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GP Week : Issue 228
Pos dRiVeR teAm Q1 Q2 Q3 lAPs 1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:46.017 1:44.743 1:43.885 14 2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:46.166 1:45.291 1:44.428 17 3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:46.467 1:45.140 1:44.667 17 4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:45.340 1:44.979 1:44.745 15 5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.765 1:45.650 1:45.300 16 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:46.201 1:45.653 1:45.415 17 7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:46.231 1:45.887 1:45.676 20 8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:46.483 1:45.635 1:45.798 16 9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:46.879 1:45.701 1:46.077 19 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:46.860 1:45.805 1:46.413 18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:46.669 1:46.305 12 12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:46.600 1:46.328 12 13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:46.576 1:46.385 13 14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:46.465 1:46.894 13 15 Jenson Button McLaren 1:46.891 1:47.019 12 16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:46.965 8 17 Marcus Ericcson Sauber 1:47.088 6 18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:47.323 6 19 Will Stevens Manor 1:51.021 8 20 Alexander Rossi Manor 1:51.523 8 Q1 107% Time 1:52.714 formula 1 round 12 singapore gp – Qualifying QUALIFYING There was absolutely no need for sebastian Vettel to set a second flying lap in the dying moments of qualifying, but he did anyway. The Ferrari driver had already claimed pole, by a comfortable margin but for good measure he put one more lap in. It was meteoric. His time of 1:43.885 wasn't just six tenths faster than second placed Daniel Ricciardo, or even1.5 seconds faster than championship rival Lewis Hamilton, it was 1.8 seconds faster than the corresponding time a year earlier. In 2014 Hamilton claimed pole with a 1:45.681, just a blink of the eye faster than Nico Rosberg. Vettel annihilated that time, around a circuit that was half a second slower after changes in the middle sector of the lap. Behind Vettel things were rather closer, with the two Red Bull's and Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari all closely matched. Of most alarm however was the lack of pace of both Mercedes'. Separated by a tenth of a second it suggested both drivers got about as much out of the car as was available and hadn't been sandbagging in pratice as many believed. Having struggled throughout the Monaco Grand Prix, there was a better performance from Williams. The Marina Bay circuit is similar to Monaco in that both require high downforce, and while Singapore may be a more open circuit it was still not a citcuit at which Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa were expected to excel. To both be in the top ten was therefore a par performance – not especially good but not bad either. McLaren should consider themselves unlucky. Both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were slower in Q2 than they'd been in Q1 as both were compromised when Carlos Sainz clouted the barrier in the final moments. It forced them to slow or abandon laps and saw them bow out of qualifying early on a weekend there were genuine hopes of a Q3 appearance. Sainz, for what it's worth, ended the session 14th, 1.3 seconds off the pace of Max Verstappen. His mistake in Q2 cost him a chance to progress, just as it did the McLarens, but it's not an error for which the team will be particularly upset. It was not a silly mistake, or the result of wild driving, it was simply a product of a driver on the very edge pushing the envelope the smallest fraction too hard. That it damaged the rear suspension quite so much was a surprise as it didn't appear to be particularly heavy contact. Indeed had Sainz not swiped the wall it's likely Valtteri Bottas would not have made the cut, the Finn the slowest of the ten drivers who made it throught. Both Force India's were among those who missed out on the cut through to Q3, but neither looked to have the genuine sort of pace needed to be among the top ten on outright speed. 23 GPWEEK.com // 23 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: Voracious Vettel