Formula Racing

Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying Review

Singapore GP – Qualifying: Front Row Lockout for Red Bull
By Armaan Ebrahim


The only Night GP of the season, the track of Singapore GP is visually very aesthetic, partly because of the glitzy nature of the city and mostly because of the return of the ‘adopted’ prodigal son, Vettel. Vettel has been a winner at this venue for the last two years, and has not even looked threatened during the past two years. With some of his rivals breathing down his neck, it will be interesting to see, if the prodigal son can make it a hat trick of wins!

Qualifying as it stands:

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P1

Mark Webber – P4

Yet again, it was Sabastian Vettel who takes the centre stage to wrap up another pole! Confidence of the champions is sometimes palpable, and it was visible in the case of Vettel, as he got out of his car, confident of himself, after having set the fastest time of Q3, with over two minutes to go! Mark Webber was his usual dependable self, as he qualified P4. Such has been the dominance of Red Bull, especially Vettel, that it seems virtually impossible to dislodge them.

Mercedes

Nico Roseberg – P2

Lewis Hamilton – P5

Mercedes gained control of their qualifying, after a brief debacle in the Italian GP, as Nico Roseberg qualified P2 and Hamilton took the P5 position. Nico Roseberg came within 10th of a second to dislodge Vettel from the pole, however had to be satisfied with a creditable P2. Hamilton looked sharp in the Q1, but waned over the period to start P5. However, there are encouraging signs for the Mercedes as they are the only team who have looked capable of winning apart from Red Bull.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean – P3

Kimi Raikkonnen – P11

In what came as a surprise, Romain Grosjean, outpaced his teammate, as well as his rivals to wrap up the P3. Grosjean is an interesting driver, he oscillates from ‘ordinary’ to ‘amazing’ and his team would be relieved to see the ‘amazing’ aspect of his personality. Kimi suffered a setback, quite literally, as he experienced major back pain, after having hit a kerb very hard during practice. Still managing to grab P11, his chances in the race are dependent on how his health conditions.

Ferrari

Filipe Massa – P6

Fernando Alonso – P7

Filipe Massa out-qualified his teammate Alonso by thousandth of a second, and will start the race ahead of him in the P6 position, while Alonso has to be content with P7. Considering the championship, this race is critical for Alonso to get a decent position for staying in contention, which at present seems a long shot.

McLaren

Jenson Button – P8

Sergio Perez – P14

Jenson Button came out on the medium tyres, and peeled right back in, without timing a lap in Q3. However, he finished strong with a decent P8 starting position, with new set of Medium Tyres from the start for the race. Sergio Perez disappointed with a P14, however will be looking to get up and ahead early in the race, to garner maximum points for the team.

STR- Ferrari

Daniel Ricciardo – P9

Jean Eric Vergne – P12

Daniel Ricciardo drove a good lap time to secure the ninth qualifying place. Jean Eric Vergne pushed hard in his bid to gain a better qualifying and will be starting the race in the 12th place. Continuing the string of good performances by the team, both the Torro Rosso drivers will bid hard to reward their team with crucial points.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – P11

Esteben Gutierrez – P10

Esteben Gutierrez, the Spanish rookie driver, was the surprise entry in the Q3 with an unexpectedly good lap time. He, however, did not set a time in Q3, and will start P10, while his partner, Hulkenberg will start the race P11, which will be a bit of a downer for him especially after the P3 qualifying in the previous GP.

Redbull’s Vettel has been the runaway leader yet again and seems to be on the road to claiming his fourth consecutive championship title. It is upto the other champions – Alonso, Kimi, Hamilton to up the ante and push him to the limits, and even snatch the championship. Is it even possible though? Only time will tell.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes