration for Pastor

:21:39.:21:42.

Maldonado. Those other drivers who will not be taking part in the

:21:42.:21:52.
:21:52.:21:57.

second part of qualifying. Look at that, Ricardo and Liuzzi. Always a

:21:57.:22:01.

difficult question, Timo Glock, the reasons for you being the slowest

:22:01.:22:05.

car out there today? It has been a terrible day so far. Yesterday the

:22:05.:22:09.

car was OK. Since this morning, we have completely lost the balance of

:22:09.:22:14.

the car. I could not even manage to do a lap this morning on the soft

:22:14.:22:20.

tyre. After half a lap, the tyre was already gone at the back. We

:22:20.:22:23.

changed the set-up for qualifying, but still I was a bit unlucky, I

:22:23.:22:28.

had traffic, one of the Toro Rossos came out in front of me and stayed

:22:28.:22:38.
:22:38.:22:40.

the whole lap in front of me. That was the problem. So I lost a couple

:22:40.:22:45.

of tenths there. We start from the back, that's it. Trying to put a

:22:45.:22:49.

positive spin on these things. I wanted to ask you, going forward,

:22:49.:22:58.

what will you going to do for next year? That's what we're working on.

:22:58.:23:02.

We have got the people in place now, we have got a technical partnership

:23:02.:23:09.

with McLaren, which is good, but in the end, we have to decide things

:23:09.:23:13.

on our own. It will be tough at the start of next year, but the

:23:13.:23:17.

possibilities are different, so that's positive. Jerome d'Ambrosio,

:23:17.:23:24.

we know that the Virgin name will disappear next year, but there are

:23:24.:23:27.

rumours that you might be disappearing as well. Can you

:23:27.:23:32.

explain to us? At the moment, there are discussions going on, but

:23:32.:23:38.

nothing is fixed. I cannot say much. Why not, you can trust us? You know

:23:38.:23:43.

Jake would not tell anyone. Tell us what's going on. Hopefully I will

:23:43.:23:48.

be on that grid again, that's what I'm fighting for. It is not easy. I

:23:48.:23:58.
:23:58.:24:01.

just have to keep fighting. Timo Glock, in your team next year, have

:24:01.:24:05.

you been given assurances about the funding under plans for 2012? You

:24:05.:24:10.

do not want to stay in a team which is at the back of the grid? No-one

:24:10.:24:15.

wants to be in that position. That goes for everyone in the team.

:24:15.:24:19.

Desperately we want to go forward. We are working on that. The plan is

:24:19.:24:25.

pretty building for the future. We will try our best. What is the

:24:25.:24:28.

plan? To be in the middle of the pack somewhere, fighting regularly

:24:28.:24:33.

for top 10 finishes, maybe not next year, but in the future. Jerome,

:24:33.:24:43.
:24:43.:24:44.

what kind of a teammate was he? still is! He's a good teammate.

:24:44.:24:49.

He's not as good as he looks, but he's all right, not bad. That's

:24:49.:24:57.

great, the honesty of all of this! You ask the same question! What

:24:57.:25:01.

kind of teammate is Jerome? He's tough, he gave me some hard times.

:25:01.:25:05.

We worked very well together, very good guy, the technical feedback,

:25:05.:25:12.

we were on the same page, it is good fun to work with him. We will

:25:12.:25:16.

let you go and speak to the rest of the world's media. But we're

:25:16.:25:20.

hearing that the Virgin name is gone, the Russian sports car

:25:20.:25:27.

producer comes in. Sadly, Jerome will be disappearing from Formula

:25:27.:25:35.

1? It is too early to say. He was still optimistic. Things can flow

:25:35.:25:39.

and change so quickly in Formula 1. I would not rule anybody out at

:25:39.:25:44.

this stage. He obviously has something up his sleeve. Looking

:25:44.:25:48.

ahead to the next session, it may well rain. We saw some incredible

:25:48.:25:54.

rain in 2009. The cars will go out early again we expect in this

:25:54.:26:00.

session, just to be safe. I have always been critical of teams for

:26:00.:26:04.

not getting a banker in place. It does not make sense to just sit and

:26:04.:26:13.

wait. Get out there, put a lap in the bag, and take it from there.

:26:13.:26:20.

this is 2009, on screen at the moment, but back to 2011, and

:26:21.:26:27.

Martin Brundle. You had me looking out of the window there! You were

:26:27.:26:34.

playing something from 2009! Qualifying will be restarting in

:26:34.:26:41.

around 30 seconds. Soft tyres on so many of those cars. Ted Kravitz...

:26:41.:26:46.

I have just had a look at the radar in one of the garages, and it says

:26:46.:26:50.

the rain is coming. It is closer than 10 kilometres now. That's the

:26:50.:26:55.

information which the teams are getting. In the pit lane, all I can

:26:55.:27:00.

see his blue sky. But it is coming in from the direction of the first

:27:00.:27:06.

corner, we are told. That's often where the rain turns up first of

:27:06.:27:15.

all here. We reckon it is about 30 minutes away. That is why we are

:27:15.:27:23.

seeing so much frantic activity. The green light is on. And we are

:27:23.:27:31.

under way in Q2. A lot of drivers are on the soft tyre, they want to

:27:31.:27:39.

get a banker lap in. They do indeed. Those who should have a bit in

:27:39.:27:43.

reserve, like McLaren and Ferrari and Red Bull, then it should be

:27:43.:27:47.

just a case of doing a tidy lap. For those scurrying for the honour

:27:47.:27:55.

of getting in the top 10, it will be more work than that. It is very

:27:55.:28:00.

difficult to get a clear lap in order short-track like this. Very

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:28:10.:28:12.

difficult to get the positioning right, and to get tyre temperature.

:28:12.:28:16.

Driving this slowly does not help your ability to get heat into the

:28:16.:28:22.

brakes. He was just backing-up, trying to find some space. We have

:28:22.:28:32.
:28:32.:28:32.

got 17 cars on the track. We have lost Maldonado, Kovalainen, Liuzzi

:28:32.:28:37.

and Glock, among others. We are now looking to get rid of seven more.

:28:37.:28:41.

Force India, it seems, are looking most likely to get through, but

:28:41.:28:48.

they did use an extra set of tyres in the first part of qualifying.

:28:48.:28:52.

