Vettel claims 11th pole of 2011

2011 Singapore GP qualifying

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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68 comments on Vettel claims 11th pole of 2011

  1. czhihong (@czhihong) said on 24th September 2011, 19:54

    Reposting this from last year when it came up (as it inevitably will next year as well):

    The main reason for the chicane, as I understand, is that there’s absolutely no run-off area at the corner. Right behind the walls where Kimi crashed are our old parliament house, Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre, and they don’t want cars coming close to these conserved buildings at 250km/h.

    I’m not sure how they can work around that, pretty sure the chicanes have to stay, unless the track layout is changed. There’s talk of changing it next year, but not this corner though..

    Of course now we know that the track was, in fact, not changed this year, either at this corner or anywhere else. There’s also no talk at all this year of getting the track changed, I suppose there is no easy solution (if one sees it as a problem in the first place).

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th September 2011, 2:35

      They could just simply make it a very tight 90 degrees turn (with 1 apex, hence 1 kerb) instead of 3 consecutive corners within centimeters of each other and 3 kerbs in the middle.

      If they want to avoid the cars hitting the walls, then removing the kerbs is the way to go. Specially as every crash happens because the cars leap into the air, making the accident a lot more serious.

  2. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 24th September 2011, 20:13

    Strange to see the top ten lining up team-by-team. Has this ever happened before?

  3. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 24th September 2011, 21:26

    Well. One prediction right. Along with 2000 others.

  4. regarding the kerbs and run off. One of the WSBK circuits decided to run the track in the opposite direction to allow for the lack of run off at a certain corner. I wonder if singapore could do this?

  5. SimBri (@f1addict) said on 24th September 2011, 21:44

    Hi Keith, Button was 5 thousandths of a second faster than Hamilton, rather than hundredths. After 18 years of following F1 I still can’t get my head round how close the times are. Remember when 3 drivers qualified with exactly the same time?

  6. Err Bob said on 24th September 2011, 22:42

    Why cant they have a corner like the one after the chicane in Monaco, 3rd gear into the swimming pool section?

    • Err Bob said on 24th September 2011, 23:23

      After a wee bit of searching I find Tabac(turn12) is 4th gear and turn ten is a 3rd gear, perhaps the bouncy cars(again!) are better headlines than non crashing cars. Oh Lordy help us when Sky get there hands on it.

  7. schooner (@schooner) said on 25th September 2011, 2:19

    While on paper it should be no surprise, you still gotta love seeing the top 5 rows of the grid occupied in order of manufacturer points by the top teams. Hundreds of engineers, working for different constructors, come up with totally different machines that somehow manage to nail lap times with maybe a 2 second gap covering all 10 cars. AND in the correct order! Pretty cool stuff, and it also reinforces my belief that the VERY TOP drivers are almost interchangeable.

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th September 2011, 2:42

    I understand Force India & Schumacher’s strategy but not sure why Hamilton did that? He should have had qualified which may have help him to finish 3rd if not 2nd as for now he will start of the dirty side of the track.Very happy to see Webber putting on the performance he was struggling the whole Friday,Kobayashi finally succeeding to fly & hit the wall as he did tried that in one of the practice session.Bit of a shock to see both Renault struggling.But with tyre change & drivers with different strategy with may be some safety cars we do have a race in our hand.

  9. Randy (@randy) said on 25th September 2011, 6:56

    Wow, look at the grid:

    Front row: Red Bull
    2nd row: McLaren
    3rd row: Ferrari
    4th row: Mercedes
    5th row: Force India

    Had Kobayashi not crashed, we would probably witness pretty much whole grid aligned with teams one behind the other, with only exception of Torro Rosso and Renault mixed with each other.

  10. Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 25th September 2011, 9:06

    I guess havinf SV at the front of everything can be a little boring but I think of it more like when Tiger Woods was hot in the ten or so years ago and winning everything by a dozen strokes from the rest of the field. It was stunning to watch someone (tiger) who was so incredibly good and wonder what the hell thay were having for breakfast – its the same with SV, we’re watching a rare instance of brilliance and no doubt coming dominance that leaves all others in the shade. And I wouldnt put the Shue in the same class even with his seven titles – I like to see clean racing.

    On another point, there seems to be a lot of comments disregarding Webber – have a look at the points standing. There’s a better than even chance that it will be a red bull 1 2 for the championship. Ham is brittle and button is number 2 to ham so im sorry to hold the pin close to the bubble.

  11. Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 25th September 2011, 9:29

    Does anyone know how to get onto the track from pit grandstand once the race is over?

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