Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 SINGAPORE GP: MERCEDES AMG AND RED BULL ON FRONT ROW

Nico Rosberg set a blistering pace to claim pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix finishing half a second clear of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and seven tenths ahead of championship-leading team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg took command in Q3, with the German setting a blistering lap of 1:42.584 to take provisional Pole, 0.7s ahead of Hamilton in second. Raikkonen was third ahead of the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Verstappen, with the Dutch driver saying poor grip had resulted in a “terrible lap”.

Sainz was sixth ahead of Alonso, Hulkenberg, Perez and Kvyat.

In the final runs the only drivers to make steps forward though were the Red Bulls. Ricciardo put in an excellent lap of 1:43.115 and when Hamilton failed to better his time from his first run the Australian took P2 to claim his second front-row start in a row in Singapore. Verstappen too improved, posting lap of 1:43.328 to take P4. He missed out on pushing Hamilton from P3 by just four hundredths of a second.

Behind them, Raikkonen was fifth for Ferrari, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Sainz and Kvyat. Eighth place was taken by Hulkenberg, with Alonso ninth ahead of Perez.

2016 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
 P.     DRIVER          TEAM         TIME     GAP  
 1. Nico Rosberg      Mercedes AMG 1:42.584
 2. Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull     1:43.115 + 0.531
 3. Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes AMG 1:43.288 + 0.704
 4. Max Verstappen    Red Bull     1:43.328 + 0.744
 5. Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari      1:43.540 + 0.956
 6. Carlos Sainz ЈР.  Toro Rosso   1:44.197 + 1.615
 7. Daniil Kvyat      Toro Rosso   1:44.469 + 1.885
 8. Nico Hulkenberg   Force India  1:44.479 + 1.895
 9. Fernando Alonso   McLaren      1:44.553 + 1.969
10. Sergio Perez      Force India  1:45.582 + 1.998
  Q2 Fastest time: Нико Розберг 1:43.020           
11. Valtteri Bottas   Williams     1:44.740 + 1.720
12. Felipe Massa      Williams     1:44.991 + 1.971
13. Jenson Button     McLaren      1:45.144 + 2.124
14. Esteban Gutierrez Haas         1:45.593 + 2.573
15. Romain Grosjean   Haas         1:45.723 + 2.703
16. Marcus Ericsson   Sauber       1:47.827 + 4.807
  Q1 Fastest time: Даниел Рикиардо 1:44.255        
17. Kevin Magnussen   Renault      1:46.825 + 2.570
18. Felipe Nasr       Sauber       1:46.860 + 2.605
19. Jolyon Palmer     Renault      1:46.960 + 2.705
20. Pascal Wehrlein   Manor        1:47.667 + 3.412
21. Esteban Ocon      Manor        1:48.296 + 4.041
22. Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari      1:49.116 + 4.861
    107% time: 1:51.553

2014 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1:45.681
2015 Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 1:43.885

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