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
been before. They've got their Bollywood heroes, they treat their
cricketers like gods and as of this weekend, they have got 24 new stars
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds
I think he rather enjoyed his souvenir. Good afternoon and
welcome to another chance to see a slice of history, the first-ever
Formula One qualifying session in India. In all the years you owned a
Formula One team, you saw many new circuits, give us your first
impressions of this place. Huge surprise, I am absolutely delighted
for them. This has been a risk financially and otherwise. I think
they've got it right. Still some things to do, but they are doing
well. The only disappointment is that there is no longer a chance to
fight for a title. Wouldn't the Indian fans have loved to turn up
to see the driver's fight for the championship, but that is not the
case as Sebastian Vettel has It is incredible to stand him now
on solid Tarmac, huge buildings behind us, and one of the longest
and most impressive pit lanes and paddocks in Formula One. When we
came here a year ago, it was rather What a difference a year makes.
know. September last year we came here. We were this much in March
walking around. Everywhere was marred. What is your stand out
memory? Your face as I was powers loading -- power sliding through
I can't believe I'm here, it feels like a different place. Some very
excited marshals. How big is this for India? Huge. Standing on the
track, we are getting goose bumps. Really? Yes. We are a bigger fan of
this man. Of course you are. Let me take a photo. When we were here
last time, it was the same, people excited to see you, people proud of
the fact that this is India's Grand Prix circuit, but a year ago they
were standing up to their knees in mud. Now they are working. You were
in one of these garages trying to saw a piece of wood. Trying!
Hindering the process rather than helping them. There you go. Thank
you very much. Ah you're looking forward to seeing him driving
around on Friday? -- are you all? Yes! Good. This is how the English
cricket team should play. We are not talking about cricket! What was
the cricket score this series? Just checking. You can tell by the
cheers they were excited to see you. India is a cricket country, India
will always be a cricket country. People questioned whether they
could also love Formula One. There is passion. These are just the guys
working here, not even the fans. It is amazing. It is so nice for me to
see. Despite media in the Friday session, people I excited to see me
drive on a Friday morning. -- This is now totally new to me. We
stood there and turn one went into a lake and I said take a right into
the lagoon. Is that not going straight into a massive puddle? The
drivers' start with a hard right into the lagoon! When we go to new
circuits, they fly in the marshals from Europe or somewhere. Here they
have trained up fanatics to be there marshals. Let's check how
ready you are. A car crashes here and loses its front wing in the
middle of the track, I will time you to get into the middle and get
back. Pick it up! Look at that. seconds? Nine seconds. If the plan
comes together, I will be up here clapping and cheering as you race
around the Indian circuit. I will way that you. It will be lovely.
Don't fall in the drain. There's no point pretending otherwise, it is a
little rough around the edges, but to have it in a state of readiness
is incredible. A It is incredible. It is also remarkable in that short
space of time. In between that time they had the Commonwealth Games and
that was funded by the government. That had a lot of problems. This,
privately funded by entrepreneurs, is hugely impressive. This looks
like it has been here a considerable amount of time and
everybody is overjoyed with how they have got themselves together.
It is a big weekend for Delhi. The eyes of the whole world are on
India at the moment. The only disappointment is the hazy skies,
but how clear would it be for qualifying? Time to find out in the
company of Martin Brundle and David is open and qualifying is under way,
traditional 20 minutes. The usual suspects should clear this quite
comfortably. In Q2, it will be very interesting to see who burns up the
soft tyres. Be to is a much bigger gap between the tyres than last
week. -- it is. Even some of the front runners, will they risk it?
The track is evolving, we have stable temperatures. We could see
huge evolution in the race track without taking into account the
difference in tyres. We will have the usual guys at the back running
the fast tyres. Let's explain what we mean by evolution of the
racetrack. As the rubber goes down, every time a car goes through the
corner, it leaves a little bit of the tyre behind. That is when you
get a black line on the apex. That generates its own grip. The tyre
against its own or rubber get more grip. Look at the left side of the
track, it is grey. It is the same tarmac, but the cars are not
running on that area. The dust is pushed into the gaps in the tarmac.
