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GP Week : Issue 102
29 F1 SINGAPORE >> temperatures. On Fernando’s Ferrari, they would do so on Sector Three. Sebastian Vettel, by contrast, committed his Big Error precisely when it mattered, which is to say right in the middle of his final, dying-seconds, Q3 pole lap. He did this at Monza, too, so I guess we can officially say that it is becoming a habit. The problem for Seb (if you can call it a problem, as distinct from a failing) is that he fell asleep in the opening phase of Q3 in Singapore. Fernando was effectively on the pole twice in Singapore – first on his opening Q3 lap (1min 45.390 sec) and then again on his second Q3 lap on his final set of super-softs (1min 45.445sec). Seb, by contrast, produced a 1min 47.937sec on his first run, which (as at Spa) put pressure on him to deliver perfection in the closing minutes. And if he felt the pressure at Spa, he was certainly going to feel it on the long lap at Singapore, where the lights, the kerbs, the guardrails and the walls demand more from a driver for one, near-perfect lap than probably at any circuit on the calendar. Seb, though, had been near-perfect until that point. There had been no Fernando-like mishaps with which to sharpen his focus. The pole – the data said – was there for the taking. He could still do it. And yet Seb braked a fraction late on the approach to Turn 13, a tight left-hander. There’s a slight kink to the right at that