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The fact that half a second covered the first nine cars on the grid showed just how close things were in qualifying at Marina Bay, even though it’s the track with the most corners and places a heavy premium on downforce and engine power. Mercedes may have locked out the front row, but rivals Red Bull were much closer than anyone had predicted and Ferrari too showed unexpectedly strong pace. We take a team-by-team look at Saturday’s Singapore formbook
2014 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying TYRE STRATEGY EVIDENT FROM START OF QUALIFYING AS ALL DRIVERS USE SUPERSOFT IN Q1 HAMILTON ON POLE AFTER CLOSEST QUALIFYING SESSION OF THE YEAR THREE PIT STOPS EXPECTED TO BE FASTEST RACE STRATEGY, WITH 100% HISTORICAL PROBABILITY OF A SAFETY CAR Singapore, September 20, 2014 – With first and second on the grid in Singapore thanks to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes has claimed its seventh monopoly of the front-row this season – but tyre strategy will be extremely important for the race tomorrow. It was the closest qualifying session of the year, with Hamilton clinching pole from his team mate by just seven-thousandths of a second, using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre.
There was nothing to choose between the frontrunners in an incredibly close qualifying session at Marina Bay, with half a second covering the top eight drivers. But while the chasing pack therefore closed in on Mercedes, polesitter Lewis Hamilton insists his duel with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg will not be affected – and that his only focus is securing victory in Singapore
McLaren headed into Singapore hoping new upgrades would move them closer to the sharp end of the grid, only to struggle on the fringes of the top ten in qualifying. Kevin Magnussen admits such a return is short of pre-weekend expectations
Lotus F1 Team endured a frustrating qualifying session at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with Pastor Maldonado qualifying in eighteenth and Romain Grosjean sixteenth for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix. Both drivers’ efforts were hampered by power delivery issues during the course of their qualifying laps.
Getting a perfect lap at Singapore is always difficult; the 3.17 mile lap with 23 corners offers many traps and places to lose time. None of the top three put together a perfect lap with three best sector times. With such small margins between the front four cars this year it is interesting to look […]
Sebastian Vettel on why he felt pole in Singapore was achievable for Red Bull; Jean-Eric Vergne on the mistake that cost him a shot at progressing into Q3; Esteban Gutierrez on exceeding expectations and putting Sauber in a ‘good position’ for Sunday’s race. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after a dramatic qualifying session at Marina Bay
Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.007s to claim his sixth pole position of the season in a hugely competitive qualifying session at Marina Bay on Saturday evening. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel claimed third and fourth, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saw off the challenge of Williams’ Felipe Massa to take fifth