Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for Mercedes in Singapore after he edged out Daniel Ricciardo, whilst Lewis Hamilton’s woes continued.
Rosberg set a pole time of a 1.42.584, which put him 0.531s clear of Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile Lewis Hamilton wasn’t able to hook up a quick enough lap, and qualified in third place.
Vettel’s chances was curtailed in Q1 when his Ferrari was hit with an anti-roll bar problem, and will start last on the grid,
Story of the session
As the light went green for Q1, Pascal Wehrlein was first to head to track for his lap after crashing in Practice 3.
Nico Rosberg set the first marker for Mercedes with a 1.45.316, but was beaten by his team-mate by 0.149s thanks to a lock-up into Turn 8. McLaren’s Jenson Button was next up who went third place, yet be it more than 1.2s off Hamilton’s lap.
Force India looked to have the upper hand on Williams during Free Practice, but Massa soon went third fastest, ahead of Hulkenberg and his team-mate. Meanwhile, Toro Rosso continued to show their form, as Sainz pipped Massa to take third slot.
Meanwhile, Mercedes’ fastest time was quickly exploited, Raikkonen stormed to the top of the time-sheets and was closely followed by Max Verstappen, meanwhile McLaren started to show their form with Alonso going 5th.
Ricciardo soon set a mighty lap to go fastest by 0.709s.
Meanwhile, 12 months on from his dream weekend in Singapore, Vettel will start from 22nd place after his Ferrari faced an anti-roll bar problem.
As Q1 came to an end, Magnussen, Nasr, Palmer, Wehrlein, Ocon and Vettel and faced elimination.
As Q2 got underway, Ericsson set the first lap with a 1.48.230, and was quickly beaten by the two Mercedes cars; wherein Rosberg had almost four tenths in hand over Lewis Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Mercedes’ fast laps meant their nearest challenger was Ricciardo who was almost a second slower than Rosberg, whilst Raikkonen was over a second slower.
As the drivers started setting their laps, Romain Grosjean’s nightmare’s continued as he crashed down at turn 13. Jenson Button’s miseries continued as he faced a technical problem on his lap, which meant he was a Q2 casualty.
The two Williams cars faced elimination after they got caught out in the yellow flags. So did Button, Gutierrez, Grosjean and Ericsson.
As the drivers set their first laps, Nico Rosberg set a stunning 1.42.584 and had a clear 0.7s advantage over Lewis Hamilton, whilst Raikkonen went in third place ahead of both Red Bull cars.