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European Grand Prix Qualifying – Red Bull Strikes back

by F1Fan on June 26, 2010

Wow! If the European Grand prix is as exciting as todays Qualifying session it is going to be one hell of a race.

All three qualifying session were extremely closely fought with fastest laps being traded back and forth between Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Alonso, and Kubica.

But in the end it was Vettel that set the fastest times for Q1, Q2 and the all important Q3 claiming Pole position with a blisteringly quick time of 1:37. 587. THe tope three finishers Vettel, Webber and Hamilton all broke the 1:38 barrier with Vettel beating out his teammate for Pole by just 75/1000th’s of a second.

So once again for the fourth time this season Red Bull Racing lock out the first row of the grid.

European Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Webber/Red Bull Racing
3Hamilton/Red Bull Racing
4Alonso/Ferrari
5Massa/Ferrari6Kubica/Renault F1
7Button/McLaren8Hulkenberg/Williams F1
9Barrichello/Williams F110Petrov/Renault F1
11Buemi/Toro Rosso12Rosberg/Mercedes GP
13Sutil/Force India14Liuzzi/Force India
15Schumacher/Mercedes GP16De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F1
17Alguersuari/Toro Rosso18Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
19Trulli/Lotus Racing20Kovalainen/Lotus Racing
21Di Grassi/Virgin Racing22Glock/Virgin Racing
23Chandhok/HRT F1 Team24Senna/HRT F1 Team
June 26, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 9, Valencia Street Circuit

Fernando Alonso was quick in each session and while Ferrari has made a marked improvement with the new Exhaust placement and blown rear diffuser it was just marginally not quick enough to get Alonso onto Pole position for his home Grand Prix. However both Alonso and Massa performed well putting their Ferrari’s on the Second and third row.

A little further down the Grid Williams F1 had both cars through into Q3 for the first time this season and Renault F1 achieved the same result for the second time this season, a great result for both teams each team showing marked improvement in the pace of their revised cars.

The same cannot be said for Mercedes GP who were strangely off the pace in qualifying today after being some of the quickest cars during Friday practice. The end result was the worst qualifying result so far this season with neither Rosberg or Schumacher making it into Q3, in fact Schumacher barely made it out of Q1, finally putting in a good lap in the closing moments of the opening session.

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