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Qualifying from Brazil // Formula 1 World Championship 2012

Published by Christine Blachford

So far, it's looked as though McLaren have the pace in Brazil, but Sebastian Vettel is also high up there. We haven't seen much rain yet, but there is some in the area, so it could come during qualifying. Kimi Räikkönen had to sit out much of FP3 after an engine problem left him stranded out on track, whilst Bruno Senna spun his Williams car in front of the home crowd. With Brazil a chaotic race at the best of times, pole position isn't the be all and end all, but Vettel will still want to be on the front row of the grid.

As it happened: 2012 Brazil - Qualifying

  • 15:45

    Hello! Welcome! It's Brazil, it's qualifying, it's exciting!

  • 15:45

    We've got fifteen minutes before qualifying begins and all eyes are on the skies. There was a few drops of rain just now but it seems to have cleared up again.

  • 15:46

    Lewis Hamilton led both free practice sessions yesterday, with Jenson Button taking the top spot in final practice today.

  • 15:46

    McLaren are looking strong, but Red Bull are close behind them. If you want to predict who'll be on pole, we've got just the thing! http://sidepodcast.com/post/brazil-2012-predict-qualifying

  • 15:48

    Hard and medium compoundsTyres this weekend are the hard and medium compounds... and maybe the wet tyres too. We'll see!

  • 15:49

    Paddock people are getting sentimental about the departing drivers - Schumacher's retiring, Hamilton's moving teams, etc.

  • 15:49

    Martin Whitmarsh is having none of it though, there's a job to do: "We’ll be emotional at the end of the race, but right now we’re worrying about the rain, we’re worrying about qualifying. The release of that emotion will be as we cross the line, and we’ll worry about that when we get to that bit of the weekend."

  • 15:51

    In case you didn't know, there's 13 points between Sebastian Vettel in the lead of the championship and Fernando Alonso chasing him in second. It's a tough ask, but this is Brazil.

  • 15:53

    Race Control: Pink headrest material must be used. That is the foam that is designed best to be used in cold ambient temperatures. If it was blue, it would indicate warmer.

  • 15:54

    Interview with Andy Stevenson, Force India: "The track's already drying out, I think the start of Q1 will be dry. We know we've got a good setup, at the moment we're pretty confident. There could be more rain in Q3, it's a bit touch and go. We'll keep alert, we're ready to react to anything that's thrown at us. If we have to come in towards the end, change tyres and go, the guys are ready for it."

  • 15:55

    As always, Sebastian Vettel has his headphones on, he's standing just outside the garage, arms folded, studying the car closely.

  • 15:55

    Weather

    23°C

    Track25°C
    Humidity62%
    Wind speed5.5mps
  • 15:56

    This is one of the shorter laps on the calendar, the second shortest in fact. Pole position last year was Vettel with 1:11.918.

  • 15:57

    Bernie Ecclestone picks this moment, of all moments, to wander the pitlane and deliver a birthday card to Norbert Haug.

  • 15:58

    We've closed the polls, and 69% say there will be no chance of wet tyres in action today.

  • 15:58

    For who will get pole position, it's a dead heat between Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton with 33% each. A dead heat with Vettel and Alonso on 14% too.

  • 15:59

    Two Caterhams and an HRT are lined up at the end of the pitlane, waiting for the green light and the session to start.

  • 16:00

    Green flagQualifying session 1 begins.

  • 16:00

    Caterham, HRT and Marussia send all their cars out straight away, hoping to get a banker lap in before any potential rain.

  • 16:01

    Spray is visible on the camera above Vitaly Petrov's head, that was being kicked up by De la Rosa in front of him.

  • 16:02

    Several of the cars went wide off track as they try and work out where the slippery bits are.

  • 16:03

    The two Toro Rosso drivers, two Saubers and Nico Rosberg have joined the action.

  • 16:03

    Heikki Kovalainen pulled a Hamilton on Glock at that final corner, getting past the Marussia in the wet.

  • 16:03

    RadioTeam radio from Kovalainen: "The last corner uphill is very wet."

  • 16:04

    Both Räikkönen and Schumacher are sitting calmly in the garages, no sign of going out just yet.

  • 16:04

    The first lap times are pouring in now, we've got Kobayashi leading with 1:24.957, Glock behind him by about a second.

  • 16:05

    Five minutes gone and we have ten times on the board.

  • 16:06

    Rosberg returned to the pitlane without setting a time.

  • 16:06

    Vergne was told to keep pushing over the radio, and the tyres would come to him. A dry line is appearing on the circuit as more cars go over it.

  • 16:06

    RadioTeam radio to Hülkenberg: "If you think it's not these tyres, then come back in."

    He stays out on track.

  • 16:07

    Hulk is on the intermediate tyres.

  • 16:08

    Hülkenberg is called back into the pitlane again, and he does come in this time. Not damp enough for intermediates.

  • 16:09

    It's Pastor Maldonado on top now, the times have dropped to 1:18.709. Vergne is behind him, as the Toro Rosso driver returns to the pitlane.

  • 16:09

    Still no sign of Button, Schumacher or Grosjean.

  • 16:10

    Replays show Pérez having to brake heavily as an HRT locks up in front of him. He gives a little wave to the car in front, annoyed.

  • 16:11

    RadioTeam radio to Alonso: "We target seven timed laps."

  • 16:11

    Senna has jumped ahead of his teammate now, with a 1:17.803. Close between those two.

  • 16:11

    Now it's just Michael Schumacher who has yet to make an appearance this session.

  • 16:12

    Out he comes, so we should see everyone with a timed lap in the next couple of minutes.

  • 16:12

    Hamilton has moved up to P1, but Alonso is already two tenths up on another lap.

  • 16:13

    Alonso goes fastest for just a moment, as Hamilton crosses the line to improve his own time and return to P1.

  • 16:14

    All drivers are out on track at the moment, barring Narain Karthikeyan.

  • 16:15

    Schumacher crosses the line to set his first lap time of the afternoon, good enough for second place!

  • 16:15

    The drop zone is changing quickly, as the track starts to come together. Vettel is in there!

  • 16:16

    Paul di Resta was down in the drop zone but whizzed all the way up to P1 with a 1:16.621.

  • 16:16

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 16:16

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 16:17

    CrashReplays show coming up the long uphill section towards the start/finish straight, Grosjean came across an HRT. It looked like the car in front was giving him room, but closed the door at the last second, taking off Romain's front wing in the process.

  • 16:18

    The yellow flag before that was not for Grosjean, but for Heikki Kovalainen who spun and continued at turn 13.

  • 16:18

    Grosjean had to complete the lap without a front wing but has been back into the pits and got a new nose. He's back out with time for another lap.

  • 16:18

    So, the drop zone: Kovalainen, Maldonado, Petrov, Glock, Karthikeyan, Pic, and De la Rosa.

  • 16:19

    The times at the top have dropped to the 1:15s, Hamilton is currently leading Senna and then Button.

  • 16:19

    Grosjean vs HRTYou can see the sparks on the front left suspension as the pair came together. Dangerous place for an accident!

  • 16:20

    Chequered flagQualifying session 1 ends.

  • 16:20

    Grosjean is now sitting in the drop zone, but he's on a lap. Maldonado does battle with an HRT as he crosses the line but improves to 11th.

  • 16:21

    Romain does manage to improve to 17th, but Ricciardo tops that time and moves the Lotus back in to the drop zone.

  • 16:22
    Qualifying Position
    18R GrosjeanLotus
    19V PetrovCaterham
    20H KovalainenCaterham
    21T GlockMarussia
    22C PicMarussia
    23N KarthikeyanHRT
    24P de la RosaHRT
  • 16:23
    Field Spread
    PosDriverTime
    1stL Hamilton
    1:15.075
    24thP de la Rosa1:19.699
  • 16:23

    The fastest three in that session were Hamilton, Senna and Button.

  • 16:25
    Qualifying Battle
    HRTQualified Ahead
    N Karthikeyan
    3
    P de la Rosa17
  • 16:25
    Qualifying Battle
    CaterhamQualified Ahead
    V Petrov
    7
    H Kovalainen13
  • 16:26
    Qualifying Battle
    MarussiaQualified Ahead
    T Glock
    13
    C Pic7
  • 16:27

    Green flagQualifying session 2 begins.

  • 16:28

    Race Control: Incident involving Grosjean and De la Rosa will be investigated after qualifying.

  • 16:29

    Two minutes gone and twelve cars are out there, ready to set their flying laps.