That is Adrian Sutil, a man fighting for his seat I think in

:28:52.:28:56.

Force India. And we hear he's talking to Renault and Williams

:28:56.:29:06.
:29:06.:29:10.

about next year. Hulkenberg, who I'm a very big fan of, is a

:29:10.:29:20.
:29:20.:29:32.

You can see the bushes at the side of the racetrack blowing around. It

:29:32.:29:36.

is pretty breezy. They think the weather is coming in. Adrian Sutil

:29:36.:29:43.

is homing in on the finish line. That gives him a 1:13.2, which is a

:29:44.:29:52.

pretty solid lap. It now says, no rain within the next 30 minutes,

:29:52.:29:56.

and yet the team have been telling their drivers to get a lap in, it

:29:56.:30:02.

is going to rain! DAVID COULTHARD: Unless they have

:30:02.:30:07.

got someone in a tall building chucking a bucket of water out,

:30:07.:30:17.
:30:17.:30:22.

Here comes Mark Webber, let's see what he has got to offer us. That's

:30:22.:30:29.

half a second shy of his teammate. Hamilton still fourth, Alonso fifth.

:30:29.:30:35.

Senna is down in eighth. And now it is what -- Rosberg up in second.

:30:35.:30:42.

That's a very good time indeed. Button is now up in third. Remember,

:30:42.:30:52.
:30:52.:30:54.

this is not for the grid position, it just gives us 11 to 17 on the

:30:54.:31:04.
:31:04.:31:12.

having just started a hot lap. Sebastian bore any locks up. As

:31:12.:31:17.

soon as you apply any kind of steering Glock, you unload the

:31:17.:31:26.

steering tyre. That is what is happening there with Michael. It

:31:26.:31:30.

depends on the bonds and other things, but it is the inside wheel

:31:30.:31:40.
:31:40.:31:44.

that will not, because it is slightly lighter. Mark Webber, 12.6.

:31:44.:31:52.

Lewis Hamilton has done the fastest first sector. That corner used to

:31:52.:32:00.

be terrifying, but now they take a rest. I am getting the impression

:32:00.:32:06.

that the track used to scare you! lot! There was no way to go, and it

:32:06.:32:10.

was so bumpy, and the cars were leaping around. They have got

:32:10.:32:20.
:32:20.:32:21.

different challenges now. Quite a lot of camper. -- camber. This is

:32:21.:32:29.

where the old track used to be. He banked circuit. Lewis Hamilton is

:32:29.:32:35.

still a bit off the fastest time. This is all about getting into the

:32:35.:32:45.
:32:45.:32:48.

top 10. Lewis Hamilton still 0.4 seconds off the pace. New helmet

:32:48.:32:51.

colours for Felipe Massa. How can you be sure it is Felipe Massa in

:32:51.:32:57.

there? We do not recognise his helmet. They could put anybody in

:32:57.:33:07.
:33:07.:33:08.

there! Were you a whole may change it? Very rarely. Jenson Button has

:33:08.:33:14.

finished. Ted Kravitz? A cracking up from Nico Rosberg. Michael

:33:14.:33:22.

Schumacher will have to go again, he is not happy at all. Force India

:33:22.:33:26.

seems to be in trouble, they have already burned through two sets of

:33:26.:33:36.
:33:36.:33:40.

soft tyres. Let's see what they do. Nico Rosberg up there in second

:33:40.:33:45.

place. Michael Schumacher has always been handy around here. He

:33:45.:33:55.
:33:55.:33:57.

has won here four times. In 2006, in his first career, he was mighty.

:33:57.:34:07.
:34:07.:34:09.

I was reading some notes, thank you for giving me the Ku! -- cue!

:34:09.:34:17.

but he has had results on every track. What is the secret here?

:34:17.:34:21.

have to be patient in the middle sector, and you have to go over

:34:21.:34:29.

speed the entries in certain places. If you to the classic braking and

:34:29.:34:36.

positioning, you cannot get on the power. You have to go over speed

:34:36.:34:41.

the entry, to gain the lap time that you will end up losing on the

:34:41.:34:47.

exit, but it is in the bank. The first corner is all about making

:34:47.:34:51.

sure you have got your temperature set for the start of the lap. I'd

:34:51.:35:01.
:35:01.:35:01.

used to have a light, it was on until I had optimal temperature.

:35:01.:35:08.

Once the light went off, I knew I could have confidence. You go way

:35:09.:35:14.

past the 50 metre board, you are on top of the corner. You are staring

:35:14.:35:20.

into the eyes of the fans in the grandstand. The tyres of warm. That

:35:20.:35:28.

is not a great surprise. We could do with a gauge, telling us what

:35:28.:35:38.
:35:38.:35:52.

temperature that is. If it rains the grid, they have always been

:35:52.:35:58.

strong in Formula One. To be nationalistic, a great effort from

:35:58.:36:04.

Bruno Senna, it would be fantastic if he could stay there. The

:36:04.:36:07.

Brazilians have been camped out here since we arrived this morning,

:36:07.:36:14.

singing to themselves. It is almost like a carnival. Another young

:36:14.:36:22.

driver there, aiming at the seat. We have got all of these young

:36:23.:36:29.

drivers, and somebody like Pedro de la Rosa signs a deal with Hispania,

:36:29.:36:39.
:36:39.:36:41.

39 or 40 years old! They spend money and there is no way to go.

:36:41.:36:46.

Lots of fit, young drivers, and the escalator is blocked. It could be

:36:46.:36:52.

worse, at least there are 24 seats on the grid. I expect the pay is

:36:52.:37:02.
:37:02.:37:14.

will time is irrelevant. -- your time. We just saw Paul di Resta

:37:14.:37:23.

leave the pits, his final set of software will four. -- soft tyres.

:37:23.:37:27.

When they have qualified in the top 10, they do not run, because they

:37:27.:37:33.

have blown their tyres. At least they have got a good slot, but I do

:37:33.:37:39.

not understand why they do not get a lap time in. We will talk about

:37:39.:37:49.
:37:49.:37:50.

that in a while. Jaime Alguersuari just outside the top 10. Adrian

:37:50.:37:57.

Sutil has gone out. Still in the pits, the first few drivers. I

:37:58.:38:07.

suspect they will not go again. I suspect everybody behind Adrian

:38:07.:38:17.
:38:17.:38:24.

