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Sunday, November 18, 2012

United States Grand Prix - Qualifying Highlights (VIDEO)

As Ferrari's Fernando Alonso already predicted, both Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were fighting at the front for pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton splitting the two Red Bull drivers. Alonso was not surprised by Sebastian Vettel's pole position, with the German having dominated every practice session earlier before. The Spaniard will start today's race from eighth position, thanks to Romain Grosjean's five place grid penalty. During the Q3 session, both Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa used scrubbed tyres and both were struggling to get a better position on the grid. When asked if Ferrari made a tactical mistake by using these tyres, both Alonso and Massa denied such claims. "The last lap is the best," the Brazilian said. "Normally it is a mistake if you don't use the tyres at the beginning. But it's not the case." His team mate Alonso stressed that the scrubbed tyres were not a huge factor in their qualifying struggle and that it was just the F2012's lack of qualifying pace. When Alonso was asked about the scrubbed tyre choice, he said: "I think it was very similar. I think there was no difference. We decided to start with the scrubbed thinking it was not better or not worse. I don't think there was any problem with that. We were positions seventh and ninth in Abu Dhabi (qualifying). The car is more or less the same. We are positions seventh and ninth in Austin. It's not surprising for us, to be honest." Despite starting from eighth position, the man from Oviedo is confident he will outscore his main title rival Sebastian Vettel on Sunday in Austin Texas. "We said yesterday after qualifying Red Bull will probably be one and two, we will probably be seventh or eighth and people will say it's all over. Then on Sunday we will show that we can score more points than Vettel. I don't know how, but we have this feeling inside," the Ferrari driver said.


2020 F1 Championship Standings

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes0
2Valtteri BottasMercedes0
3Charles LeclercFerrari0
4Sebastian VettelFerrari0
5Max VerstappenRed Bull0
6Alexander AlbonRed Bull0
7Carlos SainzMcLaren0
8Lando NorrisMcLaren0
9Daniel RicciardoRenault0
10Esteban OconRenault0
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri0
12Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri0
13Sergio PerezRacing Point0
14Lance StrollRacing Point0
15Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo0
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo0
17Kevin MagnussenHaas F10
18Romain GrosjeanHaas F10
19George RussellWilliams0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0
1Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport0
2Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow0
3Aston Martin Red Bull Racing0
4McLaren F1 Team0
5Renault DP World F1 Team0
6Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda0
7BWT Racing Point F1 Team0
8Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN0
9Haas F1 Team0
10ROKiT Williams Racing0

2020 MotoGP Championship Standings

1Marc MarquezRepsol Honda0
2Alex MarquezRepsol Honda0
3Andrea DoviziosoDucati Team0
4Danilo PetrucciDucati Team0
5Maverick ViñalesMonster Energy Yamaha0
6Valentino RossiMonster Energy Yamaha0
7Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha0
8Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha0
9Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar0
10Joan MirSuzuki Ecstar0
11Jack MillerPramac Racing0
12Francesco BagnaiaPramac Racing0
13Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda Castrol0
14Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda Idemitsu0
15Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM0
16Brad BinderRed Bull KTM0
17Aleix EspargaroAprilia Gresini0
18Andrea IannoneAprilia Gresini0
19Miguel OliveiraKTM Tech 30
20Iker LecuonaKTM Tech 30
21Tito RabatReale Avintia0
22Johann ZarcoReale Avintia0
1Repsol Honda Team0
2Ducati Team0
3Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP0
4Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team0
5Team Suzuki Ecstar0
6Pramac Racing0
7LCR Honda MotoGP0
8Red Bull KTM Factory Racing0
9Aprilia Racing Team Gresini0
10Red Bull KTM Tech 30
11Reale Avintia Racing0