  • 16:29

    Both Red Bull drivers, both McLarens and Pastor Maldonado are yet to leave the garage.

  • 16:30

    TweetTweet from @Official_SF1Team: Our boys are having used medium compound tyres for the first run in Q2

  • 16:30

    Fernando Alonso has the P1 time at the moment, 1:14.631 with Hülkenberg just behind him.

  • 16:31

    Senna looks to be struggling with his car, the back end sliding a bit more than he'd like, as he comes round for his first lap of this session - 6th.

  • 16:32

    Pastor Maldonado leaves the garage to start his campaign to get into the top ten. Red Bull and McLaren still waiting.

  • 16:33

    Schumacher crosses the line for fourth place, and Rosberg improves to pop up ahead of him - similar pace from the two Mercedes drivers.

  • 16:34

    Replays show a massive lockup for Kamui Kobayashi, leaving him with an almighty lockup on his front right tyre.

  • 16:34

    Only the two Williams drivers are out on track now, as the rest return to the pitlane.

  • 16:35

    Hamilton edges his McLaren out of the garage, and disappears off to set his first time of Q2.

  • 16:36

    Vettel and Webber also head out for their assault on the circuit, leaving just Button yet to appear.

  • 16:36

    Vettel's radio instructs him they're set to do four timed laps.

  • 16:37

    Fernando Alonso heads back out of the garage, he's currently leading.

  • 16:38

    Hamilton crosses the line for a 1:13.398, jumping straight up to P1.

  • 16:38

    Webber also posts a 1:13 time to move into second, whilst Vettel goes fastest with a 1:13.209.

  • 16:39

    All seventeen drivers are now out on track, just under three minutes to go.

  • 16:39

    Alonso's next lap, that looked a real handful, was good enough for fifth.

  • 16:40

    Alonso then pushed down the order by Maldonado and Rosberg. Seventh for the Ferrari.

  • 16:40

    The drop zone currently features: Senna, Massa, Schumacher, Pérez, Ricciardo, Kobayashi and Vergne.

  • 16:40

    RadioTeam radio from Vettel: "Do you think we need another lap?"

    "Yes another lap please."

  • 16:42

    Vettel returns to the garage from P1, happy with his session's work.

  • 16:42

    Chequered flagQualifying session 2 ends.

  • 16:42

    Massa improves to tenth place, Schumacher crosses the line and hasn't improved so he is out of this session.

  • 16:44
    Qualifying Position
    11P Di RestaForce India
    12B SennaWilliams
    13S PérezSauber
    14M SchumacherMercedes
    15K KobayashiSauber
    16D RicciardoToro Rosso
    17J VergneToro Rosso
  • 16:44

    The top three in that session were Vettel, Hamilton and then Button.

  • 16:44
    Field Spread
    PosDriverTime
    1stS Vettel
    1:13.209
    17thJ Vergne1:14.619
  • 16:45

    Alonso locks upAlonso's lap time disappeared in a plume of tyre smoke.

  • 16:49

    Weather

    34°C

    Track26°C
    Humidity49%
    Wind speed1.5mps
  • 16:50

    Green flagQualifying session 3 begins.

  • 16:51

    Nico Rosberg is the first driver to head out in Q3, the rest are remaining in the sanctity of the garage for now.

  • 16:51

    RadioTeam radio to Rosberg: "We're going for two timed on this used tyre and then one timed on new."

  • 16:52

    Hamilton and Alonso have also joined the action, heading out early in this final session.

  • 16:53

    Now it's just Räikkönen and Hülkenberg in the garage, as Rosberg crosses the line for the first time - 1:22.398.

  • 16:54

    That was a really slow lap from Rosberg, Hamilton is about eight seconds faster on this lap.

  • 16:54

    1:12.850 for Lewis as he crosses the line for his first lap, Alonso behind him in second for now.

  • 16:54

    Rosberg improves to a 1:14. That's more like it.

  • 16:55

    Felipe Massa jumps up to P2, faster than his teammate. That'll never last! Webber pushes him down, and Button also.

  • 16:56

    Vettel pushed too hard on his lap, and ran wide at the bottom of the hill - his time was sixth fastest, behind Alonso for now.

  • 16:57

    Hülkenberg is on a hot lap now, the man has been known to take pole position in Brazil. But it's not looking likely at the moment.

  • 16:57

    Kimi Räikkönen is also out on track, the two circulating as the rest of the pack return to the garage.

  • 16:58

    Two minutes remaining now, it's a quick turnaround for Vettel who came in last from the first stint, and he's out again now.

  • 16:59

    Webber begins his final flying lap, with less than a minute to go. He's up in the first sector.

  • 17:00

    Chequered flagQualifying session 3 ends.

  • 17:00

    Webber goes fastest, a 1:12.581. But almost everyone is on a lap right now.

  • 17:01

    Alonso goes fifth, Maldonado fourth. Hamilton goes P1 with Button not quite quick enough but securing a McLaren front row.

  • 17:01

    Sebastian Vettel only had the pace for fourth place, behind teammate Webber.

  • 17:04
    Qualifying Position
    1L HamiltonMcLaren
    2J ButtonMcLaren
    3M WebberRed Bull
    4
    S VettelRed Bull
    5F MassaFerrari
    6P MaldonadoWilliams
    7N HülkenbergForce India
    8F AlonsoFerrari
    9K RäikkönenLotus
    10N RosbergMercedes
  • 17:06
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stHAM1:12.458
    2ndBUT+0.055
    3rdWEB+0.123
    4thVET+0.302
    5thMAS+0.529
  • 17:06

    Interview with Martin Whitmarsh: "Both drivers, very proud of them. Very proud of the team, everyone who has made this car quick. We haven't got all the points we should have done this year, but we've got a quick racing car. Tomorrow may be different conditions, but whatever the conditions, it's nicer to start from the front row."

  • 17:08

    Interview with Sebastian Vettel: "Q3 was not 100% perfect. I think Q2 was quite good, fast. The first run in Q3 was not good for me, I did a mistake. The second run, I was pretty happy with it but it wasn't good enough. In the end, traffic isn't a problem because there's only ten cars left but in the beginning it's quite busy. The circuit gets quicker throughout, so it's the last couple of laps that are important.

    "Right now, I come out of qualifying, I know I could have done a little bit better, I'm keen to go back now, look at the data, and see where I wasn't quick enough. Mark was a little bit quicker, all in all we're in good shape, we'll see what we can do tomorrow."

  • 17:10

    Interview with Stefano Domenicali: "It's not the perfect position to start the race from tomorrow, but a lot of concentration and work hard, and see what is the outcome of the last race. Everything is possible [in the rain], could be fast, could be traffic in front which you can't see, it will be an interesting Sunday tomorrow."

  • 17:10
    Field Spread
    PosDriverTime
    1stL Hamilton1:12.458
    10thN Rosberg1:13.489
  • 17:11

    The latest weather forecasts, as much as you can trust them, reckon 80% rain - so say the BBC.

  • 17:12

    Interview with Felipe Massa: "I feel very happy, I think it was a fantastic lap, it was a great performance. Looking at how quick McLaren and Red Bull, I think it was impossible to do better than I did. That's positive and really nice, now it's just looking forward to the race. Everybody is saying it's going to be wet, we know it's Interlagos, anything can happen.

    "The only thing I need to do is concentrate on my home race, get a good result in front of my people, which I did today in qualifying, even if I'm not starting on pole position. I hope I can do a similar job tomorrow in front of my people."

  • 17:13
    Qualifying Battle
    FerrariQualified Ahead
    Felipe Massa3
    Fernando Alonso17
  • 17:14

    Interview with Fernando Alonso: "Not a surprise, we were seventh in Abu Dhabi, ninth in USA and eighth here. We try to repeat the performance on Sunday. Interesting race, obviously we need some strange circumstances, chaotic race in a way with rain or something."

  • 17:14
    Qualifying Battle
    MercedesQualified Ahead
    Nico Rosberg10
    Michael Schumacher10
  • 17:16

    Press Conference Quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "It's been a good weekend so far. Grateful to be able to put the car on the front row, to have a 1-2 on my last qualifying with Jenson in the same time. Fantastic job by the team, so grateful for the all the opportunities they've given me. I hope we can turn it into something positive tomorrow."