Sutil, including Felipe Massa, will Jaime Alguersuari still shy of the

:38:24.:38:31.

best. Let's watch him over the line. This is where the end of the pit

:38:31.:38:39.

wall is, it scares me! That is better from Jaime Alguersuari, but

:38:39.:38:45.

not good enough. Ted Kravitz? Felipe Massa has a new set of soft

:38:45.:38:51.

tyres. He used these used set for the first run, so he has got

:38:52.:39:01.
:39:02.:39:02.

another set for Q3. A quick weather Report, it is now San'a. -- it is

:39:02.:39:12.
:39:12.:39:17.

about the weather? The information they were being given was that the

:39:17.:39:21.

rain was coming, so either the radar was wrong, and we have seen

:39:21.:39:28.

that happen, or it was picking up a thunderstorm that has moved away

:39:28.:39:35.

from the circuit. That is more likely. Paul di Resta stays 10th,

:39:36.:39:43.

he will be under pressure. Michael Schumacher has gone out. This is

:39:43.:39:48.

Felipe Massa starting his final flying lap on the new tyres. Let's

:39:48.:39:58.
:39:58.:39:59.

get into the top 10. He has got a bit of traffic. He will pass that,

:39:59.:40:09.

down into the braking zone. Look at how much time he has lost. He has

:40:09.:40:15.

got no choice, he knows that dropping that amount of time, you

:40:15.:40:20.

are not going to get the job done, so he has got to save the tyres and

:40:20.:40:26.

then deliver it on his final flying lap. He is under a little bit of

:40:26.:40:32.

pressure. Paul di Resta has not managed to improve. We think it is

:40:33.:40:37.

Felipe Massa in that helmet! We do not have proved! But we did see

:40:37.:40:46.

through the helmet. You could put anybody in it! This is where he got

:40:46.:40:54.

it wrong. That is where they will open the door ers tomorrow as well.

:40:54.:41:01.

-- opened the DRS. The furore is having difficulty cutting occurred

:41:01.:41:11.
:41:11.:41:11.

through the second corner -- furore. Michael Schumacher, not a very good

:41:11.:41:21.

first sector, but the best middle sector. RADIO: Loss of power.

:41:21.:41:25.

Michael Schumacher just gets into the top 10, displacing Paul di

:41:25.:41:34.

Resta. Sergio Perez is out there as well. Sebastien Buemi, 14th, having

:41:34.:41:39.

gone 10 seconds slower in the middle sector. This is Bruno Senna,

:41:39.:41:48.

still ninth. He has done an OK first sector. He is inside the

:41:48.:41:53.

first -- inside the top 10. Paul di Resta are under serious pressure.

:41:53.:42:00.

Sebastian Vettel did not go out. First to sixth did not go out. At

:42:00.:42:10.
:42:10.:42:10.

the moment, nine cars on the track. Bruno Senna going quite slowly. The

:42:10.:42:16.

flag drops to end Q2. Bruno Senna is ninth. He has made a mistake

:42:16.:42:26.
:42:26.:42:26.

somewhere. Paul di Resta did not quite make it. What can Rubens

:42:26.:42:36.
:42:36.:42:42.

Barrichello deliver?, on! -- come on! Confirmation of the end of the

:42:42.:42:49.

session. Vitaly Petrov, 15th. He is way behind Bruno Senna. Michael

:42:49.:42:54.

Schumacher has pitted. It has given up on any further laps. Rubens

:42:54.:43:00.

Barrichello has done a poor middle sector. He is putting as well. It

:43:00.:43:10.
:43:10.:43:24.

side by side. Paul di Resta will start 11th. Alongside Rubens

:43:24.:43:34.

Barrichello. Jaime Alguersuari ahead of Sebastien Buemi. That

:43:34.:43:44.

makes it 12-7 to Sebastien Buemi. Vitaly Petrov, 15th, and Kamui

:43:44.:43:48.

Kobayashi and Sergio Perez side by side.

:43:48.:43:52.

His uncle was a two-time winner around the circuit, so this will

:43:52.:43:56.

feel very good indeed for Bruno Senna. Vitaly Petrov did not make

:43:56.:44:03.

it through. A great lap from Bruno Senna. We will see how he does in a

:44:03.:44:09.

few moments. Another strong lap from Nico Rosberg. The second

:44:09.:44:13.

fastest lap in that session, but surely anything better than that

:44:13.:44:22.

We are here with a man who knows what it takes to win championships

:44:22.:44:26.

in Formula 1. Jacques Villeneuve, we have been talking a lot about

:44:26.:44:30.

Williams this weekend - as a man who won the world title with them,

:44:30.:44:35.

ha have you felt watching them this season? It is tough, because it is

:44:35.:44:39.

a team with such an amazing past. It has always been a passionate

:44:39.:44:44.

team. Somehow it seems that decisions year after year have been

:44:44.:44:51.

heading them in the wrong direction. I would like to think about all of

:44:51.:44:55.

these new 40-year-old youngsters - where do you see yourself in all of

:44:55.:45:00.

this? I'm working in as car, I have not been working in Formula 1 at

:45:00.:45:04.

all. But Michael seems to have been progressing this year. De la Rosa

:45:04.:45:08.

is coming back next year. As long as you have the hunger, and the

:45:08.:45:11.

willingness to make the sacrifices, you can be as good as when you

:45:11.:45:16.

started. I just heard a huge cheer, that is probably Bruno Senna

:45:16.:45:21.

getting out of his car. The issue for someone like Pedro de la Rosa

:45:21.:45:24.

coming back is that you're competing against people a lot

:45:24.:45:28.

younger than yourself. Could you imagine getting back in a Formula 1

:45:28.:45:33.

car? There was talk about it. there was, once you have been

:45:33.:45:37.

racing, you always love driving those cars. If you could get a good

:45:37.:45:41.

shot, it would be tough to say no. But I'm not dreaming about it. It

:45:41.:45:46.

is not something I'm working on. As you say, you have to fight against

:45:46.:45:50.

the young, hungry kids, but if you have the experience, and you're

:45:50.:45:57.

hungry, you can do it. Jacques Villeneuve spoke about this car,

:45:58.:46:06.

which is by far the biggest motor sport in terms of support - how Bag

:46:06.:46:11.

