The European Grand Prix - Qualifying Formula 1


The European Grand Prix - Qualifying

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

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performance by Steve Davis... He has done it! It's not about how

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hard you fall but how quickly you get back up and back into the race.

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An incredible number of falls. Desperate, now! And a new world

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record. Retaining total self-belief. No matter how futile it seems.

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must be the best part of 15 lengths. Swooping! Just holding on... It is

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about that once-in-a-lifetime performance would you find

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something that means even when you are last, you can still cross the

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line first... Jenson Button, last is. He sails past! Somehow finding

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enough grip. Is he a head? He is! Jensen Button leads the Grand Prix!

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Sensational drive. It wasn't a bad finish? If you are one of the lucky

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ones who stayed until the end of the night, the car behind us driven

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by Jensen Button give us the most incredible finish. One to tell the

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grand children. You watch the longest race in Formula One history.

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It felt longer even when watching. How long did it feel in the

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commentary box? It did feel longer. You were talking about marshals and

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the water but in the end, it was fantastic. I have no idea you were

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so at that? At bird-watching? not know that is what you called it.

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Eddie Jordan, impressive in the commentary box and it was also

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impressive in the pit lane. The atmosphere was like nothing else?

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If you were looking for the best Seat in the House, we were so

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fortunate, we go to many different teams and we had to be with the

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McLaren team for this race. It was euphoric. You cannot believe the

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excitement. Wonderful, wonderful occasion. As ever, Formula One does

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not wait for any man, we can hear the engines roaring. Determined to

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make it two wins? Watching these pictures, that big grin on his face,

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Jensen Button is popular but it was the fact that one person dominated

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so much. And then Jensen Button looks like he was having such a bad

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race and still took the win? If you think about his career, with Honda

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in changeable positions, his first victory for McLaren in Melbourne.

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Changeable conditions. There is nobody like him when it comes to

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wet and dry transition. There is no question, next time we have those

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conditions, no matter where he is, if the bookmakers are open, we will

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have to place bets... After racing around the man-made island two

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weeks ago, this place is equally unique. It is very were we travel

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to somewhere were the sunbathers have their action interrupted by

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the roaring of 4 min one. We are in the industrial heartland of

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Valencia. One of the biggest ports and Spain and also an 0 to the less

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glamourous past, with the sheds at once reverberated to the sound of

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something rather different, fishermen selling their catch. And

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this is a live shot of the pit lane, full of fans and that is a

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beautiful area. And just above us, these old tiles. Put up many years

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ago and they probably had no idea that one day, instead of red

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snapper and halibut, these buildings would be filled with the

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most expensive racing cars. There are some lovely things about this

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place but there was something missing? The most famous moment is

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Mark Webber going upside down last year. We need this to deliver?

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need this to deliver, the overtaking in the past has been

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very poor. And really, that needs to be rectified. But Valencia, it

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is right in there... It is no different to Monaco, we talk about

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the architecture, it is a wonderful place to visit but that sparkle,

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that fire in your tummy, it isn't here yet. We saw one overtake in

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2009, 12 months ago, 82 overtakes in Turkey. This is the acid test?

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We should not be surprised, there isn't much overtaking, qualifying

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sorts out the fastest and the slowest and why should there be any

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big transition? But with Pirelli, there has been a lot of drop-off in

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the performance of the tyres. That has made the strategy much more

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important. And with ers, drag reduction, we see the situation

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would drivers cannot defend, you cannot defend against the speed

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differential. There is no question we will see more overtaking. Some

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people point to the fact that Sebastian Vettel was well aware

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that Button could have activated that. And talking of the current

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form and a one champion, with all the euphoria about Jensen Button,

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nobody has mentioned that it was almost the perfect result for

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Sebastian Vettel? He will have been told by his engineer that his

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closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, has just gone out. He will be

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absolutely crazy in the car with joy. And yes, what I like about

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Sebastian Vettel, we saw that glimmer of hope. He does make

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mistakes but he had to be pushed into this and full marks to Jensen

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Button. I do not think any other driver in any other circumstance

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would have been able to. Do not give up on the current form and all

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season, there are still 300 points up for grabs. Before we get into

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the nitty-gritty, we should we live exactly what happened two weeks ago

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and these boys will be very pleased to know that we have managed to

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condense four hours, four minutes and 39 seconds into just a couple

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will have the race. Whoever is round! Hamilton was getting up the

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inside. They touched. Lewis Hamilton, so -- suspension damage,

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puncture. He was trying to pass Jensen Button. Look how hard it is

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raining, the race is suspended. Ferrari is off? Fernando Alonso. It

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was Jensen Button. Puncture? Felipe Massa with Kobayashi. Michael

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Schumacher has gone past the pair of them. The front wing. They will

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touch. He has broken his front wing. None of these guys were -- know

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what the front wing is? Michael Schumacher is a sitting target, can

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he get through? Well... And there he goes. He will not let Jensen

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Button through at the same time? He can! Mark Webber nearly lost it.

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Jensen Button sales pastern. But then goes a long way around. Is

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Schumacher ahead? Jensen Button into second place. -- sales past

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him. Enter the final lap. Jensen Button at Leeds! Jensen Button,

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what a victory! He wins a brilliant race! That was Trulli incredible,

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14 overtakes by Jensen Button in the final five laps. And the final

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overtake was on the car behind, Sebastian Vettel. The first time we

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have seen that chink in the arm or of Sebastian Vettel? What went on

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in the team? How much reflection goes on. It will be very

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straightforward, he will have looked at the entrance speed into

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that corner, it is very clear that he put the wheel on to the damp

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part of the track and that tried to much. They will be no more analysis

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necessary. It was a mistake by the driver. Why he was so late

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responding to the pressure that Jensen Button was putting him under,

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only he can answer. Second place is still not bad. Of course he is

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disappointed, he does not want to make the stakes in those conditions.

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It shows he is human. Sebastian is telling everyone who will listen, I

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was not under pressure, it was a natural error? He can say what he

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wants, we are looking at this and we have to take over own shoe. He

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would never have made that mistake if Jensen Button had not been there

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and for him to go on a length with that argument, it does not wash

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with me, I think Jensen Button put him under enough pressure to make

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him fall into that mistake, at least to look into his nerves, and

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the slightest little confusion in the mind suddenly met the cars

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around 10 and Jenson Button was passed. When looking at the Gap,

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you look at the pit board and you see you have five seconds and on

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the next lap, it is one second, that puts you under pressure

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because you think, were well I find four seconds? It was the aggression

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from Jensen Button and I have spoken to him and if you look at

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the calendar, he said the only way anyone will catch Sebastian Vettel

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is to be aggressive, or on the track when near him and in the

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approach. He probably says exactly what Lewis Hamilton is saying with

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the way he is driving, but I think Jensen Button isn't naturally

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aggressive, he is smooth and stylish. He loves the changing

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conditions. Were he will find that you find aggression is beyond me

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because Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead in the

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championship so it will take something new. We saw both McLaren

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cars bumping into each other, you did that in 1999, how does it work?

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Do you just accept that? There would have been a conversation,

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Martin mentioned in the broadcast that during that which they had

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time to reflect on that and has some responsibility. It is never

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good to crash with your team-mate, not with anyone but the pressure

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within the happy family of the team is immense on those two guys. The

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person you have to beat first is to tame it. And the pressure gets more

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when the man sitting in the car behind Duke has a lead that he has

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got. Formula One has been on the front and back pages of the past

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seven days, which is hardly surprising for a sport that

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generates more stories than points. Let's wrap up all the action from

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off the track... On the back of his win in Canada, Jensen Button

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believes he can challenge Sebastian Vettel for this year's World

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Championship. Potter knows the Red Bull driver can make mistakes under

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pressure. We are 60 points behind, we have seen a couple of witnesses

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in Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel over the last two races. And the

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lough isn't always on their side, which is good to see. Sebastian

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Vettel insists it was not crapping under pressure, just a rare mistake.

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It's was not a mistake, I was feeling so much pressure that I

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cracked. I had to push their heat hard. Everything is back to normal.

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-- push very hard. I have nothing to be ashamed of or worried about.

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On the subject of the championship, Fernando Alonso has admitted for

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the first time he does not expect to be able to beat Sebastian Vettel

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to this year's title. Instead, he is focusing on second place.

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first guy is out of reach for the rest of us because he has a lot of

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advantages. We cannot forget, we are on average one second behind

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Red Bull. They're very dominant in this championship. Maybe the most

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dominant car in years. The silly season is in full swing, Jensen

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Button denies he has been talking to Ferrari and instead looks set to

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stay at McLaren but Ferrari insist they will keep Felipe Massa and the

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German magazines have mocked-up what Lewis Hamilton might look like.

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That isn't very good! I don't think that is so good. I'm not saying too

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much about that. There is a real change this weekend, could the Red

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Bull stranglehold on pole position be affected by the ban on

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qualifying only engine maps to generate exhaust gas even when the

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driver is off the throttle, using the exhaust for a dynamic game and

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makes the cars sound like their misfiring of corners. If it comes

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ahead of another clampdown in this area for the British Grand Prix in

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a fortnight. All the top teams used qualifying laps and the reason we

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did not race in this was because fuel consumption was too high or

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the reliability of the engine. It will make a difference. But my

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feeling is everybody would just deal with it. Perez is fit to race

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after his crash in Monaco four weeks ago. The Mexican says his

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sentence meant it was too soon to try to make a comeback for the last

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race in Canada. I was feeling dizzy. I was not happy. But my normal life

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has improved a lot. This is a big help and the motivation and I am

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looking forward to getting back in the car. And Paul di Resta goes

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into qualifying today on the back foot after having his car smashed

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up by the test driver on Friday. The repairs meant he missed most of

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the second practice so he has a lot of ground to make up. It has proven

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very difficult to get the car balanced with the temperature on

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the track. And making sure everything is working. And you have

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It's over 40 degrees on track temperature. The Grandstand is

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filling up. Lots of fans taking photos. We haven't necessarily had

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this atmosphere in Valencia before. It takes a couple of years,

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naturally enough. It's very close in terms of proximity to Barcelona.

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So, people with money have to budget tooz where they're going to

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go, I would imagine. More and more people are coming here because it's

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absolutely in the centre of the city. It's beside the port. There's

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a lot of real life going on here. I can see the racing is becoming more

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exciting and people will flood to this place. I've bumped into quite

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a few British people who are biening racing with a holiday. You

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can walk from the track, lie on the beach in the afternoon. You could

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pay less for the ticket and get a bit a holiday too. Now just past

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the Force India. Give us the mind set of Paul di Resta. He picked up

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points in the first couple of races. Everything seemed so easy. Now

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maybe the sport doesn't seem as easy as it seemed. It isn't as easy

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as it seemed. Can Force India be a front-running team? That remains to

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be seen. He needs to be beating his team-mates, scoring points and

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getting an opportunity to go somewhere else to score wins.

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Rubens Barrichello's engine is roaring up over there. We don't

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want to blast your ears for a second time. We heard from Ted

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talking about new regulations coming into Formula One. This is

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changing engine mapping for qualifying. Fernando Alonso has

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described this as the second championship. Is that just

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desperation from him, do you think hoping this will create a second

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championship? Every year there's always someone complaining about

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something. It was the double diffusers, when only three teams

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started with it in 2009. Jenson managed to win races early doors

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and hell on to win the world championship. Then obviously, we've

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had flexible front wing talk. Now we've got the blowing hot gases.

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Once this passes, it will be something else. I joked this

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morning on Radio 5 Live it will be the colour of some of the driver's

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underwear that's the secret thing. They do look for everything in this

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sport? I have my own little theory. We've seen Red Bull so dominant

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this year. We're in danger of seeing another era of Michael

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Schumacher, dare I say it. The car is so good. Vettel is so good. My

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guess is they are looking at areas where they think Red Bull has been

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advantage and they want to take it away from them. In many respects

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that's how Formula One works. If it's going to make closer racing,

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I'm all for it. They just look for different things each week until

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they ban Red Bull eventually. don't say it as flippant as that.

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But the change of the engine here is directed towards Red Bull.

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That's my view. It's such a complex sport. The regulations are set

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there. Interpreting the rules, of course with technology, you can

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explore areas when they were writing the rules they didn't know

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existed. It constantly has to be updated. As of today it is national

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motor sport week in the United Kingdom. You can walk through the

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front doors of a Formula One team and get really cles to motor sport.

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We saw it as a great opportunity to make David Coulthard get up very

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early in the morning and do this: Attention Class A drivers, you have

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15 minutes to qualify. This is all about affordable motor

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sport. This is Lewis. This is his road car. And this is what track

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days are all about. 25 quid you brought your, what is it? Scirocco.

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Still some kit in the back there. Here I am, out on the Brands Hatch

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circuit. Wow, it's such a great track, isn't it? Great opportunity.

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I wish I'd known this when I was a young driver coming up. Oh, my God,

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James Bond. I've seen him in the movies. It's best defined by a map

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you're given and it's to get round this course as quickly as possible.

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It's a great entry-level motor sport. Per round is �150 maximum to

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do. We go to the right of this cone, to the left of the next. You're

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going to stop here. Circle these here. Keep the power going, then

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you go forward. Come to a halt. Reverse off the line. Turn, come to

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a halt, select reverse, looking over your shoulder. The finish line

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is on the left. Well... What looks like a very short course, actually

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I'm not sure I can memorise it. Grand Prix racing is easy, you do

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the same thing time and time again. -- goodness.

