It was lightly raining as qualifying began, and the drizzle was on and off throughout the session, causing some difficult and changeable track conditions. Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta were the big name casualties dropping out in the first session - Grosjean also has a ten place grid drop meaning he’ll start right at the back of the field, and Di Resta was very unhappy with his team’s decisions for the second race weekend in a row.
Q2 was dominated by a crash by Felipe Massa, as the Ferrari driver found himself off and into the barriers, out of the session. There was a brief red flag period with just two minutes left, and Jenson Button didn’t manage to get back out in time to improve on his lap, meaning he also dropped out.
The top ten featured both Toro Rosso drivers, Adrian Sutil, plus Valtteri Bottas. The Williams driver put on a storming performance to post the third fastest time, behind Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. The rain returned for the final few minutes, meaning no one could improve - Vettel kept his pole position, with Williams ecstatic to be starting on the second row.
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References Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta
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