Japanese GP: Advantage Red Bull after qualifying

xAfter that McLaren and Ferrari topped one session each in Q1 and Q2 it would still not be enough come Q3 as Red Bull took yet another pole position in a tight qualifying session at Suzuka, their eleventh pole of the season and the fourth in a row. This time it was Peter Bohlin who drew the longest straw by pulling to the top of the table on his last lap beating a surprising but still impressive Mattias Holkedahl by less than two tenths of a second. One shouldn't underestimate the Virgin driver however as he has been 2nd and 3rd in the two previous qualifying sessions he has taken part in, in Spain and Monaco.

3rd on the grid will be Kristoffer Holm who dropped down the order slightly after setting the pace in the early stages of Q3. In 4th beaten by just five thousandths by Holm we find Reiko Lill in his MCLaren, a further nine thousandths behind him is Adrian Holm in the first of the Ferraris. Holm starts from 5th while teammate Kris Locksey starts from 6th as the last of the runner to go under 1:30's.

Jonas Andersson who has been looking promising during practice will start from 7th place and need to advance in the race to keep any championship hope alive. Behind Joniño there was a gap of around one second down to Erki Kaseväli in the Force India who edged out Renaults Jörgen Ekroth for 8th on the grid, Ekroth who again seemed to struggle a bit in Q3 and couldn't repeat the times from Q1 or Q2. Sten Teeorg in 10th and Joonas Laanela in 11th didn't get to set a time in Q3 as they both collided during Q2 and suffered severe damage to their cars.

Only four races remains in the season and the championship is at stake, will Bohlin and Adrian Holm have to play second fiddle to their teammates and will Holkedahl and Lill mix things up by challenging for the win? Tune in on Saturday 10.00 CET to find out.

Published 2011-10-07 by Peter Bohlin | Edit