  • 17:17

    Press Conference Quotes - Jenson Button: "It was a pretty good lap, I'm not going to point at areas where you lose or gain time. It was a good lap, Lewis was half a tenth quicker. Very happy to be on the front row, last couple of races have been a bit tricky in qualifying, so good. As Lewis said, it's great to both be on the front row for his last Grand Prix with the team. The team's in great shape at the moment, it's a pity things have got to change but things do change."

  • 17:19

    Press Conference Quotes - Mark Webber: "I think we focus on ourselves tomorrow, do the cleanest race I can. We know there's some tricky weather tomorrow so it's a long Grand Prix. I'll be focused 100% on my efforts in my cockpit, and getting to the finish line as quickly as possible."

  • 17:20

    Press Conference Quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "I think the weather is going to be tricky tomorrow, it's going to definitely make it more of a lottery. As Jenson said, we've put ourselves in a really good position and we're just going to do the best job we can from there, work together as a team, the best we have been for quite some time. Make sure we do everything we can to get the best result for the team."

  • 17:21

    That's about all for qualifying then, we've got an interesting grid for tomorrow and the potential for some rain! That's pretty much all we asked.

  • 17:21

    I've enjoyed today, and I'm going to enjoy tomorrow too. I hope you'll join me back here for the final race - it's gonna be good!

  • 17:22

    Stay cool, fact fans.




  • @willbuxton

    Lotus confirms Kimi will have a race winning engine for quali and the Brazilian GP. Abu Dhabi Renault power unit for the Iceman. No penalty.

  • Ready for Jake's final qualy build up

  • I've got Sky Sports F1 on the TV and Sky Sports News on the laptop; trying to keep an eye on the football as well :)

  • no gonna lie, i'm hoping for Vettel to have a disaster of a qualifying.

  • I've got Sky Sports F1 on the TV and Sky Sports News on the laptop; trying to keep an eye on the football as well :)

    That's good multitasking!

  • no gonna lie, i'm hoping for Vettel to have a disaster of a qualifying.

    I don't think you will be alone in that one :)

  • I don't think you will be alone in that one :)

    Come on Fernando!!!

    Been a few seasons since I was last saying that...

  • I don't think you will be alone in that one :)

    hope you've don your bit and predicted Vettel for Pole ;) (haved had time to listed to FUF yet :( )

  • That sounded like a Porsche Cup engine.

  • hope you've don your bit and predicted Vettel for Pole ;) (haved had time to listed to FUF yet :( )

    I predicted him for the championship, I can't do more than that!

  • I predicted him for the championship, I can't do more than that!

    <3 you!

  • no gonna lie, i'm hoping for Vettel to have a disaster of a qualifying.

    The ideal would be for Everyone to put in decent dry times, and for it to rain during Vettel's lap :)

  • The ideal would be for Everyone to put in decent dry times, and for it to rain during Vettel's lap :)

    This is where single lap qualifying would come into its own!!

  • The ideal would be for Everyone to put in decent dry times, and for it to rain during Vettel's lap :)

    Tons of rain, a 1 hour red flag, then I don't NEED to multitask ;)

  • Sarah Holt ‏@sarahholtf1

    Well, I'm disappointed. Sky have downgraded their rain forecast for Sunday from 100% chance of rain to 60%... 100% chance made me smile.

  • Afternoon all.

  • Hi Will :)

    **hit head on desk as football team goes 1-0 down as usual**

  • some fp3 data from tony - f1datajunkie.blog…tice-summary.html

  • **hit head on desk as football team goes 1-0 down as usual**

    Which team is that (already!!)?

  • Which team is that (already!!)?

    I'm a Tractor Boy, for my sins. Goal difference is now -26...

  • it's just sinking in this is the last of the season. eeep!

  • BBC acting as if Lewis is retiring or something.

  • Afternoon everyone.

  • Afternoon everyone.

    Howdy!

  • BBC acting as if Lewis is retiring or something.

    Retiring? No. Hampering his chances? All signs (right now) point to yes.

  • BBC acting as if Lewis is retiring or something.

    He´s retiring from winning. :-)

  • I'm a Tractor Boy, for my sins. Goal difference is now -26...

    Which is Ipswich Town, for the non-initiated.

    Hasn't sunk in for me that it's the end of the season yet... :/

  • BBC acting as if Lewis is retiring or something.

    as Lewis says, he's just going on a gap year or two. Martin wants to take him back anyway. so this is Lewis' mid career crisis

  • @MercedesAMGF1

    Small shower expected in the next 15min #F1 #Interlagos #BrazilGP #DankeMichael

  • Can anyone answer a GP+ question for me?

    I finally got round to subscribing to get the end of year review. In his asides, Joe talks about the subscription lasting for a year but the email I got said it was for the 2012 calendar year.

    Should I have waited until January?

  • i have chocolate cake with me while i watch this. Jenson would be proud :)

  • i have chocolate cake with me while i watch this. Jenson would be proud :)

    Me too!

  • i have chocolate cake with me while i watch this. Jenson would be proud :)

    I've just had a piece of my crumble (it's still going).

  • i have chocolate cake with me while i watch this. Jenson would be proud :)

    Me too!

    I've just had a chocolate orange. It's not Terry's...

  • I've just had a chocolate orange. It's not Terry's...

    ...it's yours?

  • ...it's yours?

    Well it was.

  • Small shower expected in the next 15min #F1 #Interlagos #BrazilGP #DankeMichael

    Ooh, it's getting closer.

  • Glad everyone has all their provisions sorted. I'm at work where there is a Christmas market going on around the corner with hog roasts and mulled wine. Step daughter is there and I tried to offer her some money for the fairground if she brought me a pork sandwich. She brought me a ham salad bun from the bakery where I go every day

    :-(

  • So, do we expect another "toilet break" from Kimi during tomorrow's grid walk, what with it being Michael's last race (again!)?

  • Plus the Christmas market has ensured that I'm too busy at work to watch on the sly with one headphone in.

  • I love how Murray Walking says buh-ruh-rilliant

  • *Walker, deary me...

  • @fergieweather

    Agreed: increasing towards end quali "@JennieGow: Chance of rain between 2-3pm staying at about 50% - increasing to 80% from 8pm today #F1"

  • Sky say they can feel spots of rain!

  • I love how Murray Walking says buh-ruh-rilliant

    I'm just imagining Christopher Walken doing commentary now, brilliant!

  • @andrewbensonf1

    McLaren putting up rain shelter at back of garage as clouds darken overhead

    @Marussia_F1Team

    ...the fall in track temp seems to quite suit us too. As for what lies ahead...the sky looks ominous...

  • I just had a nice soup. 'Waitrose Comforting Chicken and Vegetable Broth'. And it was comforting, as soup can be on a dreary wet day.

  • BBC say it's spitting now too!

  • Well, it's raining

  • The oddest feeling watching that Schumi montage on BBC. I might.. kind of.. miss him.

  • The oddest feeling watching that Schumi montage on BBC. I might.. kind of.. miss him.

    It'll pass :)

  • Nigel Roebuck feature Prt1 on Senna now.

  • The oddest feeling watching that Schumi montage on BBC. I might.. kind of.. miss him.

    Can't say I'm in the same boat on that one!

  • @andrewbensonf1

    Rain has started in the paddock

    But you already knew that...

  • The oddest feeling watching that Schumi montage on BBC. I might.. kind of.. miss him.

    did you miss him after he retired the first time?

  • It'll pass :)

    I'm sure it will. :)

  • This song reminds me soo much of the Paralympics

  • ...and getting heavier. Although...

    ‏@Lotus_F1Team

    Rain is falling @tedkravitz is in shorts and sandals #FullBrazilian pic.twitter.com/OlXohP7I

  • The oddest feeling watching that Schumi montage on BBC. I might.. kind of.. miss him.

    Ooooh. I hope someone will upload that. Wanna watch that. I'm getting their montage music too. :D

  • I'm all ready now - screen arranged with live-timings - let's go!!

  • Rain is falling @tedkravitz is in shorts and sandals #FullBrazilian pic.twitter.com/OlXohP7I

    looks like Ant in the corner of that shot, but it can't be :(

  • Ooooh. I hope someone will upload that. Wanna watch that. I'm getting their montage music too. :D

    The RBR montage-music was Public Domain - Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)

  • So, predicitons?

  • So, predicitons?

    ¬VET please!

  • @JensonButton: It's raining!!!

  • The RBR montage-music was Public Domain - Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)

    Oh, yeah! Did get that last week. :) On the hunt for drivers champion montage-music this weekend.

    Did anyone get Schumi's montage-music, by any chance?

