Second pole position in a row for Alonso (Singapore Grand Prix qualifying)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso will start from pole position for the second race in a row after pipping Sebastian Vettel in qualifying at Singapore.

The two McLarens will start from the second row of the grid with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Jenson Button.


The first qualifying session was interrupted when Felipe Massa suffered a car failure before he’d even set a lap. The red flags came out as the Ferrari was recovered.

That meant there was little prospect of anyone other than the three new cars being eliminated in Q1.

Sure enough, the session ended with Timo Glock fastest of those six cars, with Lucas di Grassi out-qualifying Jarno Trulli.

Christian Klien beat team mate Bruno Senna on his F1 return.


Vitaly Petrov’s qualifying ended when he crashed at turn five and broke his right-rear suspension.

He was running in the top ten at the time. But as he was unable to improve his time he was relegated into the drop zone.

The two Force India drivers were slowest in Q2, Vitantonio Liuzzi running across the chicane at one point.

Nico H???lkenberg was clearly frustrated after setting 12th fastest time. He already has a five-place penalty which will push him further down the grid tomorrow.

Jaime Alguersuari out-qualified team mate Sebastien Buemi to take 11th – and was just six-hundredths of a second away from reaching Q3.


Vettel looked on course for pole position as he set a dramatically quick time in the first sector of his lap. But he caught Michael Schumacher too soon and was only seventh after his first run.

Alonso headed the times after the first round of laps with a blistering run through the final sector of the lap. Hamilton was second behind him having lost time in the final sector when he caught his team mate.

Vettel found enough time on his second lap to split the pair of them with his last run, despite clipping a barrier in the second sector.

While Hamilton couldn’t improve with his last run Button moved up to fourth, relegating Mark Webber to fifth place and last of the five title contenders.

Full qualifying times

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’46.541 1’45.809 1’45.390
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’46.960 1’45.561 1’45.457
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.296 1’46.042 1’45.571
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.032 1’46.490 1’45.944
5 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’47.088 1’45.908 1’45.977
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’48.183 1’47.019 1’46.236
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.554 1’46.783 1’46.443
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’47.657 1’46.949 1’46.593
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’48.425 1’47.160 1’46.702
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’48.908 1’47.599 1’47.884
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’48.127 1’47.666
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’48.906 1’48.165
13 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.063 1’48.502
14 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’48.696 1’48.557
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’48.496 1’48.899
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’48.988 1’48.961
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’47.984 1’47.674
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’50.721
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’50.915
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.107
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.641
22 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’52.946
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’54.174
24 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari

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  1. First and last…didn’t expect that!

    Hopefully Massa, Hulk and Petrov will provide some fun tomorrow.

    Alonso now the first person to have multiple poles this season that isn’t a RBR

    1. First and last happen a few times last year :)

      1. Never in qualifying last year though :P And when it did happen in the arce I could console myself with the fact that neither were my favourites either :P

        1. Arrrrgh! There are too many Stephs on here! :P

  2. It’s a pole for Ferrari yet again!!!


  3. I thought Vettel had this one in the bag! But then i should know better by now. There might be fireworks in the start with Lewis right there. What happened to Mark Webber?? Not complaining though, Lewis is ahead!

  4. Best dry qualifying of the season? I think so

    1. I fell asleep, didn’t enjoy it.

      Also I think keith forgot to close a HTML tag up, cos it looks like we’re all angry! rar! bolded writing!

      1. Funnily enough I nearly fell asleep myself at one point! But that was because I was really tired, not because of anything on the track

    2. I think canada was more thrilling, it was last minute efforts!

      1. I woke up in 4 am just to see the qualifying as Star Sports didn’t telecast it live, & my fellow F1 fans fell asleep

        1. wasiF1,

          That was extremely rude of Star Sports to do. They do this once or twice every year. Yesterday, they were showing the same Champions League(or whatever)cricket match on Star Cricket and Star Sports at that time – ARROGANCE or what?

          This is one annoying problem F1 fans in the Indian subcontinent (India, Bangladesh, etc.) face. ESPNStar proudly advertises itself as the only channel in the region to broadcast all F1 races and qualifying sessions, but they aren’t living up to it.

          They aren’t bothered, because clearly F1 fans in the subcontinent are much less in number when compared to cricket or football fans. Okay, understood. But why telecast the same match live on both of its channels when another great sporting event they are contracted to show is taking place?

          ESPNStar is arrogant that its sole F1 telecast licence can’t be taken by anyone else in the region. What they did yesterday was ABSOLUTE INJUSTICE.

          1. Very correct keith. Thanks for the tweet

  5. What a fantastic quali. Just edge of the seat tension throughout.

    Stunning laps from the top 3 – Vettel could and should have been quicker.

  6. What a drive from Alonso. Quality always rises to to top

    1. Damn straight, the man was monstrous today, Great drive to take advantage of Redbulls mistakes, reckon Vettle could be third by the first corner.

      1. Also could end up in fourth place.

  7. Massa never fails in making you feel bad for him, and always justifiably so.

    1. Sad but true Squirrel.

  8. Should be a good start to the race tomorrow. It might be likely that Vettel and Hamilton will touch in the first corner.

