The Horse Between Two Bulls


Sebastian took P2 and Mark P3 during this afternoon's rainy qualifying session here in Hockenheim which means Sebastian will join Fernando Alonso at the front of the grid for his home race tomorrow, while Mark will start in P8 given a five place grid penalty for a gear box change.

The movement in grid positions means Michael Schumacher will now start from P3 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Three out of the top four positions now go to German drivers after Force India's Nico Hulkenberg put in the session's fifth-fastest time to position himself on the second row tomorrow - his best qualifying performance this season. So, with all penalties so far considered, the top ten looks like this: Alonso, Vettel, Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Maldonado, Button, Webber, Hamilton, Di Resta, Raikkonen.

Q1 remained dry, but the rain came in just ahead of Q2 which meant a struggle on track to squeeze in a fast lap on the one or two that weren't so hampered by wet weather. Romain Grosjean and Nico Rosberg were 15th and 17th respectively and as such didn't make the cut into Q3. They also join Mark in facing five place grid penalties for gear box changes for tomorrow's race.
Felipe Massa slid off track during his first lap in Q2 and came back onto the circuit in the path of his team-mate Fernando Alonso, but as the session progressed, Alonso managed to make good of the block and still make the cut into Q3 but Massa's mistake cost him a place in the third and final sector with P14 at the end of Q2.

Scuderia Toro Rosso's Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo came super close to making up the top 10 as he delivered a strong performance in the rain but he ended up narrowly missing the Q3 clan by 0.06 seconds. Both Saubers and Bruno Senna in the Williams joined Daniel in his outing in Hockenheim's middle sector. Daniel's team mate Jean-Eric Vergne faced elimination in the dry (and therefore less favoured for the Frenchman), Q1 segment.

Charles Pic out-qualified his Marussia fellow Timo Glock and Vitaly Petroc was almost a second slower than his Caterham counterpart, Heikki Kovalainen.

All this meant that the podium created a horse on top with two Red Bulls either side.

So our bulls will be seeing red tomorrow and doing their best to chase Alonso on the German field.


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