Qualifying began with high track temperatures and blazing sunshine, and the usual four drivers dropping out in the first session. They were joined by Esteban Gutiérrez and a very unhappy Paul di Resta who looked to be struggling with his car on every lap.
The second session saw Mark Webber’s KERS fail and the Red Bull car also developed gearbox problems as qualifying continued. He made it into the top ten, unlike Jenson Button who was knocked out. His McLaren teammate Sergio Pérez made it through, as did Daniel Ricciardo - his fourth top ten appearance in as many races.
The final top ten shootout saw Sebastian Vettel set a storming early benchmark, to the point where he seemed unbeatable. Webber opted not to set a time, with his car falling to pieces around him. Nico Rosberg tried to beat Vettel’s time and couldn’t, Romain Grosjean managed second behind the Red Bull until Lewis Hamilton crossed the line for a surprise pole position. Judging by the team radio, it was a surprise to us, to Lewis and to Mercedes as well.
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References Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Gutiérrez, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
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