their drivers finish in thirteenth and seventeenth positions after Friday
practice the Williams F1 would be hoping for an improvement in the lead-up
to qualifying for the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix. With the weather conditions
at the track very hot and sticky there were concerns that rain would play a
part in the qualifying session. Pirelli had their hard and medium tyres for the weekend. With the
start of the session it would be Kovalainen out first followed by a rush of
drivers with Pastor Maldonado coming out first for Williams. Bruno would
come out joining the likes of Hamilton, Webber, Raikkonen, Massa, and
Button. The drivers would pit after their installation laps with the last driver yet to come out would be Kobayashi.
Both Williams drivers would pit after one lap with the track now covered by
Vettel and both Mercedes cars would continue with Rosberg first to set a
time with a 1m:20.153 followed by Schumacher with a 1m:22.570. Kobayashi was
now out on the track as Rosberg set a 1m:15.308 followed by Schumacher with
a 1m:15.034 to go fastest. Kobayashi would set a 1m:15.527 to be third.
Perez was next out with fifty minutes remaining, joined by Raikkonen.
Kobayashi would improve to be second with a 1m:15.158 as both McLaren's took
to the track. Rosberg would also improve with a 1m:14.955 to be fastest.
Both Marussia cars were out on the track joined by Hulkenberg and Grosjean.
A big plume of smoke would come from Raikkonen's Lotus seeing the car coast
off the track with no drive. Kobayashi and both Mercedes cars would pit with
Kobayashi returning. Hamilton was now fastest with a 1m:14.552 but Button
would move ahead with a 1m:14.419 to be fastest.
Bruno Senna was out on the track for Williams with Hulkenberg now fifth
followed by Perez, Kobayashi, Glock, Pic, and Grosjean in tenth. Grosjean
would improve to be fourth, 1m:14.999, as both McLaren's continued on
quicker laps. Pastor was now out with forty two minutes remaining. Hamilton
would now be fastest with a 1m:14.184 but Button would move ahead with a
1m:13.917 to be fastest. Bruno would run wide at Turn one after a lockup.
Hulkenberg was now third, 1m:14.588, with Pastor now fifth, 1m:14.814. This
would become sixth as Grosjean moved up to third with a 1m:14.575. Everyone
was on the hard tyre for their early runs. Bruno was down in thirteenth with
a 1m:15.497. Both McLaren's were in the 1m:13s with Button setting a
1m:13.858 and Hamilton a 1m:13.960. Vettel was in fifth followed by Webber
and Pastor. But Pastor would improve with a 1m:14.427 to be third.
Bruno had improved to be tenth, 1m:15.020, but he was over one second off
the quickest time. Vettel would improve to be third with a 1m:14.135. Both
McLaren's had pitted as Vettel went fastest in sector two. Vettel was now
second with a 1m:13.914. Pastor was also on an improved lap setting a
1m:14.387 but would remain fourth. Webber would move ahead of Pastor with a
1m:14.263 with Bruno tenth. Pastor would pit with thirty four minutes
remaining. Vettel had also pitted joined by Bruno. Both Ferrari's were now
out on the track with Alonso setting a 1m:14.863 to be ninth
but Massa would take this spot with a 1m:14.769. The track was now quite
with only a few cars out as Rosberg set a 1m:14.678 to be ninth. Massa would
move up to be sixth, 1m:14.401 while for Williams Pastor would say that his
car was much better than yesterday. Alonso was now in seventh with a
1m:14.416 as Massa again improved with a 1m:14.218 to be fourth.
Button was back out on the track while for Williams Pastor was now seventh
and Bruno thirteenth. More drivers were returning to the track with twenty
five minutes remaining, including Bruno and Pastor. Quickly the track was
very busy with jsut three cars still in their pits including both Mercedes
cars. Kobayashi would pit briefly while Alonso would also come back in.
Button would also pit joined by Massa. The HRT cars were slowest with
Raikkonen having not set a time due to his engine failure. Schumacher would
be the first driver to come out on the medium tyre followed by Rosberg.
Bruno would spin exiting Turn thirteen on his way up the hill to the start
finish straight and was almost collected by Schumacher and he would pit.
Rosberg would set a 1m:14.126 to be fifth using the medium tyre. Schumacher
was now seventh with a 1m:14.347 as the track again became quite with only
Rosberg out on the track.
Rosberg would pit with thirteen minutes remaining it would be expected that
the drivers would start their qualifying simulations. Button was fastest
from Vettel, Hamilton, Massa, Webber, Rosberg, Schumacher, Alonso, Pastor,
and Di Resta tenth. Vergne would be first back out joined by Perez,
Hulkenberg, and Grosjean. Button was also back out joined by Alonso. More
drivers were coming out for their medium tyre runs as Vergne improved to be
sixteenth, 1m:15.108. Hulkenberg would go fastest with a 1m:13.623 while
team-mate Di Resta would go fastest with a 1m:13.617 but Button would again be fastest with a 1m:13.192. Grosjean was
up to second, 1m:13.420, with Pastor now twelfth and Bruno sixteenth. Webber
was up to second, 1m:13.385, while Alonso was sixth with a 1m:13.691. Massa
was now seventh with Vettel eighth. Vettel would pit as Pastor moved up to
seventh with a 1m:13.700 but Alonso would move ahead with a 1m:13.691.
Hamilton was now up in fifth, 1m:13.533, while Hulkenberg had dropped to
sixth, 1m:13.602. Pastor was now eighth while Bruno was seventeenth but on a
quicker lap. Vettel would return to the track as Bruno improved to be
eleventh, 1m:13.948. Button would set a 1m:13.188 after going faster in
sector one and three. Hulkenberg and both Ferrari's would pit joined by Pastor. Vettel would move up to second,
1m:13.245, seeing Pastor drop to ninth while Bruno remained eleventh.
Hamilton was now fourth with a 1m:13.389. The session would come to a close
with Button still fastest from Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Grosjean, Di Resta,
Hulkenberg, Alonso, Pastor, Massa in tenth and Brno eleventh. For Williams
it was a change of the order with Pastor moving ahead of Bruno but both
Williams drivers had improved their positions over their Friday practice
efforts. For qualifying there was a good chance of seeing both drivers make
it into the final period of qualifying.