-- how big is it for you to get into does car? Those cars are

:46:11.:46:16.

amazing to drive. Coming from Formula 1, I mainly get a go on the

:46:16.:46:20.

road courses, not the ovals. But you have tracks with 200,000 people

:46:20.:46:24.

sitting in the grandstands, 36 terms a year. It is an amazing

:46:24.:46:28.

Championship. It is fought on the track, very little punishment for

:46:28.:46:32.

dirty driving. Thank you very much for joining us. We will be hearing

:46:32.:46:37.

from Pastor Maldonado in a mini and. Just give us your thoughts on

:46:37.:46:41.

Sebastian Vettel this year. -- in a minute. He has been amazing. He has

:46:41.:46:45.

been in a position of strength, but he has also managed to destroy his

:46:45.:46:49.

teammate. That's the main thing. If the teammate had been on the same

:46:50.:46:54.

page, we could have said it was just the car. We have drag you away

:46:54.:46:58.

from your lunch, we apologise for that. It might be slightly cold now.

:46:59.:47:04.

Always nice to see you. We spoke about the fact that Jacques

:47:04.:47:07.

Villeneuve won the world title with Williams. Pastor Maldonado will not

:47:07.:47:12.

be doing that this season. A tough day for you today, and it will be

:47:12.:47:20.

the same tomorrow? 18 on the grid. Yes, we will be at the back, but we

:47:20.:47:29.

did it a different way from Rubens, a different set-up, so we hope

:47:29.:47:33.

tomorrow it will be raining, and that's it. Where did you struggle

:47:33.:47:42.

today? I think with the option tyres, we did not find great

:47:42.:47:47.

balance for the lap. And we were penalised because of that. But

:47:47.:47:53.

maybe with our set-up, that does not help as well. I was really

:47:53.:47:57.

excited when Rubens was trying to put in a hot lap, I thought he

:47:57.:48:00.

might just sneak into the final part of qualifying, something he

:48:00.:48:04.

has not done all season, of course. Now, we turn our attention to the

:48:04.:48:09.

fight for pole position. We have had a look at a few world champions

:48:09.:48:14.

struggling around today. It is a tricky middle sector, isn't it?

:48:14.:48:19.

can see here, locking up at the front. The front of the car seems

:48:19.:48:23.

to be getting a hard time. The cars are much lighter than they would

:48:23.:48:29.

normally be, and for that reason, I think they have not quite got the

:48:29.:48:33.

brake balance, they have got too much on the front. And this is

:48:33.:48:41.

Fernando Alonso, also looking up at the front. Can anyone knock

:48:41.:48:45.

Sebastian Vettel off his perch? Could he possibly get 15 pole

:48:45.:48:52.

positions? Of course, it is everybody's dream. He's at the top

:48:52.:48:56.

of the class in every aspect. But I think McLellan have something, I

:48:56.:49:01.

don't know why, but something will be in the water tells me that Lewis

:49:01.:49:05.

will just pip him. It has been close all weekend between the

:49:06.:49:09.

fastest guys in Formula 1 at the moment, McLaren and Red Bull.

:49:09.:49:13.

However, did you see that hot lap from Nico Rosberg in the final part

:49:13.:49:17.

of qualifying? It is time to hand you over to Martin Brundle and

:49:17.:49:24.

David qualified -- David Coulthard for the final part of qualifying in

:49:24.:49:31.

this 2011 season. MARTIN BRUNDLE: We have 10 drivers

:49:31.:49:38.

are aiming for the best grid positions - will Vettel smash the

:49:38.:49:44.

all-time record? At the moment he shares the record, with 14 pole

:49:44.:49:48.

positions in one season. Nigel Mansell did it in just 16 Grand

:49:48.:49:56.

Prix. This is the 19th of the season. Michael Schumacher, a

:49:56.:50:03.

dollars second behind his teammate, but still getting through to Q3.

:50:03.:50:12.

Looking very calm in the pit lane. Q3 begins, as ever, 10 minutes

:50:12.:50:17.

remaining of the final qualifying session of 2011. Nico Rosberg is so

:50:17.:50:21.

keen to get out there, he's having a good time.

:50:21.:50:24.

DAVID COULTHARD: That was a fantastic effort in the middle pot

:50:24.:50:28.

of qualifying, how can you go a second faster than your teammate

:50:28.:50:33.

around this track? It is the second shortest track on the calendar? It

:50:33.:50:38.

is about skill, I think is the answer. Ted Kravitz, what can you

:50:38.:50:43.

tell us. I have got a little explanation, it is all about power.

:50:43.:50:47.

It seems Mercedes are a team that do not think it is going to rain

:50:47.:50:53.

tomorrow, or they certainly have not set their car up for it. It was

:50:53.:51:02.

all power, in the first sector and the third sector. The DRS was

:51:02.:51:05.

working really well for Nico Rosberg, which is why he gained

:51:05.:51:15.
:51:15.:51:19.

time. But he has also managed to Two cars on track, Lewis Hamilton

:51:19.:51:29.

and Nico Rosberg. No DRS (son. did not sound like he was maxing

:51:29.:51:39.
:51:39.:51:52.

out the revs, either. These two were teammates in karting. He's

:51:52.:51:56.

going for it. He will have lost a lot of time with no DRS on that

:51:56.:51:59.

front straight. He's more than a second slower than what he did in

:51:59.:52:03.

the last pot of the previous qualifying session. Maybe Ted

:52:03.:52:09.

Kravitz can give us some information from the pit lane. Was

:52:09.:52:13.

it a new set of tyres when he went out, or was it the set he used in

:52:13.:52:19.

the first session, is he just getting some heat in the breaks?

:52:19.:52:22.

They all seem to have backed off on the concept of rain. Humility is

:52:22.:52:31.

still going up, at 63%. What is not going up his Nico Rosberg's sector

:52:31.:52:39.

times, in terms of improvement. is open now, so he did not want to

:52:39.:52:46.

use it on that first lap. It is like running your headlights on the

:52:46.:52:56.
:52:56.:52:57.

road, it does not actually cost you He was just building up, I think.

:52:57.:53:03.

Just getting the tyres and breaks ready. It looks like Lewis Hamilton

:53:03.:53:09.

is doing exactly the same. It appears to be about tyre warm up.

:53:09.:53:17.

