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Brilliant Maldonado will start from second

The venezuelan driver is delighted with the team's improvement. Teammate Senna will start from 17th.
Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Once again, Pastor Maldonado impresses out of nowhere and earns his second front row start of his career. The Williams driver had a brilliant 'hot lap' that was about half a second slower than an unbeatable Hamilton who secured the prime spot for tomorrow.

Vettel was belive to be a sure thing for 'pole' but then, Hamilton and Pastor delivered the good and now sit in fron of the confused German. 

“We were working very hard because at the beginning of the weekend we didn’t really have the setup,” Maldonado commented.

“We improved in qualifying, adapting the car to my style and it was very well balance, especially in Q2 and Q3. I’m really looking forward to the race because we are showing very good pace and consistency.

We have all the tools to be competitive tomorrow, so it should be a good race for us." The venezuelan added. 

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer for Williams summarized the session for his team.

"Pastor's superb front row qualifying result brings a very welcome boost to the whole team and places Pastor in a strong position to fight for a podium position tomorrow. After safely making it through the first qualifying session unfortunately Bruno hit the wall in the second session damaging his rear suspension leaving him out of position in 17th for tomorrow’s race.

On the other side, Bruno Senna keeps with his qualifying struggles. The Brazilian overworked too much and now will have to fight hard for points regardless of FW34 good prospects, because overtaking at the Marina Bay Circuit is a difficult task. 

In Senna's words: "It wasn’t ideal today. I was pushing very hard to get a good lap but I pushed a little over the edge. This place isn’t very forgiving so we broke the rear suspension. Unfortunately that brought an early end to qualifying but we now we need to focus on tomorrow.

We have extra sets of new tyres now which I think everyone is going to need. We have a good car and it’s a long race. It isn’t easy to overtake here but we’ve raced from the back before. I’m going to need to push really hard to get some points out the race tomorrow."

Bruno Senna at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapur (Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographic)

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