It's going to be a very interesting first lap tomorrow what with old friends Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado sharing the first row. Maldonado knows the stewards eyes will be on him but the margin of error here at Singapore is nothing. Pass the popcorn.
Lurking behind is the other kid under surveillance, Romain Grosjean, call him "Lucky Luke" after stuffing his Lotus into the tire barriers in Q2 without any apparent damage. Speaking of hitting the wall, in Q3 Hamilton, apparently not content having essentially pulverized the field was on a final flier when he touched the wall with his right rear, will there be an issue in the race?
Vettel could not match his Q2 pace in Q3, this after being the fastest guy in every practice session. His Q2 time would have put him on the front row ahead of Maldonado and his miracle lap but Sebastian made a mistake on his final attempt.
Alonso is a whole second down but can afford to be, for Ferrari it will be a question of reliability, consistent race pace and tire wear. If he gets on the podium, it's a win. Unfortunately Alonso has to do all the work alone, Massa failed to make Q3, Barring a miracle in the race this will be his last Singapore GP.
Raikkonen needed more ice cream.
This will be a race of strategy, safety cars are likely and last year it was a 3 or 4 stop race. Pass more popcorn.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m46.362s 2. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m46.804s + 0.442 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m46.905s + 0.543 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m46.939s + 0.577 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.216s + 0.854 6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m47.241s + 0.879 7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m47.475s + 1.113 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m47.788s + 1.426 9. Michael Schumacher Mercedes no time 10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes no time Q2 cut-off time: 1m47.943s Gap ** 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m47.975s + 1.310 12. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.261s + 1.596 13. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m48.344s + 1.679 14. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m48.505s + 1.840 15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m48.774s + 2.109 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m48.849s + 2.184 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault no time Q1 cut-off time: 1m49.809s Gap * 18. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.933s + 2.245 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m50.846s + 3.158 20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m51.137s + 3.449 21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m51.370s + 3.682 22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m51.762s + 4.074 23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m52.372s + 4.684 24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m53.355s + 5.667 107% time: 1m55.226s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2