  • did you miss him after he retired the first time?

    I think I missed having someone to root against, not just him but the Ferrari of the era too. They were the evil enemy which made it sweeter when someone else won. And of course it was because they were doing an excellent job so they were like the Red Bull of the day, if Red Bull cheated. We haven't had that same edge for a while.

    The Merc years just felt like an extended farewell tour, or reunion gig.

  • @JensonButton: It's raining!!!

    hehe!!

  • Lotus has finished Kimi's engine change.

    @Lotus_F1Team

    Kimi's spare engine is go! Fired up and ready for action, like the man himself. Thank you #PitCrew360 #FullBrazilian pic.twitter.com/NxfQIzs1

    And Senna on pole with Vettel struggling please! **wild dreams**

  • Predictions please: sidepodcast.com/p…redict-qualifying

  • More seriously, Hamilton for pole.

  • Ooooh. I hope someone will upload that. Wanna watch that. I'm getting their montage music too. :D

    It was during an interview with him so I don't know that there was music.

  • Did anyone get Schumi's montage-music, by any chance?

    I'm on iPlayer, so have just rewound to try to catch it.

  • Predictions please: sidepodcast.com/p…redict-qualifying

    i like watching them move :)

  • The Merc years just felt like an extended farewell tour, or reunion gig.

    And the farewell tour is always an expensive ticket. :D

  • So I thought this was on much, much later.

  • Predictions please: sidepodcast.com/p…redict-qualifying

    I chose Jenson because Hulk wasn't an option..

  • I'm on iPlayer, so have just rewound to try to catch it.

    Lovely. Thank you! :) Lemme know what you can find.

  • I think I missed having someone to root against, not just him but the Ferrari of the era too. They were the evil enemy which made it sweeter when someone else won. And of course it was because they were doing an excellent job so they were like the Red Bull of the day, if Red Bull cheated. We haven't had that same edge for a while.

    It's easy to understand why I don't care for his retirement, both in 2006 and now. I was bitter at Schumi for almost ruining Rubens' career the first time, now I'm bitter at him for almost killing him the second time.

  • Afternoon, race fans!

  • @andrewbensonf1

    Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali says shower forecast to be short, then dry period, then more rain. "A lottery, let's hope we draw right cards"

  • I chose Jenson because Hulk wasn't an option..

    Other!

  • @MercedesAMGF1

    Rain should stop around 10min before green light #F1 #Interlagos #Q1 #BrazilGP

  • Niki Lauda's ears are testament to how far F1 safety has come on.

  • *Yawn* Hello all, just got up & it's dark & horrible outside. I think my sleeping the day away plan was a good one

  • Other!

    Too vague ;-)

  • *Yawn* Hello all, just got up & it's dark & horrible outside. I think my sleeping the day away plan was a good one

    I would advise staying in based on my rrrrubbish experiences of going outside today. Stoopid rain and other drivers.

  • Too vague ;-)

    That's what the comments are for. We've got it aaaall figured out :)

  • So, who's the other person who has voted for Alonso for pole?

  • ‏@andrewbensonf1

    Domenicali was bang on - rain has basically stopped now

  • Lukeh, you are not the only one who feels that way. Mikey, don't let the door hit you in the ... on the way out.

  • Predictions please: sidepodcast.com/p…redict-qualifying

    I voted for Button

  • Lewis saying he doesn't know when he'll get another car that will win races again... this boy is doing his career backwards..

  • I voted for Button

    woooo!!!

  • Alright people, good to see Guti on the BBC.

  • that man is too young to even grow a beard. how can he be an f1 driver :)

  • Guti has a little head.

  • Interview with Gloria Esteban on BBC now.

  • Lewis saying he doesn't know when he'll get another car that will win races again... this boy is doing his career backwards..

    It's interesting to me that he still feels he has so much to prove.

  • ...and I'm sharing too many tweets aren't I? :)

  • Does Eddie share the same skin care regime as Dale Winton?

  • that man is too young to even grow a beard. how can he be an f1 driver :)

    Aww, he's cute as a button. He'll fit right in my pocket.

  • Gloria is just Fernando Alonso but younger.

  • He also has a Chandhok-brow

  • It's interesting to me that he still feels he has so much to prove.

    yeah very interesting. I'm intrigued to see if he'll do an Alonso with a bad car, but great performance. I'm sure he can.

  • Does Eddie share the same skin care regime as Dale Winton?

    Dale Winton, David Dickinson, Robert Kilroy-Silk...

  • Doc-doc-doc-doc-doctor beat. #Gloria

  • He sounds like a good kid

  • Lovely. Thank you! :) Lemme know what you can find.

    Too classical and too few lyrics for me to work out, and too much talking over the top to get my phone to do it for me.

  • Aww, he's cute as a button. He'll fit right in my pocket.

    oh my god he's my age! The time has come that i'm the same age as F1 drivers... eep!

  • yeah very interesting. I'm intrigued to see if he'll do an Alonso with a bad car, but great performance. I'm sure he can.

    I wish him well and I appreciate that he's going against what most people would tell him to do. I can relate in looking to move out of state from a stable job where things are going well. If it doesn't feel right, though, and if it's not the right environment that makes you happy, it just isn't.

  • I wish him well and I appreciate that he's going against what most people would tell him to do. I can relate in looking to move out of state from a stable job where things are going well. If it doesn't feel right, though, and if it's not the right environment that makes you happy, it just isn't.

    ohh very good comparison! well, I hope you both find that happiness soon :)

  • Interview with Gloria Esteban on BBC now.

    Is it creepy that I was humming one of her songs just as you posted this? :D

  • Webber on his car last week 'she was a very sick girl'

  • awww bless DC and the utter uselessness of his final season :) :) :)

  • awww bless DC and the utter uselessness of his final season :) :) :)

    DC's undignified exit may be one of my favourite F1 things ever.

  • DC's undignified exit may be one of my favourite F1 things ever.

    it's only right Michael follows his thinking

  • DC's undignified exit may be one of my favourite F1 things ever.

    He got as far as the second corner at least... >:)

  • DC's undignified exit may be one of my favourite F1 things ever.

    jake is so mean, loving this piece.

  • ohh very good comparison! well, I hope you both find that happiness soon :)

    It's easy to doubt because life is about 60% satisfying for me now. That's more than half, but I feel that there's more.

    Anyway, go Lewis!

  • "that guys far too skinny for juan pablo montoya"

  • Webber on his car last week 'she was a very sick girl'

    awww. <3

  • @andrewbensonf1

    It's worth mentioning that as the temperatures are still high here - 24C air; 25C track - circuit should dry quickly

  • Gareth Jones ‏@GarethJonesTV

    The Official Gareth Jones On Speed nickname for Esteban Gutierres will be 'Gloria' #f1 #bbcf1

    hehe

  • Jake and Dc skipping down the straight hand in hand, hah

  • skipping holding hands!

  • skipping holding hands!

    gonna miss him :(

  • gonna miss him :(

    Has there been any rumblings about the BBC lineup for 2013?

  • Eric with Ted re Kimi: The engine is starting now and has been replaced. No concerns about any more Renault engine issues.

  • gonna miss him :(

    Any word yet about who will replace Jake?

  • HI FBFB! <3

  • Jordan in 2003 mention shocker.

  • Sam Posey on SPEED doing his wonderful intro for the last time. He said "Tilke is Bernie's man for track design, but he ran out of new ideas about 5 tracks ago."

  • Hi Will! Still there? ;)

  • I love how this track is basically build across a slope. Hilarious

  • Eric with Ted re Kimi: The engine is starting now and has been replaced. No concerns about any more Renault engine issues.

    Good. I hope so.

  • Hi Will! Still there? ;)

    Erm yes, why do you ask?

  • ‏@fergieweather

    "@InsideFerrari: The next shower have just appeared and is moving towards the track - said Meteo France radar"

  • Good. I hope so.

    Ted asked if Red Bull may be worried about their engines, and Eric was just looking like...'no...' :D

  • Erm yes, why do you ask?

    Was just wondering if you found something since you already rewound. :D

  • i really hope Heikki doesn't get the kinda goodbye Rubens did.. aka no real goodbye, but an 'oh you're not here this season' He deserves a goodbye.

  • Was just wondering if you found something since you already rewound. :D

    Ohh no...

    Too classical and too few lyrics for me to work out, and too much talking over the top to get my phone to do it for me.

    I'm back LIVE now.

