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The Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Jake Humphrey introduces coverage of the qualifying session for the Indian Grand Prix from the recently-built Buddh International Circuit, near New Delhi.


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Welcome to India, one of the few places where Formula One has never

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been before. They've got their Bollywood heroes, they treat their

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cricketers like gods and as of this weekend, they have got 24 new stars

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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I think he rather enjoyed his souvenir. Good afternoon and

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welcome to another chance to see a slice of history, the first-ever

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Formula One qualifying session in India. In all the years you owned a

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Formula One team, you saw many new circuits, give us your first

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impressions of this place. Huge surprise, I am absolutely delighted

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for them. This has been a risk financially and otherwise. I think

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they've got it right. Still some things to do, but they are doing

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well. The only disappointment is that there is no longer a chance to

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fight for a title. Wouldn't the Indian fans have loved to turn up

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to see the driver's fight for the championship, but that is not the

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case as Sebastian Vettel has It is incredible to stand him now

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on solid Tarmac, huge buildings behind us, and one of the longest

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and most impressive pit lanes and paddocks in Formula One. When we

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came here a year ago, it was rather What a difference a year makes.

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know. September last year we came here. We were this much in March

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walking around. Everywhere was marred. What is your stand out

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memory? Your face as I was powers loading -- power sliding through

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I can't believe I'm here, it feels like a different place. Some very

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excited marshals. How big is this for India? Huge. Standing on the

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track, we are getting goose bumps. Really? Yes. We are a bigger fan of

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this man. Of course you are. Let me take a photo. When we were here

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last time, it was the same, people excited to see you, people proud of

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the fact that this is India's Grand Prix circuit, but a year ago they

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were standing up to their knees in mud. Now they are working. You were

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in one of these garages trying to saw a piece of wood. Trying!

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Hindering the process rather than helping them. There you go. Thank

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you very much. Ah you're looking forward to seeing him driving

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around on Friday? -- are you all? Yes! Good. This is how the English

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cricket team should play. We are not talking about cricket! What was

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the cricket score this series? Just checking. You can tell by the

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cheers they were excited to see you. India is a cricket country, India

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will always be a cricket country. People questioned whether they

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could also love Formula One. There is passion. These are just the guys

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working here, not even the fans. It is amazing. It is so nice for me to

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see. Despite media in the Friday session, people I excited to see me

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drive on a Friday morning. -- This is now totally new to me. We

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stood there and turn one went into a lake and I said take a right into

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the lagoon. Is that not going straight into a massive puddle? The

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drivers' start with a hard right into the lagoon! When we go to new

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circuits, they fly in the marshals from Europe or somewhere. Here they

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have trained up fanatics to be there marshals. Let's check how

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ready you are. A car crashes here and loses its front wing in the

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middle of the track, I will time you to get into the middle and get

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back. Pick it up! Look at that. seconds? Nine seconds. If the plan

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comes together, I will be up here clapping and cheering as you race

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around the Indian circuit. I will way that you. It will be lovely.

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Don't fall in the drain. There's no point pretending otherwise, it is a

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little rough around the edges, but to have it in a state of readiness

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is incredible. A It is incredible. It is also remarkable in that short

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space of time. In between that time they had the Commonwealth Games and

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that was funded by the government. That had a lot of problems. This,

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privately funded by entrepreneurs, is hugely impressive. This looks

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like it has been here a considerable amount of time and

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everybody is overjoyed with how they have got themselves together.

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It is a big weekend for Delhi. The eyes of the whole world are on

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India at the moment. The only disappointment is the hazy skies,

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but how clear would it be for qualifying? Time to find out in the

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company of Martin Brundle and David is open and qualifying is under way,

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traditional 20 minutes. The usual suspects should clear this quite

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comfortably. In Q2, it will be very interesting to see who burns up the

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soft tyres. Be to is a much bigger gap between the tyres than last

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week. -- it is. Even some of the front runners, will they risk it?

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The track is evolving, we have stable temperatures. We could see

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huge evolution in the race track without taking into account the

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difference in tyres. We will have the usual guys at the back running

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the fast tyres. Let's explain what we mean by evolution of the

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racetrack. As the rubber goes down, every time a car goes through the

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corner, it leaves a little bit of the tyre behind. That is when you

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get a black line on the apex. That generates its own grip. The tyre

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against its own or rubber get more grip. Look at the left side of the

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track, it is grey. It is the same tarmac, but the cars are not

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running on that area. The dust is pushed into the gaps in the tarmac.

