Sebastian Vettel, Singapore Grand Prix 2011

Vettel claims 11th pole of 2011

2011 Singapore GP qualifyingPosted on | Author Cari Jones

Sebastian Vettel, Singapore Grand Prix 2011

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole tomorrow for the Singapore Grand Prix. It’s his 11th pole position of the season and Red Bull’s 14th.

Mark Webber is in second after a strong lap in the final few moments of Qualifying three.

The Mclaren drivers occupy the second row. Jenson Button was five thousandths of a second faster than his teammate. Lewis Hamilton starts fourth despite retiring before the end of the session.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa share the third row.

Q1

Rubens Barrichello led the cars out at the start of Q1 and his teammate Pastor Maldonado briefly headed the times with a 1?49.893.

Sebastian Vettel joined the track and set the fastest time with a 1’47.014 ?ǣ but it was shortlived as both Button and Hamilton went faster still, Button with a 1’46.993

Vitaly Petrov was the big casualty of the session ?ǣ despite battling with Bruno Senna for 17th he was knocked out with a 1?49.835.

He was joined by the Kovalainen, Trulli, Glock, D?Ambrosio, Ricciardo and Liuzzi. This means that Vitantonio Liuzzi?s five-grid penalty for causing a collision doesn?t affect the grid.

Drivers eliminated in Q1

18 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1?49.835
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1?50.948
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1?51.012
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1?52.154
22 Jerome D?Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1?52.363
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1?52.404
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1?52.810

Q2

Vettel set the first fastest time of the second session but was promptly beaten by Button.

Kamui Kobayashi crashed, bouncing over several kerbs and into the barriers on his first flying lap. The session was red flagged and, as Kobayashi had yet to set a lap, he will start from 17th tomorrow.

The session was restarted with eight minutes to go.

Bruno Senna battled to 15th place, with a best time of 1?48.662. He complained of traffic during his first flying lap.

In the last few moments of the session, Paul di Resta and Sergio Perez battled for 10th ?ǣ with Perez initially taking 10th, only to be beaten by two tenths of a second.

Lewis Hamilton limped back to the pits with a puncture to his right rear tyre.

The casualties were Perez, Barrichello, Maldonado, Buemi, Senna, Alguersuari and Kobayashi. And the top 10 stood as Vettel, Button, Webber, Alonso, Massa, Schumacher, Rosberg, Hamilton, Sutil and di Resta.

Drivers eliminated in Q2

11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1?47.616
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1?48.082
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1?48.270
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1?48.634
15 Bruno Senna Renault 1?48.662
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1?49.862
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari

Q3

Q3 began with a queue of cars waiting to get onto the track. The top six cars headed out, with the Mercedes and Force India drivers deciding to stay in the pits and wait.

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first sector while Jenson Button was fastest in the second by a tenth. Vettel?s first lap beat Button and Hamilton with a 1’44.381 to go top – two tenths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso?s track record set last year.

With just two minutes of the session to go, Hamilton retired to the pits to save his tyres.

The Force India drivers stayed in the pits and didn?t set a time, deciding instead to preserve their tyres for the race.

In the last few moments of the session, Mark Webber managed to set the second fastest time and Vettel abandoned his lap with his 11th pole of the season guaranteed.

Top ten in Q3

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1?44.381
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1?44.732
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1?44.804
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1?44.809
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1?44.874
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1?45.800
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1?46.013
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes

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