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Posted on November 13, 2010
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Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the final round of the 2010 World Championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

One eye on the title: Vettel can do it tomorrow (Darren Heath)


It was his 10th pole position of the season and a record equalling 15th pole of the season for Red Bull Racing.

Mark Webber could manage only the fifth fastest time, which deals his title hopes a real blow. He has to hope for misfortunes to the others tomorrow, as starting behind Alonso on the road and with less points, he’s in a difficult position.

Alonso made some changes to his car, reverting to settings from Friday, while Hamilton and McLaren were able to get the maximum from their F Duct.

Despite that, he did not have an advantage over the Red Bull on the straights in the second sector.

In the first part of qualifying, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel traded fastest laps as the track improved all the time. Even though it wasn’t for position, it was exciting stuff, building the atmosphere perfectly. Alonso was fastest, with the best compromise of the three cars, while McLaren was gaining on the straights but losing in the slower final sector, the opposite of Red Bull. Nico Rosberg did a spectacular lap to go P2 at the end of that first session.

Sebastian Buemi was eliminated in Q1, along with the new teams, outqualified by team mate Alguersuari for the sixth time in seven races. Both Lotus cars were ahead of both Virgin cars, with Jarno Trulli, who is under a little pressure, faster than Heikki Kovalainen.

In Q2, Hamilton had a torrid time, locking up on his first run and then almost colliding with Felipe Massa. He recovered to get through into the top ten.

Eliminated from the top ten for the first time this season was Robert Kubica in the Renault who was outqualified by his team mate Vitaly Petrov, which could prove crucial to the Russian’s chances of staying with the team next year.

In Q3 the pressure really started to show. The two drivers who had least to lose, Vettel and Hamilton, fought for pole position while Alonso and Webber looked out of it as Button was third after the first runs.

But Alonso soaked up the pressure to record the third fastest time on his last run. It bumped Button to fourth and Mark Webber down to fifth, six tenths of a second slower than his team mate. It was a big game moment,

“I took it very calm, the last qualifying lap, I had to stay very calm” said Alonso. “Our main target is to do the best we can. Sometimes we can be on pole sometimes third. If our best is enough we will see tomorrow. I’m confident, I have been for the last five months.”

“It feels good, “said Vettel. “It was a tough qualifying session today. The conditions changed so much between the afternoon and evening. We knew it would be tricky. I did only one run of three laps, but it was enough.”

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, Yas Marina Circuit, Qualifying 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.318s 1m39.874s 1m39.394s
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.335s 1m40.119s 1m39.425s
3. Alonso Ferrari 1m40.170s 1m40.311s 1m39.792s
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.877s 1m40.014s 1m39.823s
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.690s 1m40.074s 1m39.925s
6. Massa Ferrari 1m40.942s 1m40.323s 1m40.202s
7. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m40.904s 1m40.476s 1m40.203s
8. Schumacher Mercedes 1m41.222s 1m40.452s 1m40.516s
9. Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.231s 1m40.060s 1m40.589s
10. Petrov Renault 1m41.018s 1m40.658s 1m40.901s
11. Kubica Renault 1m41.336s 1m40.780s
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.045s 1m40.783s
13. Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1m41.473s 1m40.914s
14. Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.409s 1m41.113s
15. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1m41.015s 1m41.418s
16. Liuzzi Force India-Ferrari 1m41.681s 1m41.642s
17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.707s 1m41.738s
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.824s
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1m43.516s
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1m43.712s
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.095s
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.510s
23. Senna Hispania-Cosworth 1m45.085s
24. Klien Hispania-Cosworth 1m45.296s

Vettel on pole for crucial title decider in Abu Dhabi
111 Responses

  1.   1. Posted By: veeru
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:40 pm 

    WOW, biting nails and racing heart all the way to the final second in Q3. Couldn’t ask for more. If this doesn’t make Americans watch F1 then nothing does!!

