Rubens Barrichello was cruelly denied a place in the pole position shootout at the Turkish Grand Prix as Renault's Nick Heidfeld
produced a late lap to bump the Brazilian from the top ten in Q2.
Heidfeld's last-gasp lap ensured that Renault
got both its cars into the final phase of qualifying, joining Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari
and Mercedes, while the expected midfielders were put in their place after threatening an upset.
Barrichello will start Sunday's grand prix from eleventh, just ahead of Force India
twins Adrian Sutil
and Paul di Resta, with the second Williams
of Pastor Maldonado
edging fellow GP2 graduate Sergio Perez for 14th. Toro Rosso
filled the final two places in the session, with Sebastien Buemi
fractionally ahead of team-mate Jaime Alguersuari.
Sebastian Vettel re-asserted his claim to be the fastest man around the Istanbul Park circuit, clocking 1min 25.610secs to head the session by nearly two-tenths from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
and Michael Schumacher completed the top five - although the German needed to use the softer Pirellis to move out of the drop zone.