It was raining throughout qualifying, although to different degrees of wetness. The first session was completed in the more normal fashion, with Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutiérrez the drivers to drop out along with the back marker four.
In the second session, things were getting trickier, trying to decide which tyres to be on. As Q2 drew to a close it started to rain more, meaning no one was improving on their times. Then Sergio Pérez crashed into the barriers, thankfully unhurt, and the session was effectively over. Heikki Kovalainen missed out, along with both Force Indias, both McLarens and Valtteri Bottas.
There was a significant delay before Q3 could begin, the session pushed back in increments until conditions improved. When it did, Sebastian Vettel set a benchmark that was a second faster than everyone else, and although the gap was closed a little, no one could touch his time.
Nico Rosberg secured second, with Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber lining up on the second row of the grid. The Toro Rosso drivers were 7th and 8th, with Nico Hülkenberg taking tenth place.
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References Esteban Gutiérrez, Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Mark Webber, Nico Hülkenberg
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