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This is the Force India weaving slightly to get heat in the tyres.

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We are expecting them to have to do at least three laps. More than that

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and you are carrying too much of a weight penalty. Ted. In the pit

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lane, a couple of teams that might struggle to get out of this Q1

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session R Williams and Sauber. Williams are struggling with

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overall grip. The engineers say the balance isn't too bad but they

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can't find a grip. They will aim to get their drivers on track last in

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this session. Traffic might be a problem. Watch out for Sauber, and

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Renault are doing more setting up. Petrov and Senna were early out,

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but now everyone is piling out. Most people on the hard tyre.

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cars of the 24 out on the racetrack. Petrov has embraced the racetrack,

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he has done a 1:29, not particularly fast. 22 of the 24

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cars on track. Alonso does a 27.8 and we are beginning to get in the

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to go well over a second faster with softer tyres. Button is on the

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hard tyres. Running very wide on the exit of the last turn. It is

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actually Hamilton. Where will he open? 28.5. A bit of time lost.

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Picked up a lot of dust on those tyres. Normally you can clean the

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tyres on a couple of corners, but with a track as dusty as this, you

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can't afford to weave up too much. The next lap will be lost. This

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track was finished literally just in time so there's a lot of

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construction dust and rubbish around the place. It is the same

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for everybody, they have the same opportunity. I don't think we can

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criticise the track for that. It reminds me a bit of the early days

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when we went to the Hungarian Grand Prix way you kicked up a lot of

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dust. Mark Webber crosses the line. This morning, we were down in the

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low 1:25s on the soft tyres. The track has got a little bit dusty.

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We had a support race, which tends to change the dynamics of the race

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a little bit. Vettel into the 26s finally to go fastest. Rosberg up

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into fifth place for Mercedes-Benz. The usual suspects at the front.

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Who is at the back? We are looking at Christian Horner. Down in the

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drop zone, Kovalainen, Karthikeyan, Trulli, Timo Glock, d'Ambrosio,

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Kobayashi and Perez. The last two still running, is that supreme

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confidence? They will get a clear track. They will decide whether

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they will do another run. It could get them the benefit of a clear

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track. Ted is at Sauber. Just looking into their garage. No

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problems for the car. They know they might struggle to get out of

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the session cleanly. They are not going to do race set-up, which is

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what everybody else is doing, with high lap times, they are going to

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concentrate on letting them clean up the track and then try to secure

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their way out of this session. Tactics rather than confident.

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confidence. They have enough tyres. Michael Schumacher fails to take

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the final corner. I thought Michael looked immense on Friday morning.

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He then said he had been struggling on this racetrack. Underbraking for

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the final corner. He locked the front left. On to the dirty part of

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the track. The run-off areas are super dirty. We have seen drivers

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run off the road and then go and have an accident. Timo Glock not in

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the car at all. He has done three laps. Presumably he has a problem

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and that means he has no chance at the moment. He looks like he could

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qualify in 24th place for top three drivers will get penalties at the

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end of this qualifying, guaranteed. One is Petrov for running into

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Schumacher in South Korea two weeks ago. The next one up his Perez for

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speeding under the yellows yesterday. Two minutes after that,

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Lewis Hamilton did the same and he also has a penalty. Five place drop

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for Petrov and then three places for Perez and Hamilton. That gets

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applied after the session finishes. This is Lewis Hamilton at the

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moment, running third. Personal The track is evolving very quickly.

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From the practice sessions, it was taking them a few laps to get the

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tyres to perform. There is an element of track evolution, but the

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tyres, there is no graining, so it is taking them a few laps to

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penetrate, to get enough heat into the surface. Sebastian battle does

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fastest. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez have gone out onto the track.

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Jenson Button runs why it, which compromises his speed. -- Jenson

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Button runs wide. A Ferrari engine being held up by Michael Schumacher.

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Michael Schumacher has gone into the pits, so he is not behind him

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now. This is Jerome d'Ambrosio, not far ahead of him. You can see the

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yellow markings on the tyres, it is the soft compound. He rarely have

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said, we came here with a conservative strategy. There was no

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real knowledge of the track. But lots of simulation. They took a

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conservative approach on one set of the tyres. The soft tyres of 1.5

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seconds faster. Ted Kravitz? It is a gearbox failure for Timo Glock.

