Sebastian Vettel took his fifth pole position of the year for Infiniti Red Bull Racing in qualifying for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion put his Renault-powered RB9 into the top spot by over a tenth of a second – despite sitting out the last laps of the session. Vettel set his lap of 1:42.841 in the early part of Q3 and was confident enough to watch the rest of the session from the garage. Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team-Renault) both set purple sectors on their quickest laps, but Vettel’s time remained the quickest overall. Rosberg lines up second while Grosjean will start from third. Mark Webber was fourth quickest.
Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1 Team) was eliminated in Q2 – the Finn suffering with back pain – and will start 13th. Fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas made it through to Q2 in the Renault-powered Williams and will start 16th ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado. Again the two Caterhams were comprehensively quicker than the Marussias. Frenchman Charles Pic was 19th fastest with Giedo van der Garde 20th.