Since the Italian GP weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has banned teams giving drivers advice over the radio; this has subsequently been backed off a little, but it’s still a stupid idea – it’s jsut going to lead to the teams using coded messages to get around it.
Singapore is always an interesting race, if only because it’s held at night. It’s hard to pass (like most circuits) so Qualifying is important.
Free practice times:
- FP1: ALO (1:49.056), HAM, ROS, VET, RIC, VER; VET had an engine failure so it’s been replaced by an older one.
- FP2: HAM (1:47.490), ALO, RIC, RAI, VET; ROS was P13; MAL had a big off and brought out the red flags.
- FP3: ALO (1:47.299), RIC, ROS, VER, VET; HAM was P6 after a spin.
So we could be in for some good racing this weekend.
My GridBids picks for the race are: ROS, HAM RAI, MAL, GRO, BUT & HUL.
Air temperature 27°C; track 32°C; humidity 77%
10% chance of rain during Qualifying
Tyre choices: prime=soft (yellow markings), option=super-soft (red)
Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
A lot of cars streaming out of the pits
ROS runs wide in Turn 8 – locked up his front left
Half the cars are on super-soft tyres already
10mins left of Q1; bottom 6 are GRO, SUT, GUT; no time from RIC, VET, ERI
GRO takes to the escape road; on the radio saying he has brake problems
(GUT P2 on options)
ROS leaving the pits on options
VET waving his fist at KVY but they’re both on quick laps
5mins left; bottom 6 are KOB, BIA, CHI; RIC, VET, ERI without a time
Everyone on options (timing data shows MAS on primes but he’s in the pits)
RAI 1:46.685 – first to go quicker than the best FP3 time
2mins left; bottom 6 are SUT, MAL, KOB, BIA, CHI, ERI
(SUT P16; GRO to P17)
(GRO P13; SUT P17)
Back of the grid will be: SUT, MAL, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI.
Radio from SUT – there’s nothing more in the car
Qualifying session 2 (Q2)
2mins in to Q2 and everyone is on track
HAM has his hands full as he pushes his Mercedes to the limit
5mins left of Q2; bottom 6 are HUL, MAS, BOT, PER, GUT, GRO
Everyone in the pits; change of tyres before a final flying lap (for most of them)
(MAS P4; BUT to P11)
(BOT P8; VER to P11)
Chequered flag; bottom 6 are VER, BUT, HUL, PER, GUT, GRO
ROS 1:45.825 – that seems like a waste of a set of tyres
Middle of the grid: BUT, VER, HUL, GUT, PER, GRO
Qualifying session 3 (Q3)
Fighting over the top 10 grid spots are ROS, HAM, ALO, RAI, MAS, RIC, VET, BOT, MAG & KVY
MAS and MAG first out of the pits
RIC a bit wide out of Turn 5
After everyone’s first run, the order is MAS, RIC, ALO, RAI, BOT, HAM, ROS, VET, KVY, MAG
Radio for HAM asking about balance; HAM says he needs more front wing
RIC first to set off for the final laps
Timing data show ROS, KVY and MAG all on used options
Radio from RAI – problem with power; told to stop
Will RAI park safely off track or cause a yellow flag which will hinder people beating his time?
Looks like RAI made it back to the pits
Front of the grid: HAM, ROS, RIC, VET, ALO, MAS, RAI, BOT, MAG, KVY
Did that unnecessary extra run in Q2 (which meant he had to run on used tyres in Q3) cost ROS pole position?
Provisional grid: HAM, ROS, RIC, VET, ALO, MAS, RAI, BOT, MAG, KVY, BUT, VER, HUL, GUT, PER, GRO, SUT, MAL, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI.