Sebastian Vettel took the ultimate prize in Singapore with a storming pole lap of 1:42.885, meanwhile his teammate Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth fastest. It was a surprising qualifying session as their pace and competitive advantage was far forward than Mercedes.
Both Mercedes drivers were the losers of qualifying in Singapore. It wasn’t however a shock from FP3, but still judging Mercedes pace over the last races it is very surprising not to see them lock out the front row in style.
Red Bull had a fantastic qualifying session at a track that has always suited them. It comes after a rollercoaster of a season for the team, but both Daniel Ricciardo (P2) and Daniil Kvyat (P4) put in impressive times, putting them into the mix for tomorrow’s race.
Max Verstappen showed great pace at a track he has never raced at, qualifying eighth fastest. Although he made a slight mistake, it was impressive to see him in the top 10. Carlos Sainz, on the other hand, was unlucky as he lost control of the car and hit the wall at Turn 19, leaving him unable to make it in Q3.
As a result of Sainz’s accident, the yellow flags were brought out, leaving both the Force India’s and McLarens unable to set a lap time. Singapore was noted to be one of McLaren’s best tracks from the season and similarly Force India were tipped to get into Q3, so it was a shame we weren’t able to see what they could do.
Pastor Maldonado was unable to make Q3 as his teammate finished just inside the top 10. He was struggling overall through the weekend and just hasn’t found the right balance with his car this weekend.
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