Yes, it is. I have sneaked a look at the eco-wars Berg's pit board,

:53:17.:53:27.
:53:27.:53:41.

and it says, that means -- it says L1. That means it is a two-lap run.

:53:41.:53:46.

Why did we not see that in the previous two sessions? I wonder if

:53:46.:53:49.

it is to do with a different strategy with regard to tyre

:53:49.:53:54.

pressures. Is it a question of them knowing that they will not need

:53:54.:53:58.

these tyres in the race, so they are doing this in a different way,

:53:58.:54:02.

because they will have to start the Grand Prix on a different set of

:54:02.:54:12.
:54:12.:54:16.

tyres? That could well be the answer. So, 1:12.2 for Sebastian

:54:16.:54:21.

Vettel! Challenge that, everybody. That is a mighty lap time, compared

:54:21.:54:28.

to what we have seen this weekend! Alonso could only do 1:12.8, six

:54:28.:54:34.

tenths of a second different. We expected Vettel to pull one out of

:54:34.:54:38.

the bag towards the end, but he has done it straightaway. Lewis

:54:38.:54:48.
:54:48.:54:57.

Hamilton is trying to match it. But Vettel has laid down a marker

:54:57.:55:02.

already! Incredible, he has managed to go at two tenths faster than he

:55:02.:55:10.

did in the middle part of qualifying. Button also found a

:55:10.:55:14.

couple of tenths, Alonso has matched it as well, so it looks

:55:14.:55:18.

like it is a representative time. Lewis Hamilton down in fifth, what

:55:18.:55:22.

is that all about? You sense that Lewis has turned the corner of it,

:55:22.:55:27.

after that victory last time out. He was so happy with his time in LA,

:55:27.:55:32.

with his current, former, maybe future, girlfriend, and he has been

:55:32.:55:36.

looking mighty good around here. But at the moment, down in fifth

:55:36.:55:46.
:55:46.:55:47.

Place, and we have still to see the efforts of several of the drivers.

:55:47.:55:55.

Any sign of blisters on the tyres? Those will get wrapped up, because

:55:55.:56:00.

they could be the tyres he will start the Grand Prix on. You have

:56:00.:56:05.

to start on the tyres which you used to set your fastest lap, if

:56:05.:56:15.
:56:15.:56:16.

you're in the top 10. It is about now I start getting upset normally,

:56:16.:56:24.

isn't it?! I love the new qualification former, I like this

:56:24.:56:27.

for reception qualifying set-up, because if it rains, it doesn't

:56:27.:56:33.

matter, they still have to go out. But we have got to find a solution

:56:33.:56:40.

to this, the top 10 shoot-out must contain 10 cars fully active. I can

:56:40.:56:45.

understand if you run out of tyres, what's the point? There is a simple

:56:45.:56:49.

solution, you just make the top 101 extra set of tyres which they have

:56:49.:56:53.

to give back. Meanwhile, back to the action. Just over three minutes

:56:53.:56:59.

to go. RADIO: Rear temperatures are still

:56:59.:57:09.
:57:09.:57:22.

quite low, mate. A casual message That seem a long way out, but he

:57:22.:57:28.

got away with it. Vettel has gone out on the track again. Is he going

:57:28.:57:36.

to deliver another crushing blow in the Red Bull? Webber second at the

:57:36.:57:40.

moment. Pole position man has not won his Grand Prix for the last two

:57:40.:57:43.

years, maybe it is not the best place to be. Interestingly,

:57:43.:57:47.

Sebastian has tended to be the last man across the line in qualifying,

:57:47.:57:54.

but he has gone very early this time. Adrian Sutil is going to

:57:54.:57:57.

deliver the seventh lap time of this session, so at least he's

:57:57.:58:05.

having a go. So, Sutil does a 13.3, that's pretty solid, only two

:58:05.:58:11.

tenths slower than Rosberg. Michael Schumacher goes out on the medium

:58:11.:58:21.
:58:21.:58:27.

If Michael Schumacher sets a lap time on those tyres, he will have

:58:27.:58:31.

to use them at the start of the race. We will keep an eye on that.

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TED KRAVITZ: Bruno Senna has gone out on a brand new set of soft

:58:36.:58:44.

tyres. And Lewis Hamilton will be the last of the top runners to set

:58:44.:58:51.

his final attempt. I think that was a great effort from Bruno Senna.

:58:51.:58:55.

His practice sessions were blighted with all sorts of issues on that

:58:55.:59:00.

car. He looked like he could be in the drop zone, but on home soil, he

:59:00.:59:03.

has put forward the best message possible to Renault to keep his

:59:04.:59:10.

seat for next year. In the eight races he has done for Renault, five

:59:10.:59:15.

times he has out-qualified Petrov, who's highly regarded. A new

:59:15.:59:18.

fastest time in that sector for the double world champion Sebastian

:59:18.:59:25.

Vettel, as he makes his way, climbing this steep hill, much

:59:25.:59:30.

steeper than you can imagine from the TV pictures... It all looks

:59:30.:59:33.

calm and easy for him, but he's carrying mighty speed. He comes

:59:33.:59:42.

down the hill, just coming through Juncao, and taking the long line

:59:42.:59:46.

around the outside. He keeps the steering wheel nice and open, to

:59:46.:59:53.

let the speed built, delivering some KERS Energy, and there he goes.

:59:53.:59:58.

What can they do about that?! Mark Webber is on a decent lap at the

:59:59.:00:03.

moment, so is Button. No wonder the team are applauding, that's a

:00:03.:00:07.

sensational lap. Fernanda oh long say now approaching the line as

:00:07.:00:12.

well. He's fourth at the moment, and he goes up to third. --

:00:12.:00:22.
:00:22.:00:32.

Fernando Alonso. They're all out Michael Schumacher will just set

:00:32.:00:39.

sector times. Jenson Button does second! He is up onto the front row.

:00:39.:00:45.

Nico Rosberg coming through in six. Mark Webber takes over second.

:00:45.:00:55.
:00:55.:00:55.

Adrian Sutil, eight. Lewis Hamilton up into fourth. Jenson Button beats

:00:55.:01:02.

Lewis Hamilton. Mark Webber got within 0.1 of his team-mate. Dave

:01:02.:01:07.

Red Bull front row. The record- breaking 15th time, Sebastian

:01:07.:01:11.