This is the Force India weaving slightly to get heat in the tyres.
We are expecting them to have to do at least three laps. More than that
and you are carrying too much of a weight penalty. Ted. In the pit
lane, a couple of teams that might struggle to get out of this Q1
session R Williams and Sauber. Williams are struggling with
overall grip. The engineers say the balance isn't too bad but they
can't find a grip. They will aim to get their drivers on track last in
this session. Traffic might be a problem. Watch out for Sauber, and
Renault are doing more setting up. Petrov and Senna were early out,
but now everyone is piling out. Most people on the hard tyre.
cars of the 24 out on the racetrack. Petrov has embraced the racetrack,
he has done a 1:29, not particularly fast. 22 of the 24
cars on track. Alonso does a 27.8 and we are beginning to get in the
to go well over a second faster with softer tyres. Button is on the
hard tyres. Running very wide on the exit of the last turn. It is
actually Hamilton. Where will he open? 28.5. A bit of time lost.
Picked up a lot of dust on those tyres. Normally you can clean the
tyres on a couple of corners, but with a track as dusty as this, you
can't afford to weave up too much. The next lap will be lost. This
track was finished literally just in time so there's a lot of
construction dust and rubbish around the place. It is the same
for everybody, they have the same opportunity. I don't think we can
criticise the track for that. It reminds me a bit of the early days
when we went to the Hungarian Grand Prix way you kicked up a lot of
dust. Mark Webber crosses the line. This morning, we were down in the
low 1:25s on the soft tyres. The track has got a little bit dusty.
We had a support race, which tends to change the dynamics of the race
a little bit. Vettel into the 26s finally to go fastest. Rosberg up
into fifth place for Mercedes-Benz. The usual suspects at the front.
Who is at the back? We are looking at Christian Horner. Down in the
drop zone, Kovalainen, Karthikeyan, Trulli, Timo Glock, d'Ambrosio,
Kobayashi and Perez. The last two still running, is that supreme
confidence? They will get a clear track. They will decide whether
they will do another run. It could get them the benefit of a clear
track. Ted is at Sauber. Just looking into their garage. No
problems for the car. They know they might struggle to get out of
the session cleanly. They are not going to do race set-up, which is
what everybody else is doing, with high lap times, they are going to
concentrate on letting them clean up the track and then try to secure
their way out of this session. Tactics rather than confident.
confidence. They have enough tyres. Michael Schumacher fails to take
the final corner. I thought Michael looked immense on Friday morning.
He then said he had been struggling on this racetrack. Underbraking for
the final corner. He locked the front left. On to the dirty part of
the track. The run-off areas are super dirty. We have seen drivers
run off the road and then go and have an accident. Timo Glock not in
the car at all. He has done three laps. Presumably he has a problem
and that means he has no chance at the moment. He looks like he could
qualify in 24th place for top three drivers will get penalties at the
end of this qualifying, guaranteed. One is Petrov for running into
Schumacher in South Korea two weeks ago. The next one up his Perez for
speeding under the yellows yesterday. Two minutes after that,
Lewis Hamilton did the same and he also has a penalty. Five place drop
for Petrov and then three places for Perez and Hamilton. That gets
applied after the session finishes. This is Lewis Hamilton at the
moment, running third. Personal The track is evolving very quickly.
From the practice sessions, it was taking them a few laps to get the
tyres to perform. There is an element of track evolution, but the
tyres, there is no graining, so it is taking them a few laps to
penetrate, to get enough heat into the surface. Sebastian battle does
fastest. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez have gone out onto the track.
