Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2011

Vettel takes pole in the pits in Istanbul

2011 Turkish GP qualifying reportPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2011

Sebastian Vettel extended his domination of qualifying in 2011 in Istanbul.

He headed a Red Bull one-two in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg was best of the rest, sharing the second row of the grid with Lewis Hamilton.


Kamui Kobayashi’s qualifying session ended early as he stopped with a fuel pump problem before he could set a time.

The usual suspects filled the remaining six places in the ‘drop zone’ headed, as we have come to expect, by Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.

Vitantonio Liuzzi put his HRT in front of Timo Glock’s Virgin and will start ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio who has a grid penalty.

Both Ferrari drivers felt the need to do an extra lap even though their risk of elimination was slight. Felipe Massa used a set of soft tyres to set the fastest time of the session, 1’27.013.

The only other noteworthy event in the first part of qualifying was Lewis Hamilton being briefly held up by Michael Schumacher, though both made it into Q2.

Drivers eliminated in Q1

18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.780
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’29.673
20 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.445
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’30.692
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.813
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’31.564
24 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari No time


Mercedes and Vitaly Petrov stoof apart from their rivals by starting the session using hard tyres.

Vettel headed the times to begin with, setting a 1’25.610 on soft tyres, putting him four tenths ahead of Hamilton and Webber.

Schumacher put himself safely in the top ten and during his run a radio message telling him “magic paddle latched” was heard. Team mate Nico Rosberg went even quicker, taking second behind Vettel.

Both Renaults also made it in, a late improvement from Nick Heidfeld relegating Rubens Barrichello.

Paul di Resta limitedhimself to one run and qualified 13th behind his team mate.

Drivers eliminated in Q2

11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.764
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.027
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.124
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.236
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.244
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.255
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.572


Six cars went out at the start of the session, led by Vettel. He beat Webber to the fastest time with a 1’25.049, four-tenths of a second faster than his team mate could manage.

Fernando Alonso split the McLarens to set fifth-fastest time, behind Hamilton and in front of Button.

The Red Bull drivers stayed in the pits while their rivals tried – and failed – to beat them.

Although Hamilton bettered his time, he couldn’t prevent Rosberg taking third place off him. But Schumacher in the other Mercedes could only manage eighth.

Both Ferrari drivers abandoned their final laps, including Felipe Massa, despite not having done a lap earlier in Q3, leaving him tenth.

Top ten in Q3

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.049
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.454
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.574
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.595
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.851
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.982
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.296
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.646
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’26.659
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari No time

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