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1991, Formula One sets foot out of Europe just six times. 20 years
later, that number has doubled. Including new Asian territories.
Malay share in 1999, China into this and an four, and in 2010,
Korea. -- China in 2004. A home of the world's largest shipbuilders,
the most advanced IT infrastructure and the population with the highest
IQ on the planet. Last year, also, IQ on the planet. Last year, also,
the home of chaos. This is the worst conditions in which I have
That champagne from Fernando Alonso was not the only showers here last
year. I'm sure you can understand why be a high Formula One family
open the curtains today and were very relieved that it was not
raining. -- the whole Formula One family. Sebastian Vettel picked up
the drivers' championship yesterday. No need for an early start today,
because you have chosen to join us -- in -- chosen to join us for a
-- in -- chosen to join us for a re-run of qualifying for the Korean
Grand Prix. This is how things finished seven days ago. Jenson
Button can no longer catch Sebastian Vettel. He is now
fighting Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton for
second. The construction -- Constructors' Championship can also
be seen to be completed. As far as the remaining races are concerned,
we have the South Korean Grand Prix and then it will no longer be the
newest race in a Formula One because we are heading to India in
two weeks' time before wrapping up the season in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
One man who was buried excited -- One man who was buried excited --
one man who is very excited is with me now. This circuit, this race,
you have been out there in the Lotus. What was it like on the
track? It is really strange, very slippery. Even this morning, you
see drivers sliding and the tyres not digging in. I do not know what
they have used on the asphalt, but it does not offer the same grip.
That could make it very interesting. Time to see who can pick up pole
position for this race. Will it be Red Bull once again? Time to hand
over to David Coulthard and Martin qualifying. Raining on Friday
ensured that around 20 laps in the final practice session was the only
dry track preparation for all of the drivers. Pirelli say they have
made an ambitious choice of softer compound tyres for this race. The
are experimenting for next year. They want to get their compounds
sorted out nice and early. Can Red Bull become the first team since
Ferrari in 1952 to take every pole position in the season? They have
16 in a row so far this year and this would be the 16th. McLaren
should have been Ron Paul last Saturday afternoon in Japan, but
they did not quite do it. David, can they achieve it this afternoon?
This has been the most impressive they have looked through Friday and
Saturday practice. Friday was wet, but McLaren were setting the pace.
Through this one hour session, before going into qualifying,
straight from the first run they were trading times. Lewis Hamilton,
Jenson Button pretty much sharing the top spot. Nine thousandths of a
second they missed out in Suzuka, and they have to be in a prime
position this afternoon. The times were pretty quick this morning,
faster than last year's free practice despite so much little --
so little track time. It shows you how soft and fast the tyres are.
This is the fastest track in the year, in terms of grip. Part of
that might be that it is the second year of the racetrack. When you
have a new track surface, it tends to leak out or oil or whatever is
used that is laid down on the tarmac. With the benefit of a your
sapling, because they have not had a much -- much action, believe they
have had a truck race. Bring your road car down and go for a bit of
fun. They have not embraced racing in this part of South Korea.
Painting a picture of what is going on, we know that Sebastian Vettel
is the World Champion already. 114 points clear. A good fight between
Jenson Button Alonso and Mark Webber for second place. Despite an
saying it means nothing to them, and be one to win races now. The
fight in the middle of the field, Petrov, Sutil, Kobayashi and the
rest of them, and that the tale of the points, Maldonado. 19 drivers
have scored World Championship points this year. 19 finishes off -
- in the Grand Prix last year, the highest ever in the history of
Formula One. Red Bull can take the constructors title tomorrow if they
score or more points than McLaren in the race. McLaren have to
outscore Red Bull to keep that particular championship alive. This
man was fastest in the final free practice. Jenson Button, right at
the end of the session. Despite having a new chassis, because of a
bolt that would not come out, they had to give him a new chassis. That
is the survival cell that he is sitting in. The gearbox and the
rest are bolted on to that. That is the chassis in the foreground that
Michael Schumacher is sitting in. It had to be said, it looked like
McLaren and Red Bull way out front. More of that in a moment.
KRAVITZ: The super-soft tyre will do between 10 and 12 laps. It is
not as marginal as everyone expected. We expect the top teams
and a Mercedes to be able to go through the first field of
qualifying on the soft tyres, and not the super-soft. We will see
what happens when the session get started. Apparently, this track is
the test track for the Korean version of Top Gear. I think the
people who have done -- the guy who has done the most laps around you
will probably be the Chorion stake. Indeed. The temperatures out there,
28 degrees. 22 degrees, air pressure -- air temperature. Not
particularly hot, no particular challenge us out there from the
atmosphere. It is all about finding the perfect lap. 20 minutes of
qualifying for them to deliver something. The first man on the
track, Bruno Senna for the Renault team. The reason the track evolves
as well is that every traction zone, they start putting rubber down,
they start cleaning up the dust and dirt and laying down rubber. The
more grip that you have got, the faster you go, the more rubber you
put on the track. It is a snowball effect. Bruno Senna with a clear
track. Surprising that we have not had more action? Normally, this
part of the qualifying session you get the usual suspects, the six
cars of the slow teams going out there, making full use of the extra
television time. At the end of the day, they do not have the car as
they would like in overall performance but they have to try to
maximise their marketing share, so it is unusual not to see HRTs and
Virgins straight out there on the track. They may as well use up as
many tyres as they are free to do so when this park, because they
will need to use the super-soft, the Red Stripe tyres to get as high
up the position as possible. Bruno Senna had an incident this morning.