Vettel on pole position. He did not even deliver his best sector in the

:01:11.:01:16.

final sector. What time could he have done?! A great effort from

:01:16.:01:26.
:01:26.:01:27.

Mark Webber. RADIO: You did it! baby, we got it! That was good!

:01:27.:01:34.

Thank you, you are incredible! I wonder if it feels as good as the

:01:34.:01:41.

other 29! I mentioned Jenson Button, he never qualified in the top 10

:01:41.:01:45.

around this track. He has responded this weekend, third position, very

:01:45.:01:50.

close to Red Bull. It is a surprise he got in front of Lewis Hamilton.

:01:50.:01:59.

He looked mighty in the early sessions. It is 13-6, T Lewis

:01:59.:02:09.

Hamilton, against Jenson Button. Nico Rosberg, 0.5 down on his Q2

:02:09.:02:18.

time. He would have moved up one or two places. He starts six. How does

:02:18.:02:26.

he compare? 16-3 against Michael Schumacher in qualifying. What

:02:26.:02:36.
:02:36.:02:38.

about Red Bull? 16-34 Sebastian Vettel. -- 16-3, 4 Sebastian Vettel.

:02:38.:02:46.

You can understand his happiness. Jenson Button, it look like he

:02:46.:02:51.

would be on the front row. He will auction off the overalls for

:02:51.:02:57.

charity. The McLaren drivers are wearing the overalls that have been

:02:57.:03:04.

designed by the fans are. Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix

:03:04.:03:12.

in those, and Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix in his.

:03:12.:03:22.
:03:22.:03:36.

Christian Horner, lots of doom and place. Adrian Sutil doing a great

:03:36.:03:46.
:03:46.:04:17.

job again. A wonderful effort from the moment, they just could not

:04:17.:04:27.
:04:27.:04:33.

find a way, as ever, to match the have got us all excited. Twitter is

:04:33.:04:38.

awash with people saying, surprise, surprise. He ends the season as he

:04:38.:04:44.

started it. Will this feel as good as his previous pole positions?

:04:44.:04:49.

This is the one that says, he got 15 pole positions in one season.

:04:49.:04:56.

the beginning of the season, those are the figures that you dream

:04:56.:05:00.

about, and they never become a reality. He made them a reality. He

:05:00.:05:07.

is that good. He loves braking records. He told us, if you are

:05:07.:05:11.

going to win world championships and titles, you deserve to take

:05:11.:05:16.

fastest laps and pole positions. It will mean a lot. We do not want to

:05:16.:05:21.

go on too long, because it must be exasperating for the other drivers.

:05:21.:05:25.

But he has always been great with the media and his team, he is great

:05:26.:05:32.

in the car, he is amazing. I wonder how Nigel Mansell felt. He picked

:05:32.:05:42.
:05:42.:05:44.

up 14 pole positions. What can you say? He beat the

:05:44.:05:50.

previous fastest time, impressive. He has done it all year. He shared

:05:50.:05:56.

the record for two weeks with Nigel Mansell, I never thought that was

:05:56.:06:02.

such a record, so to beat that, impressive. It is an awesome

:06:02.:06:08.

achievement. To have Mark Webber alongside is a great final

:06:08.:06:13.

qualifying. Why did it mean so much to get the record? He enjoys the

:06:13.:06:18.

statistics, it is a small piece of history, he is only 24, but he has

:06:18.:06:25.

made his mark. He should enjoy this moment, it is quite special, some

:06:25.:06:32.

illustrious names that he now sits on top.

:06:32.:06:36.

Plenty of celebrations in Sao Paulo and back in Milton Keynes. We do

:06:36.:06:40.

not mind Red Bull picking up pole position, but I wish they would

:06:40.:06:50.
:06:50.:06:51.

give us some more excitement! That his total dominance. But some

:06:51.:06:54.

people underperform. We were unfortunate, because Nico Rosberg

:06:54.:07:00.

has been getting better, and Mercedes have been improving. But

:07:00.:07:05.

to do the time in Q2 and not in Q3, that is a disappointment, because

:07:05.:07:10.

they should have been further up. Well done to Mark Webber, he needs

:07:10.:07:13.

a win to stand any chance of finishing second in the

:07:13.:07:18.

championship. What about Jenson Button? He has not even been in the

:07:19.:07:24.

top 10 in the last six years, but he qualifies third. Let's hear from

:07:24.:07:31.

Paul di Resta, who did OK. It was close today. You just missed

:07:31.:07:37.

out on Q3. It was very close. It was always going to be difficult.

:07:37.:07:42.

We have not had the top speed that the other cars had. We do not know

:07:42.:07:49.

why. It is a bit frustrating. But we are in 11th with rain forecast,

:07:50.:07:54.

so fingers crossed that we can capitalise on that. In the past,

:07:54.:07:59.

the car has been good in the wet. We are in a reasonable position.

:07:59.:08:09.
:08:09.:08:11.

How tough it was it out there? We are you expecting to get into Q3?

:08:11.:08:17.

Produced an of the new set of soft tyres and we did not improved. We

:08:17.:08:22.

did not get the best out of them. But the other cars have not, either.

:08:22.:08:27.

You never know about the rain, it can be so unpredictable. The

:08:27.:08:35.

showers are increasing, but it is what it is. Hopefully, the race

:08:35.:08:39.

will be strong. As soon as the qualifying session

:08:39.:08:45.

is over, the sky is darker! We will wait and see what happens tomorrow.

:08:45.:08:51.

It will help Force India. Paul di Resta has done OK, and he would

:08:51.:09:00.

love to finish his rookie season on a high. I quite like the rain here!

:09:00.:09:04.

I think Adrian Sutil can finish in the top 10 in the Drivers'

:09:04.:09:08.

Championship if he gets the point, and if Paul di Resta is in front of

:09:09.:09:12.

him and likely to get a point, I am sure they will swap them at the

:09:12.:09:16.

last lap, because Adrian Sutil has been a huge number of this team,

:09:16.:09:21.

and it might be his last race at Force India. I think Paul di Resta

:09:21.:09:27.

will do the honourable think. unlikely, but if they outscored

:09:27.:09:31.

Renault by 15 points, they will finish fifth in the Constructors'

:09:31.:09:35.

