Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Spain, with commentary from Martin Brundle and David Coulthard.
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It is how you go about that. Just when all seems lost,... At perfect
performance by Steve Davis... He has done it! It's not about how
hard you fall but how quickly you get back up and back into the race.
An incredible number of falls. Desperate, now! And a new world
record. Retaining total self-belief. No matter how futile it seems.
must be the best part of 15 lengths. Swooping! Just holding on... It is
about that once-in-a-lifetime performance would you find
something that means even when you are last, you can still cross the
line first... Jenson Button, last is. He sails past! Somehow finding
enough grip. Is he a head? He is! Jensen Button leads the Grand Prix!
Sensational drive. It wasn't a bad finish? If you are one of the lucky
ones who stayed until the end of the night, the car behind us driven
by Jensen Button give us the most incredible finish. One to tell the
grand children. You watch the longest race in Formula One history.
It felt longer even when watching. How long did it feel in the
commentary box? It did feel longer. You were talking about marshals and
the water but in the end, it was fantastic. I have no idea you were
so at that? At bird-watching? not know that is what you called it.
Eddie Jordan, impressive in the commentary box and it was also
impressive in the pit lane. The atmosphere was like nothing else?
If you were looking for the best Seat in the House, we were so
fortunate, we go to many different teams and we had to be with the
McLaren team for this race. It was euphoric. You cannot believe the
excitement. Wonderful, wonderful occasion. As ever, Formula One does
not wait for any man, we can hear the engines roaring. Determined to
make it two wins? Watching these pictures, that big grin on his face,
Jensen Button is popular but it was the fact that one person dominated
so much. And then Jensen Button looks like he was having such a bad
race and still took the win? If you think about his career, with Honda
in changeable positions, his first victory for McLaren in Melbourne.
Changeable conditions. There is nobody like him when it comes to
wet and dry transition. There is no question, next time we have those
conditions, no matter where he is, if the bookmakers are open, we will
have to place bets... After racing around the man-made island two
weeks ago, this place is equally unique. It is very were we travel
to somewhere were the sunbathers have their action interrupted by
the roaring of 4 min one. We are in the industrial heartland of
Valencia. One of the biggest ports and Spain and also an 0 to the less
glamourous past, with the sheds at once reverberated to the sound of
something rather different, fishermen selling their catch. And
this is a live shot of the pit lane, full of fans and that is a
beautiful area. And just above us, these old tiles. Put up many years
ago and they probably had no idea that one day, instead of red
snapper and halibut, these buildings would be filled with the
most expensive racing cars. There are some lovely things about this
place but there was something missing? The most famous moment is
Mark Webber going upside down last year. We need this to deliver?
need this to deliver, the overtaking in the past has been
very poor. And really, that needs to be rectified. But Valencia, it
is right in there... It is no different to Monaco, we talk about
the architecture, it is a wonderful place to visit but that sparkle,
that fire in your tummy, it isn't here yet. We saw one overtake in
2009, 12 months ago, 82 overtakes in Turkey. This is the acid test?
We should not be surprised, there isn't much overtaking, qualifying
sorts out the fastest and the slowest and why should there be any
big transition? But with Pirelli, there has been a lot of drop-off in
the performance of the tyres. That has made the strategy much more
important. And with ers, drag reduction, we see the situation
would drivers cannot defend, you cannot defend against the speed
differential. There is no question we will see more overtaking. Some
people point to the fact that Sebastian Vettel was well aware
that Button could have activated that. And talking of the current
form and a one champion, with all the euphoria about Jensen Button,
nobody has mentioned that it was almost the perfect result for
Sebastian Vettel? He will have been told by his engineer that his
closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, has just gone out. He will be
absolutely crazy in the car with joy. And yes, what I like about
Sebastian Vettel, we saw that glimmer of hope. He does make
mistakes but he had to be pushed into this and full marks to Jensen
Button. I do not think any other driver in any other circumstance
would have been able to. Do not give up on the current form and all
season, there are still 300 points up for grabs. Before we get into
the nitty-gritty, we should we live exactly what happened two weeks ago
and these boys will be very pleased to know that we have managed to
condense four hours, four minutes and 39 seconds into just a couple
will have the race. Whoever is round! Hamilton was getting up the
inside. They touched. Lewis Hamilton, so -- suspension damage,
puncture. He was trying to pass Jensen Button. Look how hard it is
raining, the race is suspended. Ferrari is off? Fernando Alonso. It
was Jensen Button. Puncture? Felipe Massa with Kobayashi. Michael
Schumacher has gone past the pair of them. The front wing. They will
touch. He has broken his front wing. None of these guys were -- know
what the front wing is? Michael Schumacher is a sitting target, can
he get through? Well... And there he goes. He will not let Jensen
Button through at the same time? He can! Mark Webber nearly lost it.
Jensen Button sales pastern. But then goes a long way around. Is
Schumacher ahead? Jensen Button into second place. -- sales past
him. Enter the final lap. Jensen Button at Leeds! Jensen Button,
what a victory! He wins a brilliant race! That was Trulli incredible,
14 overtakes by Jensen Button in the final five laps. And the final
overtake was on the car behind, Sebastian Vettel. The first time we
have seen that chink in the arm or of Sebastian Vettel? What went on
in the team? How much reflection goes on. It will be very
straightforward, he will have looked at the entrance speed into
that corner, it is very clear that he put the wheel on to the damp
part of the track and that tried to much. They will be no more analysis
necessary. It was a mistake by the driver. Why he was so late
responding to the pressure that Jensen Button was putting him under,
only he can answer. Second place is still not bad. Of course he is
disappointed, he does not want to make the stakes in those conditions.
It shows he is human. Sebastian is telling everyone who will listen, I
was not under pressure, it was a natural error? He can say what he
wants, we are looking at this and we have to take over own shoe. He
would never have made that mistake if Jensen Button had not been there
and for him to go on a length with that argument, it does not wash
with me, I think Jensen Button put him under enough pressure to make
him fall into that mistake, at least to look into his nerves, and
the slightest little confusion in the mind suddenly met the cars
around 10 and Jenson Button was passed. When looking at the Gap,
you look at the pit board and you see you have five seconds and on
the next lap, it is one second, that puts you under pressure
because you think, were well I find four seconds? It was the aggression
from Jensen Button and I have spoken to him and if you look at
the calendar, he said the only way anyone will catch Sebastian Vettel
is to be aggressive, or on the track when near him and in the
approach. He probably says exactly what Lewis Hamilton is saying with
the way he is driving, but I think Jensen Button isn't naturally
aggressive, he is smooth and stylish. He loves the changing
conditions. Were he will find that you find aggression is beyond me
because Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead in the
championship so it will take something new. We saw both McLaren
cars bumping into each other, you did that in 1999, how does it work?
Do you just accept that? There would have been a conversation,
Martin mentioned in the broadcast that during that which they had
time to reflect on that and has some responsibility. It is never
good to crash with your team-mate, not with anyone but the pressure
within the happy family of the team is immense on those two guys. The
person you have to beat first is to tame it. And the pressure gets more
when the man sitting in the car behind Duke has a lead that he has
got. Formula One has been on the front and back pages of the past
seven days, which is hardly surprising for a sport that
generates more stories than points. Let's wrap up all the action from
off the track... On the back of his win in Canada, Jensen Button
believes he can challenge Sebastian Vettel for this year's World
Championship. Potter knows the Red Bull driver can make mistakes under
pressure. We are 60 points behind, we have seen a couple of witnesses
in Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel over the last two races. And the
lough isn't always on their side, which is good to see. Sebastian
Vettel insists it was not crapping under pressure, just a rare mistake.
It's was not a mistake, I was feeling so much pressure that I
cracked. I had to push their heat hard. Everything is back to normal.
-- push very hard. I have nothing to be ashamed of or worried about.
On the subject of the championship, Fernando Alonso has admitted for
the first time he does not expect to be able to beat Sebastian Vettel
to this year's title. Instead, he is focusing on second place.
first guy is out of reach for the rest of us because he has a lot of
advantages. We cannot forget, we are on average one second behind
Red Bull. They're very dominant in this championship. Maybe the most
dominant car in years. The silly season is in full swing, Jensen
Button denies he has been talking to Ferrari and instead looks set to
stay at McLaren but Ferrari insist they will keep Felipe Massa and the
German magazines have mocked-up what Lewis Hamilton might look like.
That isn't very good! I don't think that is so good. I'm not saying too
much about that. There is a real change this weekend, could the Red
Bull stranglehold on pole position be affected by the ban on
qualifying only engine maps to generate exhaust gas even when the
driver is off the throttle, using the exhaust for a dynamic game and
makes the cars sound like their misfiring of corners. If it comes
ahead of another clampdown in this area for the British Grand Prix in
a fortnight. All the top teams used qualifying laps and the reason we
did not race in this was because fuel consumption was too high or
the reliability of the engine. It will make a difference. But my
feeling is everybody would just deal with it. Perez is fit to race
after his crash in Monaco four weeks ago. The Mexican says his
sentence meant it was too soon to try to make a comeback for the last
race in Canada. I was feeling dizzy. I was not happy. But my normal life
has improved a lot. This is a big help and the motivation and I am
looking forward to getting back in the car. And Paul di Resta goes
into qualifying today on the back foot after having his car smashed
up by the test driver on Friday. The repairs meant he missed most of
the second practice so he has a lot of ground to make up. It has proven
very difficult to get the car balanced with the temperature on
the track. And making sure everything is working. And you have
It's over 40 degrees on track temperature. The Grandstand is
filling up. Lots of fans taking photos. We haven't necessarily had
this atmosphere in Valencia before. It takes a couple of years,
naturally enough. It's very close in terms of proximity to Barcelona.