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APPLAUSE Would that have got me an entry

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level or would I have been firmly last? Erm, going the wrong way

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would incur a very large penalty. It would be fastest time plus 20

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seconds. Official time keeper, what do we have here? Alastair's time

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was? 23.31 and yours was 32.12, but two penalties. The two penalties,

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what does that add to the time? Another ten seconds. Right. So 19

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seconds off the pace in a 23-second wheelspin... It is an uphill ski

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slalom and it's he or she who gets furthest. It can be done incredibly

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cheaply. Like all motor sports you can spend as much as you like as

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well. Well done, yeah. It is purely a

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driver's sport. So actually a new comer, spending a lot of money,

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will get him no results whatsoever. This is a great sport for partners,

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because you need your co-driver there to lean on the wheels when

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you're going up a tight corner. Yeah. Lots of husbands and wives,

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lots of brothers and brothers. Help! This could definitely test

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the relationship if you have a husband and wife in here. Shall we

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test my skills and see if I can get up the hill? Little bit of left,

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right. Brake off. Off the gas. No. The look on your

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face. That's because I know I have on. Power, more power. Burn the

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wheels. Absolutely it's going, it's going.

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Yay skhrm -- yay! I'm happy with that. I don't want to go any

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further. Thank you very much. Right, I think I've had enough adrenaline

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for today. You can drive it back down the hill.

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His excuse that it was too dissimilar to a car like this, used

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to the Formula One cars. Ross Brawn was chuckling away to that. Did you

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see any skills that might make you want to bring this man out of

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retirement? I would have done a better job more ballast. Apparently

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that does help and bouncing. always said you're too thin,

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particularly for live television. Have you had an offer of a contract

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yet? Fun any enough, I haven't. We actually had a run up the hill

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climb as well with Scott Moran, the champion, incredible what they're

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doing. Stirling Moss started in that way back. It's worth going to

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motor sport.com. It's an affordable way to get into motor sport. Let's

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talk about your involvement in this. You're throwing open the doors of

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Mercedes Grand Prix and welcoming the F1 in? We have two competitions

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running. One for a factory visit, factory tour. The other is to join

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us at good wood to join us as part of the team and work on the car.

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have one question, it's slightly different, Michael Schumacher,

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Mercedes, next year's contract. Whose side is the option on? It's

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on Michael's side. He can renew if he wishs? Thank you. What do you

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expect his thinking to be? He was second in can da, faster than some

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of the guys on the track, the fastest at times. Are those results

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going to help to convince him to stay, do you think, or does he not

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need any convincing? It reminds him of how much fun it can be. It's

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frustrating to be midfield, when he's had such a great career. He's

:26:56.:27:01.

used to fighting at the front. He had a taste of it again. If we can

:27:01.:27:05.

convince him that we can be there consistently, he will carry on.

:27:05.:27:09.

I bring you back to the go motor sport side of things, do you have a

:27:09.:27:12.

policy to allow a certain amount of university graduates or people to

:27:12.:27:16.

do work experience within the company? How do you do that?

:27:17.:27:20.

Presumably the bright young talent is the future of Formula One?

:27:20.:27:27.

as much as we can. We have a lot of students come through. We work with

:27:27.:27:33.

former students. I think it's a great initiatives. The universities

:27:33.:27:37.

get together and design a racing car that they take to Silverstone.

:27:37.:27:40.

That's a fantastic initiative. F one at schools is a competition,

:27:40.:27:47.

you know, that will jet propel cars, that they build and race each other.

:27:47.:27:51.

That's fantastic. We do an awful lot on that side. I must put final

:27:51.:27:58.

touch to that. I think it's fair to say �6 billion revenue is in the

:27:58.:28:02.

British economy because of our sport. We mustn't let that be

:28:02.:28:08.

forgotten. How much of that do you feel is a result of Formula One?

:28:08.:28:11.

are the centre of Formula One. Eight of the teams are in the UK.

:28:11.:28:15.

If you want a Formula One team, you come to the UK. �6 billion of

:28:15.:28:20.

turnover, �4, �4 billion is exported. 40,000 people have a

:28:20.:28:24.

career with motor sport in the UK. We should celebrate it. It's

:28:24.:28:27.

fantastic. Let's hope a British engineer can get this car towards

:28:27.:28:37.

the front. Mike I hope you're more optimistic for this weekend. Thank

:28:37.:28:41.

you. Lewis Hamilton has had a tough couple of races. The outburst after

:28:41.:28:46.

Monaco, ended up in the wall in can da. We decided to put a smile on

:28:46.:28:50.

his face. We sent him to watt kins Glenn, the famous American circuit,

:28:50.:28:59.

to do what he does best, in a slightly different car.

:28:59.:29:04.

For many people in America this is mecca for road racing. We used to

:29:05.:29:11.

come in the 70s and watch back then. That was exciting. Mario Andretti

:29:11.:29:17.

and Johnny Player, Lotus special black. He was our favourite. Great

:29:17.:29:22.

British drivers have been here, Jimy Clark. My son and I came up

:29:22.:29:29.

from pencele vain ya, a four-hour drive. We wanted to see a --

:29:29.:29:34.

Pennsylvania, a four-hour drive. came to see Lewis Hamilton and Tony

:29:34.:29:44.
:29:44.:30:10.

and I think the history and Stewart, it's like driving an old, historic

:30:10.:30:20.
:30:20.:30:28.

car. It's completely different for drive this? It is. I can't wait to

:30:28.:30:35.

get on the road. I have already? Shake and bake! I'm going to have

:30:35.:30:42.

fun. Expected to be heavy. Go on... I'm going to try and enjoy it, this

:30:42.:30:47.

does not have downforce, it's much heavier than what I try. But I

:30:47.:30:57.

watch it on TV. Days of Thunder. Getting a chance to drive his

:30:57.:31:01.

Formula One car is an honour so I'm really excited to be here. And

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waited 40 years of my life to do this! Am a little nervous, I want

:31:06.:31:09.

to make sure that I bring this car back in the same condition that it

:31:09.:31:14.

leaves the pit lane. Especially a car that he has won the World

:31:14.:31:20.

Championship in. Massive excited, I feel like a kid in a candy store.

:31:20.:31:23.

Getting to drive a different car and feel this engine, it sounds

:31:23.:31:33.
:31:33.:31:33.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 63 seconds

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have to swap jobs! Are you ready to race over here? Yes, she never know.

:32:36.:32:40.

There was nothing in the world that is like driving a Formula One car.

:32:40.:32:45.

It was cool to have all these fans coming out. And see Lewis Hamilton

:32:45.:32:51.

and myself to something that is out of our element. Some nice donuts?

:32:51.:32:55.

did a couple at the end, I had to give it a go. You have to take that

:32:55.:33:05.
:33:05.:33:06.

off your box. Shake and bake! If you have no idea what that means,

:33:06.:33:10.

watch tad bigger nights. We have escaped the loudest acclaim.

:33:10.:33:15.

Everywhere we went today, some clever engineer decided to ask the

:33:15.:33:19.

team to roar their engines. We are at the back, it's wonderful to see

:33:19.:33:24.

the way this operates, the teams have brought specially adapted

:33:24.:33:27.

exhausts just so they can blow hot air from underneath the old fish

:33:27.:33:34.

market. Divot, you were out there with Lewis Hamilton, he has come up

:33:34.:33:44.
:33:44.:33:44.

with the new nickname? Tony Stewart, he has smoke. And Lewis Hamilton,

:33:44.:33:53.

he said probably bump or crash? I thought that was very humorous.

:33:53.:33:59.

Thankfully, we don't actually carry nicknames. One would just be?

:33:59.:34:07.

Come on! Boring. We cannot say it on! Let's move on. I was thinking

:34:07.:34:13.

of one for you, Eddie Jordan! Let's talk about Lewis Hamilton, he has

:34:13.:34:17.

had past couple of races that are quite tough, everyone from Nicky

:34:17.:34:20.

ladder to Eddie Irvine have had something to say about his current

:34:21.:34:24.

driving but what about the man himself. He has been speaking to

:34:24.:34:33.

Ted Kravitz. There was Hamilton, suspension damage, puncture. This

:34:33.:34:36.

is just incredible. It's hard enough out there without running

:34:36.:34:42.

into your team-mate. Difficult times for McLaren. Hamilton has

:34:42.:34:48.

gone up the inside. Surely that is another penalty? You talked about

:34:48.:34:51.

turning over a new leaf, have you look at yourself and the driving

:34:51.:34:59.

and when you take it more easy? I have stood back and I have looked

:34:59.:35:06.

at things. I liked the way I drive. I will continue to drive the way I

:35:06.:35:10.

drive. If I was not be able to drive the way I can, I would not

:35:10.:35:18.

enjoy it. Of course, he can always make better judgments. Just

:35:18.:35:24.

improving on certain judgments and calls. A very clumsy pass going on.

:35:24.:35:30.

Hamilton drives into Felipe Massa. Felipe Massa is off the road.

:35:30.:35:37.

of the 100 board races I have done, you are bound to have some that

:35:37.:35:43.

don't come off so well and when they do, of, they are good. I had a

:35:43.:35:53.
:35:53.:35:54.

bit of a bad run. He is looking at the inside. Hamilton takes the lead.

:35:54.:36:03.

He was Hamilton, brilliantly wins the Chinese Grand Prix. There is a

:36:03.:36:08.

quote, if you don't go for gaps, you are no longer a racing driver?

:36:08.:36:15.

Yes, I had that coat when I was fairly young. It stuck with me. --

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heard that quote. I don't know if other drivers have that feeling but

:36:18.:36:25.

I definitely do. Twitcher is awash with potential nicknames former

:36:25.:36:30.

partners in crime but we cannot broadcast them. Mark Webber came

:36:30.:36:33.

out with the Great Court, Lewis Hamilton seems to think that the

:36:33.:36:37.

chequered flag was at the apex of turn three on the first lap. Is

:36:37.:36:43.

this impatient, passion and driving? Or is there was Hamilton

:36:43.:36:47.

driving as he always has and he is being unlucky? I must make

:36:47.:36:52.

reference, he said, I liked the way I drive. And so do we. It's

:36:52.:36:57.

exciting. Please don't change. You don't automatically lose brilliant

:36:57.:37:01.

talent. It is born out of frustration, his car was not good

:37:01.:37:06.

enough when it launched an that has made huge strides but I want Lewis

:37:06.:37:09.

Hamilton to drive the way he is. That is how he excites me and I

:37:09.:37:13.

want to see exciting racing, I don't want to see former leader. He

:37:13.:37:19.

does it for me. I think it is down to the pace of the car.

:37:19.:37:23.

Unsurprisingly. Sebastian Vettel has not had to overtake many people.

:37:23.:37:27.

He has started on pole. Michael Schumacher has statistically

:37:27.:37:32.

overtaken more people at the start of races because he tends to be on

:37:32.:37:38.

the for throat or just outside the top 10. -- 4th row. If the McLaren

:37:38.:37:43.

is the fastest car out there, but it has been lacking in qualifying,

:37:43.:37:47.

it would be different. If Lewis Hamilton does not have to come from

:37:47.:37:51.

behind, he would not have to make those manoeuvres and it is part of

:37:51.:37:55.

his instinct to go for the gap and it is so difficult to pull that

:37:55.:38:01.

pass off. I would not criticise him for having a go. It is just part of

:38:01.:38:04.

Formula One, trying to pass a faster car on the racetrack and it

:38:04.:38:13.

will be close at times. Statistically, Lewis Hamilton, his

:38:13.:38:17.

past three have come from trying to pass the car in front. Can you look

:38:17.:38:24.

at these... This was Monza. Getting there will inside Felipe Massa.

:38:24.:38:30.

That was clumsy, bunched up. There was a gap. He was not going for the

:38:30.:38:36.

past. Singapore, on the outside of for clever and I think that was, on

:38:37.:38:39.

reflection, Mark Webber touching the rear wheel of Lewis Hamilton.

:38:39.:38:45.

It was almost like a reverse of what we saw in Canada with Lewis

:38:45.:38:49.

Hamilton and Mark. And the incident with Jensen Button. Taking the

:38:49.:38:53.

racing line. You could argue at best that was a racing incident and

:38:53.:38:58.

at worst, it was the responsibility of Lewis Hamilton because he was

:38:58.:39:02.

behind. It should not be the car in front's responsibility to weed out

:39:02.:39:07.

of the way. It was always going to be a closing gap. He had to make

:39:07.:39:11.

the pass, he did that with Jensen Button in China and he went on to

:39:11.:39:17.

win. Jensen Button perhaps that, it's not happening now. We will

:39:17.:39:22.

continue that. Thank you very much. We will hear your beautiful voices

:39:22.:39:28.

very shortly. Interesting point, would you think Jansen's mind was

:39:28.:39:33.

there? He said he did not see Lewis Hamilton? That is what he says, the

:39:33.:39:38.

camera does not say that, it says he made a significant error on the

:39:38.:39:45.

corner before and he went to take advantage of the inside track

:39:45.:39:48.

because it was the Hon Nicholas Lewis Hamilton could pass. This

:39:48.:39:52.

spray would have netted was virtually impossible for Jensen

:39:52.:39:56.

Button to see Lewis Hamilton and for certainly know that Jensen

:39:56.:40:00.

Button is very straightforward and clean as a driver so to say that he

:40:00.:40:04.

caused an accident, no one says that. It was just one of those

:40:04.:40:07.

things, I do not know where else Lewis Hamilton could have gone, he

:40:07.:40:12.

had the speed out of the corner and had to have a go. And he does have

:40:12.:40:16.

a go and the good news is, when he tends to have bad races or gets

:40:16.:40:19.

caught up in front of the stewards, he puts in an incredible

:40:19.:40:23.

performance afterwards so watch it. 10 minutes until qualifying starts

:40:24.:40:28.

in Valencia. Three different winners in the three races and by

:40:28.:40:31.

far the most popular and most patient was Rubens Barrichello, who

:40:31.:40:35.

had to wait five years for another win in 4 min one. It came right

:40:35.:40:45.
:40:45.:40:48.

here. Lee McKenzie has been with him. -- Formula One. I had my 10th

:40:48.:40:53.

winner, the 100 for Brazil. It was just phenomenal. For the first time

:40:53.:40:59.

in five years, Rubens Barrichello is a winner in Formula One.