He spun in the street section, losing his front wing. Maybe he is
doing a balance check. Possibly Ted can find out. Did they change
suspension? Meanwhile, one of the Renault reserved drivers, the
French driver, if Kubica was to come back on the scene, and we are
expecting news on that soon, you have to be fearful that he is not
ready to return. We have seen and heard nothing of him. He has been
nowhere near a racing car. Renault have potentially got Kubica, Petrov,
Bruno Senna, Roman rush on, they are spoiling for choice. Lots and
lots of pressure. But pressure is what this business is all about.
TED KRAVITZ: The suspension was OK. They did not need to change that
after his brush with the wall. This is race set-up work still going on
in the first part of qualifying because when Bruno Senna took the
front wing off in free practice, he also flat spotted the tyres. He
does not have enough information as to how the yellow striped fireworks.
That is what he is doing. -- yellow stripe tyre works. He scored World
Championship points on three occasions. We have seen him in the
hedge quite a lot. We have seen and damage the car. What does that tell
you about where he is that? There is no question he is having to fast
track his knowledge of this car. By starting so late in the season,
every lap he does on this track is going to be three-quarters of the
season behind his competitors. You could argue that there is no point
going Conservative. He has to show the team that he is an attacking
driver, a driver they can rely on to score points and Court 5 a car.
His team-mates, Vitaly Petrov, ruining his front left tyre there.
Once the wheel is walked, he is blistering the tyre. You have to
get off the brake. -- wheel is locked. I would be amazed if he is
able to set any kind of time at all. There is a rush of cars, with 15
minutes left ago, heading out. car Tomaz will certainly got a B S
brakes. My motorbike as CBS brakes, but Formula One cars do not. We
have had ABSA in 1993 per, but it is too easy. TED KRAVITZ: Both Red
Bulls have gone out straight away on the super-soft tyres. They are
the only top team to do that. I am struggling to think why. Surely
they can get through the session on the prime tyre? Why would they not
think that they would need the super-soft? Are they doing a
conscious strategy? Your thoughts? Normally, they want to keep those
tyres until absolutely the last possible moment, unless they think
they will qualify on prime tyres, the yellow stripe tired that we are
seeing Lewis Hamilton using. There is a smaller gap between the prime
and auction tyres. It was under a second here. Seven-tenths, the
difference between the two compounds. Seven tenths of a second
is a lot of time. Red Bull, using up a set of those straight away.
Let us see if they go past the pits. They could be just conditioning a
set of tyres. Let us watch them. You mean practising the he cycled?
Yes. Mark Webber is coming up to corner 14. Meanwhile, we are on the
Hamilton, this weekend. He has seemed a bit troubled in his
personal life but on the racetrack, he has been flying. Just beaten in
the final lap of the session this morning, not wanting to do an
upshift for such a short little straight. Webber has continued on
track, so has Vettel, so they are not putting the heat cycle through
to prepare them for the race, they are actually using them. We are
leaving Lewis Hamilton. The end of this lap is pretty exciting, it is
a good layout. The drivers are enjoying this track. A huge
challenge in that sector. Lot of corners where, especially with DRS
which gives them a massive error balance shift, it is the effect of
feeling you have a lot of front mode, destabilising the rear. So a
lot of bravery from the drivers. Through 16, a small kink and then
flat through the right hand part of 17 and 18. Then they run for the
line and he opens it up with a 1: 38.2. Slower than he managed in the
morning, but nonetheless. Pole last year was 1: 35, so not a stunningly
fast lap, you would have to save from Lewis Hamilton the first time
out. Hitting the red limit that a lot. Jenson Button is about to show
us what he can do on his first lap and go second, some half a second
slower than Lewis. Webber goes through on the supersoft tyres,
even slower again, at 1: 39.0. That is looking quite difficult to
understand. A Red Bull on the faster tyres are slower, unless he
hit traffic somewhere. He did pass Sebastian Buemi somewhere. This is
Fernando Alonso, that Ferrari have had a huge amount of understeer
this morning. Having the DRS actually benefit them. Fernando
Alonso into second on 1: 38.3. Vettel also matched Webber on the
1: 39.0. That is strange. They put the soft tyres on straight away,
the one they usually wrapped up in cotton wool and try not to use
until the last moment. They have thrown them on and gone slowly,
carrying a off fuel as well? -- carrying fuel. That is 2.5 seconds
slower than you expect. It they could still be doing race
simulation. Slightly risky,... It may leave them exposed later when
they actually have one run. We have seen typically team's only running
-- the team's idea running them in the last part of qualifying. Nico
Rosberg is the fastest for the first sector so far in Q1, the
first part of qualifying. So it is Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and we
have now had a 17 drivers put in a complete flying lap. No real
surprises in there, no big surprises at the front or the
midfield. Michael having to blend of the throttle, died in between
two cars. -- diving. Two-tenths slower than his team-mate, his
personal best was in the first proper flying lap. Schumacher goes
into fifth with that. Nico Rosberg behind him goes into fourth place.
