Formula 1 2014: Singapore GP Results – Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton - Singapore GP

In what proved to be one of the most exciting, closely-fought qualifying sessions of the 2014 season of Formula 1 racing, Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes-AMG Hybrid driving teammate, Nico Rosberg, to pole position by just seven one-thousandths of a second (0.007). Despite Mercedes’ front row lockout, however, the Silver Arrows duo look especially vulnerable ahead of tomorrow’s Singapore GP. What am I talking about? Read on.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen both put in trilling drives in Friday’s free practice sessions, but they downplayed the results as typical. “As always, Friday in Singapore is a bit different to what it is at other tracks,” said double-World Drivers’ Champion Alonso, explaining that Friday’s pace doesn’t always translate to pace when it counts. After putting their cars on the third and fourth row, respectively, the Ferrari duo were uncharacteristically upbeat (for 2014, anyway). Especially upbeat, in fact, following Raikkonen’s last lap failure in Q3.

Ahead of the Ferraris, the Red Bull Renaults of both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel seemed very quick, as well. Ricciardo had a convincing grip on P1 going into the final seconds of Q3, and is as close to the Mercedes as any Red Bull driver has been in 2014. His teammate, 4-time WDC Sebastian Vettel, was very nearly there, as well- proving, perhaps, that Singapore is a race between chassis and drivers more than it is about engines and straight-line speed.

There were very few other surprises further back in the field- except, perhaps, the fact that rookie McLaren Mercedes driver Kevin Magnussen out-qualified his more experienced teammate (again), which is making a tough season for Jenson Button look quite a bit like it may be his last. More on that later, though. For now, check out how the rest of the F1 field will line up for tomorrow morning’s Singapore GP, below, and catch the race live tomorrow morning on NBCSports.

 

FORMULA 1 2014: SINGAPORE GP RESULTS – QUALIFYING
Driver No. Driver Team Grid Pos.
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 3
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 4
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 5
19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 6
7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 7
77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 8
20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 9
26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 10
22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 11
25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 12
27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 13
21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 14
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 15
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 16
99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 17
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 18
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 19
10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 20
4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 21
9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 22

 

Sources | Photos: Formula 1, F1Fanatic.

Jo Borrás

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