So, people with money have to budget tooz where they're going to
go, I would imagine. More and more people are coming here because it's
absolutely in the centre of the city. It's beside the port. There's
a lot of real life going on here. I can see the racing is becoming more
exciting and people will flood to this place. I've bumped into quite
a few British people who are biening racing with a holiday. You
can walk from the track, lie on the beach in the afternoon. You could
pay less for the ticket and get a bit a holiday too. Now just past
the Force India. Give us the mind set of Paul di Resta. He picked up
points in the first couple of races. Everything seemed so easy. Now
maybe the sport doesn't seem as easy as it seemed. It isn't as easy
as it seemed. Can Force India be a front-running team? That remains to
be seen. He needs to be beating his team-mates, scoring points and
getting an opportunity to go somewhere else to score wins.
Rubens Barrichello's engine is roaring up over there. We don't
want to blast your ears for a second time. We heard from Ted
talking about new regulations coming into Formula One. This is
changing engine mapping for qualifying. Fernando Alonso has
described this as the second championship. Is that just
desperation from him, do you think hoping this will create a second
championship? Every year there's always someone complaining about
something. It was the double diffusers, when only three teams
started with it in 2009. Jenson managed to win races early doors
and hell on to win the world championship. Then obviously, we've
had flexible front wing talk. Now we've got the blowing hot gases.
Once this passes, it will be something else. I joked this
morning on Radio 5 Live it will be the colour of some of the driver's
underwear that's the secret thing. They do look for everything in this
sport? I have my own little theory. We've seen Red Bull so dominant
this year. We're in danger of seeing another era of Michael
Schumacher, dare I say it. The car is so good. Vettel is so good. My
guess is they are looking at areas where they think Red Bull has been
advantage and they want to take it away from them. In many respects
that's how Formula One works. If it's going to make closer racing,
I'm all for it. They just look for different things each week until
they ban Red Bull eventually. don't say it as flippant as that.
But the change of the engine here is directed towards Red Bull.
That's my view. It's such a complex sport. The regulations are set
there. Interpreting the rules, of course with technology, you can
explore areas when they were writing the rules they didn't know
existed. It constantly has to be updated. As of today it is national
motor sport week in the United Kingdom. You can walk through the
front doors of a Formula One team and get really cles to motor sport.
We saw it as a great opportunity to make David Coulthard get up very
early in the morning and do this: Attention Class A drivers, you have
15 minutes to qualify. This is all about affordable motor
sport. This is Lewis. This is his road car. And this is what track
days are all about. 25 quid you brought your, what is it? Scirocco.
Still some kit in the back there. Here I am, out on the Brands Hatch
circuit. Wow, it's such a great track, isn't it? Great opportunity.
I wish I'd known this when I was a young driver coming up. Oh, my God,
James Bond. I've seen him in the movies. It's best defined by a map
you're given and it's to get round this course as quickly as possible.
It's a great entry-level motor sport. Per round is �150 maximum to
do. We go to the right of this cone, to the left of the next. You're
going to stop here. Circle these here. Keep the power going, then
you go forward. Come to a halt. Reverse off the line. Turn, come to
a halt, select reverse, looking over your shoulder. The finish line
is on the left. Well... What looks like a very short course, actually
I'm not sure I can memorise it. Grand Prix racing is easy, you do
the same thing time and time again. -- goodness.
APPLAUSE Would that have got me an entry
level or would I have been firmly last? Erm, going the wrong way
would incur a very large penalty. It would be fastest time plus 20
seconds. Official time keeper, what do we have here? Alastair's time
was? 23.31 and yours was 32.12, but two penalties. The two penalties,
what does that add to the time? Another ten seconds. Right. So 19
seconds off the pace in a 23-second wheelspin... It is an uphill ski
slalom and it's he or she who gets furthest. It can be done incredibly
cheaply. Like all motor sports you can spend as much as you like as
well. Well done, yeah. It is purely a
driver's sport. So actually a new comer, spending a lot of money,
will get him no results whatsoever. This is a great sport for partners,
because you need your co-driver there to lean on the wheels when
you're going up a tight corner. Yeah. Lots of husbands and wives,
lots of brothers and brothers. Help! This could definitely test
the relationship if you have a husband and wife in here. Shall we
test my skills and see if I can get up the hill? Little bit of left,
right. Brake off. Off the gas. No. The look on your
face. That's because I know I have on. Power, more power. Burn the
wheels. Absolutely it's going, it's going.
Yay skhrm -- yay! I'm happy with that. I don't want to go any
further. Thank you very much. Right, I think I've had enough adrenaline
for today. You can drive it back down the hill.
His excuse that it was too dissimilar to a car like this, used
to the Formula One cars. Ross Brawn was chuckling away to that. Did you
see any skills that might make you want to bring this man out of
retirement? I would have done a better job more ballast. Apparently
that does help and bouncing. always said you're too thin,
particularly for live television. Have you had an offer of a contract
yet? Fun any enough, I haven't. We actually had a run up the hill
climb as well with Scott Moran, the champion, incredible what they're
doing. Stirling Moss started in that way back. It's worth going to
motor sport.com. It's an affordable way to get into motor sport. Let's
talk about your involvement in this. You're throwing open the doors of
Mercedes Grand Prix and welcoming the F1 in? We have two competitions
running. One for a factory visit, factory tour. The other is to join
us at good wood to join us as part of the team and work on the car.
have one question, it's slightly different, Michael Schumacher,
Mercedes, next year's contract. Whose side is the option on? It's
on Michael's side. He can renew if he wishs? Thank you. What do you
expect his thinking to be? He was second in can da, faster than some
of the guys on the track, the fastest at times. Are those results
going to help to convince him to stay, do you think, or does he not
need any convincing? It reminds him of how much fun it can be. It's
frustrating to be midfield, when he's had such a great career. He's
used to fighting at the front. He had a taste of it again. If we can
convince him that we can be there consistently, he will carry on.
I bring you back to the go motor sport side of things, do you have a
policy to allow a certain amount of university graduates or people to
do work experience within the company? How do you do that?
Presumably the bright young talent is the future of Formula One?
as much as we can. We have a lot of students come through. We work with
former students. I think it's a great initiatives. The universities
get together and design a racing car that they take to Silverstone.
That's a fantastic initiative. F one at schools is a competition,
you know, that will jet propel cars, that they build and race each other.
That's fantastic. We do an awful lot on that side. I must put final
touch to that. I think it's fair to say �6 billion revenue is in the
British economy because of our sport. We mustn't let that be
forgotten. How much of that do you feel is a result of Formula One?
are the centre of Formula One. Eight of the teams are in the UK.
If you want a Formula One team, you come to the UK. �6 billion of
turnover, �4, �4 billion is exported. 40,000 people have a
career with motor sport in the UK. We should celebrate it. It's
fantastic. Let's hope a British engineer can get this car towards
the front. Mike I hope you're more optimistic for this weekend. Thank
you. Lewis Hamilton has had a tough couple of races. The outburst after
Monaco, ended up in the wall in can da. We decided to put a smile on
his face. We sent him to watt kins Glenn, the famous American circuit,
to do what he does best, in a slightly different car.
For many people in America this is mecca for road racing. We used to
come in the 70s and watch back then. That was exciting. Mario Andretti
and Johnny Player, Lotus special black. He was our favourite. Great
British drivers have been here, Jimy Clark. My son and I came up
from pencele vain ya, a four-hour drive. We wanted to see a --
Pennsylvania, a four-hour drive. came to see Lewis Hamilton and Tony
and I think the history and Stewart, it's like driving an old, historic
car. It's completely different for drive this? It is. I can't wait to
get on the road. I have already? Shake and bake! I'm going to have
fun. Expected to be heavy. Go on... I'm going to try and enjoy it, this
does not have downforce, it's much heavier than what I try. But I
watch it on TV. Days of Thunder. Getting a chance to drive his
Formula One car is an honour so I'm really excited to be here. And
waited 40 years of my life to do this! Am a little nervous, I want
to make sure that I bring this car back in the same condition that it
leaves the pit lane. Especially a car that he has won the World
Championship in. Massive excited, I feel like a kid in a candy store.
Getting to drive a different car and feel this engine, it sounds
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have to swap jobs! Are you ready to race over here? Yes, she never know.
There was nothing in the world that is like driving a Formula One car.
It was cool to have all these fans coming out. And see Lewis Hamilton
and myself to something that is out of our element. Some nice donuts?
did a couple at the end, I had to give it a go. You have to take that
off your box. Shake and bake! If you have no idea what that means,
watch tad bigger nights. We have escaped the loudest acclaim.
Everywhere we went today, some clever engineer decided to ask the
team to roar their engines. We are at the back, it's wonderful to see
the way this operates, the teams have brought specially adapted
exhausts just so they can blow hot air from underneath the old fish
market. Divot, you were out there with Lewis Hamilton, he has come up
with the new nickname? Tony Stewart, he has smoke. And Lewis Hamilton,
he said probably bump or crash? I thought that was very humorous.
Thankfully, we don't actually carry nicknames. One would just be?
Come on! Boring. We cannot say it on! Let's move on. I was thinking
of one for you, Eddie Jordan! Let's talk about Lewis Hamilton, he has
had past couple of races that are quite tough, everyone from Nicky
ladder to Eddie Irvine have had something to say about his current
driving but what about the man himself. He has been speaking to
Ted Kravitz. There was Hamilton, suspension damage, puncture. This
is just incredible. It's hard enough out there without running
into your team-mate. Difficult times for McLaren. Hamilton has
gone up the inside. Surely that is another penalty? You talked about
turning over a new leaf, have you look at yourself and the driving
and when you take it more easy? I have stood back and I have looked
at things. I liked the way I drive. I will continue to drive the way I
drive. If I was not be able to drive the way I can, I would not
enjoy it. Of course, he can always make better judgments. Just
improving on certain judgments and calls. A very clumsy pass going on.
Hamilton drives into Felipe Massa. Felipe Massa is off the road.
of the 100 board races I have done, you are bound to have some that
don't come off so well and when they do, of, they are good. I had a
bit of a bad run. He is looking at the inside. Hamilton takes the lead.