He has matched Felipe Massa, who is in third. So Webber and Vettel down
to seventh and eighth, they now own pit, both of the Red Bulls. As has
Paul di Resta, currently in the 11th. These times don't matter,
they are just taking... As long that you get through the first 17,
the times are reset to zero. In the drop zone at the moment, d'Ambrosio,
at Liuzzi, Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, a Ricciardo, Barrichello and
Maldonado hadn't been out yet. Lewis Hamilton coming to the end of
his lap. If this is going to take into their 1: 37.5 -- this is going
to. That is much more like it. It seems as though he needed the tyres
to come to him a little bed. What is Jenson Button doing? -- a little
bit. At the moment, Hamilton looking like he has got the edge.
And McLaren looking like they have got to the edge on a lot of them.
Jenson Button goes second, still four-tenths shy. TED KRAVITZ: You
are right, I am looking into the Red Bull garage and they have the
fuel closely set. I think that was still at if we are expecting them
to three-star, they are going to start on the soft us -- and free
stop. So if they can get through qualifying OK, they will only need
to two sets of the super-soft. I am still asking around some other
engineers. As long as you go to train those tyres, there is no
reason they couldn't use them again in Q2 -- as long as you don't put
drained at those tyres. If they feel the need to. However we try to
explain it, it is an unusual strategy and I'm sure you can
understand, there will be some commonsense coming out at some
point, but right now it looks as though it is against the grain.
There is such a big spread of lap time, we saw in Suzuka last weekend
that it is more spread out on the technical tracks. Red Bull should
be easily making the last part of qualifying on the set of primes.
Not a great about a difference between the prime and the option
tyres. -- amount of difference. drop zone remains the same.
Williams at the back at the moment, having not run. Kovalainen has got
himself in it, and as we have seen before, he could get himself
through the Q3 in that Lotus, but we will have to wait and see what
time the Williams book before low to start celebrating. A Michael
Schumacher now. -- Michael Schumacher now. It since the
further they travel on this soft tyres, the faster they go -- it
seems. He is one second off the pace. Because beyond the first term,
where the pit lane leads into the heart of the first turn, where we
saw Nico Rosberg piled into Alguersuari yesterday, if you could
do a study at university and ask for the worst pit lane out at a
racetrack, this is what they would come up with. It couldn't be worse.
The design group are responsible for most of the new tracks, since
way back in Malaysia, one of the first bespoke circuits. Maybe they
sent out the YTS designers. I think it is a great track, but often you
look at the pit exit and think, that is not going to work.
Everybody says that and eventually they had to change things, but they
haven't changed it here. It is quite difficult, you saw the
reserve pit, the reserve once they have, they have a much better exit,
but it is not the easiest job to get these cars on and off. It can't
be that difficult. Bid cannot be. I'm just trying to give them the
benefit of the doubt. Don't want to rubbish the Place! The drivers love
the circuit, no question. Petrov is right in the heart of this sector
two, through turn nine. Slightly over A crest, drops down into
second gear, early on the power. He starts to open it out into this
never ending apex and then into a 12. Then we are getting into what
feels like the street circuit section of the track. One mistake
on the left and there is a concrete wall. The last section of the track,
a short blast through 15. They have dropped the kerb since last year.
Working the wheel quite a lot, the challenge for the drivers is how
rarely do I open my DRS? Petrov goes third with that on the
supersoft tyres. So a decent lap, at 1: 38.3, still well shy of the
McLaren boys. Vettel and Webber down in a fan night, but it is the
last seven we will look at -- down in eighth and ninth. Everybody from
Serran and Sebastian Buemi, surely they are feeling reasonably
comfortable -- Bruno Senna. Ted Kravitz? A Williams tactic is to
wait until the track has cleaned up a little. It is still very dusty in
the pit lane, and then go out for a freak timed laps. -- a breed are
timed laps. -- three. It is the best part of one minute and three
quarters around here. Especially when you are out lapping as well.
Let's have a look. Barrichello on his first said that, half the
second of the fastest for stopped goes into for -- 14th place.
Immediately backs off. Only just being there, Barrichello. Let's see
what Maldonado can do. I don't think he is as fast. Pastor
Maldonado through turn 18, and the line is here. He goes 16th. Let's
see if he backs straight off. I think he did. So Williams are
thinking they are going to clear Babak with one single flying lap on
the supersoft tyres -- clear the bar. He has got enough time to do
one slow lap and then a quick one, just about. What is going on here?
Perez gets himself into tenth position with that. Again, at the
set of super soft. They get three sets of each of the compound. They
have the last all of qualifying and all of the race tomorrow. -- have
the last. Kobayashi, only 15th with that effort. Under pressure. Adrian
Sutil then in 17th at the moment with Force India, a car that should
be solidly midfield. Paul di Resta got himself up to seventh on a 1:
38.5. That is the ball park for a Well driven Force India at the
moment. Adrian Sutil will only -- show us any time now his best
effort, and it is night, two-tenths ash -- slower than Paul di Resta.
Now we are on board with d'Ambrosio. D'Ambrosio and Timo Glock are
running together. Be to freeze frame going on there. -- be told. I
think it was Petrov getting out of the weight in the background. Bruno
Senna at his 13th and comfortably in at the moment. Ricky Adar is
that the pits and will start 24th, under fastest of the two Lotus cars.
-- Kovalainen. Rubens Barrichello does try again, he has done a
personal best through the first sector. TEAM RADIO: Won the extra.