  • @InsideFerrari

    Update from Meteo France: The expected light shower is over. No rain to the path of the track.

  • Bernie betting Lewis to win the championship tomorrow.

    OK then.

  • Is Bernie actually in there?

  • Nico warming up doing some footy. bless him.

  • Too classical and too few lyrics for me to work out, and too much talking over the top to get my phone to do it for me.

    Ahhh. All right. Thanks for trying! :) Will try pulling it myself tomorrow or whenever it's on YouTube.

  • This time next year, Bernie will be in a home, talking to himself.

  • Aw guys it's the beginning of the end.

  • This time next year, Bernie will be in a home, talking to himself.

    I can't imagine him going into a home somehow...

  • Aw guys it's the beginning of the end.

    nooooo!!! *puts fingers in ears* la la la la laaa

  • @OptaJim

    190 - The number of championship points collected by Lewis Hamilton, 54 more than the entire Mercedes team. Apprehension.

  • Aw guys it's the beginning of the end.

    I choose to instead place this in the context of my hope that this relates to Simon Lazenby's job.

  • On the timing app I like that you can trace the old 70s layout.

  • I choose to instead place this in the context of my hope that this relates to Simon Lazenby's job.

    Hah :)

  • So, who will be out in Q1? I think it'll be smiley Dan

  • So, who will be out in Q1? I think it'll be smiley Dan

    noooooooo!!!!

  • aw Bernie has a card or something for Schumi..

  • So, who will be out in Q1? I think it'll be smiley Dan

    Vergne

  • Birthday card for ross brawn?

  • haha Crofty saying Bryan Adams was in the charts when Schumi started

  • Crofty fact, Schumi started his career when Brian Adams was No1.

  • Rain ponchos being put away

  • CAterham confident of rain.

  • Birthday card for ross brawn?

    For Haug's 60th birthday.

  • I've missed 12 teams giving 12 different rain reports.

  • good luck Heikki, no slipping out on that rainy track please!

  • O.o

    @Lotus_F1Team

    #MiniKimi is feeling festive already! We've got a special Christmas competition on the way too... #F1 #FullBrazilian pic.twitter.com/ll7Gj5sA

  • Brundle: "The six usual suspects are trying to generate a surprise"

  • #MiniKimi is feeling festive already! We've got a special Christmas competition on the way too... #F1 #FullBrazilian pic.twitter.com/ll7Gj5sA

    Strange hashtag use!

  • Farewell HRT, your mobile chicanes will not be missed.

  • aww - https://twitter.c…72368932088860674

  • Farewell HRT, your mobile chicanes will not be missed.

    though I'd very much like their gridspot to be taken by someone who can do something with it

  • It's wetter than I thought it would be.

  • I hope Amy doesn't miss Heikki's possible last quali!

  • So, who is rooting for Caterham and who for Marussia? I'm a Caterham guy

  • So, who is rooting for Caterham and who for Marussia? I'm a Caterham guy

    Caterham here too.

  • So, who is rooting for Caterham and who for Marussia? I'm a Caterham guy

    Caterham. Despite working for one of Marussia's sponsors.

  • Glock and Kovi ruin each other's laps!

  • Caterham.

  • So, who is rooting for Caterham and who for Marussia? I'm a Caterham guy

    I've been disappointed by Caterham, Marussia have been getting better and better this season

  • someone needs to tell these two it's not a race :)

  • So, who is rooting for Caterham and who for Marussia? I'm a Caterham guy

    marussia purely for my f1 2012 career! and because tony fernandes is annoying.,

  • I've been disappointed by Caterham, Marussia have been getting better and better this season

    I agree, they've been impressive. I hope the Alpine/Caterham partnership bears fruits

  • familiar territory for glock :)

  • F1 ON ICE. IT MUST HAPPEN.

  • @OfficialSF1Team

    There is no more rain expected during qualy. #Kamui and #Checo have left the garage on fresh hard tyres

  • familiar territory for glock :)

    I wonder if he's gotten a xmas card from Felipe since ;)

  • F1 ON ICE. IT MUST HAPPEN.

    Studded Pirellis

  • Studded Pirellis

    With open cockpits?!

  • Studded Pirellis

    The teams have to use shorter studs and longer studs at some point during the race.

  • The teams have to use shorter studs and longer studs at some point during the race.

    :)

  • The teams have to use shorter studs and longer studs at some point during the race.

    lol!

  • The teams have to use shorter studs and longer studs at some point during the race.

    :) Or full studs, and 1/2 as many...

  • The teams have to use shorter studs and longer studs at some point during the race.

    And Bernie has a snow machine

  • Force India on inters.

  • hehehe love the casual language in that radio message 'if you think it's just totally not these tyres....' :D

  • De La Rosa is at 107% of a 1:20.479

  • Well it isn't inter weather... dry tyres.

  • So that's why Senna spun in FP3! He was practising for Q1

  • Really tiptoeing through the bottom of the finish straight hill...

  • ferrari's pit light isn't waterproof. expect that t be an issue tomorrow!

  • Pastor's 1:18.7 means 107% is currently 1:24.2

  • RBR: "Mark, go out and see just how wet it is for Seb, will ya?"

  • ferrari's pit light isn't waterproof. expect that t be an issue tomorrow!

    Nice high tech solution though.

  • Pastor's 1:18.7 means 107% is currently 1:24.2

    Problematic!

  • Perez so slow the HRT overtook him.

  • Pastor's 1:18.7 means 107% is currently 1:24.2

    Given wet conditions, I highly doubt 107% rule will be applied if it gets to that.

  • Romain is onto hards

  • Given wet conditions, I highly doubt 107% rule will be applied if it gets to that.

    on the other hand, the FIA might say 'you've barely botherd to take part in any session'

  • Don't like Checo so much anymore. Too much waving at other drivers and incidents are never his fault.

  • on the other hand, the FIA might say 'you've barely botherd to take part in any session'

    Possible, but I doubt it...

  • Don't like Checo so much anymore. Too much waving at other drivers and incidents are never his fault.

    Professor M will sort him out

  • Don't like Checo so much anymore. Too much waving at other drivers and incidents are never his fault.

    Kinda like Alonso circa 03/04, actually.

  • Don't like Checo so much anymore. Too much waving at other drivers and incidents are never his fault.

    Makes me think back to Silverstone and what he said about Pastor.

  • I'm conflicted - I want Schu to have a good farewell race but I want Sauber to overtake Merc. On the other hand, most likely both will fail to score again!

  • Seb out of place in the drop zone atm

  • Times are tumbling, someone could get caught out!

  • Seb out of place in the drop zone atm

    Hopefully he'll stay there :)

  • 107% time is 1:21.5

  • Times are tumbling, someone could get caught out!

    Round it goes, who it'll stop on, nobody knows...

  • Times are tumbling, someone could get caught out!

    I think a couple of them might. Kovalainen 17th, Glock was a minute ago, they could steal something.

  • Hulk going purple. he loves it here!

  • Only Narain outside 107% atm - he's in touch though

  • naughty HRT

  • Was RoGro on a hot lap there?

  • HRT WTFunk?!

  • ohh grojean ..

  • Mike, compared to HRT, every lap is a hot lap.

  • Oooooh that was... tight

  • Romain showing his (lack of) race intelligence there.

  • Was RoGro on a hot lap there?

    Looked it, didn't it?

  • flying front wing there!

  • Grosjean now blocking everyone

  • Afternoon...

  • Wheeeeeeee - no FW on his wagon now.

  • flying front wing there!

    Grosjean's from the HRT damage.

  • Bruno for Pole!

  • 2 minutes left? Not sure GRO will make it...

  • I missed that incident, collecting my cup of tea.

  • Romain now has 1 shot to escape the drop

  • I missed that incident, collecting my cup of tea.

    I just read it though.

  • Everyone is inside the 107%

  • Schumi is close to the drop :(

  • Pastor needs another lap

  • Schumi is close to the drop :(

    He's safe. Grosjean 2 tenths slower than him in S1.

  • Pastor fast S1

    Romain slow S1

  • FBFB: Great picture!

  • Maldonado behind a HRT

  • Pastor fast S2

    Romain fast S2

  • come on smiley Dan!

  • Pastor fast S3 - he moves up.

  • grosjeans out,

  • RoGro Slo!

  • Grosjean out.

  • Gah.

  • Smiley Dan just made it! Poor RoGro!

  • Grosjean has a useless S1

  • FBFB: Great picture!

    sparky :)

  • Ahh, Grosjean. You ain't there for 2013.

