Today’s qualifying was something of a shambles right at the end, when the timing screens went down and no one knew who’d put in the fastest lap. ‘I got a 1’21.5,’ said Fernando Alonso. ‘What did you get?’
I actually thought it was quite an exciting way to find out who was the quickest, with the drivers having to ask each other who’d done what times.
Maybe Bernie Ecclestone had done it on purpose, to improve the show?
But what we do know now, is that Alonso has scored his first pole of the year, ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
This means bad things for the Brawn GP squad, with Jenson Button only managing seventh and his teammate Rubens Barrichello not making it into the top 10.
Jenson will have a hard struggle from 7th, but they held his car in the garage till the latest possible time to check that his suspension was OK, after Rubens’ broke out on the track.
Which in turn lead to an accident for Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who got struck on the helmet by Rubens’ missing piece of suspension.
A chilling reminder of the fatal accident of Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees only last weekend.
The signs are good though that Massa is OK, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be fighting fit for the race tomorrow.
As it stands it looks like Alonso will make the most of his pole, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton – 4th on tomorrow’s grid – will be looking to use all of his KERS off the line again to fight up the front.
Let’s hope he does so with a bit less aggression than the last race though eh?
So come on the, who’s going to win?
UPDATE: It was so confusing that I thought Jenson had finished 7th, but actually he’s 8th. Check BBC Sport’s now official list.