McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen was the only of the “big-team” drivers to sneak into the front positions and will start alongside Vettel, as Red Bull-backed cars swarmed the first two rows with RBR’s Mark Webber in third and Sebastien Bourdais in fourth in the other STR, also a career-best qualifying result for the Frenchman.
Williams’ Nico Rosberg completed the top five.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa is the best championship contender in sixth – bad timing with the rain meant Kimi Raikkonen in the second scarlet car and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton were relegated to 14th and 15th respectively, being left stuck in Q2 when the downpour increased and times could not be bettered.
Here's a look at the shocking starting grid:
1) Vettel, Toro Rosso-Ferrari ,
2) Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes ,
3)Webber, Red Bull-Renault ,
4) Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari ,
5) Rosberg, Williams-Toyota ,
6) Massa, Ferrari ,
7) Trulli, Toyota ,
8) Alonso, Renault ,
9) Glock, Toyota ,
10) Heidfeld, BMW Sauber ,
11) Kubica, BMW Sauber ,
12) Fisichella, Force India-Ferrari ,
13) Coulthard, Red Bull-Renault ,
14) Raikkonen, Ferrari ,
15) Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes ,
16) Barrichello, Honda ,
17) Piquet, Renault ,
18) Nakajima, Williams-Toyota ,
19) Button, Honda ,
20) Sutil, Force India-Ferrari
info and picture courtesy of http://formula-one.speedtv.com
**LIVE RACE UPDATE:**
I'm sitting here watching the race live. What an exciting race. Wet conditions have made for an interesting race. Race starts under yellow behind the safety car.
Vettle turns P1 into a real lead.
Bourdais had problem off the line, has to let the field go by and has to start at the back of the pack.
Hamilton is tearing it up, moving through the field. Lots of action in the mid pack as the points leaders try to fight to the front.
Where is Kimi? Not so good in wet conditions.
Entire race is run on rain tires, due to wet track, but no rain, which has threatened all day but has not yet appeared .
10 laps left.
Track is drying up.
Hamilton's gets caught up behind Massa for 7th. Pace dropping off.
Massa getting closer to Webber in 4th.
Kimi still 10th, mid pack.
Lots of action on the track for positions.
6 laps to go.
Nice move by Kimi for 9th.
Webber all over Hamilton's ass.
Mark Webber tries to get by Hamilton, contact into the corner, Webber goes wide, Hamilton keeps the position.
4 laps left, Vettle still 14 seconds in the lead.
Nakajima tries to go around the othside of David Coultard into the corner, contact!
Nakajima goes off, Coultard keeps going.
Concern for debris from contact with Cultard and Nakajima on track.
Last lap, Vettle wins.
Shocker! Announcers gush like little girls at the achievements of Vettle.
Kovalainen second, Kubica thrid.
Massa 6th, Hamilton 7th, Raikkonen 9th.