Sebastian Vettel looks determined to win his second Formula 1 Championship, with the German racing driver taking out pole position for today’s Singapore Grand Prix at the conclusion of yesterday’s qualifying session, in extreme heat and humidity at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
However, it might not be such a big surprise, but keep in mind that Red Bull Racing star Sebastian Vettel stated that he held back and did not perform at 100%: “On the last run, I tried a bit too much going into the really tricky chicane around Turn 10,” said Vettel, adding that, “I decided to abort the lap, as it can be so easy to damage the car.”
In addition to this “surprise”, the second place goes to another Red Bull driver. Still we saw something unexpected during yesterday’s qualifying session… Despite Fernando Alonso’s promised pace at the free practice, the two Red Bulls were challenged not by Ferrari, but by the McLarens of Jenson Button. Button beat his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, for third place.
As you can see below, the Scuderia had to be content with the third row of the grid with Alonso in front of Felipe Massa, while the two Mercedes’ and the two Force Indias completed the top 10 of the first night race in this year’s Formula 1 calendar.
At this time, Sebastian Vettel has a lead over his rivals that stands at 112 points, and with only 150 points remaining up for grabs in 2011, the Championship is looking very likely to be decided by the end of today’s race.