Singapore Grand Prix qualifying as it happened

Text highlights of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay, where Sebastian Vettel starts on pole position.

21 September 2013 Last updated at 14:48 GMT

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  1. 1540: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has been in a class of his own all weekend and deservedly took pole position, albeit having to deal with some anxious moments stood in the garage as his rivals tried, but failed, to beat him.

    Can he convert pole into victory and further extend his lead at the top of the championship? Or will the demanding, bumpy and physical Marina Bay Street Circuit, which has seen a safety car in each of the years it has hosted an F1 race, give his rivals an opportunity to strike back?

    Join me tomorrow to find out. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 1538: 

    That's just about it from me. I'll be back at 1200 BST tomorrow to guide you through the Formula 1's only night race - the Singapore Grand Prix.

    The lights go out at 1300, with BBC Radio 5 live on air just before that. We'll then have a highlights show on BBC One and BBC One HD at 1700.

  3. 1532: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report. There'll be highlights on BBC One and BBC One HD at 1715 BST and all the news and analysis from the Singapore paddock on this very website...

  4. 1525: 

    Sebastian Vettel will sleep pretty well tonight I suspect. But Nico Rosberg, who admits to loving street circuits, will feature, as will Romain Grosjean - who has been quick all weekend.

    Then there's Red Bull's Mark Webber to consider. The Australian has lacked pace on the super-soft but on the medium he was usually quicker than team-mate Vettel.


    Sauber: #Guti was the only one in Q3 with no new super-softs. so that is the maximum we could get. Very strong team effort - P10 and P11.


    A last word from Sebastian Vettel: "It's one of the toughest races we face all year, probably the toughest physically and mentally. One lap is so long, there is no room for mistakes, it's very bumpy, and you can see we're all sweating quite a lot even though we only did a few laps. Pole is the best position to start from as it is tricky to pass on this track but it's such a long race, so there are plenty of opportunities for all of us - we usually get a safety car in this race, too."


    Lotus' Romain Grosjean, who qualified third: "The car has been OK today and if we look at the number of laps we have done this weekend, it is not too bad. The team made a good decision for the strategy and it is good to be in the front for this grand prix."


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who qualified second, 0.091 secs behind Sebastian Vettel: "It's unfortunate. Sebastian has been really quick the whole weekend. It was very close and it was a pity because one tenth more it would have been possible, but second is still a good result and gives us a good position to start the race tomorrow. We are confident about our race pace so I think a great result is possible."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will start on pole: "It's a weird feeling to stand in garage with two minutes to go, it's much worse when you watch the others and there's nothing you can do. I was watching the sectors times closely. Mark started with a purple sector and Nico and Romain then had a purple sector, but fortunately my last sector was strong enough. It was a great feeing, I'm very happy with the result. The car has been phenomenal all weekend."

  10. 1512: 

    Time to hear from the top three, starting with Sebastian Vettel who took his fifth pole position of the season...


    Josh Cobb: Hmm, looks like they might be racing for second tomorrow.

  12. 1509: 

    Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg are all smiles as they pose for the post-qualifying top three photo. They're then ushered away towards the news conference room...

  13. 1507: 

    Jenson Button, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Gutierrez, the latter of whom didn't set a timed lap, complete the top 10.

  14. 1505: 

    Felipe Massa outqualified Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso for the second successive race, the Brazilian finishing a few thousandths ahead of the double world champion. They'll start sixth and seventh.

  15. 1503: 

    There must have been some pretty nervous moments in the Red Bull garage as Sebastian Vettel watched Nico Rosberg came agonisingly close to pipping him to pole. But ultimately, his confidence was well placed and the German punches the air as he sees his rivals, one by one, fail to beat his time.

  16. 1502: 
    Singapore GP

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will start on pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  17. 1501: 

    Nico Rosberg goes second, 0.091 seconds adrift. So, so close for the Mercedes driver. Romain Grosjean nails a decent effort to go third, with Mark Webber tailing off towards the end to finish fourth. Can Lewis Hamilton do anything? Nope, he's fifth which means...

  18. 1500: 

    Felipe Massa goes sixth quickest but that's not the story. Mark Webber sets the fastest first sector of all and Nico Rosberg sets the fastest middle sector! Oh the tension. Has Sebastian Vettel messed this up?

