Silverstone Qualifying Liveblog


Welcome to Silverstone, home of perhaps the final official British Grand Prix to be held at the first ever Grand Prix track.

Red Bull was quick in practice, but destroyed their tires–can Jenson Button live the dream and take pole?

The twenty minute Q1 session has begun.

Sorry–stream just skipped, we’ve got 17 minutes to go in Q1.

Following Fisichella, the official CTTR Deadbeat Teammate multiple time winner.

And he goes first–only since he set the first flying lap.

Kimi goes P4 behind Sutil, Bourdais, Fisi.

And goes to P8 instantly.

14:50 to go, it’s Bourdais, Sutil, Glock, Heidfeld, Fisi, Kubica, Trulli, Buemi, Raikkonen.

Force India has been mega-quick–could they get a point in the race?

Trulli goes P1, Button to P2, Glock to P3, Massa to P4.

Bourdais is in P5 at the moment.

Kovalainen desperate and getting seriously sideways on his first flier.

Raikkonen sets fastest time for sector 2.

11:30 to go.

Trulli goes to P1.

Vettel is out.

10:00 to go, Trulli/Webber/Rosberg/Vettel/Barrichello/Nakajima/Alonso/Glock/Button/Hamilton.

Webber to P1! Just over a tenth quicker than Trulli who is in second.

Vettel to first.

Alonso to P4.

Kubica to P14–BMW’s slow everywhere.

Heidfeld to P13.

Bourdais to P10.  Nice!

Kovalainen in 20th, setting personal best sectors but it still isn’t enough.

6:35 to go.

Hamilton is in only 13th–behind even Sutil and Bourdais.

Heidfeld goes off-roading and manages to return to the circuit.

Massa is in 18th, Raikkonen 16th.  Horrible weekend for Ferrari.

With 4:00 to go, it’s Webber/Vettel/Trulli/Alonso.

Drop zone is Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Massa, Buemi, Kovalainen–some very big names indeed.

Raikkonen to SIXTH.

Kovalainen crosses the line again–17th.  Yikes.

Massa to ninth.

Everybody’s attention is on Heikki–he’s actually inside the top 15 so far on this lap.

And he goes to P14.  We’ll have to see if he stays there.

Sutil is in 16th, Fisichella in 14th.  So much for Force India being quick.

Hamilton crosses the line…one lap to go.

Sutil has DESTROYED the car with 0:45 to go.

Red flag for the session–no time for more laps, so Q1 is OVER.

Replay of Sutil’s crash–brakes or something broke and sent the car into the tyre wall at serious speed.

Knocked out in Q1:

16th Fisichella, 17th Bourdais, 18th Sutil, 19th Hamilton, 20th Buemi.

Hamilton describes the car as “dead slow.”  Refreshing to hear a driver/team admit that he’s in the worst car on the grid.

Buemi goes out for a last test lap with 0:14 to go–won’t get a flier.

Stig gets airtime.

Video of Kovalainen’s lap–sideways everywhere, fighting the car like crazy.

And Q2 begins.

15 minute session as usual.

Vettel out first.

…And my stream dies.  Sorry!


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