    Safety cars could also thow up some interesting opportunities, especially if later in the race.

    I expect Alonso should quite easily walk away with this one, he has always been good here.

    1. Hamilton will have nothing to do with Vettel tomorrow as his sight will be on Alonso. Remember that (even) Button overtook Alonso at Monza from 3rd. But this time around he is having to deal with his worst nightmare who is Hamilton and he will be very nervous at the start.

      Epic race tomorrow I suppose ….. bring it on!! :-)

      1. Button was second on the grid at Monza.

        1. oh! Well, thanks Keith …… I guess I have to bury my head in shame now…. :-(

    2. “he has always been good here.”


      1. I would say always been fast, maybe, to avoid misunderstandings :-p

    3. hmm …if someone fix this one again than will win for sure..but Massa is not Piquet :))

  9. Bodes well for the rest of the season seeing as this was supposed to be a RBR track. Although they probably still have the quicker car it’s great to see it closer than Hungary.

    1. very much agreed

  10. That was a great ride from Alonso. Second consecutive pole on two very different tracks.
    They are saying that Santander just bought the most important Polish bank, so that might mean Kubica in Ferrari soon ?

    1. You are right Bart, Santander bought the third largest bank in Poland a few months ago.

      That could explain the push for Kub by the red car brigade :-(

      1. Well, they’ve also got Santander Brasil. And Brasil has 5 times more inhabitants then Poland.

        However, maybe Massa is now perceived as ‘loser’ – mind you not by me – and Kubica more as a winner. That could be a reason from a marketing point of view to push for Kubica.

        1. Still, Massa has more points than kubica.

          Go Massa!

  11. Great job by Alonso.Bad luck for massa though!!!.So this shows that RBR ain’t invincible like befor anymore.

  12. Besides his poor performance in Spa, Alonso has really come on strong in this second half of the season. Good job.

  13. that was a dissapointing night for RBR!

  14. Pole lap of a champion from Fernando but he’ll be silently relieved Vettel couldn’t get his top lap together. He’ll have to watch out for McLaren’s race pace too and with a Safety Car who knows what could happen (and it would be poetic justice ;))

  15. Ferrari bookends. That’s one for the Christmas list.. :)

    1. Which sets me wondering how, exactly, Ferrari will try to use Massa to assist Alonso in the race. They presumably have to think of something, since it’s Massa’s only point of existence now, apparently, but what…?

      1. They will use Massa to slow down Alonso’s rivals when they come to lap Massa.

        1. :)) you maybe right ….but i think Alonso will call old pall Flavio for assistant of this matter Briatore is master of fixing …..

          1. If they did that I think they would effectively be kissing good bye to the WCC, they need Massa in the points

        2. sumedh, precisely, which would even mean holding him back, maybe, though he was stuck at the back in 2008 and didn’t make much headway so then again maybe not.

        3. If they get his car operating properly, nobody should be lapping Massa.

      2. When you hear over the radio “gimme a double pepperoni”, then Massa will run his car into the wall to the advantage of Alonso

        1. But Alonso won’t need that from first place?

          1. Alonso is exposed to 4 more hungry Hyenas one of whom is Hamilton who will definitely wants to tear Alonso apart can’t wait for the action.

  16. Pleasantly surprised to see the McLarens splitting the Red Bulls and, as much as I dislike Alonso, glad to see that the RBs aren’t as dominant as people predicted.

  17. Fantastic job by Jaime all this weekend so far… I am very pleased with his performance… Only 67 thousands missed to be in Q3 for the first time in his short F1 career… STR made a big step forward and so Alguersuari… A pity that his last flying lap didn t work, he was over 1 tenth faster then Koba in sector 2…
    Anyway, I am curious about tomorrow, Alguersuari was one of the fastest drivers on Friday s long runs with heavy fuel load, so it can be interesting in race… Hoping for some nice points and finally NO penalty…

  18. Alonso is gonna win this race and should move into 2nd place in the points. Vettel is gonna stay second the whole race. Hamilton gonna take hisself outta the race or points. Button gonna drive a smooth race and finish on the podium. Massa gonna race into the top 5. Webber gonna have a slow start from 5th place.

    1. That sounds like a dream, but not mine. If anyone does go out, I would prefer Vettel, and, actually, just to make sure he won’t win this WDC, Alonso.

      Even though I would also like him to have a good fight for the win with Hamilton and/or Vettel, and may the best man win.

      1. If I was Vettel, I would only concentrate on being ahead of Button. Let Hamilton bring Alonso backwards, and anything will be up for grabs.

  19. Interesting, Petrov did enough in the end to get P12. Not bad (after all, how much chance did he have to get in a lap before hitting the wall there), but it shows he should have done a lot better still.

    1. Things like this will not help him to keep his seat in the Renault in the future.

  20. I guess we finally have our answer on how much an impact the new bodywork flex tests have made.

    From an unbeatable lead of at least 1.2 seconds in Hungary to only a few tenths here.

    Then the pressure starts and the mistakes creep in hurting them even more, seeing their advantage go away completely.

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