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He is getting changed, that is the end of recession. Bruno Senna is

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under pressure. Pastor Maldonado put the quicker tyres on, he is

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ahead of Jenson Button. There will be a few nervous front runners.

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Jenson Button, down to 11th. What is Bruno Senna up to? Look how wide

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it is into the final corner. My fear is, the track will be so dirty

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off-line, it will not be worth overtaking. We have seen quite a

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bit of that in free practice. Paul di Resta, 10th. Michael Schumacher

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better lap. He just sneaks in for now. All of a sudden, Jenson Button

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is looking under pressure. Will he have to run again? He has got to.

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He should be able to get through on Bahadur tyre. He is on the soft!

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has had to get out of the way of three cars. It has all gone wrong.

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He has got loads of traffic. He will get another flying black after

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this. He may have to jockey for him. He cannot back up to much.

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is being towed by the Virgin. He is running behind Jarno Trulli in the

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Lotus. His first sector, 42.7. He will have to position himself for a

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single flight lap, to not be the first big scalp. He is now 16th.

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Michael Schumacher is about to start. As long as they get over the

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line before the clock goes to zero. Michael Schumacher finding himself

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some space, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen. Jenson Button trying to

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find the space. He will be OK if he gets over the finish line. He has

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backed off from Jarno Trulli. He has got to go for it. He is still

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16th. Other cars cannot come down very quickly. -- can knock him down

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moment. He has got to deliver it now. Personal best, first sector.

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It has had to sacrifice a set of the faster tyres. Will he get some

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traffic? He is right in the middle of 10 and 11. He gets compromised

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massively through their apex. I think that HRT driver might find

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himself in front of the stewards. Can he make up the time? Jenson

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Button, personal best, first sector. Kamui Kobayashi is in the pits. Did

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that traffic cost Michael Schumacher? It made the difference,

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but he has used a set of the tyres. Jenson Button, two personal bests.

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He will hate to use those tyres to get the job done. Kamui Kobayashi,

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the first big scalp. We say goodbye to Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki

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Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Daniel Ricciardo, Narain Karthikeyan. 23rd

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will be Jerome d'Ambrosio. Timo Glock, sadly, will start at the

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back. Tough for Timo Glock, but what was

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it like for you? It has been a while. It is very emotional,

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driving in my country. I did not think I would get a chance, but it

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has happened, and I am very happy. Everybody is so happy. I think we

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track, the Lotus Renault cars and a Toro Rosso. Interesting facts from

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Q1, 14 times that Heikki Kovalainen has beaten his team mate in 16

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races, and Kamui Kobayashi, every time he has been eliminated in Q1,

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he has gone on to score points. Maybe he will not be that

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disappointed after all. This it is about Asher for lend another seven

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drivers out of it. -- shuffle and another seven drivers. You can see

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the yellow markings there. That leave the pit lane and, if you are

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a primary garage, you will have cars coming out in front of you, so

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your preparation for your fastest lap, it will have an effect,

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getting temperatures into the brakes and tyres, the feelings. It

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is a matter of timing, it is like watching a triple jumper or Jonny

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Wilkinson getting ready. Vitaly Petrov going very wide.

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Kravitz? It is a brand new set of soft tyres for Jenson Button, and

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for all of the top runners. The plan for McLaren, they will try to

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just do the one run in Q2. Then, Jenson Button will use to one's

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tyres for the first bank collapsed in Q3. -- Q1's tyres. In Q1, Felipe

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Massa went out on the soft tyre. Ferrari either wanted to put up a

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bit of wear through the tyres or wanted to do some learning.

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bizarre. I am surprised, why would McLaren save the used said? -- use

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set of tyres? The temperatures would have dropped down. You do not

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want to add a lot more pressure artificially. Otherwise, I am

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surprised. Sebastian Vettel out for the first time on these tyres. I

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love to see a Formula One car like that, brilliant direction changed.

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You should sit inside and Philip, it is sheer brilliance -- feel it.

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The car obeys your every command. Nobody listens to our command in

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any other sphere of life! So often, it ignores year, and it goes into

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the barriers. Well Sebastian Vettel think that is good enough? -- will

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end, taken wide. The Indian dust going into the tyres. It is molten

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rubber on the surface, and it soaks up the dust. He gets out of the way

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of his team-mate. That is not ideal. That his team management, why have

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your drivers fighting over the same piece of racetrack? A bit of

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information, he could have lifted. Sebastian Vettel has given up on

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the second lap. Nico Rosberg is the fastest man in the first sector.