Championship. Rubens Barrichello starts just behind Paul di Resta,

:09:35.:09:41.

in 12. You put out the best in what has

:09:41.:09:49.

been a difficult car this season. Well done. It was a great feeling.

:09:49.:09:53.

You are always there or thereabouts, but it has been a tough year with

:09:53.:09:59.

the car that we had. When you are at home, you have to use whatever

:09:59.:10:08.

is on your side, and today, with the public, I used it to the best,

:10:08.:10:15.

and I am pretty sure it was a poor position lap on the car! -- pole

:10:15.:10:24.

position lap! Can you give the fans something to cheer about tomorrow?

:10:24.:10:28.

I hope we will have some rain tomorrow, and that I will excite

:10:28.:10:36.

everybody else up. I hope they will not mind to bring their umbrellas!

:10:36.:10:41.

You can see the second part of our interview with him tomorrow. In

:10:41.:10:46.

that car, it is like a pole position lap. He will be getting

:10:46.:10:51.

the rosary beads out tonight! He is hoping for rain. He is the master

:10:51.:10:57.

in the rain. We saw what he did years ago. He has got such great,

:10:57.:11:03.

natural control, and he could store -- score points tomorrow, which

:11:03.:11:10.

everybody will be happy about, if it is wet. He shows us a lovely

:11:10.:11:13.

smile, and Sebastian Vettel shows us the finger, the 15th pole

:11:13.:11:18.

position. A record 15th pole position in a

:11:18.:11:27.

season, describe your feelings. is difficult. There has been some

:11:27.:11:35.

talk before this weekend about this particular record. The best thing

:11:35.:11:41.

was not to think about at all. We had a rough start to the weekend, I

:11:41.:11:45.

was not happy with the balance, but we made the right choices overnight,

:11:45.:11:51.

and again, going into qualifying, I was happier. Enjoying the moment,

:11:51.:11:56.

enjoying the laps I had. I was happy with the first lap in Q3, but

:11:56.:12:01.

I knew there was more to come, and I put everything into the last lap.

:12:01.:12:05.

I was very emotional when I crossed the line, because I knew that that

:12:05.:12:12.

was all I had. I was pleased with that. But I had to wait for quite a

:12:12.:12:17.

long time to see whether it was good enough. The names kept popping

:12:17.:12:25.

up. My engineer told me, Jenson Button, second, Mark Webber, second,

:12:25.:12:34.

and then, pole position. Really special. Different from the others.

:12:34.:12:41.

It took the master, Nigel Mansell, a couple of races less, but still,

:12:41.:12:47.

very historic and very special to me. I am happy to be here and start

:12:47.:12:52.

from different tomorrow, and had fully enjoy the race. The weather

:12:52.:12:57.

will be a question, we knew that, going into the weekend. It has

:12:57.:13:01.

improved, so today was already supposed to be wet, and it was dry.

:13:01.:13:07.

This place is tricky, special races, special weather, so I am looking

:13:07.:13:13.

forward to tomorrow. Mark Webber, 0.1 seconds away. Can you finish

:13:13.:13:20.

the season with the elusive when? It would be good, today went well.

:13:20.:13:25.

It would be nice to keep the heat on him. Both of us have got the

:13:26.:13:32.

maximum out of the car. I could not look after Nigel Mansell, but he

:13:32.:13:38.

did a good lap. We both got the best out of the car. I am looking

:13:38.:13:43.

forward to the race tomorrow. very close, and we might have

:13:43.:13:51.

changeable conditions tomorrow. are all excited about tomorrow, we

:13:51.:13:57.

all want to end on a high. At the moment, I am enjoying the moment,

:13:57.:14:00.

this is my best qualifying for the last six years, and 10 place is

:14:00.:14:05.

better than last year. This is a good start to the weekend. I always

:14:05.:14:13.

love racing here. It is such a good racing circuit. It is very good for

:14:13.:14:22.

overtaking, and we have the ers. -- would have BIS. Whatever happens,

:14:22.:14:28.

it has been a great season for us, just not quite good enough. There

:14:28.:14:32.

are a few areas we need to work on. Hopefully, we can end this

:14:32.:14:42.
:14:42.:14:44.

reasonably good season off with a lap, but Bruno Senna's was the most

:14:44.:14:49.

popular. For more of us, congratulations, how did it feel

:14:49.:14:52.

out there for you? The it is great, we have been having a very tough

:14:52.:14:57.

weekend. Just getting everything together on that lap was very

:14:57.:15:02.

important. I think the conditions helped us a bit, because the track

:15:02.:15:06.

temperature dropped, and the car changed quite a lot. I'm really

:15:06.:15:12.

happy that we managed to put this lap their. It is better than I was

:15:12.:15:17.

expecting, but it could always be better, but I'm really happy.

:15:17.:15:20.

Mansell used to say that the crowd at the British Grand Prix well

:15:20.:15:25.

worth a bit of extra time, what about this crowd here? This morning

:15:25.:15:29.

I had a tough time, and they gave me great support. I'm really happy

:15:29.:15:36.

to be able to give something back to them, because they deserve it.

:15:36.:15:40.

have to ask you, each team has its in-house fighting, and of course,

:15:40.:15:45.

with your teammate, but for you to make the final qualifying, does

:15:45.:15:50.

that put extra pressure on the team to sign you next year? Every

:15:50.:15:53.

performance counts, I have had good performances before, and it is good

:15:53.:15:57.

to finish the year with a good qualifying performance. But the

:15:57.:16:00.

race tomorrow is what really counts, it could be a lottery if it is wet.

:16:00.:16:07.

I hope that we are in front in that lottery. What was impressive for me,

:16:07.:16:11.

you have already mentioned your troubled practice session, but you

:16:11.:16:19.

have not actually raced around his racetrack, you do not have a lot of

:16:19.:16:22.

experience which a lot of the other drivers have, from doing the other

:16:22.:16:27.

formulas. It is a particular track to find the line... Yes, it is a

:16:27.:16:33.

difficult track. I was struggling with a fuel wrong lines in

:16:33.:16:37.

qualifying, but then I tried some different things, and it worked. So

:16:37.:16:41.

now I know how to drive here, which makes the whole difference.

:16:41.:16:44.

Sometimes having the experience of driving on a track helps, but

:16:44.:16:48.

sometimes it can hinder you as well. sometimes it can hinder you as well.