:40:59.:41:03.

remember going up the stairs and Lewis saying, what a great race it

:41:03.:41:07.

was, it was a great one. Some drivers have not been so impressed

:41:07.:41:12.

with the circuit, you like it? is a place I like, there is a good

:41:12.:41:17.

buy. At certain points the drivers complain and that is we make a

:41:17.:41:20.

straight line but the walls come back. So it becomes blind. There

:41:20.:41:24.

has not been a lot of overtaking the strike but if we had some in

:41:24.:41:28.

Monaco, we will have plenty. Rubens Barrichello makes a beautiful move

:41:29.:41:34.

on his old Ferrari team-mate. He will be grinning from ear to ear.

:41:34.:41:38.

Last year we saw problems with back markers, Mark Webber... 40 thought

:41:38.:41:42.

that the closing speeds from the Lotus were too extreme, do you

:41:42.:41:45.

think that might be more of a problem this weekend? We hope not

:41:46.:41:50.

but that is a problem. The problem is with those walls coming back to

:41:50.:41:54.

you and coming away. It is almost like the car in front isn't

:41:54.:41:59.

actually taking the defensive line. There could be decisions as to work

:41:59.:42:03.

to go. Just watching what Mark Webber went through, that Philip

:42:03.:42:08.

was just horrible. It is like the spectators are on top of you.

:42:08.:42:13.

feels good. As long as they are safe. It feels very good. I

:42:13.:42:17.

remember seeing a lot of people in the pool at the top of the

:42:18.:42:23.

buildings. And having fun. It was such a long time ago but I remember

:42:23.:42:28.

that in Spain, before Alonso, you could count how many people we had

:42:28.:42:38.

on the grandstand. This is a little tricky section. Tell us about this

:42:38.:42:43.

and coming into the bridge? Just fantastic, the feeling you go

:42:43.:42:46.

through, it is an narrow part of the circuit and it feels good. It

:42:46.:42:52.

is something different. Is this track edged into a memory or do you

:42:52.:42:59.

walk around and say, I remember this... It is in your mind. He

:42:59.:43:04.

takes five laps for a racing driver to memorise. Five laps. And when

:43:04.:43:09.

you do that, you never forget. you feel excited? You have done so

:43:09.:43:13.

many races in Formula One, do you still have the feeling of not

:43:13.:43:19.

waiting to get back into the car? Every weekend I feel refreshed. The

:43:19.:43:23.

most difficult moment is when you say goodbye to the family and the

:43:23.:43:29.

kids. That is the tough part. I have to go for another wicket. As

:43:29.:43:33.

soon as you are in the car I'm going to the airport, you're in the

:43:33.:43:37.

racing mode. They were sitting at home and having lunch and they said,

:43:37.:43:44.

does anybody want me to be more at home? Mummy said, yes and the other

:43:44.:43:50.

two said, no! Three against one. has been a pleasure to get your

:43:51.:43:55.

insights. I hope to have a great weekend. Thank you very much.

:43:55.:44:01.

will let you speak to engineers and maker plans. Thank you. Happy

:44:01.:44:05.

memories for Rubens Barrichello, yet to make it into the final part

:44:05.:44:10.

of qualifying. We are walking into position to watch qualifying. You

:44:10.:44:14.

just so Lewis Hamilton? I asked him how his mind was and he said,

:44:14.:44:19.

looking good. Good to know. Lewis Hamilton will use all of a skills

:44:19.:44:22.

just to keep the car on the track because it is still so slippy at

:44:23.:44:28.

there? For good reason. This is still a road circuit and you have

:44:28.:44:32.

all the trucks and the cars and everyday traffic and all of the oil

:44:32.:44:37.

that is deposited, it takes longer, it is significantly slower than

:44:37.:44:40.

normal circuit so you have those added together and it takes longer

:44:40.:44:47.

to bed in. Schumacher coming around, going over the bridge and he spins

:44:47.:44:51.

the car 180 degrees. This is the final part of practice this morning.

:44:51.:44:57.

By now, it should have more grip. What will happen? We are about to

:44:57.:45:01.

find out. 20 minutes of action coming your way. The slow was seven

:45:01.:45:07.

cars will be alone at it. -- slowest seven cars will be

:45:07.:45:17.
:45:17.:45:30.

round eight of 19 in this year's Formula One world championship.

:45:30.:45:33.

This 3.3 mile Valencia Street Circuit, as it's called, it's more

:45:33.:45:38.

of a regular race track with walls, I would say. It has 25 corners. 24

:45:39.:45:43.

drivers here, but only one of them can be on pole position. We have

:45:43.:45:47.

just over an hour to find out who that man will be. David, where

:45:47.:45:54.

should we look first today? We're going to look at the man who's been

:45:54.:45:57.

locking out pole position, Sebastien Vettel. There's been talk

:45:57.:46:00.

about changes made to the software and the ability that the teams have

:46:00.:46:05.

to change that software between qualifying and the race. This sort

:46:05.:46:11.

of hot blown cold diffuser that we've been hearing a lot about.

:46:11.:46:15.

They're not allowed to run different software now than what

:46:15.:46:18.

they start the session with. People will be interested to see what

:46:18.:46:23.

effect that has. As the track temperature gets up to 44 degrees,

:46:23.:46:27.

then the humidity and air temperature increases. You get a

:46:27.:46:30.

different race track than practice sessions. Quickest in the morning

:46:30.:46:33.

was Sebastien Vettel. Closely followed by Fernando Alonso. But

:46:33.:46:38.

this is a different track now. The tyres interact differently with the

:46:38.:46:42.

Tarmac. You have less downforce available as the air temperature

:46:42.:46:46.

increases and less horse power as well. The drivers won't expect the

:46:46.:46:50.

car to be the same as it was following the morning session.

:46:50.:46:54.

big crowd enjoying the sunshine, very much looking forward to this

:46:54.:46:58.

qualifying session. It's a chemical reaction between the tyres and the

:46:58.:47:05.

track. Up at 44 centigrade, we heard Mclaren drivers saying we

:47:05.:47:08.

can't switch these prime, sorry the new medium tyre they're running

:47:08.:47:14.

here, they can't switch them on. What does that mean? There's a

:47:14.:47:18.

chemical interaction between the tyre and the road and for whatever

:47:18.:47:22.

reason, certain tyres will work better at lower temperatures and

:47:22.:47:25.

others work better at higher temperatures. This is the first

:47:25.:47:30.

time we've had Pirelli tyres on this race track. They make the best

:47:30.:47:33.

guess as to the right separation between the soft option tyre, the

:47:33.:47:39.

one favoured for qualifying and the harder prime tyre, which will be

:47:39.:47:43.

used once during the Grand Prix. At the moment, it looks like there's a

:47:43.:47:48.

bigger spread than normally. There's at least 1.2 seconds to 1.5

:47:49.:47:51.

seconds between those two tyres. The operating window of the tyres

:47:52.:47:58.

is bigger than we've seen at other Grand Prixs. As we look at

:47:58.:48:04.

constructors' championship, Red Bull, Renault way out front from

:48:04.:48:08.

McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, less than half the point. Quite a close

:48:08.:48:13.

fight between Renault and Mercedes that looks like it could go on

:48:13.:48:18.

season long. Sebastien Vettel leading the world championship by a

:48:18.:48:22.

big margin. You know, if Vettel didn't rock up here or Silverstone

:48:22.:48:26.

in two weeks' time, he would still be leading the world championship

:48:26.:48:31.

at the next race. He has more than two Grand Prix victories in hand.

:48:31.:48:35.

He has 60 points advantage with 25 per victory. There's still more

:48:35.:48:39.

than half the season to go. Remember back to Jenson Button's

:48:39.:48:44.

world championship year, dominated the first half the season and --

:48:45.:48:48.

half of the season and then struggled. As people caught up and

:48:48.:48:51.

leapfrog ahead of where Brawn started the year. There's a long

:48:51.:48:55.

way to go in this season. I don't think that viewers should be

:48:55.:49:00.

thinking it's a foregone conclusion that we'll have Sebastien Vettel as

:49:00.:49:03.

world champion. Mclaren have designed to make either of their

:49:03.:49:07.

two drivers champions again. And Fernando Alonso on his home track

:49:07.:49:11.

here has looked pretty motivated to get Ferrari back in the picture.

:49:11.:49:16.

Indeed, a lot of points available still. I think it's 275 still

:49:16.:49:21.

available this year. So, a long way to go. Now the drivers must qualify

:49:21.:49:26.

today and race that ignition map tomorrow, which is going to be a

:49:26.:49:29.

challenge for some of them. At Silverstone in two weeks, we might

:49:29.:49:33.

see the reset that everybody's talking about. For now, it's all

:49:33.:49:41.

eyes on getting the best out of the cars this afternoon. Half a minute

:49:41.:49:51.
:49:51.:49:52.

now to go before the green light is on. Jaime Alguersuari painting a

:49:52.:49:56.

picture of this race track on the back of his eye lids imagining

:49:56.:50:02.

every time and place that he will touch the brakes, turn the steering

:50:02.:50:06.

wheel, apply the throttle to get that Toro Rosso out of qualifying

:50:06.:50:10.

one into the second part of the qualifying hour.

:50:10.:50:14.

And there it is then, qualifying one begins. We have got 20 minutes

:50:14.:50:23.

to lose seven drivers. As ever, we expect, I hate to say it, we expect

:50:23.:50:28.

team Lotus, Virgin racing team and hiss panna to be six of the seven.

:50:28.:50:33.

Db -- Hispania to be six of the seven. It doesn't always turn out

:50:33.:50:41.

that way. There can be surprises now. I wonder, David, with this big

:50:41.:50:46.

step in the tyres, you've explained between 1.2 and 1.5 seconds from

:50:46.:50:50.

the prime tyre to the option, is that going to put pressure under

:50:50.:50:53.

some midfielders early on to get a set of those soft tyres on make

:50:54.:50:59.

sure they get through? It will. It will put pressure on them to get

:50:59.:51:02.

the tyres on. They have three sets of each of the tyres available,

:51:02.:51:06.

three sets of the option and three of the prime. They don't have to

:51:06.:51:12.

use them. Certainly one of the midgrid running teams, whether

:51:12.:51:15.

that's Toro Rosso, Force India, you know they're going to have to

:51:15.:51:18.

protect themselves. We see some large amount of smoke out of the

:51:19.:51:22.

back of Paul di Resta's car. It could be just venting, something

:51:22.:51:26.

from the engine. They're not allowed to drip oil out of the back

:51:26.:51:31.

of the cars like they did in the late 90s. They've got to actually

:51:31.:51:34.

any excess oil blow through or anything from the gearbox going

:51:34.:51:38.

into the air tray of the engine and gets ingested by the engine. It

:51:38.:51:43.

seem tolz have cleared now. You may remember a time when people

:51:43.:51:49.

qualified in Monaco and they overfilled the oil tank, put oil

:51:49.:51:53.

everywhere to slow down the opposition. What a scandalous idea

:51:53.:52:02.

!. Fernando Alonso is out on the prime tyre. It's a medium compound

:52:02.:52:07.

tyre. The first time we've seen it. I did 20 laps on it this week,

:52:07.:52:12.

doing a feature for BBC, drilling down and looking at why the tyres

:52:12.:52:16.

have changed the dynamics in Formula One in 2011. I thought it

:52:16.:52:20.

felt like a very good tyre. The temperature there was 47 degrees

:52:20.:52:25.

last week. It seemed to hang on pretty well. I think it will work

:52:25.:52:29.

nicely in these companies. We've seen the GP3s and 2s on Pirelli

:52:29.:52:34.

tyres putting more and more rubber down on the street circuit, this

:52:34.:52:38.

temporary facility. So the track should be coming nicely to the

:52:39.:52:45.

drivers, as this qualifying session unfolds. Now we saw a very quick --

:52:45.:52:50.

very quick times this morning 1.37.2 by Sebastien Vettel this

:52:50.:52:58.

morning. That is faster than last year. Pole last year was a 1.37.5

:52:58.:53:01.

and so I think we can safely say they should be beating that this

:53:01.:53:06.

afternoon. Indeed. As you are talking about the track rubbering

:53:06.:53:15.

in, last year there was 3 at 3 -- 3.5 seconds between practice and

:53:15.:53:19.

qualifying. There's a fuel effect as well. At this moment in

:53:19.:53:23.

qualifying you run the minimum amount of fuel required to do the

:53:23.:53:32.

time. They need an out lap, a timed lap and in lap. They probably have

:53:32.:53:38.

about ten kilos of fuel or board or maybe slightly less. Ten kilos,

:53:38.:53:48.

imagine going in the gym picking up a 10 kilo weight to accelerate,

:53:48.:53:51.

turn around the track, it would be a third of a second slower. It

:53:51.:53:55.

can't be that direct. It is. It is measurable in terms of the weight

:53:55.:53:59.

of the car. That's the incredible thing about Formula One.

:54:00.:54:04.

Everything's so precise and exact. In a constantly changing

:54:04.:54:07.

environment with track temperatures and all those other things, it's

:54:07.:54:13.

one thing you can guarantee. If it's projected to be three tenths

:54:13.:54:21.

of a second, you drive a clean lap, it will cost you that. Cost per lap

:54:21.:54:26.

of fuel and death, also taxes are the three certain things in the

:54:26.:54:30.

world. We must establish would will go through to the second part of

:54:30.:54:36.

qualifying, which 17 drivers will continue in this session, as we see

:54:36.:54:42.

the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, a local hero. No doubt about that.

:54:42.:54:47.