He was Hamilton, brilliantly wins the Chinese Grand Prix. There is a
quote, if you don't go for gaps, you are no longer a racing driver?
Yes, I had that coat when I was fairly young. It stuck with me. --
heard that quote. I don't know if other drivers have that feeling but
I definitely do. Twitcher is awash with potential nicknames former
partners in crime but we cannot broadcast them. Mark Webber came
out with the Great Court, Lewis Hamilton seems to think that the
chequered flag was at the apex of turn three on the first lap. Is
this impatient, passion and driving? Or is there was Hamilton
driving as he always has and he is being unlucky? I must make
reference, he said, I liked the way I drive. And so do we. It's
exciting. Please don't change. You don't automatically lose brilliant
talent. It is born out of frustration, his car was not good
enough when it launched an that has made huge strides but I want Lewis
Hamilton to drive the way he is. That is how he excites me and I
want to see exciting racing, I don't want to see former leader. He
does it for me. I think it is down to the pace of the car.
Unsurprisingly. Sebastian Vettel has not had to overtake many people.
He has started on pole. Michael Schumacher has statistically
overtaken more people at the start of races because he tends to be on
the for throat or just outside the top 10. -- 4th row. If the McLaren
is the fastest car out there, but it has been lacking in qualifying,
it would be different. If Lewis Hamilton does not have to come from
behind, he would not have to make those manoeuvres and it is part of
his instinct to go for the gap and it is so difficult to pull that
pass off. I would not criticise him for having a go. It is just part of
Formula One, trying to pass a faster car on the racetrack and it
will be close at times. Statistically, Lewis Hamilton, his
past three have come from trying to pass the car in front. Can you look
at these... This was Monza. Getting there will inside Felipe Massa.
That was clumsy, bunched up. There was a gap. He was not going for the
past. Singapore, on the outside of for clever and I think that was, on
reflection, Mark Webber touching the rear wheel of Lewis Hamilton.
It was almost like a reverse of what we saw in Canada with Lewis
Hamilton and Mark. And the incident with Jensen Button. Taking the
racing line. You could argue at best that was a racing incident and
at worst, it was the responsibility of Lewis Hamilton because he was
behind. It should not be the car in front's responsibility to weed out
of the way. It was always going to be a closing gap. He had to make
the pass, he did that with Jensen Button in China and he went on to
win. Jensen Button perhaps that, it's not happening now. We will
continue that. Thank you very much. We will hear your beautiful voices
very shortly. Interesting point, would you think Jansen's mind was
there? He said he did not see Lewis Hamilton? That is what he says, the
camera does not say that, it says he made a significant error on the
corner before and he went to take advantage of the inside track
because it was the Hon Nicholas Lewis Hamilton could pass. This
spray would have netted was virtually impossible for Jensen
Button to see Lewis Hamilton and for certainly know that Jensen
Button is very straightforward and clean as a driver so to say that he
caused an accident, no one says that. It was just one of those
things, I do not know where else Lewis Hamilton could have gone, he
had the speed out of the corner and had to have a go. And he does have
a go and the good news is, when he tends to have bad races or gets
caught up in front of the stewards, he puts in an incredible
performance afterwards so watch it. 10 minutes until qualifying starts
in Valencia. Three different winners in the three races and by
far the most popular and most patient was Rubens Barrichello, who
had to wait five years for another win in 4 min one. It came right
here. Lee McKenzie has been with him. -- Formula One. I had my 10th
winner, the 100 for Brazil. It was just phenomenal. For the first time
in five years, Rubens Barrichello is a winner in Formula One.
remember going up the stairs and Lewis saying, what a great race it
was, it was a great one. Some drivers have not been so impressed
with the circuit, you like it? is a place I like, there is a good
buy. At certain points the drivers complain and that is we make a
straight line but the walls come back. So it becomes blind. There
has not been a lot of overtaking the strike but if we had some in
Monaco, we will have plenty. Rubens Barrichello makes a beautiful move
on his old Ferrari team-mate. He will be grinning from ear to ear.
Last year we saw problems with back markers, Mark Webber... 40 thought
that the closing speeds from the Lotus were too extreme, do you
think that might be more of a problem this weekend? We hope not
but that is a problem. The problem is with those walls coming back to
you and coming away. It is almost like the car in front isn't
actually taking the defensive line. There could be decisions as to work
to go. Just watching what Mark Webber went through, that Philip
was just horrible. It is like the spectators are on top of you.
feels good. As long as they are safe. It feels very good. I
remember seeing a lot of people in the pool at the top of the
buildings. And having fun. It was such a long time ago but I remember
that in Spain, before Alonso, you could count how many people we had
on the grandstand. This is a little tricky section. Tell us about this
and coming into the bridge? Just fantastic, the feeling you go
through, it is an narrow part of the circuit and it feels good. It
is something different. Is this track edged into a memory or do you
walk around and say, I remember this... It is in your mind. He
takes five laps for a racing driver to memorise. Five laps. And when
you do that, you never forget. you feel excited? You have done so
many races in Formula One, do you still have the feeling of not
waiting to get back into the car? Every weekend I feel refreshed. The
most difficult moment is when you say goodbye to the family and the
kids. That is the tough part. I have to go for another wicket. As
soon as you are in the car I'm going to the airport, you're in the
racing mode. They were sitting at home and having lunch and they said,
does anybody want me to be more at home? Mummy said, yes and the other
two said, no! Three against one. has been a pleasure to get your
insights. I hope to have a great weekend. Thank you very much.
will let you speak to engineers and maker plans. Thank you. Happy
memories for Rubens Barrichello, yet to make it into the final part
of qualifying. We are walking into position to watch qualifying. You
just so Lewis Hamilton? I asked him how his mind was and he said,
looking good. Good to know. Lewis Hamilton will use all of a skills
just to keep the car on the track because it is still so slippy at
there? For good reason. This is still a road circuit and you have
all the trucks and the cars and everyday traffic and all of the oil
that is deposited, it takes longer, it is significantly slower than
normal circuit so you have those added together and it takes longer
to bed in. Schumacher coming around, going over the bridge and he spins
the car 180 degrees. This is the final part of practice this morning.
By now, it should have more grip. What will happen? We are about to
find out. 20 minutes of action coming your way. The slow was seven
cars will be alone at it. -- slowest seven cars will be
round eight of 19 in this year's Formula One world championship.
This 3.3 mile Valencia Street Circuit, as it's called, it's more
of a regular race track with walls, I would say. It has 25 corners. 24
drivers here, but only one of them can be on pole position. We have
just over an hour to find out who that man will be. David, where
should we look first today? We're going to look at the man who's been
locking out pole position, Sebastien Vettel. There's been talk
about changes made to the software and the ability that the teams have
to change that software between qualifying and the race. This sort
of hot blown cold diffuser that we've been hearing a lot about.
They're not allowed to run different software now than what
they start the session with. People will be interested to see what
effect that has. As the track temperature gets up to 44 degrees,
then the humidity and air temperature increases. You get a
different race track than practice sessions. Quickest in the morning
was Sebastien Vettel. Closely followed by Fernando Alonso. But
this is a different track now. The tyres interact differently with the
Tarmac. You have less downforce available as the air temperature
increases and less horse power as well. The drivers won't expect the
car to be the same as it was following the morning session.
big crowd enjoying the sunshine, very much looking forward to this
qualifying session. It's a chemical reaction between the tyres and the
track. Up at 44 centigrade, we heard Mclaren drivers saying we
can't switch these prime, sorry the new medium tyre they're running
here, they can't switch them on. What does that mean? There's a
chemical interaction between the tyre and the road and for whatever
reason, certain tyres will work better at lower temperatures and
others work better at higher temperatures. This is the first
time we've had Pirelli tyres on this race track. They make the best
guess as to the right separation between the soft option tyre, the
one favoured for qualifying and the harder prime tyre, which will be
used once during the Grand Prix. At the moment, it looks like there's a
bigger spread than normally. There's at least 1.2 seconds to 1.5
seconds between those two tyres. The operating window of the tyres
is bigger than we've seen at other Grand Prixs. As we look at
constructors' championship, Red Bull, Renault way out front from
McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, less than half the point. Quite a close
fight between Renault and Mercedes that looks like it could go on
season long. Sebastien Vettel leading the world championship by a
big margin. You know, if Vettel didn't rock up here or Silverstone
in two weeks' time, he would still be leading the world championship
at the next race. He has more than two Grand Prix victories in hand.
He has 60 points advantage with 25 per victory. There's still more
than half the season to go. Remember back to Jenson Button's
world championship year, dominated the first half the season and --
half of the season and then struggled. As people caught up and
leapfrog ahead of where Brawn started the year. There's a long
way to go in this season. I don't think that viewers should be
thinking it's a foregone conclusion that we'll have Sebastien Vettel as
world champion. Mclaren have designed to make either of their
two drivers champions again. And Fernando Alonso on his home track
here has looked pretty motivated to get Ferrari back in the picture.
Indeed, a lot of points available still. I think it's 275 still
available this year. So, a long way to go. Now the drivers must qualify
today and race that ignition map tomorrow, which is going to be a
challenge for some of them. At Silverstone in two weeks, we might
see the reset that everybody's talking about. For now, it's all
eyes on getting the best out of the cars this afternoon. Half a minute
now to go before the green light is on. Jaime Alguersuari painting a
picture of this race track on the back of his eye lids imagining
every time and place that he will touch the brakes, turn the steering
wheel, apply the throttle to get that Toro Rosso out of qualifying
one into the second part of the qualifying hour.
And there it is then, qualifying one begins. We have got 20 minutes
to lose seven drivers. As ever, we expect, I hate to say it, we expect
team Lotus, Virgin racing team and hiss panna to be six of the seven.
