Sebastian Storms To Singapore Pole

Pastor Maldonado was the first man to take to the track for the first of the three Qualifying sessions at the Singapore Grand Prix, and was followed out by Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – the latter complaining of back pain. Maldonado set the opening time before Hamilton took top honours, which was then taken by team-mate Rosberg. Nico Hulkenberg came out on the softer compound tyres and became the new fastest driver.

Vettel’s first timed lap put him second behind Hulkenberg, while Webber crossed the line and went fastest by a tenth, soon bettered by Rosberg as he returned to the top again. The top time would be changed several times before the checkered flag flew. On the other end of the field, Felipe Massa was in the drop-zone until his last lap which set him thirteenth. Paul di Resta was not so lucky, dropping out of the first session for the fifth time in eight races. Pastor Maldonado joined him in the drop-zone with eighteenth, Charles Pic was nineteenth, Giedo van der Garde twentieth, Jules Bianchi twenty-first and Max Chilton twenty-second, and last.

Kimi Raikkonen was the first man to leave the pits during Q2. The Finn was soon followed out by Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa, the latter struggling with grip all weekend. Raikkonen set a benchmark lap which was soon bettered by both Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso. Next, both Mercedes drivers came out for a lap and went fastest, Rosberg ahead of Lewis, by six-tenths of a second over Alonso, while running used super-soft tyres.

Vettel was keen to reassert his dominance over the grid and started his fastest lap when the Mercedes duo rolled into the pits. The reigning World Champion was half a second up mid-way through his lap and was .987 up by the time he crossed the finishing line. In the sister Red Bull, Webber slotted in second, eight-tenths behind Vettel. Webber’s 2014 replacement Daniel Ricciardo moved himself up to fourth provisionally whilst Vergne took ninth. Each McLaren had only one timed lap apiece with Button slipping into the top ten but Perez being knocked out from fourteenth. Kimi Raikkonen may have been put off by his back pain, en route to Qualifying thirteenth while Nico Hulkenberg and Jean-Eric Vergne were eleventh and twelfth. Adrian Sutil was fifteenth and Valtteri Bottas was sixteenth.

As per usual, there was no hanging about when the green light came on at the beginning of Q3. The usual idea is to get out quickly, set a fast lap, return to the pits and refuel, and go back out on track. The fastest lap will usually be found during the dying seconds of the session when the track is ‘greenest’.

Sebastian Vettel started his first timed run 1.42.841 crossed the line to set his benchmark lap time. Nico Rosberg took second, Webber third, Hamilton fourth and Grosjean fifth. Getting back to the pitlane, Vettel climbed out and walked away, confident that his six-tenths lead would be enough to keep him on pole.

Felipe Massa came out for a single run and went sixth provisionally. Both Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber slid around the track in the hopes of denying Vettel pole position – Rosberg missed out by .1 whilst Webber missed out by .3.Hamilton was next across the line to go fourth, until Romain Grosjean went third.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Romain Grosjean
  4. Mark Webber
  5. Lewis Hamilton
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Fernando Alonso
  8. Jenson Button
  9. Daniel Ricciardo
  10. Esteban Gutierrez
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne
  13. Kimi Raikkonen
  14. Sergio Perez
  15. Adrian Sutil
  16. Valtteri Bottas
  17. Paul di Resta
  18. Pastor Maldonado
  19. Charles Pic
  20. Giedo van der Garde
  21. Jules Bianchi
  22. Max Chilton
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One response to “Sebastian Storms To Singapore Pole

  1. I have been sitting at turn 16 (esplanade) seb just looked so confident could tell no one in quali would beat him.

    Only downfall would be if he goes too far in the race and hits the wall

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