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

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.

Q1

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.

Q2

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?â??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.

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?â??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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84 comments on Second pole position in a row for Alonso (Singapore Grand Prix qualifying)

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

    • bosyber said on 25th September 2010, 17:08

      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.

      • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. patrickl said on 25th September 2010, 17:11

    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.

  6. So what did we learn?

    1 Vettle and Redbull cracked under preassure, they had the car for pole an they couldn’t get it. That an they look to have had their wings clipped. Expect many more poles from them though.

    2 Alonso is truly back on top form, must be considered one of the favourites along with Webber and Hamilton, also Ferrari is a true threat probs for both titles as well, although Massa grid position may well damage their constructors hunt.

    3 McLaren fans can take heart, on the circuit that suits their car the least they are well in with a chance for a big points haul, an have an oppourtunity to get ahead in the constructors, and possibly the drivers depending on what Mark Webber does with this race. Looking foward McLaren can possibly challenge for wins at circuits that suit their car more. Korea Abh Dhabi Intergalos.

    4 The rest of this season is going to be epic.

  7. bosyber said on 25th September 2010, 17:27

    Just read an interview with Alonso on autosport.com (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/86962), he says, at the end of it:

    “We made some safe changes in the car to avoid risks. We ran with experimental hings here and after Massa we went back to the old one. In Q2 we were running old maps on the car and in Q3 with the right maps the car was feeling better.”

    … does that perhaps refer to attempts at tuning their own engine retardation, and does it mean they stopped using it during Q2, but again had it in Q3, or that they didn’t use it in Q3, because the mapping didn’t feel “right”?

    • Yeah I think it was probably to do with the blown rear diffuser. All very interesting isn’t it.

      Mclaren didn’t seem especially fast and then all of a sudden they were. I wonder also if that was something to do with them turning on something. It may of course be that they were just taking it easy early on in the qualifying. I think that’s what Ted Kravitz reported from the pits.

      • Having read it about five times, I take it as they ran the new map in Q2 (felt odd, got a banker lap) but had to revert to the normal / old map for the 2nd timed lap in Q2 and all of Q3.

  8. “other than the three new cars being eliminated in Q1.”
    shouldn’t be “three new teams”?

  9. bosyber said on 25th September 2010, 17:41

    By the way, I was just looking at foto’s of the weekend, and I noticed that the fancy new McLaren front wing does not only have those fancy split front deck things, but also another addition: their “scoop” at the front of the nose now is two layered; compare:
    http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/gallery/pictures/2010/f1/gp-singapore-25sep-1/024.jpg and http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/gallery/pictures/2010/f1/gp-singapore-25sep-1/017.jpg or more clearly perhaps: http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/gallery/pictures/2010/f1/gp-singapore-25sep-1/042.jpg

    I guess here more downforce due to a better flow is a bigger gain than the extra drag it creates.

  10. He indeed is.
    But I would have been happy even if he hadnt taken the pole ; even Hamilton too.

    I dont hate any driver and I only believe the figures and not assume things.

    Sorry to be rude in my previous scrap.
    Enjoy the race.

  11. Hamilton is on clean side of track and that will help him jump Vettel. RBR are also not getting good starts in the last few rounds. So Alo vs Ham after the end of Lap 1. Can’t wait.

  12. I thought Hamilton was dreaming if he thought he could find 1.1s in one day over Vettel. He found almost all of it. He got ahead of Webber as well as Button in the process. Alonso’s performance was incredible though. He showed today why he is still the best driver out there.

    I’m feeling pretty anxious about the prospect of Alonso, Vettel, and Hamilton piling into that first corner three-wide, which is a real possibility given RBR’s lousy starts. But Hamilton has to know that Webber is likely to get another terrible start, and that he is behind Button, so he should not make any Monza-like lunges at the outset.

    If they finish like they start tomorrow this championship is going to get even tighter. Unbelievable. When is the movie about this season coming out?

    • I saw him being thrown about by the chicanes in his fastest lap thinking he will improve such big mistakes. But that was all he could do. Same thing happened to Vettel messing up his exit from one of the chicanes.

  13. feel really bad for Felipe Massa… will luck be ever on his side?

  14. roberttty said on 25th September 2010, 19:01

    Fantastic lineup

    Could be a procession, could be not and there’s the mysterious track that refuses to dry up 7 hours after the heavy rain!

    More rain is predicted on Sunday afternoon.

  15. Mmm.

    Could Alonso be pulling a ’07 Räikkönen? If only it wasn’t for the engine issues I’d say it was a given considering how well Ferrari seems to be doing now in any track.

    • The odds against Kimi in 2007 were a lot longer. He was 17 points behind with 2 races left (only 20 points), had to win both races (China and Brazil) while his rival scored only 2 points (DNF in China and 7th in Brazil) Highly unlikely, but Kimi pulled it out.

      Now Fernando is 21 points behind for a total of 125 (something like 8.4 of 50 in the old scoring system). Doesn’t seem so hard, in his present shape. He doesn’t have to win everything while all his rivals go belly up, just needs to be consistent and score a little more than the rest (and nurse his engines, too).

      And considering his pole today, it looks even better for him. If he doesn’t run out of luck he should win this race. Even if his rivals score some decent points, it is going to get extremely tight at the top.

    • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 26th September 2010, 4:25

      May be but still there are a lot of distance to travel before the end of the season.

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