Webber and Lotus make the most of a tricky afternoon in Spa
Webber, Webber, Webber they were chanting from the rooftops - well in my house anyway! The big Aussie Grit chalked up his fifth pole position of the season in a tricky session in the Ardennes forest. Hamilton will line up second and Robert Kubica again in impressive form - third.
Unsurprisingly the weather got in on the act at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit and caused brilliant chaos in Q1. The session started dry, well drying - from an earlier cloud burst - and before anyone could put in a lap time Vitaly Petrov rode too high on the curbs and stuck his Renault R30 into the armco barrier. Which although only inflicting minimal damage resulted in the red flag making an appearance.
By the time the Russian's car had been cleared the threat of rain was ominous, and an expensive traffic jam had formed at the exit of the pit lane. And using their garage location to full effect the "newbie" teams occupied several of the front positions.
Normally this would have been fine, those teams would have let the faster runners past in their outlap. Not today, everyone was clambering for this one chance at a dry lap.
So as they started their shot at glory we had a Trulli-train behind Lucas di Grassi in his brightly coloured, but woefully slow Virgin VR-01. Would it end in tears? Well yes. As the Grassi-train raced, no no, reached south-west corner of the circuit at Stavelot they hit the rain head on. Di Grassi got out of shape and Trulli went into the side of him. Sutil very nearly collected the both of them and somehow Michael Schumacher threaded his way through the carnage. Brilliant stuff!
As it happened with 14 minutes on the clock everything was cleared up and the track had dried enough for another stab at it with slicks in the dieing seconds.
There were a couple of prize chumps that still managed to step up to the plate though. Namely Sauber 1 and Sauber 2. I bet big Pete wasn't too happy - I wouldn't have liked to be on the other end of his cigar! Kobyoby and Rosy managed both to have similar moments and under-steered cleanly off the circuit. Clever stuff chaps.
History books at the ready, that meant that both Glock and Kovalainen - yep you read that right: Timo frickin' Glock AND Heikki blummin' Kovalainen - made it into Q2. Wahooh!
Yeah, then in Q2 some stuff happened, not sure what, but Timo and Heikki had a riot. Obviously.
Q3 can be summed up pretty quickly too, Alonso was rubbish, no really RUBBISH, both Williams' were good, Barrichello the slightly better, Kubica had only one throw of the dice - fuel problem - and managed to stick the bumble bee into third. But prize parsnip goes to birthday boy (34 yesterday) Webber who popped his RB6 onto pole. Top man.
Well we couldn't have that much fun and get away with it could we? The meddling party poopers (stewards) decided to stomp up and down on Glock's jelly and icecream, and Buemi's too. They got 5 and 3 place grid penalties respectively for supposedly blocking other cars during Q1. Bummer.
On the other hand it promoted Heikki and Jarno to a dizzying 13th and 15th, and even Senna and Crashymoto to nose-bleeding 18th and 19th. Swings and roundabouts - unlucky beardy Branson.
Tomorrow - more please :)
|1||M Webber||Red Bull||1:45.778|
|4||S Vettel||Red Bull||1:46.127|
|8||A Sutil||Force India||1:46.659|
|13||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:48.267|
|14||V Liuzzi||Force India||1:48.680|
|15||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:49.209|
|19||K Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||2:02.284|
|22||P De la Rosa||BMW Sauber||2:05.294|
|23||L Di Grassi||Virgin||2:18.754|
|24||V Petrov||Renault||No Time|
|2||G Fisichella||Force India||+0.9 secs|
|3||S Vettel||Red Bull||+3.8 secs|
|4||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+9.9 secs|
|5||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+11.2 secs|
|6||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+32.7 secs|
|7||R Barrichello||Brawn||+35.4 secs|
|8||N Rosberg||Williams||+36.2 secs|
|9||M Webber||Red Bull||+36.9 secs|
|10||T Glock||Toyota||+41.4 secs|
|11||A Sutil||Force India||+42.6 secs|
|12||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+46.1 secs|
|13||K Nakajima||Williams||+54.2 secs|
|14||L Badoer||Ferrari||+102.1 secs|
|DNF||F Alonso||Renault||+18 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+23 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Brawn||+44 Laps|
|DNF||R Grosjean||Renault||+44 Laps|
|DNF||L Hamilton||McLaren||+44 Laps|
|DNF||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||+44 Laps|
|2||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+9.3 secs|
|3||L Hamilton||McLaren||+10.5 secs|
|4||F Alonso||Renault||+14.4 secs|
|5||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+14.5 secs|
|6||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+15.0 secs|
|7||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+16.7 secs|
|8||M Webber||Red Bull||+42.7 secs|
|9||T Glock||Toyota||+67.0 secs|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|11||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|12||N Rosberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|13||A Sutil||Force India||+1 Lap|
|14||K Nakajima||Williams||+1 Lap|
|15||J Button||Honda||+1 Lap|
|16||J Trulli||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|17||G Fisichella||Force India||+1 Lap|
|DNF||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+2 Laps|
|DNF||R Barrichello||Honda||+25 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+31 Laps|