You have to say, Ferrari look handy so far. Yeah, they've been

:54:47.:54:51.

certainly putting in some quick lap times. They know where the glory

:54:51.:54:56.

comeles is on Sunday with the checkered flag. It looks like

:54:56.:55:00.

they've been trying to extract the maximum from this car in the

:55:01.:55:06.

practice session. Alonso was four tenths down on Vettel in the

:55:06.:55:12.

morning session. The crowd appreciates seeing the local hero.

:55:12.:55:18.

A bit of traffic ahead of him. Who's that? It's Kovalainen in the

:55:18.:55:22.

Lotus. He's backed way out. That would have cost him a little bit of

:55:22.:55:26.

time on the run down to turn one, which I guess you would claim isn't

:55:26.:55:33.

really a corner. We markably we have 25 designated corners on this

:55:33.:55:38.

race track, when you drive the circuit you can only count about 12.

:55:38.:55:42.

I'm fussy on my corners. There are some around here that don't count

:55:42.:55:47.

as corners to me. Let's invite Mr Kravitz into the commentary.

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there I am. Just to give you a little update from practice, so -

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am I coming and going? I will move forward into the pit lane. Kamui

:56:02.:56:06.

Kobayashi stuck into the wall the end of practice. He was late

:56:06.:56:10.

getting his car ready. He's out there and OK. The top guys are out

:56:10.:56:16.

there on the harder tyre, getting a baseline and establishing a banker

:56:16.:56:22.

lap in case somebody hits the wall. Ferrari, Dark Horse, excuse the pun,

:56:22.:56:26.

for many, for this session. They're going a different way on strategy

:56:26.:56:30.

with front wings. Fernando Alonso choosing a different front wing to

:56:30.:56:35.

Felipe Massa, just because they like the feel of that. A triple

:56:35.:56:40.

element one for Alonso, double element for Massa. Just driver

:56:40.:56:48.

preference? Drirch -- driver preference. They will have taken

:56:48.:56:52.

what the driver feels F there was one clearly quicker, they'd both

:56:52.:56:57.

have it on there. Maybe they only have one servicable unit. So it's

:56:57.:57:01.

gone to whoever they're designated number one driver, which you have

:57:01.:57:05.

to presume is Alonso. Fighting the car there in the last corner. That

:57:05.:57:09.

didn't look at all pretty. That would have cost further time.

:57:09.:57:13.

Looked like he was hanging wall paper on a windy day with the

:57:13.:57:18.

window open there. He was fighting that car. His trace afterwards will

:57:18.:57:23.

look like a hack saw when they see that, as he was really struggling

:57:23.:57:28.

get the Ferrari into the final hairpin. Sebastien Vettel, white

:57:28.:57:33.

crested helmet today. He keeps changing his crash helmet colours

:57:33.:57:38.

each race weekend. I was fascinated to read when he wins a Grand Prixs

:57:38.:57:42.

those overalways, helmet and gloves get put to one side, which is,

:57:42.:57:46.

there's going to be a big wardrobe, when it's finished in a few years'

:57:46.:57:52.

time. There's modern generation have cottoned on the memorabilia

:57:52.:57:56.

value. They keep their cars ond their contract, keep gloves,

:57:56.:58:01.

trophies, everything they can, saving up for their retirement.

:58:01.:58:07.

think it will be on eBay when he's retired? Jenson Button then has not

:58:07.:58:11.

yet put a competitive lap time in. This is his first flying lap. He's

:58:11.:58:14.

the fastest man in the middle sector. Kovalainen in seventh place

:58:14.:58:21.

doing a good job for Lotus, just behind Renault. Jenson really

:58:21.:58:27.

struggling on these tyres to get the car into the corner. Still a

:58:27.:58:33.

1.39.6. These are steady times. At the moment we saw 37.2, albeit on

:58:33.:58:39.

the faster tyre. Maybe the temperature is taking its toll.

:58:39.:58:45.

Track temperature is higher. That will affect the performance of the

:58:45.:58:50.

car. The tyre is worse, copy that. We need to halve it from this lap.

:58:50.:58:56.

That's interesting, need to harvest on this lap. That's referring to

:58:56.:59:02.

the KERS system. That presumably means he's got underbraking, the

:59:02.:59:07.

KERS system, they're saying don't use it until it's fully charged up.

:59:07.:59:12.

I think it was his saying he will have to. I heard that he said he

:59:12.:59:15.

will have to. Any way, he's definitely saying that the tyres

:59:15.:59:18.

are not working as well that's was in the morning session. That's

:59:18.:59:22.

reflected in the lap times. You come out of the morning session

:59:22.:59:25.

saying right don't touch the car, I'm happy with the balance. You

:59:25.:59:28.

come to a session a couple of hours later, higher track temperature and

:59:28.:59:33.

oh, no, the balance has changed. The only thing they have available

:59:33.:59:38.

is front wing adjustment, tyre pressures, deferential, adjustment

:59:38.:59:43.

in the cockpit. Other than that you're fixed with the car you have.

:59:44.:59:48.

There are firm regulations where they can change very little on the

:59:48.:59:57.

car. As soon as they roll out from the timing baem - Vettel is has a

:59:57.:00:04.

personal best. He will go fastest I believe. He does indeed on a 1.39.3.

:00:04.:00:14.
:00:14.:00:24.

Kovaleinen, Rubens Barrichello. Paul di Resta. Timo Glock in 17th.

:00:24.:00:34.
:00:34.:00:36.

We have not yet seen Jimmy Alguersuari. Quite brave of

:00:36.:00:42.

Alguersuari. He did not to any practice in practice number two

:00:42.:00:50.

yesterday. Presumably, he does not have a problem with the car and he

:00:50.:00:58.

is being very brave. It will not be the softer option. We can see Nico

:00:58.:01:07.

Rosberg getting ready to finish his lap. Hiya has his sector been? He

:01:07.:01:16.

is in 7th place so far. 1.5 seconds off the pace. Jensen Button, the

:01:16.:01:20.

winner last time out in Canada with that sensational victory. It may

:01:21.:01:26.

have been the longest race in Formula One history. 46 mph average,

:01:26.:01:31.

nearly half of the race was covered behind the safety car and we still

:01:31.:01:39.

absolutely loved it. Jensen Button attacking the race. The fastest man

:01:39.:01:43.

through the first sector so far in qualifying. And through that

:01:43.:01:47.

sweeping section towards the end. There are a couple of wonderful

:01:47.:01:52.

camera angles on the wall which we occasionally see. Still on the

:01:52.:02:02.
:02:02.:02:02.

Prime tyres, this law. -- this law. Jensen Button stays second but

:02:02.:02:10.

improves his time with just one 10th child of Sebastian Vettel.

:02:10.:02:13.

Hamilton, we are beginning to see a surprise attack from the McLaren

:02:13.:02:22.

team. Looking close, David? It is at this stage but this is also on

:02:22.:02:27.

about dropping those seven cars. Everything from 18 down. Rather

:02:27.:02:31.

surprising. We have a few of the guys who would have expected to be

:02:31.:02:39.

in that drop son, they are not out yet. -- drop zone. They should all

:02:39.:02:46.

get through. We have seen Alguersuari struggle to get through

:02:46.:02:52.

and clear this first hurdle. Alguersuari playing it very cool

:02:52.:03:00.

and only just now coming out on the soft tyres. Interesting on Williams,

:03:00.:03:04.

they have come back with a very major step, they have abandoned

:03:04.:03:12.

their new exhaust. Both Barrichello and modern Ando have gone back to

:03:12.:03:18.

the middle of the exit exhaust. think we heard Rubens Barrichello

:03:18.:03:24.

say the car is definitely worse. Clearly, it is about changing the

:03:24.:03:29.

car as they have gone into qualifying. He does not like it. If

:03:29.:03:34.

I heard him correctly. Getting brave and coming out very late.

:03:34.:03:38.

They have put the quick tyres on straight away but that does buy

:03:38.:03:45.

them and you set of tyres for tomorrow's race? The strategy has

:03:45.:03:51.

been different, we have seen such variation in the lap times during

:03:51.:03:56.

the Grand Prix, cars that have started well out of normal position

:03:56.:04:00.

have been able to come through and score serious points because of the

:04:00.:04:04.

right tyres at the right time. This might be one of those strategic

:04:04.:04:08.

qualifying sessions because of the huge gap between hard and soft

:04:08.:04:15.

tyres. Not looking particularly strong. Kobayashi lost time with

:04:15.:04:24.

his throttle. It has not been that smoothest of runs so far. Hodder

:04:24.:04:29.

Surrey, starting his first flying lap with five and three-quarter

:04:29.:04:34.

minutes remaining. Still Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton. Flick a mass in

:04:34.:04:44.
:04:44.:04:58.

six. -- Felipe Massa. A tin cars on on a soft tyres. The option, as it

:04:58.:05:05.

is called. Mercedes Benz feeling the need to go out on a softer

:05:05.:05:15.
:05:15.:05:17.

rubber. I am surprised by that. Within 1.3 seconds off the pace

:05:17.:05:23.

this morning. He would not think they were in real danger of being

:05:23.:05:31.

outside position 17. That will only leave them with two sets of options.

:05:31.:05:36.

But in Canada, we have seen the only ran once in the first part of

:05:36.:05:42.

qualifying for the very reason of saving the tyres. Alguersuari. He

:05:42.:05:49.

made that work. Sebastien Buemi in 4th place for Toro Rosso. Timo

:05:49.:05:56.

Glock in the drop zone. Alguersuari still to put his time in. If they

:05:57.:06:01.

do a good time with Kobayashi under pressure, they might be able to get

:06:01.:06:07.

in and get some tyres on. Paul di Resta had a very slow start after

:06:07.:06:14.

Hulkenberg crashed his car. He seemed to get on to the pace very

:06:14.:06:22.

quickly. He drove here for Force India last year. You drove and one

:06:22.:06:26.

of them, David? We will talk about the track in the early part of

:06:26.:06:31.

qualifying. We will now focus on the last three. The last three

:06:31.:06:41.

minutes of this session. Pastor Maldonado, three-tenths of the

:06:41.:06:51.
:06:51.:07:07.

Canada the best of those we were teams had to allow him into the

:07:07.:07:16.

race? Yes, that was on the there for the new teams coming in and

:07:16.:07:19.

teams that might have a design flaw with their car and there could be a

:07:19.:07:23.

danger to others. All those teams have shown they are capable of

:07:23.:07:29.

getting within the pace and racing responsibly. We will see what

:07:29.:07:34.

Pastor Maldonado does. Felipe Massa, so strong over the weekend on the

:07:34.:07:39.

soft tyres. We are hearing that he is burning up, he only has three

:07:39.:07:47.

sets of us. Up into 6th place. This is what we're seeing with those who

:07:47.:07:52.

chose a different compounds, there is such a big lap time difference

:07:52.:07:56.

between them and it is Paul di Resta and Kobayashi at the moment

:07:56.:08:01.

under pressure. Kovaleinen is in for Lotus. We will see some pretty

:08:01.:08:05.

frantic efforts at the end and Paul di Resta goes over the line now.

:08:05.:08:12.

Gets himself into p 9. Rubens Barrichello, up to 11. That has put

:08:12.:08:16.

Kobayashi firmly into the drop zone at the moment. Rosberg is knocking

:08:16.:08:24.

on the door. He is currently on a very fast lap indeed. Rosberg, 4th

:08:24.:08:29.

place. Kobayashi, starting up, he is a man under pressure, he has got

:08:29.:08:35.

traffic ahead of him. Mark Webber is out on track, his Mark Webber in

:08:35.:08:40.

the drops and? Traffic could be a critical issue for a major shock.

:08:41.:08:47.

Felipe Massa, still down there as well. Proper traffic jam out there.

:08:47.:08:53.

20 cars on the racetrack and only four of them in the pit and several

:08:53.:08:58.

drivers beginning to struggle Kobayashi is well inside the top 17

:08:58.:09:03.

on the slap. Mark Webber is catching Rubens Barrichello and

:09:03.:09:09.

Paul di Resta. He needs a clear track at the moment, otherwise we

:09:09.:09:14.

could be in for an amazing shock, here. He is coming behind Rubens

:09:14.:09:18.

Barrichello, he will get out of the way, he has done his lap. Mark

:09:18.:09:26.

Webber, about four tents adrift of the quickest in that sector. That

:09:26.:09:31.

is a tents down. In that sector. This will be close. It would be

:09:31.:09:41.

great if we can get a camera angle of 10 to see whether traffickers.

:09:41.:09:46.

We will see Sauber as well. Mark Webber, he has caught Paul di Resta

:09:46.:09:50.

quite quickly. He will get another lap if he needs it, which is very

:09:50.:09:56.

important indeed. Mark Webber crosses the line, 14. He is in for

:09:56.:10:04.

now. And finally, here is Kobayashi to personal bests so far. He goes

:10:04.:10:11.

up to only 16th. Felipe Massa under pressure. He is flying out there on

:10:11.:10:16.

the soft tyres. Kovaleinen, could use for the day of many of the big

:10:16.:10:26.
:10:26.:10:26.

runners? He has got to personal best so far. The other front-

:10:26.:10:31.

runners have not used the soft tyre. Kovaleinen, can he pull off a

:10:31.:10:39.

shock? No, he goes over the line, goes faster but stays 19th. Felipe

:10:39.:10:49.
:10:49.:10:50.

Massa, presumably, will go P1. One set of tyres burned up, it is a bit

:10:50.:10:55.

of a glory moment. But it isn't going to... As long as you get

:10:55.:11:05.

through, it is a resit. Jarno Trulli. Well wide through there. At

:11:05.:11:11.

the moment, he is 20th, just behind... Will, he spins. He got

:11:11.:11:16.

dirt on to his tyres coming out of what would have been turn number 20.

