Mark Webber, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Vettel pulls out half second gap on Webber

Abu Dhabi GP qualifying analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Having been the two most closely matched drivers in qualifying all year on average, a crucial gap opened up between the Red Bull pair in qualifying.

Qualifying times in full

Going into the final part of qualifying Nico Rosberg looked likely to get in among the championship contenders.

But the lap before his final effort in Q3 was disrupted by traffic and he ended up half a second slower than he had been in Q2.

Driver Car Q1 Q2 (vs Q1) Q3 (vs Q2)
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.318 1’39.874 (-0.444) 1’39.394 (-0.480)
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.335 1’40.119 (-0.216) 1’39.425 (-0.694)
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.170 1’40.311 (+0.141) 1’39.792 (-0.519)
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.877 1’40.014 (-0.863) 1’39.823 (-0.191)
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.690 1’40.074 (-0.616) 1’39.925 (-0.149)
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.942 1’40.323 (-0.619) 1’40.202 (-0.121)
7 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’40.904 1’40.476 (-0.428) 1’40.203 (-0.273)
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’41.222 1’40.452 (-0.770) 1’40.516 (+0.064)
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.231 1’40.060 (-0.171) 1’40.589 (+0.529)
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.018 1’40.658 (-0.360) 1’40.901 (+0.243)
11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.336 1’40.780 (-0.556)
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.045 1’40.783 (-0.262)
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.473 1’40.914 (-0.559)
14 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.409 1’41.113 (-0.296)
15 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’41.015 1’41.418 (+0.403)
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’41.681 1’41.642 (-0.039)
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.707 1’41.738 (+0.031)
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.824
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’43.516
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’43.712
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.095
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.510
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’45.085
24 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’45.296

Team mates

The Red Bull drivers have been the most closely-matched drivers in qualifying this year.

Going into this session Vettel had been on average just 0.02s quicker than Webber in the same qualifying sessions in 2010.

For Webber, this was the worst possible time for that trend to change. He was half a second slower than his team mate in Q3, having been two tenths off in Q2.

Nico H???lkenberg came back down to earth after his Interlagos pole position – he was almost a second slower than team mate Rubens Barrichello.

Team Driver Lap time Gap Lap time Driver Round
McLaren Jenson Button 1’39.823 +0.398 1’39.425 Lewis Hamilton Q3
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’40.516 -0.073 1’40.589 Nico Rosberg Q3
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’39.394 -0.531 1’39.925 Mark Webber Q3
Ferrari Felipe Massa 1’40.202 +0.410 1’39.792 Fernando Alonso Q3
Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’40.476 -0.942 1’41.418 Nico H???lkenberg Q2
Renault Robert Kubica 1’40.780 +0.122 1’40.658 Vitaly Petrov Q2
Force India Adrian Sutil 1’40.914 -0.728 1’41.642 Vitantonio Liuzzi Q2
Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’41.824 +0.117 1’41.707 Jaime Alguersuari Q1
Lotus Jarno Trulli 1’43.516 -0.196 1’43.712 Heikki Kovalainen Q1
HRT Christian Klien 1’45.296 +0.211 1’45.085 Bruno Senna Q1
Sauber Nick Heidfeld 1’41.113 +0.330 1’40.783 Kamui Kobayashi Q2
Virgin Timo Glock 1’44.095 -0.415 1’44.510 Lucas di Grassi Q1

Ultimate laps

Even if Robert Kubica had done his perfect lap in Q2, he wouldn’t have made it into Q3 ahead of his team mate.

Adrian Sutil once again delivered his three best sectors on his fastest lap, putting him 13th, his best qualifying position since Monza.

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best time in each of the three sectors that make up a lap combined.

1’39.2381’39.3951’39.7131’39.7791’39.8001’40.0261’40.0941’40.2031’40.4211’40.5531’40.6171’40.7551’40.9141’40.9471’41.1011’41.2461’41.5321’41.8241’43.5161’43.7051’43.8721’44.5101’44.7681’45.289
Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best Actual position
1 5 Sebastian Vettel 0.156 1
2 2 Lewis Hamilton 0.157 0.030 2
3 8 Fernando Alonso 0.475 0.079 3
4 1 Jenson Button 0.541 0.044 4
5 6 Mark Webber 0.562 0.125 5
6 4 Nico Rosberg 0.788 0.563 9
7 7 Felipe Massa 0.856 0.108 6
8 9 Rubens Barrichello 0.965 0.000 7
9 3 Michael Schumacher 1.183 0.095 8
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi 1.315 0.230 12
11 12 Vitaly Petrov 1.379 0.284 10
12 11 Robert Kubica 1.517 0.025 11
13 14 Adrian Sutil 1.676 0.000 13
14 10 Nico H???lkenberg 1.709 0.471 15
15 22 Nick Heidfeld 1.863 0.012 14
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi 2.008 0.396 16
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari 2.294 0.206 17
18 16 Sebastien Buemi 2.586 0.000 18
19 18 Jarno Trulli 4.278 0.000 19
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen 4.467 0.007 20
21 24 Timo Glock 4.634 0.223 21
22 25 Lucas di Grassi 5.272 0.000 22
23 21 Bruno Senna 5.530 0.317 23
24 20 Christian Klien 6.051 0.007 24

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Browse all 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix articles