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Jenson Button looking for a slipstream. This is Nico Rosberg,

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about to deliver his best lap of throttle. Down its two shifts, then

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it is slow through the exit. This looks like a tremendous section. It

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is a chicane, effectively. The back end of the car will step out and

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that situation. -- in that situation. That was fantastic.

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slower than Sebastian Vettel. middle sector was not very strong.

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He was quickest of all on the first sector, but then it looked like he

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was preserving the tyres. It looked like a race lap, rather than a

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qualifying lap. Felipe Massa or putting the Ferrari up into fourth

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place. Paul di Resta is yet to run the Ferrari flapping around. They

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have been trying an experimental front window. I heard some

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fascinating gossip, when Mark Webber crashed in Italy, he went

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off,... Felipe Massa get it wrong. The Red Bull goes off, the front

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wing never made it back to the pits, it disappeared. A good bit of

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gossip,... Somewhere at large, maybe somewhere in Milan, there is

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sixth place. Make that second place as he crosses the line to complete

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the dirt and that is why they paid him back with no grip whatsoever

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when he next called on them. apex of that turn, he clipped the

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kerb. A big orange kerb. That is where it all went wrong. Jenson, is

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that another set of soft tyres? If he runs one more set, he will have

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of Massa, Alonso went up into third play. It is Red Bull, McLaren,

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Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari at the moment. Followed by the two

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Mercedes. Toro Rossos, Alves they were two weeks ago, very, very fast

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in a straight line. -- as they were. Look how close Rosberg is. He is

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only three-tenths a way. We could see the Mercedes popping in as well.

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Sebastian Vettel, four-tenths quicker than everybody else. A

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shaky hand! That is the air blower which is calling him. He has got a

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steady hand. -- Carillion him. Vettel still wanting to look at

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data. I am told that with the sound analysis, even on a just finished

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lap, they can look at the data of other drivers. Incredible

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technology and information that they have. That is exactly why

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former one is such an interesting sport. A few years ago sound

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analysis, you have to wait until the next day for that information

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to be preserved. They would listen to the television feed. They could

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run that through a programme and tell you the speed of the car at

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any point through a corner. The top teams don't have to scratch their

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heads any more to find out where cars as well as watching them. They

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can even tell you the gear ratios. Ted has some news on Paul di Resta.

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He is doing three timed runs on this sector, they are leaving it

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late. Not joining the early running. We haven't seen Jenson Button yet.

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Michael Schumacher is now coming out on a brand new set of soft

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tyres. He has only got one set left. I have a feeling Jenson Button will

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the Renault. When you have blowing exhausts working well, that is what

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you get when you stick your foot down. Completely missed the apex of

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the final corner. Senna remains in 14th place. Cost him dearly in the

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last corner. It was a better lap than that. Just under three minutes

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remaining. We are watching Adrian Sutil going into 12th place. 1:27.1.

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The fastest lap is a 1:24.6, it shows you the dominance of the Red

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Bull. Red Bull is the only team that can switch on the higher tyre

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and make it work. Some teams may only run that higher at the very

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end of the Grand Prix tomorrow. Or get it out of the way early on if

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there is a safety car. This track will evolve massively tomorrow. As

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resort in South Korea, you would have to do Malta ball stops. -- as

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Resta, Sutil, Barrichello, Maldonado, Senna and Perez are not

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in the top 10 shoot-out at the moment. Last man in his Buemi. A

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tenth slower than Michael Schumacher. This is Sebastien Buemi

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taking a little bit too much baguette! It seems as if they are

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fighting the car like crazy through the exit. You have to hustle a

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corner like that. That is being a number 17. Two personal bests so

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far. Just outside the top 10. Vettel remains fastest, from

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Hamilton and Alonso. Can Perez get himself up from 17th place? I

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suspect he can. He doesn't. He remaineds 17th. -- he remains 17.