  19. 1459: 

    But it looks like Sebastian Vettel thinks like he's done enough to secure pole position as he's getting out of the car with a couple of minutes remaining. Have Mercedes played a blinder and lured Vettel into a false sense of security? I'm not so sure...

  20. 1458: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel tells his team that he thinks he can improve by a tenth or two. Bad news for his rivals as he's already six tenths quicker than anyone else.

  21. 1456: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified 11th: "This morning was very bad [for my back]. It wasn't as bad in qualifying, but this morning I could not really drive and we didn't get done what we wanted with the car. We'll see how we get on in the race."

  22. 1455: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button went out on the medium tyres and then peeled straight back in without starting a timed lap. Looks like they've decided not to set a time and instead start the race on the medium tyre. Button rued not doing the same thing in Italy so it's not a surprising decision.

  23. 1454: 

    It's a 1:42.841 for Sebastian Vettel - the fastest of the day - to go quickest. Nico Rosberg nips into second, sixth tenths adrift, with Mark Webber third, Lewis Hamilton fourth and Romain Grosjean fifth.

  24. 1452: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has headed out nice and early with a fresh set of tyres. He's got a clear track to pump in a benchmark time.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    Esteban Gutierrez [who was a surprising seventh in Q2 for Sauber] was very keen for the people of Mexico to have something to cheer after what they've been through [with the recent flooding].

  26. 1450: 

    Q3 is under way. Ten drivers will fight for pole in a 10-minute shoot-out.

  27. 1448: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is going to have to be behind hiding a whole bunch of time in his back pocket if he is to outshine Sebastian Vettel and snatch pole because the Red Bull driver is looking untouchable out there. Q3 coming up...

  28. 1447: 

    Nope, it's not a typo. Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican rookie, did indeed make it into Q3 with the seventh fastest time.

    It's a super lap from the Sauber youngster, whose team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was just edged out by Jenson Button in the final seconds, and he's on course for the best qualifying start of his career.

  29. 1446: 

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 3) Rosberg 4) Hamilton 5) Grosjean 6) Alonso 7) Gutierrez 8) Massa 9) Ricciardo 10) Button

  30. 1445: 

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Vergne 13) Raikkonen 14) Perez 15) Sutil 16) Bottas

  31. 1444: 
    Singapore GP

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  32. 1443: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is out of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  33. 1441: 

    Vergne, Ricciardo, Gutierrez, Bottas, Button and Perez are currently in the drop zone. Both Button and Perez have yet to set a lap time, but they've just headed out and will have time for just one flying lap.

  34. 1439: 

    Sebastian Vettel tears up the timesheets, clocking a 1:42.905 to go quickest. His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber goes second, but he's nearly one second adrift of the reigning world champion. Romain Grosjean goes fifth, behind both Mercedes.

  35. 1438: 

    Judging by the times set so far, it seems the laps done on scrubbed or used sets of tyres are actually better than those set on the fresh rubber, which has come as quite some surprise for Felipe Massa's race engineer Rob Smedley.

  36. 1437: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber plus Lotus' Romain Grosjean are the only three cars out on the track right now - we've not seen a lap from them yet.

  37. 1436: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta who qualified 17th: "It's not up to scratch. We are more optimised for the race and our degradation levels are far better than other cars, but whether we can get points I don't know. We've given ourselves some work to do but hopefully the pit-wall can give me a good strategy tomorrow."

  38. 1435: 

    Caterham's Giedo van der Garde, who qualified 20th, talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow: "I hit the wall too much, but you have to push and sometimes you make errors."

  39. 1434: 

    Nico Rosberg dips into the high-1m43s, the German clocked a 1:43.892, a few thousandths quicker than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso goes third, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg with Kimi Raikkonen down to fifth.

  40. 1431: 

    Kimi Raikkonen puts the first time on the board - it's a 1:44.794, which is seven tenths quicker than he managed in Q1.

  41. 1429: 

    Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have headed out on the super-soft tyres, as has the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen. The Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg has chosen a fresh set of the faster rubber.