  • RoGro nearly took Kimi out

  • Are we sure he'll be confirmed at Lotus.......?

  • Romain's collision killed any tension in Q1 IMO. Q2 will be bundles of fun, though.

    Grosjean incident will be investigated for sure.

  • Grosjean out! Nobody picked him. Could be a fun comeback drive tomorrow.

    Ah that replay.. I think that's Romain's fault going for a gap not there.

  • Qualifying session 1 ends.

    I'm only 26 seconds behind today. That's not bad for Sky Go

  • RoGro needs to swap his helmet for a dunce cap

  • Are we sure he'll be confirmed at Lotus.......?

    I know a fin that gets on will Kimi that would happily take his place!!

  • Ahh, Grosjean. You ain't there for 2013.

    This doesn't help his chances.

  • Romain's collision killed any tension in Q1 IMO. Q2 will be bundles of fun, though.

    Is there ever any tension in Q1?

  • Are we sure he'll be confirmed at Lotus.......?

    There's a certain Finn who knows Renault well who could be on the market

  • Ahh, Grosjean. You ain't there for 2013.

    He sucks so bad!

  • Ahh, Grosjean. You ain't there for 2013.

    But who can replace him. Heikki?

  • RoGro needs to swap his helmet for a dunce cap

    Where else was Grosjean supposed to go?

  • There's a certain Finn who knows Renault well who could be on the market

    And they are both sponsored by Angry Birds...

  • Is there ever any tension in Q1?

    The changeable conditions made it much more interesting than usual.

  • McNish arguing that RoGro had a 'significant portion alongside'

  • And they are both sponsored by Angry Birds...

    I'm still waiting for Angry Birds Kimi!

  • There's a certain Finn who knows Renault well who could be on the market

    the idea of a double finn team would probably make Amy explode. :)

  • There's a certain Finn who knows Renault well who could be on the market

    But they're not Renault anymore...

    If they drop Grosjean, I reckon they will pick up Jerome.

  • the idea of a double finn team would probably make Amy explode. :)

    I second that emotion!

  • I'm still waiting for Angry Birds Kimi!

    No point. It'd load and then say "you know you can do it, we know you can do it. GAME OVER."

  • But they're not Renault anymore...

    But they're still the same Enstone team

  • EJ talking utter rubbish.

  • I second that emotion!

    it must happen.

  • But they're not Renault anymore...

    Listening to Christine getting frustated as Renault/Lotus/Lotus/Caterham/Renault was the funniest thing

  • Listening to Christine getting frustated as Renault/Lotus/Lotus/Caterham/Renault was the funniest thing

    it's all bahars fault.

  • But they're still the same Enstone team

    Who has their own stable of drivers...

  • @BadgerGP: Well, that's the Grosjean element eliminated from the first corner for ALO and VET, thankfully.

  • it's all bahars fault.

    he ruined everything and literally everyone saw it coming.

  • Who has their own stable of drivers...

    there must be hope for Heikki! I wont allow him to leave! I will miss him.

  • I hate that the new teams ruined Q1!

  • @BadgerGP: Well, that's the Grosjean element eliminated from the first corner for ALO and VET, thankfully.

    I did have the same thought - better that he's at the back.

  • there must be hope for Heikki! I wont allow him to leave! I will miss him.

    Force India or bust IMO. And he will need to pay.

  • I hate that the new teams ruined Q1!

    no hrt next year might require changes.

  • no hrt next year might require changes.

    yes, there will be a bottom 6, so 3 non-newbies will drop

  • yes, there will be a bottom 6, so 3 non-newbies will drop

    I mean 2. I can't count.

  • no hrt next year might require changes.

    Bottom 6 in Q1 & 2

  • Heikki sounded like this was his last ever Quali in F1.

  • no hrt next year might require changes.

    It means Top 16 will get into Q2 and 6 will get cut in Q1. That means 2 new teams (assuming they're on the same pace), plus TWO wildcards instead of one.

  • there must be hope for Heikki! I wont allow him to leave! I will miss him.

    He's good on twitter, too. Clearly this has not passed the SPC Driver Selection Committee.

  • Force India or bust IMO. And he will need to pay.

    *cough* Jaime *cough* Let me just bang my Alguersuari-drum

  • *cough* Jaime *cough* Let me just bang my Alguersuari-drum

    Have you invested in him or something? :)

  • *cough* Jaime *cough* Let me just bang my Alguersuari-drum

    was he not on 5live this weekend btw?

  • I'd still like to see Ant back in F1...

  • I'd still like to see Ant back in F1...

    That boat sailed a long time ago, sadly.

  • Have you invested in him or something? :)

    He just seems to keep being forgotten about, he thinks he has a drive somewhere..., and I liked his style esp by the end of his STR days

    was he not on 5live this weekend btw?

    Nope - John Watson I think it was.

  • I'd still like to see Ant back in F1...

    i wish, but it just wont happen

  • That boat sailed a long time ago, sadly.

    I always liked Karun but that boat is also on its way to the horizon.

  • That boat sailed a long time ago, sadly.

    Aye :(

  • I always liked Karun but that boat is also on its way to the horizon.

    but the world is round... so he may come back around? #extendedmetaphor

  • I always liked Karun but that boat is also on its way to the horizon.

    He was good to have around - and so better (for us) in a comms box

  • I always liked Karun but that boat is also on its way to the horizon.

    I think he spun that boat in the first corner, then he watched it sail away. :(

  • Crofty says Bottas has the drive, he tried to hide it but it was obvious apparently.

  • He was good to have around - and so better (for us) in a comms box

    Karun was brilliant as a commentator. I wants him back.

  • Does the Hulk know about a shortcut somewhere around here?

  • I think he spun that boat in the first corner, then he watched it sail away. :(

    Well, the exit of the 3rd corner...

  • I think he spun that boat in the first corner, then he watched it sail away. :(

    :-D :-D

  • Karun was brilliant as a commentator. I wants him back.

    I... think... he's on our channel now. But I'm watching the SKY feed.

  • Does the Hulk know about a shortcut somewhere around here?

    :)

  • Well, the exit of the 3rd corner...

    yeah, that too. :) #shockingmemory

  • Can we stop qualy now and have this lineup for the grid?

  • Can we stop qualy now and have this lineup for the grid?

    yes please!

  • my Windows weather app said there would be thunderstorms right now

  • we need a heavy downpour right now!

  • Agreed. where do we vote?

    Can we stop qualy now and have this lineup for the grid?

  • SOMEONE CRASH (or similar) PLEASE !! = Lots of yellows

  • we need a heavy downpour right now!

    Ted says blue skies now, so no.

  • SOMEONE CRASH (or similar) PLEASE !! = Lots of yellows

    no yet! JB isn't out yet!

  • (apart from the McLs of course)

  • Can we stop qualy now and have this lineup for the grid?

    oh wait, no. I want Kimi up there in the mix somewhere.

  • Can we stop qualy now and have this lineup for the grid?

    Move the McLaren's up a bit... I'd take 4th and 13th for my team :)

  • McLaren have the same weather protection on their pit light

  • oh wait, no. I want Kimi up there in the mix somewhere.

    and Webbah, of course.

  • McLaren have the same weather protection on their pit light

    High tech, light, ultra modern plastic bag. Loving it.

  • RoGro "it is a disaster for tomorrow"

  • I needed RoGro up with Vettel on the grid! ;)

  • Pastor: Leave me alone, I know what I weigh.

  • I needed RoGro up with Vettel on the grid! ;)

    Maldonado is still there...

  • interesting amount of tyre blankets red bull are using. 4 pieces per wheel.

    eesh.

  • RoGro "it is a disaster in general for tomorrow"

  • 4 timedd laps for Vettel so keep an eye on that fellow

  • and Webbah, of course.

    Webber: www.brdc.co.uk/ga…ber-F1-LAT-3b.JPG

    WEBBAH: www.indiancarsbik…ing-on-podium.jpg

  • interesting amount of tyre blankets red bull are using. 4 pieces per wheel.

    Bubble wrap.

  • Lewis purpling S1 already

  • **does rain dance**

  • Lewis purpling S1 already

    I very much enjoy purpling as a verb.

  • Lewis purpling S2 as well

  • Webber: www.brdc.co.uk/ga…ber-F1-LAT-3b.JPG

    WEBBAH: www.indiancarsbik…ing-on-podium.jpg

    ha! I love that.

  • WOW. That's a proper dry time now.