Db -- Hispania to be six of the seven. It doesn't always turn out
that way. There can be surprises now. I wonder, David, with this big
step in the tyres, you've explained between 1.2 and 1.5 seconds from
the prime tyre to the option, is that going to put pressure under
some midfielders early on to get a set of those soft tyres on make
sure they get through? It will. It will put pressure on them to get
the tyres on. They have three sets of each of the tyres available,
three sets of the option and three of the prime. They don't have to
use them. Certainly one of the midgrid running teams, whether
that's Toro Rosso, Force India, you know they're going to have to
protect themselves. We see some large amount of smoke out of the
back of Paul di Resta's car. It could be just venting, something
from the engine. They're not allowed to drip oil out of the back
of the cars like they did in the late 90s. They've got to actually
any excess oil blow through or anything from the gearbox going
into the air tray of the engine and gets ingested by the engine. It
seem tolz have cleared now. You may remember a time when people
qualified in Monaco and they overfilled the oil tank, put oil
everywhere to slow down the opposition. What a scandalous idea
!. Fernando Alonso is out on the prime tyre. It's a medium compound
tyre. The first time we've seen it. I did 20 laps on it this week,
doing a feature for BBC, drilling down and looking at why the tyres
have changed the dynamics in Formula One in 2011. I thought it
felt like a very good tyre. The temperature there was 47 degrees
last week. It seemed to hang on pretty well. I think it will work
nicely in these companies. We've seen the GP3s and 2s on Pirelli
tyres putting more and more rubber down on the street circuit, this
temporary facility. So the track should be coming nicely to the
drivers, as this qualifying session unfolds. Now we saw a very quick --
very quick times this morning 1.37.2 by Sebastien Vettel this
morning. That is faster than last year. Pole last year was a 1.37.5
and so I think we can safely say they should be beating that this
afternoon. Indeed. As you are talking about the track rubbering
in, last year there was 3 at 3 -- 3.5 seconds between practice and
qualifying. There's a fuel effect as well. At this moment in
qualifying you run the minimum amount of fuel required to do the
time. They need an out lap, a timed lap and in lap. They probably have
about ten kilos of fuel or board or maybe slightly less. Ten kilos,
imagine going in the gym picking up a 10 kilo weight to accelerate,
turn around the track, it would be a third of a second slower. It
can't be that direct. It is. It is measurable in terms of the weight
of the car. That's the incredible thing about Formula One.
Everything's so precise and exact. In a constantly changing
environment with track temperatures and all those other things, it's
one thing you can guarantee. If it's projected to be three tenths
of a second, you drive a clean lap, it will cost you that. Cost per lap
of fuel and death, also taxes are the three certain things in the
world. We must establish would will go through to the second part of
qualifying, which 17 drivers will continue in this session, as we see
the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, a local hero. No doubt about that.
You have to say, Ferrari look handy so far. Yeah, they've been
certainly putting in some quick lap times. They know where the glory
comeles is on Sunday with the checkered flag. It looks like
they've been trying to extract the maximum from this car in the
practice session. Alonso was four tenths down on Vettel in the
morning session. The crowd appreciates seeing the local hero.
A bit of traffic ahead of him. Who's that? It's Kovalainen in the
Lotus. He's backed way out. That would have cost him a little bit of
time on the run down to turn one, which I guess you would claim isn't
really a corner. We markably we have 25 designated corners on this
race track, when you drive the circuit you can only count about 12.
I'm fussy on my corners. There are some around here that don't count
as corners to me. Let's invite Mr Kravitz into the commentary.
there I am. Just to give you a little update from practice, so -
am I coming and going? I will move forward into the pit lane. Kamui
Kobayashi stuck into the wall the end of practice. He was late
getting his car ready. He's out there and OK. The top guys are out
there on the harder tyre, getting a baseline and establishing a banker
lap in case somebody hits the wall. Ferrari, Dark Horse, excuse the pun,
for many, for this session. They're going a different way on strategy
with front wings. Fernando Alonso choosing a different front wing to
Felipe Massa, just because they like the feel of that. A triple
element one for Alonso, double element for Massa. Just driver
preference? Drirch -- driver preference. They will have taken
what the driver feels F there was one clearly quicker, they'd both
have it on there. Maybe they only have one servicable unit. So it's
gone to whoever they're designated number one driver, which you have
to presume is Alonso. Fighting the car there in the last corner. That
didn't look at all pretty. That would have cost further time.
Looked like he was hanging wall paper on a windy day with the
window open there. He was fighting that car. His trace afterwards will
look like a hack saw when they see that, as he was really struggling
get the Ferrari into the final hairpin. Sebastien Vettel, white
crested helmet today. He keeps changing his crash helmet colours
each race weekend. I was fascinated to read when he wins a Grand Prixs
those overalways, helmet and gloves get put to one side, which is,
there's going to be a big wardrobe, when it's finished in a few years'
time. There's modern generation have cottoned on the memorabilia
value. They keep their cars ond their contract, keep gloves,
trophies, everything they can, saving up for their retirement.
think it will be on eBay when he's retired? Jenson Button then has not
yet put a competitive lap time in. This is his first flying lap. He's
the fastest man in the middle sector. Kovalainen in seventh place
doing a good job for Lotus, just behind Renault. Jenson really
struggling on these tyres to get the car into the corner. Still a
1.39.6. These are steady times. At the moment we saw 37.2, albeit on
the faster tyre. Maybe the temperature is taking its toll.
Track temperature is higher. That will affect the performance of the
car. The tyre is worse, copy that. We need to halve it from this lap.
That's interesting, need to harvest on this lap. That's referring to
the KERS system. That presumably means he's got underbraking, the
KERS system, they're saying don't use it until it's fully charged up.
I think it was his saying he will have to. I heard that he said he
will have to. Any way, he's definitely saying that the tyres
are not working as well that's was in the morning session. That's
reflected in the lap times. You come out of the morning session
saying right don't touch the car, I'm happy with the balance. You
come to a session a couple of hours later, higher track temperature and
oh, no, the balance has changed. The only thing they have available
is front wing adjustment, tyre pressures, deferential, adjustment
in the cockpit. Other than that you're fixed with the car you have.
There are firm regulations where they can change very little on the
car. As soon as they roll out from the timing baem - Vettel is has a
personal best. He will go fastest I believe. He does indeed on a 1.39.3.
Kovaleinen, Rubens Barrichello. Paul di Resta. Timo Glock in 17th.
We have not yet seen Jimmy Alguersuari. Quite brave of
Alguersuari. He did not to any practice in practice number two
yesterday. Presumably, he does not have a problem with the car and he
is being very brave. It will not be the softer option. We can see Nico
Rosberg getting ready to finish his lap. Hiya has his sector been? He
is in 7th place so far. 1.5 seconds off the pace. Jensen Button, the
winner last time out in Canada with that sensational victory. It may
have been the longest race in Formula One history. 46 mph average,
nearly half of the race was covered behind the safety car and we still
absolutely loved it. Jensen Button attacking the race. The fastest man
through the first sector so far in qualifying. And through that
sweeping section towards the end. There are a couple of wonderful
camera angles on the wall which we occasionally see. Still on the
Prime tyres, this law. -- this law. Jensen Button stays second but
improves his time with just one 10th child of Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton, we are beginning to see a surprise attack from the McLaren
team. Looking close, David? It is at this stage but this is also on
about dropping those seven cars. Everything from 18 down. Rather
surprising. We have a few of the guys who would have expected to be
in that drop son, they are not out yet. -- drop zone. They should all
get through. We have seen Alguersuari struggle to get through
and clear this first hurdle. Alguersuari playing it very cool
and only just now coming out on the soft tyres. Interesting on Williams,
they have come back with a very major step, they have abandoned
their new exhaust. Both Barrichello and modern Ando have gone back to
the middle of the exit exhaust. think we heard Rubens Barrichello
say the car is definitely worse. Clearly, it is about changing the
car as they have gone into qualifying. He does not like it. If
I heard him correctly. Getting brave and coming out very late.
They have put the quick tyres on straight away but that does buy
them and you set of tyres for tomorrow's race? The strategy has
been different, we have seen such variation in the lap times during
the Grand Prix, cars that have started well out of normal position
have been able to come through and score serious points because of the
right tyres at the right time. This might be one of those strategic
qualifying sessions because of the huge gap between hard and soft
tyres. Not looking particularly strong. Kobayashi lost time with
his throttle. It has not been that smoothest of runs so far. Hodder
Surrey, starting his first flying lap with five and three-quarter
minutes remaining. Still Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton. Flick a mass in
six. -- Felipe Massa. A tin cars on on a soft tyres. The option, as it
is called. Mercedes Benz feeling the need to go out on a softer
rubber. I am surprised by that. Within 1.3 seconds off the pace
this morning. He would not think they were in real danger of being
outside position 17. That will only leave them with two sets of options.
But in Canada, we have seen the only ran once in the first part of
qualifying for the very reason of saving the tyres. Alguersuari. He
made that work. Sebastien Buemi in 4th place for Toro Rosso. Timo
Glock in the drop zone. Alguersuari still to put his time in. If they
do a good time with Kobayashi under pressure, they might be able to get
in and get some tyres on. Paul di Resta had a very slow start after
Hulkenberg crashed his car. He seemed to get on to the pace very
quickly. He drove here for Force India last year. You drove and one
of them, David? We will talk about the track in the early part of
qualifying. We will now focus on the last three. The last three
minutes of this session. Pastor Maldonado, three-tenths of the
Canada the best of those we were teams had to allow him into the
race? Yes, that was on the there for the new teams coming in and
teams that might have a design flaw with their car and there could be a
danger to others. All those teams have shown they are capable of
getting within the pace and racing responsibly. We will see what
Pastor Maldonado does. Felipe Massa, so strong over the weekend on the
soft tyres. We are hearing that he is burning up, he only has three
sets of us. Up into 6th place. This is what we're seeing with those who
chose a different compounds, there is such a big lap time difference
between them and it is Paul di Resta and Kobayashi at the moment
under pressure. Kovaleinen is in for Lotus. We will see some pretty
frantic efforts at the end and Paul di Resta goes over the line now.
