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Stats from Marina Bay Qualifying

By saltire | 22 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,700 views

Lewis Hamilton clinched pole in dominant fashion, the McLaren driver’s time of 1 minute 46.362 seconds almost half a second ahead of Williams’ Pastor Maldonado who takes the second front-row slot. Only the controversial 2008 running of the Singapore Grand Prix has failed to have been won from pole position and leaves Hamilton in prime position to close the gap to Championship leader, Fernando Alonso who lines up fifth on the grid.
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Qualifying Facts

  • This is Lewis Hamilton’s fifth pole position of the season, and the fourth in a row for McLaren. The team converted the previous three in to victory.
  • Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have reached Q3 in every qualifying session in 2012, recording an average grid position of 3rd in the process.
  • This is Pastor Maldonado’s second front-row start of the year. In Spain he went on to win after being promoted to pole position in the wake of Hamilton’s exclusion. However, that is also his last points scoring race.
  • Both Mercedes drivers elected not to set a lap time in Q3 and may elect to try a different strategy from their rivals who all used the quicker supersoft compound.

Q3 Summary
Qualifying Lap Times

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.362
2. Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:46.804
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:46.905
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.939
5. Alonso Ferrari 1:47.216
6. di Resta Force India-Mercedes     1:47.241
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:47.475
8. Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:47.788
9. Schumacher     Mercedes no time
10. Rosberg Mercedes no time
Q2 cut-off time: 1:47.943
11. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:47.975
12. Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault 1:48.261
13. Massa Ferrari 1:48.344
14. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.505
15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.774
16. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.849
17. Senna³ Williams-Renault no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1:49.809
18. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.933
19. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:50.846
20. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:51.137
21. Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.370
22. Pic² Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.762
23. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:52.372
24. de la Rosa¹ HRT-Cosworth 1:53.355

107% time: 1:55.226

¹ de la Rosa received a 5-place penalty for a replacement gearbox but as he qualified 24th, his starting position is unaffected.
² Pic received a penalty for overtaking during a red flag period. Twenty seconds are to be added to his race time and he must perform One days’ community service for the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign.
³ Senna received a 5-place grid penalty for a replacement engine and will start the race from 22nd position.

Best Sector Times
What are your predictions for the race? Can Lewis Hamilton avoid a first corner incident with Pastor Maldonado? Should Pic have received a harsher penalty? Who was lucky and who was unlucky today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

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  • Mav

    I think Vettel might be disappointed not to be a place further up the grid.

    Well done di Resta. Force India only seem to ever get one car performing in qualifying but at least they share it between the two drivers.

    Mercedes could be interesting. A bit more choice over tyre strategy but I think they might have more tyre wear anyway so who knows where they’ll end up.

    Was Pedro even trying today, considering he had a penalty anyway?

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  • saltire (author)

    Late gearbox penalty for Senna, he will now start the race in 22nd.

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