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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Positions

by F1Fan on October 10, 2010

What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday Qualifying was postponed because of torrential rain and a completely waterlogged track, but today the teams arrived to Blue sky and a dry track.

The Red bulls of Vettel and Webber never really looked in any danger of not being on the front row, and sure enough it was a Red Bull lock out at the front completely obliterating their competition with Sebastian Vettel claiming Pole position by just over a tenth of a second over his teammate.

Lewis Hamilton was the best of the rest setting the third fastest time of the day and his personal best on his last lap of the qualifying session, not bad considering he only managed 6 or so laps during Thursday practice after crashing heavily. Unfortunately for Hamilton he will incur a 5 spot penalty as his team had to replace his transmission after the crash and will start 8th on the grid.

Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Webber/Red Bull Racing
3Hamilton/McLaren4Kubica/Renault F1
5Alonso/Ferrari6Button/McLaren
7Rosberg/Mercedes GP8Barrichello/Williams F1
9Hulkenberg/Williams F110Schumacher/Mercedes GP
11Heidfeld/BMW Sauber F112Massa/Ferrari
13Petrov/Renault F114Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
15Sutil/Force India16Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
17Liuzzi/Force India18Buemi/Toro Rosso
19Trulli/Lotus Racing20Kovalainen/Lotus Racing
21Di Grassi/Virgin Racing22Glock/Virgin Racing
23Senna/ HRT F1 Team24Yamamoto/HRT F1 Team
2010 F1 Season, Round 16, Suzuka Circuit Qualifying Results

Most of the front runners are on the softer option tire, but Jenson Button stayed on the harder prime compound which should allow he to go much longer in the race before he has to pit, a strategy that may pay dividends during the race.

Unlike every other Qualifying session this season we don’t have long to wait to see if Buttons strategy will pay off as the race begins now.

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