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
true for Ayrton Senna and millions of Brazilians.
Ayrton Senna achieves his ambition to win the Brazilian Grand Prix!
It was all too much for the man himself. Some moment for McLaren.
10 years later, a familiar face held to celebrate in style.
A brilliant drive from David Coulthard.
Two men in particular would love to watching this weekend. They are in
great form, they remember winning the title here, and they would love
to finish this season ahead. Welcome to the final weekend of the
2011 season, from Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The engines are
warming up, the 40th Brazilian Grand Prix. The crowd are here in
their droves, as always are. It is a special place, and behind us on
the podium, a special podium. Brazilians are an emotional people,
we see that in the way drivers perform. 86 million people. These
huge following for Formula One. When you on the podium, the
Grandstand comes alight. Even this morning, there was singing in the
grandstand. There is real passion, and that comes through. You picked
up a win here in the rain in incredible conditions a few years
ago, 2003, you did not get your opportunity to stand up there.
remember rightly, it was looking particularly gloomy and grumpy! Ron
Dennis stole my favourite position! What happened? There were lots of
crashes. It was tipping down with rain. Look at the chaos. Cars were
shunting and crashing. My driver drove fantastically. Gary Anderson
said, we have got to get to 75% of the race, because then we could get
four points for the race. We stayed out there. We won the race. But
afterwards, we had to appeal the decision of the stewards. We won
the case and we won the Grand Prix. That is the most subdued I have
ever seen you! You have to think what was going on in my brain!
are very lucky, you know what it takes to come here and win. I would
love to know what it is like to drive around the circuit. They have
been trying out something that we will see more of in the future.
Does this give us a good idea of what it is like? It gives you a
better insight than the camera view we normally have, which looks down
at the driver. It takes away the amount of movement. A lot of wind
movement across the driver's helmet. He will be glancing down at the
dashboard. It is a great camera angles. I had one of those in 2008.
But hopefully, we will have more of this. We would have had a perfect
view of pole position, if we had followed Sebastian Vettel, because
he has been dominant as we have travelled the world. This season
has given us a 92% increase in overtaking it, the dentist at the
double world champion, and a shirt that has raised money for charity.
And the fund is not over yet. -- fund.
McLaren would love to do what they did last time in Abu Dhabi, to
snatch pole position. It was taken away by Sebastian Vettel at the
very end. Let's discuss the season. The last nine races, they have
ended up on the podium, and after an awful start, they win the award
for turning their season around. McLaren could win so many awards,
it is a great team, they set standards, were kept her shiny cars
are. They had a ropey start to the season, but it was a tremendous
comeback. They can develop a car. They have got to feel pretty
confident for this weekend. But we have to be critical, they are used
to winning championships, they have the resources, they have the
manpower, the skills, the drivers, and it is unthinkable that they
started as badly as they did, and they gave the drivers know platform
to win the championship. One of your favourite pastimes is
criticising McLaren. When you consider that Ferrari have won
titles, and Renault, McLaren are the only team who have regularly
raced and beaten Red Bull this season. There is something slightly
different. There is success in their blood all the way through. I
am being critical because I know they are capable of winning these
championships. You cannot say that about Renault. If we are being fair,
they are an outstanding team, and worthy of every accolade we can
throw at them, but they did not do the job well enough at the
beginning of the season. We would have had a much tighter and more
interesting championship. We will wait and see if their pace shows in
qualifying. Jenson Button, since 2005, never qualified in the top 10
here. It has gone a bit trendy here. The drivers have changed their
helmet. Lewis Hamilton had a Bob Marley helmet in India. His helmet
is different, the Brazilian flag. I am sure you will recognise the
design. No prizes for identifying the inspiration.
Sometimes, I do a special helmet for a Grand Prix. Was thinking what
to do for Brazil. Ayrton Senna, one of the most significant figures in
my life. I was just going to have his design, but I know Bruno Senna
has that, so I wondered whether it was possible to do a mix between my
helmet and his. I put half of my design and then his on the back.
They wanted me to use his new logo, but I wanted to use this one,
because I used to have bait T-shirt with the Senna S on it. It feels
awesome in the car. It has a green interior. All of the helmets have
black. I specifically ordered this. I had to go and buy it myself. It
is so cool. There is only one of them in the world. I wear it
proudly this weekend, regardless of what the sort we have. -- what
result we have. I hope Ayrton Senna is proud of me.
We are proud of Lewis Hamilton. They are confident, already wearing
the rocket red T-shirts. But they are fans who are happy to be here!
A nightmare for you commentators, all of these will make changes.
me, growing up, they should maintain the majority of the design.
But it is great for the charity. But when you keep changing as often
as they do, it is difficult to tell who is driving the car, because you
cannot see the number. For years, it is the one area that a driver
has had signed Asante. The team has imposed their sponsors, and
religiously, it has been the one part of the driver that he can have
control on. One would not like to see that changing. They can have as
many different things on it as they like. I have remembered one small
think. When I was at McLaren, they offered $1 million for me to give
up the right to the image of my helmet, and I said, no, I have had
this helmet since I was 11. It is not like you to miss out on every
flight that! You could have given us half a million each! Ayrton
Senna will be proud. That helmet will be auctioned off for the
Ayrton Senna Foundation. They have just turned on the engine. It is
sounding good. How much would McLaren have to pick up their first
pole position here in the last 11 seasons? That would feel good, but
there are no prizes for poor position. The prizes come on Sunday.
Everybody will be hoping that the wheels come off.
The race in the desert is under way, plenty of smoke. It is even between
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso goes round outside
of Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel has gone off with a puncture! He
has not even made it down to the fifth corner! Fernando Alonso has
gone past Jenson Button! Lewis Hamilton leads the Grand Prix
comfortably. Sebastian Vettel comes into the pits, and his luck has run
out. I never thought I would say that this year! Now, we have got
Mark Webber alongside Jenson Button. That looks like the position is
taken. Jenson Button is indeed ers zone. He will be able to open his
wink. Double DRS, two overtakes. Jenson Button does not have KERS.
They touch, more or less. He goes through. Jenson Button comes up the
inside and takes the position. expect Felipe Massa to defend the
inside line. Very clear defence. Trying to use the extra grip, which
she does. Felipe Massa needs to keep it tidy and get his own DRS.
Felipe Massa should have given it up. Who is praised? Felipe Massa is.
This is Mark Webber. He has got the inside line. Jenson Button decided
not to do it. Felipe Massa has barn, which has taken the pressure off
Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton is back, and so are McLaren! A tremendous
Tremendous to see Lewis Hamilton back on the top step of the podium.
Remarkably, despite winning that race, Lewis Hamilton can no longer
catch his teammate to finish second in the Championship. Mark Webber
must win this weekend to become runner-up to his teammate,
Sebastian Vettel. It is getting very tight in the Constructors'
We have come out to the paddock to be joined by a man who will be
recognisable to all of you, and to all of Brazil. It will be hoping to
hold on to that fifth place in the Championship, Bruno Senna. In this
race, and in this place, is the Senna name their help or hindrance
to you? It is obviously a help. It is a lot of attention. But it is
natural to come to your home race and get your countrymen to salute
you. It is a great feeling, I'm very excited about the race. It is
a fair bit of pressure as well. Absolutely, but pressure is always
there. I want to deliver whenever I am in the car. It is no different
to other places in that respect. you feels somewhat unlucky that at
this stage, you arrive in a team like this and the performance of
the car just disappear as? It is not really the performance of the
car, it is more that the other guys are making strides and we are not.
It is unfortunate. The decision was to invest in next year's car. I
think it is natural. I'm sure that if I am raising for these guys next
year, I will be pleased with this decision! We have had complaints
from Vitaly Petrov, and some issues with Robert Kubica, does this
enhance your opportunities for next year? It is hard to say. It depends
very much on what I'm doing on the track. And also, if we can find
some good backing for the team. It is an overall package, it is not
just one thing. I don't think I'm fighting for Vitaly's seat, I'm
fighting for the other seed, and it is a pretty fierce fight. 17th in
final practice, what was the problem this morning? We had of it
-- a bit of a difficult run this morning, we had an imagination.
These things took some time away. We only have one hour, so we got to
do very few laps in the session. But if it is wet tomorrow, the race
will become a lottery anyway. will let you go, because there's a
big crowd building around us. We will await news on the future of
Bruno Senna. And talking of news, here's Ted Kravitz. The spring his
back in Lewis Hamilton's stepped this weekend. His McLaren has been
quick, he was fastest in second practice, and happy with himself
after spending time with some special friends in the USA earlier
this week. I'm really excited to be here, coming off a positive couple
of weeks. The last few days have been very positive for me as well.
I was able to have a couple of great lunches and dinners with
Nicole, which has been a real positive. It has been a year of
growth, and hopefully in the future I will look back and think, I took
a lot from that year. Next year will be an interesting one. Jenson
Button is also after a good weekend. He struggled a little bit in
practice compared to Hamilton, but things he can go well as long as he
sorts out his qualifying. Winning here in Brazil would be great for
me. First of all I have got to qualify the car inside the top 10,
which I have not done for six years. And then I can have a good race.