    James, is Massa and hamilton incident going to get investigated by stewards

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    Flintster Reply:

    Got to surely! Hamilton was way out of order.

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    veeru Reply:

    Yeah I know, and did you hear the radio transmission. If I am correct, he said: “Massa tried to take me out”…

    ridiculous

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    Damian J Reply:

    In your dreams only! Hamilton took out a bollard to avoid Massa who squeezed him off the track.

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    mtb Reply:

    Well, (former McLaren drivers) Martin Brundle and Alex Wurz have both claimed that Hamilton was responsible. Nevertheless, I agree that the incident wasn’t worthy of a penalty.

    MAS Reply:

    Apparently not.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88241

    It’s for the best. They both got through to Q2 so there was no harm done. It would be ridiculous for a steward’s decision to impact the championship race while the incident itself didn’t.

    Ferrari will be glad, if they have any sense. A drop for Lewis would have not only bumped Mark but also put Alonso on the dirty side of the grid.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    incredible Hamilton got away with it. He was thinking the track belongs to him or what ? Senna on Friday and Massa on Saturday, he might take someone out Sunday.

    The stewards decision was really poor, he clearly damaged Massa’s lap (which wasn’t a big issue as the Brazilian moved to Q3) but it was dangerous as both cars might have collided.

    The problem is that if can go away with such moves, he’ll develop an immunity feeling which might lead him to behave even more dangerously. He can’t behave more arrogantly, he’s already reached the roof.

    I reckon though that it is tough to penalize him today in a decisive race.

    P.S : His behavior has a good side, it justifies my feelings towards him.

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    Mark Reply:

    [mod] Massa was on an outlap himself, so he was also a bit at fault there running Hamilton in like that.

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    MAS Reply:

    The stewards did very well. If the incident itself did not affect the race- or qualifying result, it is absolutely unacceptable for the penalty to do so. A fine might have been appropriate but then again they have more information than we do.

    Heavy-handed stewards deciding a race (never mind a championship) is one of the most abhorrent occurrences in the sport. The guest-stewards have been an immense improvment for this season.

    Also, attitude has nothing to do with stewarding issues…

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    Karl Reply:

    Absolute nonesense – Massa was on an out lap, as was Hamilton.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    Even if Massa was in an outlap, the danger of the move is enough to hand a penalty, isn’t it ?

    MAS Reply:

    Jo,

    there was no danger. Ruining Massa’s lap is the only thing that could possibly have been grounds for a penalty. There was no lap to ruin. And even if it was a hot lap, he got through anyway. Stewards coming in at that point to influence the championship would be an injustice and a throwback to the Mosley/Balestre era.

    Besides, the stewards had more information than we and decided nothing needed to be done at all. Not even a reprimand or fine. So your interpretation of events is different from what the experts with all information available thought. That is the point at which you should just let it go, despite your bias.

    Ben Reply:

    Massa was on an out lap.

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    Owen Li Reply:

    I couldn’t agree more!

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  2.   2. Posted By: pargo
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm 

    Alonso must be thanking RBR for their alleged “no team order policy” while laughing all the way to the bank.

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    Martinj Reply:

    Webber should just drive faster than Vettel, you cannot make excuses for that if you want to be called a champion.

    Rigging races is not an option, especially if Webber would still be in bad shape after todays poor qualifying, he would still have to pass Alonso on the track.

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    Michael S Reply:

    I agree 100%… Webber spent way too much time asking for help these past few months instead of racing… Vettel has been killing him and if not for that engine pop he would be looking for 4 wins in a row… IF Vettel had let him by in Brazil and Webber followed up with this today in qualy RB and Vettel would be FURIOUS!

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    David BR Reply:

    Exactly! *Really* tired of all these calculations, permetuations and talk of team orders on Webber’s behalf. He had the chance to get pole in the fastest car and couldn’t deliver. As he’s failed to do for a long sequence of races now. Vettel deserves this championship far more, followed by Hamilton, then Alonso. Webber: no excuses left.

