It's nice & sunny in Sao Paulo for today's qualifying session.
Air temperature 32°C; track 60°C; wind 1.4m/s; humidity 39%
As I noted in my (brief) post on practice
, Kazuki Nakajima is in the Williams in place of Alex Wurz.
My notes are behind the cut Qualifying Session 1 (Q1):
Yamamoto is first on track
Looks like AS has pulled his Spyker off track
Halfway through Q1
FM 1:12.303 - that's a lot quicker than his teammate!
3mins left; bottom 6 are JB, RS, AS, KN, AS, SY
Chequered flag is out; bottom 6 are HK, JB, AD, KN, AS, SY
JB to P16, bumping TS
Bottom 6 are: P17=HK, 18=TS, 19=KN, 20=AD, 21=AS, 22=SY.Qualifying Session 2 (Q2):
The lights have turned green but there's no rush to get on track
4mins of Q2 gone and RS is the first out
(no times from the FIA feed!)
3mins left; bottom 6 are RB, NR, DC, JB, RS, SV
2mins left - looks like almost everyone's been in for fresh tyres
1min left - bottom 6 are still RB, NR, DC, JB, RS, SV
Chequered flag out
DC to P7, demoting VL
RB to P10, but then he's bumped by NH
Bottom 6 are: P11=RB, 12=GF, 13=SV, 14=VL, 15=RS, 16=JB
That means Honda have not had either driver in Q3 all season! :(Qualifying Session 3 (Q3):
Battling for the top 10 grid spots are KR, LH, FM, FA, RK, MW, NR, JT, DC & NH
The McLarens are at the front of the queue, waiting for the lights to change
LH is first on track
Order after 1 flying lap: LH, RK, FM, NH, NR, FA, KR, MW, JT, DC
Halfway through Q3
FM pits, the first of many to stop
Toyota release JT almost into another car!
Both McLarens pit - LH is first - what will his FIA "minder" have to say about that?
5mins left; order is LH, NR, RK, KR, FM, NH, FA, DC, MW, JT
2nd pit stops, with under 3mins left
LH again the first into the McLaren pit box - FA not so close behind him this time
Smoke from KR's Ferrari?
Chequered flag is out - both Ferraris were over in time for one more flying lap
LH was quicker in Sector 2 but goes P2
Top 10 order: P1=FM, 2=LH, 3=KR, 4=FA, 5=MW, 6=NH, 7=RK, 8=JT, 9=DC, 10=NRProvisional grid:
FM, LH, KR, FA, MW, NH, RK, JT, DC, NR, RB, GF, SV, VL, RS, JB, HK, TS, KN, AD, AS, SY.