Jenson Button runs why it, which compromises his speed. -- Jenson
Button runs wide. A Ferrari engine being held up by Michael Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher has gone into the pits, so he is not behind him
now. This is Jerome d'Ambrosio, not far ahead of him. You can see the
yellow markings on the tyres, it is the soft compound. He rarely have
said, we came here with a conservative strategy. There was no
real knowledge of the track. But lots of simulation. They took a
conservative approach on one set of the tyres. The soft tyres of 1.5
seconds faster. Ted Kravitz? It is a gearbox failure for Timo Glock.
He is getting changed, that is the end of recession. Bruno Senna is
under pressure. Pastor Maldonado put the quicker tyres on, he is
ahead of Jenson Button. There will be a few nervous front runners.
Jenson Button, down to 11th. What is Bruno Senna up to? Look how wide
it is into the final corner. My fear is, the track will be so dirty
off-line, it will not be worth overtaking. We have seen quite a
bit of that in free practice. Paul di Resta, 10th. Michael Schumacher
better lap. He just sneaks in for now. All of a sudden, Jenson Button
is looking under pressure. Will he have to run again? He has got to.
He should be able to get through on Bahadur tyre. He is on the soft!
has had to get out of the way of three cars. It has all gone wrong.
He has got loads of traffic. He will get another flying black after
this. He may have to jockey for him. He cannot back up to much.
is being towed by the Virgin. He is running behind Jarno Trulli in the
Lotus. His first sector, 42.7. He will have to position himself for a
single flight lap, to not be the first big scalp. He is now 16th.
Michael Schumacher is about to start. As long as they get over the
line before the clock goes to zero. Michael Schumacher finding himself
some space, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen. Jenson Button trying to
find the space. He will be OK if he gets over the finish line. He has
backed off from Jarno Trulli. He has got to go for it. He is still
16th. Other cars cannot come down very quickly. -- can knock him down
moment. He has got to deliver it now. Personal best, first sector.
It has had to sacrifice a set of the faster tyres. Will he get some
traffic? He is right in the middle of 10 and 11. He gets compromised
massively through their apex. I think that HRT driver might find
himself in front of the stewards. Can he make up the time? Jenson
Button, personal best, first sector. Kamui Kobayashi is in the pits. Did
that traffic cost Michael Schumacher? It made the difference,
but he has used a set of the tyres. Jenson Button, two personal bests.
He will hate to use those tyres to get the job done. Kamui Kobayashi,
the first big scalp. We say goodbye to Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki
Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Daniel Ricciardo, Narain Karthikeyan. 23rd
will be Jerome d'Ambrosio. Timo Glock, sadly, will start at the
back. Tough for Timo Glock, but what was
it like for you? It has been a while. It is very emotional,
driving in my country. I did not think I would get a chance, but it
has happened, and I am very happy. Everybody is so happy. I think we
track, the Lotus Renault cars and a Toro Rosso. Interesting facts from
Q1, 14 times that Heikki Kovalainen has beaten his team mate in 16
races, and Kamui Kobayashi, every time he has been eliminated in Q1,
he has gone on to score points. Maybe he will not be that
disappointed after all. This it is about Asher for lend another seven
drivers out of it. -- shuffle and another seven drivers. You can see
the yellow markings there. That leave the pit lane and, if you are
a primary garage, you will have cars coming out in front of you, so
your preparation for your fastest lap, it will have an effect,
getting temperatures into the brakes and tyres, the feelings. It
is a matter of timing, it is like watching a triple jumper or Jonny
Wilkinson getting ready. Vitaly Petrov going very wide.
Kravitz? It is a brand new set of soft tyres for Jenson Button, and
for all of the top runners. The plan for McLaren, they will try to
just do the one run in Q2. Then, Jenson Button will use to one's
tyres for the first bank collapsed in Q3. -- Q1's tyres. In Q1, Felipe
Massa went out on the soft tyre. Ferrari either wanted to put up a
bit of wear through the tyres or wanted to do some learning.
bizarre. I am surprised, why would McLaren save the used said? -- use
set of tyres? The temperatures would have dropped down. You do not
want to add a lot more pressure artificially. Otherwise, I am
surprised. Sebastian Vettel out for the first time on these tyres. I
love to see a Formula One car like that, brilliant direction changed.