  • come on Felipe, brake!

  • come on Felipe, brake!

    hehe

  • Vettel now with the purple times in S1+2, but traffic... inc Massa

  • Harder to push Pastor to the weighbridge as Williams is SO far from the FIA garage.

  • that Ferrari is a truck!

  • JB setting PBs in S1+2

  • that Ferrari is a truck!

    (on saturday)

  • JB setting PBs in S1+2

    Sends him 3rd

  • Come on Ferrari! (you won't hear that from me often)

  • that Ferrari is a truck!

    That's what Prost said about his Ferrari, just before he was fired.

  • Get those Brazilians out of the drop zone!

  • Fernando can just about get 2 quick laps in

  • Kimi and Pastor on identical laps atm

  • c'mon massa, you'll not be able to take a grid drop from there.

  • Looks like Michael will miss Q3...

  • Looks like Michael will miss Q3...

    but Q3 will not miss Michael :(

  • Alonso close to the drop!

  • ALO 8th :(

  • Alonso .....

  • Ferrari make it... just.

  • Safe.

  • Ferrari's 9 & 10...

  • ALO 8th :(

    make that 9th

  • Lots of brow mopping going on at Ferrari!

  • so close.

  • Lucky ferrari.

  • Are the red cars setup for a wet race?

  • Williams 6 & 12...

  • Raikkonen and Maldonado have identical times.

  • Are the red cars setup for a wet race?

    Possible, but do you really gamble like that?

  • ALO has done 6 laps more than Vettel in quali 1 and 2.

  • Possible, but do you really gamble like that?

    possibly! you need to do something drastic

  • Pastor missed the weigh bridge, wasn't taken straight back like Red Bull did for Webber, he may get a penalty.

  • Romain's face :(

  • Red means stop. #blamePastor

  • Ohh well Michael.

  • Grumpy Grosjean. That almost never happens.

  • Schumi confirms a wet setup

  • Grumpy Grosjean. That almost never happens.

    Won't happen again either

  • Interesting tablet/chopping board for Pastor

  • Pastor missed the weigh bridge, wasn't taken straight back like Red Bull did for Webber, he may get a penalty.

    If he gets a reprimand as Webber did in Austin, he might end up joining Grosjean at the back (3 reprimands = auto-grid drop).

  • FIA conspiring (with PDR) to put the chaotic drivers out of the mix?

  • Schumi confirms a wet setup

    Indeed. They wouldn't have been that pacey in the dry anyhow.

  • If he gets a reprimand as Webber did in Austin, he might end up joining Grosjean at the back (3 reprimands = auto-grid drop).

    Sky were saying the only reason Webber got a reprimand was because Red Bull wheeled him back straight away. Williams didn't wheel Pastor back.

  • Herbert: "Are we gonna see a classic Michael racing through the field"

    Schu "Let's wait and see!"

  • If he gets a reprimand as Webber did in Austin, he might end up joining Grosjean at the back (3 reprimands = auto-grid drop).

    One of them had a grid drop of some sort the other week so the stewards could avoid giving a 3rd reprimand didn't they?

  • Sky were saying the only reason Webber got a reprimand was because Red Bull wheeled him back straight away. Williams didn't wheel Pastor back.

    Exactly. So he can either get a grid drop as a punishment for the weigh-in miss itself, OR a punishment for three reprimands. Not looking good for Pastor.

  • One of them had a grid drop of some sort the other week so the stewards could avoid giving a 3rd reprimand didn't they?

    Reprimands don't come with grid drops.

  • Ben Edwards has two mics.

  • Reprimands don't come with grid drops.

    Individual reprimands, I mean.

  • Exactly. So he can either get a grid drop as a punishment for the weigh-in miss itself, OR a punishment for three reprimands. Not looking good for Pastor.

    oooohh i see what you mean now!

  • It's... TIME!

  • Great to hear the crowd as Q3 goes green.

  • Exactly. So he can either get a grid drop as a punishment for the weigh-in miss itself, OR a punishment for three reprimands. Not looking good for Pastor.

    Can he get community service? Like Charles Pic?

  • The most important Q3 of the season

  • MSC 14th. I do feel better now.

  • Rosberg purples S2

  • MSC 14th. I do feel better now.

    Wet setup. If it rains tomorrow, he will charge to the front...

  • MSC 14th. I do feel better now.

    We can only hope his final race is shorter than Coulthard's.

  • We can only hope his final race is shorter than Coulthard's.

    half a turn?

  • We can only hope his final race is shorter than Coulthard's.

    Shhh. You just have to bear him for one more race - let him finish it. :P

  • We can only hope his final race is shorter than Coulthard's.

    Grosjeaned

  • half a turn?

    Stops on the formation lap.

  • Wet setup. If it rains tomorrow, he will charge to the front...

    Optimism :)

  • half a turn?

    Stall in the wrong grid-slot? Then retire?

  • Optimism :)

    It IS free to hope. ;)

  • Dunno if it's been mentioned yet but the driver steward this weekend is apparently Tom Kristensen.

  • Lewis purple S1+2 - going to be a quick time

  • Dunno if it's been mentioned yet but the driver steward this weekend is apparently Tom Kristensen.

    Kristen Scott Thomas?

  • Lewis purple S1+2 - going to be a quick time

    well only two people had put in a time at that moment

  • that's a stunning time from lewis. #hookedup

  • purple s1 for JB!!

  • well only two people had put in a time at that moment

    Do the purple times carry over for the prev Q?

  • Do the purple times carry over for the prev Q?

    nah

  • massa's not read the script. or he's read it and doesn't care :)

  • JB p2! yay!

  • nah

    That will explain why they're all purple all of a sudden - nm.

  • massa's not read the script. or he's read it and doesn't care :)

    Massa might be MORE useful in front?

  • come on JB, GO FOR POLE!

  • I sense a Massa gearbox problem coming up. :-)

  • YES!

  • ahh! come on Alonso! find some speed!

  • i mean, awwww, poor vettel

  • Vettel slower than Fernando

  • Oooo Massa could be interesting this weekend...

  • i mean, awwww, poor vettel

    :D

  • Vettel slower than Fernando

    "Fernando is faster than you"

  • Seb is slow :)

  • i mean, awwww, poor vettel

    Nah, he's in good shape - Alonso's only in front of him...

  • Let's Yellow Flag this! Release the stray dogs!

  • Let's Yellow Flag this! Release the stray dogs!

    Loosen the advertising boards!

  • Loosen the advertising boards!

    Open the flood drains!

  • Let's Yellow Flag this! Release the stray dogs!

    Pastor, Romain and Sergio aren't out there to help

  • WTF1 rightly points out how obsessed FOM seem to be with Alonso's girlfriend

  • ehehehehe YES Jenson! hold him up!

  • WTF1 rightly points out how obsessed FOM seem to be with Alonso's girlfriend

    Only because Hamilton's isn't there

  • The McLarens are going to block Vettel from doing a lap.

  • WTF1 rightly points out how obsessed FOM seem to be with Alonso's girlfriend

    christine has been ranting at the amount of airtime. it's into nicole territory today.

  • oh Webber super quick.

  • The McLarens are going to block Vettel from doing a lap.

    vettel is past button

  • GO Jenson go!

  • Is Felipe Rob's pet dog?

  • Webber purpling S1+2`

  • but HAM is purpling

  • Alonso poor S1.

  • Jb is purplest in S1

  • JENSON Purple S1!!

  • Webber!

  • Jb is purplest in S1

    AAHHHHHH

  • Good job Webber.

  • WEB slow in S3 though...

  • ferrari-bus

  • Massa ahead of alonso

  • McLs are fast together!!

  • LEWIS P1

  • J 2nd!!!!!!!!

  • JB in 2nd

  • WOHOOOO!

  • JB P2

  • Nicely done

  • McL 1, 2!

  • VETTEL NOWHERE!!!

  • Wow that was tight.

  • ahhhhhhh Jenson you awesome person.

  • Lewis DOMINANT this weekend.

    Vettel will be happy with 3rd.

    Alonso better start doing his raindance now...

  • vettel isn't going to break drs tow from there :) :)

  • Vettel 3rd, Alonso 8th. Let's hope for first corner carnage with the McLarens!

  • Someone's getting a gearbox change....

  • vettel isn't going to break drs tow from there :) :)

    YEEHAAAAAW!!

  • VETTEL NOWHERE!!!

    He's ahead of Alonso, which is all that matters for him.

