Force India impress in Valencia: 2012 Formula One European Grand Prix Qualifying results
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Force India impress in Valencia: 2012 Formula One European Grand Prix Qualifying results

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Current F1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel grabbed his second consecutive pole position this season at the European Grand Prix in Valencia earlier today. His Red Bull team mate, Mark Webber continued to have bad race days as he qualified 18th. McLaren’s Hamilton on the other hand continued his impressive run this season as he will start alongside Vettel tomorrow. While Jenson Button woes continue as his car was clearly off the pace and starts from 9th tomorrow. Neither of the Ferrari drivers managed to qualify for the final qualifying round as Alonso and Massa grabbed 11th and 13th positions.

Both Force India drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta were impressive today as both of them entered final qualifying round and will start tomorrow from 8th and 10th spot respectively. Meredes F1 Team’s Nico Rosberg qualified 6th while his team mate, Michael Schumacher will start from 12th position tomorrow.

Paul di Resta could have qualified much higher. He said, “I hold my hands up. I locked a wheel into Turn 17. I made a mistake. The car had a lot of potential. It’s a bit gutting but you have to be on the edge to maximise the potential. Turn 17 caught me out last year and it’s caught me out again. I’ll take the positives from it, though.”

Fernando Alonso said: “Not reaching Q3 is a little sad for us but it is the way it was today, unfortunately we were not fast enough, but the race is tomorrow and hopefully we can score some good points even starting 11th and we see what the positions are at the end. We were two tenths away from pole position so you need a bit of luck. Maybe today, we weren’t on the lucky side.”

Jenson Button said: “The last run in qualifying, I had a massive amount of front locking, I just couldn’t slow the car down. I couldn’t stop locking my fronts. We’re in Valencia, not a lot happens here in the race. You can’t overtake round here. The way the tyres seem to hold on for most people, I dont think it will be the most exciting race.”

2012 Formula One European Grand Prix Final Qualifying Results

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault (1)
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (2)
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault (17)
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault (7)
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault (12)
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes (5)
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari (11)
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes (13)
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes (10)
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes (8)
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari (3)
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes (9)
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari (6)
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault (16)
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari (15)
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault (18)
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari (14)
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari (20)
19 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault (4)
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault (19)
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth (21)
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth (24)
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth (23)
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth (24)

Note – Figure in brackets, is qualifying position of the respective driver in previous F1 race this season.

2012 F1 DRIVERS’ STANDINGS after Canadian Grand Prix

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes – 88
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari – 86
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault – 85
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault – 79
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes – 67
6 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault – 55
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault – 53
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes – 45
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 37
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault – 29
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari – 21
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes – 21
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault – 15
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari – 11
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes – 7
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari – 4
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari – 2
18 Michael Schumacher Mercedes – 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault – 0
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth – 0
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth – 0
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth – 0
23 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault – 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth – 0

2012 F1 CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS after Canadian Grand Prix

1 Red Bull – 164
2 McLaren – 133
3 Lotus – 108
4 Ferrari – 97
5 Mercedes – 69
6 Sauber-Ferrari – 58
7 Williams-Renault – 44
8 Force India-Mercedes – 28
9 Toro Rosso STR Ferrari – 6
10 Caterham-Renault – 0
11 Marussia-Cosworth – 0
12 HRT-Cosworth – 0

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