:11:16.:11:19.

We have seen a lot of people running out on to the artificial

:11:19.:11:23.

grass and when you have that dust on your tyres, you're braking into

:11:23.:11:28.

churn number 25. It will not pick a big difference to his qualifying

:11:28.:11:38.
:11:38.:11:43.

position. He went very wide. That was a little bit sloppy. Jarno

:11:43.:11:49.

Trulli, he says, what if I can't get of a competitive driver? I

:11:49.:11:53.

quite fancied America. That has all the hallmarks of a driver getting

:11:53.:11:58.

ready to call time on his Formula One career? If he enjoys the

:11:58.:12:01.

journey of helping the team developed, he is the right man for

:12:01.:12:05.

the job but it is unlikely Lotus will go from this position to a

:12:05.:12:13.

front-runner. Alguersuari. Toro Rosso, the third consecutive race.

:12:13.:12:20.

He falls at the first hurdle. These are for the grid positions.

:12:20.:12:29.

Alguersuari, Kovaleinen, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Narain

:12:29.:12:39.
:12:39.:12:39.

Karthikeyan is 24th place on the grid. The leaders do not but the

:12:39.:12:49.
:12:49.:12:49.

soft tyres on and that helps. -- did not put the Saltires on.

:12:49.:12:53.

Everybody qualifiers and the back seven will line up in that order.

:12:53.:13:01.

And on home turf, it is proving to be difficult times for Alguersuari.

:13:02.:13:08.

He will still be looking in his murders. Their test driver, there.

:13:08.:13:16.

Just confirming. Timo Glock, 21st on the grid. He holds the lap

:13:17.:13:26.
:13:27.:13:29.

record at this race track. Always set in race conditions, lap records.

:13:29.:13:36.

Only 21st place today. This is the tail-end of the top 10. Fernando

:13:36.:13:46.
:13:46.:13:47.

Alonso only in 30. Paul di Resta in 14. Mark Webber, 16th. Look at that.

:13:47.:13:57.

And last man into qualifying, Kobayashi. They will now line-up in

:13:57.:14:02.

that grid order. Subject, of course, to any gearbox penalties or engine

:14:02.:14:09.

changes. Eddie Jordan and myself have decamped to the back of the

:14:09.:14:12.

Ludus carriage, not much call for those tyres at the moment.

:14:12.:14:19.

Intermediate and wet tyres. -- Lotus garage. Let's go through that

:14:19.:14:24.

session. It was a big shock for notice and also for Mark Webber?

:14:24.:14:28.

Martin Brundle was fighting with himself, lucky or unlucky? Probably

:14:28.:14:33.

lucky? In that position, you have all those other cars guaranteed to

:14:33.:14:40.

be much slower. They are in your way, so it was a mistake as far as

:14:40.:14:43.

the team is concerned to allow Mark Webber to only qualify in 16. It's

:14:44.:14:48.

not good enough. And how pleased a week to be joined by Heikki

:14:48.:14:53.

Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Feel free to have a chat. It looked for

:14:53.:15:01.

a moment like he would give us a big shock, how close were you?

:15:01.:15:06.

think it is still a reasonable gap. In any case, for us the focus is

:15:06.:15:09.

still to get the maximum out of the car and out of ourselves. Every

:15:09.:15:16.

time. The performance welcome later on. We are working hard every day.

:15:16.:15:24.

It might not seem like that but I am pleased. And we will get there

:15:24.:15:29.

eventually. I have to ask a question, you have recently been

:15:29.:15:33.

reported as saying, I don't fancy America, and would like to do them

:15:33.:15:43.
:15:43.:15:48.

on? I have never said that. -- Le Mans. That is the way it is. For no

:15:48.:15:53.

one? It's just speculation. At the moment I was complaining about my

:15:53.:16:01.

power steering rather than anything else! We saw 1.5 seconds into Q 2,

:16:02.:16:09.

are the team keeping you happy enough? We are making good progress

:16:09.:16:13.

and if you see from time to time, depending on the track, we are very

:16:13.:16:18.

close. Definitely, this isn't a track for us, because a lot of the

:16:18.:16:23.

long straights means we don't have the care system. Can you explain

:16:23.:16:33.
:16:33.:16:37.

put a lap in. I was trying everything, then I spun off.

:16:37.:16:41.

were regarded as the expert pole maker. Your team-mate is out

:16:41.:16:46.

qualifying you at the moment? not really driving at the moment. I

:16:46.:16:50.

don't have front power steering, so I'm far off from being able to push

:16:51.:16:55.

myself. So obviously I never expect to be in front of him this year as

:16:55.:17:00.

far as the power steering is not working properly for me. As we ask

:17:00.:17:03.

that question, a great big grin on the face of Heikki Kovalainen.

:17:03.:17:08.

Thank you for joining us for that quick track. Now let's head back

:17:08.:17:13.

for the second part of qualifying. Which has just begun. 15 minutes

:17:13.:17:17.

then of this session to lose another seven drivers. David,

:17:17.:17:21.

you've qualified and raced in this Grand Prix, put the viewers behind

:17:21.:17:26.

the steering wheel of a Formula One car. As we said in the first part

:17:26.:17:29.

of qualifying, there's 25 designated corners. That's defined

:17:29.:17:34.

by a little sensor within the FIA data recorder in the car. In

:17:34.:17:38.

reality, of those 25 corners, there's probably only 12 of them

:17:38.:17:41.

that the driver has to make any sort of braking and turning and

:17:42.:17:46.

gear selection-type decisions. The rest are just sweeping, drifting

:17:46.:17:50.

through the walls that they build around this temporary facility.

:17:50.:17:54.

They're not really challenging at all. But nonetheless, they are

:17:54.:17:58.

classed as having pulled more than a G, as much as you would pull in a

:17:58.:18:05.

normal road car. I found out just last week that most passengers are

:18:05.:18:11.

comfortable with about half a G as a consistent amount of lateral load.

:18:11.:18:16.

Useful information there? Yeah, thanks for that. Back on track.

:18:16.:18:21.

big challenge here is a lot of long straights. You have to compromise,

:18:21.:18:24.

like in Canada, between having not too much downforce that you lose

:18:24.:18:28.

time on the straights, but enough that you can nail your braking. I

:18:28.:18:32.

think around this track for DRS, which they can use, the drag

:18:32.:18:35.

reduction system, they can use that everywhere during qualifying,

:18:35.:18:39.

everywhere the driver is brave enough to push it, there's 57% of

:18:39.:18:43.

this lap. So just over three kilometres of this 5.4 kilometre

:18:43.:18:49.

track where they can have the DRS open. That gives them as least ten

:18:49.:18:53.

to 15 kilometres an hour, maybe more actually, every team,

:18:53.:18:56.

depending on the design of the rear wing, will gain more or less than

:18:56.:19:01.

the competition. That gives them sizeable performance advantage.

:19:01.:19:06.

It's well over a second in qualifying being able to use DRS.

:19:06.:19:10.

There's a perfect example, Felipe Massa with his rear wing wide-open.

:19:10.:19:16.

On the tyres it says there, soft tyre. That's the same soft tyre

:19:16.:19:20.

that Felipe Massa qualified -- finished qualifying one with. New

:19:20.:19:24.

soft for Button, Webber, Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton. From the end

:19:25.:19:33.

of Q one, Hamilton so close on the hard tyre to Vettel. Looks like

:19:33.:19:39.

Mclaren have found some speed. where you see a new graphic that

:19:39.:19:43.

said "soft, medium or hard" it's not the driver's attitude. It's the

:19:43.:19:47.

tyres he set the fastest time on. Massa going for a second run on

:19:47.:19:52.

those tyres, the one that got him through into this session. They do

:19:52.:19:56.

appear to be lasting reasonably well it seems. I don't think it's a

:19:56.:20:00.

question that they're a qualifying tyre that's good for one lap and

:20:00.:20:03.

one lap only. They appear to go a little bit further than that before

:20:03.:20:06.

they start to give up on the grid. But as you can see, carers sliding

:20:06.:20:13.

around here a lot. I think there'll be a lot of discarded rubber, calls

:20:13.:20:19.

the marbles, on the outside of the crack tomorrow. Green flags are

:20:19.:20:23.

waving sm. Circuits do that, as you come out of the pits. I think it

:20:23.:20:29.

mean there's are no yellows. We had a car spin at turn 25. That was six

:20:29.:20:35.

minutes ago. So some circuits do that in the world and some don't. I

:20:35.:20:40.

find it disconcerting, you get flags waving at you and you're not

:20:40.:20:43.

sure why they're out there. drivers would have information.

:20:43.:20:47.

They have a little sensor in the cockpit which displays if they

:20:47.:20:52.

enter a blue flag zone or yellow zone, then that comes up on the

:20:52.:20:57.

dashboard as well. The flags are there as a belt and braces. Felipe

:20:57.:21:03.

Massa then, the fastest we've seen in qualifying so far. We see Mark

:21:03.:21:09.

Webber out on a set of those soft tyres. Let's see what Red Bull can

:21:09.:21:16.

show us then. We're getting down to the serious

:21:16.:21:21.

business of sorting out the grid. Mark Webber into the last corner.

:21:21.:21:25.

Great traction, good sling slot down the pit straight, easing it

:21:25.:21:30.

through turn one. Braking zone then, Fernando Alonso in the background.

:21:30.:21:37.

Webber has done 38.0. Alonso a 37.9 to go faster still. 37.2 was the

:21:37.:21:41.

best time this morning from this man, Sebastien Vettel. He's purple

:21:42.:21:46.

and purple, the fastest man in the first and middle sector, just this

:21:46.:21:50.

sweeping right hander, heavy braking zone, into the last corner.

:21:50.:21:55.

Patient on the throttle, keep to the right-hand side. Up the gearbox

:21:55.:22:02.

and Vettel goes to a 37.3, take that. It's .6 faster. Button is

:22:02.:22:09.

into second place now on a 37.7. So Vettel from Button, Alonso, Webber,

:22:09.:22:14.

Massa, Sutil right in there. Paul di Resta too. Sixth and seventh.

:22:14.:22:24.
:22:24.:22:31.

Hamilton goes second now. Matching his team-mate Button. But about 010

:22:31.:22:36.

faster. Heidfeld is in there as well. We're looking for the top ten.

:22:36.:22:41.

The fastest ten to go into the shoot-off. Nico Rosberg on a 138.3.

:22:41.:22:46.

You have to say he was outshone by Michael Schumacher in Canada in the

:22:46.:22:50.

changeable conditions. Schumacher, for me, the first time we've really

:22:50.:22:54.

seen the old Schumacher at the wheel was two weeks ago in Canada.

:22:54.:22:59.

He's looked punchy around here as well. What has Michael Schumacher

:22:59.:23:05.

got in answer to the other front runners? A bit of traffic ahead.

:23:05.:23:09.

Let's see if that will get out of the way. It's Maldonado. Then just

:23:09.:23:12.

up the road he's got Kobayashi as well.

:23:12.:23:18.

Little lift through there. wouldn't have expected that. You

:23:18.:23:25.

would have expected him to be flat through there, unless he had the

:23:25.:23:31.

DRS open already. He's expecting to be behind Red Bull. There shouldn't

:23:31.:23:35.

be big surprise there. Unlike Michael, as he goes eighth at this

:23:35.:23:39.

moment. He's a reasonable distance from his team-mate, Nico Rosberg.

:23:39.:23:44.

We've got Maldonado stopped there between those, showing as the last

:23:44.:23:49.

sector, but that's not the last sector. They might have to red flag

:23:49.:23:53.

that. That's a tricky position. Blind entry there. You can cover it

:23:54.:23:57.

with double wave yellows. Marshals on track, slow down and be prepared

:23:57.:24:07.

to stop. The marshals doing a great job there. Down at 18, isn't it?

:24:07.:24:11.

It's for the marshals to get the car into neutral. I wonder if they

:24:11.:24:16.

might have to red flag. This There's no black line, so he hasn't

:24:16.:24:19.

spun into that position. I think he's had an issue with the car and

:24:19.:24:23.

tried to drive away. You can see it is stuck in gear, they're rocking

:24:23.:24:29.

the car there. There's a reservoir of hydraulic energy to open the

:24:29.:24:34.

clutch that the driver can press and also the marshals can press.

:24:34.:24:38.

Absolutely. You concur there's no tell-tale black marks to suggest

:24:38.:24:42.

he's had an incident as a driver. Must be a car failure. I agree with

:24:42.:24:47.

you. Looks like he's just been parachuted in there for the show.

:24:47.:24:57.

So, where will the crane come from to lift the car.

:24:57.:25:00.

The clock stops, eight minutes remaining. The only down side for

:25:01.:25:05.

those out there on fresh tyres, is that they've used the best of them.

:25:05.:25:09.

The man doing that was Fernando Alonso, who was on a very hot lap

:25:09.:25:16.

indeed. Let's see who else was out there at the time? Schumacher had

:25:16.:25:22.

done his time. Alonso and Webber and Massa were all starting a lap.

:25:22.:25:32.

Rosberg, Heidfeld, Hamilton and co had finished his. Buemi is

:25:32.:25:36.

currently 17th of the 17 runners because he's yet to set a time in

:25:36.:25:42.

the same way that Vitaly Petrov has yet to leave the pits. They're

:25:42.:25:45.

playing Dan dare with the clock again at the end of the session

:25:45.:25:49.

hoping their drivers can get a lap in. We've seen tears over that one

:25:49.:25:53.

as well. But it saves you a set of tyres. So it's a gamble that they

:25:53.:25:58.

feel, clearly, is worth taking. There's the answer to where is the

:25:58.:26:04.

crane coming from, David, it's got a diesel engine and four wheels.

:26:04.:26:08.

