After another tyre-saving session, Lewis Hamilton made a fantastic lap to get him on pole position, followed by a Williams, Pastor Maldonado, and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in third. However, Lewis did not return to the pits for the routine check, and, by failing to do so, he got an investigation from the FiA stewards. After Sam Michael in representation for McLaren explained that he (Lewis) stopped because of force majeure (allegedly, a fault on the fuel rig), stewards ruled that the amount of fuel in the car was the responsibility of the driver and his team and after verifying that Lewis had 1.3 liters (not enough to make it to the pits and pass the 1 liter minimum) of fuel in the car, they decided to demote Lewis to the last place of the grid, he will start the race behind Narain Karthikeyan, who was allowed to race despite not lapping within the 107% rule. Jenson didn't make it to Q3. Vettel and Schumacher decided not to post a time to save tyres.