This is a great place to overtake. Sebastian Vettel says he still does
not know why his tyre deflated on the first lap in Abu Dhabi. He
denies that Red Bull were running with low tyre pressures, against
Pirelli's advice. We did exactly the same as we did everywhere. I do
not like the word bad luck, but there was not much we could do. For
me, the most important thing was to understand that I did not do
anything wrong in preparing the car for the start. And also, in the
first corner. But it was nothing to do with the pressure or anything
like that. Tomorrow marks Felipe Massa's 100th race for Ferrari, at
the end of his worst season for the team. He gives some explanation
here as to why he has got no podium finishes this season, while his
teammate has got 10. Every race, something happens during the race.
That affects me, in fighting for the podium. I think it was not a
very nice season, something happened all the time. And it is
also true to say that we did not have the car we expected. It seems
Renault have fallen out with Robert Kubica. The team says he does not
have a contract with them for next season, and in any case will not be
fit to drive at the start of 2012. Robert Kubica's management say they
cannot be sure of that. Meanwhile, HRT are beginning to style
themselves into a Spanish national team. It is another comeback for
the 40-year-old Pedro de la Rosa. It is another step in my career,
surprising for many, but at the end of the day, I'm a racing driver, I
want to race, this is where I belong. I'm very excited. Next
year's US Grand Prix is set to be removed from the calendar, as work
has stopped on the track, and the local government in Texas say they
will not pay Bernie Eccleston's fees. Somebody has got the land and
they have started to do something. I think the biggest problem they
have got is a shortage of finance. So, it is unlikely to happen next
year? I think it is most unlikely. And what about Bahrain for next
year? We do not know. It is on the calendar, we will be there unless
something terrible happens to stop us. There's now less than 40
minutes to go until the start of qualifying. The crowd are getting
excited. In four months' time, we will be in Australia for the first
qualifying session of the new season, and Pedro de la Rosa will
be in an HRT. That's two drivers on the grey who will be older than you.
Can you imagine still driving yourself? I cannot, because I had a
full 15 seasons. It is all down to the individual. We do not all age
at the same rate. Pedro feels he has got unfinished business. Even
if he does not realistically think he will get Grand Prix victories,
it will take him on a journey which will clove of that particular part
of his career. He may have equity in the King, it may be as simple as
the fact that it is a special -- it is a Spanish Grand Prix team. In
any event, it will be a massive challenge for him, even more so
than for Michael Schumacher, in the Mercedes. We will let you go back
to having your photo taken, David. And we can join Eddie, who was with
another older statesmen of Formula 1. Not just statesman, but one of
the greatest legends of the technical era of Grand Prix racing,
Patrick Head, who, in 1980, was part of the great team that brought
World Championship success. Alan Jones, we can remember - what has
happened? I cannot remember that far back. I'm not asking that.
we're paying the penalty for designing a car which is not good
enough, and we have been hovering just outside the points, sometimes
further out, and when you get no points, you get the sort of season
but we have had. So, not good enough work over the winter, and
not good enough development during the year at. You have been in a
situation... Do you feel as if you have been squeezed out? If I am
right, this is your last race in your current position? Well, we
have got new, senior technical staff. When it came to the
beginning of this year, and we found we were in pretty much the
same position, we had no alternative but to make some senior
position changes, and when I looked at it, I'm very confident in the
new people, and when I looked at it, I did not really think that there
was a position where I could seriously contribute. But I'm going
on to do other things. One of my activities will be with what is
called Williams Hybrid Pas. But if I turn up to Grand Prix his next
year, I probably will not be wearing a Williams are shut. But I
will be contacting your tailor and turning up in something more
colourful than you, Eddie. -- a Williams shirt. Are you confident
in these new people that they can bring you back to the glory days?
Well, they are not all that young. With Mike and Jason on aerodynamics,
and Mark winning it, they're not spring chickens. But I'm very
confident that they will do a very good job. I see signs of some of
what was present at Williams in the days when we were competitive,
which, sadly, in recent years, has been rather missing. I'm very
confident that they will have a strong future. Me for one, speaking
all the time about football, but I shall miss you. We had better not
tell them what team that is. And we would certainly reiterate that on
behalf of the whole of the BBC. And I know that David would as well,
because it was Williams that helped him launch his career in Formula 1.
I think Eddie is talking about Chelsea, they're both Chelsea fans.
You started your career at Williams, in 1995, with Damon Hill, they had
just won for reconstruct as championships - what has gone
wrong? They have just not designed a car which is good enough. It
comes down to the people. -- Constructors' Championships. They
had a long period of success, they dominated, but they are having a
difficult time right now. Williams can get back to their former
success, if they employ the right people. But is that enough? The old
adage in Formula 1 goes, how fast can you afford to go? And this is a
privateer team, they have not got the money. But that is a
consequence of not having the success in the short time. The
sponsors start to move on. Also, you do not get the FOM money. These
other teams, people like Red Bull, have worked their way up. And that
comes down to the other aspect of Formula 1, the commercial side of
Williams, they have got to go out and sell the vision for the team.
If they can get success on the track, then we will see the
Williams flag flying again. As far as Patrick Head is concerned, I
think he might be having quite a nice time next year. He's a real
character. He will be missed, but thankfully, he will still be
turning up at the odd Grand Prix. Let's see how that shirt
competition goes on! Yes, that's bad news! Let's have a look at
what's happening in the garage. This car belongs to Rubens
Barrichello. It really looks like his Williams career is coming to an
end. In fact, this weekend, is Formula 1 career could come to an
end. After so long in the sport, it looks like his days are numbered.
He has been discussing his career with his very first boss, a certain
Eddie Jordan. Here we are again, Sao Paolo, your home town. Tell us
a bit about your emotions coming here, soca. I was born in
Interlagos, my heart is here, I have done my whole career here. It
is such a good vibe. People do this with their hand and say, come on,
you have got to do this. It is such a passion. It feels so nice.
remember yourself, your father, your manager, sitting in the Jordan
kitchen in Oxford and chatting about how you were going to make it
possible to come to Formula 1 - have you any memories of that
moment when kit I had a great time at the beginning of my career,
because you gave me, not just the fact that it was a small team with
not a lot of money, but we needed to learn how to survive a, to go
fast when it mattered, and to finish the race when it mattered.
It taught me a lot. There were two outstanding moments for me, your
first ever pole position, in Spa... And also, the first podium, that
was magical. Our first podium as well. Both moments, I remember. The
podium was such a special moment. If you also remember, we were
having a glass of champagne, and Ayrton came in to say
congratulations. It was his penultimate ever race, if you call
it like that. I was there, by myself, I opened my door, and the
door on the other room opened as well, it was Ayrton, I could not
believe my eyes. He said, we're going to Disney, can I join you? I
tell you, maybe he did not have a cheeseburger for ages, because that
day, he ate it like a kid. He must have been so strict. And that
happened on the way to that race. It was such a memory. To get on the
podium, it was a great weekend. Which takes us on to your darkest
moment, Imola 1994. Looking back, were you surprised to see the
ferocity of it, and how you got away with it? Yes, I remember
turning in, the back end went, and turning in, the back end went, and
that is the final thing I remember. But it caught my attention again
when I saw the movie. Because on the big screen, it was such a big,
big shunt. It was such a difficult weekend. Although I lost my memory
with the accident and everything, it was vivid, I went back to
England on that Sunday, and like almost the whole world, when Senna
moved his head, I thought he was fine. Two days later, we were in
Brazil for the funeral and so on, it was my first ever funeral, I was
shocked. I have tried to tell the Brazilian people, don't worry, I
will be there for you guys. I'm Brazilian, I love my country.
People thought it was a promise, it was just a sad thing, because it
just made it a pressure. I was then on the podium in Canada, and that
emotional person! We all dropped 80 when you when your first race,
Hockenheim, in the Ferrari. To be the first ever Brazilian driver to
be driving for Ferrari, it was very emotional. Did I ever tell you what
made me cry? I have cried my eyes out on that lap, and I said, I have
quite enough, now it is OK, but when I went to the podium and I
looked at the sky, I remember my father selling his Fiat to keep on
going to go kart Championship. I thanked the sky for that, and it
was so pure! It was such an emotional situation.
Let it all out! Feel proud! 2002, 2004, runner up in the
Drivers' Championship, team-mate to Michael Schumacher. Still good
friends? Not any more? With a glass of wine in his hand, he can be very
truthful. I enjoyed our times, but we do not have that relationship
any more. Has Hungary had a harder impact as a result? No, but I was
fighting for the points, and it is almost like a win, you are going
for it. I said, who is the guy? When I saw it was Michael, it made
me laugh, because I thought I would fight that forever. I have decided
to quit Ferrari one year before my contract ended, because I could not
take it any more. They would not give me the chance, it was all
about Michael, so what could not sustain that environment. -- I
could not sustain. They will be hearing more about his
career in tomorrow's built up. Is this the final time he will take a
Formula One car out? When you into the somebody, they give you one
answer to the television cameras and a different impression
otherwise. Did he give you any clue about next season? Rubens
Barrichello is such an honest person. I have to be careful
talking about drivers, but drivers sometimes do not tell you the truth.
Rubens Barrichello is a different class of person. He should have
achieved more. I do not know what he will do. He has not got a
contract for next year, he would like to have one. But I do not
think he will Hawkins of around the teams. If he gets the Williams
driver, he will always be an asset, because he never crashes, and he
has the speed, but these new guys are very good. Is the classic
driver with unfinished business? He has taken part in a third of all of
the Grand Prix ever. But he has always been a bridesmaid. Yes, our
careers have mirrored each other. We did not quite get the last
little bit of performance. But there comes a point when you have
to weigh up what is a realistic chance of me ever achieve in the
ultimate goal. You have got to win races to win championships and the
clock is ticking. Many times, people will take the potential of
youth, potential is such a potent word. Sometimes that wins over the
known quantity. I think Rubens Barrichello is an asset, but he
will not knock-on the door of any of the top teams. He has had 11
wins in his career. You employed young drivers. Maybe because there
is that potential, that BT, that perhaps he will be the next Michael
Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel? That has gone for Rubens
Barrichello. When he was 19, he had a budget, he had a great history,
and I do not think it was a big risk. He was brilliant at that time.
He was so motivated. He was better at selling the team and the
sponsorship than anybody else. I have this huge respect for him. But
I think he should leave with dignity, he has a lot going for him
in the future, I would hate to see him struggle like this year. I
would like to see him go in a good way. There is a lot to be said for
that. Ayrton Senna was driving a Williams when he passed away in
1994. Since then, they have carried his logo on their cars, and 20
years since he won his last Brazilian Grand Prix, what a
touching tribute that is. The name is obviously a name of the past.
Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello, names of the present.
What about names of the future? They have been getting a chance to
impress. British GP to driver testing for
Force India. Mercedes test driver. Testing for Virgin. Test driver,
the young drivers test. We found there was a whole and and drivers
were not getting an opportunity to try Formula One cars. It is a
fantastic feeling, to get into a Formula One car. It is every boy's
dream. I thought, what am I doing here? To be enjoying every minute,
it is amazing. It is good to look at what talent is coming through
the ranks. There is no better way of doing it and putting them into a
car. I started in go-karting. I worked up from there, and I went
from Formula Three to GP to, and this is my first Formula One test.
Really excited, looking forward to helping the team developed the car.
Any feedback is crucial. I have got to do the best job I can, so the
engineers can look through the data and make sure that we go forward.
If we can bring on some new components and do some development
for the future races, we will not let it compromise our plan, because
we are here to get as many miles on them as we can. I did two days in
the World Series, and I am here doing formal one. It is great to
have an insight of what I am aiming for. It also allows us to print
people through the ranks. -- bring people. We have got people in mind
for new positions, and we try them out. It is a dream come true to get
the call from Mercedes have. I'd crossed opportunity with both hands.
Now, I have got a job with the team. Working out what has happened so
far, there are drivers doing a good job. We are seeing the future of
Formula One, we have to keep developing and allowing for these
youngsters to show us how good bail. -- how good they are off.
They are ready in the garage. 20 minutes to go until qualifying. We
are here with a man who had to be a star of the future. A Brazilian boy,
living in Norwich. Will we see you in Formula One in the not-too-
distant future? The plant is to enter as soon as possible. 2012 is
difficult, but 2013 not promising. Is always difficult to get into
Formula One, there are a lot of drivers with talent and the budget.
It is not an easy job. The talent is already there, we can understand
that, but what is the going rate? What do you need to bring to a team
like Lotus to secure your seat? would be nice to bring a big brand
to Formula One again. The figures, it depends on what the contract
this. It depends. It would be nice to have a big brand to come to
Lotus or to any other team. Is it below $10 million or above? It is a
big number, 10 million. Probably we can expect around six or seven. But
10 million would be very good! Those are the kind of numbers we
are talking about. You put in some good lap times ahead of Hispania
and Virgin. Roman Grayshott has been looking for a second chance in
Formula One. Yes, he has done seven races, and
he is still a young driver. Tell us about the challenges of this track.
The challenge is to have fun in the car, that is the main thing. After
two years, in Abu Dhabi I was so excited, like a kid at Christmas,
it was fantastic. The way Formula One is going is so impressive and
so enjoyable, I was very happy. The session went quite well. I was
pleased with the performance, and I was quite quick in the car. This is
where I want to be. We can see your enthusiasm. We were talking about
the young drivers printing money to get their drivers. Is that a
situation you would be in? Or is it on performance? At the moment, it
is quite difficult for everybody, because the pitch that has have
left Formula One, it is more like a private team that needs funds. You
are trying to put everything together to get a seat and to have
the chance to race. But hopefully, talent is important, and I keep my
fingers crossed for next year. the best.
Less than 15 minutes to go until we get into qualifying. How sad is it
to hear somebody like him St that hopefully a little bit of talent
helps as well? It should not be about the millions. This is not
like any other sport. It costs four chins to get the show on the road -
- it costs a fortune. Therefore, it is expected that, if you are an
integral part of the team, you are required to drink some commercial
benefit along the way, because there are too many other drivers
two can do that. The team bosses make those decisions. Sebastien
Buemi did not take part in the final part of practice. It is the
future of young drivers like him that is decided by a team bosses.
One race to go, any decision on your future? I still do not know.
Hopefully, we will have a good race. I try to concentrate too much on
this weekend, then we will see. saw you on the scales! No comment!
The team bosses decide on the future of the younger men like him,
but who are they? Where have they come from?
Behind every team is a team boss. Behind every driver, a person who
decides the fate. Behind every car, the principal, who handles the
pressure of competition. I thought I had worked hard all my life, but
will I came into Formula One. I had never scratched the surface!
Sometimes, we believe we are facing the biggest problem in the world,
bring it on yourself because of your competitiveness. There's all
sorts of challenges, engineering, political and many others.
never know what the next challenge will be. In Formula 1, never give
up, because it is a rocky road. have to be very determined, you
need to know what you want. You need to enjoy it and be passionate
about it. At the moment, Vitaly is doing his homework, talking to the
side. Newscast: aerodynamicist Ross Brawn is back in the wind tunnel.
Every team boss has come up in a different way. Christian Horner is
an ex-racing driver. NEWSREEL: Christian Horner has no
doubt about where his ambitions lie. I have grown up in motor sport. I
came to the attention of Red Bull when Dietrich asked me to join the
team right at the beginning. I had just won three consecutive Formula
3,000 championships. This is my family, I spend more time with them
than with anybody else. Bringing the contract. Ready to sign. You
will be blamed for anything you do. Very small, but very useful office.
The only satisfaction you can get is when your people are happy to
work with you, and when you win races. Is it more important to be
liked or respected as a team boss? I think the most important is to be
respected. You cannot make people like you at the end of the day.
is more important to win. If you can win, it helps. I do not think
you need to be liked. I would like to be respected and liked at the
same time, but in terms of quality is, you just need to be pretty
determined, but capable of long hours, and have a strong sense of
humour, because your patience will be tested quite frequently. Have
you ever had a team boss who has been a complete lunatic? Eddie
Jordan. It is winning which makes it worth it, releasing the pressure
if only for a few hours. For people like Ron Dennis and Jean Todd, Ken
Tyrrell, to the old man himself, Enzo Ferrari, the reward is in
Enzo Ferrari, the reward is in building the gins. And if wins
create legends, then one man has been the best at that. I think Timo
Glock might not have been wise to give that answer, Eddie! I will
have to go and talk to him about those remarks, and the remarks
which were made afterwards off camera. They're all a bit too nice
these days. In your day, the team bosses owned the teams. I think
there was also a lot more pressure on you. I can remember the stress,
I did not know what to do with it, I had a permanent headache. The
reason was because it was your cash that was on the line, you had to
call the bank manager. Bank managers do not cash promises, let
me tell you that. You're in there on your own. David, you're going to
go to the commentary box. It is a very short lap here, it should be
good fun. Yes, as you say, it is the second shortest lap on the
calendar, the shortest lap time of all. That is going to make it
incredibly close. What we have seen in free practice suggests that we
could get a few surprises at the back end of the top 10, and it is
by no means certain that it will be the usual suspects sitting on pole
position. While David goes to the commentary box, we can have a look
at him hanging out with a man who, having discussed the money, was a
victim of the fact that in Formula 1, you need money if you want to
get a seat. This man is called Nico Hulkenberg. He got a Sikh this time
a year ago, there was dropped by Extraordinary for Williams. We
thought you were the perfect man to take us around here. You were on
pole position last year. Shall we wander down? Anti-clockwise circuit,
short lap, I would like to demonstrate just how steep the hill
is, going down from turn one. We're not going to put it in gear. Look
at the speed! We have got up to 60 kilometres an hour, without putting
it India. It seems to me one of the absurd aspects of Formula 1, you
had been champion in many different classes, you put yourself in the
shop window in qualifying, and yet so keen not racing - how can we
explain that to the people at home? We can explain it because Formula 1
is very much money-driven. Williams had a bit of a financial situation,
they needed someone who could fund the team. Is it 100% that you will
be racing next year? It is a two- digit higher percentage number. I
have just got to be patient for one or two more weeks. This is the
second slowest corner on the track, it is pretty tricky, isn't it?
because you come up the hill, it is a very fast corner. At the top of
the hill, the rear gets very light, and it is not very stable. It is
tricky. I can spot another racing driver. I did not know that you
could do impersonations, that Australian impersonation?
Impersonation? Imitating. That's all I can do. I used to imitate
being a racing driver. Fast corner, very tricky, this is called Juncao.
Did you not put the handbrake on? When you were here last year, did
you know you were heading for pole position? No, it felt good, though.
Lap after lap, it went better and better. It was one of the trickiest
corners. All the way up to the finish line, I could see my lap
times. I think it is time we let you get back to the paddock. We
look forward to seeing you on the grid next year. Please don't write
in, David personally paid for the damage to be repaired on that car.
Let's talk about Nico Hulkenberg, it comes into the tin, does
brilliantly, then gets replaced by Pastor Maldonado, who has the worst
full season for any Williams driver since the 1970s - wrong decision?
In hindsight, yes. Pastor Maldonado, very good, very good person as well.
He must have broken the bank in Venezuela to get that gig. Because
anyone in their right mind would not have replaced Nico Hulkenberg,
having done all the hard work, the first year in motor racing is
really difficult. When you have got rid of that, you have got the
experience, then you can grow. It was a bad decision. Next season,
where will Nico Hulkenberg be? think it is a foregone conclusion,
it is not a to Judit number, it is 100%, he's going to Force India.
He's going to join Paul di Resta there. Williams? The other question
mark is, what is going to happen to Rubens Barrichello? My guess is
that he may not get the drive because Adrian Sutil is younger,
and is showing poor performance in some respects. It would be lovely
if Rubens could have a great qualifying session. You cannot not
like this guy, he is a consummate professional, he is brilliant.
the final time this season, in the case of Rubens Barrichello, who has
got plenty of support around here, perhaps, for the last time ever, it
MARTIN BRUNDLE: And qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix is always
a very close contest indeed. And today will be no different. Every
blink of the eye can be the equivalent of a row on the grid of
the shortest race track in the calendar. Everybody wants to beat
top dog in this, the last race before the winter. The track is
anti-clockwise and tough on the neck, with lots of Contador changes,
too. There is some talk of a thunder storm brewing up later in
the afternoon. Will it interfere with qualifying? We think not, at
the moment, but rain is forecast for tomorrow, race day. And there
are added challenges. Finding a clear lap is always a problem here.
Maximising the use of the DRS rear wing and KERS as well on this track,
among those problems. So, set-up will be absolutely critical. David,
do you think the teams will go into qualifying today with the rain in
mind? DAVID COULTHARD: Formula 1 has
evolved, the difference between a wet set-up and a dry set-up has got
closer. There will always be a bit of benefit in pushing the car more
into the race track, but you still have the same length of straight in
the wet. The need to accelerate the car becomes even more, of Cuba.
Some of the teams are saying, we do not have a big difference between
wet and dry. It might be something on the front wing, and the DRS,
that's it. Of course, the wet tyres lift the ride height of the car by
5 mm. Yes, but it is normal to be doing that when you're running low
fuel in preparation for qualifying. The average fuel load for the race,
they will start this race with just over 140 kilos of fuel. It uses
about 8% less fuel than other tracks.
RADIO: We may get some rain during qualifying. If we will -- if so, we
will change the fuel level and then we will decide on the tyres. Who do
you think his most under pressure in this qualifying? I think it
would be one of the Renaults or one of the Saubers, being most under
pressure in qualifying. It is a short racetrack, really difficult
to find perfect temperature. You only have 15% of the lap spent
under braking. Before you know it, so key on the long flat-out section,
coming into turn one. If your brake temperatures are not what they
should be, then you compromise your entry speed, and you cannot afford
to leave any lap ton behind in qualifying. It is one of five anti-
clockwise circuits on the calendar. It is tough on the left-hand side
of the neck. Bruno Senna, a local hero, of course. Felipe Massa, the
man who has been on pole position here three times and won the race
twice. Barrichello has been on pole position twice here, and so has the
great Ayrton Senna. Already, some cars coming out to the end of the
pit lane. It is a 20 minute session, pit lane. It is a 20 minute session,
starting in 45 seconds. That is not going to help their chances, coming
out early. But they will get more than one run of course, so they're
just trying to get a bit of track position. There's a man who could
do with his fourth pole position of the season, and to get on top of
Sebastian Vettel before they head into the winter, Mark Webber.
another thought, these guys will be sitting there longer than Sebastian
Vettel sat on the grid in Abu Dhabi. Any question marks over tyre
pressure, this confirms Pirelli does not have any concerns.
green light is on, qualifying is under way. There is around one
second per lap difference on the tyres. It could be very interesting.
If you get the wrong tyre at the wrong time, or you catch traffic,
you could be in serious trouble in the first part of qualifying, and
early. We have got a fantastic view over the sprawling city. It is a
bit grey, so none of the top teams want to risk anything. These
humidity is rising, and that is why we are seeing so many cars on the
track, rain is being mentioned. 800 metres of altitude above sea level.
That affects the cost. Yes, you get less horsepower at this altitude.
That means you use less fuel. You get less downforce. That takes away
the total feeling of grip and acceleration. But it is the same
for everyone. The engine can feel cutlass and quite slippy. But this
middle sector, from the fourth corner, through the middle part of
the lap, it is very technical. is interesting to see how the Times
are achieved. In the practice, Red Bull have been the leaders in the
middle sector. Mercedes and McLaren have had the best times in the
first sector. That will have cost him time. He is just trying to get
an opening time on the border. medium tyres. We have got medium
tyres and soft tyres. The soft tyre today becomes the medium tyre for
2012. RADIO: We should get the Lappin because of the rain. They
really are concerned! He humidity is up to 60%. Yes, the key message,
you are going to have to work it yourself for the traffic. The
drivers would rely on their team looking at the pit wall. But what
he said his, we do not have time, go for it. 22 cars on the track,
and that does not include Felipe Massa, and Fernando Alonso. He has
just gone out, so we have 23 cars. Felipe Massa was getting ready.
Kravitz? The other people in trouble, Sebastien Buemi. He was
out on the soft tyre. They are looking at 14.5 as the cut-off to
get into Q2. Lewis Hamilton on the hard tyre. Watch out for Sauber,
they might be in big trouble. They have looked off the pace all
weekend. I think it will be very close between Williams, Toro Rosso
and Sauber as to who might be the first Scot to fall into one.
Sebastien Buemi had three laps in total this morning, he has little
truck time. I had Renault paid, Bruno Senna, because he had been in
all sorts of problems. If he runs the KERS, it locks up into the
corner, and he loses the entry position. If he switches it off,
you are giving away performance, and it is worth 0.3 seconds in
qualifying, probably more. You can deploy it twice. I do not think
Renault were suffering from pace as such. But he had some specific
problems. Sebastian Vettel is on a Vitaly Petrov up to fifth. It will
change very quickly indeed have. Lewis Hamilton is the fastest man
in the first sector. They are getting the Times in quickly, they
are concerned about the weather. But there is nothing I can see that
should bother them too much. Sebastian Vettel the fastest man in
the middle sector. The wind sock is handing above the paddock, so there
is not much wind. Sebastien Buemi has had a spin. Problems are not
over. Sebastian Vettel goes fastest. He is on the medium compound tyre.
Jenson Button is on the charge. RADIO: The range is holding off for
now. -- rain. Wind speed, 6.1 metres per second. It will not be
zooming in quickly. But let's wait and see. I have been in races here
with you can see the brain bubbling up and it appears almost from
nowhere. Sao Paulo is 800 metres above sea level, a plateau,
surrounded by dense forest and vegetation. Fernando Alonso looking
for positioning. Lewis Hamilton is on a better first sector. An
average middle sector. He will not go quickest, but he only needs to
get tricky one. -- get through Q1. Felipe Massa about to finish his
again to be inside the top 10. Michael Schumacher fighting to stop
the car from swapping ends. Bruno Senna had difficulties in the
Renault this morning. The longer a Pixies or stop -- the long apexes.
This will be the end of his first proper flying lap. He will be
inside the top 17. Jenson Button is another flying lap. They are all
staying out at the moment, 19 cars on the racetrack. Michael
Schumacher goes into the top 10. It is always much closer here. Red
Bull and McLaren have looked very close indeed. Will Red Bull find
more speed? They can turn up the engine. Lewis Hamilton pits. Jenson
Button is on a better lap. Jenson Button goes fastest, but is a good
time on the media tyres. He prefers the balance of the car on those
tyres. He is not as happy on the soft tyres. If you nail those tyres,
they give you a bigger difference. That is not how he drives a racing
car. Engineers have given feedback on where the pressures are. They
have the censors, it is beamed back to the pits. You cannot afford to
run the pressure too low. Very few braking points around the lap.
There are only 15 corners, so the majority of the track is spent full
throttle. In Abu Dhabi, 21 corners, the drivers had to negotiate. The
way they have the car set-up, it is unloading be inside tyre. The
feeling you have, it reduces the amount of grip you have when you
turn. Three-quarters of the lap is spent with the throttle pedal
welded to the floor. It is like a go-kart, stop and go. There is no
room for a third pedal. Jenson Button and Mark Webber in the pit,
as is Lewis Hamilton. Who will have to sacrifice a set of soft tyres?
Everybody from Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher? They are under
pressure. They would have to go again. Potentially. Fernando Alonso
with the harder tyre. There is no APS on Formula One cars, you have
got to make it yourself. That is probably why he got a bit and cited.
-- UN sighted. Ted Kravitz? Felipe Massa will have to go again. It is
the first time for a few races that there is technical parity between
them. Felipe Massa has played a round with his car. For this
session, they are both running the same specification from wind. --
front wing. Another team potentially in trouble is Williams.
I think the whole of the midfield will be nervously looking at the
weather. What tyres is Sebastian Vettel on? He surely does not feel
the need to put a set of soft tyres on, and less he is concerned about
the rain. Heikki Kovalainen on target to be inside the top 17. He
is climbing the hill to the finish line, and he only goes 19th. He was
0.1 outside the top 17. That is on the soft tyre. He has been through
to Q2 three times this year. But at the moment, that is not going to do
it. Will he get another run? We saw lots of drivers do their best time
after doing a lap, calling it, then going again. It is about
maintaining the right pressure. They need to get the breaks up to
temperature for the run into the first corner. We have seen a lot of
locking up around this lap. If you can get the tyres to last, you will
definitely gain time there. Let's look at the drop zone. Jarno Trulli
is faster than Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello, although
Williams have not been out on the soft tyre yet. Jerome d'Ambrosio
will be replaced next year by a French driver. We have no French
drivers on the grid at the moment, but there could be two or three
next year. Including Jean-Eric Vergne. They will be very welcome,
the cuisine they will bring to the paddock! Rubens Barrichello, he has
gone back out on the track, as has Pastor Maldonado. 13 drivers out
there. Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher in the pits, six minutes
remaining. Being such a short lap, you need less time to get round.
Nico Rosberg still on the medium tyres. He thinks he can go fast
straight line, so as to not lock the front wheel. RADIO: Go for it,
we think there is rain coming. is because Nico Rosberg... They are
line, going tenth. It might just be enough, as we watch d'Ambrosio.
Schumacher has gone out on the soft tyres. There is Kobayashi on the
soft tyres, in 13th at the moment. soft tyres, in 13th at the moment.
There will be some tears here today. It is a question of getting those
laps in. Pastor Maldonado, in 19th at the moment, flat out. Maldonado
gets up to 14th with that. So he's in for now. It is Paul di Resta
under pressure, but he's on a So, a straight fight at the moment.
Buemi needs to get it done as well. It looks like Kobayashi is the next
man under pressure. Barrichello goes nineth, fastest man through
the final sector. He has been on pole position here three times. He
grew up just the other side of the wall from this place. It is his
home, he feels most comfortable here, and that's a very good effort,
surely to get him comfortably through into the next phase of
qualifying. 3.5 minutes remaining. Buemi, the man who did so few laps
this morning, has had a problem in the middle part of the lap. He will
get another effort. He had an awful middle sector. I don't know if it
was traffic or a problem. Let's see what Lotus can do. Kovalainen has
pitted, Jarno Trulli is ahead of him at the moment. Kobayashi has
fallen down to 16th. He's going for his second hot lap on these tyres.
He has got Jerome d'Ambrosio ahead of him. Coming through what used to
be one of the most terrifying Coming up there, hitting the KERS,
giving you another 80 horse power. Michael Schumacher did not go any
faster. Massa has gone out on the soft tyres. Sebastien Buemi has got
himself in, in 16th. So, it is Maldonado once again under pressure.
We're on board with him. Coming up to the finish line. You have got
constant G-force, 16 seconds at full throttle. Driving to the
finish line, Maldonado, 18th, did not go faster, he is in trouble.
Maldonado in 18th place, really under pressure.
DAVID COULTHARD: You definitely do not want to get out over that
curved handle bar and he paid the price. Bruno Senna looks safe
enough, but Adrian Sutil will not be feeling that confident. So,
Perez is in at the moment. 30 seconds remaining. Just eight cars
out on track. He was just too wide as he went through turn seven.
You're unsighted at that point., isn't it? Raikkonen we're hearing
will not go to Williams next year, that has all fallen over. We just
got a quick shot of Patrick Head, on the pit wall, a man who's coming
to his last Grand Prix officially for Williams. Alonso is on track as
well, as is Sebastien Buemi. It is just a personal battle really
between the two Lotus drivers. Jarno Trulli is ahead of Kovalainen
for the third time this year at the moment, but it is Kovalainen who
changes that with a 15.0. This is just a grudge match within Team
Lotus, changing its name of course next year to Caterham. I think
they're going to keep the same colours. Jarno Trulli, another
personal best in the middle sector. This is going to be very close
indeed to getting ahead of his teammate. It does not do it. He's a
third of the second shy of beating Heikki Kovalainen. That makes it
16-2 to Kovalainen. The first big scalp to fall, Maldonado, for
Williams. That was on the cards. Barrichello was in 11th place. At
the moment, it is McLaren 1 and two. Serious frustration for Pastor
Maldonado. Those other drivers who will not be taking part in the
second part of qualifying. Look at that, Ricardo and Liuzzi. Always a
difficult question, Timo Glock, the reasons for you being the slowest
car out there today? It has been a terrible day so far. Yesterday the
car was OK. Since this morning, we have completely lost the balance of
the car. I could not even manage to do a lap this morning on the soft
tyre. After half a lap, the tyre was already gone at the back. We
changed the set-up for qualifying, but still I was a bit unlucky, I
had traffic, one of the Toro Rossos came out in front of me and stayed
the whole lap in front of me. That was the problem. So I lost a couple
of tenths there. We start from the back, that's it. Trying to put a
positive spin on these things. I wanted to ask you, going forward,
what will you going to do for next year? That's what we're working on.
We have got the people in place now, we have got a technical partnership
with McLaren, which is good, but in the end, we have to decide things
on our own. It will be tough at the start of next year, but the
possibilities are different, so that's positive. Jerome d'Ambrosio,
we know that the Virgin name will disappear next year, but there are
rumours that you might be disappearing as well. Can you
explain to us? At the moment, there are discussions going on, but
nothing is fixed. I cannot say much. Why not, you can trust us? You know
Jake would not tell anyone. Tell us what's going on. Hopefully I will
be on that grid again, that's what I'm fighting for. It is not easy. I
just have to keep fighting. Timo Glock, in your team next year, have
you been given assurances about the funding under plans for 2012? You
do not want to stay in a team which is at the back of the grid? No-one
wants to be in that position. That goes for everyone in the team.
Desperately we want to go forward. We are working on that. The plan is
pretty building for the future. We will try our best. What is the
plan? To be in the middle of the pack somewhere, fighting regularly
for top 10 finishes, maybe not next year, but in the future. Jerome,
what kind of a teammate was he? still is! He's a good teammate.
He's not as good as he looks, but he's all right, not bad. That's
great, the honesty of all of this! You ask the same question! What
kind of teammate is Jerome? He's tough, he gave me some hard times.
We worked very well together, very good guy, the technical feedback,
we were on the same page, it is good fun to work with him. We will
let you go and speak to the rest of the world's media. But we're
hearing that the Virgin name is gone, the Russian sports car
producer comes in. Sadly, Jerome will be disappearing from Formula
1? It is too early to say. He was still optimistic. Things can flow
and change so quickly in Formula 1. I would not rule anybody out at
this stage. He obviously has something up his sleeve. Looking
ahead to the next session, it may well rain. We saw some incredible
rain in 2009. The cars will go out early again we expect in this
session, just to be safe. I have always been critical of teams for
not getting a banker in place. It does not make sense to just sit and
wait. Get out there, put a lap in the bag, and take it from there.
this is 2009, on screen at the moment, but back to 2011, and
Martin Brundle. You had me looking out of the window there! You were
playing something from 2009! Qualifying will be restarting in
around 30 seconds. Soft tyres on so many of those cars. Ted Kravitz...
I have just had a look at the radar in one of the garages, and it says
the rain is coming. It is closer than 10 kilometres now. That's the
information which the teams are getting. In the pit lane, all I can
see his blue sky. But it is coming in from the direction of the first
corner, we are told. That's often where the rain turns up first of
all here. We reckon it is about 30 minutes away. That is why we are
seeing so much frantic activity. The green light is on. And we are
under way in Q2. A lot of drivers are on the soft tyre, they want to
get a banker lap in. They do indeed. Those who should have a bit in
reserve, like McLaren and Ferrari and Red Bull, then it should be
just a case of doing a tidy lap. For those scurrying for the honour
of getting in the top 10, it will be more work than that. It is very
difficult to get a clear lap in order short-track like this. Very
difficult to get the positioning right, and to get tyre temperature.
Driving this slowly does not help your ability to get heat into the
brakes. He was just backing-up, trying to find some space. We have
got 17 cars on the track. We have lost Maldonado, Kovalainen, Liuzzi
and Glock, among others. We are now looking to get rid of seven more.
Force India, it seems, are looking most likely to get through, but
they did use an extra set of tyres in the first part of qualifying.
That is Adrian Sutil, a man fighting for his seat I think in
Force India. And we hear he's talking to Renault and Williams
about next year. Hulkenberg, who I'm a very big fan of, is a
You can see the bushes at the side of the racetrack blowing around. It
is pretty breezy. They think the weather is coming in. Adrian Sutil
is homing in on the finish line. That gives him a 1:13.2, which is a
pretty solid lap. It now says, no rain within the next 30 minutes,
and yet the team have been telling their drivers to get a lap in, it
is going to rain! DAVID COULTHARD: Unless they have
got someone in a tall building chucking a bucket of water out,
Here comes Mark Webber, let's see what he has got to offer us. That's
half a second shy of his teammate. Hamilton still fourth, Alonso fifth.
