By Alex Kapadia
World championship leader Jenson Button has pole position all sewn up again for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix after a dramatic last gasp lap.
As usual, tyres strategy is playing a crucial role in the race planning.
All drivers had headed out in the first phase of qualifying on Bridgestone’s softer tyres, with nobody apparently willing to take any risks any more after seeing big names such as Massa, Kubica and Webber crash out as Q1 casualties already this season by gambling on making it through on the lesser-favoured tyres in order to save the better ones for race day.
Jenson’s performance proved that Brawn GP are not going to be knocked off their perch at the top of the Formula 1 tree without a fight.
At one point he was down in eighth position, but when he crossed the line to begin his final flying effort, with barely two seconds to spare, he produced one of the finest laps of his career to leap to the top of the timing screens and take pole position.
Hot on his heels in second position is Red Bull’s racing ace Sebastian Vettel, with the second Brawn driver Rubens Barrichello revving up in third and Felipe Massa taking fourth for Ferrari.