Sebastian Vettel made it eleven pole positions in fourteen attempts as he winged his Red Bull around the Marina May Circuit and set the fastest time for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. Teammate Mark Webber was second fastest with McLaren’s Jenson Button third.
Lewis Hamilton will start from fourth place with the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa behind him. The two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher start in seventh and eighth & the two Force Indias of Adrian Sutil & Paul Di Resta complete the top ten. Interestingly, the drivers line up in pairs on the grid for the start of the race – Red Bull on row 1, McLaren on row 2, Ferrari on row 3, Mercedes on row 4 and Force India on row 5!
Red Bull and Vettel laid down the marker early on the first qualifying session and topped the timesheets, ahead of the two McLarens of Button and Hamilton, with Alonso fourth fastest and Webber fifth. At the foot of the order, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov was bumped into the drop zone by his team mate Bruno Senna as he went 15th fastest. The others to miss out on getting into Q2 were the two Hispanias, the two Virgins and the two Lotuses.
Q2 saw Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi clip the kerbs on turn ten and slammed into the tyre wall which brought saw the session red-flagged for a while. As the session ended, it was Vettel again at the top of the charts, followed by Button and Webber. Hamilton suffered a puncture to his left rear and could only manage eighth fastest time. The two Force Indias just squeezed into the top ten at the and as the drivers to drop out of this session were the two Williams, the two Saubers, the two Toro Rossos and the second Renault of Bruno Senna.
Vettel can win the Drivers’ Championship tomorrow if results go his way in the race tomorrow and though I know it is inevitable, would just hope it pans out later rather than sooner! And we can all switch our focus onto the race for second place – Alonso is there at the moment but maybe Button or Webber would be wanting to get there as well.