  42. 1427: 

    The second part of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is under way. This is a 15-minute session, with the six slowest drivers taking an early bath to leave 10 to fight it out for pole.


    Craig Benson: "Poor PDR. Oot first round. Not the best if you want a move to a 'big' seat. #bbcf1

  44. 1426: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Button 3) Alonso 4) Perez 5) Rosberg 6) Webber 7) Vettel 8) Ricciardo

    9) Hulkenberg 10) Gutierrez 11) Raikkonen 12) Vergne 13) Massa 14) Grosjean 15) Sutil 16) Bottas

  45. 1425: 

    17) Di Resta 18) Maldonado 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

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    Singapore GP

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  47. 1423: 

    Felipe Massa scrapes into Q2 with the 13th best time as does Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber, the Mexican clocking the 10th best time. very impressive from the rookie. That's bad news for Paul Di Resta, of course.

  48. 1422: 

    Paul Di Resta is out of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  49. 1421: 

    Giedo van der Garde is fully committed, perhaps a little too committed as the Dutchman thumps the wall with the right rear tyre. The Caterham driver continues, but that car will need a good looking at.

  50. 1419: 

    Felipe Massa is in the drop zone! But he's just headed out on track and will have time for one flying lap. Problem is, there are plenty of cars out there so traffic could be a problem.

  51. 1418: 

    Bottas, Van der Garde, Bianchi, Pic, Chilton and Sutil are currently in the drop zone with a couple of minutes remaining.

  52. 1417: 

    Sergio Perez goes quickest on the super-softs, but his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button bumps him down a place. Lewis Hamilton then smashes the previous best by a second to climb to the top of the pile with a 1:44.196.

  53. 1415: 

    Mark Webber goes quickest on the medium tyre, clocking a 1:45.271, which is 0.110 seconds fastest than Nico Hulkenberg. The Australian has been quicker on the medium tyre than his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel all weekend. It's when Vettel, who is third quickest, puts the super-soft on that Webber can't seem to keep up.

  54. 1412: 

    Nico Hulkenberg goes quickest in the Sauber, clocking a 1:45.381 - but he's using the super-soft tyres, which are up to two seconds quicker than the mediums.

  55. 1410: 

    BBC F1's Tom Clarkson reports that Lotus say Kimi Raikkonen's seat wasn't fitted properly and he hit a kerb quite hard yesterday which caused the problem with his back.

  56. 1408: 

    Nico Rosberg goes top, clocking a 1:46.288, four tenths clear of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton is bumped down to third, with Kimi Raikkonen - who had an injection to ease his back pain - is up to fifth.

  57. 1406: 

    Lewis Hamilton sets the early benchmark, the 2008 world champion clocking a 1:47.087 which is half a second clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso. There's unspectacular lap times for Romain Grosjean and Nico Rosberg who go fifth and 10th respectively.

  58. 1404: 

    Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean are out nice and early, but Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso look content to just sit in their garages for now.

  59. 1402: 

    Pastor Maldonado is the first man out in the Williams. He has been pushing the limits of the track all weekend, so let's hope he can keep his nose clean...

  60. 1400: 

    The first part of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is under way. It's a 20-minute session where the six slowest drivers are knocked out before the times are reset.

  61. 1355: 

    James Allen, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson are on air with 5 live commentary here online. You can listen to them by clicking the link to the right-hand side of this page. Mobile users go back to the BBC F1 homepage.

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    Singapore GP

    Amelia, an F1 fan from Hong Kong, has a high vantage point for qualifying in Singapore. She's sat in the Singapore Flyer - the highest Ferris wheel in the world. Keep your pictures coming via #bbcf1.

  63. 1348: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is suffering with back pain this weekend - which may explain the gap between him and Romain Grosjean. The Finn has a problem with a muscle in his lower back, but the 2007 world champion will try to qualify.


    Force India: Less than 20 minutes to qualifying! Time to grab a quick bite, hydrate properly and get ready for the pole position battle!

  65. 1343: 

    Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard are in the paddock filming the qualifying highlights which are on BBC One & BBC One HD today at 1715 BST. Race coverage on Sunday is online from 1200 BST, on 5 live from 1300. TV highlights are on BBC One & BBC HD at 1700 BST.

