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Sep 25 2011

F1: Singapore

I’m tired of tires, but there’s nothing much else to write about unless you’re willing to join in the premature Vettel celebration.

While Hamilton blames a fueling problem for his unexpected absence from the last laps of Q3, others speculate it was due to his blow out at the end of Q2 which frosted a complete set of Super Softs leaving him with just one new and his qualifying tires.  Other drivers are defensive of the tire saving practices which have parked teams and sucked out the drama.

At Singapore you have to hope for the unexpected like rain or wrecks because the track itself is among the most impossible and boring on the circuit.  Next year is the last in the contract and it may get moved or dropped.  As I noted yesterday it has a history of that so maybe there’s a chance of something interesting happening.

Other than that it is completely…

Well, dictable I guess.  You have only to look at the Starting Grid in the pretty tables below.

Speed coverage starts at 7:30 am.  Repeat at 3 pm.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 01:44.4 12
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 01:44.7 14
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 01:44.8 14
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:44.8 12
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:44.9 13
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:45.8 14
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 01:46.0 11
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 01:46.0 11
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:47.1 14
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 01:47.5 14
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 01:47.6 13
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 01:48.1 14
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 01:48.3 16
14 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 01:48.6 11
15 Bruno Senna Renault 01:48.7 13
16 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 01:49.9 10
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 01:48.1 8
18 Vitaly Petrov Renault 01:49.8 8
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 01:50.9 6
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 01:51.0 6
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 01:52.2 7
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 01:52.4 6
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 01:52.4 6
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 01:52.8 6

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 284
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 172
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 167
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 167
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 158
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 82
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 27
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 24
13 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 16
14 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 13
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 12
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 8
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Bruno Senna Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull 451
2 McLaren 325
3 Ferrari 254
4 Mercedes 108
5 Renault 70
6 Force India 36
7 Sauber 35
8 Toro Rosso 29
9 Williams 5
10 Team Lotus 0
11 HRT 0
12 Virgin 0

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