Sunday, September 20, 2015

Singapore Grand Prix Pole for Vettel and Ferrari Ends Mercedes AMG Qualifying Streak

Photo Credit: Ferrari S.p.A.

Since 2007, the Singapore Grand Prix has been a memorable component to the second-half of the Formula 1 schedule. The Singpour Street Circuit is a rare occasion to see Formula 1 race cars run under the lights. A spectacle unlike what we normally see from the open-wheel series, it seems to only make sense the race should provide a suspenseful qualifying session.

After a season-long reign in qualifying, Mercedes-AMG was finally bettered by another outfit. Lapping the 23-turn, 5.073-kilometer track at a 1-minute, 43.885-second time in the Q3 session, Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari earned to top grid position. The 2015 Singapore Grand Prix will be the first time Sebastian Vettel will start on pole with the historic Scuderia Ferrari team (the organization's first pole since 2012). His first top effort in qualifying with the famous red-coloured race machine, the result is actually Vettel's second time occasion taking a pole with a Ferrari-powered car. The German's maiden Formula 1 win at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix was accomplished from the top spot with a Toro Rosso with Ferrari engine power. In addition to Vettel's pole, Ferrari celebrated the steady recovery of the second car driven by Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen will start directly behind Vettel in third place.

Beside both factory Ferrari race cars, the Red Bull-Renaults figured well in qualifying. Taking a front row position, Red Bull's lead driver Daniel Ricciardo was 0.543 seconds slower than his former teammate. After setting top time in the Q1 session, Daniil Kvyat is positioned in fourth on the race grid. Over the course of the month, speculation has indicated the Red Bull Racing team's days with Renault engines is likely over. While earlier rumours circulated Mercedes-Benz would propel the four-time world constructor champion, Ferrari and even Audi brands have since been mentioned.


Sebastian Vettel's pole position-winning performance with a Ferrari destroyed the streak of the Mercedes AMG race team in qualifying. After 23 consecutive poles for the Mercedes AMG team, the organization fell just one position short of tying the Formula 1 record for repeated poles. As is typical, Hamilton is the highest-placed Mercedes-Benz powered driver. The striking difference is the fact the leading Mercedes power unit will be starting a 2015 Formula 1 grand prix in fifth place. Nico Rosberg is placed alongside Hamilton on the third row of the Singapore Grand Prix grid. Mercedes-Benz's leading customer team of Williams Martini Racing starts just below the factory cars. Valtteri Bottas starts in seventh while Felipe Massa will launch from ninth.

Starting at the tail end of 2015 Singapore Grand Prix will be American Alexander Rossi making his Formula 1 debut with the Manor Maruassia F1 Team. Days away from turning 24 years old, Rossi is a former Formula BMW America champion and his spent that past several seasons serving as a test driver for Caterham and Marussia. Alexander Rossi's planned start will be the first in Formula 1 by a driver from the United States since Scott Speed in 2007.

The Sunday night race in Singapore is scheduled for 8:00 PM local time (8:00 AM Eastern time).

2015 Formula 1
Singapore Grand Prix
Starting Grid

Pos # Car # Driver Team Engine

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari
4 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Renault
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
6 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Renault
8 33 Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes-Benz
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Mercedes-Benz
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes-Benz
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes-Benz
14 55 Carlos Sainz Jr Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
15 22 Jenson Button McLaren Honda
16 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber Ferrari
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Mercedes-Benz
19 28 Will Stevens Manor Marussia Ferrari
20 53 Alexander Rossi Manor Marussia Ferrari

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