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    C Reply:

    Heck, if he had at least gotten second, he could be aggressive with Vettel, who might even let him through. But starting 5th? He might not even win the title if Alonso wrecks is car!

    Flintster Reply:

    And looking forward to starting 2nd on the grid when Hamilton receives his penalty!

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    Damian J Reply:

    You will be sadly disappointed! One suspect that you are takin this view only because you want Alonso to have an easier ride than because of the incident on its own merits

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    DK Reply:

    But first he has to cross the finish line …

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  3.   3. Posted By: Ivan Gorbunov
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm 

    What is interesting, is whether the points lost by Red Bull due to not using team tactics will be the ones needed to secure the title in the end. It will be a real disappointment and a lesson for Red Bull and a real achievement for Ferrari in case they win.

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    MAS Reply:

    And if Vettel wins that would vindicate Red Bull? No, the result tomorrow won’t be a strategy-lesson for anyone. Strategy can decide the chances and probabilities that exist going into the race, not the outcome.

    I think that, quite aside from their sporting philosophy, Red Bull also made a sound strategic decision by not sacrificing Seb’s chances in favour of an indecisive boost to Mark’s.

    Even with seven points more, Mark would still have to beat Alonso. So far this season, when Mark has done well, Seb has always been very close. So if Mark beats Fernando, chances are it’s a Red Bull 1-2 anyway and those seven points don’t matter. However, if Webber has trouble beating Alonso, Red Bull will certainly lose out if Seb lacks those seven points.

    The way things are, Red Bull have a marginally decent shot at the title through Vettel, even if Mark falters (which isn’t unlikely given the result in qualifying). And it has happened several times this season that Sebastian did well while Mark didn’t. Red bull is working the percentages and that’s all an F1 team can do.

    In that sense this also differs from Ferrari’s situation in Germany. Massa was realistically out of it (though not Mathematically) while Alonso needed every single point he could get to keep his chances alive. Vettel has a far better chance than Massa ever had and for Webber an eight points deficit isn’t the end of the world by any means.

    Both Red Bull and Ferrari have set the stage such that they have maximised the probability of one of their drivers winning the Driver’s Championship.

    Now watch Hamilton take it by overtaking Buemi for first in the final corner…

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  4.   4. Posted By: Kevin McCaughey
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm 

    Any thoughts for the race James? To me it seems that Mark’s focus on negative energy has paid off in the wrong way and he is now in a difficult sandwich, with Alonso on track to do what’s needed.

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  5.   5. Posted By: Michael S
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm 

    Pressure killed Webber in the end… He had it all to play for and could not put in a top drive the past 2 months…. in fact I think Vettel has outqualied him 7 straight races…

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    DK Reply:

    Maybe this is exactly why RBR doesn’t want on bet on Webber solely ….

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  6.   6. Posted By: Jupirra
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:55 pm 

    1st.
    Hamilton, Alonso and Button shows to Webber that they’re world champions

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  7.   7. Posted By: David
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 3:56 pm 

    As a Webber fan I was very disappointed! – what happened? – I would say its all over for him this year – its between Alonso and Vettel now.

    Well done Button!

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    Flintster Reply:

    Vettel needs alot of luck to win the championship now, being 15 points of Alonso.

    The title is between Alonso and Alonso’s engine!

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    Boston F1 Fan Reply:

    - Vettel is good at leading from the front but doesn’t have the cutting ability of an Alonso or Hamilton. I don’t think Vettel has the balls to line up right next to Lewis Hamilton.

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    Stephen F Reply:

    After Germany Alonso shouldn’t even be in the position he’s in, disqualified from the WDC along with Massa and their cheating team disqualified from the constructors championship for blatant rule breaking and bringing the sport into disrepute. Who said cheats never prosper?

    I’ll be happy if Jenson takes him out at the first corner and lets Vettel, Webber and Hamilton fight it out between them.

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  8.   8. Posted By: S.J.M
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:01 pm 

    Loved it! Best, closest qualifying we’ve had since Monza, but better in that 3 teams seemed to be near equals.

    James, any news on Hamilton potentially getting penalised ? Im hoping not, for the sake of the race as he can make tomorrow a whole lot more interesting. Im not even sure Ferrari will want him penalised…

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    BlackGoldLotus Reply:

    I disagree. If the penalty were for Hamilton to be sent back 5 places at the start tomorrow, Ferrari would be doing cartwheels.

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    Galapago555 Reply:

    Believe it or not, Fernando said to Spanish telly that he doesn’t want Lewis to be punished.

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    Flintster Reply:

    Agreed – it will bump Webber up the grid and also place Alonso on the dirty side. 3rd is the better starting position for Alonso….Never thought I’d be un-happy to see Hamilton punished!

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    veeru Reply:

    ha ha…”Never thought I’d be un-happy to see Hamilton punished!”….nice one

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  9.   9. Posted By: BlackGoldLotus
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm 

    Vettel’s pole was fanstastic, but most of all today showed what a competitive monster Alonso is. I can’t wait for Ferrari to give him a better teammate (rooting for Kubica, actually).

    The race tomorrow promises to be epic. And the political/conspiracy theories can fly, with Button and Massa so close to the contenders.

    Do we know whether the FIA stewards have issued any special instructions to avoid folks taking others out of the race?

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    Rick Reply:

    That would be intriguing, though I suppose we’ll have to wait for 2012, as Massa has another year with Ferrari to go. Besides, I wonder whether Alonso likes the current 1-2 situation more

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  10.   10. Posted By: PaulL
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:10 pm 

    Pretty impressed with Alonso’s Q3 lap today.

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    Galapago555 Reply:

    Second that. Maybe tomorrow we see the best driver (of the season) beating the best cars (of the season)?

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    Satish Reply:

    That’s the best way to sum it all up!!!

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    Antoine Reply:

    i seconds that..
    watching vettel and hamilton battle for the win (which they both need) will be tasty to say the least..
    Go Fernando!!!!


  11.   11. Posted By: james
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:12 pm 

    any word on the hamilton/massa incident?

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    Rick Reply:

    yes, no action will be taken

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  12.   12. Posted By: Harvey Yates
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:15 pm 

    Now that was exciting. It promises well for the race tomorrow.

    It is good to see that all four still have a chance.

    But so very well done to Vettel.

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  13.   13. Posted By: Nicholas Thornton
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm 

    Mark, why oh why crumble now? God only knows how much luck is needed now. Half a second slower than vettel? So much for vettel letting him through. All he can hope for is a bung in Alonso’s ageing engine.

    By the way, James, any indication on why Kubica was so slow today? Tyre warmth?

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    veeru Reply:

    I almost believed in Mark Webber when he was putting those perfomances in the middle of the season, but when Vettel got his thing right with the car and started to out pace webber (had some software change that controls the exhaust I guess), that is when webber really lost the confidence.

    So much for crying out loud!! He has himself to blame. Anyway anything can happen tomorrow and lady luck may be still sitting on his car!! Who Knows??

    If he cannot do it tomorrow, it will be a real embarrassment and I wont be at all surprised if webber doesn’t come back riding the bull next year

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    Lilla My Reply:

    Here’s what Kubica said about his result. It’s from a Polish newspaper and I don’t know what’s the exact source of the quotation (whether the journalist talked to Kubica personally or they just translated Kubica’s statement from somewhere else). Anyway, Kubica said (this is my translation from Polish so I hope it’s more or less accurate):

    „I had a few problems. The rear of the car was sliding heavily and we didn’t manage to work it out before qualifications. I had problems when accelerating. The traction was bad. I couldn’t go as fast as possible early enough after each turn. The wheels were spinning and the car was sliding. As a result it was impossible to set a good time. I did my best but it wasn’t enough.
    We had problems with acceleration since Friday and we couldn’t get rid of them.”

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    Boris Reply:

    Good to know:-) But…as much as I like Kubica…this race is not about him:-)

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    Lilla My Reply:

    Yes, I absolutely agree. I like Kubica a lot, but today my eyes were on the Red Bull/Ferrari/McLaren guys. And it’ll be the same tomorrow!
    What a season finale!


  14.   14. Posted By: Sebee
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:27 pm 

    Well that’s that for Webber and Red Bull.

    It was fun and exciting and it looks like tomorrow is a formality.

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    BlackGoldLotus Reply:

    Yup, and you have to think Mark’s prospects for staying at RBR next year just got knocked down a couple of notches…

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    next year, he will loose the technical fairness together with the sentimental one.

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  15.   15. Posted By: Michael
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm 

    That was the best qualifying session in ages and it sets us up for a thriller of a race.

    On paper, Alonso looks to be in a strong position but he’s surrounded by people who would rather take him out than let him win.

    The changeable conditions that the timing of this guarantees, mean tomorrow’s race will be the most strategic of the season. Everyone will be running their cars to the limit. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t see the odd blowout. It’s going to be a nail biter all the way. I can’t wait.

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    veeru Reply:

    I dont think so mate. No matter how many want to take him out, they wont be the one to try and do that…just hope the other one will do it for them…

    NET result–no one tries..If they are caught doing that..it is a potential end of their career

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    Ayron Reply:

    Like it was for Schumacher?

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  16.   16. Posted By: Martinj
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm 

    I have been for Webber since the start of the season….but….seriously, he has been dropping the ball since Monza. So much that I do not feel he deserves it anymore, because he really is not the fastest or most balanced driver…not even close. Vettel beats him on all fronts I am afraid.

    Vettel has the momentum for 4-5 races now. I think he will actually do it tomorrow, with Alonso getting into a scuffle or maybe even an engine failure.

    Now we also know why RBR always gave both drivers equal opportunity and Webber will never be 1st driver; he cannot handle pressure at all when it matters most (especially not like Vettel at the age of 23!). Just look at the way Webber has been driving since Monza, when he was in the championships lead.

    If they had rigged Brazil and gave Webber the win, he would now still look in bad shape. While Vettel now actually looks much much stronger in the championship.

    Where is all his off track talk about favouring, and this and that? Just drive faster than Vettel and you have no problem? Why throw it all away like this?

    Half a second slower than your teammate in the most important qualifying of your career…not bad for a second driver!

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    veeru Reply:

    well said. so much for crying for sympathy. It back fired

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    devilsadvocate Reply:

    Imagine if Redbull had backed him in Brazil… Vettel and Mark would both effectively be out of the championship now barring an Alonso engine failure, I dont see Webber getting around Alonso tomorrow, but would be nice if Button and Webber could somewhow do it and set Vettel up for a race win and championship.

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    Aaron9 Reply:

    Too bad even for a second driver ;D

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    Ayron Reply:

    A bit harsh to say Webber can’t handle the pressure at all. Several times in the past few years he has been under immense pressure and pulled off minor miracles. He had a bad day and has had a struggle the past few races, but that doesn’t make him an instant failure.

    I’m looking forward to the race and it should be a ripper. Vettel looks to have the pace for the race win, but Alonso doesn’t look like coming fifth or worse, so there is likely to be a lot of interest right through the entire event which is the best result for the sport.

    Let’s just wish them all well and see how the race pans out.

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  17.   17. Posted By: mo kahn
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm 

    Just a conspiracy theory: Alonso qualified higher than Webber. Redbull has been favouring Vetel and is the best position to win the race.

    Now, all Vetel needs is Webber deliberately spinning out Alonso in early laps to make that happen… even later laps would do the trick.

    Now, will this happen? :(

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    The last thing Webber wants is to hand the title to Vettel.

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  18.   18. Posted By: Tony
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm 

    Congratulations to Seb! But what amaze me is the cold blood in the final Alonso´s lap. Tomorrow, the first 200 metres will breathless! Could be the best final ever!

