Singapore GP qualifying: all too easy for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel took pole position at this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix – his 11th in 14 races. A quiet Q3 saw Mark Webber clock the second fastest time, while on the second row Jenson Button out-qualified Lewis Hamilton for the first time in yonks, after techincal issues prevented Lewis from making a second run. Elsewhere, it’s Alonso and Massa in fifth and sixth, Rosberg and Schumacher in seventh and eighth and the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta rounding out the top ten.

So, while we wouldn’t bet against Vettel taking the chequered flag tomorrow, is he going to win his second world championship? If things finish how they start, then no (remember, Vettel needs Alonso to finish outside the top three and Webber and Button outside the top two). Still, given Marko’s talent for ballsing up starts, combined with his poor form at the Marina Bay Circuit, we reckon Vettel’s prospects are looking very bright indeed. Mind you, after their controversial shenanigans at the British Grand Prix, the bigger question is whether or not Red Bull will ask Mark to drop down the field to get the title in the bag nice and early. Surely they wouldn’t. Or would they?

Thoughts? How do you see the podium looking tomorrow?

Here’s how they line up for tomorrow’s race:

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber
3. Jenson Button
4. Lewis Hamilton
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Felipe Massa
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Adrian Sutil
10. Paul Di Resta
11. Sergio Perez
12. Rubens Barrichello
13. Pastor Maldonado
14. Sebastien Buemi
15. Bruno Senna
16. Jaime Alguersuari
17. Kamui Kobayashi
18. Vitaly Petrov
19. Heikki Kovalainen
20. Jarno Trulli
21. Timo Glock
22. Jerome d’Ambrosio
23. Daniel Ricciardo
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi

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f1 fan, the fastest lap goes by race only and so far this year not a single record has looked like going. Also, on a more minor note, the lap record at Marina Bay is held by Kimi Raikkonen.

neur32, all or nothing means pushing to the limit and either winning or failing completely. I agree with some of the things said about Vettel and disagree with others, but to say he is “the best all or nothing racer” is laughable!

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look at the records, massa did a 1.44.0xx .. dont believe me? go check 2008 qualifying for yourself.. and you are wrong .. there has been a fastest lap or two this season.

Vettel is the best driver in the field, i know you wish it was your precious Lewis but its not.

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i agree with neur32, all or nothing means 100% all the time, i disagree with the notion that its all or nothing by either doing well or failing completely.. by that definition, no driver should want to be the best all or nothing driver.. well sure lewis is the best at this in that case .. lmao

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good morning all, the race is just a few hrs off.. going to be interesting.

vettel is not a all or nothing driver, neither is alanso.

not sure about these lap records you guys are talking about but i do know i saw a stat somewhere that they are cornering faster than ever..

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I did not say Lewis was the best driver. I also pointed out that qualifying laps DO NOT count as an official lap record. Massa may have set a time of 1:44.801 in qualifying in 2008, but the official lap record judged by people who know nothing compared with the mighty intellect of some random person on an internet forum (you know, course officials, the FIA, people like that) is 1:45.599 by Kimi Raikkonen on lap 14 of that race. Also, the “extra speed” this year in qualifying is artificially created by removing rear downforce, something which doesn’t happen as much in race. And why do you assume that every argument against a statement which praises Vettel is motivated by Hamilton fanboyism? Not everybody is as close-minded as you you know.

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There have not been any new lap records yet this season under official criteria. There are only two tracks where we will see them. Korea is a possibility as it was first held last season and India will because it’s a new circuit.

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before they didnt carry a full load of fuel so under cthat rule theres no way these guys will crack fastest lap during race.

lap times are artificially created… hmm
as fast as you can go with what you have is as fast as you can go, nothing artificial about that

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hamilton reportedly told his crew that they “better get it right from now on, he will not be another barrichello and make up the numbers”.. reporters said he was fuming.. yeap thats the mark of a real humble person right there .. then he goes and hits massa on track.. i wonder if he will blame the team for that?

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webber made an amazing pass on alanso but i didnt see alanso retake the position but he is ahead of webber right now, did he do it in the pits?

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Doesn’t change the fact that they aren’t setting new lap records. The laps in qualifying are such a large amount faster than those set in the race purely because of DRS. If you look a few years back they were only 1 maybe 1.5 seconds slower in race than pole. Now, it is more like 4 seconds. Did somebody say Hamilton was humble?

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@pedobixo I AGREE

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Who said with Vettel running away in the front the race would be boring?

Button very smart race – the #1 in McLaren

Hamilton, very fast… for 2 laps, again crashing into somebody and throwing it away, but wow great to watch from his onboard cutting through the field.

Am I the only one thinking that DRS is making it too easy?

Thank god Shuey is safe after the accident

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ok vettel have one, THIS MEANS NOTHING!!!

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button is the #1 driver at mclaren, better than hamilton as a driver, maybe not as quick though

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vettel wins!!!! :D

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hamilton just can not learn from his mistakes. stupid and dangerous! F1 ban for him!!

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i suspect he will win a few more this year and break a few records while he is at it.. his guy already has several records, seems like what they say is right, a legend in the making.

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was a good race, watching lewis go through the field waas fun i must say.. vettel, perfect!

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