Senna is down in eighth. And now it is what -- Rosberg up in second.
That's a very good time indeed. Button is now up in third. Remember,
this is not for the grid position, it just gives us 11 to 17 on the
having just started a hot lap. Sebastian bore any locks up. As
soon as you apply any kind of steering Glock, you unload the
steering tyre. That is what is happening there with Michael. It
depends on the bonds and other things, but it is the inside wheel
that will not, because it is slightly lighter. Mark Webber, 12.6.
Lewis Hamilton has done the fastest first sector. That corner used to
be terrifying, but now they take a rest. I am getting the impression
that the track used to scare you! lot! There was no way to go, and it
was so bumpy, and the cars were leaping around. They have got
different challenges now. Quite a lot of camper. -- camber. This is
where the old track used to be. He banked circuit. Lewis Hamilton is
still a bit off the fastest time. This is all about getting into the
top 10. Lewis Hamilton still 0.4 seconds off the pace. New helmet
colours for Felipe Massa. How can you be sure it is Felipe Massa in
there? We do not recognise his helmet. They could put anybody in
there! Were you a whole may change it? Very rarely. Jenson Button has
finished. Ted Kravitz? A cracking up from Nico Rosberg. Michael
Schumacher will have to go again, he is not happy at all. Force India
seems to be in trouble, they have already burned through two sets of
soft tyres. Let's see what they do. Nico Rosberg up there in second
place. Michael Schumacher has always been handy around here. He
has won here four times. In 2006, in his first career, he was mighty.
I was reading some notes, thank you for giving me the Ku! -- cue!
but he has had results on every track. What is the secret here?
have to be patient in the middle sector, and you have to go over
speed the entries in certain places. If you to the classic braking and
positioning, you cannot get on the power. You have to go over speed
the entry, to gain the lap time that you will end up losing on the
exit, but it is in the bank. The first corner is all about making
sure you have got your temperature set for the start of the lap. I'd
used to have a light, it was on until I had optimal temperature.
Once the light went off, I knew I could have confidence. You go way
past the 50 metre board, you are on top of the corner. You are staring
into the eyes of the fans in the grandstand. The tyres of warm. That
is not a great surprise. We could do with a gauge, telling us what
temperature that is. If it rains the grid, they have always been
strong in Formula One. To be nationalistic, a great effort from
Bruno Senna, it would be fantastic if he could stay there. The
Brazilians have been camped out here since we arrived this morning,
singing to themselves. It is almost like a carnival. Another young
driver there, aiming at the seat. We have got all of these young
drivers, and somebody like Pedro de la Rosa signs a deal with Hispania,
39 or 40 years old! They spend money and there is no way to go.
Lots of fit, young drivers, and the escalator is blocked. It could be
worse, at least there are 24 seats on the grid. I expect the pay is
will time is irrelevant. -- your time. We just saw Paul di Resta
leave the pits, his final set of software will four. -- soft tyres.
When they have qualified in the top 10, they do not run, because they
have blown their tyres. At least they have got a good slot, but I do
not understand why they do not get a lap time in. We will talk about
that in a while. Jaime Alguersuari just outside the top 10. Adrian
Sutil has gone out. Still in the pits, the first few drivers. I
suspect they will not go again. I suspect everybody behind Adrian
Sutil, including Felipe Massa, will Jaime Alguersuari still shy of the
best. Let's watch him over the line. This is where the end of the pit
wall is, it scares me! That is better from Jaime Alguersuari, but
not good enough. Ted Kravitz? Felipe Massa has a new set of soft
tyres. He used these used set for the first run, so he has got
another set for Q3. A quick weather Report, it is now San'a. -- it is
about the weather? The information they were being given was that the
rain was coming, so either the radar was wrong, and we have seen
that happen, or it was picking up a thunderstorm that has moved away
from the circuit. That is more likely. Paul di Resta stays 10th,
he will be under pressure. Michael Schumacher has gone out. This is
Felipe Massa starting his final flying lap on the new tyres. Let's
get into the top 10. He has got a bit of traffic. He will pass that,
down into the braking zone. Look at how much time he has lost. He has
got no choice, he knows that dropping that amount of time, you
are not going to get the job done, so he has got to save the tyres and
then deliver it on his final flying lap. He is under a little bit of
pressure. Paul di Resta has not managed to improve. We think it is
Felipe Massa in that helmet! We do not have proved! But we did see
through the helmet. You could put anybody in it! This is where he got
it wrong. That is where they will open the door ers tomorrow as well.
-- opened the DRS. The furore is having difficulty cutting occurred
through the second corner -- furore. Michael Schumacher, not a very good
first sector, but the best middle sector. RADIO: Loss of power.
Michael Schumacher just gets into the top 10, displacing Paul di
Resta. Sergio Perez is out there as well. Sebastien Buemi, 14th, having
gone 10 seconds slower in the middle sector. This is Bruno Senna,
still ninth. He has done an OK first sector. He is inside the
first -- inside the top 10. Paul di Resta are under serious pressure.
Sebastian Vettel did not go out. First to sixth did not go out. At
the moment, nine cars on the track. Bruno Senna going quite slowly. The
flag drops to end Q2. Bruno Senna is ninth. He has made a mistake
somewhere. Paul di Resta did not quite make it. What can Rubens
Barrichello deliver?, on! -- come on! Confirmation of the end of the
session. Vitaly Petrov, 15th. He is way behind Bruno Senna. Michael
Schumacher has pitted. It has given up on any further laps. Rubens
Barrichello has done a poor middle sector. He is putting as well. It
side by side. Paul di Resta will start 11th. Alongside Rubens
Barrichello. Jaime Alguersuari ahead of Sebastien Buemi. That
makes it 12-7 to Sebastien Buemi. Vitaly Petrov, 15th, and Kamui
Kobayashi and Sergio Perez side by side.
His uncle was a two-time winner around the circuit, so this will
feel very good indeed for Bruno Senna. Vitaly Petrov did not make
it through. A great lap from Bruno Senna. We will see how he does in a
few moments. Another strong lap from Nico Rosberg. The second
fastest lap in that session, but surely anything better than that
We are here with a man who knows what it takes to win championships
in Formula 1. Jacques Villeneuve, we have been talking a lot about
Williams this weekend - as a man who won the world title with them,
ha have you felt watching them this season? It is tough, because it is
a team with such an amazing past. It has always been a passionate
team. Somehow it seems that decisions year after year have been
heading them in the wrong direction. I would like to think about all of
these new 40-year-old youngsters - where do you see yourself in all of
this? I'm working in as car, I have not been working in Formula 1 at
all. But Michael seems to have been progressing this year. De la Rosa
is coming back next year. As long as you have the hunger, and the
willingness to make the sacrifices, you can be as good as when you
started. I just heard a huge cheer, that is probably Bruno Senna
getting out of his car. The issue for someone like Pedro de la Rosa
coming back is that you're competing against people a lot
younger than yourself. Could you imagine getting back in a Formula 1
car? There was talk about it. there was, once you have been
racing, you always love driving those cars. If you could get a good
shot, it would be tough to say no. But I'm not dreaming about it. It
is not something I'm working on. As you say, you have to fight against
the young, hungry kids, but if you have the experience, and you're
hungry, you can do it. Jacques Villeneuve spoke about this car,
which is by far the biggest motor sport in terms of support - how Bag
-- how big is it for you to get into does car? Those cars are
amazing to drive. Coming from Formula 1, I mainly get a go on the
road courses, not the ovals. But you have tracks with 200,000 people
sitting in the grandstands, 36 terms a year. It is an amazing
Championship. It is fought on the track, very little punishment for
dirty driving. Thank you very much for joining us. We will be hearing
from Pastor Maldonado in a mini and. Just give us your thoughts on
Sebastian Vettel this year. -- in a minute. He has been amazing. He has
been in a position of strength, but he has also managed to destroy his
teammate. That's the main thing. If the teammate had been on the same
page, we could have said it was just the car. We have drag you away
from your lunch, we apologise for that. It might be slightly cold now.
Always nice to see you. We spoke about the fact that Jacques
Villeneuve won the world title with Williams. Pastor Maldonado will not
be doing that this season. A tough day for you today, and it will be
the same tomorrow? 18 on the grid. Yes, we will be at the back, but we
did it a different way from Rubens, a different set-up, so we hope
tomorrow it will be raining, and that's it. Where did you struggle
today? I think with the option tyres, we did not find great
balance for the lap. And we were penalised because of that. But
maybe with our set-up, that does not help as well. I was really
excited when Rubens was trying to put in a hot lap, I thought he
might just sneak into the final part of qualifying, something he
has not done all season, of course. Now, we turn our attention to the
fight for pole position. We have had a look at a few world champions
struggling around today. It is a tricky middle sector, isn't it?
can see here, locking up at the front. The front of the car seems
to be getting a hard time. The cars are much lighter than they would
normally be, and for that reason, I think they have not quite got the
brake balance, they have got too much on the front. And this is
Fernando Alonso, also looking up at the front. Can anyone knock
Sebastian Vettel off his perch? Could he possibly get 15 pole
positions? Of course, it is everybody's dream. He's at the top
of the class in every aspect. But I think McLellan have something, I
don't know why, but something will be in the water tells me that Lewis
will just pip him. It has been close all weekend between the
fastest guys in Formula 1 at the moment, McLaren and Red Bull.
