Lotus Renault press release
Bruno Senna, R31-01 P7, 1:51.121, 24 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P10, 1:52.303, 23 laps
Bruno Senna qualified a superb seventh in his debut qualifying for Lotus Renault GP in treacherous conditions in Spa Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bruno kept a level-head as his R31 danced over the difficult conditions brought about by the notoriously fickle Ardennes weather, using first intermediate tyres through Q1 and Q2, and then soft slicks in Q3 to emerge with his best-ever F1 qualifying performance with a 1min 51.121secs lap.
Vitaly Petrov fell foul of a spin on what could have been his fastest lap in Q3, but nevertheless will line up in tenth position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix after setting a 1min 52.303secs lap
Reigning Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position for tomorrow’s race, taking pole with a time of 1min 48.298secs. Lewis Hamilton will line up alongside Vettel and birthday boy Mark Webber behind.