Gets himself into p 9. Rubens Barrichello, up to 11. That has put
Kobayashi firmly into the drop zone at the moment. Rosberg is knocking
on the door. He is currently on a very fast lap indeed. Rosberg, 4th
place. Kobayashi, starting up, he is a man under pressure, he has got
traffic ahead of him. Mark Webber is out on track, his Mark Webber in
the drops and? Traffic could be a critical issue for a major shock.
Felipe Massa, still down there as well. Proper traffic jam out there.
20 cars on the racetrack and only four of them in the pit and several
drivers beginning to struggle Kobayashi is well inside the top 17
on the slap. Mark Webber is catching Rubens Barrichello and
Paul di Resta. He needs a clear track at the moment, otherwise we
could be in for an amazing shock, here. He is coming behind Rubens
Barrichello, he will get out of the way, he has done his lap. Mark
Webber, about four tents adrift of the quickest in that sector. That
is a tents down. In that sector. This will be close. It would be
great if we can get a camera angle of 10 to see whether traffickers.
We will see Sauber as well. Mark Webber, he has caught Paul di Resta
quite quickly. He will get another lap if he needs it, which is very
important indeed. Mark Webber crosses the line, 14. He is in for
now. And finally, here is Kobayashi to personal bests so far. He goes
up to only 16th. Felipe Massa under pressure. He is flying out there on
the soft tyres. Kovaleinen, could use for the day of many of the big
runners? He has got to personal best so far. The other front-
runners have not used the soft tyre. Kovaleinen, can he pull off a
shock? No, he goes over the line, goes faster but stays 19th. Felipe
Massa, presumably, will go P1. One set of tyres burned up, it is a bit
of a glory moment. But it isn't going to... As long as you get
through, it is a resit. Jarno Trulli. Well wide through there. At
the moment, he is 20th, just behind... Will, he spins. He got
dirt on to his tyres coming out of what would have been turn number 20.
We have seen a lot of people running out on to the artificial
grass and when you have that dust on your tyres, you're braking into
churn number 25. It will not pick a big difference to his qualifying
position. He went very wide. That was a little bit sloppy. Jarno
Trulli, he says, what if I can't get of a competitive driver? I
quite fancied America. That has all the hallmarks of a driver getting
ready to call time on his Formula One career? If he enjoys the
journey of helping the team developed, he is the right man for
the job but it is unlikely Lotus will go from this position to a
front-runner. Alguersuari. Toro Rosso, the third consecutive race.
He falls at the first hurdle. These are for the grid positions.
Alguersuari, Kovaleinen, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Narain
Karthikeyan is 24th place on the grid. The leaders do not but the
soft tyres on and that helps. -- did not put the Saltires on.
Everybody qualifiers and the back seven will line up in that order.
And on home turf, it is proving to be difficult times for Alguersuari.
He will still be looking in his murders. Their test driver, there.
Just confirming. Timo Glock, 21st on the grid. He holds the lap
record at this race track. Always set in race conditions, lap records.
Only 21st place today. This is the tail-end of the top 10. Fernando
Alonso only in 30. Paul di Resta in 14. Mark Webber, 16th. Look at that.
And last man into qualifying, Kobayashi. They will now line-up in
that grid order. Subject, of course, to any gearbox penalties or engine
changes. Eddie Jordan and myself have decamped to the back of the
Ludus carriage, not much call for those tyres at the moment.
Intermediate and wet tyres. -- Lotus garage. Let's go through that
session. It was a big shock for notice and also for Mark Webber?
Martin Brundle was fighting with himself, lucky or unlucky? Probably
lucky? In that position, you have all those other cars guaranteed to
be much slower. They are in your way, so it was a mistake as far as
the team is concerned to allow Mark Webber to only qualify in 16. It's
not good enough. And how pleased a week to be joined by Heikki
Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Feel free to have a chat. It looked for
a moment like he would give us a big shock, how close were you?
think it is still a reasonable gap. In any case, for us the focus is
still to get the maximum out of the car and out of ourselves. Every
time. The performance welcome later on. We are working hard every day.
It might not seem like that but I am pleased. And we will get there
eventually. I have to ask a question, you have recently been
reported as saying, I don't fancy America, and would like to do them
on? I have never said that. -- Le Mans. That is the way it is. For no
one? It's just speculation. At the moment I was complaining about my
power steering rather than anything else! We saw 1.5 seconds into Q 2,
are the team keeping you happy enough? We are making good progress
and if you see from time to time, depending on the track, we are very
close. Definitely, this isn't a track for us, because a lot of the
long straights means we don't have the care system. Can you explain
put a lap in. I was trying everything, then I spun off.
were regarded as the expert pole maker. Your team-mate is out
qualifying you at the moment? not really driving at the moment. I
don't have front power steering, so I'm far off from being able to push
myself. So obviously I never expect to be in front of him this year as
far as the power steering is not working properly for me. As we ask
that question, a great big grin on the face of Heikki Kovalainen.
Thank you for joining us for that quick track. Now let's head back
for the second part of qualifying. Which has just begun. 15 minutes
then of this session to lose another seven drivers. David,
you've qualified and raced in this Grand Prix, put the viewers behind
the steering wheel of a Formula One car. As we said in the first part
of qualifying, there's 25 designated corners. That's defined
by a little sensor within the FIA data recorder in the car. In
reality, of those 25 corners, there's probably only 12 of them
that the driver has to make any sort of braking and turning and
gear selection-type decisions. The rest are just sweeping, drifting
through the walls that they build around this temporary facility.
They're not really challenging at all. But nonetheless, they are
classed as having pulled more than a G, as much as you would pull in a
normal road car. I found out just last week that most passengers are
comfortable with about half a G as a consistent amount of lateral load.
Useful information there? Yeah, thanks for that. Back on track.
big challenge here is a lot of long straights. You have to compromise,
like in Canada, between having not too much downforce that you lose
time on the straights, but enough that you can nail your braking. I
think around this track for DRS, which they can use, the drag
reduction system, they can use that everywhere during qualifying,
everywhere the driver is brave enough to push it, there's 57% of
this lap. So just over three kilometres of this 5.4 kilometre
track where they can have the DRS open. That gives them as least ten
to 15 kilometres an hour, maybe more actually, every team,
depending on the design of the rear wing, will gain more or less than
the competition. That gives them sizeable performance advantage.
It's well over a second in qualifying being able to use DRS.
There's a perfect example, Felipe Massa with his rear wing wide-open.
On the tyres it says there, soft tyre. That's the same soft tyre
that Felipe Massa qualified -- finished qualifying one with. New
soft for Button, Webber, Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton. From the end
of Q one, Hamilton so close on the hard tyre to Vettel. Looks like
Mclaren have found some speed. where you see a new graphic that
said "soft, medium or hard" it's not the driver's attitude. It's the
tyres he set the fastest time on. Massa going for a second run on
those tyres, the one that got him through into this session. They do
appear to be lasting reasonably well it seems. I don't think it's a
question that they're a qualifying tyre that's good for one lap and
one lap only. They appear to go a little bit further than that before
they start to give up on the grid. But as you can see, carers sliding
around here a lot. I think there'll be a lot of discarded rubber, calls
the marbles, on the outside of the crack tomorrow. Green flags are
waving sm. Circuits do that, as you come out of the pits. I think it
mean there's are no yellows. We had a car spin at turn 25. That was six
minutes ago. So some circuits do that in the world and some don't. I
find it disconcerting, you get flags waving at you and you're not
sure why they're out there. drivers would have information.
They have a little sensor in the cockpit which displays if they
enter a blue flag zone or yellow zone, then that comes up on the
dashboard as well. The flags are there as a belt and braces. Felipe
Massa then, the fastest we've seen in qualifying so far. We see Mark
Webber out on a set of those soft tyres. Let's see what Red Bull can
show us then. We're getting down to the serious
business of sorting out the grid. Mark Webber into the last corner.
Great traction, good sling slot down the pit straight, easing it
through turn one. Braking zone then, Fernando Alonso in the background.
Webber has done 38.0. Alonso a 37.9 to go faster still. 37.2 was the
best time this morning from this man, Sebastien Vettel. He's purple
and purple, the fastest man in the first and middle sector, just this
sweeping right hander, heavy braking zone, into the last corner.
Patient on the throttle, keep to the right-hand side. Up the gearbox
and Vettel goes to a 37.3, take that. It's .6 faster. Button is
into second place now on a 37.7. So Vettel from Button, Alonso, Webber,
Massa, Sutil right in there. Paul di Resta too. Sixth and seventh.
Hamilton goes second now. Matching his team-mate Button. But about 010
faster. Heidfeld is in there as well. We're looking for the top ten.
The fastest ten to go into the shoot-off. Nico Rosberg on a 138.3.
You have to say he was outshone by Michael Schumacher in Canada in the
changeable conditions. Schumacher, for me, the first time we've really
seen the old Schumacher at the wheel was two weeks ago in Canada.
He's looked punchy around here as well. What has Michael Schumacher
got in answer to the other front runners? A bit of traffic ahead.
Let's see if that will get out of the way. It's Maldonado. Then just
up the road he's got Kobayashi as well.
Little lift through there. wouldn't have expected that. You
would have expected him to be flat through there, unless he had the
DRS open already. He's expecting to be behind Red Bull. There shouldn't
be big surprise there. Unlike Michael, as he goes eighth at this
moment. He's a reasonable distance from his team-mate, Nico Rosberg.
We've got Maldonado stopped there between those, showing as the last
sector, but that's not the last sector. They might have to red flag
that. That's a tricky position. Blind entry there. You can cover it
with double wave yellows. Marshals on track, slow down and be prepared
to stop. The marshals doing a great job there. Down at 18, isn't it?
It's for the marshals to get the car into neutral. I wonder if they
might have to red flag. This There's no black line, so he hasn't
spun into that position. I think he's had an issue with the car and
tried to drive away. You can see it is stuck in gear, they're rocking
the car there. There's a reservoir of hydraulic energy to open the
clutch that the driver can press and also the marshals can press.
