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Nico Rosberg on F1 pole in Singapore ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton
Sep 17, 2016, 3:29 PM

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo beat Lewis Hamilton to second place on the Formula 1 grid.

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo beat Lewis Hamilton to second place on the Formula 1 grid.

Rosberg will start his 200th Grand Prix race from first place after setting his best lap of 1m42.584s during his first effort in Q3.

Hamilton’s first run in the final part of the session left him 0.7s adrift of his Mercedes teammate in second but the world champion was pushed down to third when Ricciardo improved on his final run in Q3.

Daniel Ricciardo

The Australian driver was one of the only top ten runners to go quicker on their second lap and he claimed second on the grid in Singapore for the second year in a row.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen qualified fourth, and both drivers will start the race on the supersoft tyres, which should allow them to run longer than the Mercedes drivers in the first stint.

Speaking after the session, Rosberg said: “[I’m] definitely happy with that one for my 200th Grand Prix, for sure one of my top three laps ever. So I’m happy with that, it really went well.

Nico Rosberg

“At times it wasn’t clear in qualifying how we were going to stack up against Red Bull because they were very quick on the supersoft in Q2. So I knew I had to give it everything and really pull it out of the bag, which was cool.”

Kimi Raikkonen ended up fifth for Ferrari, ahead of the Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, who both enjoyed the smaller power deficit the Italian team faces with its 2015-spec engine around the streets of Singapore.

Nico Hulkenberg finish eighth for Force India, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Sergio Perez, who passed a slowing Esteban Gutierrez under yellow flags near the end of Q2 finished the session in P10, but the Mexican driver may yet have to answer to the stewards.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas was knocked out in Q2 by just 0.003s as he qualified 11th, one spot ahead of his Williams teammate Felipe Massa. Both drivers were unable to set a faster time on their final laps in the second part of the session as yellow flags that had come out to cover two incidents involving Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean caught them out.

Button will start 13th in the second McLaren as the British driver did not finish his final lap in Q2 because he brushed the wall at Turn 14 with his left rear, which damaged the wheel and he pulled off the track at Turn 16.

Esteban Gutierrez qualified 14th ahead of his Haas F1 teammate Romain Grosjean, who crashed at Turn 10 on his final Q2 run. The French driver’s rear wheels locked up under braking and he spun backwards into the tyre barrier, which had to be repaired causing a 10-minute delay to the start of Q3, at the outside of the circuit.

Jenson Button

Marcus Ericsson made it through to Q2 for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix, and the Swedish driver ultimately qualified 16th in the lead Sauber.

In Q1, Kevin Magnussen ended up 17th for Renault ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, who locked up and clouted with kerbs with “no rear grip” on his final run.

Pascal Wehrlein beat his Manor teammate Esteban Ocon on 20th, as Sebastian Vettel qualified down in 22nd after he suffered a mechanical failure before he had set a representative lap for Ferrari towards the end of Q1.

Sebastian Vettel

The four times world champion reported a possible front anti-roll bar failure over the radio and his SF16-H was visibly lifting its front wheels off the ground as he negotiated the Marina Bay’s circuit’s 23 corners. Ferrari eventually called him back to the pits to try and repair the damage but Vettel was forced to climb out and he will start last at the track where he was on pole 12 months ago.

Singapore Grand Prix qualifying results:

1 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1m42.584s

2 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m43.115s +0.531s

3 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m43.288s +0.704s

4 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m43.328s +0.744s

5 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m43.540s +0.956s

6 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m44.197s +1.613s

7 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m44.469s +1.885s

8 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m44.479s +1.895s

9 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m44.553s +1.969s

10 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m44.582s +1.998s

Q2

11 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m44.740s

12 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m44.991s

13 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m45.144s

14 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas 1m45.593s

15 Romain Grosjean, Haas 1m45.723s

16 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m47.827s

Q1

17 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m46.825s

18 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m46.860s

19 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m46.960s

20 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m47.667s

21 Esteban Ocon, Manor 1m48.296s

22 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m49.116s

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