F1 – Spanish Grand Prix, qualifying: Gian Carlo Minardi point
“And ‘disarming to see how the cars of Red Bull are glued to the ground. Do not suffer from understeer and can afford to jump with great ease curbs. They have incredible traction out of corners, where they do not lose anything against their opponents that they can count on the innovative F-duct. “These are the first words of Gian Carlo Minardi, reached by our microphones at the end of the qualifying session that opened the 2010 season of the F1 European Grand Prix.
FAENZA – With the arrival of the circus in Europe and the story does not change the pole position continues to be an internal matter between the two pioneers of the Red Bull team. For the fourth time in four meetings Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber battled repeatedly exchanging the first row. Eventually the best Australian on the “little German” by signing the pole position in 1:19.995 (1:20.101 against Sebastian), matching internal accounts. Two to two and ball in the middle.
Behind them, with a gap of no less than 7:08 dec, are placed Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s first of the two, the idol Alonso fails to get under 1:20.937 despite numerous innovations present on his F10. Farther away the other Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who must settle for ninth place behind Rosberg, beaten for the first time since his mate Michael Schumacher (6 °).
“And ‘disarming to see how the cars of Red Bull are glued to the ground. Do not suffer from understeer and can afford to jump with great ease curbs. They have incredible traction out of corners, where they do not lose anything against their opponents that they can count on the innovative F-duct. Adrian Newey has done an incredible job. Massa and Alonso made what they could and it was only last one added Hamilton, even though we are talking about a few thousandths of a difference. We must see what will happen tomorrow, rain permitting, on the distance and if Ferrari and McLaren will be able to recover these 6-7 dec. Alonso said in interviews improvements in his Ferrari and seemed moderately optimistic for the race. During the sessions on Friday with evidence of long runs had shown good pace. Tomorrow ready go to Ferrari and McLaren will try to exploit their greater speed to attack the Red Bull duo, although the race will focus on possible errors that Webber and Vettel will commit and reliability of their car.
Slight improvement from where the Mercedes for the first time Schumacher has managed to bring his car in front of that partner. Fine Polish home Renault continues to remain in the first 6-7 positions. And ‘certainly the surprise start of this season. Kamui Kobayashi for good performance that brought his Sauber in Q3 with the tenth time. It certainly pleased to see this team fight for the positions that count.
Before giving you greet event with the post race, I want to congratulate Giacomo Ricci in the opening round of the GP2 Series has gained a strong second place. It ‘a very serious and determined guy who knows how to use all opportunities that are granted.
01. Mark Webber – Red Bull Renault
02. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Renault
03. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
04. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
05. Jenson Button – McLaren Mercedes
06. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes
07. Robert Kubica – Renault
08. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
09. Felipe Massa – Ferrari
10. Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber Ferrari
11. Adrian Sutil – Force India Mercedes
12. Pedro de la Rosa – Sauber Ferrari
13. Nico Hulkenberg – Williams Cosworth
14. Vitaly Petrov – Renault
15. Sebastien Buemi – Toro Rosso Ferrari
16. Jaime Alguersuari – Toro Rosso Ferrari
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi – Force India Mercedes
18. Rubens Barrichello – Williams Cosworth
19. Jarno Trulli – Lotus Cosworth
20. Heikki Kovalainen – Lotus Cosworth
21. Timo Glock – Virgin Cosworth
22. Lucas Di Grassi – Virgin Cosworth
23. Karun Chandhok – HRT Cosworth
24. Bruno Senna – HRT Cosworth