Absolutely. You concur there's no tell-tale black marks to suggest
he's had an incident as a driver. Must be a car failure. I agree with
you. Looks like he's just been parachuted in there for the show.
So, where will the crane come from to lift the car.
The clock stops, eight minutes remaining. The only down side for
those out there on fresh tyres, is that they've used the best of them.
The man doing that was Fernando Alonso, who was on a very hot lap
indeed. Let's see who else was out there at the time? Schumacher had
done his time. Alonso and Webber and Massa were all starting a lap.
Rosberg, Heidfeld, Hamilton and co had finished his. Buemi is
currently 17th of the 17 runners because he's yet to set a time in
the same way that Vitaly Petrov has yet to leave the pits. They're
playing Dan dare with the clock again at the end of the session
hoping their drivers can get a lap in. We've seen tears over that one
as well. But it saves you a set of tyres. So it's a gamble that they
feel, clearly, is worth taking. There's the answer to where is the
crane coming from, David, it's got a diesel engine and four wheels.
Let's hope they're more careful removing this car than in Canada,
last week, when they brought Lewis Hamilton's car back. It was
bouncing off the Tarmac, doing all sorts of additional damage. The
Spanish marshals seem to be giving it loving tender care. The reason
why the car obviously leans back is the weight distribution. A bit more
rearward in this car, at that lifting point. Maldonado out
qualified Barrichello for the last three Grand Prix. A winner here in
GP2, a circuit he quite likes, but unfortunately he's not on it any
more. We heard from the radio feet it's -- feed it's more likely to be
mechanical and fuel pump throttle related rather than the gearbox
seizing. I'm told that he was told to turn his fuel pump on shortly
before the car ground it a halt. I don't imagine that they would have
short fuelled him. They're a professional team. They would have
known what they're doing. They would put enough fuel in for his
run. Maybe it's just a fuel pressure failure. Weal' hear from
the team shortly. That's what it looks like at the moment. The
drivers disadvantaged, Kobayashi who was on a decent run, Perez,
Buemi. We're about to see what you've been explaining. Coasting
around clearly in trouble, being told of traffic approaching
otherwise he'll get a penalty on the grid. He accelerates away. It's
down at the end here, where it all comes to a grinding halt at turn 17.
No, he's waiting for another driver to go through. Quite an adventure
for a non-lap isn't it? That's uncomfortable to be in the middle
of that turn, the middle of 19, where the cars are flat ou. Worst
case scenario for a driver. You have an issue. You can't power away
from the line. At that moment, his eyes would have been firmly on his
mirrors. It's a blind wall there, isn't it. I would think all the pit
lane Charlie Whiting and co in the stewards office would be thinking
why didn't he turn left there and get the car away from the race
track. But he desperately wanted to get back to the pits. Because if
you don't get back to the pits under your own steam, you are out
of qualifying. Sebastien Vettel staying cool, a man who's never
finished lower than second this year. The only man in the field to
have been on the podium in every Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso must
fancy his chances. He's always saying "I can still win this
title." He's beginning to give up on that one a bit this year. But
there's a long way to go yet. Who know what's may happen. Remember
back several stone last year, he announced he could still win the
world championship, he was the same distance behind the leader at that
point. It went down to the finale in Abu Dhabi. I don't think it's
idol chat. I think he firmly believes it. Never gives up does
Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber, what's interesting for me Mark
Webber, who's yet to lead a lap this year, and Vettel's led 80% of
the laps, but Mark's had four fastest laps in the Grand Prix.
He's been fast. It just will not work out for him. He has the pace.
Theres no doubt about it. Sebastien Vettel, how many fastest laps does
he have so far in Grand Prix? Zero. Those are facts. But a bit like
Felipe Massa has been quickest in four of the first seven qualifying
sessions in Q1, but that doesn't count for anything. The only thing
that counts in a race is where your position is at the chequered flag.
The same here. The only thing that stands between Mark and leading a
lap and winning the Grand Prix is qualifying in front of his team-
We have only got four cars on the race track. Sebastien Buemi now
goes on to the track. I'm looking around, Kobayashi, Rubens
Barrichello, petrol. -- Vitaly Petrov. This top 10 shoot-out.
Still lots of strange noises as they go on and off the throttle on
the slow corners. On to the four cylinders. I drove this thing last
week and I just could not believe how much grip and poise and balance
these latest form of a one cars have. They're just Supreme to drive.
But someone else out there will be have the 10th quicker. -- will be
half of a 10th of a second quicker. You're moaning about the quick
corners and the exit, you don't go, perfect, perfect. You are right,
you still on, that is your job. Moan about it until it goes just a
little bit faster and then moan again. Up against that wall, it
always seems quite tight. That turned into four and five. And then
we come to were the DRS might be. It's an unusual feature on this
track. I am surprised, I thought once they were locked in, but that
is actually when it opens up. Kobayashi, through this long
straight. This first section of the DRS in tomorrow's race, it is a
double drag reduction system. And the second will be on this exit.
Enter the exit of this tight section. Again, through what is
effectively the straight. But it has several bends in it! We should
see plenty of action there. Double DRS, that would be more effective
you. In Canada, there was not enough space. You kind of use all
the race track there. Whereas here, it would be less easy to defend and
another lock up for Kobayashi. Right into the wall at the end. And
Kobayashi goes on the 13th, confirming that Sauber are
struggling. And another man with a lot brake. And right at the end,
Rubens Barrichello blows it. And you can see the smoke on the tyre,
that vibration will be horrible. That keeps him in two p 12. And
Therese, then, does 39.6 and he is only 15. He says, and I feel fine.
He had to pull out of Canada. He will not feel good when he sees
that lap time on his dashboard. Vitaly Petrov, finally coming
through. Putting in a competitive lap time. He is 9th at the moment,
matching Michael Schumacher. Sebastien Buemi, what can he do for
Toro Rosso? He stays 17th with that. Plenty of work to do. That is their
right thing, Alguersuari has the embarrassment of dropping out. But
at the moment he will stark white alongside him on the grid. Three
and three-quarter minutes remaining, who is under pressure? At the
minute, the top six are not bothering, Michael Schumacher did
feel the need to get out there and put in a better lap, he is half a
second adrift of the fastest time at the moment. But he has done to
personal bests. And this is all about confirming that he can be in
the top 10. He can be under pressure. They all have to cross
the line before the flag drops. Michael Schumacher, his rear wing
wide open. He moves up into P6. Schumacher, it looks like you have
to get under 1:38.5 to get into the top 10. Felipe Massa is out there.
Nick Heidfeld, he has got to a personal best. -- two personal
bests. Do arrester, doing a personal best. -- Paul di Resta.
Just to confirm the top five. They have ended up in the pits,
satisfied with their work. Schumacher is out there. Nico
Rosberg did stay in the pits, he has not gone out. Nine cars or on
the track, 13 seconds remaining, Paul di Resta gets well out of
shape on that artificial grass. Again, that is a personal best, one
10th down on Adrian Sutil. Struggling to get that horse power
into the race track and he will now be about qualified by Adrian Sutil.
Whatever he achieves, because he is already ahead of him. And Adrian
Sutil cross as a line. Can he get into the top 10? He does! Vitaly
Petrov has backed out. The Adrian Sutil makes it. There is nobody out
there who can make the difference we now know the next seven to drop
out. Vitaly Petrov, Paul di Resta, he will start in 12, Rubens
Barrichello, Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, 15th, Sergio Perez,
Sebastien Buemi. Barrichello has completed another lap but it was
not any faster. And that cost Paul di Resta. It would be amazing if
that was on his best lap as well. Too many adventures for Paul di
Resta. That was on his fastest lap. The car scraping down the ground.
Paul di Resta will start the Grand Prix in 12th place. Nevertheless,
that is a very good job... Good job. The reason why he says that his he
did not get any practice. Nico Rosberg, he race for Williams last
year. Paul di Resta, pushing hard. Still four-tenths white. Good job
from Adrian Sutil to get himself into that top 10 shoot-out. Rubens
Barrichello ahead of Pastor Maldonado. Sergio Perez will be
disappointed with 60 of his. Sebastien Buemi does indeed line-up
just ahead of his team-mate, Alguersuari. 17th and 18th.
Congratulations to Adrian Sutil, making it through to the final part
of the qualifying but frustration for Paul di Resta, who has had a
frustrating weekend. You heard the story that his car in the up in the
wall after being driven by the reserve driver and frustrating for
Pastor Maldonado, you have been down to Williams and what do you
know about why the car stopped on the track? I grabbed the driver
myself. The lead through the different scenarios, was it feel?
He said know. Not the gearbox. It was more likely to be a electronics.
There was no tell-tale mark, no spin. We will leave it at that.
will wait and find out but let's talk about the first part.
Alguersuari. The Cocom these boys are, his shirt is off and his
trainers and his shorts are on but that is the Red Bull look. What is
it like competing at home? You have got to Spanish phrases? We have had
a lot of problems this season so we are trying to solve them. Yesterday
I could not run in the afternoons and the mechanics were very tough.
It is my second home town because they live in Barcelona so Barcelona
would be my home town. It is nice to be here because it is still
Spain and because of the weather and the environment and the people,
it is quite cool. What I want to know, sorry, Jake... People still
don't really realise how young you are. And the experience, you came
in as the youngest driver and you still are incredibly young. Were do
you see the next part of your future in this business? At the
moment, as you say, and very young and what I want to focus on is just
enjoying myself and driving fast and doing my best and just to learn.
