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Barrichello bows out in Q1

Rubens Barrichello failed to take to the track in the openmi9ng phase of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi GP, and will line on row twelve on Sunday.
If Rubens Barrichello's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend looked bad after opening practice on Friday, it got worse on Saturday as problems from FP3 hung over sufficiently to deny him a shot at qualifying for what might be his penultimate F1 appearance.

The Brazilian was always expected to miss the start of the 20-minute as the Williams team battled to cure an oil leak on a brand new Cosworth, but a proposed three-lap run at the end was also aborted as the repairs failed to work. With team-mate Pastor Maldonado due to take a ten-place penalty for moving on to a ninth engine of 2011, it is not inconceivable that Williams could find both its cars on the back row of the grid.

Barrichello's misfortune was almost overshadowed by former team-mate Michael Schumacher, who also found himself in the pits as the clock ticked down. The German had at least got a time on the board, but his slide down the order, coupled with Heikki Kovalainen finding almost two-tenths on the softer tyre, left the Mercedes man poised on the brink of the drop zone. Only a lack of time and laps prevented Kovalainen from improving further and potentially embarrassing the seven-time champion.

Instead, Barrichello was joined in the bottom seven by the usual suspects from Lotus, Virgin and HRT, with Kovalainen leading the charge from Lotus team-mate Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Daniel Ricciardo - who had previous sat just a couple of tenths off the lead Lotus - Jerome d'Ambrosio and Tonio Liuzzi.

At the top of the timesheets, Lewis Hamilton continued McLaren's strong start to the weekend, by leading from Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

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