    David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1's Andrew Benson:‏ DC and EJ double-teaming the sartorial approach. Pretty in pink? #bbcf1

  67. 1338: 

    The heat and humidity in Singapore is so high that drivers can lose up to 3kg of fluid during the race. Combined with the circuit's very bumpy surface, it makes the race around the streets of Marina Bay one of the most physically demanding on the F1 calendar. Spare a thought for the mechanics responsible for fuelling the cars - they have to wear fireproof overalls throughout. That can't be pleasant.


    Mercedes: Both cars looking pleasingly complete in the garage with half an hour to go. Engine covers on and last titivation underway as we tweet.

  69. 1332: 
    Singapore Stig

    Lucy Penney appears to have found Singapore's answer to the Stig ahead of qualifying. Oh dear. If you are at the race, send your photos to us using #bbcf1.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "The sun has set, the lights are up and the atmosphere in the paddock is buzzing ahead of qualifying at one of F1's blue-riband races. The question is, though, will the excitement of the battle for pole position match the grandeur of the setting? It doesn't look that likely. Sebastian Vettel has looked incredibly strong all weekend and is an overwhelming favourite for pole here after setting the pace again in final practice. But the times did not give a completely accurate picture.

    Lewis Hamilton, who was only fifth fastest, had traffic on his qualifying simulation run. Given he had been half a second ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg on the medium tyres, Mercedes expected a similar margin on the super-softs. As Rosberg was 0.572secs slower than Vettel, that suggests Hamilton might have a shot at beating the Red Bull. But Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe admits Vettel 'looks difficult to catch'."

  71. 1327: 
    Singapore GP

    The Singapore Grand Prix isn't just a race - it's an event. This year, the organisers - who have almost sold out the event - have signed up Rihanna, The Killers, Tom Jones and Justin Bieber to perform at various concerts this weekend.

    They've also put on a spectacular show for the fans during the build-up to qualifying. Matthew Fitch sent us this picture of a 30-metre inflatable snake and giant spider which are part of a performance - that also features a praying mantis and giant ants - called Chaos.

  72. 1323: 

    Only three men have started on pole this season. Lewis Hamilton leads the way on five, with Sebastian Vettel on four and Nico Rosberg the other three.

  73. 1317: 

    So qualifying starts at 1400 BST - 2100 local time - and will be spread over an hour. It'll be split into three sections as usual. The first will last 20 minutes and see the six slowest drivers knocked out. Another six will be kicked out after a 15-minute session leaving 10 to fight it out in a 10-minute shoot-out.

  74. 1312: 

    Pole is a pretty handy place to be in Singapore, with the pole-sitter has been victorious three times - in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Lewis Hamilton looked on course for victory on the streets of Marina Bay last year, too, having started from pole, before his gearbox let him down.

  75. 1309: 

    The furthest back on the grid that any Singapore GP winner has started from is 15th. That was Fernando Alonso, who triumphed for Renault in the inaugural event in 2008. However, let's not forget that was the race where it was discovered Renault team bosses asked Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash to bring out the safety car at a specific moment.

  76. 1306: 

    Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was the man on top in final practice, but he only had a slender advantage over Romain Grosjean. The Mercedes will be very much in the mix on this high downforce circuit, too, following Lewis Hamilton's victory at the last high downforce circuit in Hungary.

    This qualifying session is by no means a foregone conclusion.

  77. 1303: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Hello everybody and welcome to qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix - the Monaco of the East if you will - around the streets of Marina Bay.

  78. 1300: 

    Bernie said let there be light - and there was light as 1,500 halogen lamps flickered on to illuminate the streets of Singapore...

  79. 1215: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's third and final practice report, plus a link to last night's Inside F1. I'm off for a spot of lunch, but will be back at 1300 to begin building up to qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel may look like he's got this one in the bag, but I reckon Lewis Hamilton is the one to watch come Q3. See you in a bit.

  80. 1212: 

    It was a relatively uninspiring session for Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with the pair finishing third and fifth fastest respectively - but maybe they're just keeping their powder dry for qualifying. It wouldn't be the first time....

  81. 1209: 

    Very impressive from Romain Grosjean, who finished second fastes, just 0.191 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel. Grosjean is aiming to be number one at Lotus next year so finishing 1.7 seconds clear of his world champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will certain help his cause.

  82. 1205: 

    1) Vettel 2) Grosjean 3) Rosberg 4) Webber 5) Hamilton 6) Alonso 7) Perez 8) Hulkenberg 9) Button 10) Massa 11) Vergne

    12) Raikkonen 13) Maldonado 14) Ricciardo 15) Bottas 16) Di Resta 17) Gutierrez 18) Sutil 19) Van de Garde 20) Pic 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  83. 1200: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in third and final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

  84. 1158: 

    Nico Rosberg is third fastest, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton fifth, 0.748 seconds off the pace. Lots of traffic out there as everyone tries to find some space and get a lap in before the end of the session.

  85. 1157: 

    Romain Grosjean's time at the top is short-lived as yep, you guessed it, Sebastian Vettel slots into his familiar P1 slot. Encouragingly, though, he's only 0.191 seconds faster than Romain Grosjean - so the others have closed the gap. Mark Webber's lap is very, very scruffy, and he can only manage fourth, seven tenths off the pace.

  86. 1156: 

    Fernando Alonso is nowhere near Romain Grosjean, the Spaniard clocking a 1:45.257 which is 0.893 seconds adrift. Bad news for Ferrari fans.

  87. 1155: 

    All coverage for the Singapore GP this weekend is live here on the BBC Sport website through live text and audio commentary from 5 live and 5 live sports extra. Plus there's video and extended TV highlights.

    Final practice is online now. Qualifying is online from 13:00 BST and on 5 live sports extra from 14:15 BST.

    TV Qualifying highlights are on BBC One & BBC One HD today at 17:15 BST.

    Race coverage on Sunday is online from 12:00 BST, on 5 live from 13:00. TV highlights are on BBC One & BBC HD at 17:00 BST.

  88. 1153: 

    Romain Grosjean goes quickest with a mighty 1:44.364 in the Lotus. he's found two seconds when swapping the mediums for the super-softs. That's only a fraction slower than Sebastian Vettel's best yesterday. Wow.


    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: Driving under the lights not an issue for the drivers, do you find it difficult walking round your house with the 100w light on?

  90. 1151: 

    Brace yourself, folks. The super-softs have made an appearance which means we're set for some qualifying-style runs shortly.


    Rian Hoskins: Singapore rewards the best drivers. I predict a shoot-out between Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen, with Vettel on pole.

  92. 1151: 

    So 0.867 seconds separates the top six, with Mark Webber heading Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso.


    Ferrari: Clear indications by the drivers on setup: car feels better than yesterday but now working on improving mechanical grip.

  94. 1145: 

    Lots of work going on at the front foot-well of Jenson Button's McLaren - and it seems the same can be said over at Ferrari, with plenty of mechanics working on the same area of Fernando Alonso's machine.

    Singapore GP

    Carl Barton: "My mates Arno and Mickey enjoying the Paddock Club at Singapore #bbcf1."

  96. 1140: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta has a moment down at Turn 7, but the run-off saves him. Williams' Pastor Maldonado makes an error at Turn 2, but he keeps it out of the barriers, too. The Venezuelan was all over the shop in practice yesterday, culminating in a broken front wing.

  97. 1137: 

    The top of the timesheets have taken on an all too familiar look with Red Bull holding P1 and P2. However it's Mark Webber, rather than Sebastian Vettel, who is top of the pile. Makes a welcome change.

  98. 1133: 

    Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag, text us on 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages, or go to the BBC Sport Facebook page to make your predictions for who will be on pole position in qualifying.


    Caterham: Quick ride height change for @GvanderGarde and he's back out for FP3 run 2. @Charles_Pic1 just behind with a front wing flap adjustment.

  100. 1131: 

    Mark Webber has gone quickest, the Red Bull driver clocking a 1:46.220, 0.294 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. Romain Grosjean is third quickest in the Lotus, with Nico Rosberg fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "It looks like the format of a Friday at a F1 race will change from next season. The first session will be extended to two hours to encourage young drivers to get a real run out. Teams will get an extra set of tyres, which they can only use in the first 30 minutes of the session. It looks like that rule has been ratified in Singapore."

    Singapore GP

    Tim, a British expat living in Singapore, poses ahead of final practice. If you are at the race, send your photos to us using #bbcf1

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Gary Anderson was perplexed on Friday by Ferrari's decision to take off the new front wing design Fernando Alonso had used to set his best lap time and fit the old design for his long race-simulation run. Team boss Stefano Domenicali told me earlier on Saturday that they wanted to do another comparison between the old and new wings and would decide after practice which one to commit to for the rest of the weekend."

  104. 1124: 

    Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo has taken over at the top of the charts with a time of 1:48.001, 0.184 seconds clear of Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber with Valtteri Bottas third in the Williams. No times from either Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes yet.

  105. 1122: 

    Deputy team principal Bob Fernley said in the news conference yesterday that the team have got their 2014 car fed into their computers, and it doesn't make sense to feed their 2013 back in to try and fix the problem. So they'll keep pushing on this year by testing changes at the track on Fridays, but they won't compromise on their development for next year. The team have scored 61 points this season, 59 of those were scored before the tyre change.

  106. 1120: 

    Force India blasted out of the blocks this season and spent much of the year in fifth in the constructors' championship ahead of McLaren. However, when Pirelli made a major change to their tyres after the Silverstone blow-outs, the Silverstone team lost out massively. They've scored 61 points this season, 59 of those were scored before the tyre change.

  107. 1117: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta sits on top of the pile, the Scot clocking a 1:49.572, half a second clear of team-mate Adrian Sutil, with Esteban Gutierrez third in the Sauber.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan
    Eddie Jordan

    "We know that Sebastian Vettel is out of contract at the end of next year so I imagine he is looking at Ferrari to keep him challenged. If that happens, the spiralling effect means Alonso could go to McLaren in 2015."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "A day after it emerged McLaren want to re-sign Fernando Alonso, the paddock is still buzzing with the news. It's clear the team are very serious about the move, even though Alonso said on Friday he had no intention of leaving Ferrari. McLaren accept it is unlikely to happen for next year - although not impossible - but are keen to make a big push to sign Alonso for 2015 regardless. They will be keeping a watching brief on how the Alonso-Kimi Raikkonen dynamic develops next year."

  110. 1114: 

    Rubens Barrichello is in the house. The Brazilian ex-F1 driver is in the Ferrari garage, donning his "I beat the Stig" Top Gear t-shirt, and joking with Felipe Massa who looks pretty relaxed.


    Sauber: Installation laps done, now the usual checks before the next run with the aim to find the best possible set up for quali.

  112. 1111: 

    It's baking out there, with the air temperature hovering around 30C and track temps three degrees higher. The killer, though, is the 66% humidity. Sweaty.


    Tom Whitehouse: Even at this early stage of the weekend the Red Bull looks ominously quick. I personally can't see anything other than a Red Bull win.

  114. 1107: 

    Giedo Van Der Garde clocks a 1:52.134 which goes quickest, eighth tenths quicker than his Caterham team-mate Charles Pic.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "Kimi has the experience, he's been a world champion, and for sure he'll put huge pressure on Alonso. Alonso does not like this marriage, so it'll be intriguing to see how it develops. They want to win the constructors' championship. They have persevered with Massa for long enough. They've said he was inconsistent. They are looking for consistency from Kimi and I think they will get that."

  116. 1104: 

    The big news between races was, of course, that Kimi Raikkonen is making a return to Ferrari, the team with which he won his one and only world championship in 2007 but also paid him not to race for them in 2010, next year.

    It'll mean the Finn, who won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, will join double world champion Fernando Alonso in a super team. Here's what BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan thinks of the move...

  117. 1102: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen are out nice and early, as is the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

  118. 1100: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Third and final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix is under way at Marina Bay.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Friday was a bleak day for Ferrari. This race is almost a last-chance saloon for them - team boss Stefano Domenicali has made it clear they will take a look at their championship situation after Singapore and decide how much more effort to put into upgrades for this season. They have brought new front and rear wings and rear diffuser to this race but Fernando Alonso was nearly 1.5 seconds off the pace and looked slow on his long run, too. The Ferrari looked a real handful, with a loose rear end making the lives of Alonso and Felipe Massa difficult out on the demanding Marina Bay track. Can team and/or driver pull something out on Saturday."

