Ferrari hasn’t been on pole since the German GP in 2012. Sebastian Vettel has just rectified this problem.Two future partner teams monopolize the two first lines. Mercedes is really struggling because of the tyres pressure (lack of grip and traction). Let’s review these qualifying tries in Singapore…
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On the 23rd last races, Mercedes signed the pole position. Its reign has ended this evening because of an extraordinary Sebastian Vettel (pole in 1’43’’885 – supersoft tyres). http://xpb.cc/thumbnails/2015/f1-2015-sgp/sa/0RSWS8W0OOBHC00LF7THC0MH1QIO_450.jpg It’s the 46th pole of his career in F1 (the 1st pole in Red, the 1st pole since SP 2013, the 3rd pole in Singapore). He was also the fastest man of the field in Q2 (1’44’’743 – supersoft tyres). Daniel Ricciardo has invited himself on the first line (+0’’543s). Kimi Räikkönen, third (+0’’782s), reported a lack of grip at the end of the Q3. Daniil Kvyat, fourth (+0’’860s), was ahead in Q1 (1’45’’340 – supersoft tyres). Dr Dieter Mateschitz is pretty happy with the negociations Red Bull/Ferrari for 2016. It’s pretty positive and encouraging. Mercedes changed its set up between the FP3 and the qualifying tries without finding how to get the F1-W06 in the sweet spot of the tyre, Toto Wolff explained. Some customer teams have had the same problem. This loss of performance is linked to this specific track but they don’t understand why. The Silver Arrows will be certainly back on the top from Suzuka but on tomorrow, they’ll have to limit the damages. Lewis Hamilton reached the fifth time after his last attempt (no time in his first run ; +1’’415s). Nico Rosberg has failed at the sixth row, just in front of Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen has been an excellent eighth. Both of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean have been at the end of the top 10. According to the German press, Renault would have signed a letter of intent to buy Lotus on Thursday. Pastor would stay at Renault contrary to his current team-mate who would join Haas. Nico Hülkenberg has appeared in eleventh position. Fernando Alonso, twelfth, has been inserted between both Sahara Force India boys. Carlos Sainz Jr, fourteenth, hit the wall at the turn 19 at the end of the Q2 (yellow flags). Jenson Button has occupied the fifteenth place. Felipe Nasr, sixteenth, has been followed by his team-mate. Sauber’s aero evolutions didn’t bring the expected results. Pastor Maldonado has been a very disappointing eighteenth. Both Manors have been the good last ones (advantage for Will Stevens).
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