2011 BELGIAN GP: VETTEL WITH NEW POLE, PROVING HIS DRIVER ABILITIES


Incredible Vetel, the best driver in this season!!!

Sebastian Vettel will start on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix after an incident packed qualifying session that saw disappointment for Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button and a bizarre incident involving Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado.

The Red Bull driver's 1:48.298 lap right at the end denied Lewis Hamilton pole by just under half a second. Mark Webber was third in the second Red Bull,a full second slower than his team-mate as the evolving track saw a big split in lap times. Felipe Massa was fourth fastest in the leading Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg will start from fifth position ahead of the impressive Jaime Alguersuari and the even more impressive Bruno Senna, who comfortably outqualified team-mate Vitaly Petrov, who will start tenth behind Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.

The biggest drama today was at the end of Q2, when Button was the victim of a lack of communication in team, which left him to start just 13th. Disapointing start of his 20-th anniverasy of Michael Schumache, who crashed his Mercedes and will start last.

Pos     Driver                Team                Time        Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1:48.298
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1:48.730   + 0.432
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1:49.376   + 1.078
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1:50.256   + 1.958
 5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1:50.552   + 2.254
 6.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:50.773   + 2.475 
 7.  Bruno Senna           Renault              1:51.121   + 2.823
 8.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1:51.251   + 2.953
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1:51.374   + 3.076
10.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault              1:52.303   + 4.005
Q2 Fastest time: 2:02.768 F.Alonso                            Gap
11.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   2:04.692   + 1.924
12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       2:04.757   + 1.989
13.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     2:05.150   + 2.382
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    2:07.349   + 4.581
15.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 2:07.777   + 5.009
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    2:08.106   + 5.338
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault        2:08.354   + 5.586
Q1 Fastest time: 2:02.827 M.Webber                            Gap
18.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 2:07.758   + 5.945
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault        2:07.773   + 5.960
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      2:09.566   + 7.753
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      2:11.601   + 9.788
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth         2:11.616   + 9.803
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         2:13.077  + 11.264
24.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               no recorded time
***UPDATE***
Pastor Maldonado has been given a five-place grid penalty for hitting Lewis Hamilton’s car during qualifying. The stewards handed Hamilton a reprimand for his involvement in the incident.