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They lost Kobayashi straight away and now Perez looks like he will

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start behind -- alongside him on the grid. It looked like he was

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cruising through the turns. They have not found the sweet spot so

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far, Sauber. Sutil is on a better lap. 30 seconds remaining. Senna is

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a tenth of a second outside the top 10 at the moment. If he can spot

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that final corner better... Sebastien Buemi confirms a top ten

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slot. Senna does just make the apex. He only goes up to 12th place. He

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is right beside his team-mate. The session is over. Sutil gets himself

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in the top 10. That was a good effort. Schumacher down to 11th at

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the moment. Paul di Resta is on a 16th place. One corner to go. Perez

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is behind him as well. Maldonado crosses the line from 16th place

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and gets himself 12th place. Another good qualifying effort from

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Pastor Maldonado as the Force India comes across the line, Paul di

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Resta. He goes up to 12th place. Not ahead of his team-mate this

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time. Michael Schumacher is 12th and out at the moment. We are on

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board with the great man. Let's watch him negotiate the very wide

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entry into the final corner. He kisses the apex nicely. Schumacher,

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under pressure. Can he do it? No, he stays 12th. Rosberg is being in

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seventh. Eight-tenths faster than Michael Schumacher. We lose Petrov,

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Schumacher, di Resta, Maldonado, Senna, Barrichello and Perez. Not

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too many big surprises. The gap between Nico and Michael has been a

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surprise. Michael looked put up during the practice sessions. Paul

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di Resta will be disappointed. I think this is a really technical

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middle part of the track. If you just get a little bit out of

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sequence, the lap time drains away. That is how it stands. Toro Rosso

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will have the benefit of extra tyres for the race. Buemi gets

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himself in Q3 for the first time in coincide with me being here. It was

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a deliberate time in have a bit of a visit and a holiday and catching

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the Grand Prix at the end. It is potentially a milestone in India.

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We did see you hanging around a lot with Lewis. Is he in good shape?

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Yes, he seems to be in a good place. I don't claim any intimacy of true

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knowledge of the way his mind works, but I get the impression he has

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come through a difficult time for all sorts of different reasons and

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he has come out the other side of it. He seems to be calm and a great

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deal of equanimity about him. I think the future is bright. Thank

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you for joining us. Enjoy the rest of qualifying and the race tomorrow.

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Thank you. One man chilling out and sadly no longer in the car is

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Kobayashi, out in Q1. Are you disappointed with 18th place?

:40:37.:40:47.
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Definitely. The last lap was pretty good but I had traffic.

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Unfortunately we are not strong enough. I had no luck as well.

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cricketers have just smashed England for six, a Bollywood

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superstar has just released Abreur new movie, but can Formula One

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begin to mix it with the best? -- a brand new movie.

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The green light is on, qualifying three is under way and we have got

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immediate action. Will we see 10 cars or will Sutil and the two Toro

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Rossos choose not to run because they have used up so many of their

:41:23.:41:31.

soft tyres to get this far? We have got Brown used soft tyres that have

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gone on the McLaren of Lewis starts tomorrow. 540 metres of DRS.

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It is so dirty now. Should be pretty amazing on the first lap of

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the Grand Prix as the drivers try to bring up the temperatures.

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hear that Massa has got a used option? It could be a sighter or a

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case of we will try to save a set of tyres. It will be interesting

:42:19.:42:24.

tomorrow. There isn't really a clean side of the grid because they

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come out of the last corner and make their way over to the left-

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hand side of the grid. A bit like in Malaysia. That means random

:42:33.:42:37.

potatoes spots rather than classic always left side or right side,

:42:37.:42:45.

clean or dirty side. We can see the grid just in front. Cars diagonally

:42:45.:42:50.

fall away. Just clipping pole position. It will not be a big

:42:50.:42:55.

advantage to be on one side or the other. That is a very good spot. It

:42:55.:43:03.

will be dirty off-line, we know that. Drivers used to clean it up

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on the warm ups. In qualifying you don't know what side of the grid

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York -- you will be on. More news from Ted. No sign of Jenson Button.

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Jenson Button, one set of soft tyres down, he is only going to do

:43:22.:43:29.

one run. He was compromised by that extra run he had to do in the first

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part of qualifying. He said he was struggling for regret, the car

:43:33.:43:38.

didn't feel right. Not a lot they can do about that. -- struggling

:43:38.:43:43.

for grip. They are in parc ferme conditions when they are not

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allowed to change the car. They could maybe for sake a little bit

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of in laps and things like that. Otherwise it is a case of running

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what you have run. You have had your two practice sessions to get a

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balance. Lewis Hamilton is at the end of the lap. On this lap, Alonso

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in that first sector was four- tenths faster. Hamilton, not a

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quick lap. Massa, 25.1. Alonso, 24.5. That is double park we are

:44:22.:44:32.
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expecting. That confirms the old and new tyres between them. Mark

:44:35.:44:38.

