Button breaks duck (and it only took 50 attempts).

1 Sep

3 winners and losers of qualifying, Belgium 12

Winners:

Jenson Button: It’s been 50 races for Button in a McLaren and at last the 2009 world champion has picked up a pole position. Jenson won’t have it all his own way tomorrow though, all of the top 9 were within a second of him and if McLaren bring out one of their world famous inconsistent pit stops anything could happen.

Sauber: For a midfield team who have never won a race under their own name Sauber are doing a grand job at giant killing. Kamui will start from 2nd on the grid after qualifying only 0.3 seconds behind Button, and with Kamui’s reputation as a master overtaker he could very easily win the race, Perez meanwhile will start from 5th and if he does his usual trick of not wearing out tyres Perez could very easily get a podium or even win.

Pastor Maldonado: Maldonado may be famous for his loose understanding for the rules but it was a fantastic lap by Maldonado to start 3rd tomorrow, and if the stewards don’t catch up with him there could be another podium on the cards.

Losers:

Red Bull: On the negative side Vettel failed to make it out of Q2 and qualified 11th and Webber could only qualify 7th not including his 5 place grid penalty. On the positive side the penalty means Vettel has already got 1 place closer to leading and will start 10th. Maybe if they’re very lucky they could finish in the top 3.

Nico Rosberg: After winning in China big things were expected of Rosberg. Sadly he hasn’t fulfilled this potential and today he performed insanely badly to go out in Q1 in 18th, and to add insult to injury he picked up a 5 place grid penalty in FP3 for a gear box change meaning he’ll start 23rd.

Felipe Massa: When your career is on tenterhooks you don’t want to be knocked out in Q2. Sadly Massa did just this and will have to hope he can find time in the race and pick up big points.

 

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