The Nico Rosberg charge continues as he took pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. He has a great chance now of reclaiming his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship as team-mate Lewis Hamilton only managed third place.
It’s not just the fact Rosberg has pole that will worry the defending world champion. Hamilton finished 0.704 seconds behind the German as his troubled weekend continued. A mistake on the entry to Turn One on his final lap ruined his chances of claiming pole position but Rosberg looks in awesome form this weekend.
Second place on the grid goes to Daniel RIcciardo who was 0.531 seconds behind Rosberg with his team-mate Max Verstappen in fourth.
Not great news for Ferrari either with Sebastian Vettel having a right old nightmare and he’ll start last on the grid. He was never happy with his car today radioing that there were problems at the front of his Ferrari. He was told to stay out on the track but the problems persisted and the angry driver told his team “This is stupid, we are losing time.” He failed to make it out of Q1 and oh to be fly on the wall when he got back to the pits.
It wasn’t much better for Jenson Button who so far is having a weekend to forget. He’ll start in 13th place after hitting the wall in Turn 14 breaking a wheel. Better news for his team-mate though, Fernando Alonso will start in 9th.
as fourth quickest, 0.15secs quicker than Rosberg but the German was faster in the second session, again on the first runs in the top 10 shoot-out and then he made a mistake on the entry to Turn One on his final lap.
Rosberg was certainly in an upbeat mood after qualifying and who can blame him. “For sure one of my top three laps ever. At times it wasn’t clear where we would stack up against Red Bull so I knew I had to pull one out of the bag.” And the late Paul Daniels couldn’t have done it better.
Not so happy of course was Lewis Hamilton who declared that “it has not been my weekend so far. Not many good laps. Just not been able to string them together.”
It’s certainly not looking likely that Hamilton will leave Singapore as championship leader. Rosberg has been on top of his game this weekend and the same can’t be said for Lewis so far. Of course it wouldn’t be the first time that the British driver has struggled on Friday and Saturday and then pulled it round on Sunday. Rosberg on pole though must know that with a good start and an accident free Grand Prix, he’ll win this race and open up a gap at the top of the table. It should be a great race, so lots to look forward to. I’ll be back again with another blog next weekend, in the meantime, enjoy your racing.