Let's hope they're more careful removing this car than in Canada,

:26:08.:26:12.

last week, when they brought Lewis Hamilton's car back. It was

:26:12.:26:18.

bouncing off the Tarmac, doing all sorts of additional damage. The

:26:18.:26:23.

Spanish marshals seem to be giving it loving tender care. The reason

:26:23.:26:28.

why the car obviously leans back is the weight distribution. A bit more

:26:28.:26:33.

rearward in this car, at that lifting point. Maldonado out

:26:33.:26:37.

qualified Barrichello for the last three Grand Prix. A winner here in

:26:37.:26:42.

GP2, a circuit he quite likes, but unfortunately he's not on it any

:26:42.:26:47.

more. We heard from the radio feet it's -- feed it's more likely to be

:26:47.:26:50.

mechanical and fuel pump throttle related rather than the gearbox

:26:50.:26:54.

seizing. I'm told that he was told to turn his fuel pump on shortly

:26:54.:27:00.

before the car ground it a halt. I don't imagine that they would have

:27:00.:27:04.

short fuelled him. They're a professional team. They would have

:27:04.:27:09.

known what they're doing. They would put enough fuel in for his

:27:09.:27:13.

run. Maybe it's just a fuel pressure failure. Weal' hear from

:27:13.:27:18.

the team shortly. That's what it looks like at the moment. The

:27:18.:27:22.

drivers disadvantaged, Kobayashi who was on a decent run, Perez,

:27:22.:27:32.
:27:32.:27:32.

Buemi. We're about to see what you've been explaining. Coasting

:27:32.:27:37.

around clearly in trouble, being told of traffic approaching

:27:37.:27:41.

otherwise he'll get a penalty on the grid. He accelerates away. It's

:27:41.:27:51.

down at the end here, where it all comes to a grinding halt at turn 17.

:27:51.:27:57.

No, he's waiting for another driver to go through. Quite an adventure

:27:57.:28:02.

for a non-lap isn't it? That's uncomfortable to be in the middle

:28:03.:28:10.

of that turn, the middle of 19, where the cars are flat ou. Worst

:28:10.:28:14.

case scenario for a driver. You have an issue. You can't power away

:28:14.:28:18.

from the line. At that moment, his eyes would have been firmly on his

:28:18.:28:24.

mirrors. It's a blind wall there, isn't it. I would think all the pit

:28:24.:28:27.

lane Charlie Whiting and co in the stewards office would be thinking

:28:27.:28:31.

why didn't he turn left there and get the car away from the race

:28:31.:28:34.

track. But he desperately wanted to get back to the pits. Because if

:28:34.:28:41.

you don't get back to the pits under your own steam, you are out

:28:41.:28:48.

of qualifying. Sebastien Vettel staying cool, a man who's never

:28:48.:28:51.

finished lower than second this year. The only man in the field to

:28:51.:28:57.

have been on the podium in every Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso must

:28:57.:29:02.

fancy his chances. He's always saying "I can still win this

:29:02.:29:08.

title." He's beginning to give up on that one a bit this year. But

:29:08.:29:13.

there's a long way to go yet. Who know what's may happen. Remember

:29:13.:29:17.

back several stone last year, he announced he could still win the

:29:18.:29:21.

world championship, he was the same distance behind the leader at that

:29:21.:29:27.

point. It went down to the finale in Abu Dhabi. I don't think it's

:29:27.:29:31.

idol chat. I think he firmly believes it. Never gives up does

:29:31.:29:39.

Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber, what's interesting for me Mark

:29:39.:29:44.

Webber, who's yet to lead a lap this year, and Vettel's led 80% of

:29:44.:29:48.

the laps, but Mark's had four fastest laps in the Grand Prix.

:29:48.:29:51.

He's been fast. It just will not work out for him. He has the pace.

:29:51.:29:56.

Theres no doubt about it. Sebastien Vettel, how many fastest laps does

:29:56.:30:02.

he have so far in Grand Prix? Zero. Those are facts. But a bit like

:30:02.:30:07.

Felipe Massa has been quickest in four of the first seven qualifying

:30:07.:30:12.

sessions in Q1, but that doesn't count for anything. The only thing

:30:12.:30:17.

that counts in a race is where your position is at the chequered flag.

:30:17.:30:21.

The same here. The only thing that stands between Mark and leading a

:30:21.:30:24.

lap and winning the Grand Prix is qualifying in front of his team-

:30:24.:30:34.
:30:34.:30:41.

We have only got four cars on the race track. Sebastien Buemi now

:30:41.:30:46.

goes on to the track. I'm looking around, Kobayashi, Rubens

:30:46.:30:56.
:30:56.:31:00.

Barrichello, petrol. -- Vitaly Petrov. This top 10 shoot-out.

:31:00.:31:03.

Still lots of strange noises as they go on and off the throttle on

:31:03.:31:10.

the slow corners. On to the four cylinders. I drove this thing last

:31:10.:31:14.

week and I just could not believe how much grip and poise and balance

:31:15.:31:22.

these latest form of a one cars have. They're just Supreme to drive.

:31:22.:31:32.

But someone else out there will be have the 10th quicker. -- will be

:31:32.:31:38.

half of a 10th of a second quicker. You're moaning about the quick

:31:38.:31:43.

corners and the exit, you don't go, perfect, perfect. You are right,

:31:43.:31:48.

you still on, that is your job. Moan about it until it goes just a

:31:48.:31:55.

little bit faster and then moan again. Up against that wall, it

:31:55.:32:01.

always seems quite tight. That turned into four and five. And then

:32:01.:32:08.

we come to were the DRS might be. It's an unusual feature on this

:32:09.:32:18.
:32:19.:32:20.

track. I am surprised, I thought once they were locked in, but that

:32:20.:32:24.

is actually when it opens up. Kobayashi, through this long

:32:24.:32:30.

straight. This first section of the DRS in tomorrow's race, it is a

:32:30.:32:37.

double drag reduction system. And the second will be on this exit.

:32:37.:32:42.

Enter the exit of this tight section. Again, through what is

:32:42.:32:51.

effectively the straight. But it has several bends in it! We should

:32:51.:32:56.

see plenty of action there. Double DRS, that would be more effective

:32:56.:33:05.

you. In Canada, there was not enough space. You kind of use all

:33:05.:33:10.

the race track there. Whereas here, it would be less easy to defend and

:33:10.:33:17.

another lock up for Kobayashi. Right into the wall at the end. And

:33:17.:33:21.

Kobayashi goes on the 13th, confirming that Sauber are

:33:21.:33:26.

struggling. And another man with a lot brake. And right at the end,

:33:26.:33:31.

Rubens Barrichello blows it. And you can see the smoke on the tyre,

:33:31.:33:38.

that vibration will be horrible. That keeps him in two p 12. And

:33:38.:33:45.

Therese, then, does 39.6 and he is only 15. He says, and I feel fine.

:33:45.:33:51.

He had to pull out of Canada. He will not feel good when he sees

:33:51.:33:56.

that lap time on his dashboard. Vitaly Petrov, finally coming

:33:56.:34:01.

through. Putting in a competitive lap time. He is 9th at the moment,

:34:01.:34:05.

matching Michael Schumacher. Sebastien Buemi, what can he do for

:34:05.:34:12.

Toro Rosso? He stays 17th with that. Plenty of work to do. That is their

:34:12.:34:16.

right thing, Alguersuari has the embarrassment of dropping out. But

:34:16.:34:26.
:34:26.:34:27.

at the moment he will stark white alongside him on the grid. Three

:34:27.:34:32.

and three-quarter minutes remaining, who is under pressure? At the

:34:32.:34:35.

minute, the top six are not bothering, Michael Schumacher did

:34:35.:34:39.

feel the need to get out there and put in a better lap, he is half a

:34:39.:34:45.

second adrift of the fastest time at the moment. But he has done to

:34:45.:34:49.

personal bests. And this is all about confirming that he can be in

:34:49.:34:59.

the top 10. He can be under pressure. They all have to cross

:34:59.:35:04.

the line before the flag drops. Michael Schumacher, his rear wing

:35:04.:35:09.

wide open. He moves up into P6. Schumacher, it looks like you have

:35:09.:35:18.

to get under 1:38.5 to get into the top 10. Felipe Massa is out there.

:35:18.:35:28.
:35:28.:35:31.

Nick Heidfeld, he has got to a personal best. -- two personal

:35:31.:35:41.
:35:41.:35:41.

bests. Do arrester, doing a personal best. -- Paul di Resta.

:35:41.:35:45.

Just to confirm the top five. They have ended up in the pits,

:35:45.:35:51.

satisfied with their work. Schumacher is out there. Nico

:35:52.:35:56.

Rosberg did stay in the pits, he has not gone out. Nine cars or on

:35:57.:36:01.

the track, 13 seconds remaining, Paul di Resta gets well out of

:36:01.:36:07.

shape on that artificial grass. Again, that is a personal best, one

:36:07.:36:14.

10th down on Adrian Sutil. Struggling to get that horse power

:36:14.:36:20.

into the race track and he will now be about qualified by Adrian Sutil.

:36:20.:36:25.

Whatever he achieves, because he is already ahead of him. And Adrian

:36:25.:36:30.

Sutil cross as a line. Can he get into the top 10? He does! Vitaly

:36:31.:36:40.
:36:41.:36:41.

Petrov has backed out. The Adrian Sutil makes it. There is nobody out

:36:41.:36:47.

there who can make the difference we now know the next seven to drop

:36:47.:36:53.

out. Vitaly Petrov, Paul di Resta, he will start in 12, Rubens

:36:53.:37:01.

Barrichello, Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, 15th, Sergio Perez,

:37:01.:37:06.

Sebastien Buemi. Barrichello has completed another lap but it was

:37:06.:37:12.

not any faster. And that cost Paul di Resta. It would be amazing if

:37:12.:37:18.

that was on his best lap as well. Too many adventures for Paul di

:37:18.:37:27.

Resta. That was on his fastest lap. The car scraping down the ground.

:37:27.:37:34.

Paul di Resta will start the Grand Prix in 12th place. Nevertheless,

:37:34.:37:42.

that is a very good job... Good job. The reason why he says that his he

:37:43.:37:52.
:37:53.:37:55.

did not get any practice. Nico Rosberg, he race for Williams last

:37:55.:38:05.
:38:05.:38:10.

year. Paul di Resta, pushing hard. Still four-tenths white. Good job

:38:10.:38:19.

from Adrian Sutil to get himself into that top 10 shoot-out. Rubens

:38:19.:38:26.

Barrichello ahead of Pastor Maldonado. Sergio Perez will be

:38:26.:38:30.

disappointed with 60 of his. Sebastien Buemi does indeed line-up

:38:30.:38:39.

just ahead of his team-mate, Alguersuari. 17th and 18th.

:38:39.:38:41.

Congratulations to Adrian Sutil, making it through to the final part

:38:41.:38:45.

of the qualifying but frustration for Paul di Resta, who has had a

:38:45.:38:49.

frustrating weekend. You heard the story that his car in the up in the

:38:49.:38:52.

wall after being driven by the reserve driver and frustrating for

:38:52.:38:56.

Pastor Maldonado, you have been down to Williams and what do you

:38:56.:38:59.

know about why the car stopped on the track? I grabbed the driver

:38:59.:39:04.

myself. The lead through the different scenarios, was it feel?

:39:04.:39:13.

He said know. Not the gearbox. It was more likely to be a electronics.

:39:13.:39:19.

There was no tell-tale mark, no spin. We will leave it at that.

:39:19.:39:24.

will wait and find out but let's talk about the first part.

:39:24.:39:29.

Alguersuari. The Cocom these boys are, his shirt is off and his

:39:29.:39:32.

trainers and his shorts are on but that is the Red Bull look. What is

:39:32.:39:38.

it like competing at home? You have got to Spanish phrases? We have had

:39:38.:39:42.

a lot of problems this season so we are trying to solve them. Yesterday

:39:42.:39:48.

I could not run in the afternoons and the mechanics were very tough.

:39:48.:39:52.

It is my second home town because they live in Barcelona so Barcelona

:39:52.:39:59.

would be my home town. It is nice to be here because it is still

:39:59.:40:01.

Spain and because of the weather and the environment and the people,

:40:01.:40:11.
:40:11.:40:15.

it is quite cool. What I want to know, sorry, Jake... People still

:40:15.:40:20.

don't really realise how young you are. And the experience, you came

:40:20.:40:24.

in as the youngest driver and you still are incredibly young. Were do

:40:24.:40:29.

you see the next part of your future in this business? At the

:40:29.:40:33.

moment, as you say, and very young and what I want to focus on is just

:40:33.:40:38.

enjoying myself and driving fast and doing my best and just to learn.

:40:38.:40:43.

It is nice experience that Red Bull got me into Formula One at 19 years

:40:43.:40:47.

old. It is just experience and I am still learning a lot about the

:40:47.:40:51.

tyres and the set-up. We're still not at 100% with the car but it's

:40:51.:40:59.

just a matter of timing. We are having fun. This year we had

:40:59.:41:06.

problems. You just try to enjoy the present. Trying to improve the

:41:06.:41:11.

present and trying race after race to improve the set-up of your car

:41:11.:41:16.

and everything. We know you would have wanted more this weekend in

:41:16.:41:20.

starting in front of the home crowd. What was it like to have your best

:41:20.:41:26.

Formula One finish and pick up her first points? It was good. I

:41:26.:41:29.

started Formula One with the zero in my pocket. It was difficult for

:41:29.:41:36.

me to race, the weekend was testing. This year, we're still trying new

:41:36.:41:39.

things for qualifying and new things just to check if it improves

:41:39.:41:44.

and if it's better. It's difficult because Formula One isn't easy,

:41:44.:41:49.

especially for a small team. At the moment, I think we are doing a good

:41:50.:41:53.

job because we have been learning a lot and so far I think we have been

:41:53.:41:57.

improving ourselves during the race, in Monaco, it was a good race for

:41:57.:42:02.

us. We scored our first points. And we just need to keep focusing on

:42:02.:42:08.

this and we need to relax and stay calm and the results welcome.