However, did you see that hot lap from Nico Rosberg in the final part
of qualifying? It is time to hand you over to Martin Brundle and
David qualified -- David Coulthard for the final part of qualifying in
this 2011 season. MARTIN BRUNDLE: We have 10 drivers
are aiming for the best grid positions - will Vettel smash the
all-time record? At the moment he shares the record, with 14 pole
positions in one season. Nigel Mansell did it in just 16 Grand
Prix. This is the 19th of the season. Michael Schumacher, a
dollars second behind his teammate, but still getting through to Q3.
Looking very calm in the pit lane. Q3 begins, as ever, 10 minutes
remaining of the final qualifying session of 2011. Nico Rosberg is so
keen to get out there, he's having a good time.
DAVID COULTHARD: That was a fantastic effort in the middle pot
of qualifying, how can you go a second faster than your teammate
around this track? It is the second shortest track on the calendar? It
is about skill, I think is the answer. Ted Kravitz, what can you
tell us. I have got a little explanation, it is all about power.
It seems Mercedes are a team that do not think it is going to rain
tomorrow, or they certainly have not set their car up for it. It was
all power, in the first sector and the third sector. The DRS was
working really well for Nico Rosberg, which is why he gained
time. But he has also managed to Two cars on track, Lewis Hamilton
and Nico Rosberg. No DRS (son. did not sound like he was maxing
out the revs, either. These two were teammates in karting. He's
going for it. He will have lost a lot of time with no DRS on that
front straight. He's more than a second slower than what he did in
the last pot of the previous qualifying session. Maybe Ted
Kravitz can give us some information from the pit lane. Was
it a new set of tyres when he went out, or was it the set he used in
the first session, is he just getting some heat in the breaks?
They all seem to have backed off on the concept of rain. Humility is
still going up, at 63%. What is not going up his Nico Rosberg's sector
times, in terms of improvement. is open now, so he did not want to
use it on that first lap. It is like running your headlights on the
road, it does not actually cost you He was just building up, I think.
Just getting the tyres and breaks ready. It looks like Lewis Hamilton
is doing exactly the same. It appears to be about tyre warm up.
Yes, it is. I have sneaked a look at the eco-wars Berg's pit board,
and it says, that means -- it says L1. That means it is a two-lap run.
Why did we not see that in the previous two sessions? I wonder if
it is to do with a different strategy with regard to tyre
pressures. Is it a question of them knowing that they will not need
these tyres in the race, so they are doing this in a different way,
because they will have to start the Grand Prix on a different set of
tyres? That could well be the answer. So, 1:12.2 for Sebastian
Vettel! Challenge that, everybody. That is a mighty lap time, compared
to what we have seen this weekend! Alonso could only do 1:12.8, six
tenths of a second different. We expected Vettel to pull one out of
the bag towards the end, but he has done it straightaway. Lewis
Hamilton is trying to match it. But Vettel has laid down a marker
already! Incredible, he has managed to go at two tenths faster than he
did in the middle part of qualifying. Button also found a
couple of tenths, Alonso has matched it as well, so it looks
like it is a representative time. Lewis Hamilton down in fifth, what
is that all about? You sense that Lewis has turned the corner of it,
after that victory last time out. He was so happy with his time in LA,
with his current, former, maybe future, girlfriend, and he has been
looking mighty good around here. But at the moment, down in fifth
Place, and we have still to see the efforts of several of the drivers.
Any sign of blisters on the tyres? Those will get wrapped up, because
they could be the tyres he will start the Grand Prix on. You have
to start on the tyres which you used to set your fastest lap, if
you're in the top 10. It is about now I start getting upset normally,
isn't it?! I love the new qualification former, I like this
for reception qualifying set-up, because if it rains, it doesn't
matter, they still have to go out. But we have got to find a solution
to this, the top 10 shoot-out must contain 10 cars fully active. I can
understand if you run out of tyres, what's the point? There is a simple
solution, you just make the top 101 extra set of tyres which they have
to give back. Meanwhile, back to the action. Just over three minutes
to go. RADIO: Rear temperatures are still
quite low, mate. A casual message That seem a long way out, but he
got away with it. Vettel has gone out on the track again. Is he going
to deliver another crushing blow in the Red Bull? Webber second at the
moment. Pole position man has not won his Grand Prix for the last two
years, maybe it is not the best place to be. Interestingly,
Sebastian has tended to be the last man across the line in qualifying,
but he has gone very early this time. Adrian Sutil is going to
deliver the seventh lap time of this session, so at least he's
having a go. So, Sutil does a 13.3, that's pretty solid, only two
tenths slower than Rosberg. Michael Schumacher goes out on the medium
If Michael Schumacher sets a lap time on those tyres, he will have
to use them at the start of the race. We will keep an eye on that.
TED KRAVITZ: Bruno Senna has gone out on a brand new set of soft
tyres. And Lewis Hamilton will be the last of the top runners to set
his final attempt. I think that was a great effort from Bruno Senna.
His practice sessions were blighted with all sorts of issues on that
car. He looked like he could be in the drop zone, but on home soil, he
has put forward the best message possible to Renault to keep his
seat for next year. In the eight races he has done for Renault, five
times he has out-qualified Petrov, who's highly regarded. A new
fastest time in that sector for the double world champion Sebastian
Vettel, as he makes his way, climbing this steep hill, much
steeper than you can imagine from the TV pictures... It all looks
calm and easy for him, but he's carrying mighty speed. He comes
down the hill, just coming through Juncao, and taking the long line
around the outside. He keeps the steering wheel nice and open, to
let the speed built, delivering some KERS Energy, and there he goes.
What can they do about that?! Mark Webber is on a decent lap at the
moment, so is Button. No wonder the team are applauding, that's a
sensational lap. Fernanda oh long say now approaching the line as
well. He's fourth at the moment, and he goes up to third. --
Fernando Alonso. They're all out Michael Schumacher will just set
sector times. Jenson Button does second! He is up onto the front row.
Nico Rosberg coming through in six. Mark Webber takes over second.
Adrian Sutil, eight. Lewis Hamilton up into fourth. Jenson Button beats
Lewis Hamilton. Mark Webber got within 0.1 of his team-mate. Dave
Red Bull front row. The record- breaking 15th time, Sebastian
Vettel on pole position. He did not even deliver his best sector in the
final sector. What time could he have done?! A great effort from
Mark Webber. RADIO: You did it! baby, we got it! That was good!
Thank you, you are incredible! I wonder if it feels as good as the
other 29! I mentioned Jenson Button, he never qualified in the top 10
around this track. He has responded this weekend, third position, very
close to Red Bull. It is a surprise he got in front of Lewis Hamilton.
He looked mighty in the early sessions. It is 13-6, T Lewis
Hamilton, against Jenson Button. Nico Rosberg, 0.5 down on his Q2
time. He would have moved up one or two places. He starts six. How does
he compare? 16-3 against Michael Schumacher in qualifying. What
about Red Bull? 16-34 Sebastian Vettel. -- 16-3, 4 Sebastian Vettel.
You can understand his happiness. Jenson Button, it look like he
would be on the front row. He will auction off the overalls for
charity. The McLaren drivers are wearing the overalls that have been
designed by the fans are. Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix
in those, and Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix in his.
Christian Horner, lots of doom and place. Adrian Sutil doing a great
job again. A wonderful effort from the moment, they just could not
find a way, as ever, to match the have got us all excited. Twitter is
awash with people saying, surprise, surprise. He ends the season as he
started it. Will this feel as good as his previous pole positions?
This is the one that says, he got 15 pole positions in one season.
the beginning of the season, those are the figures that you dream
about, and they never become a reality. He made them a reality. He
is that good. He loves braking records. He told us, if you are
going to win world championships and titles, you deserve to take
fastest laps and pole positions. It will mean a lot. We do not want to
go on too long, because it must be exasperating for the other drivers.
But he has always been great with the media and his team, he is great
in the car, he is amazing. I wonder how Nigel Mansell felt. He picked
up 14 pole positions. What can you say? He beat the
previous fastest time, impressive. He has done it all year. He shared
the record for two weeks with Nigel Mansell, I never thought that was
such a record, so to beat that, impressive. It is an awesome
achievement. To have Mark Webber alongside is a great final
qualifying. Why did it mean so much to get the record? He enjoys the
statistics, it is a small piece of history, he is only 24, but he has
made his mark. He should enjoy this moment, it is quite special, some
illustrious names that he now sits on top.
Plenty of celebrations in Sao Paulo and back in Milton Keynes. We do
not mind Red Bull picking up pole position, but I wish they would
give us some more excitement! That his total dominance. But some
people underperform. We were unfortunate, because Nico Rosberg
has been getting better, and Mercedes have been improving. But
to do the time in Q2 and not in Q3, that is a disappointment, because
they should have been further up. Well done to Mark Webber, he needs
a win to stand any chance of finishing second in the
championship. What about Jenson Button? He has not even been in the
top 10 in the last six years, but he qualifies third. Let's hear from
Paul di Resta, who did OK. It was close today. You just missed
out on Q3. It was very close. It was always going to be difficult.