-- A one extra. Barrichello, Maldonado, they did a slow down and
have picked up the pace. Ted Kravitz was right, they will just
getting, or that they can complete their third flying lap. Looks as
though he has backed out. Barrichello has either seen in his
lap delta a display above his steering wheel... He is vulnerable
from his team-mate Maldonado. Maldonado has backed down. No, that
is Barrichello. He is coming in. We haven't seen the middle sector of
Maldonado. A 43.6, that is his best. Rubens Barrichello is under
pressure. I wonder if it was traffic, we did see Acar recently
passed. Maldonado is about to knock him out of Q2. And here he goes.
Maldonado crosses the line and does indeed get 16th. Kobayashi 17th.
The first man out is the man coasting back to be told you will
take no further part in qualifying. Kovalainen is on a couple of
personal bests. Over the line goes Timo Glock. There is Kovalainen in
the background, stays 19th. A better performance in qualifying
Jarno Trulli, six tenths slower. Staying in 20th. The d'Ambrosio has
pitted. And there is Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced
man in the field, being told, "You are out of qualifying." Barrichello,
the first of the big scalps. McLaren remain the fastest cars on
McLaren remain the fastest cars on this track. It is a pleasure to be
in the Lotus garage watching that session. It was amazing, I expected
it to be so busy in here but nothing happened for the first
eight minutes and then a radio message came in, fire up, I should
go. And then it was a case, are we going to be to Virgin? As soon as
that became crystal clear, it was a case of beating one another. --
beat Virgin. They work at the strategies over the rest of the
afternoon but most people will raise the prime tyres. That is why
the Red Bulls used the super-soft. We did the second run anyway. As
you say, I think the mechanics and engineers, they have done it a lot
before, and they know what to expect. One of Lotus cars is about
to be wheeled in, Kovalainen's car. Fascinating to see Jarno Trulli
comment, realise he was the best part of a second behind his team-
mate and immediately he had been dealt a in front of them and he was
seeing a where he was finding the extra time. I think that happens
with most teams. Christian Horner last year said that a lot of times
they would go out and be swapping data. The Berra tactics involved
because you do know what to show your hand completely on the first
run. That is what happened when you have a team of equal skills.
Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli would have had a look at one another's
information. It benefits everyone to have two drivers with equal
status. Jarno Trulli, Wheeldon behind us. Kovalainen is already in
the garage. -- wheeled in behind us. As Jarno Trulli went out, the first
thing he was told was that Perez was on the straight. How much of an
issue is this pit exit? It is not necessarily because of that. It
happens as a matter of practice. The big thing in qualifying is you
do not want to impede another car. We were looking at the incident
from yesterday. On any circuit, you do not want to impede another car.
It is not totally fair. I always work on the principle that if you
hold up someone else, I eventually someone else will hold you up. The
engineers try to keep you informed of what is going on. It is tricky
here because the pit lane design is odd. But it is the same for a
foodie. And Jarno Trulli is going to join us now. We spoke to you
before qualifying. How would you describe your lap? Interesting to
see you immediate they look at the dealt a from your first run. --
immediately look at the Dell tough. I had some problems with power.
This morning, I looked at the good one, but I could not use it for
tactical reasons. There was very little chance for me. You had a
good look at Jarno Trulli's tyres. You noticed that his front ride was
badly worn. It was not too bad, just a little bit of draining on
both. About what you would expect on the super-soft tyres, for a
track that has had no rubber down. This morning, I looked at Torro
Rosso and I could see a lot of blistering. It has not been to bat.
Just a little bit more running, a little bit more rubber and it will
be better. It is still a tough weekend. The surface is just not
abrasive enough. The tyre does not taking. I can even feel that on the
wet. Clearly Jarno Trulli did not want to stand around. He was keen
to speak to the rest of the media. Time for the second part of
10 shoot-out? Qualifying is underway. 15 minutes remaining. Red
Bull, using a set of super-soft tyres to do one flying lap, got
themselves through in 9th and 10th. Very unusual strategy. Almost as
unusual as that some protection mascot think we have just seen.
Well, it is nice that teams are prepared to do something different.
And we're going to find out who has made the right decision in the
fullness of time. I suspect that Red Bull are focusing on the race
preparation. They know that McLaren have got a good car round the track.
Maybe it is a question of compromise, or when you're using
DRS on all the Straits, and it is only available on a bit straighter
between turn two and three, maybe you have to compromise less on
gearing. -- the big straight. You have to hope you can utilise that
to get the top spot on the podium. And we see a set of super-soft
tyres remaining. What can you tell us, Ted? Because we know there now
running super-soft tyres, we know they're saving. Red Bull will have
three sets of prime tyres, which is surely going to help them, so they
will start the race on super-soft because they will do, as you say,
maybe one run in qualifying, and then they will put new prime on at
the third. Having the benefit of prime tyres will help them in the
race over the McLarens. The McLarens have gone out in front of
me. Lewis Hamilton on the super- soft. I was wondering whether that
is a consequence of Red Bull's higher tyre wear. Potentially, they
could do the second stint on which would negate the tactical plan.
think we probably need to worry about that tomorrow but Red Bull
are clearly going on the counter strategy. Will it straighten up
through qualifying? They achieved what they needed to. Let us see
what they do now. We know that there is a set of super-soft so on
these Red Bulls anyway. A nice bit of space for Paul di Resta. Loads
of space in front of him. Lewis Hamilton, who has been flying this
weekend. Every time he has sat in the car, he has looked good. He has
looked determined, and comfortable on the layout with the McLaren.
