Red Bull blocks out Singapore front-row

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Sunday 25th September, 2011 - 6:11am

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Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position

Red Bull Racing has blocked out the front row of the Singapore Grand Prix grid in a dramatic qualifying session.

Sebastian Vettel, who could wrap up his second consecutive world title in the race, will start from pole, with Australian team-mate Mark Webber second.

Vettel led at the end of all three qualifying sessions, underlining his supreme 2011 form.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton looked like the man to offer The Bulls a challenge, but a fuelling problem during the final session forced him to sit on the sidelines. At that point, he was the fastest, but his time was edged out by Vettel, Webber and team-mate Jenson Button.

Hamilton’s up and down session also saw him involved in a out-lap dispute over track position with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Massa would end up sixth, one place behind his team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Of the other top 10 runners, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the only other person to set a lap time, placing him in seventh. His team-mate Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher got out of pit lane too late, and the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta opted to conserve their tyres.

The only major incident was in Q2 Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi leaped over the Turn 10 kerbs and smacked into the outer wall.

Of note, Kobayashi’s Sauber team-mate Sergio Perez had knocked di Resta out of the top 10 in the dying moments of Q2, only for di Resta to pull out a mega final lap to take the spot back.

The Renaults had a horrid run, with Bruno Senna to line-up in 15th and Vitaly Petrov 18th – rolled out of qualifying at the end of Q1.

Grid order for Singapore Grand Prix.

No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:46.397 1:44.931 1:44.381 12
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:47.332 1:45.651 1:44.732 14
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.956 1:45.472 1:44.804 14
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.014 1:46.829 1:44.809 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:47.054 1:45.779 1:44.874 13
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:47.945 1:45.955 1:45.800 14
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:47.688 1:46.405 1:46.013 11
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:48.819 1:46.043 11
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:47.952 1:47.093 14
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:48.022 1:47.486 14
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.717 1:47.616 13
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:48.061 1:48.082 14
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:49.710 1:48.270 16
14 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:48.753 1:48.634 11
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:48.861 1:48.662 13
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:49.588 1:49.862 10
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.054 8
18 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:49.835 8
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:50.948 6
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:51.012 6
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.154 7
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.363 6
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:52.404 6
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:52.810 6

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