September 21, 2013

F1 Quals: Singapore 2013

If the teams were smart, they'd all just start working on 2014's new spec of cars and concede the various championships to Red Bull now.  I say this because of the results of today's Quals session for the 2013 Grand Prix of Singapore... let's take a look, shall we?

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:45.376 1:42.905 1:42.841
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:45.208 1:43.892 1:42.932
3 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:45.851 1:43.957 1:43.058
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:45.271 1:43.727 1:43.152
5 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.196 1:43.920 1:43.254
6 Unemployed Massa Ferrari 1:45.658 1:44.376 1:43.890
7 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:45.115 1:44.153 1:43.938
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.009 1:44.497 1:44.282
9 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:45.379 1:44.407 1:44.439
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.483 1:44.245 no time
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.381 1:44.555
12 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:45.657 1:44.588
13 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:45.522 1:44.658
14 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.164 1:44.752
15 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:45.960 1:45.185
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:45.982 1:45.388
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:46.121

18 Litterer Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:46.619

19 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:48.111

20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:48.320

21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.830

22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.930

"So Vettel's on pole again," I hear you saying, "so what?  What makes this time so much different?"  I'm glad you asked!  First, look at his time in Q2... he was, quite literally, nearly a full second faster than anybody else.  "Yeah, but that's Q2... in Q3 he was only a tenth faster," you exclaim.  Indeed, this is true... but Vettel set his time at the beginning of the final session, then parked his car and let everybody else shoot at him.

Think about that for a second.  He was confident enough in the time he set that he never bothered to try and improve it... and nobody could catch him. Oh, and it should go without saying that his super-soft tires will be at least a few laps fresher than those of everybody else during the first stint of the race.

There are 61 laps scheduled for Sunday's race.  While I don't think we'll see Vettel win by one second per lap, if he wanted to at this track, he probably could.  I suspect it's going to be a loooooong race.

Unless it rains, like it's predicted to do... of course, it's ALWAYS been predicted to rain during the Singapore Grand Prix, and I don't think it ever has.

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1 You really have to give Vettel a lot of credit. If it was entirely the car, then Red Bull would have come in 1-2. But Vettel has been consistently doing a lot better than Webber, and Webber is a very good driver.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 21, 2013 05:41 PM (+rSRq)

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