Webber ending his first flying lap. This is not looking particularly

:44:38.:44:44.

fast. I wonder if they are doing anything lap on the first lap to

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then really use those tyres on the second lap and leave some life

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within that rubber. There's a chemical reaction that goes on in

:44:52.:45:02.
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these tyres. We are seeing Hamilton of a second down. Lewis Hamilton

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has the fastest first sector. His strategy is working. The Sebastian

:45:20.:45:30.
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Vettel yet to complete a flying lap. Sebastian Vettel goes fastest. Who

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can match that? Coming behind, Lewis Hamilton. The second for now.

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Still time to run again, of course. This is the final new set of soft

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tyres for Jenson Button. Normally, that is a wonderful feeling. But if

:45:55.:45:58.

Jenson Button has got balance issues, he will not be feeling

:45:58.:46:08.
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fully confident. Mark Webber, very fast through the middle sector. 0.1

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shy, but still third on the grid. The top four covered by 0.1 seconds.

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Out on the track, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Jaime

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Alguersuari. All 10 drivers have gone out and put an effort in. We

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will see them on the track. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton,

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Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, covered by 0.1 seconds. Will

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Sebastian Vettel take his 13th pole position of the year? RADIO: You

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are second. Less than 0.05 behind Sebastian Vettel, the main time to

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be gained is in the middle sector. That sounds easy enough. But try

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and find it. It is interesting to see the different strategy is

:47:12.:47:22.
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unfolding. McLaren were mighty in the first sector, but then they are

:47:23.:47:29.

losing it later on. There are only two corners in the first sector.

:47:29.:47:39.
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And a very long straight. mechanical corners. They have got

:47:39.:47:46.

the car working well mechanically. Adrian Sutil, the only Force India

:47:46.:47:56.
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in Q3. A big weekend for Force India. A new group have Cummins to

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take a slice of the action in the team. Here they are, the Indian

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Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil is coasting around. He is literally

:48:11.:48:16.

just coasting. It will sort out the order. We will not bore you with

:48:17.:48:26.
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the details on that. Timo Glock, 24th, he did not complete a time,

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but he did a time in practice that was with him to 107% rule. I do not

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see any problems with starting tomorrow. It is not for me to say,

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it is for the stewards, but I am pretty confident. It is difficult

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to read, the drivers are coasting. When we think they are about to

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nail a lap, they are still coasting. Nico Rosberg, a personal best,

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first and second sector. 1.6 seconds away from pole position.

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Sixth on the grid. Jenson Button, 1:30.1. Nico Rosberg backed out, so

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that might be his only runner. He expected to be just outside the top

:49:32.:49:42.
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three teams. Seventh is his regular slot. This is Fernando Alonso.

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is a long way off the pace. He will get round for another flying lap if

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he has enough fuel. Every lap of fuel is 0.1 seconds, the amount

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that it costs them. You can begin to understand what that means when

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you look at the small gap between the top cars. Some problems with

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Jenson Button. 50.5, first sector. He does not have enough time to get

:50:20.:50:28.

round and start his lap. Fernando Alonso is about to start. Lewis

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Hamilton, his final effort. Has he gone out in time? Well Lewis

:50:36.:50:43.

Hamilton get to the end of the lap before the clock ticks away? An

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awful long way to go. Jenson Button will start his lap. He crosses the

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line now. He is on a lap, 41.1, his first sector, 0.1 down. Lewis

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Hamilton is on his fast lap. 41.2, Sebastian Vettel. Toro Rosso have

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not bothered to set a lap times. It is corner by corner. An ordinary

:51:14.:51:24.

middle part of the lap. He has given up on it. Sebastian Vettel is

:51:24.:51:31.

flying even harder now. He has got to finish the lap. Lewis Hamilton

:51:31.:51:39.

has pitted. Look at Felipe Massa! His front corner was already

:51:39.:51:45.

damaged. It looked like a suspension failure or damage.

:51:45.:51:52.

Sebastian Vettel has increased his command at the front. He is 0.3

:51:52.:51:56.

seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel secures pole

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position. Nobody will be able to complete a particularly fast laps

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unless they happen to be passed this zone, because it out there at

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the moment, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. It will compromise

:52:16.:52:26.
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bigot, it was a full life of bread! -- not a baguette! That has

:52:55.:53:02.

exceeded the design load. A severe shock through the front suspension.

