GP Singapore, prove sabato–19/09/2015
Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel obliterated his Formula 1 opposition by over half a second to score pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion was the only man to lap the Marina Bay street circuit in less than 1m44s in qualifying, and he ends an unbroken run of 23 consecutive races on pole for Mercedes.
The world champion team has struggled to be competitive so far in Singapore, and the best Lewis Hamilton could manage was the fifth fastest time, a massive 1.415s adrift of Vettel.
Vettel set the pace throughout Q2 and Q3, and found 0.4s between his first and second runs in the top-10 shootout to secure Ferrari’s first pole position since the 2012 German GP.
Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.543s further back, while Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was third, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.
Nico Rosberg rounded out the top six, 0.115s slower than Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.
The Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen made just a single run in Q3, but he managed to split the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas in seventh and Felipe Massa in ninth.
The Dutchman was only 0.122s slower than Bottas, but 0.279s quicker than Massa.
Romain Grosjean’s Lotus rounded out the top 10, nearly four tenths adrift of Massa’s Williams.
Others with hope of making the top-10 shootout were scuppered by Carlos Sainz Jr striking the wall heavily at Turn 19 in his Toro Rosso, which brought out yellow flags and spoiled the closing stages of Q2.
However, Force India reckoned Q3 was just beyond its drivers regardless.
Nico Hulkenberg improved fractionally on his first run, but his 1m46.305s lap was only good enough for 11th, while team-mate Sergio Perez was bumped to 13th by the McLaren of Fernando Alonso.
Sainz wound up a lowly 14th on account of his error, 0.125s faster than the second McLaren of Jenson Button, who felt he had too much understeer.
A last-gasp improvement from Button earlier in Q1 meant both Sauber drivers failed to progress past the first stage of qualifying.
Felipe Nasr looked set to make it through in the heavily revised C34, but he ended up 0.054s shy of the cut-off.
The Brazilian was 16th fastest, 0.083s faster than Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
The Lotus of Pastor Maldonado was 0.225s adrift in 17th, but well ahead of the two Manor Marussias.
Alexander Rossi, making his F1 debut this weekend, led team-mate Will Stevens after the first runs in Q1, but the American ended up half a second adrift, thanks to a substantial improvement from Stevens at the end.
SINGAPORE GP GRID
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.428s||0.543s|
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.745s||0.860s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m45.798s||1.913s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.305s||2.420s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.385s||2.500s|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m46.894s||3.009s|
Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3
Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, while both Mercedes struggled and were more than one second off the pace.
The German clocked a time of 1m45.682s on the super-soft tyres, 0.450s clear of his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively with world champion Lewis Hamilton down in fifth, 1.120s adrift, and the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg sixth.
Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren team hoped the low-speed nature of the circuit would help mask the power deficit of its Honda power unit, was seventh, a few thousandths behind Rosberg.
Red Bull and Ferrari looked quick in second practice on Friday, with Kvyat topping the times, but Mercedes was expected to hit back on Saturday.
That challenge did not materialise, however, with Vettel setting the pace on the soft tyres and maintaining that advantage when drivers swapped to the quicker rubber for their qualifying simulations.
Hamilton had an off during his run on the soft tyres and later in the session he was called into the pits for a drive-through to cool the car down.
The reigning world champion now faces a fight to equal Ayrton Senna’s record of eight successive pole positions when qualifying takes place later on Saturday.
The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen, who locked up heavily at Turn 7 early on, were eighth and ninth respectively with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson completing the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas was the highest placed Williams in 11th, while Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India has its complete B-spec update this weekend, was 12th.
Jenson Button was half a second off his McLaren team-mate Alonso in 13th, ahead of Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado.
The Manor drivers propped up the timesheets, with Alexander Rossi heading team-mate Will Stevens on his first full grand prix weekend.
|3||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.167s||0.485s||19|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.359s||0.677s||14|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.301s||1.619s||18|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.464s||1.782s||17|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.640s||1.958s||16|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.002s||2.320s||15|