McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton only half-second behind him, Hamilton’s team mate Jenson Button set third fastest with 1:22:777, And Ferraris Fernando Alonso qualified fourth, Mark Webber down to fifth on the grid, with positions second through to fifth covered by only three-and-a-half tenths.
The Brazilian Felipe Massa qualified sixth, Renault GP’s Vitaly Petrov on seventh, Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg set 8th and 9th respectively. Renault baby Bruno Senna not to Q3 for the second successive race, Senna’s team tries to make saving tyre tomorrow.
Force India duo Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta out-qualified on Q1 ninth and 10th,
Rubens Barrichello pipped Williams’s team-mate Pastor Maldonado by less than a tenth. That said, Maldonado was possibly lucky even to be in Q2 after losing control go out the Parabolica and spinning into the barrier on the inside of the track during the first sector of qualifying.
Sauber duo Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, along with Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi, never looked like credible threats to make Q3