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  19.   19. Posted By: Flintster
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:48 pm 

    Alonso was star of the show today! the car did not have the pace for P3…. nice work. Championship in the bag I think. Unlucky Webber, pressure is on and it shows!

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  20.   20. Posted By: Galapago555
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm 

    Btw, James, who won the signed book predicting the gap between Alonso and Mark?

    I was wondering that probably the same person will be one of the top ten comment leavers, so he/she gets a second free book.

    And I bet that probably has also ordered one copy, so three books on a row!! :-D

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    Satish Reply:

    Looks like Brian M was spot on with the answer. Congrats to him.

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  21.   21. Posted By: drums
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm 

    Wow! What a penultimate round for what a fantastic season! As for today, kudos to Vettel, squared kudos to Hamilton and cubic kudos to the magic & genuine genious who is Alonso. Tomorrow will be another day full of rivalry with, I hope, all contenders in the track to the end.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    I was holding my breath all the way. This qualifying session was something else. Even the lovely but slow Button decided to mix in the show.

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  22.   22. Posted By: Irish con
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:01 pm 

    Probably the two fastest drivers on raw outright speed on the front row with the big bad dog of alonso they all look upto now starting 3rd. Love it. Come on fernando bring it home for all us Ferrari fans. First lap should be a whopper.

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  23.   23. Posted By: drums
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:09 pm 

    By the way, (3)Alonso < (5)Webber by 0.133 in Q3. And the winner is… I admit I've not been through all the guessings of the last stint, but I feel no one nailed it. Life is still unforeseeable.

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    drums Reply:

    I’ve got it wrong! Here it is, he’s not?

    Jo Torrent
    November 13th, 2010 @ 3:07 pm
    GAP Alonso Webber 0.133

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    I got it wrong to, I said 0.269 but I accept the present if nobody has the right answer.

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    Brian M Reply:

    I think i guessed it exactly… !!

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    Galapago555 Reply:

    Congrats, mate!!

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    Is it hard for you to watch the races knowing the results and the gaps before the start ? By the way, who’s the winner tomorrow ?

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  24.   24. Posted By: Lilla My
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:11 pm 

    That was a really nice session. I hope Hamilton won’t get any penalty for Massa incident – that wouldn’t be good for the championship race.
    I think the pressure has reached Webber lately and that’s not good for him. Nice to see Button and Massa doing a bit better than they did in the couple of last GPs. I hope everything goes well tomorrow with no crashes or car failures – I would love to see the championship decided on the track and not outside of it. And today’s results look good for Fernando which makes me feel really happy (that was a nice last lap from him).

    On the one hand I want Sunday to come asap, cause I’m getting quite nervous, so I would like it to end, but on the other hand – I so don’t want the season to end!

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  25.   25. Posted By: Omar Kamal
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm 

    Anyone noticed that Massa sacrificed his last fast lap for Alonso??

    Until the last corner in their in lap, Masso was just infront Alonso then at the start/finish line, it was Alonso directly behind Hamilton and Rosberg and Massa just passed as the track was red !!!…did he managed to make this lap or what?

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    mtb Reply:

    He didn’t complete the lap, whether this was because he did not start before the end of the session or some other reason I am yet to determine.

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    Curro Reply:

    He did (just), but thought he hadn’t, so he didn’t went for it. Still, it was a nice gesture from Massa.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    I did notice. He scarified all he could sacrifice. In the race there’s nothing he can help Alonso with.

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    Bob Reply:

    ….no he didn’t sacrifice his lap…he was on time to do it and be, as usually, 0.5 s slower than Alonso….it seems to me that Massa hasn’t been of much help to Alonso, barring Germany…

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    ElChiva Reply:

    I noticed. That is what Mr. Horner calls lately “I trust the drivers will do the right thing for the team, given the right conditions” or what He called “team orders” right after Germany… your choice but no different to what Vetel was prepared to do for Mark in tomorrow’s race where it really would have mattered,so live with it.

