September 22, 2012

F1 Quals: Singapore 2012

Seb Vettel and Red Bull made it three-for-three in the Practice sessions; nobody could even touch the world champ.  So Quals are a foregone conclusion, right?  Let's take a look at the provisional grid for the 2012 Grand Prix of Singapore:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.285 1:46.665 1:46.362
2 Archmandrite Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:49.494 1:47.602 1:46.804
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:48.240 1:46.791 1:46.905
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:49.381 1:47.661 1:46.939
5 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:49.391 1:47.567 1:47.216
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:48.028 1:47.667 1:47.241
7 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:48.717 1:47.513 1:47.475
8 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:47.688 1:47.529 1:47.788
9 Slappy Schumacher Mercedes 1:49.546 1:47.823 No Time
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.463 1:47.943 No Time
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:49.547 1:47.975
12 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:48.169 1:48.261
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:49.767 1:48.344
14 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.055 1:48.505
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:49.023 1:48.774
16 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:49.564 1:48.849
17 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:49.809 No Time

18 Gandalf Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.933

19 The Red Menace
Caterham-Renault 1:50.846

20 Heikki Kovalaineninnie Caterham-Renault 1:51.137

21 Tim O'Glockenspiel Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.370

22 Charles ToothPic Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.762

23 Narain Kittylitter HRT-Cosworth 1:52.372

24 Pete Rose
HRT-Cosworth 1:53.355


Q1 107% Time
1:55.226


Okay, if you didn't see that one coming, you either haven't been reading this blog for long, or you know me too well.  It's McLaren's fourth pole in a row, with Hamilton earning three of them.  After P2, he said he felt he had another half-second to pull out of the car, and it seems that he managed that.  I'm trying to figure out if it's a surprise that Maldonado took second place; he's very quick, but he's also very uncontrolled.  I'm stunned that Paul di Resta managed to do so well on this track... where Singapore seems to cater to the Red Bull strengths, it also seems to hit all the Force India weaknesses.  Or so I would have thought.  Everybody has an eye cocked on 8th on the grid, though... Lettuce Grosjean is back from his one-race ban.  He's saying that getting Monza off has taught him a lesson, and he'll be a better driver for it, but oy.  Could he have been dropped in a more dangerous spot?  And by dangerous, I mean "for everybody around him."

Everybody else is basically where we've come to expect them, though Kimi in 12th is a little low.  For the most part, it's shaping up to be a normal lineup.  With the narrow track bordered by concrete walls and essentially zero runoff area, there's been at least one safety car every year here in Singapore, so it might come down to the driver that benefits the most from this year's... and who brings it out.  We shall see tomorrow, and F1Update! will be all over it!  See ya then.

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1 I think it's really neat that Force India is doing as well as they are this year. They're still not a threat to the A-list, but they're no longer a joke, either.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 22, 2012 10:21 AM (+rSRq)

2 I heard Petrov drove like the guy whose job is on the line and was surprisingly quick. But he wasn't smart about it and Toro Rossos easily beat him at the last second with a tactially appropriate rubber switch.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 22, 2012 08:43 PM (RqRa5)

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