  • vettel isn't going to break drs tow from there :) :)

    Pastor's behind him.

  • vettel isn't going to break drs tow from there :) :)

    Won't matter, as Alonso is WAY behind.

    And I don't see Alonso catching those McLarens unless it rains...

  • He's ahead of Alonso, which is all that matters for him.

    He's in the pack, which is what we (I) wanted :)

  • He's in the pack, which is what we (I) wanted :)

    He'll be fine. I would've been worried if Alonso was ahead, but as it stands... he'll be fine.

  • I'd say: this race still needs some rain!

  • Tweet from before Quali: @TheFifthDriver: VMM is without a front row start in Brazil since Lewis started P2 in 2007. Let's hope we can improve on that this afternoon!

  • Lewis' job in 2013 will make 1996 look like a walk in the park...

  • this season is interesting, only 25 drivers have taken part. Normally there's much more swappage!

  • this season is interesting, only 25 drivers have taken part. Normally there's much more swappage!

    And even then only due to a race ban.

  • He'll be fine. I would've been worried if Alonso was ahead, but as it stands... he'll be fine.

    I do agree, but at least the racing will be more interesting this way, and there is always a chance of anything happening when in the mid of the pack.

  • enjoyed that one. cheers for all the comments. bring on sunday!

  • I do agree, but at least the racing will be more interesting this way, and there is always a chance of anything happening when in the mid of the pack.

    You'll need the McLarens to not pull away then. If they do, that pretty much kills Alonso's chances.

  • gearbox change for webber?

  • enjoyed that one. cheers for all the comments. bring on sunday!

    Let's DO THIS!

  • Everyone do your rain dances tonight!

  • gearbox change for webber?

    heeh! reckon so.

  • do we think alonso and vettel gambling on wet strategies?

  • do we think alonso and vettel gambling on wet strategies?

    Vettel, no. Alonso, yes.

  • Fun. Tomorrow will be good. Alonso will need Safety Cars. He is a very fast starter though, could be 4th or 5th in a few corners. And Webber isn't - that's a place for Vettel already.

  • do we think alonso and vettel gambling on wet strategies?

    brundle says the setups aren't *that* different

  • Vettel, no. Alonso, yes.

    but vettel slower than webber?

  • gearbox change for webber?

    Nahh - he'll just open the door and the back any car with red on it backwards down the field.

  • Stefano killing any talk of Massa getting a gearbox drop.

  • but vettel slower than webber?

    eexactly

  • but vettel slower than webber?

    but alonso slower than massa?

    :)

  • do we think alonso and vettel gambling on wet strategies?

    Think that Vettel has a mixed set-up. Covering all bases.

  • Stefanano asked if he would do what he did last race to help Alonso (break the gearbox seal) 'no'

  • @AdamHayNicholls: Domenicalli on quali: "It is what it is". No it isn't it's sh*t. Alonso is fuming.

  • if webber and massa webber take box changes, alonso can start 6th :)

  • If Massa can take Vettel at the start and puh him back into Alonso

  • Wow stat:

    @eddstrawF1 7 mins

    Pole position number 26 for Lewis Hamilton. =8th in the all-time list alongside Mika Hakkinen.

  • When was the last 1-2 in Qualy for Mclaren?

  • Pole position number 26 for Lewis Hamilton. =8th in the all-time list alongside Mika Hakkinen.

    also, first mclaren pole here since Mika, right?

  • What a lovely top 3.

  • JB press conference! *dances* i don't get to see these anymore :)

  • Smiley JB :)

  • half a tenth!

  • Pastor's behind him.

    I suspect Pastor will get a grid drop for missing that weighbridge...

  • Lewis... isn't putting on his American accent! *faints*

  • also, first mclaren pole here since Mika, right?

    Struggling to see a McLaren pole at Interlagos since Mika's in 2000, indeed.

  • right will see you tomorrow!

  • When was the last 1-2 in Qualy for Mclaren?

    This year's Italian GP.

  • right will see you tomorrow!

    don't miss it :)

  • Struggling to see a McLaren pole at Interlagos since Mika's in 2000, indeed.

    big milestone for it to be Lewis that gets it then

  • Hehe, tilky.

  • Right, i'm off for a little meeting about a possible shoot, so i suppose i should venture out into the cold. See you all tomorrow for some beautiful f1 action! x

  • Hehe, tilky.

    The track gets all Tilkey in the twiddly bits.

  • Right, i'm off for a little meeting about a possible shoot, so i suppose i should venture out into the cold. See you all tomorrow for some beautiful f1 action! x

    Good luck with the meeting

  • Right, i'm off for a little meeting about a possible shoot, so i suppose i should venture out into the cold. See you all tomorrow for some beautiful f1 action! x

    TTFN

  • points for jb "it's a pity things have got to change but things do change"

    awwwwwww!

  • Indeed, I'm going to watch the All Blacks thrash the land of our fathers. :/

    See you tomorrow :)

  • @AdamHayNicholls: Quickest FIA press conf ever. No questions from the floor because all we're thinking about is the title and neither VET or ALO were there.

  • I'm off for a nap after the leaf blowers woke me up at oh dark thirty.

  • @AdamHayNicholls: Quickest FIA press conf ever. No questions from the floor because all we're thinking about is the title and neither VET or ALO were there.

    ha

  • fbfb relay embedded

  • Well-spotted Lou - Maldonado under investigation for missing weight check.

  • Outro music from the BBC: Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet

  • Outro music from the BBC: Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet

    Indeed it isn't. :) I only collect race outros, though.

    Still looking for the Schumi montage video and song. :)

  • Still looking for the Schumi montage video and song. :)

    You only collect race outtros... and that one.

  • I only collect race outros, though.

    i'd love to know what you're going to do with them all :)

  • Still looking for the Schumi montage video and song. :)

    For once I recognize a song, and it's not one you collect.

    Only joking. :-)

  • You only collect race outtros... and that one.

    Indeed. Hahahahaha! :D Well, normally I don't collect feature songs, but it is Michael Schumacher... :D

  • Indeed. Hahahahaha! :D Well, normally I don't collect feature songs, but it is Michael Schumacher... :D

    You need to make a spotify playlist to share

  • i'd love to know what you're going to do with them all :)

    Make a playlist, of course! Have every BBC outro used since 2009 and every FOM outro used since 2007. I also have all FIA Gala highlight reel songs since 2000 - save one or two I haven't figured out for years. :)

  • From Will Buxton: Massa just told Italian TV "if they tell me my gearbox is broken, I'll race with a broken gearbox."

  • You need to make a spotify playlist to share

    No spotify in this part of the world. :( The 08 and 09 playlists used to be on drop.io (ah, those were the days).

  • Make a playlist, of course! Have every BBC outro used since 2009 and every FOM outro used since 2007. I also have all FIA Gala highlight reel songs since 2000 - save one or two I haven't figured out for years. :)

    And have discovered some awesome British artists thanks to it - Kasabian, Muse, Adele, and many more. :)

  • The 08 and 09 playlists used to be on drop.io (ah, those were the days).

    :( :( :(

  • From Will Buxton: Massa just told Italian TV "if they tell me my gearbox is broken, I'll race with a broken gearbox."

    #rankings

  • :( :( :(

    Aww. Y u so sad?

  • Aww. Y u so sad?

    Drop.io was awesome and it got stolen from us.

  • Drop.io was awesome and it got stolen from us.

    Indeed it was. An amazing tool that was.

  • Drop.io was awesome and it got stolen from us.

    by stupid zuckerberg and his billions

  • Well-spotted Lou - Maldonado under investigation for missing weight check.

    @ianparkesf1 2 mins

    Pastor Maldaondo receives a reprimand for missed weightbridge incident. Third reprimand of the year, so 10-place grid penalty

  • woohooo! is that the first 3-strike penalty ever?

  • So, the chaotic elements on the grid have been gathered away from the sharp end :)

  • woohooo! is that the first 3-strike penalty ever?

    I think so, I don't remember seeing it before

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All content in the series Brazil 2012

So far, it's looked as though McLaren have the pace in Brazil, but Sebastian Vettel is also high up there. We haven't seen much rain yet, but there is some in the area, so it could come during qualifying. Kimi Räikkönen had to sit out much of FP3 after an engine problem left him stranded out on track, whilst Bruno Senna spun his Williams car in front of the home crowd. With Brazil a chaotic race at the best of times, pole position isn't the be all and end all, but Vettel will still want to be on the front row of the grid.
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