Singapore GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Fernando Alonso scored the only night pole position of the season after hustling Bridgestone's super soft compound Potenza tyres around the challenging turns of the Marina Bay street course in Singapore. Alonso ...

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Fernando Alonso scored the only night pole position of the season after hustling Bridgestone's super soft compound Potenza tyres around the challenging turns of the Marina Bay street course in Singapore.

Alonso completed a 1min 45.390secs lap and will be joined on the front row for tomorrow's race by Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel, who was quickest in the first practice session. Both dry compounds as well as the wet and intermediate tyres were used today.

Q&A with Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development

What was significant about today's running?

"Once more we had difficult track conditions with a wet track to start the running. Drivers certainly have to work hard to avoid the barriers and the engineers have to work hard to understand how the tyres are working in these challenging but entertaining conditions. From our perspective, we found the circuit evolution very strange so it is difficult to understand tyre behaviour. Generally with the super soft driver feedback was of more oversteer than normal so this has been an intriguing weekend so far."

What are the tyre strategy considerations for tomorrow's race?

"When and if there is any rainfall will be a primary strategy consideration. If there is a wet track, it seems to take a very long time for the surface to dry so those sat in the cockpit will have to drive very accurately and pay strong attention to their work. If it is a dry track for the race, the wear and performance durability of both dry compounds should allow a wide range of strategy options so there is potential for a variety of strategy calls. Wet or dry, those on the pitwall will also have to concentrate very hard indeed tomorrow, but I think there is good potential for an entertaining race, just as we had an enjoyable qualifying session today."

-source: bridgestone

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing