Nico Hulkenberg clinched a surprising pole during a wet qualifying for tomorrow’s Brazilian GP, which will lead to the season finale in Abu Dhabi. The German and his Williams race car managed to out-perform the championship contenders after capitalizing on slick tires at the dying minutes of the session. Hulkenberg who enjoyed his first ever pole position will start ahead of both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber from Red Bull. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Fernando Alonso from Ferrari will start from fourth and fifth respectively.
Hulkenberg’s Brazilian teammate Rubens Barrichello was sixth ahead of Renault’s Robert Kubica. Seven times World Champion and Mercedes ace Michael Schumacher managed to out-qualify his teammate this time around with his eight position. Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari is four places down from Alonso, in ninth. The Brazilian has the task of supporting his teammate since he is already out of contention in the championship battle.
Renault’s Vitaly Petrov took the tenth spot. Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button had an unfortunate qualifying as the reigning World Champion only managed 11th place. It would be difficult for him to assist Hamilton for the championship fight with this grid configuration. Another usual top ten contender, Nico Rosberg had to make do with 13th.
A couple of places down the grid in 18th place is Adrian Sutil of Force India who will start the race ahead of Virgin’s Timo Glock. Both Lotus drivers had to settle with 20th and 21st positions with Jarno Trulli heading the duo. 22nd went to Glock’s teammate Lucas di Grassi while the final two positions were taken up by Christian Klien and Bruno Senna of Hispania. Look out for an interesting race tomorrow as the championship battle is more intense now then ever. Dry weather is expected, but this is the Brazilian GP we are talking about, anything can happen!