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It has broken there are. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel,

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it was easy in the end. Lewis Hamilton second, but he drops down

:53:13.:53:21.

three places. It will be a Red Bull front row. Jenson Button with a

:53:21.:53:31.
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tough day. The Toro Rosso cars will be delighted.

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Congratulations, your 13th pole position, at a Red Bull front row.

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Thank you! It was an interesting qualifying session, a new circuit,

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a new challenge, but I am very happy to be on the front row. I do

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not know whether being on the left or the right is an advantage or not.

:53:57.:54:02.

There is not one side that stands out to be Bickley inside. It was an

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interesting session. A good battle. After the first run, it was close.

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I knew I had to do a little bit better. I could have a clean up. It

:54:16.:54:21.

was interesting to see people going in different directions, how many

:54:21.:54:31.
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laps they took before they started their timed lap. The first lap

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gives you some insecurity, because the tyre is not ready. But it

:54:37.:54:46.

worked. Tell us about your qualifying up. Did you get past

:54:47.:54:56.
:54:57.:54:59.

Felipe Massa? He was heading into the gravel as I was coming up to it.

:54:59.:55:04.

I saw the tyre Marques, the smoke and the yellow flag. But I was in

:55:04.:55:12.

the yellow flags own already. -- yellow flag zone. A Red Bull front

:55:12.:55:18.

row, you start from second. I am happy, considering that we had the

:55:18.:55:28.
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yellow flag on the last lap. It could have been a lot worse. To

:55:28.:55:34.

start on the front row, not being able to attack the final sectors,

:55:34.:55:40.

it is good in the end. It was a strong performance today, and you

:55:40.:55:46.

split Red Bull. Yes, I am pleased. I feel very proud that I could do

:55:46.:55:52.

that for the team, considering how hard they worked. It would be nice

:55:52.:55:58.

to be ahead of Red Bull, and it was unfortunate about the penalty, but

:55:58.:56:05.

that his life. A bit disappointed. This morning was good, but we

:56:05.:56:09.

struggled with understeer. The conditions got colder, which did

:56:09.:56:16.

not help. We are in reasonable shape over long distances, but

:56:16.:56:21.

qualifying was going to be crucial, and we did not maximise it.

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Formula One has arrived in India. It was not a classic, but it was

:56:27.:56:33.

not bad. It depends who you are. If you are Sebastian Vettel, it was

:56:33.:56:38.

the best ever, because he dominated it. If he goes along in that way

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tomorrow, it will be a pity, because he will be so dominant, he

:56:43.:56:48.

will be gone into the distance. have been around for a long time,

:56:48.:56:54.

has special visit to see a team get 16 pole positions in a season? --

:56:54.:56:59.

how special is it? I was there in the McLaren days when they won

:56:59.:57:04.

almost everything. We just heard from Christian Horner, this is a

:57:04.:57:14.

remarkable team effort. Full credit to them. There are four of their

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cars in the top 10. That is the dominance they are enjoying. It

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comes from the confidence. Sensible management, sensible and a ship,

:57:24.:57:31.

and the brilliance of the technical side. -- sensible ownership.

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McLaren are trying to win a winning car. They took pole position last

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time, second on the grid this weekend, frustration, because Lewis

:57:45.:57:49.

Hamilton takes a penalty. It would have been lovely to start on the

:57:49.:57:59.
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front row. Yes, but that has not happened. I saw that Jenson

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Button's Chen was on the floor, he did not seem confident. He was

:58:07.:58:14.

talking about problems, the car not balancing act, and the problem here

:58:14.:58:20.

is the tyres. I have a concern about Jenson Button, but

:58:20.:58:23.

surprisingly, I think Lewis Hamilton is very strong, and he

:58:24.:58:29.

will want to prove himself in front of everybody. Plenty of rough-and-

:58:29.:58:37.

tumble on the track, and you can see more after us on the BBC,

:58:37.:58:43.

England against Wales, rugby league. It is 8:30am tomorrow morning for

:58:43.:58:48.

Jake Humphrey introduces coverage of the qualifying session for the Indian Grand Prix. The recently-built Buddh International Circuit, near New Delhi, will provide a new test for all 24 drivers, but it is the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber who have dominated pole position so far this season.


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