It is nice experience that Red Bull got me into Formula One at 19 years
old. It is just experience and I am still learning a lot about the
tyres and the set-up. We're still not at 100% with the car but it's
just a matter of timing. We are having fun. This year we had
problems. You just try to enjoy the present. Trying to improve the
present and trying race after race to improve the set-up of your car
and everything. We know you would have wanted more this weekend in
starting in front of the home crowd. What was it like to have your best
Formula One finish and pick up her first points? It was good. I
started Formula One with the zero in my pocket. It was difficult for
me to race, the weekend was testing. This year, we're still trying new
things for qualifying and new things just to check if it improves
and if it's better. It's difficult because Formula One isn't easy,
especially for a small team. At the moment, I think we are doing a good
job because we have been learning a lot and so far I think we have been
improving ourselves during the race, in Monaco, it was a good race for
us. We scored our first points. And we just need to keep focusing on
this and we need to relax and stay calm and the results welcome.
distracting is it for you as a driver to hear stories of you being
replaced? It doesn't because Red Bull has done enough for me, since
I was 15 years old and go-karting in Italy, and they brought me into
Formula One. As I said, I don't think about my future because they
know about my future. At the moment, I just see myself here, with this
team and I just see myself with this family because they brought me
into Formula One and I have developed with them and I think I
can bring much more to the team this year and next year for sure.
It is a matter of time. Good to catch up with the Spanish side. The
immediate future, pick the pole position? Sebastian Vettel. Or Mark
Webber?! Great to chat with you. It might be another Spaniard we're
looking at, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa has been under pressure. Lots
of runs, softer tyres? It was on a surprising as to why he did that
and I think it was a mistake because it showed weakness but I
still think that team is being led by Fernando Alonso. The prancing
horse might be the dark horse. You heard it from behind me, they think
Sebastian Vettel on pole position. You might be right, 21 years and
five days old. Alguersuari. The youngest man on the grid. The top-
ten shoot-out, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, one Renault
car and one force India. Piloted by Adrian Sutil. He just squeezed
through after the chequered flag had dropped. That is the 10 runners
for this final qualifier. 10 minutes to go until the line-up for
the top 10 4th Grand Prix in Valencia and already we have some
action. Ferrari going onto the track. Fernando Alonso, he has
threatened to be the front row contender all the way through
practice and qualifying. And Ferrari have looked as if they have
new set of soft tyres. They were running very low. Felipe Massa only
had one more set of new soft tyres left. Two Mclarens on two new sets
of soft tyres. Vettel, Lens lns and Webber have another set of --
Alonso and Webber have another set of softs left. Previously we would
have seen teams put on their qualifying only engine maps. Vettel
also on new soft tyres. Now we will learn how much they're affected by
not having the maps available to them any more. We've often seen
that Red Bull have been massively fast in qualifying and been under
pressure during the race. It's not conceivable that Mclaren could have
won the last three Grand Prixs. Are you expecting Mclaren to be closer
to Red Bull, David? That remains to be seen. You caught me off guard
there. I was looking at some notes. Yeah, this track is a bit of
compromise. It doesn't play to aerodynamic strength. It's more
about top end speed and braking. Ferrari certainly were in good
shape in Canada. They were within .2 of pole position there. They
have to feel they are in this fight. It would mean a huge amount to them
for the locals. Someone's got to stop this amazing run of I think
seven pole positions for Sebastien Vettel this year. This may be the
man, Fernando Alonso. He rattles through turn one. Not much of a
corner. Then hard on the brakes into what is the first big decision
of the lap, down to second gear, short shift through the exit of
turn three. Then this awkward chicane, rattling over the kerbs at
four and five. Then through the kink on the run down to the bridge.
A lot of people having difficulty with the rear locking into this
corner here. No problem for Fernando. He then powers out across
the Swing Bridge. Does it feel narrow when you get to the bridge?
They're so focused on a point in the distance, I think driving a
race car is a bit like joining the dots. You're not watching or trying
to watch the scenery pass by. At this moment, Fernando Alonso will
look ahead to where his desired braking point should be. Then as
soon as he's hit the brakes, he will look at the apex of the corner.
Maybe Spanish turf but Fernando Alonso has never qualified in the
top three here. There are three drivers on the grid who have won
this Grand Prix - Sebastien Vettel, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello
who is already out. He starts the Grand Prix 13th. That looked fairly
pedestrian from Alonso there. He wasn't really attacking the apex
too much. Let's see what it translates in terms of lap time. A
quick brake adjustment with his left hand. I love that shot against
the wall. I could watch that all day long. Alonso then again
struggling put the power down in the last corner. He does a 37.4.
That will not be quick enough for pole, I'm pretty sure of that. The
crowd seemed to like. It I don't think Fernando will be that pleased
with 37.4. Massa follows up with 1.37.8. We see now what Mclaren and
Red Bull have got to say about that. Hamilton into the final corner.
Sector times are good. Vettel is out there and flying. He's half a
second up on his team-mate. Hamilton goes faster on 37.3.
Webber can only do a 37.5 for third. Mclaren from Ferrari from Red Bull.
It's Sebastien Vettel, this man out there, he's lighting up the race
track again. Two corners to go, one now. He spots the braking, well he
struggled from the apex slightly. Vettel then crosses the line now.
He goes into the 36, 1.36.9 for provisional pole position. They
will have to go again. Vettel then absolutely flying, four tenths
quicker than Lewis Hamilton. There's a man who used to drive for
Mclaren and Ferrari and owned the Toro Rosso team. But the story is
back on track now. Nico Rosberg, at the moment we have seven cars out
on track. Six of those are recovering to the pits for a second
go. We've yet to see Michael Schumacher, Nick Heidfeld or Adrian
Sutil, still trying to save their tyres. Nico Rosberg out on track.
Another brake shift change with his left hand. So much to do in the
cockpit. The work load is immense with the rear wing, KERS,
differential, engine maps, brake bias, so much going on. Plenty of
KERS left. He hits that button now, as he heads down what is
effectively the first of the very long straights. Engine revs,
creeping up there, with the wing open. Just touching 18,000. Seventh
gear, good for Cornwallifying. He's kissing the soft limiter --
qualifying. He's kissing the soft limiter there. His first sector
time is a full six tenths off the ultimate pace. A lot of work to do.
He's used up all of his KERS already in the lap. Lots of
understeer through that corner. He's now three quarters of a second
adrift. Now sweeping in this very high-
speed section. Steering wheel change going on there. How do they
do so much in the cockpit at 190mph? Great traction from the
Mercedes there. Rosberg, at the moment, stays 7th with a 38.2. You
said Michael Schumacher was thinking fourth row of the grid.
Looks like he was right. Interestingly, Nico Rosberg in the
morning session, would have had a bit more fuel but he did 38.5. He
has found a little bit of pace, which isn't the case when we look
at Fernando Alonso. Actually he did. He went a tenth quicker. The warmer
track conditions have stabilised some of the lap times. An amazing
lap from Sebastien Vettel, once again, throwing down the marker and
saying, right guys, you have four tenths to beat me pour pole.
Mercedes have been quickest in the free practices and qualifying. Are
they not carrying enough downforce? I think they have a very effective
DRS system. Earlier in the year, we heard one of the downsides of such
an effective system is they have problemles keeping the flow
attached under normal conditions. You need that fully explained what
the effect of that is. There's no point being quick in a straight
line if you're not quick enough through the corners, except it
might make it easier to defend during the race. If they are going
to be firmly at the back of the top ten, then they shouldn't be under
any pressure from the guys just outside it. Ted has a quick word
before we get down to the final laps. They're all going out again,
including Sebastien Vettel, which you might find surprising, afrrt
from the fact that the track is getting faster and faster. Not even
Vettel thinks he's safe in pole. Michael Schumacher saved himself a
set of fresh tyres tomorrow by doing only one run. That paid
dividends for him in Canada. That's what Schumacher's doing. He's yet
to post a time in this session, a competitive time. Nor has Heidfeld
and Sutil. But the front runners, they can't afford that. Sebastien
Vettel knows just how fast Lewis Hamilton is. He knows how fast the
Ferraris have been. Jenson Button in fifth at the moment has also
shown handy pace around here. So this is a proper shootout. And Red
Bull do not feel comfortable enough to just leave Vettel in the pits
and save a set of tyres. Mark Webber has some work to do in the
second Red Bull. He's only fourth at the moment. About six tenths of
a second to find, which you'd think is pretty easy in 3.3 miles, but
it's not. You've got to question whether he's got all the tools at
his disposal. He has been unfortunate with KERS not working
in previous Grand Prixs. He knows the track. He likes it. He
obviously took us on a high flying session during the Grand Prix.
Let's see what he can deliver during this lap. He's into that lap
then. So 32 seconds remaining. Clearly they've got to get offer
the line before the flag comes out. Who's out there doing that?
Hamilton, Button and Vettel will be the last man over the line to start
a hot lap. He'll pass the finish line with about 12, 13 seconds
remaining. Webber's done a personal best first sector about a tenth of
a second shy. Alonso is a tenth faster. Matching Vettel's first
sector pace, just about, within a few hundredths of a second. So much
of the track remaining. Mark Webber then really needs to get the Red
Bull up onto the front row of the grid. The flag is out. Zero seconds
remaining. These laps can be completed. Seven cars on the track
at the moment. Rosberg has pitted. Michael Schumacher with a
reasonable first sector as well. So has Felipe Massa. Button a 25.8
first sector, not particularly good, even though it's a personal best.
