Nevertheless, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel managed to shine, securing himself pole position and setting him up for a new record of nine consecutive F1 wins in a single season. His quickest time was a 1:26.420 in Q2.
Securing second spot on the grid for tomorrow’s race was Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg, whose quickest time was 1:25.556. In the next row will be Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber, in third and fourth spots respectively.
Rounding out the top ten is Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton in fifth, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean in sixth, Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in seventh and eight spots respectively, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in ninth and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg in tenth.
Apart from the rain, there were no major dramas. Unfortunately, more of the wet stuff is expected tomorrow. Pirelli has nominated its P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tires for the weekend, though most cars will likely be starting with full wets.
Going into this final race of the season, Sebastian Vettel’s points tally in the Drivers’ Championship is 372 points versus the 227 of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and 187 of Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull has 553, while Mercedes AMG retains its second place with 348 to Ferrari’s 333.