takes pole position for Macau Grand Prix
Kubica left it until the final five minutes of qualifying
on Friday to grab pole position for this weekend's Macau Grand
Prix from the grasp of his Manor Motorsport team-mate Lewis
Hamilton. During a tense fight for top honours on the grid,
interrupted by three red flags, the pair of drivers proved
dominant with Richard Antinucci grabbing the third slot in
the closing seconds.
had been left a lowly 20th after first qualifying, having
failed to find a clean lap and then getting caught up in an
accident, but he benefited from an error by Hamilton in the
second session to move to the top of the timesheets with five
am obviously very happy," said Kubica. "I was maybe
more lucky than anybody today because my fastest lap was completely
free of traffic, but I knew I was fast even yesterday."
was not too upset about the result, especially because starting
from pole position is not such a big advantage at Macau. "I
kept getting caught in traffic all the time, and my last attempt
was pretty good, but I made a mistake and just brushed the
barriers," he said. "I am happy for my team-mate
though and looking forward to the race."
put in his best lap in the final seconds of the session, after
it resumed following a red flag period to allow the drivers
a final attempt at bettering their times. Although he claimed
the actual lap itself was not that special, because earlier
better attempts had been ruined by traffic, he was still pleased
with the result. Nico Rosberg will start fourth, with Nelson
Piquet also moving up the order in the final seconds to grab
fifth. Jamie Green will start sixth after a brush with the
barriers slightly damaged his car.
first red flag came out after 12 minutes when Lei Kit Meng
spun and, as he tried to recover, he was collected by fellow
Macau driver Rodolfo Avila. A second red flag was caused when
Frenchman Eric Salignon crashed into the barriers at Maternity
Bend - the same place he had gone off in first qualifying
- with 15 minutes to go.
Nakajima caused the third red flag of the afternoon when he
ran wide at the final R Bend corner and spun into the barriers.
His TOM'S car rebounded into the middle of the track but the
Japanese driver was able to climb out of the cockpit unaided.
Frenchman Franck Perera crashed his Prema Powerteam car heavily
into the barriers at San Francisco Bend, while Marchy Lee
fell foul of the barriers at Moorish Hill.