You should sit inside and Philip, it is sheer brilliance -- feel it.
The car obeys your every command. Nobody listens to our command in
any other sphere of life! So often, it ignores year, and it goes into
the barriers. Well Sebastian Vettel think that is good enough? -- will
end, taken wide. The Indian dust going into the tyres. It is molten
rubber on the surface, and it soaks up the dust. He gets out of the way
of his team-mate. That is not ideal. That his team management, why have
your drivers fighting over the same piece of racetrack? A bit of
information, he could have lifted. Sebastian Vettel has given up on
the second lap. Nico Rosberg is the fastest man in the first sector.
Jenson Button looking for a slipstream. This is Nico Rosberg,
about to deliver his best lap of throttle. Down its two shifts, then
it is slow through the exit. This looks like a tremendous section. It
is a chicane, effectively. The back end of the car will step out and
that situation. -- in that situation. That was fantastic.
slower than Sebastian Vettel. middle sector was not very strong.
He was quickest of all on the first sector, but then it looked like he
was preserving the tyres. It looked like a race lap, rather than a
qualifying lap. Felipe Massa or putting the Ferrari up into fourth
place. Paul di Resta is yet to run the Ferrari flapping around. They
have been trying an experimental front window. I heard some
fascinating gossip, when Mark Webber crashed in Italy, he went
off,... Felipe Massa get it wrong. The Red Bull goes off, the front
wing never made it back to the pits, it disappeared. A good bit of
gossip,... Somewhere at large, maybe somewhere in Milan, there is
sixth place. Make that second place as he crosses the line to complete
the dirt and that is why they paid him back with no grip whatsoever
when he next called on them. apex of that turn, he clipped the
kerb. A big orange kerb. That is where it all went wrong. Jenson, is
that another set of soft tyres? If he runs one more set, he will have
of Massa, Alonso went up into third play. It is Red Bull, McLaren,
Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari at the moment. Followed by the two
Mercedes. Toro Rossos, Alves they were two weeks ago, very, very fast
in a straight line. -- as they were. Look how close Rosberg is. He is
only three-tenths a way. We could see the Mercedes popping in as well.
Sebastian Vettel, four-tenths quicker than everybody else. A
shaky hand! That is the air blower which is calling him. He has got a
steady hand. -- Carillion him. Vettel still wanting to look at
data. I am told that with the sound analysis, even on a just finished
lap, they can look at the data of other drivers. Incredible
technology and information that they have. That is exactly why
former one is such an interesting sport. A few years ago sound
analysis, you have to wait until the next day for that information
to be preserved. They would listen to the television feed. They could
run that through a programme and tell you the speed of the car at
any point through a corner. The top teams don't have to scratch their
heads any more to find out where cars as well as watching them. They
can even tell you the gear ratios. Ted has some news on Paul di Resta.
He is doing three timed runs on this sector, they are leaving it
late. Not joining the early running. We haven't seen Jenson Button yet.
Michael Schumacher is now coming out on a brand new set of soft
tyres. He has only got one set left. I have a feeling Jenson Button will
the Renault. When you have blowing exhausts working well, that is what
you get when you stick your foot down. Completely missed the apex of
the final corner. Senna remains in 14th place. Cost him dearly in the
last corner. It was a better lap than that. Just under three minutes
remaining. We are watching Adrian Sutil going into 12th place. 1:27.1.
