Until the very end, pole position looked like it was going to go to an unlikely driver, namely STR’s Sebatian Vettel. The German had been flying since arriving at the new street circuit of Valencia, and was right up on the pace from the off. But sadly for him, it wasn’t meant to be.
The results on the board at the end of the session look much more familiar to regular viewers of this season’s F1 action.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa sits on top of the pile, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, then BMW’s Robert Kubica, Ferrari’s still misfiring Kimi Raikkonen, and the young Vettel in sixth.
Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was having a great afternoon after some poor showing in free practice, but in the end he was only good enough for seventh.
Then rest of the field goes: Heidfeld, Rosberg, Bourdais – who’s used to driving this type of circuit from racing Champ Car in the USA – Nakajima, Alonso, Glock, Webber, Piquet, Button, Coulthard, Fisichella, Barrichello and Adrian Sutil bringing up the rear.
If the ITV commentators are to be believed, P2 is actually the better place to be with a more comfortable line down to turn one.
So what do you think? Who’s heavy, who’s quick, who’s going to end up lucking out and getting an unusually high final position?
Personally I’m thinking that Vettel’s got a fairly large amount of fuel onboard, in order to maximse his race potential rather than sacrificing a Sunday result for Saturday glory.
But we’ll see.