They picked up the pace. They run a stiff front end. That is why Suzuka
was vibrating its way through. Good stability in this very fast middle
part of the lap. Mark Webber, always out line. They are taking it
easy, the DEC, not just for positioning, with a clear bit of
flak -- off-track, and the positioning. A very heavy braking
zone into the first turn. Turn two does not exist, just full throttle.
1100 metres, 14.5 seconds of full throttle. Using up his KERS energy,
his DRS wide open. Maximum commitment, braking for turn two.
Connect with the apex as sweet as you like. First year, bring it to
the right Sandside, past the support pits, and he is used all of
his KERS up virtually in the first part of the Lyon. It is Moseley
corners from here or in. Short shift into third do not short on
the screen. That is quite unusual to see first-year be used so much.
I wonder if they have gone for a long for first gear which could
compromise the start but gives them great performance? Slightly wide,
but got away with it. Walked up slightly. You have to have the
confidence to lift your foot off the brake. One corner flows into
the next year. Plenty of rev limiter going on here. -- flows
into the next. Absolutely full throttle across the kerb at a scene.
Lewis Hamilton, 36.5. Still one second slower than last year's pole
position. Jenson Button comes through forward Lyon against
Hamilton's Tyne, eight tenths slower. -- Hamilton's time. We are
about to see Red Bull show their hand. 37.24 Mark Webber. We will
try to find out of those were old tyres. I am pretty sure they will
be. Fernando Alonso goes forth with that. Ferrari do not look good
around here. A wonderful second place from them last weekend but
they do not look like they have great pace. They certainly have a
lot of understeer, which may come into their hands. It is not really
a corner, I said, but it is when you open the DRS that early.
Sebastian Vettel, a few thousandths quicker than Mark Webber. That's
all getting into Q3. Nico Rosberg, all we ate with that. Michael
Schumacher is still in the pits. Only 10 have delivered a map -- a
lap time, about to become 11. Felipe Massa confirms Ferrari's
apace. Oh dear. Bruno Senna, as I said, 28 today. Very keen to get in
to the pits, by the looks of it. That is why the pit is so difficult,
because too much -- I saw two car as fly into the pit in the rain
yesterday but the entries of the high-speed turn 17, were we just
saw Sebastian Vettel try not to spin off 160 -- at one and 60 miles
an hour as he opened this lot in his rear wing. -- 160mph former --.
How many cars on the track? A dozen. Webber crosses the line. Going into
the pits with that. Jenson Button, this is an amazing thing. He has
not been on pole positions and smaller Co to doesn't do nine, 45
races ago. I would never, ever have believed that. He has had in his
formal one Korea Severn bore the sins than none of which are before
McLaren. -- in his time at Formula One, seven pole positions but none
of them with McLaren. A good reminder that points are only
handed out on a Sunday and not a Saturday. Mark Webber has a lot
more race fastest laps than Sebastian Vettel, but you could
argue that it is where your and in what order that counts. Qualifying
today, very important, but it is how you have got your car set-up
during the changing and evolving racetrack that we see here.
Presumably it is dry as the rubber goes down tomorrow, what is balance
today will go out of bars Sauro and vice versa. -- out of balance today
and vice versa. RADIO: Michael, are you able to do a lap on it?
Confirmed, so you have the track has either damaged on the out-lap
or they were and balanced. They go to Pirelli, they put on those
little lead weights, but some take over the top, so it is probably
more likely he has locked up somewhere -- but some tape. We saw
in free practice that he was susceptible to free locking.
some problem with the transmission? It you would be very brave to them
bad match is the fastest sector time, which was Lewis Hamilton. --
just a bad matches. Ted Kravitz is down in the pits. Remarkably, there
is no one else on the grid. Stabbing on the throttle like
Ayrton Senna, through the corner, that distinctive driving style that
their net -- Ayrton Senna had. Michael Schumacher tries to find a
bilateral grip of the car. -- that Lateral a grip. He is ninth. And
that will disappoint him. A clear track, soft tyres, and only night
that position. We are looking at the top 10. -- the ninth position.
Petrov is in their in eight place, not much of a surprise, but he is
in there, and Alguersuari for Toro Rosso is in tenth. Right now, we
would lose Sebastian Buemi, Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta, Perez, Bruno
Senna. TED KRAVITZ: Felipe Massa doesn't feel secure, he has gone
out for another run, burning up another set of super-soft tyres. It
is worth remembering that when we assess the difference between
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa that Fernando Alonso is running a
bright new development front wing and Felipe Massa is running the old
one. I am looking at a tweet which asks if it is possible to run two
different sets of tyres combined? No it is not, it has to be
homogenous. TEAM RADIO: Check the brake balance. It is almost like he
is running through a mental checklist. Go right on the right
handers. It check brake balance. Mirror, signal, manoeuvre. He can
pass his driving test all over again. Indeed. Are you sure he has
already? Maldonado, 17th of the 17 runners and three of them haven't
but that time in yet. Maldonado is about to unleash that Williams-
Cosworth on this racetrack. Just under 3.5 miles, including this
impressively, if slightly unnecessarily long straight. That
is where the DRS zone is tomorrow, it could be chaotic down there. The
second half of that long straight is where DRS works and the
detection. Is on the exit of turn one. -- detection point. Felipe
Massa doesn't feel comfortable in seventh on a 1: 38.1, and rightly
so, that is only four-tenths of a second inside the Q3 top 10 zone.
He will have to get on it. Felipe Massa, super-softs, 24.4 on the
first sector, match in Hamilton. Adrian Sutil is making a claim for
a top 10 shoot-out. One minute and 10 seconds remaining. I love that
the tyres that came off best car after final practice and they
looked horrible -- I looked back. Lots of grading as it scraped
across the surface. A bit of traffic there, that will have cost
him some time. He should be clear of Petrov and the Renault in front
but this is a scrappy lap. Felipe Massa goes up to fifth on a 1: 37.3.
That should do it. Now we are looking at Sutil. Maldonado has
done to personal bests. -- two. Short shift through 17, doesn't
look like he has all the grip in the world and he only goes 14th.
Adrian Sutil, here he is, ninth. Michael Schumacher is now on the
bubble in tenth place, he will not get another run. Sebastian Buemi
and Paul di Resta could spoil appeared to tenth at the moment.
Michael Schumacher is out, it is over for him. It is now about
Sebastian Buemi and Paul di Resta. Here comes Paul di Resta, can he
get in the top 10? Yes, just! Just behind his team-mate. Sebastian
Buemi is another who could make a surprise entry into the top 10
shoot-out. No, he stays 13th. Kobayashi is out there as well.
Only up to 14th with that. Then we have Perez and Bruno Senna, that
get Bruno Senna up to 15th. Perez will be the final man to deliver a
lap. He stays 17th. So we will boost Alguersuari, Michael
Schumacher, Sebastian Buemi, Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Maldonado,
who starts 16, and Sergio Perez will start 17th. Unfortunately,
when the cameras come on you like that straight after a qualifying
sector, it is because you are the surprise exit and that surprise is
Michael Schumacher. Nico Rosberg got in on a 1: 37.8. Michael
Schumacher 1: 38.3. It is hard the second but it is the end of the
world, or the end of qualifying. -- half a second. First and second in
the 100m is much less than that and one is a hero and one is a zero.
JAKE HUMPHREY: With no Eddie Jordan, I am with Karun Chandok. We enjoyed
the first part of the session in the Lotus garage and we enjoyed
that, it was exciting in the last couple of seconds. Very
disappointed for Michael Schumacher and due noticed something
interesting. KARUN CHANDOK: He was back at the
motor home before we even see most of the car's back in the garage, so
he didn't do they run at the end. We heard him saying there was a
vibration but he would do the run anyway and it cost in time, and I
am sure he is massively disappointed when Rosberg is six or
seventh tens ahead of him. -- seven-tenths. Let's look at another
man who has made pole position his so far this year, he knows what to
do on Saturdays, but a little bit of a moment for Vettel. I love
watching him through qualifying, he is so committed. Coming to the
final corner, he is trying to get their DRS, Phillips Idowu but had
little too early and a slight lift -- flips it opened a little to Ali.
-- too early. You are trying to teach your finger to go to the DRS
Button but it is all about bravery and how much your car allows you to
risk pressing it early. If you join us in the pre-show, you will have
seen Daniel Ricciardo telling us he can't wait to start using his DRS
but he didn't get the chance. He had issues in final practice and
didn't take to the track so he starts at the very back tomorrow.
Back row Mackenzie not too much action, was there a problem? -- LEE
MCKENZIE:, not too much accent. There was a problem. We had a
problem with the cooling system, and we hope it is not the same
issue. The boys are pretty sure they got on top of bed, so we will
see what it is. -- top of it. Bow- tie and collapse, so not the
greatest of days. -- no time to Lutz. If you feel a problem when
you went out? Personally, I couldn't feel anything but by
Engineer saw it on the data, so he said try and make it back to the
Brits and we will try and fix it. Asked to the pits. We wanted to see
if they could get it done in time, but it was hoped more than anything
else. JAKE HUMPHREY: Good luck to Daniel
tomorrow but it is time for that fight for pole position.
MARTIN BRUNDLE: At the top 10 shoot-out in Q3, at the second
South Korean group -- Grand Prix, is under way. Let's be to Ted
Kravitz. TED KRAVITZ: Definitely a problem with Michael Schumacher's
tyres, you would expect him to improve more than he did with the
super-soft, and the early word from Mercedes is that it was an
unbalanced tyre rather than a flat spot. They are normally bang on to
the side of the rim and it had come off. He didn't reported, but that
is what they think caused the vibration. -- a report it. TEAM
RADIO: The track is clear, so one timed lap, straight back in and we
will plan for another. If a rear tyre vibrates, it is annoying, if
it is a front one, it is more than that.
DAVID COULTHARD: It depends at what level it is. If you remember, Kimi
Raikkonen flat spotted what was the only set of tyres he was using in
that race and it ripped the front sense -- suspension of the car when
braking. You could visibly see the flat spot them. It didn't look, on
the footage, that he had that level of vibration. If it was a we'll
wait missing, that is a problem. -- a weight on the wheel. They are
only lightly stuck on. They normally put on a silver tape,
something that is metallic. Posh tape. Mark Webber, for Red Bull.
