Saturday, September 24, 2011

Qualifying: Vettel Grabs His 11th Pole In Singapore

Sebastian Vettel clinched his 11th pole position of the campaign in Singapore as the Red Bull driver took a massive step towards wrapping up the title

Vettel could claim his second successive Drivers' Championship on Sunday afternoon. He only needs to outscore Fernando Alonso by 13 points and, if he wins the grand prix, ensure that neither Jenson Button nor Mark Webber finish in the top two.

But while there's nothing he can do about whether his rivals finish on Sunday afternoon, he did everything he could on Saturday night to give him the advantage required.

The German grabbed pole position at the Marina Bay circuit with a 1:44.381, 0.351s up on Mark Webber.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were both 0.42s off the pace with the latter missing out on a second run after puncturing a tyre in the previous session.

Fifth place went to Fernando Alonso ahead of Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg while Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta all opted not to run in Q1.

The session was red flagged five minutes into Q2 when Kamui Kobayashi crashed into the barriers nose first after getting it wrong at the Turn 10 chicane.

01. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m44.381
02. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m44.732 + 0.351
03. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.804 + 0.423
04. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.809 + 0.428
05. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m44.874 + 0.493
06. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m45.800 + 1.419
07. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m46.013 + 1.632
08. Michael Schumacher Mercedes no time
09. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes no time
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes no time
11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m47.616 + 2.685
12. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m48.082 + 3.151
13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m48.270 + 3.339
14. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m48.634 + 3.703
15. Bruno Senna Renault 1m48.662 + 3.731
16. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.862 + 4.931
17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari No time
18. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m49.835 + 3.438
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m50.948 + 4.551
20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m51.012 + 4.615
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m52.154 + 5.757
22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m52.363 + 5.966
23. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m52.404 + 6.007
24. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m52.810 + 6.413

Source: Planet-F1

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