Lewis takes pole at the Yas Marina, but Vettel’s still there in third…

Get in there! Well that’s put a smile on everyone’s face and convinced us our alternative world championship (see yesterday’s post) is working. Lewis Hamilton and McLaren seem to have come good, again. And just when it’s all too late. Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi race around the Emirates Star Trek-themed marina in pole. Ahead of… Mark Webber who’s ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Yes!
Well, probably. As the Sunday Afternoon Club is writing this, we’ve still not heard for sure whether the reigning and world-champion elect will get away with stopping his Red Bull on the track, right next to the hotel’s bar (we’d like to think). He looked like he needed a drink, old Seb’ ‘I only smile when I’m winning’ Vettel, after a difficult Saturday which saw him miss out all but ten minutes of this morning’s last free practice session with brake problems, and then be forced to drive like Ken Block to not even get within four tenths of Hamilton. The sulk was back.
And if he does get to start third, he’ll have the worry of starting next to Pastor Maldonado who, though he put in another of his mighty qualifying performances, is statistically well overdue another moment of madness. That’s how Fernando Alonso sees it anyhow. In a pre-session interview with the Beeb he confessed that ‘Red Bull is faster than you Fernando’ is “a fact” and also made it clear he knows now he can only win the title if the wheel of fortune turns once again in his favour. As ‘Nando sees it, some F1-karmic force will ensure Vettel will have a couple of DNF’s in the next three races, just as he had at Spa and in Korea. Yup, that’s how bad it’s got at Ferrari.
Behind Seb and Pastor are Kimi and Jenson, the Lotus looking stronger than it has in a while, and Jenson at loss to explain why he was not as fast as Lewis. (Love him as we do, we think it’s because he’s not as fast as Lewis). Only then, in seventh do you get to Alonso who literally rallied the F2012 to 1min 41.5s in every session of qualifying. That car, even with all Ferrari’s midnight oil, would not go around those yachts any quicker. That is another “fact” Fernando. We salute you.
In other news, Nico Rosberg gave Lewis Hamilton some hope that Mercedes might build him something as quick as a McLaren next year with eighth, while Michael Schumacher didn’t make it through to Q3 again with the excuse that he was a ‘bit confused’ about something to do with the KERS. Gosh, Brazil can’t come quickly enough for the old fella. Sauber and Force India once again took their rightful places in the mid-field where they can slug it out for manufacture points and, impressively Charles Pic managed to get his Marussia in between the two Caterhams, which is pretty impressive for a Class B car without KERS. Mind you with Brit Max Chilton hovering around in the pits giving knowing looks at Pic’s car, no wonder he pulled his finger out.
The Sunday Afternoon Club Sunday Driver Rankings Committee watched every minute of qualifying and has taken notes of who impressed (Webber, Kimi, ‘Jules’ Vergne) and who didn’t (Kamui, di Resta, Schuey). These scores will be added to the race scores tomorrow before The Committee reports back on Monday morning, but we want your input too. Don’t forget, it’s only for the 20 drivers who aren’t Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso. It’s our consolation prize, but it looks like it’s already got Lewis motivated. The boy is on fire. Race starts at 13.00pm GMT on Sky and on the BBC.

 

 

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Great race. Sorry for Hamilton

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Vettel Critics can go F* themselves. Pit lane to 3rd, now thats a drive. Kimi finally won. Now that is some good stuff there.

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Kimmi is thinking that Vettel should shut the hell up. Germans talk to much. Also Kimmi wants some loving from his Super Model wife. So get off the podium.

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Kimmi wants some of his special ” Sportsman Drink ”

50 % water 50 % Vodka

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Hats off to Kimi that was his night

I am very sorry for Lewis – he will shine next year for sure.

@Sad Sack know you are kidding but didn´t know that Kimi and Vettel are friends – which they clearly showed before the podium

Nando was not happy at all with #2 – that was his win to grab – with Seb starting out of the pits… we can lay to rest that he is not also a great overtaker – the last one with Button was great – if 2 real greats battle it out! just razor sharp, no accident.

awesome race

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I was utterly disgusted by the language used by Kimi & Seb. I have 8 children under 10 watching this season unfold and they are now all running around the house sating those foul words ….. I think all races should be shown after the watershed from now on.

I”m going to start a petition and hand it to Mr Ecclestone …. I won’t lift off till this outrage is apologised for ….

I trust you will all sign and help raise the standard of British broadcasting

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^^^Posible Troll^^^

On topic, Alonso must be wondering just how in hell Vettel was standing next to him on the podium and how he’s still 10 points behind.

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Good drive from Vettel, but luck had a HUGE part in the result. Under normal race conditions he would’ve been 7th or 8th max.

Glad to see Kimi win again, and as always, amazing drive from Fernando.

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lol @ the haters .. if it were lewis, all you would hear is how great of a drive it was.. vettel does it and its all luck

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Anonymous is really a vettel hater, i wonder if vettel was british if he would still hate on the best driver in f1?

go vettel, you are amazing no matter what the critics say, keep beating up on the f grid … break records and keep on going

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After a long wait, Kimi on the top step!… :)

Also Ferrari fan so great result for Fernando. Could have been better if not for the two safety car interventions… ;)

Hard luck for MSC picking a puncture so late into the race. Would have loved to see him among points as well. I guess he was 6-7 before being relegated to 14th because of the pit stop.

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The Iceman cometh

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Best driver? Lul. Alonso is the best driver in F1 atm, I thought that was clear.

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Alanso and Lewis are amazing divers but they are second to Vettel as Vettel sets the standard for 4 years in a row. Anyone says otherwise re not paying attention to the sport.

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^^I think you are mistaken, kimi is clearly the best driver out there, he won driving the 4th fastest car on the grid

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we can debate of who is the best, record books will show Vette, all that matters at the end .. everyone else can go home crying licking their wounds

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EPIC race, Alanso is amazing, Vettel is the best, period. Kimi is impressive as usual. Button did his best but he is not the caliber of FA/LH/SV. Lots of mid pack action and Vettel coming through the field made it exciting. Bad luck for Lewis, the win was his today. Vettel could have taken Alanso if he had better put stop, 1s shower than it should be. Both Nicos had bad weekend, Maldonado did well, he is coming into his own.

Vettel from pit to 3s off the 1st place finishing 3rd catch the front runners.
Amazing!

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