Grand Prix of Singapore – Qualifying

Mercedes were not penalised for low tyre pressures before the start of the Italian GP because they weren’t at full temperature, so the rule is going to be clarified.

Alexander Rossi (RSI) replaces Roberto Merhi at Manor Marussia.
German car giant Volkswagen is close to agreeing a deal to take over the Red Bull Formula 1 team [BBC]

It’s 9pm in Singapore but it’s hot and humid; air temperature 28°C; track 34°C

Tyre choices: prime=soft (yellow side wall); option=super-soft (red)

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
BOT 1:48.094
Target is expected to be about 1:47.1
RAI 1:47.077
RIC 1:46.805
Radio from BUT complaining they sent him and ALO out at the same time
VET 1:46.017
HAM down in P13 but ROS is P5
STE is slower than newbie RSI
BUT P5 on options
5mins left of Q1; bottom 5 are SAI, PER, MAL, RSI, STE
HAM running on options – unusual for Mercedes in Q1 but looks like most people will in this session
HAM 1:45.765
KVY 1:45.340
MAS locks up
With so many drivers using options, BUT has dropped from P5 to P15
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are MAL, NAS, ERI, STE, RSI
ERI P15, relegating BUT
NAS P15, dropping teammate ERI
BUT P15 by 0.07sec pushing NAS back to P16
Back of the grid: NAS, ERI, MAL, STE, RSI

Qualifying session 2 (Q2)
BOT 1:46.247
MAS 1:45.701
HAM 1:45.650
ROS just 0.003sec behind HAM
RIC 1:45.291
KVY 1:44.979
VET 1:44.743
6mins left of Q2; bottom 5 are PER, HUL, ALO, SAI, BUT
Top 4 (VET, KVY, RAI, RIC) stay in the pits as everyone else heads out for a final flying lap
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are HUL, PER, ALO, SAI, BUT
SAI has hit the wall with his rear left and then the front right
Carbon fibre debris on the track = yellow flags
ALO up to P12
Middle of the grid: HUL, ALO, PER, SAI, BUT

Qualifying session 3 (Q3)
Fighting over the top 10 spots are VET, KVY, RAI, RIC, VES, HAM, ROS, MAS, GRO & BOT
RIC first out of the pit lane
VES the only one not on track
RIC 1:44.607
BOT P2
KVY P2
HAM has aborted his lap
ROS P4
GRO P7
VET 1:44.305
MAS P7
6mins left; order is VET, RIC, RAI, KVY, ROS, BOT, MAS, GRO; no time from HAM, VES
Williams release BOT just inches ahead of RIC
Chequered flag but everyone is on their fast lap
BOT P5
RIC P2
VES P6
HAM P5
KVY P4
ROS P6
GRO P9
MAS P9
VET 1:43.885
Front of the grid: VET, RIC, RAI, KVY, HAM, ROS, BOT, VES, MAS, GRO

Provisional grid: VET, RIC, RAI, KVY, HAM, ROS, BOT, VES, MAS, GRO, HUL, ALO, PER, SAI, BUT, NAS, ERI, MAL, STE*, RSI*.
*STE and RSI each have five-place grid penalties for gearbox changes.

No eighth consecutive pole position for HAM or 24th for Mercedes
Instead it’s Ferrari’s first pole since the 2012 Grand Prix of Germany.

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