Red Bull stumped on quali pace, Webber avoids penalty

The Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are somewhat perplexed as to the lack of pace in the final session of Qualifying today for the Singapore Grand Prix. Vettel had dominated all three practice session but when it came time to qualify, the German says he isn’t sure why they couldn’t capitalize on their practice pace:

“It’s hard to say what happened. I was happy until the end of Q2, but then in Q3 we weren’t able to go with the track and improve. In Q3 I couldn’t feel the grip so well and convert it to the lap time. The most important day is tomorrow and we have got pace in the car. We have been competitive this weekend and our target is to have a good race tomorrow; P3 is still a good place to start from.”

From Mark Webber’s purview, the team lost out to changing track conditions and couldn’t stay on top of the track to make gains as performance was changing all the time:

“We expected to be higher than that. It was a tricky session and on every run the car felt a bit different. We didn’t have the rear-grip that we had in the other sessions; normally the super soft tyres give us a certain balance, but it was difficult to chase it in that session. It’s disappointing to be seventh, but it’s a long race tomorrow and we have a chance to get something from it.”

The Australian driver avoided a penalty after an altercation with Marussia’s Timo Glock. The stewards assesed the sitaution and offered this conclusion:

“On the lap of the alleged impeding, GLO braked at T1 earlier than his previous best lap in that session,” via stewards report.

“By the apex he was 0.105 econds slower. At the apex of T3 where the alleged impeding occurred GLO was 0.090 seconds slower than his previous best.

“GLO overtook WEB at the exit to T3 on the racing line, braking into T5 earlier than his previous best lap and was now 0.198 seconds slower.

“At the end of Sector 1 (ie after T6) GLO’s delta time over his previous best was 0.380s seconds slower.

“Accordingly from the telemetry it is concluded there was no time lost whilst behind WEB – the time loss was before and after the alleged impeding.”

 

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