Vettel takes pole in Valencia – the world champion is back to his best…

That was like some BBC Natural History horror show; all the little fishes — Rosberg, Grosjean, Maldonado, Hulkenberg — swimming around the reef, happy to have locked out the front of the grid. Then the camera pans quickly to a Big Blue Shark, Sebastian Vettel, closing four tenths of a second quicker than any of them. Poor little guys. They didn’t stand a chance.

So it starts Vettel….. [imagine a long gap]….. Hamilton, Maldonado, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Di Resta and Jenson Button. The gap to Vettel is not much more than the gap between the two McLarens. Another freaky-brilliant lap from the World Champ.

Fernando Alonso starts eleventh. He didn’t make the top-ten cut as, of course, nor did Felipe Massa, who also seemed to get a rather frosty reception from Ferrari President Luca de Montezemolo live on global TV. For the first time this year, the Sunday Afternoon Club actually has some sympathy for Massa. As we do for Mark Webber, who didn’t make the top 17, but who could with a DRS that wouldn’t open. Sorry Mark and ‘good on ya mate’ for dealing with it with such grace.

Unlike Jenson Button, who is seriously testing our long-standing love affair… He did make the top ten for the first time in a while, but couldn’t convert it in to getting anywhere near Lewis. Then he went on TV and told us all that F1 is boring anyhow and we shouldn’t even bother tuning in tomorrow.

Meh, we love it Jenson! And we’ll be back in the morning once we’ve worked out a rational argument to justify our crazy hunch that Romain Grosjean will win tomorrow…

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Button said what?!

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well done Vettel, great lap said
to my brother he be on pole.
My brother agreed, just a gut feeling
it was vettel day.

Ferrari were unlucky, just a ten
of a second from both car through
to Q3.
hope it, a great race Valencia deserved
at least one great race.

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well done vettel,second on the trot.button had a better quali,but still not the best quali he could have had.webber had a bad quali,his face out of the car said it all at the end of q1.great qualifying for force india,likewise maldonado and grosjean,which lotus have been most consistently good in quali apart from hamilton.no ferrari got into q3 and i cant see why to be honest.

anyway the race and what is looking more and more obvious in a frankly weird season is that almost every time the race has been won from the first two rows and because of the track i dont think it’ll be any different 2morrow.there is overtaking places,but nobody ever tries turn 2 because of the wall and nobodye ever uses turn 8 as an place to overtake.strategy will be important as people will be going depending on the conditions for one stoppers two toppers three stoppers the lot

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As a ferrari fans i’m really disappointed.
It seems that ferrari it’s doing 1 step forward and two steps backward.
To be realistic with twice the bugget of other team it is a SHAME.
And the strategi it’s always worst

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Button did go in Twitter later and apologize, and admit to being very frustrated with the car.

People forget so quickly when Hamilton says the same ting, and worse to the international media.

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Well done Kov beating the STR’s. Great Q2, top 13 separated by <.3s. Shame about Webber's problems. Great lap from Vett, shows just how important small things about the car can be. Thought FI would be higher but oh well. With Gro's tyre management he could be a threat tomorrow. Hopefully we'll see 8 from 8.

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Hope it rains tomorrow, might make
valencia an exciting race.

Good luck HRT, hope you have a
good race.

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Vettel’s cameback isn’t so surprising, atleast he’s a world champ. But keep an eye on Force India’s two drivers. They are fighting and fighting really hard for podium.

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Interesting top ten… no ferrari, only one redbull and mercedes… this season really is a big step forward (remember the schumi and vettel dominance…)
Vettel did an amazing time, well done, but I really hope Grosjean can do something in the race… gonna be a good one.

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great, is this 2011 all over again from now? vettel on pole! he’s going to spoil the record! still,come on grosjean!

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Well done Seb. However the race… Schumacher came third! His first podium since his comeback.

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Seb a Big Blue Shark? Everyone else is a little fish? LMAO!!
He’s a smiling Big Blue Shark… like Bruce from Finding Nemo x’D

It’s a shame what happened to him and Romain… no one else was near them both. Particularly Seb =P

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Vettel is simply amazing. Way better than Michael Schumacher. http://www.topgearseries1 9.blogspot.com

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