The Singapore GP qualifying couldn’t have gone a lot worse for championship contenders Brawn, with points leader Jenson Button and challenger Rubens Barichello ending the day a long way behind both rival Red Bulls.
Button had been complaining about car set-up all day, and although he looked promising at the end of Q1 finishing second behind eventual pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, he couldn’t find the pace in Q2 and ended down in 12th.
The last time Jenson started a race in this sort of position – 14th at the Belgian GP – he was taken out by Renault rookie Romain Grosjean on the first lap, so he’s in a terribly dangerous place to start tomorrow Grand Prix.
Barrichello had a lucky escape, as he crashed with less than 30 seconds to go of Q3, which red-flagged the session and halted anyone else from pushing him further down the field.
As it is, Rubens starts from 10th after receiving a five place drop penalty for having to change his gearbox.
Which all in all is fantastic news for both Red Bulls, Sebastian Vettel starting second and Mark Webber fourth. As they’re respectively 26 and 28.5 points behind Button, they are certainly going the right way this weekend to keep themselves in championship contention.
Let’s hope tomorrow’s race is as exciting as today’s qualifying.
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Is Button actually choking? And on which lap will the first safety car appear?