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  26.   26. Posted By: Marcus
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:31 pm 

    I love the Irony. All the talk till now has been if Vettel would move over and help Webber. Come Saturday the real situation is that Webber needs to overtake Alonso into third to help Vettel.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    It’s not enough. For Vettel to clinch the title Alonso has to finish 5th. Vettel needs Webber and both McLaren to help him.

    He must be relieved Ron Dennis is here. He hates nothing more than seeing Ferrari win. Oh ! I forgot. He hates something more : to see Alonso win. The Spaniard cost him a driver’s world championship, a constructors world championship and a bit of money (100 million dollars).

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    drums Reply:

    May be because of this the Spaniard was—in order to be released of his contract with McL— obliged to accept being silent from there on on what had happened along those obscure years. I really would love to know all the inners in the plot.

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    alexander Reply:

    What a bull…t. Sorry – it was Ron Dennis who cost Alonso 3rd WDC. “We are basically racing against Fernando”. Nevermind Hamilton pressing all buttons on his wheel in Brasil – it’s definetly Alonso’s fault. Mike Coughan also worked under influence of Alonso. Whahaha. Epic!

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    I am not criticizing Alonso. I am just imagining Ron’s feelings. You’re wrong about something, the evidence that led to McLaren being found guilty was the emails brought by Alonso.

    Before that, McLaren got away with it.


  27.   27. Posted By: James
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:42 pm 

    Well, if Webber is forced into passing Alonso and the two take each other out……

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    Owen Li Reply:

    It’s time to see whose car is less vulnerable!

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    Ayron Reply:

    Then Vettel’s engine will blow and Hamilton will take the championship… lol

    Best thing about four driver in with a chance, Alonso can’t do a Schumacher and take Webber out to clinch it, there isn’t necessarily a guarantee of Vettel winning if Webber takes out Alonso and Hamilton can still spoil everyone elses show if they have any major problems….

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  28.   28. Posted By: Andy
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:46 pm 

    Hamilton shouldn’t be punished as both Massa and him were on outlaps.

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  29.   29. Posted By: mtb
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 5:47 pm 

    This really should have been a McLaren 1-2. The last-minute efforts from both Vettel and Alonso were ethereal!

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  30.   30. Posted By: Charlie B
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 7:05 pm 

    We know that Alonso and Hamilton are not best of friends, Alonso has said he wants Hamilton to win so he has a bigger chance of winning the title.

    Now, if Lewis was in front at some point, would he slow so Alonso does’t win the title if possible.

    I wouldn’t of thought so, but you never know.

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    alexander Reply:

    Sad news – Alonso and Hamilton are not enemies. The only man who made them look like they do – Ron Dennis.

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  31.   31. Posted By: Jo Torrent
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 7:06 pm 

    I was stunned by Alonso’s lap in Q3. The Ferrari was nowhere near the McLaren and RedBull today. He really worked for that priceless 3rd spot.

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  32.   32. Posted By: Dave Aston
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 7:25 pm 

    I don’t think 5th on the grid is a disaster for Webber, a lot can happen… a bizarre race would be an appropriate end to this crazy season. Personally, after all the talk of team orders the last week or so, I really hope Hamilton steals it…

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    Alex Reply:

    Yes, If Hamilton wins (very possible)
    Alonso blows (possible)
    Webber 4th, I think he wins!

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  33.   33. Posted By: Paulinho
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 7:37 pm 

    That was a good qualifying round made even better with a bit of Ferrari and McLaren rivalry.

    Massa was actually on his out lap the same as Lewis, and to be fair Lewis couldn’t get futher off track to avoid the Ferrari that was in his blind spot.

    What I also find odd is that at the very end of the qualifying session you have Massa blocking Nico for about 5-6 corners, only to let him by on the second to last corner of the lap. Then for Massa to stop to allow Alonso past also ?