:16:48.:16:50.

Let's just ride on board with you, and give us your emotions as you

:16:50.:16:54.

were flying around. Were you aware of the fact that you were at

:16:54.:16:58.

Interlagos, with the history attached? Or were you so focused on

:16:58.:17:02.

the job in hand? During the qualifying lap, you're just

:17:02.:17:09.

focusing on giving everything on the track. There were one or two

:17:09.:17:16.

moments when the rear was a bit loose, but it was a very tidy lap.

:17:16.:17:26.
:17:26.:17:26.

Before that, even in Q1, I was struggling to do a tidy lap. But

:17:26.:17:30.

when you finish the lap, and you slow down, then you can look at the

:17:30.:17:36.

crowd, and see them cheering. I'm really happy to be able to give

:17:36.:17:39.

something back to them. Congratulations, a strong

:17:39.:17:43.

qualifying from you, and tomorrow, you will be fighting for points at

:17:43.:17:52.

your home Grand Prix. I hope so, we will see what happens in the wet.

:17:52.:18:00.

David, will he sleep well tonight, do you think? I think so. Did you

:18:00.:18:05.

see this wet still dripping down, it shows how deep he had to delve

:18:06.:18:10.

to deliver that lap. Massive pressure on him. Fighting for

:18:10.:18:14.

position within the team as well, that's a great performance.

:18:14.:18:20.

Straight to another interview, then no doubt to about 15,000 autographs.

:18:20.:18:30.
:18:30.:18:40.

win tomorrow if he wants to be second in the Championship. We

:18:40.:18:46.

thought Nico Rosberg might be higher up than sixth. But he starts

:18:46.:18:49.

behind Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa, his home Grand Prix as well,

:18:49.:18:59.

don't forget. He won the world title here - for about 20 seconds!

:18:59.:19:03.

We have already heard from Paul di Resta and Rubens Barrichello.

:19:03.:19:07.

Behind them, it is the Toro Rossos side by side, could this be the

:19:07.:19:11.

last race for either of their drivers? You could ask the same

:19:11.:19:17.

question of Vitaly Petrov. Kobayashi finishes in front of his

:19:17.:19:19.

teammate Sergio Perez, who walked past us looking unhappy a few

:19:19.:19:29.
:19:29.:19:34.

moments ago. Look at that, a bad weekend so far for Virgin, starting

:19:34.:19:39.

at the back. Let's here from Lewis Hamilton, who starts fourth on the

:19:39.:19:44.

grid. Lewis, fourth place start, how do you feel about that?

:19:44.:19:49.

little bit disappointed. We're still on the second row, but we

:19:49.:19:54.

would have loved to go quicker. One performance, I'm not too happy with

:19:54.:20:00.

that. I was not quick enough. I was a cup of tenths off Jenson, so the

:20:01.:20:05.

car could be a bit quicker. But the Red Bulls were massively quick

:20:05.:20:11.

today. It seems this circuit brings the best out of people in the

:20:11.:20:16.

actual race, we have seen you do really well here in the past - what

:20:16.:20:22.

do you think you can do tomorrow, do you feel inspired here? Yes, it

:20:22.:20:29.

is a place where you are inspired, because at his Senna's home,

:20:29.:20:33.

they're so passionate over here. I have been on fourth quite a few

:20:33.:20:41.

times here. I think 2007, 2008, and maybe another time, maybe last year,

:20:41.:20:47.

I think. So, four is a good number for me. Let's hope that I can turn

:20:47.:20:50.

it into something more positive tomorrow. Lewis Hamilton looking

:20:50.:20:55.

positive, looking ahead to tomorrow. Fourth on the grid, he would have

:20:55.:21:00.

liked to be in front of his teammate, but nobody was catching

:21:00.:21:04.

the Red Bulls today. No, they must have held something back during

:21:04.:21:08.

practice. They delivered a much bigger gap than we were expecting.

:21:08.:21:12.

But the real glory of course comes tomorrow, the chequered flag. They

:21:12.:21:16.

will be difficult to beat, but as it gets dark year, we can feel the

:21:16.:21:21.

temperature dropping. So maybe the weather will play its part. You can

:21:21.:21:24.

see how dark it has gone, very quickly indeed. And we have heard

:21:24.:21:28.

that for the last two years, the pole-sitter has not won this race.

:21:28.:21:31.

We have heard people saying they would love it to rain, the same

:21:31.:21:35.

applies, actually, to the McLaren's and all of the others behind the

:21:35.:21:42.

Red Bulls. You have just heard Paul di Resta, it will be what it is. We

:21:42.:21:48.

cannot change the weather forecast. The drivers understand that. But

:21:48.:21:52.

secretively, there are some drivers who really think they're extra-

:21:52.:21:59.

special in the wet, Lewis is one of those, and Rubens is another. But

:21:59.:22:05.

do not read aloud Vettel, he's the key man. But on this occasion,

:22:05.:22:13.

Vettel may just let Mark win this win, if it means finishing second

:22:13.:22:17.

in the Championship. Just to remind you, team orders are now allowed in

:22:17.:22:21.

Formula 1. Just before we go, you can see the qualifying draw for the

:22:21.:22:25.

Euro 2012 Championship coming your way on Friday at 2nd December on

:22:25.:22:35.
:22:35.:22:39.

BBC Two. Come on, Ireland! Join us tomorrow for the final race of the

:22:39.:22:45.

2011 Formula 1 season. Before we go, David, your thoughts on Sebastian

:22:45.:22:48.

Vettel's 15 pole positions in one season. It is a remarkable

:22:48.:22:52.

achievement, given the level of the competition. McLaren have come back

:22:52.:22:55.

fantastically well, Ferrari have been right in there as well, at

:22:55.:22:58.

various points. It is the relentless pursuit of the pole

:22:59.:23:03.

position, and his deliverance. He has made very few mistakes. Thank

:23:04.:23:08.

you both of you that much indeed. We're back tomorrow afternoon for

:23:08.:23:11.

the last race of the year. When we arrived here we thought it would be

:23:11.:23:14.

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage from Sao Paulo as the drivers contest grid positions for the Brazilian Grand Prix. World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be looking to continue his domination of the 2011 Formula One season by going one better than last year when he was second fastest in qualifying. But starting second on the grid was no disadvantage to the German who still went on to win the race.


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