First Non Mercedes Powered Pole Position Since 2013
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took pole position for tomorrow’s Singapore night race at the Marina Bay circuit, the first non Mercedes powered pole position since the introduction of the new era power unit in Formula One.
Vettel set his pole position time of 1m 43.855s on new Super Soft tyres. The top ten all set their qualifying times on new Super Soft tyres.
Pirelli expect Sunday’s race to be a two to three stop event with a three stop strategy theoretically the fastest option. Pirelli believe teams should start the race on Super Soft tyres, switching to Super Soft tyres again on lap 16 before stopping again on lap 31 before making a final stop on lap 46 for the Soft compound tyre.
A two stop strategy is also achievable as a way of avoiding traffic starting the race on the Super Soft and than stopping on lap 16 for the Super Soft before making a switch to the Soft compound tyre on lap 43.
Speaking following the session Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery commented by saying:
One of the most thrilling qualifying sessions of the year, which promises a lot in terms of strategy. Track temperatures clearly had an influence on qualifying, with temperatures progressively falling during the session. The result is a grid that has a distinctly different look to it from usual and that means that we should be in for an exciting grand prix tomorrow. Singapore contains so many differences compared to other races that it inevitably leads to a surprise or two, and we’ve seen that again tonight: in an absolutely stunning setting under the lights.