:42:08.:42:11.

distracting is it for you as a driver to hear stories of you being

:42:11.:42:18.

replaced? It doesn't because Red Bull has done enough for me, since

:42:18.:42:23.

I was 15 years old and go-karting in Italy, and they brought me into

:42:23.:42:31.

Formula One. As I said, I don't think about my future because they

:42:31.:42:37.

know about my future. At the moment, I just see myself here, with this

:42:37.:42:41.

team and I just see myself with this family because they brought me

:42:41.:42:44.

into Formula One and I have developed with them and I think I

:42:44.:42:48.

can bring much more to the team this year and next year for sure.

:42:48.:42:55.

It is a matter of time. Good to catch up with the Spanish side. The

:42:55.:43:01.

immediate future, pick the pole position? Sebastian Vettel. Or Mark

:43:01.:43:09.

Webber?! Great to chat with you. It might be another Spaniard we're

:43:09.:43:13.

looking at, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa has been under pressure. Lots

:43:13.:43:18.

of runs, softer tyres? It was on a surprising as to why he did that

:43:18.:43:22.

and I think it was a mistake because it showed weakness but I

:43:22.:43:27.

still think that team is being led by Fernando Alonso. The prancing

:43:27.:43:31.

horse might be the dark horse. You heard it from behind me, they think

:43:31.:43:37.

Sebastian Vettel on pole position. You might be right, 21 years and

:43:37.:43:45.

five days old. Alguersuari. The youngest man on the grid. The top-

:43:45.:43:52.

ten shoot-out, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, one Renault

:43:52.:44:00.

car and one force India. Piloted by Adrian Sutil. He just squeezed

:44:00.:44:06.

through after the chequered flag had dropped. That is the 10 runners

:44:06.:44:16.
:44:16.:44:22.

for this final qualifier. 10 minutes to go until the line-up for

:44:22.:44:25.

the top 10 4th Grand Prix in Valencia and already we have some

:44:25.:44:33.

action. Ferrari going onto the track. Fernando Alonso, he has

:44:33.:44:37.

threatened to be the front row contender all the way through

:44:37.:44:41.

practice and qualifying. And Ferrari have looked as if they have

:44:41.:44:51.
:44:51.:44:52.

new set of soft tyres. They were running very low. Felipe Massa only

:44:52.:44:57.

had one more set of new soft tyres left. Two Mclarens on two new sets

:44:57.:45:02.

of soft tyres. Vettel, Lens lns and Webber have another set of --

:45:02.:45:07.

Alonso and Webber have another set of softs left. Previously we would

:45:07.:45:13.

have seen teams put on their qualifying only engine maps. Vettel

:45:13.:45:17.

also on new soft tyres. Now we will learn how much they're affected by

:45:17.:45:22.

not having the maps available to them any more. We've often seen

:45:22.:45:26.

that Red Bull have been massively fast in qualifying and been under

:45:26.:45:30.

pressure during the race. It's not conceivable that Mclaren could have

:45:30.:45:37.

won the last three Grand Prixs. Are you expecting Mclaren to be closer

:45:37.:45:41.

to Red Bull, David? That remains to be seen. You caught me off guard

:45:41.:45:47.

there. I was looking at some notes. Yeah, this track is a bit of

:45:47.:45:51.

compromise. It doesn't play to aerodynamic strength. It's more

:45:51.:45:56.

about top end speed and braking. Ferrari certainly were in good

:45:56.:46:01.

shape in Canada. They were within .2 of pole position there. They

:46:01.:46:06.

have to feel they are in this fight. It would mean a huge amount to them

:46:06.:46:11.

for the locals. Someone's got to stop this amazing run of I think

:46:11.:46:15.

seven pole positions for Sebastien Vettel this year. This may be the

:46:15.:46:19.

man, Fernando Alonso. He rattles through turn one. Not much of a

:46:19.:46:22.

corner. Then hard on the brakes into what is the first big decision

:46:22.:46:28.

of the lap, down to second gear, short shift through the exit of

:46:28.:46:33.

turn three. Then this awkward chicane, rattling over the kerbs at

:46:33.:46:36.

four and five. Then through the kink on the run down to the bridge.

:46:36.:46:41.

A lot of people having difficulty with the rear locking into this

:46:41.:46:46.

corner here. No problem for Fernando. He then powers out across

:46:46.:46:50.

the Swing Bridge. Does it feel narrow when you get to the bridge?

:46:50.:46:54.

They're so focused on a point in the distance, I think driving a

:46:54.:46:58.

race car is a bit like joining the dots. You're not watching or trying

:46:58.:47:02.

to watch the scenery pass by. At this moment, Fernando Alonso will

:47:02.:47:06.

look ahead to where his desired braking point should be. Then as

:47:06.:47:12.

soon as he's hit the brakes, he will look at the apex of the corner.

:47:12.:47:15.

Maybe Spanish turf but Fernando Alonso has never qualified in the

:47:15.:47:19.

top three here. There are three drivers on the grid who have won

:47:19.:47:24.

this Grand Prix - Sebastien Vettel, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello

:47:24.:47:30.

who is already out. He starts the Grand Prix 13th. That looked fairly

:47:30.:47:34.

pedestrian from Alonso there. He wasn't really attacking the apex

:47:34.:47:40.

too much. Let's see what it translates in terms of lap time. A

:47:40.:47:43.

quick brake adjustment with his left hand. I love that shot against

:47:43.:47:48.

the wall. I could watch that all day long. Alonso then again

:47:48.:47:53.

struggling put the power down in the last corner. He does a 37.4.

:47:53.:47:57.

That will not be quick enough for pole, I'm pretty sure of that. The

:47:57.:48:03.

crowd seemed to like. It I don't think Fernando will be that pleased

:48:03.:48:09.

with 37.4. Massa follows up with 1.37.8. We see now what Mclaren and

:48:09.:48:15.

Red Bull have got to say about that. Hamilton into the final corner.

:48:15.:48:19.

Sector times are good. Vettel is out there and flying. He's half a

:48:19.:48:24.

second up on his team-mate. Hamilton goes faster on 37.3.

:48:24.:48:29.

Webber can only do a 37.5 for third. Mclaren from Ferrari from Red Bull.

:48:29.:48:34.

It's Sebastien Vettel, this man out there, he's lighting up the race

:48:34.:48:40.

track again. Two corners to go, one now. He spots the braking, well he

:48:40.:48:45.

struggled from the apex slightly. Vettel then crosses the line now.

:48:45.:48:53.

He goes into the 36, 1.36.9 for provisional pole position. They

:48:53.:48:58.

will have to go again. Vettel then absolutely flying, four tenths

:48:58.:49:03.

quicker than Lewis Hamilton. There's a man who used to drive for

:49:03.:49:08.

Mclaren and Ferrari and owned the Toro Rosso team. But the story is

:49:08.:49:14.

back on track now. Nico Rosberg, at the moment we have seven cars out

:49:14.:49:18.

on track. Six of those are recovering to the pits for a second

:49:18.:49:24.

go. We've yet to see Michael Schumacher, Nick Heidfeld or Adrian

:49:24.:49:29.

Sutil, still trying to save their tyres. Nico Rosberg out on track.

:49:29.:49:33.

Another brake shift change with his left hand. So much to do in the

:49:33.:49:39.

cockpit. The work load is immense with the rear wing, KERS,

:49:39.:49:44.

differential, engine maps, brake bias, so much going on. Plenty of

:49:44.:49:48.

KERS left. He hits that button now, as he heads down what is

:49:48.:49:52.

effectively the first of the very long straights. Engine revs,

:49:52.:49:57.

creeping up there, with the wing open. Just touching 18,000. Seventh

:49:57.:50:05.

gear, good for Cornwallifying. He's kissing the soft limiter --

:50:05.:50:12.

qualifying. He's kissing the soft limiter there. His first sector

:50:12.:50:18.

time is a full six tenths off the ultimate pace. A lot of work to do.

:50:18.:50:21.

He's used up all of his KERS already in the lap. Lots of

:50:21.:50:25.

understeer through that corner. He's now three quarters of a second

:50:25.:50:32.

adrift. Now sweeping in this very high-

:50:32.:50:35.

speed section. Steering wheel change going on there. How do they

:50:35.:50:42.

do so much in the cockpit at 190mph? Great traction from the

:50:42.:50:49.

Mercedes there. Rosberg, at the moment, stays 7th with a 38.2. You

:50:49.:50:51.

said Michael Schumacher was thinking fourth row of the grid.

:50:52.:50:55.

Looks like he was right. Interestingly, Nico Rosberg in the

:50:55.:50:59.

morning session, would have had a bit more fuel but he did 38.5. He

:50:59.:51:03.

has found a little bit of pace, which isn't the case when we look

:51:03.:51:09.

at Fernando Alonso. Actually he did. He went a tenth quicker. The warmer

:51:09.:51:13.

track conditions have stabilised some of the lap times. An amazing

:51:13.:51:16.

lap from Sebastien Vettel, once again, throwing down the marker and

:51:16.:51:21.

saying, right guys, you have four tenths to beat me pour pole.

:51:21.:51:26.

Mercedes have been quickest in the free practices and qualifying. Are

:51:26.:51:31.

they not carrying enough downforce? I think they have a very effective

:51:31.:51:35.

DRS system. Earlier in the year, we heard one of the downsides of such

:51:35.:51:39.

an effective system is they have problemles keeping the flow

:51:39.:51:43.

attached under normal conditions. You need that fully explained what

:51:43.:51:47.

the effect of that is. There's no point being quick in a straight

:51:47.:51:51.

line if you're not quick enough through the corners, except it

:51:51.:51:55.

might make it easier to defend during the race. If they are going

:51:55.:52:01.

to be firmly at the back of the top ten, then they shouldn't be under

:52:02.:52:07.

any pressure from the guys just outside it. Ted has a quick word

:52:07.:52:11.

before we get down to the final laps. They're all going out again,

:52:11.:52:14.

including Sebastien Vettel, which you might find surprising, afrrt

:52:14.:52:18.

from the fact that the track is getting faster and faster. Not even

:52:18.:52:23.

Vettel thinks he's safe in pole. Michael Schumacher saved himself a

:52:23.:52:27.

set of fresh tyres tomorrow by doing only one run. That paid

:52:27.:52:31.

dividends for him in Canada. That's what Schumacher's doing. He's yet

:52:31.:52:35.

to post a time in this session, a competitive time. Nor has Heidfeld

:52:35.:52:42.

and Sutil. But the front runners, they can't afford that. Sebastien

:52:42.:52:46.

Vettel knows just how fast Lewis Hamilton is. He knows how fast the

:52:47.:52:50.

Ferraris have been. Jenson Button in fifth at the moment has also

:52:50.:52:54.

shown handy pace around here. So this is a proper shootout. And Red

:52:55.:52:58.

Bull do not feel comfortable enough to just leave Vettel in the pits

:52:58.:53:03.

and save a set of tyres. Mark Webber has some work to do in the

:53:03.:53:06.

second Red Bull. He's only fourth at the moment. About six tenths of

:53:07.:53:12.

a second to find, which you'd think is pretty easy in 3.3 miles, but

:53:12.:53:19.

it's not. You've got to question whether he's got all the tools at

:53:19.:53:22.

his disposal. He has been unfortunate with KERS not working

:53:22.:53:27.

in previous Grand Prixs. He knows the track. He likes it. He

:53:27.:53:31.

obviously took us on a high flying session during the Grand Prix.

:53:31.:53:34.

Let's see what he can deliver during this lap. He's into that lap

:53:34.:53:41.

then. So 32 seconds remaining. Clearly they've got to get offer

:53:41.:53:45.

the line before the flag comes out. Who's out there doing that?

:53:45.:53:51.

Hamilton, Button and Vettel will be the last man over the line to start

:53:51.:53:55.

a hot lap. He'll pass the finish line with about 12, 13 seconds

:53:55.:54:00.

remaining. Webber's done a personal best first sector about a tenth of

:54:00.:54:05.

a second shy. Alonso is a tenth faster. Matching Vettel's first

:54:05.:54:10.

sector pace, just about, within a few hundredths of a second. So much

:54:10.:54:14.

of the track remaining. Mark Webber then really needs to get the Red

:54:14.:54:21.

Bull up onto the front row of the grid. The flag is out. Zero seconds

:54:21.:54:27.

remaining. These laps can be completed. Seven cars on the track

:54:27.:54:30.

at the moment. Rosberg has pitted. Michael Schumacher with a

:54:30.:54:36.

reasonable first sector as well. So has Felipe Massa. Button a 25.8

:54:36.:54:44.

first sector, not particularly good, even though it's a personal best.

:54:44.:54:50.

Charging through the apex, absolutely committed to this

:54:50.:54:54.

qualifying lap, Mark Webber two, corners to go. Can he get this Red

:54:54.:54:57.

Bull onto the front row and challenge Hamilton and Alonso. On

:54:58.:55:02.

the power early through the exit. He crosses the line, Mark Webber,

:55:02.:55:07.

and second it is on a 37.1, two tenths shy. Alonso is in the pit

:55:07.:55:11.

lane. Alonso's gone in the pit. He's had a problem in the middle of

:55:11.:55:16.

the lap. Now we're looking out for Vettel, who's been blinding in the

:55:16.:55:20.

middle part of the lap too. Can he improve on that. He knows he still

:55:20.:55:25.

has to fend off Hamilton. He's quite a bit quicker. And Hamilton

:55:25.:55:28.

pits. Vettel has said that's enough. He's been called by the team and

:55:28.:55:36.

he's coming in. Massa has just done a 37.5 for P5. Button only 37.6 for

:55:36.:55:40.

sixth. He'll be disappointed for that. All Red Bull front row and

:55:40.:55:44.

the drivers knew that they'd either made mistakes or they didn't need

:55:44.:55:51.

to complete the lap, save the tyres. Sebastien Vettel then is on pole

:55:51.:55:59.

position yet again. Pole position number 22. He's 24 years of age

:55:59.:56:06.

shortly. But Vettel, then, yet again, has what it takes to beat a

:56:06.:56:10.

quality field of drivers, including his team-mate Mark Webber. In the

:56:10.:56:15.

end, Hamilton was four tenths shy of pole, starting third alongside

:56:15.:56:18.