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  34.   34. Posted By: James B
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 7:42 pm 

    Funny listening to the BBC team who were almost gleefully trying to get Hamilton punished. Not quite sure what for though considering they were both on out laps.

    What an awesome last sector by Alonso. Loved the images of Montezemelo on the Ferrari pit wall. It reminded me of the last corner of Brazil in 2008 where he I believe he threw his remote control through the TV!! Tomorrow I think is going to be epic……….

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    Max Mosley was right about the “Bella Figura”. He shows off too much doesn’t he. The embrace with Brawn, the handshake with every team manager along the pitlane, the walk down the pitlane, the emotions, etc.

    Tomorrow, we’ll get some more of his cinema. There must be some camera-men specially working on him.

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    Jo Torrent Reply:

    I don’t know what the BBC said but he deserved a penalty and a fine yesterday. He got none.

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  35.   35. Posted By: AP
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 8:07 pm 

    Hamilton in front of Alonso? This is great news for Fernando! P2 should come soon tomorrow :)

    Forza Fernando!

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    downforce Reply:

    you’re so right man

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  36.   36. Posted By: Boris
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 8:11 pm 

    If everything goes normal, Alonso is going to be Champ, but I am 100% that nothing is going to be straightforward tomorrow.

    I am really curious what will Alonso to at the start tomorrow. In theory, he would love to see Hamilton overtaking Vettel. We would probably not want to get into this action. On the other hand, he needs to protect his 3rd position and that might not be super easy.

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  37.   37. Posted By: Manos
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 8:32 pm 

    For the guys who feel Hamilton should be penalized. Massa was also on an out lap. I guess he could wait rather than forcing himself through the corner.

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  38.   38. Posted By: Harvey yates
        Date: November 13th, 2010 @ 9:43 pm 

    I’ve just looked at the qually again – sad I know.

    Is Alonso taking it easy with his engine, turning the wick up only twice a session?

    I didn’t see it first time around but on second viewing . . .

    Vettel was enormous, as was LH, all the way through. Alonso was hot and cold and perhaps this cost him.

    What does seem to be true is that there is very little between the top three cars. It is going to be all down to the drivers.

    The first corner should be interesting but in an exciting way rather than just who bumps into whom. Certainly Webber could do with that mystery glitch in his software being elsewhere tomorrow.

    It is, in effect, a three car race if without retirements.

    I would not like to be the one who had to decide whether to let LH pass or to squeeze him. He’s got nothing to loose apart from a finish.

    I am firmly of the belief that the WDC is a construct, a bit of fluff invented to excite those for whom a race isn’t enough. It means littel other than who scored most points. There are too many variables, most of which can’t be quantified, for the WDC to prove anthing. However, tomorrow I’ll be there with my calculations.

    A friend has created a little Excel sheet (actually Open Office but he assures me it’ll work in my MS version) where all you have to do is enter the current positions to find out the points.

    I have to say I will keep it up to date.

    My friends and I have £50 each on where Alonso finishes. I say his engine will let go. No one wanted first.

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  39.   39. Posted By: LaArmadaInvencible
        Date: November 14th, 2010 @ 1:29 am 

    Alonso has been lucky in the whole year, so now we expect it to have bad luck.

    If ML is better balanced today, LLoronso will not have easy life trying to pass him. Don’t you forget when they were both at ML.

    Same car, easy cake for Lewis!!

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  40.   40. Posted By: Thomas in Australia
        Date: November 14th, 2010 @ 2:18 am 

    If Vettel gets away cleanly, I could see Hamilton holding up Alonso so that Button can take a bite at him.

    Here’s hoping we don’t end up with a “team orders” champion.

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  41.   41. Posted By: drums
        Date: November 14th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm 

    @ larmada.
    My point is, you can say someone (me for instance) is a stupid, or a crying man. Then the the other (me for instance) can say is not, and have a debate. But what you are not entitled to do by any means is to change the name of the people. You just have no right to do so. Then, there is fans, etc.

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