The fastest lap is a 1:24.6, it shows you the dominance of the Red
Bull. Red Bull is the only team that can switch on the higher tyre
and make it work. Some teams may only run that higher at the very
end of the Grand Prix tomorrow. Or get it out of the way early on if
there is a safety car. This track will evolve massively tomorrow. As
resort in South Korea, you would have to do Malta ball stops. -- as
Resta, Sutil, Barrichello, Maldonado, Senna and Perez are not
in the top 10 shoot-out at the moment. Last man in his Buemi. A
tenth slower than Michael Schumacher. This is Sebastien Buemi
taking a little bit too much baguette! It seems as if they are
fighting the car like crazy through the exit. You have to hustle a
corner like that. That is being a number 17. Two personal bests so
far. Just outside the top 10. Vettel remains fastest, from
Hamilton and Alonso. Can Perez get himself up from 17th place? I
suspect he can. He doesn't. He remaineds 17th. -- he remains 17.
They lost Kobayashi straight away and now Perez looks like he will
start behind -- alongside him on the grid. It looked like he was
cruising through the turns. They have not found the sweet spot so
far, Sauber. Sutil is on a better lap. 30 seconds remaining. Senna is
a tenth of a second outside the top 10 at the moment. If he can spot
that final corner better... Sebastien Buemi confirms a top ten
slot. Senna does just make the apex. He only goes up to 12th place. He
is right beside his team-mate. The session is over. Sutil gets himself
in the top 10. That was a good effort. Schumacher down to 11th at
the moment. Paul di Resta is on a 16th place. One corner to go. Perez
is behind him as well. Maldonado crosses the line from 16th place
and gets himself 12th place. Another good qualifying effort from
Pastor Maldonado as the Force India comes across the line, Paul di
Resta. He goes up to 12th place. Not ahead of his team-mate this
time. Michael Schumacher is 12th and out at the moment. We are on
board with the great man. Let's watch him negotiate the very wide
entry into the final corner. He kisses the apex nicely. Schumacher,
under pressure. Can he do it? No, he stays 12th. Rosberg is being in
seventh. Eight-tenths faster than Michael Schumacher. We lose Petrov,
Schumacher, di Resta, Maldonado, Senna, Barrichello and Perez. Not
too many big surprises. The gap between Nico and Michael has been a
surprise. Michael looked put up during the practice sessions. Paul
di Resta will be disappointed. I think this is a really technical
middle part of the track. If you just get a little bit out of
sequence, the lap time drains away. That is how it stands. Toro Rosso
will have the benefit of extra tyres for the race. Buemi gets
himself in Q3 for the first time in coincide with me being here. It was
a deliberate time in have a bit of a visit and a holiday and catching
the Grand Prix at the end. It is potentially a milestone in India.
We did see you hanging around a lot with Lewis. Is he in good shape?
Yes, he seems to be in a good place. I don't claim any intimacy of true
knowledge of the way his mind works, but I get the impression he has
come through a difficult time for all sorts of different reasons and
he has come out the other side of it. He seems to be calm and a great
deal of equanimity about him. I think the future is bright. Thank
you for joining us. Enjoy the rest of qualifying and the race tomorrow.
Thank you. One man chilling out and sadly no longer in the car is
Kobayashi, out in Q1. Are you disappointed with 18th place?
Definitely. The last lap was pretty good but I had traffic.
Unfortunately we are not strong enough. I had no luck as well.
cricketers have just smashed England for six, a Bollywood
superstar has just released Abreur new movie, but can Formula One
begin to mix it with the best? -- a brand new movie.
The green light is on, qualifying three is under way and we have got
immediate action. Will we see 10 cars or will Sutil and the two Toro
Rossos choose not to run because they have used up so many of their
soft tyres to get this far? We have got Brown used soft tyres that have
gone on the McLaren of Lewis starts tomorrow. 540 metres of DRS.