Eight of the 10 cars are out on track. Webber just bringing his
tyres back to speed. As does Sebastian Vettel. Have they chose
an to use a brand new set? Are they going to use their two remaining
sets of the superstar? They have got this far on one sec. -- of the
super-soft, they have got this far on one set. Sebastian Vettel is
coasting around at the back at the moment of the eight that have
chosen to do a lap. We have had that Force India will do no laps or
one flying lap to save those tyres. Let's have a look at the first
sectors, Nico Rosberg is the first through. A 34.24 Lewis Hamilton.
This is the first of what we expect to beat two attempts to qualify,
otherwise we will get very upset. Hamilton has got Nico Rosberg not
that far ahead. Let's see if we can stay the distance. Absolutely flat.
Superbly. Superb to listen to. Commits to the breaking as he goes
through the apex of nine and drops it into 10. It doesn't like like he
will be affected by Nico Rosberg. - - look like. Sometimes it can strip
-- change your focus. That car is a live, it looks like Lewis Hamilton
again. The car looks like it is on a ragged edge. It is superb. He has
got the thing alive and we haven't seen it for a while from Lewis
Hamilton. Through turn 17 and across the kerb at 18. The
finishing line comes very quickly now. Still slower than last year
and slower than I was expecting. Fully-paid master crosses -- Felipe
Massa crosses over. Nico Rosberg added did 1: 37.7. Here comes
Jenson Button. Havel took on a 1: 36.1. -- Hamilton took. What can
Vettel do? He has been the fastest man in the middle sector. Again,
delivering when he needs to but is it enough in Korea? It has been at
every other racetrack so far this year. He gets the DRS Open. No
problems this time and it is only second. Three hundredths of a
second slower than McLaren, we had a major fight on our hands.
Hamilton, Vettel, at Webber, Jenson Button, then Fernando Alonso, they
are well clear. It looks like a straight fight between McLaren and
Red Bull, with McLaren still with the upper hand. Which hand is up?
Which one is the upper hand? Hamilton looked, as you said, like
the Hubble 10 of all. He was checking that carp at the corners -
- but Hamilton of old. I hope they go for another run. This will be a
beautiful she cared for pole position. -- shoot-out. Sounding
like an old tractor. I wouldn't want to go through their with the
set of tyres I wanted for the race. No, with stones and everything.
did he do that, that is unusual? TEAM RADIO: 100% KERS for the in-
lap. Quick in-lap. That is why he did it. He is still that looking as
though he came in that fast. He has to charge the KERS up. I wouldn't
want to go through there. It is like going through the hatchings of
the middle of a dual carriageway. You are guaranteed a puncture.
has dropped another six seconds in the middle sector, so he is 12
time for a turnaround. TED KRAVITZ: Bear in mind that if they do run
the new prime tyres that we think they're going to, they will not
need to run that set of tyres that Sebastian Vettel has done his first
run on. Looking into the Force India garage, no movement. I would
not be surprised if they do not attempt to qualify. They did not
hightail it back to the pits. Since they stopped refuelling, they do
not have the refuelling rig. It is much slower now. This pit stop is
controlled by the image of time it takes to put fuel on board.
Changing the wheels, they can do that in three seconds if they want
to. Degree cabin on the sector times, Hamilton is the fastest. --
rate-capping on. Mainly straight there. Sebastian Vettel, one-tenth
quicker. It is nip and tuck in the last sector. I love when you put
different cars and different drivers on this track, achieving
different lap Tyne separated by a few hundredths. We're going to see
eight Force India out in qualifying. It does not look like a clean set
as it came out of the blankets. We're hearing that they are all on
new tyres. Three cars, trying to maintain temperature and pressure
in their tyres whilst going slowly and building a space. That is when
we get tears and people spitting the dummy. It is remarkable. We're
going to have all of the cars on track within one sector. There are
nine cars out on track. Why would they all put themselves out with
the potential to get traffic. If the guy air front makes a mistake,
he will back out. -- the guy in front. From turn four to turn nine,
that is what the cars are. Webber at the front, followed by Hamilton,
Button and Alonso. Di Resta has got itself some free space. Sebastian
Vettel is ahead of Petrov. Sutil is not going out. Nor is Nico Rosberg.
That is why there are only eight cars on track. Fancy shoes but
they're not doing what they should be doing, pressing pedals. Unusual
for him to walk out of the front of the garage. RADIO: Everyone is
bunched up at the moment. I suggest that we need a five-second gap by
the time we start your lap. So that you will not get the turbulent air
across the bodywork. Hamilton was 5.6 seconds behind as he crossed
the line and then 3.7 behind in his Felipe Massa. Alonso, di Resta 2.1
behind him. Probably did not envision he would be catching the
Ferrari. Adrian Sutil will start 10th, guaranteed. Rosberg's time
has put in in 7th. Sector times, 34.24 Hamilton, 34.1 for Jenson
Button. Could this be his first ever pole position for McLaren? The
fastest man in qualifying through the first sector. 34.24 Sebastian
Vettel. Jenson Button has the upper hand. Sebastian Vettel is catching
it Paul di Resta very quickly indeed. Will he be getting himself
some traffic? Paul di Resta had a slow first sector. He might just
let Sebastian Vettel through. setting sometimes. -- Some times.
Mark Webber had an awful for a sector and has given up on the
middle sector. He has pitted. Lewis Hamilton, fastest at the moment, he
crosses the line with a 35.8, which is good. Felipe Massa a moves into
5th. Jenson Button goes second on a 36.1. Pressure. A McLaren have
walked out the front row. This is the only man who could spoil it.