Fernando Alonso, who had a poor middle sector, presumably either

:56:18.:56:25.

traffic or an error. Alongside Alonso, his team-mate Massa. Jenson

:56:25.:56:31.

Button, I think, will be thoroughly disappointed with sixth. Nico

:56:31.:56:36.

Rosberg seventh ahead of Michael Schumacher. That means it's 8-0 for

:56:36.:56:42.

Alonso versus mass ma in qual -- Massa in qualifying. For Rosberg

:56:42.:56:46.

it's 7-1 against Schumacher. We're getting to that point in the year

:56:46.:56:50.

where you can do a meaningful comparison and the statistics are

:56:50.:56:55.

very stark. But once again, Vettel is the man with the speed.

:56:55.:57:01.

That's right. The image that all his rivals hate to see, that finger

:57:01.:57:06.

denoting he's number one again. An incredible run of pole positions.

:57:06.:57:09.

Looks as if he's got a comfortable margin over the rest of the field.

:57:09.:57:13.

He's having a peak within the cockpit of the other cars. They

:57:13.:57:16.

don't get this opportunity any other cars. Nothing in the

:57:16.:57:18.

regulations to say you can't stick your head in there. He'll not be

:57:18.:57:22.

allowed to touch that car. What's he checking out? Checking out the

:57:22.:57:26.

comfort of his seat, do you think? I think he's looking at the back of

:57:26.:57:29.

the steering wheel to see how many paddles are there and what they

:57:29.:57:32.

might do with those. That's a specific request from somebody

:57:32.:57:36.

within the team of trying to find out what they're doing. Nick

:57:36.:57:40.

Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil chose not to use any tyres this that session.

:57:40.:57:46.

They will line up ninth and tenth. Heidfeld presumably because he did

:57:46.:57:56.
:57:56.:57:56.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 63 seconds

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choice. But they set the best times Fernando Alonso, would have loved

:58:44.:58:47.

to pick up pole position here. Sadly, just not quick enough. It's

:58:47.:58:50.

all about Red Bull in Formula One at the moment. We need, Eddie,

:58:50.:58:55.

someone to do something. In many ways Red Bull are ruining the final

:58:55.:58:58.

part of the qualifying sessions. Everyone just pulled into the pits

:58:58.:59:02.

and it was game over. It's game over for a couple of reasons. It's

:59:02.:59:05.

the best balanced car. We've all seen the regulations that's

:59:05.:59:09.

probably come against them in some respects. They're trying to fathom

:59:09.:59:13.

out why they're on pole. If you look at the amount of lead they've

:59:13.:59:17.

got, it clearly hasn't been the mapping of the engine. They'll have

:59:17.:59:21.

to think again as to how to make them all bunch up together. It's

:59:21.:59:25.

worth reminding you, they've banned the teams changing engine maps

:59:25.:59:28.

thinking it might make things closer. Well, it didn't. It didn't

:59:28.:59:32.

do much for Paul di Resta. He starts 12th after a difficult

:59:32.:59:35.

weekend. Let's hear from him now with Lee.

:59:35.:59:39.

It had been a difficult weekend any way. You did the best you could

:59:40.:59:44.

with the limited laps you managed. It was difficult. After Friday you

:59:44.:59:50.

were always going to be on the back foot. There was an unfortunate

:59:50.:59:53.

situation in my car, which was a lot of damage and took the guys a

:59:53.:59:57.

long time to repair yesterday. We went into this morning, having

:59:57.:00:01.

changed something after three laps. It didn't quite work. We had to

:00:02.:00:05.

revert back. We were where we were. The last lap was up a bit, but I

:00:05.:00:09.

seemed to make a bit of a mistake at turn 17. I triggered something

:00:09.:00:12.

in the car and lost the down shift and lost the advantage I'd gain in

:00:12.:00:16.

the rest of the lap. I suppose it is what it is. Have you to stay

:00:16.:00:19.

positive from it and we're in a position wri think we can fight for

:00:19.:00:27.

points. The only thing is we've not done a Long Run. We're going into

:00:27.:00:32.

the race with an open mind. heard on the team radio saying well

:00:32.:00:35.

done. You were using every inch of the track and sometimes a bit more.

:00:36.:00:40.

Whalz your biggest unknown going into tomorrow? The biggest unknown

:00:40.:00:44.

is how the car will perform an high fuel. At what point do you conserve

:00:44.:00:48.

the tyres a bit? The biggest concern is what aerobalance you're

:00:48.:00:53.

going start with, not having driven it. There's many things that leaps

:00:54.:00:58.

to, even brake attempts. You can be on the edge, and it can be over

:00:58.:01:01.

even from car to car. People have been in this situation, I'm sure,

:01:01.:01:11.
:01:11.:01:13.

before we have. We'll make the best over the years, would you have

:01:13.:01:17.

Ricky sticking with the plan you made six months ago and give the

:01:17.:01:21.

reserve driver the chance and risks something like this happening, or

:01:21.:01:26.

do what you can do to help someone like Paul di Resta because this is

:01:26.:01:31.

the state his car returned to the garage in? It was not his choice.

:01:31.:01:35.

You have to see the mindset of the team, we have to applaud them for

:01:35.:01:39.

giving him the chance and he has grabbed that with open arms, he has

:01:39.:01:42.

done a super job even though the last couple of races have been

:01:42.:01:48.

difficult but in that team they have a third driver, Hulkenberg,

:01:48.:01:53.

who is outstanding and those three drivers are potential winners. Full

:01:53.:01:58.

marks to Force India. It is easy to criticise. That is what they

:01:58.:02:03.

happened, they made a mistake and they paid the penalty. It's not

:02:03.:02:07.

that bad, he starts in 12, I have a suspicion he will get points.

:02:07.:02:11.

di Resta is the race driver and you have to help him. These boys need

:02:11.:02:17.

no help. Lewis Hamilton will be pleased to be standing next to

:02:17.:02:22.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton, very close to both

:02:22.:02:26.

of them in those very strangely designed suits that the McLaren

:02:26.:02:35.

drivers have for the qualifying. Let's here from them. What is

:02:35.:02:39.

Sebastian Vettel looking for? was showing us the spare

:02:39.:02:44.

advertising space on his overalls! Have you asked him to look for

:02:45.:02:49.

something in those cars? drivers are inquisitive. They will

:02:49.:02:55.

have a look at the Corus and it's a one time they are in the open. He

:02:55.:03:00.

is always wanting to know what the opposition are up to. I and all is

:03:00.:03:03.

performing, another pole position, what was thinking of sending him

:03:03.:03:07.

out again at the end? We wanted to be the last car on the circuit and

:03:07.:03:11.

be able to react to others if they were going quicker. We could see

:03:11.:03:15.

that nobody was going to be able to beat his time so we just saved the

:03:15.:03:21.

lap. Even if you have not got any fresh tyres left? Yes, but that is

:03:21.:03:26.

no disadvantage, three-quarters of a time lap. We are in good shape.

:03:26.:03:33.

Well done. Well done, indeed. For the first time since 2006, one

:03:33.:03:38.

driver picking up seven pole position is. Interesting comment on

:03:38.:03:45.

the tyres, saving tyres is the thing to do. We saw that from

:03:45.:03:49.

Schumacher and Toro Rosso. But he says that despite the fact they

:03:49.:03:54.

have used those tyres, there are still OK? They have put one he'd

:03:54.:03:59.

cycle through the tyres by going out so there in the warm words so

:03:59.:04:02.

they build up heat and they get used to... It does two things, it

:04:02.:04:07.

makes the compound just that little bit harder, which could be an

:04:07.:04:10.

advantage on the straight circuit so you are able to go one or two

:04:10.:04:13.

laps longer but might not have the ultimate speed. I don't see any

:04:13.:04:21.

advantage. Jensen Button did not quite have the speed today. Three-

:04:21.:04:27.

tenths of a second behind Lewis Hamilton. Starting in 6th place,

:04:27.:04:36.

how do you feel? It's all very good. The car felt pretty good in Q 2. I

:04:36.:04:42.

just could not get any real grip. A special attraction in the first two,

:04:42.:04:50.

last week it was OK. It was so frustrating. Yes. Frustrating. Q2,

:04:50.:04:55.

the car felt very good and I did not have to push it hard. And then

:04:55.:05:00.

Q 3, I don't know why... Be were talking about oversteer, do you

:05:00.:05:06.

know were it is coming from? It's coming from the back. So much has

:05:06.:05:11.

happened since yesterday. The car was great this morning. But with

:05:11.:05:17.

the heat, maybe the balance isn't working. As good as it was this

:05:17.:05:22.

morning, because of that. It was the same thing on the front tyre

:05:22.:05:27.

also. They say tomorrow will be even hotter. How does this puzzle

:05:28.:05:34.

on raffle? I am sure we can change the balance. Tyre pressure and what

:05:34.:05:40.

have you. The Eire Og balance and differential, but I did not expect

:05:40.:05:46.

that in 23. Not great. We will have a good race. It looks like there is

:05:46.:05:50.

only one happy driver in Formula One. Jensen Button is right to be

:05:50.:05:54.

down, he has to do something to sort this out, to sort out

:05:54.:06:00.

qualifying? We know how he can race, we saw so much evidence of that in

:06:00.:06:04.

Canada, sorts the qualifying out because he will not win races

:06:04.:06:10.

starting in 6th position. Perhaps a man to look at his Sebastian Vettel,

:06:10.:06:18.

he has got qualifying nailed. He is that the drivers press conference.

:06:18.:06:20.

He said all along the new regulations on the engine mapping

:06:20.:06:25.

would not affect Red Bull and I assume you are correct? I did not

:06:25.:06:31.

say that, there was talk beforehand going into this and there will be a

:06:31.:06:34.

lot of talk before the next grand prix but everyone will lose out on

:06:34.:06:39.

something. If people expect us to lose more than others, that is what

:06:40.:06:45.

I disagree. All in all, I think it was a very good day for us, very

:06:45.:06:49.

good to have the front row for the team and it will be a very long

:06:49.:06:55.

race, it's always tough year. It's a tricky circuit, 25 corners before

:06:55.:06:59.

we even cross the line again and especially in qualifying and to get

:06:59.:07:03.

the corners right is very difficult so to get the perfect lap is quite

:07:03.:07:09.

tough. But I think I first round was quite good, I was very happy.

:07:09.:07:15.

It is a good result. And could to start from that tomorrow. Mark

:07:16.:07:20.

Webber, you were alongside Sebastien on the front row. You're

:07:20.:07:23.

one of the only leader contenders to improve on your final run, was

:07:23.:07:30.

it the perfect lap? It was pretty good. You have got so many corners,

:07:30.:07:33.

you would like to put all of them together perfectly for all of you

:07:33.:07:37.

runs but it's not the case, we have to do our best to put together when

:07:37.:07:45.

it counts. I did not have the Smithers build up into Q 3. I knew

:07:45.:07:50.

there was some more to come. I had to put it altogether. Still not

:07:50.:07:55.

easy, but it was a pretty good lap, nice to go quicker on the last

:07:55.:07:59.

sector to put that on together. But in the end, it was a great day for

:07:59.:08:03.

the team. And off the back of all that talk and it's nice to come

:08:03.:08:08.

here and do well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. And we

:08:08.:08:13.

will go from there. Lewis Hamilton, you were trying to improve at the

:08:13.:08:19.

end of Q3 but third on the grid, is that a good effort? Definitely. I

:08:19.:08:29.

was not expecting to be so high up after P3, we were struggling. The

:08:29.:08:33.

guys did a good job. And we can analyse some of the data to improve.

:08:33.:08:39.

Fantastic job by the guys. I think the lap was not too bad, I tried to

:08:39.:08:44.

improve on the last lap but you're always trying to get more. I just

:08:44.:08:50.

bailed out. Hopefully I will save those tyres for the race. Lewis

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Hamilton looking towards the race from third on the grid, just behind

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Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Then Fernando Alonso and Felipe

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Massa with Ferrari, expecting to challenge alongside each other. And

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five German drivers in the top 10. Including three astern. Fernando

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Alonso starts and forth, he says he has made the best seven starts of

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his career so far this season and he will need one from 4th place?

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believes in himself, he is also sure about the car. He needs to get

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it all together as a package and then he can challenge. Plenty of

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sport coming your way. As ice-pick, the MotoGP is happening live on the

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Red Button. Then we have that re- run over on BBC Two and then

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Wimbledon, we were watching Andy Murray from here in Spain.

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Congratulations. And more action coming next on BBC One. And then,

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of course, we are back. The European Grand Prix, all the build

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up on BBC One coming your way from 12:10pm, including a chat with a

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man who had quite a good race the last time out. I like those

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conditions, you have to really feel your way around. Before I started

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racing, and was karting, and my father would put it in wet tyres

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and I had to run around on slicks because he wanted me to learn how

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to drive in the light. Maybe he just could not afford to get a wet

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tyres. Now he claims... It is all credit to him, he is my father

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figure! Jensen Button sounding as tight as Eddie Jordan! Sebastian

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Vettel picks up pole position in the heart of Europe's greatest city,

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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.


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