Charging through the apex, absolutely committed to this
qualifying lap, Mark Webber two, corners to go. Can he get this Red
Bull onto the front row and challenge Hamilton and Alonso. On
the power early through the exit. He crosses the line, Mark Webber,
and second it is on a 37.1, two tenths shy. Alonso is in the pit
lane. Alonso's gone in the pit. He's had a problem in the middle of
the lap. Now we're looking out for Vettel, who's been blinding in the
middle part of the lap too. Can he improve on that. He knows he still
has to fend off Hamilton. He's quite a bit quicker. And Hamilton
pits. Vettel has said that's enough. He's been called by the team and
he's coming in. Massa has just done a 37.5 for P5. Button only 37.6 for
sixth. He'll be disappointed for that. All Red Bull front row and
the drivers knew that they'd either made mistakes or they didn't need
to complete the lap, save the tyres. Sebastien Vettel then is on pole
position yet again. Pole position number 22. He's 24 years of age
shortly. But Vettel, then, yet again, has what it takes to beat a
quality field of drivers, including his team-mate Mark Webber. In the
end, Hamilton was four tenths shy of pole, starting third alongside
Fernando Alonso, who had a poor middle sector, presumably either
traffic or an error. Alongside Alonso, his team-mate Massa. Jenson
Button, I think, will be thoroughly disappointed with sixth. Nico
Rosberg seventh ahead of Michael Schumacher. That means it's 8-0 for
Alonso versus mass ma in qual -- Massa in qualifying. For Rosberg
it's 7-1 against Schumacher. We're getting to that point in the year
where you can do a meaningful comparison and the statistics are
very stark. But once again, Vettel is the man with the speed.
That's right. The image that all his rivals hate to see, that finger
denoting he's number one again. An incredible run of pole positions.
Looks as if he's got a comfortable margin over the rest of the field.
He's having a peak within the cockpit of the other cars. They
don't get this opportunity any other cars. Nothing in the
regulations to say you can't stick your head in there. He'll not be
allowed to touch that car. What's he checking out? Checking out the
comfort of his seat, do you think? I think he's looking at the back of
the steering wheel to see how many paddles are there and what they
might do with those. That's a specific request from somebody
within the team of trying to find out what they're doing. Nick
Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil chose not to use any tyres this that session.
They will line up ninth and tenth. Heidfeld presumably because he did
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choice. But they set the best times Fernando Alonso, would have loved
to pick up pole position here. Sadly, just not quick enough. It's
all about Red Bull in Formula One at the moment. We need, Eddie,
someone to do something. In many ways Red Bull are ruining the final
part of the qualifying sessions. Everyone just pulled into the pits
and it was game over. It's game over for a couple of reasons. It's
the best balanced car. We've all seen the regulations that's
probably come against them in some respects. They're trying to fathom
out why they're on pole. If you look at the amount of lead they've
got, it clearly hasn't been the mapping of the engine. They'll have
to think again as to how to make them all bunch up together. It's
worth reminding you, they've banned the teams changing engine maps
thinking it might make things closer. Well, it didn't. It didn't
do much for Paul di Resta. He starts 12th after a difficult
weekend. Let's hear from him now with Lee.
It had been a difficult weekend any way. You did the best you could
with the limited laps you managed. It was difficult. After Friday you
were always going to be on the back foot. There was an unfortunate
situation in my car, which was a lot of damage and took the guys a
long time to repair yesterday. We went into this morning, having
changed something after three laps. It didn't quite work. We had to
revert back. We were where we were. The last lap was up a bit, but I
seemed to make a bit of a mistake at turn 17. I triggered something
in the car and lost the down shift and lost the advantage I'd gain in
the rest of the lap. I suppose it is what it is. Have you to stay
positive from it and we're in a position wri think we can fight for
points. The only thing is we've not done a Long Run. We're going into
the race with an open mind. heard on the team radio saying well
done. You were using every inch of the track and sometimes a bit more.
Whalz your biggest unknown going into tomorrow? The biggest unknown
is how the car will perform an high fuel. At what point do you conserve
the tyres a bit? The biggest concern is what aerobalance you're
going start with, not having driven it. There's many things that leaps
to, even brake attempts. You can be on the edge, and it can be over
even from car to car. People have been in this situation, I'm sure,
before we have. We'll make the best over the years, would you have
Ricky sticking with the plan you made six months ago and give the
reserve driver the chance and risks something like this happening, or
do what you can do to help someone like Paul di Resta because this is
the state his car returned to the garage in? It was not his choice.
You have to see the mindset of the team, we have to applaud them for
giving him the chance and he has grabbed that with open arms, he has
done a super job even though the last couple of races have been
difficult but in that team they have a third driver, Hulkenberg,
who is outstanding and those three drivers are potential winners. Full
marks to Force India. It is easy to criticise. That is what they
happened, they made a mistake and they paid the penalty. It's not
that bad, he starts in 12, I have a suspicion he will get points.
di Resta is the race driver and you have to help him. These boys need
no help. Lewis Hamilton will be pleased to be standing next to
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton, very close to both
of them in those very strangely designed suits that the McLaren
drivers have for the qualifying. Let's here from them. What is
Sebastian Vettel looking for? was showing us the spare
advertising space on his overalls! Have you asked him to look for
something in those cars? drivers are inquisitive. They will
have a look at the Corus and it's a one time they are in the open. He
is always wanting to know what the opposition are up to. I and all is
performing, another pole position, what was thinking of sending him
out again at the end? We wanted to be the last car on the circuit and
be able to react to others if they were going quicker. We could see
that nobody was going to be able to beat his time so we just saved the
lap. Even if you have not got any fresh tyres left? Yes, but that is
no disadvantage, three-quarters of a time lap. We are in good shape.
Well done. Well done, indeed. For the first time since 2006, one
driver picking up seven pole position is. Interesting comment on
the tyres, saving tyres is the thing to do. We saw that from
Schumacher and Toro Rosso. But he says that despite the fact they
have used those tyres, there are still OK? They have put one he'd
cycle through the tyres by going out so there in the warm words so
they build up heat and they get used to... It does two things, it
makes the compound just that little bit harder, which could be an
advantage on the straight circuit so you are able to go one or two
laps longer but might not have the ultimate speed. I don't see any
advantage. Jensen Button did not quite have the speed today. Three-
tenths of a second behind Lewis Hamilton. Starting in 6th place,
how do you feel? It's all very good. The car felt pretty good in Q 2. I
just could not get any real grip. A special attraction in the first two,
last week it was OK. It was so frustrating. Yes. Frustrating. Q2,
the car felt very good and I did not have to push it hard. And then
Q 3, I don't know why... Be were talking about oversteer, do you
know were it is coming from? It's coming from the back. So much has
happened since yesterday. The car was great this morning. But with
the heat, maybe the balance isn't working. As good as it was this
morning, because of that. It was the same thing on the front tyre
also. They say tomorrow will be even hotter. How does this puzzle
on raffle? I am sure we can change the balance. Tyre pressure and what
have you. The Eire Og balance and differential, but I did not expect
that in 23. Not great. We will have a good race. It looks like there is
only one happy driver in Formula One. Jensen Button is right to be
down, he has to do something to sort this out, to sort out
qualifying? We know how he can race, we saw so much evidence of that in
Canada, sorts the qualifying out because he will not win races
starting in 6th position. Perhaps a man to look at his Sebastian Vettel,
he has got qualifying nailed. He is that the drivers press conference.
He said all along the new regulations on the engine mapping
would not affect Red Bull and I assume you are correct? I did not
say that, there was talk beforehand going into this and there will be a
lot of talk before the next grand prix but everyone will lose out on
something. If people expect us to lose more than others, that is what
I disagree. All in all, I think it was a very good day for us, very
good to have the front row for the team and it will be a very long
race, it's always tough year. It's a tricky circuit, 25 corners before
we even cross the line again and especially in qualifying and to get
the corners right is very difficult so to get the perfect lap is quite
tough. But I think I first round was quite good, I was very happy.
It is a good result. And could to start from that tomorrow. Mark
Webber, you were alongside Sebastien on the front row. You're
one of the only leader contenders to improve on your final run, was
it the perfect lap? It was pretty good. You have got so many corners,
you would like to put all of them together perfectly for all of you
runs but it's not the case, we have to do our best to put together when
it counts. I did not have the Smithers build up into Q 3. I knew
there was some more to come. I had to put it altogether. Still not
easy, but it was a pretty good lap, nice to go quicker on the last
sector to put that on together. But in the end, it was a great day for
the team. And off the back of all that talk and it's nice to come
here and do well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. And we
will go from there. Lewis Hamilton, you were trying to improve at the
end of Q3 but third on the grid, is that a good effort? Definitely. I
was not expecting to be so high up after P3, we were struggling. The
guys did a good job. And we can analyse some of the data to improve.
Fantastic job by the guys. I think the lap was not too bad, I tried to
improve on the last lap but you're always trying to get more. I just
bailed out. Hopefully I will save those tyres for the race. Lewis
Hamilton looking towards the race from third on the grid, just behind
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Then Fernando Alonso and Felipe
Massa with Ferrari, expecting to challenge alongside each other. And
five German drivers in the top 10. Including three astern. Fernando
Alonso starts and forth, he says he has made the best seven starts of
his career so far this season and he will need one from 4th place?
believes in himself, he is also sure about the car. He needs to get
it all together as a package and then he can challenge. Plenty of
sport coming your way. As ice-pick, the MotoGP is happening live on the
Red Button. Then we have that re- run over on BBC Two and then
Wimbledon, we were watching Andy Murray from here in Spain.
Congratulations. And more action coming next on BBC One. And then,
of course, we are back. The European Grand Prix, all the build
up on BBC One coming your way from 12:10pm, including a chat with a
man who had quite a good race the last time out. I like those
conditions, you have to really feel your way around. Before I started
racing, and was karting, and my father would put it in wet tyres
and I had to run around on slicks because he wanted me to learn how
to drive in the light. Maybe he just could not afford to get a wet
tyres. Now he claims... It is all credit to him, he is my father
figure! Jensen Button sounding as tight as Eddie Jordan! Sebastian
Vettel picks up pole position in the heart of Europe's greatest city,
Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Spain. With overtaking traditionally difficult at the Valencia Street Circuit, qualifying may be even more important than usual. Last year it was Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who claimed pole, and the German went on to win the race ahead of Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Vettel, the reigning world champion, has made an impressive start to the 2011 season, establishing a commanding lead in the drivers' championship. The 23-year-old's consistency in qualifying has been a key factor in his success, so the likes of Hamilton and Button will be desperate to beat him to pole in Valencia. With commentary from Martin Brundle and David Coulthard.