Vettel nabs pole again for the seventh time this season, squashing reports that the ban on engine maps would end Red Bulls dominance during qualifying. Vettel claimed the pole position with a time of 1:36.975. Meanwhile Mercedes GP wih fill the fourth row at the start with Rosberg edging Schumacher by 0.009sec for spot 7.
Rosberg said after qualifying:
Yesterday was very busy with a lot of set-up changes but the team and I did a decent job today to improve the car. It is difficult out on track this weekend and we have to be careful of overheating the rear tyres - that will certainly be something to watch out for tomorrow. I was able to save one set of soft tyres, by running used options in Q2, and this can be important in the race as we aim to score some nice points. I'm looking forward to it.
I might have improved by one place but in the penultimate slow corner, I attacked a bit too early, got oversteer and had to lift for a moment which cost me the place to Nico. But all in all, we came in where we had expected to finish. It would be optimistic in my view to expect that we can attack the cars in front of us tomorrow because I think our starting positions realistically reflect where we stand at the moment. So letís see how the race develops and what we can make out of it tomorrow.
All of the drivers in Q3 managed reasonable laps, so we fell into the natural order, with Nico and Michael in seventh and eighth positions. The team has done a good job all weekend to maintain our position and get everything out of the current package. We are in good shape for the race, particularly Nico with a fresh set of option tyres available, and our high-fuel running has not been too bad. We must be aware of potentially even higher track temperatures tomorrow, but today we achieved the maximum that's possible for us at the moment. However, our plan and ambition remains to move forward out of that position over the next months.
Both drivers did only one run in Q3 with a new set of options. Nico's and Michael's lap times are split by 0.009 seconds, so a good effort on the limit of the car from both drivers.
Full qualifying results:
1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'36.975
2 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1'37.163
3 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1'37.380
4 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'37.454
5 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1'37.535
6 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'37.645
7 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'38.231
8 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'38.240
9 N Heidfeld (GER) Renault 1'38.781
10 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1'39.034
11 V Petrov (RUS) Renault 1'39.068
12 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1'39.422
13 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1'39.489
14 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1'39.525
15 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1'39.645
16 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1'39.657
17 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1'39.711
18 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'40.232
19 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus 1'41.664
20 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus 1'42.234
21 T Glock (GER) Virgin 1'42.553
22 V Liuzzi (ITA) HRT 1'43.584
23 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin 1'43.735
24 KRN Karthikeyan (IND) HRT 1'44.363