Vettel Takes Pole at Marina Bay and Mercedes Can’t Compete!
All the talk was about Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton scoring his eighth pole position in a row to match the legendary Ayrton Senna’s 1989 record, but the Briton could only qualify fifth in Saturday’s Singapore Grand Prix qualifying at the Marina Bay Circuit.
Illustrating Mercedes’ lack of pace – which we were given a strong hint off in practice – Nico Rosberg took P6 behind his world champion teammate. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start third on Sunday’s grid.
Red Bull Are Potential Contenders in Singapore
On a slow track that suits their nimble car, the Red Bull tandem of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat consistently finished in the top five during practice and will start Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix from second and fourth place respectively.
Further down the grid, the Williams tandem of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa recorded seventh and ninth place grid starts, while both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button made it through Q1 and will start thirteenth and fifteenth.
5/7 Singapore Night Races Won by Pole Sitter
Situated within 100 miles of the equator, Singapore’s hot, humid and physically demanding Marina Bay street circuit first held a grand prix in 2008 – famously won by Renault’s Fernando Alonso after his teammate, Nelson Piquet jnr, deliberately crashed to bring out the safety car and wipe out pole sitter Felipe Massa’s lengthy lead.
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Held in the night, the visually spectacular Singapore GP circuit has the most corners of any F1 track and is very difficult to overtake on. As such, it should come as no surprise to hear that the pole sitter has won five of the seven F1 races held on Marina Bay’s street circuit, with the safety car rated as an 80% chance.
Indeed, the safety car and resulting pit stop strategy battles are all that should foil a pole sitter in Singapore, bar, of course, suffering a car failure or crash, so Sebastian Vettel is highly likely to win the 2015 Singapore GP.
Singapore F1 Grand Prix Betting
In conclusion, this track brings Mercedes and the rest of the field closer together, but Hamilton and Rosberg’s lack of overall pace was a real shock and as their car looks third best this weekend, we’re not going near them – even for podium finishes.
Now, if we deduct the 2008 race due to its controversy, five out of six pole sitters have won the Singapore GP and we’re backing Vettel to make pole count and win for a fourth time at Marina Bay.
Advised Bet: Vettel to win @ 4/7 with Paddy Power