We have not had the top speed that the other cars had. We do not know
why. It is a bit frustrating. But we are in 11th with rain forecast,
so fingers crossed that we can capitalise on that. In the past,
the car has been good in the wet. We are in a reasonable position.
How tough it was it out there? We are you expecting to get into Q3?
Produced an of the new set of soft tyres and we did not improved. We
did not get the best out of them. But the other cars have not, either.
You never know about the rain, it can be so unpredictable. The
showers are increasing, but it is what it is. Hopefully, the race
will be strong. As soon as the qualifying session
is over, the sky is darker! We will wait and see what happens tomorrow.
It will help Force India. Paul di Resta has done OK, and he would
love to finish his rookie season on a high. I quite like the rain here!
I think Adrian Sutil can finish in the top 10 in the Drivers'
Championship if he gets the point, and if Paul di Resta is in front of
him and likely to get a point, I am sure they will swap them at the
last lap, because Adrian Sutil has been a huge number of this team,
and it might be his last race at Force India. I think Paul di Resta
will do the honourable think. unlikely, but if they outscored
Renault by 15 points, they will finish fifth in the Constructors'
Championship. Rubens Barrichello starts just behind Paul di Resta,
in 12. You put out the best in what has
been a difficult car this season. Well done. It was a great feeling.
You are always there or thereabouts, but it has been a tough year with
the car that we had. When you are at home, you have to use whatever
is on your side, and today, with the public, I used it to the best,
and I am pretty sure it was a poor position lap on the car! -- pole
position lap! Can you give the fans something to cheer about tomorrow?
I hope we will have some rain tomorrow, and that I will excite
everybody else up. I hope they will not mind to bring their umbrellas!
You can see the second part of our interview with him tomorrow. In
that car, it is like a pole position lap. He will be getting
the rosary beads out tonight! He is hoping for rain. He is the master
in the rain. We saw what he did years ago. He has got such great,
natural control, and he could store -- score points tomorrow, which
everybody will be happy about, if it is wet. He shows us a lovely
smile, and Sebastian Vettel shows us the finger, the 15th pole
position. A record 15th pole position in a
season, describe your feelings. is difficult. There has been some
talk before this weekend about this particular record. The best thing
was not to think about at all. We had a rough start to the weekend, I
was not happy with the balance, but we made the right choices overnight,
and again, going into qualifying, I was happier. Enjoying the moment,
enjoying the laps I had. I was happy with the first lap in Q3, but
I knew there was more to come, and I put everything into the last lap.
I was very emotional when I crossed the line, because I knew that that
was all I had. I was pleased with that. But I had to wait for quite a
long time to see whether it was good enough. The names kept popping
up. My engineer told me, Jenson Button, second, Mark Webber, second,
and then, pole position. Really special. Different from the others.
It took the master, Nigel Mansell, a couple of races less, but still,
very historic and very special to me. I am happy to be here and start
from different tomorrow, and had fully enjoy the race. The weather
will be a question, we knew that, going into the weekend. It has
improved, so today was already supposed to be wet, and it was dry.
This place is tricky, special races, special weather, so I am looking
forward to tomorrow. Mark Webber, 0.1 seconds away. Can you finish
the season with the elusive when? It would be good, today went well.
It would be nice to keep the heat on him. Both of us have got the
maximum out of the car. I could not look after Nigel Mansell, but he
did a good lap. We both got the best out of the car. I am looking
forward to the race tomorrow. very close, and we might have
changeable conditions tomorrow. are all excited about tomorrow, we
all want to end on a high. At the moment, I am enjoying the moment,
this is my best qualifying for the last six years, and 10 place is
better than last year. This is a good start to the weekend. I always
love racing here. It is such a good racing circuit. It is very good for
overtaking, and we have the ers. -- would have BIS. Whatever happens,
it has been a great season for us, just not quite good enough. There
are a few areas we need to work on. Hopefully, we can end this
reasonably good season off with a lap, but Bruno Senna's was the most
popular. For more of us, congratulations, how did it feel
out there for you? The it is great, we have been having a very tough
weekend. Just getting everything together on that lap was very
important. I think the conditions helped us a bit, because the track
temperature dropped, and the car changed quite a lot. I'm really
happy that we managed to put this lap their. It is better than I was
expecting, but it could always be better, but I'm really happy.
Mansell used to say that the crowd at the British Grand Prix well
worth a bit of extra time, what about this crowd here? This morning
I had a tough time, and they gave me great support. I'm really happy
to be able to give something back to them, because they deserve it.
have to ask you, each team has its in-house fighting, and of course,
with your teammate, but for you to make the final qualifying, does
that put extra pressure on the team to sign you next year? Every
performance counts, I have had good performances before, and it is good
to finish the year with a good qualifying performance. But the
race tomorrow is what really counts, it could be a lottery if it is wet.
I hope that we are in front in that lottery. What was impressive for me,
you have already mentioned your troubled practice session, but you
have not actually raced around his racetrack, you do not have a lot of
experience which a lot of the other drivers have, from doing the other
formulas. It is a particular track to find the line... Yes, it is a
difficult track. I was struggling with a fuel wrong lines in
qualifying, but then I tried some different things, and it worked. So
now I know how to drive here, which makes the whole difference.
Sometimes having the experience of driving on a track helps, but
sometimes it can hinder you as well. sometimes it can hinder you as well.
Let's just ride on board with you, and give us your emotions as you
were flying around. Were you aware of the fact that you were at
Interlagos, with the history attached? Or were you so focused on
the job in hand? During the qualifying lap, you're just
focusing on giving everything on the track. There were one or two
moments when the rear was a bit loose, but it was a very tidy lap.
Before that, even in Q1, I was struggling to do a tidy lap. But
when you finish the lap, and you slow down, then you can look at the
crowd, and see them cheering. I'm really happy to be able to give
something back to them. Congratulations, a strong
qualifying from you, and tomorrow, you will be fighting for points at
your home Grand Prix. I hope so, we will see what happens in the wet.
David, will he sleep well tonight, do you think? I think so. Did you
see this wet still dripping down, it shows how deep he had to delve
to deliver that lap. Massive pressure on him. Fighting for
position within the team as well, that's a great performance.
Straight to another interview, then no doubt to about 15,000 autographs.
win tomorrow if he wants to be second in the Championship. We
thought Nico Rosberg might be higher up than sixth. But he starts
behind Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa, his home Grand Prix as well,
don't forget. He won the world title here - for about 20 seconds!
We have already heard from Paul di Resta and Rubens Barrichello.
Behind them, it is the Toro Rossos side by side, could this be the
last race for either of their drivers? You could ask the same
question of Vitaly Petrov. Kobayashi finishes in front of his
teammate Sergio Perez, who walked past us looking unhappy a few
moments ago. Look at that, a bad weekend so far for Virgin, starting
at the back. Let's here from Lewis Hamilton, who starts fourth on the
grid. Lewis, fourth place start, how do you feel about that?
little bit disappointed. We're still on the second row, but we
would have loved to go quicker. One performance, I'm not too happy with
that. I was not quick enough. I was a cup of tenths off Jenson, so the
car could be a bit quicker. But the Red Bulls were massively quick
today. It seems this circuit brings the best out of people in the
actual race, we have seen you do really well here in the past - what
do you think you can do tomorrow, do you feel inspired here? Yes, it
is a place where you are inspired, because at his Senna's home,
they're so passionate over here. I have been on fourth quite a few
times here. I think 2007, 2008, and maybe another time, maybe last year,
I think. So, four is a good number for me. Let's hope that I can turn
it into something more positive tomorrow. Lewis Hamilton looking
positive, looking ahead to tomorrow. Fourth on the grid, he would have
liked to be in front of his teammate, but nobody was catching
the Red Bulls today. No, they must have held something back during
practice. They delivered a much bigger gap than we were expecting.
But the real glory of course comes tomorrow, the chequered flag. They
will be difficult to beat, but as it gets dark year, we can feel the
temperature dropping. So maybe the weather will play its part. You can
see how dark it has gone, very quickly indeed. And we have heard
that for the last two years, the pole-sitter has not won this race.
We have heard people saying they would love it to rain, the same
applies, actually, to the McLaren's and all of the others behind the
Red Bulls. You have just heard Paul di Resta, it will be what it is. We
cannot change the weather forecast. The drivers understand that. But
secretively, there are some drivers who really think they're extra-
special in the wet, Lewis is one of those, and Rubens is another. But
do not read aloud Vettel, he's the key man. But on this occasion,
Vettel may just let Mark win this win, if it means finishing second
in the Championship. Just to remind you, team orders are now allowed in
Formula 1. Just before we go, you can see the qualifying draw for the
Euro 2012 Championship coming your way on Friday at 2nd December on
BBC Two. Come on, Ireland! Join us tomorrow for the final race of the
2011 Formula 1 season. Before we go, David, your thoughts on Sebastian
Vettel's 15 pole positions in one season. It is a remarkable
achievement, given the level of the competition. McLaren have come back
fantastically well, Ferrari have been right in there as well, at
various points. It is the relentless pursuit of the pole
position, and his deliverance. He has made very few mistakes. Thank
you both of you that much indeed. We're back tomorrow afternoon for
the last race of the year. When we arrived here we thought it would be
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.