It is so dirty now. Should be pretty amazing on the first lap of
the Grand Prix as the drivers try to bring up the temperatures.
hear that Massa has got a used option? It could be a sighter or a
case of we will try to save a set of tyres. It will be interesting
tomorrow. There isn't really a clean side of the grid because they
come out of the last corner and make their way over to the left-
hand side of the grid. A bit like in Malaysia. That means random
potatoes spots rather than classic always left side or right side,
clean or dirty side. We can see the grid just in front. Cars diagonally
fall away. Just clipping pole position. It will not be a big
advantage to be on one side or the other. That is a very good spot. It
will be dirty off-line, we know that. Drivers used to clean it up
on the warm ups. In qualifying you don't know what side of the grid
York -- you will be on. More news from Ted. No sign of Jenson Button.
Jenson Button, one set of soft tyres down, he is only going to do
one run. He was compromised by that extra run he had to do in the first
part of qualifying. He said he was struggling for regret, the car
didn't feel right. Not a lot they can do about that. -- struggling
for grip. They are in parc ferme conditions when they are not
allowed to change the car. They could maybe for sake a little bit
of in laps and things like that. Otherwise it is a case of running
what you have run. You have had your two practice sessions to get a
balance. Lewis Hamilton is at the end of the lap. On this lap, Alonso
in that first sector was four- tenths faster. Hamilton, not a
quick lap. Massa, 25.1. Alonso, 24.5. That is double park we are
expecting. That confirms the old and new tyres between them. Mark
Webber ending his first flying lap. This is not looking particularly
fast. I wonder if they are doing anything lap on the first lap to
then really use those tyres on the second lap and leave some life
within that rubber. There's a chemical reaction that goes on in
these tyres. We are seeing Hamilton of a second down. Lewis Hamilton
has the fastest first sector. His strategy is working. The Sebastian
Vettel yet to complete a flying lap. Sebastian Vettel goes fastest. Who
can match that? Coming behind, Lewis Hamilton. The second for now.
Still time to run again, of course. This is the final new set of soft
tyres for Jenson Button. Normally, that is a wonderful feeling. But if
Jenson Button has got balance issues, he will not be feeling
fully confident. Mark Webber, very fast through the middle sector. 0.1
shy, but still third on the grid. The top four covered by 0.1 seconds.
Out on the track, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Jaime
Alguersuari. All 10 drivers have gone out and put an effort in. We
will see them on the track. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton,
Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, covered by 0.1 seconds. Will
Sebastian Vettel take his 13th pole position of the year? RADIO: You
are second. Less than 0.05 behind Sebastian Vettel, the main time to
be gained is in the middle sector. That sounds easy enough. But try
and find it. It is interesting to see the different strategy is
unfolding. McLaren were mighty in the first sector, but then they are
losing it later on. There are only two corners in the first sector.
And a very long straight. mechanical corners. They have got
the car working well mechanically. Adrian Sutil, the only Force India
in Q3. A big weekend for Force India. A new group have Cummins to
take a slice of the action in the team. Here they are, the Indian
Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil is coasting around. He is literally
just coasting. It will sort out the order. We will not bore you with
the details on that. Timo Glock, 24th, he did not complete a time,
but he did a time in practice that was with him to 107% rule. I do not
see any problems with starting tomorrow. It is not for me to say,
it is for the stewards, but I am pretty confident. It is difficult
to read, the drivers are coasting. When we think they are about to
nail a lap, they are still coasting. Nico Rosberg, a personal best,
first and second sector. 1.6 seconds away from pole position.
