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GP Singapore 2015 (qualifying): First Ferrari pole for Vettel

GP Singapore 2015 (qualifying)
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M ercedes can be beaten! After the poor training performance, there was the expected defeat for the Silver Arrows in qualifying in Singapore on Saturday (19.9.2015). At the Austrian GP 2014, Felipe Massa was the last driver who did not sit in the front starting position in a factory Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton's pole series also ended after 7 races.

Vettel in adrenaline rush after first Ferrari pole

Sebastian Vettel left no doubts under the artificial floodlights. With a lead of more than half a second, the Heppenheimer raced to his first pole in the red car. It was the first Ferrari pole since the race at Hockenheim in 2012. The Tifosi had to wait 60 races for this moment.

'I know that it was only Saturday and not the race. But I can't remember the last time I had so much adrenaline on a Saturday. The car was fantastic today. I'm also surprised by the lead. But it felt like a good lap in the cockpit. We have a good starting position, but it will be one anyway Difficult race. I also expect Mercedes to be strong. '

Ferrari and Red Bull on the first 4 places

Alongside the German, his old Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will start from 2nd in the Red Bull on Sunday. As expected, Vettel's ex-team was strong, but in the end you could only beat one Ferrari. 'It's surprising that you can't see a Mercedes in front,' grinned Daniel Ricciardo. 'We have made great progress with the car since Budapest. That is the reward. Today Sebastian was out of reach. I hope that tomorrow we can move up one place.'

Kimi Raikkonen finished with almost 8th Tenth behind team-mate Vettel in 3rd place and was accordingly disappointed: 'I didn't feel so comfortable in the car this morning. It was almost a surprise that it was 3rd place in the end. It was the goal for tomorrow Of course, getting both cars on the podium. ' In addition to the second Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat's second Red Bull will start on Sunday.

Mercedes only in third row

The two Mercedes cars, which normally have a clear view to the front at the start, have to be content with the third row for once. Lewis Hamilton could get onPlace 5 just to prevail against team mate Nico Rosberg. The large gap of one and a half seconds behind Vettel should give those responsible pause for thought.

Team boss Toto Wolff was irritated: 'The gap cannot be explained. We haven't had a real step forward since the first free practice In qualifying we tried a direction of the setup that seemed promising. We can now rule that out. '

Rosberg also had no explanation for the bankruptcy:' We don't really understand it. We just have a lot less grip than the others. We tried everything, but somehow nothing really helped. ' Hamilton wasn't much smarter either: 'The tires were to blame, that's clear. But I don't know what we did wrong. We just can't get them to work. That was strange.'

Mercedes, too -Customer team Williams was not as strong as usual. Valtteri Bottas is only 7th, Felipe Massa was 9th. In the middle of the Williams sandwich, youngster Max Verstappen pushed himself into the Toro Rosso on his Singapore debut. Team mate Carlos Sainz had to give up in the second knockout round (14th place) after he hit the wall. The last top ten place went to Romain Grosjean in the Lotus.

Hülkenberg missed the top ten

For Nico Hülkenberg finished 11th after the second qualifying section. The Rhinelander was half a second short of the top ten places in the decisive lap. After all, Hulkenberg was able to win the team's internal Force India duel. Sergio Perez only finished 13th.

'That was a good lap for me. It was simply the limit for us,' said Hülkenberg's sober analysis. 'It was more difficult for us today than yesterday. We had problems with the balance. The better the car handles the tires, the easier it will be tomorrow. It will be a hot battle in midfield for us.


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