2011 Japanese Grand Prix grid

2011 Japanese Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’30.466
Red Bull
2. Jenson Button 1’30.475
McLaren
Row 2 3. Lewis Hamilton 1’30.617
McLaren
4. Felipe Massa 1’30.804
Ferrari
Row 3 5. Fernando Alonso 1’30.886
Ferrari
6. Mark Webber 1’31.156
Red Bull
Row 4 7. Kamui Kobayashi* No time
Sauber
8. Michael Schumacher No time
Mercedes
Row 5 9. Bruno Senna No time
Renault
10. Vitaly Petrov No time
Renault
Row 6 11. Adrian Sutil 1’32.463
Force India
12. Paul di Resta 1’32.746
Force India
Row 7 13. Rubens Barrichello 1’33.079
Williams
14. Pastor Maldonado 1’33.224
Williams
Row 8 15. Sebastien Buemi 1’33.227
Toro Rosso
16. Jaime Alguersuari 1’33.427
Toro Rosso
Row 9 17. Sergio Perez No time
Sauber
18. Heikki Kovalainen 1’35.454
Lotus
Row 10 19. Jarno Trulli 1’35.514
Lotus
20. Jerome D’Ambrosio 1’36.439
Virgin
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’36.507
Virgin
22. Daniel Ricciardo 1’37.846
HRT
Row 12 23. Nico Rosberg No time
Mercedes
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi No time
HRT

*Originally listed as tenth, he will in fact start seventh as he attempted to start a flying lap.

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  1. Bruno is blowing my socks and shoes off. He’s been terrific ever since he stepped into that Renault. He’s always been on the pace or there about which is impressive as he hasn’t done much racing or even testing of late particularly in F1 and he only had that dog of a car last year. I think he’s doing a splendid job. I always liked him -I don’t think it was because of the name but maybe I was swayed by it- and I’m very pleased for him. I remember when he tested for Honda and was so close to that race seat but that went to pot and I really worried he wouldn’t get a shot to prove himself but he’s really grabbing this opportunity with both hands. I know he’s only against Petrov who didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year but I do think that Vitaly has potential and has improved on last year and Nick may have been very poor this year but few drivers have beaten Heidfeld over the years so he had to be doing something right.

    It was odd how STR slipped back. I have no idea whether it was intentional to save tyres but I suspect they’ll have a stronger day tomorrow.

    I hope Perez and Paul feel better soon too!

  2. When I look at the grid on here it is really depressing to see all the “no times” underneath the names. That’s not what I want from qualifying.

  3. JT19 (@jt19) said on 8th October 2011, 14:05

    Wow, my head was fixed on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, I completely forgot to look at 4th, 5th and 6th! Massa alongside his best mate Hamilton and also ahead of Alonso and Webber!

    Webber being that far down is IMO because of 2 things, the squabble and not aligning his car properly to get the speed on the out-lap, and his race engineer was talking about the KERS using 40%. So was his KERS not working once again?

    Being a Hamilton fan and what Massa has said and fallen out with him, I have to congratulate Felipe in what he has achieved here, even though I don’t like him at this current moment lol :p

    Hamilton’s tyres are a few laps older than those around him as we were told by Ted Kravitz the first run in Q3 were scrubbed options for most runners, so I expect him to be first into the pits, if he is still running that far into the race (I hope!)

  4. LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 8th October 2011, 14:49

    Could somebody point out to me why Petrov actually starts behind Senna even though he had the faster time coming into Q3…

    • Mads (@mads) said on 8th October 2011, 17:12

      I think it is decided by their car number. And because Petrov was far behind Kubica in last years championship, Senna now has the lowest number of the two. Meaning he starts in front.
      But it does seem a bit mental to me that their Q2 ranking don’t go through to Q3 to decide which driver starts where among the ones who didn’t set a time, of cause.

  5. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 8th October 2011, 18:16

    *Originally listed as tenth, he will in fact start seventh as he attempted to start a flying lap

    Schumacher attempted to start a flying lap (and failed), Kobayashi did start a flying lap.

  6. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 9th October 2011, 0:12

    Good effort by Di Resta given that Sutil is reputedly good around here and he has a pretty nasty-sounding infection. Then again, illness has proved no barrier at the Japanese GP (admittedly at Fuji)

  7. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 9th October 2011, 1:25

    @Enigma d) Prior to the start of the qualifying practice session intermediate and wet-weather tyres may only be used after the track has been declared wet by the race director, following which intermediate, wet or dry-weather tyres may be used for the remainder of the session’
    Can’t go out on inters unless the track is deemed wet by race director

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 9th October 2011, 2:25

    Will Kobayashi will be able to choose his tyres?

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