The Hulk flexes his muscles in Brazil

Posted on November 6, 2010

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Jenson Button’s year as reigning Formula One champion is as good as over after qualifying in Brazil.

Nico Hulkenberg put all the title contenders in the shade today. Credit: Williams

The Briton finished in a poor 11th in changeable conditions and even a mighty charge is unlikely to be enough to keep him in the championship hunt come Abu Dhabi. His only hope is some calamity which takes out Fernando Alonso, and probably Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton too.

But seizing the headlines on the day will be a sensational qualifying from Nico Hulkenberg. The German rookie parked his Williams on pole position by more than a second. He judged the tyres and the condition to perfection and was in a class of his own.

It’s a wonderful result for Williams, with veteran Rubens Barrichello starting in sixth. British racing fans will be hoping for a fairy tale result tomorrow. In the dry it’s probably unlikely but we can all dream. A podium for them would be a fantastic result.

For the championship, the qualifying is excellent. Alonso is behind his rivals in fifth, while Sebastian Vettel starts ahead of Webber after winning second. None of them can realistically afford to take risks, a DNF would mean it is all over.

It’s going to be a great race.

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