Sebastian Vettel comes across the line, only seconds. Finally, we
have something other than a Red Bull on pole position. Lewis
Hamilton takes it by over two- tenths of a second. One of will lap.
We saw him back, driving in the style that we had become so
accustomed to. Hamilton takes pole position as he should have done
last weekend. But in third, Webber 4th, Felipe Massa or ahead of
Fernando Alonso by a 10th of the second. Alonso abandoned his lap.
The di Resta, by leaving the pits, got himself a head of Sutil, so he
is 9th. Adrian Sutil is 10. RADIO: Great news, mate, you're Ron Paul.
Your pole position. Great job. you are on pole.
After dramatic qualifying, it is Lewis Hamilton who picks up his
first pole position of the season. Sebastian Vettel starts second.
Paul di Resta made it into the final part of qualifying but did
not set a time. He starts ahead of not set a time. He starts ahead of
his team-mate. Let us hear from the three fastest on the track.
Congratulations, you first pole position in a long time. Sebastian
might have the World Championship but it seems you have got your
but it seems you have got your swagger back. Yes, maybe in
qualifying. My qualifying through the years has not been too bad. I
think I have not got my Q3 run over the last couple of games, but it
was not a surprise that we were As a team, we have been working so
hard. I knew that we would be quick today. We have not had pole
position for a lot -- a long time, but it is a great achievement for
the team. I'm glad I could do that on their 700th Grand Prix. This is
your 19th pole position. Is it an emotional pull position? No, not
really. It has been up roller- coaster year. It is a better
starting position for tomorrow, but tomorrow with the most important
day. I am looking to focus and put my energy into tomorrow. You have
the World Championship but with Jenson winning the last race and
Lewis getting pole position, are MacLaren a faster car at the
moment? It is always hard to say. In the end, it is not just the car,
it takes a little peace between the front axle and the engine, which is
called the driver. No doubt Jenson and Lewis have done a very good job
last weekend in qualifying. Jenson had a very good race last weekend.
This week, they have been very competitive. Yes, if the car allows
them to go fast, they have to do it. I think it would be wrong to give
the credit to the car. I'm sure McLaren is pushing hard. Today,
they deserve to be on pole but it takes the ride drivers. -- Write
drivers. In the end, it is the package. We hope to take the fight
today and tomorrow and we should be in good shape, better in the race
and last week. Third place start for you tomorrow. How do you feel?
All right. I was hoping for a bit more. But congratulations to Lewis
and the whole team. He has been very fast and quick through
qualifying especially. I was not quick enough. Not bad to be in
third position. It is always interesting driving on a new
circuit. We have not started on this circuit in the drive. It will
be interesting to see what happens. We have this long drag between the
second and third terms, almost a kilometre. There will be hit when
tomorrow, so why do not know what will happen. Looking forward to it.
Lots of action. We have to get a feeling for what the car is like on
high fuel. I am looking forward to the race. I think it will be a good
one. Ninth place for you tomorrow. He did not look as if you were
setting a flier out there. Sebastian went past. There was a
better strategy behind it. We have looked reasonably strong throughout
the session. We have been closer than the rest of the year. It is
nice to get into Q3. That puts us into a strong position tomorrow.
The ultimate thing is to go aggressive. I think the Saubers are
back but their performance is strong. Both cars are into Q3 so I
think our options are very good at this moment. We just need to make
that lead. So when the race for pole position, Lewis Hamilton as
the winner but no points up for grabs on Saturday. -- in the race.
What is up for grabs his temperament, motivation and
momentum. Lewis Hamilton -- Lewis Hamilton had all of those things.
It was like he had rediscovered his MOJO. He was attacking from the
moment he hit the track. He delivered a Supreme qualifying lap.
I think you enjoyed it as much as Lewis enjoyed it in the car. He did
not seem to enjoy it. What did you read into his body language as he
climbed out of the car? Lots of a motion goes into that lap. At the
end, it was almost as if he was overcome and -- overcome by emotion.
He did not even open his visor and acknowledge the team. It is further
signs that the troubles we have been seeing him have the season
have really taken their toll. his words, "I will try to redeem
himself". I really do not get that. Lewis is a supreme racing driver.
He is a previous racing World Champion and he has speed in
abundance. He is just having a bad year. Lot of drivers go through
that phase. This is not about what is happening purely on the track.
There are lots more things going on behind the scenes. Jenson Button,
he could not live with him today. Red Bull have made clear that they
think they are set for the race. think they have taken a strategic
decision to save an extra set of harder tyres, prime tyres, in a
hole that that will give them a better race strategy tomorrow. The
early evidence from Pirelli is that the tyres are not going to last in
terms of their initial drop off. The question is, can be reached lap
10 and 11? This will be able to have. Race tomorrow. -- can be
reached. Well worth setting an alarm for tomorrow. Unquestionably.
It will be fantastic. Set your alarms. The build-up to the Korean
Grand Prix starch right here from 6am in the morning. This is not the
only horsepower on the BBC this afternoon. It is the richest day
Jake Humphrey presents as the drivers contest grid positions for the Korean Grand Prix. World champion Sebastian Vettel was fastest in qualifying in 2010, edging out Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to grab pole in the circuit's inaugural year. The German was forced to retire after 45 laps of that race, but will be the man to beat again this time around.