HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014
Hamilton takes maiden pole in Korea; di Resta, Sutil 9th and 10th
Yeongam, South Korea , October 16, 2011
First Published: 18:36 IST(16/10/2011)
Last Updated: 11:08 IST(20/10/2011)

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton claimed his maiden pole of the season while Sahara Force India's Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil secured place among the top 10 in the Formula One Korean Grand Prix qualifying here Saturday.

Hamilton's time of 1min 35.820sec halted Red Bull's domination in qualifying which had seen Sebastian Vettel bagging 12 pole positions in the 15 races so far in the season and teammate Mark Webber taking three. Vettel, who pocketed his second consecutive world title in Japan last week, will start second on the grid ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Both Sahara Force India's racers will be in the hunt for points in the Sunday's race after di Resta and Sutil's effort of 1:38.549 and 1:38.789 put them ninth and tenth, respectively. The two drivers, however, did not set a time in Q3.

It would be fitting for the Silverstone-based team to score a double points finish after it found a co-owner in Sahara's Subrata Roy Wednesday.  

"We looked quite strong throughout the session, although we seemed to be very close on performance with the cars around us - so it was a tight session as well," said di Resta.

"It is good to make Q3 and it puts me in a strong position tomorrow, especially starting from the clean side of the grid. For the race the important thing is to be aggressive with our strategy because there are some fast cars behind us, including a Mercedes, and we need to work hard to keep them at bay. That won’t be easy because I expect the DRS zone to be quite effective here."
Sutil was satisfied with his performance as the team hardly got time due to the incessant rains that disturbed the practice sessions at the Korea International Circuit.
“Considering the limited dry track time we had during practice, I think we can pleased with our performance level, said Sutil.

"Getting both cars in the top ten is a good result and we can have a strong race from there. I took the decision to save tyres during Q3 and I believe it was the right thing to do. Having as many new sets for the race is an advantage - that is something we have already seen in lots of races this year. Starting from the dirty side of the track is not ideal, but there is not a very long run to the first corner so let's see how the start of the race unfolds.”

Force India are currently sixth in the Constructor's Championship with 48 points and aim to dislodge Renault for the fifth place by the season finale

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of
blog comments powered by Disqus

F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
more »

In the know
Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

In The Know
One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
more »

Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

more »
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved