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    • Formula 1 2012: Nico Rosberg qualifies in 8th and Michael Schumacher in 14th for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

      Another poor day of qualifying for Mercedes in Formula 1 but that is nothing new in the 2012 season. Nico Rosberg will start from the 8th spot and Michael Schumacher from the 14th spot at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tomorrow. Lewis Hamilton took the pole. Sebastian Vettel qualified in 3rd place but was disqualified for not returning to the pits under his own power and supplying a fuel sample. The season is pretty much over for Mercedes but hopefully they race with some pride.


      Rosberg: “Qualifying worked out well for us today as P8 was our target and we were able to achieve that position. I’m ahead of a Ferrari and a Lotus so that’s a good step, and we have made some improvements with our set-up work this weekend. Thanks to my mechanics today who did a great job to fix an issue with the brakes just before qualifying and make sure that the car was ready in time.”


      Schumacher: “My qualifying did not exactly go according to plan today. We changed our approach a little for the last run in Q2, and then I did not properly make use of it in the first sector and particular in turn one.”

      2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX


      Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
      1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.497 1:40.901 1:40.630 15
      2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.933 1:41.277 1:40.978 17
      DSQ 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.160 1:41.511 1:41.073 16
      4 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.981 1:41.907 1:41.226 22
      5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:42.222 1:41.532 1:41.260 20
      6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.342 1:41.873 1:41.290 20
      7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.939 1:41.514 1:41.582 17
      8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.926 1:41.698 1:41.603 17
      9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.974 1:41.846 1:41.723 17
      10 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.046 1:41.620 1:41.778 24
      11 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.579 1:42.019 16
      12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.624 1:42.084 17
      13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:42.572 1:42.218 16
      14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.735 1:42.289 14
      15 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:43.298 1:42.330 18
      16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.582 1:42.606 17
      17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:43.280 1:42.765 14
      18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:44.058 9
      19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:44.956 11
      20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.089 10
      21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:45.151 11
      22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.426 9
      23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.766 8
      24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:46.382 9
      Q1 107% Time 1:48.601
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Formula 1 2012: Nico Rosberg qualifies in 8th and Michael Schumacher in 14th for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix started by Sticky View original post
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      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Vettel will start this race in 3 minutes from the pitlane
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Vettel will start this race in 3 minutes from the pitlane
        He has a 3 minute penalty? I thought he just had to start from the back.
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        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        He has a 3 minute penalty? I thought he just had to start from the back.
        Hahahahaha no the race started 3 minutes after I posted my reaction. A 3 minute penalty would mean almost 2 laps...