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2013-11-23 19:55

DRIVEN NUTS BY THE RAIN: Alternating rain and a nearly dry track played havoc with qualifying ahead of the 2013 Brazilian F1 GP. Image: AFP

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Qualifying for the final race of the Formula 1 season, Brazil, was hard-hit by alternating heavy rain and then a nearly-dry track.

Lower sections of the undulating track quickly filled with water which eventually sent McLaren's Sergio Perez off the track and heavily into the wall. He walked away unhurt but the car was pretty much trashed.

SLASHING THROUGH THE RAIN

The first two quali sessions went by without a stop but as Quali 2 finished the weather closed in even more and there were several delays of 10 minutes each to the start of the final session. Conditions were simply too bad to risk cars - and possibly even iives.

Eventually the rain eased enough for the short Quali 3 and the cars went out, soon once again to be slashing through torrential rain, but quali finished with Sebastian Vettel once again on pole, followed Mercedes Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso third and Mark Webber fourth.

Bringing up the rear of the 10-pack will be, in order, Hamilton, Grosjean, Ricciardo, Vergne, Massa and Hulkenberg.

Qualifying session 1
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min25.342
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1min25.381
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min25.556
4 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber 1min26.071
5 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1min26.266
6 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min26.275
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min26.398
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min26.453
9 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min26.656
10 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1min26.689
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min26.741
12 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min26.790
13 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min26.817
14 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1min26.874
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min27.124
16 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min27.209
OUT
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min27.367
18 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1min27.445
19 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1min27.843
20 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 1min28.320
21 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 1min28.366
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1min28.950

Qualifying 2
1 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min26.161
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1min26.420
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min26.590
4 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min26.626
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min26.698
6 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1min26.963
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min27.049
8 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min27.078
9 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min27.363
10 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 1min27.441
OUT
11 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1min27.456
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min27.798
13 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min27.954
14 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min28.269
15 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min28.308
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1min28.586
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