  120. 1056: 

    James Allen is up and running the BBC Radio 5 live commentary box. Click the link at the top right of this page to give him a listen.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Red Bull looked forbiddingly fast in Friday practice, more so than at any race this season. Sebastian Vettel was a second clear of the first non-Red Bull on one-lap pace in the second session and his and team-mate Mark Webber's long runs were equally impressive. Lewis Hamilton was downcast, saying competing with Red Bull was 'not possible at the moment'. But others are less sure. McLaren's Jenson Button said he felt Hamilton's Mercedes would challenge them, and Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe, asked if they could compete with the Red Bulls, offered a confident: 'Yes.' Hamilton had been held up on his quick lap, Lowe said, seeming confident there was more to come."

  122. 1052: 

    A 25,000-strong workforce begin preparations in May, four months before the race is due to take place. All infrastructure will be taken out of a 38,000sqm storage facility tucked away in eastern Singapore and the process of putting the race together begins. On Wednesday before the race, the first series of road closures begin, and after the final round of inspections, at 0300 local time on Friday morning, the circuit is officially opened for business.


    Hannah Smith: Sebastian Vettel's won this race two times in a row. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins it for the third time.

  124. 1048: 

    Singapore may only have been part of the F1 calendar since 2008 but it's already become one of the favourites. As the only night race on the calendar, the 23-turn 5.065km street circuit covers an area of 799,000sqm - which is the equivalent of 112 full-size football pitches. Over 10km of debris fencing is used, as well as around 2,600 concrete barriers and around 1,500 lights to illuminate the circuit.

  125. 1044: 

    So here's how today is going to work. Third practice kicks off at 1100 BST and lasts an hour. We've got a short break before qualifying at 1400. We've got live audio commentary available online with BBC Radio 5 live's James Allen, Jennie Gow and Gary Anderson from at 1055 and you'll be able to listen to their dulcet tones by clicking the link at the top right of this page at the aforementioned time.

  126. 1040: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Can anyone stop Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel taking his fifth pole position of the season later on today? Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text us on 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso earlier this morning: Stretching in gym before going to the circuit. Difficult Saturday ahead looking the pace of our rivals yesterday, but we'll attack maximum!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Every year you come to Singapore knowing it will be hot and humid, and every year the extent of that heat and humidity catches you a little by surprise. It's been 'only' 31C here on Saturday but it is, as Lewis Hamilton says, a bit like walking around in a sauna. Driving a grand prix car in these conditions is, as Sebastian Vettel describes it with a nice bit of understatement, 'quite hard work', although he did add that it was 'good fun, a nice place'. For now, the fun appears to be all Red Bull's. That car looked on a different planet from its rivals on Friday. Can anyone keep up with them?"

  129. 1036: 

    Final practice lasts one hour and Sebastian Vettel's rivals will need every one of those 60 minutes as they battle to find a way to stop the German stretching his title lead still further as he closes on an impressive fourth successive world title.

    Vettel was supreme in second practice on Friday, finishing 0.604 seconds faster than Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg third, a full second behind championship leader Vettel.

  130. 1033: 
    Singapore Grand Prix

    Hello, one and all, and welcome to our live coverage of third practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, a final chance for drivers and teams to tweak their multi-million pound machines before today's main event - qualifying.

  131. 1030: 

    If you take the second practice times on face value, Red Bull have this race weekend sewn up. McLaren's Jenson Button agrees that the Red Bulls look "unbelievably quick" and are "in a different category". But the 2009 world champion also adds that Lewis Hamilton will be in the mix - so all is not lost.

    "I think Lewis is very quick, he is just not showing his hand - I know how he works," said Button. "He showed his pace in P1, we know what he can do, so he'll be quick."

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FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2015

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 25
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 18
3 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 15
4 Brazil F Massa Williams 12
5 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 10
6 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 8
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 6
8 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 4
9 C Sainz Toro Rosso 2
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 1
11 Great Britain J Button McLaren 0
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 0
13 M Verstappen Toro Rosso 0
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
15 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
16 Russia D Kvyat Red Bull 0
18 Finland V Bottas Williams 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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