Sixth on the grid. Jenson Button, 1:30.1. Nico Rosberg backed out, so
that might be his only runner. He expected to be just outside the top
three teams. Seventh is his regular slot. This is Fernando Alonso.
is a long way off the pace. He will get round for another flying lap if
he has enough fuel. Every lap of fuel is 0.1 seconds, the amount
that it costs them. You can begin to understand what that means when
you look at the small gap between the top cars. Some problems with
Jenson Button. 50.5, first sector. He does not have enough time to get
round and start his lap. Fernando Alonso is about to start. Lewis
Hamilton, his final effort. Has he gone out in time? Well Lewis
Hamilton get to the end of the lap before the clock ticks away? An
awful long way to go. Jenson Button will start his lap. He crosses the
line now. He is on a lap, 41.1, his first sector, 0.1 down. Lewis
Hamilton is on his fast lap. 41.2, Sebastian Vettel. Toro Rosso have
not bothered to set a lap times. It is corner by corner. An ordinary
middle part of the lap. He has given up on it. Sebastian Vettel is
flying even harder now. He has got to finish the lap. Lewis Hamilton
has pitted. Look at Felipe Massa! His front corner was already
damaged. It looked like a suspension failure or damage.
Sebastian Vettel has increased his command at the front. He is 0.3
seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel secures pole
position. Nobody will be able to complete a particularly fast laps
unless they happen to be passed this zone, because it out there at
the moment, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. It will compromise
bigot, it was a full life of bread! -- not a baguette! That has
exceeded the design load. A severe shock through the front suspension.
It has broken there are. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel,
it was easy in the end. Lewis Hamilton second, but he drops down
three places. It will be a Red Bull front row. Jenson Button with a
tough day. The Toro Rosso cars will be delighted.
Congratulations, your 13th pole position, at a Red Bull front row.
Thank you! It was an interesting qualifying session, a new circuit,
a new challenge, but I am very happy to be on the front row. I do
not know whether being on the left or the right is an advantage or not.
There is not one side that stands out to be Bickley inside. It was an
interesting session. A good battle. After the first run, it was close.
I knew I had to do a little bit better. I could have a clean up. It
was interesting to see people going in different directions, how many
laps they took before they started their timed lap. The first lap
gives you some insecurity, because the tyre is not ready. But it
worked. Tell us about your qualifying up. Did you get past
Felipe Massa? He was heading into the gravel as I was coming up to it.
I saw the tyre Marques, the smoke and the yellow flag. But I was in
the yellow flags own already. -- yellow flag zone. A Red Bull front
row, you start from second. I am happy, considering that we had the
yellow flag on the last lap. It could have been a lot worse. To
start on the front row, not being able to attack the final sectors,
it is good in the end. It was a strong performance today, and you
split Red Bull. Yes, I am pleased. I feel very proud that I could do
that for the team, considering how hard they worked. It would be nice
to be ahead of Red Bull, and it was unfortunate about the penalty, but
that his life. A bit disappointed. This morning was good, but we
struggled with understeer. The conditions got colder, which did
not help. We are in reasonable shape over long distances, but
qualifying was going to be crucial, and we did not maximise it.
Formula One has arrived in India. It was not a classic, but it was
not bad. It depends who you are. If you are Sebastian Vettel, it was
the best ever, because he dominated it. If he goes along in that way
tomorrow, it will be a pity, because he will be so dominant, he
will be gone into the distance. have been around for a long time,
has special visit to see a team get 16 pole positions in a season? --
how special is it? I was there in the McLaren days when they won
almost everything. We just heard from Christian Horner, this is a
remarkable team effort. Full credit to them. There are four of their
cars in the top 10. That is the dominance they are enjoying. It
comes from the confidence. Sensible management, sensible and a ship,
and the brilliance of the technical side. -- sensible ownership.
McLaren are trying to win a winning car. They took pole position last
time, second on the grid this weekend, frustration, because Lewis
Hamilton takes a penalty. It would have been lovely to start on the
front row. Yes, but that has not happened. I saw that Jenson
Button's Chen was on the floor, he did not seem confident. He was
talking about problems, the car not balancing act, and the problem here
is the tyres. I have a concern about Jenson Button, but
surprisingly, I think Lewis Hamilton is very strong, and he
will want to prove himself in front of everybody. Plenty of rough-and-
tumble on the track, and you can see more after us on the BBC,
England against Wales, rugby league. It is 8:30am tomorrow morning for
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.