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  • Driver Talk - Brazilian GP Qualification

    Well the final grid line up has been set for the final race of the season, yielding a few late surprises! Pole position eventually went to Felipe Massa. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified down in 4th. The main surprise came in the form of Jarno Trulli, who stuck his almost certainly light Toyota on the front row, alongside Massa. Another surprise was at how poorly the Williams qualified down in 16th & 18th! Maybe the India's can keep them company come tomorrow! Toro Rosso had a good quali session, getting both of their cars into the top 10. Red Bull were not as fortunate and DC (on his final outing before being stuck up on the mantelpiece) qualified down in 14th, Webbs managed only 12th. Placing both our boys in danger of being involved in a first corner incident. Here's what they had to say come Saturday night:-

    David Coulthard:

    Grid - 14th (1:12.717)

    "I'm not really happy with that as my last F1 qualifying session. We went reasonably well here last year and got into the top ten, so we came here thinking that might be possible again. But, in the end, we didn't manage to find enough grip in the middle sector. We are reasonably competitive in the first and last sectors, but in the middle we're struggling, as the rear has been sliding, which loses us lap time, The tyres suffer a lot with graining here on the longer runs, we were hoping to keep it together for one lap and then do what we could in the race. Let's see what we can do from there tomorrow."

    Mark Webber:

    Grid - 12th (1:12.289)

    "That was a disappointing day for us. We had a pretty good run yesterday, but we always knew it was going to be tight round here in terms of times and unfortunately we didn't have enough pace to get through to Q3. I did the best I could, but it's simple - if you're not fast enough you don't go through."

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  • Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (Interlagos)
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  • David Coulthard
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Position Driver Team Time
1 F Massa Ferrari 1:12.368
2 J Trulli Toyota 1:12.737
3 K Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.825
4 L Hamilton McLaren 1:12.830
5 H Kovalainen McLaren 1:12.917
6 F Alonso Renault 1:12.967
7 S Vettel Toro Rosso 1:13.082
8 N Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:13.297
9 S Bourdais Toro Rosso 1:14.105
10 T Glock Toyota 1:14.230
11 N Piquet Jnr Renault 1:12.137
12 M Webber Red Bull 1:12.289
13 R Kubica BMW Sauber 1:12.300
14 D Coulthard Red Bull 1:12.717
15 R Barrichello Honda 1:13.139
16 K Nakajima Williams 1:12.800
17 J Button Honda 1:12.810
18 N Rosberg Williams 1:13.002
19 G Fisichella Force India 1:13.426
20 A Sutil Force India 1:13.508