Dropping out: Alguersuari, Glock, Trulli, Kovalainen, Di Grassi, Senna, Chandhok.
Chandhok finished the session 10 seconds off the pace.
From @VirginRacing: Best qualifying of the new teams. Fantastic job guys! :-)))
It looks as though Alguersuari did really badly, but @ManipeF1: Alg made a mistake in S2 on his final lap.
Q2 gets underway with Vettel out first, followed by Buemi.
Comment from Mr C: "Q2 is probably the important important session of the weekend. no red flags in Q1 either."
From BBC Live, Sir Jackie Stewart: "The most impressive driver in that session for me was Adrian Sutil, he has done very well to be in third..." As spotted by Iain.
All out on track bar Kobayashi and de la Rosa.
The Saubers have joined the pack - everyone out on track.
Vettel has returned to the pits from P1 - a 1:54.035.
From @Jamesallenonf1: We've already learned that the s/soft tyre is at least 1/2 sec faster than medium, but remember top 10 must race tyre they qualify on
All back in the pits bar DLR, KOB, PET.
Button on McLaren radio: "The tyres lasted better than they did this morning."
Hamilton on McLaren radio: "Car is sliding around a bit, it's very hot for the tyres."
All cars in the pits.
Renault hard at work: http://twitpic.com/18asal
Bottom seven at the moment, ahead of the final rush: Button, Liuzzi, Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Kobayashi, Petrov, Buemi.
Buemi heads up this second wave of cars, followed by Sutil. It looks like the last man out was Barrichello, behind Massa.
Barrichello is just about to cross the line to start his final flying lap. Does he make it? With about five seconds to go!
Liuzzi not improved, will drop out.
Button into the top ten... tenth.
Fastest three - Vettel, Alonso, Webber.
Dropping out - Barrichello, Liuzzi, Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Buemi, Kobayashi, Petrov.
Kubica gets into the top ten - currently 7th. Petrov way down in 17th.
From @autosportlive: A very difficult decision for the race engineers now - do they go for pace on the softer tyres or race durability on the harder choice.
Hamilton on the radio: "Can I get an overlay of my times so I can see where I can improve."
McLaren response: "Printing one out for you now, Lewis."
Massa out first, followed by Alonso.
From @InsideFerrari: For sure an improvement compared to last year` qualis...:-))
From @rf1paddockpass: Great job from Bobby K and more to come hopefully with a few tweaks to the balance.
Massa and Alonso on the super-soft compound.
From @eddstrawF1: Rosberg has been outpacing Schuey all weekend at Mercedes. Looking good to do it when it really counts in Q3.
Alonso beats Massa, Hamilton in third.
Sutil leaves the pitlane. Massa returns.
Button didn't set a lap time.
From @rf1paddockpass: So far track seems slower this session. Probably the rising temps, it's the hottest day of the weekend so far.
All cars now out on track.
Two minutes to go.
Steven has noted: "Schumacher last to leave the pits."
Sutil moves up to third. Final laps begin.
Vettel very fast through S1.
Vettel fastest through S2.
Vettel up to P1.
Webber into 4th.
Massa 2nd. Hamilton 4th.
Schumacher 7th. Rosberg 5th.
Top Ten: VET, MAS, ALO, HAM, ROS, WEB, MSC, BUT, KUB
Missed off SUT.
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