Singapore GP – Ferrari Bookends

By Auto News Log • September 25th, 2010

Singapore – Like identical but opposite facing bookends on a shelf, the two Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro drivers have ended up at either end of the grid for Sunday’s 61 lap Singapore Grand Prix.

After taking pole position on the high speed Monza circuit a fortnight ago, Fernando Alonso produced another sensational performance in Q3 to “steal” pole from expected favourites Red Bull. It was a drive that proved why the Spaniard is a double world champion. Fernando might have the best position on the grid, but race fans will be getting excited at the prospect of another very interesting battle for the championship, as all the other real contenders for the Drivers’ crown are right behind the Ferrari man. He shares the front row with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, while the second row is an all McLaren affair, Lewis Hamilton having out-performed Jenson Button. The last of the five in the title race, Mark Webber, lines up fifth in the other Red Bull, sharing the third row with Rubens Barrichello in the Williams.

Given how competitive the F10 was today, it is a real shame that Felipe Massa could not have been up there with his team-mate to help in the title fight. Cruel misfortune robbed Felipe Massa of any chance of a serious shot at a good result in the fifteenth round of the world championship, as the time sheet from qualifying shows that the Brazilian failed to complete a single lap in Q1, because of a gearbox problem. The last time Felipe raced here in 2008, he started from pole, so he will now have really experienced both ends of the Singapore spectrum.

This is the first year, out of the three we have been coming to Singapore, that there has been any rain on the track and the lesson learned over the past two days is that, because of the humidity, the track can take an age to dry completely, so any rain tomorrow could make a tricky circuit even more unpredictable. Factor in extreme heat, humidity and around twenty five corners per lap and tomorrow’s night race should be a real thriller, even if everyone at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will be hoping for a very uneventful Grand Prix, leading from the front.

Source: Ferrari


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