MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured a dramatic front row lockout for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamiltontook pole by just seven thousandths of a second from team-mate Nico Rosberg.- Lewis took his 6th pole position of 2014 this evening in Singapore and the team’s 13th from 14 races this year- This means that Mercedes-Benz power has so far taken pole at all 14 rounds of the world championship- Nico finished second to make it the team’s 7th all-Mercedes front row in 2014 and the third in a row- The gap between the two of 0.007s equates to just 33.5 cm around the 5.065 km lap!- Both drivers used one set of prime tyres and three sets of option tyre during the qualifying sessionDrivers Car No. Chassis No. Practice Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3Lewis Hamilton P1 1:45.681Nico Rosberg P2 1:45.688Weather Clear, dry, humidTemperatures Air: 27 - 28°C Track: 31 - 37°C
Lewis HamiltonThat was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions I can remember. I lost a lot of time at the beginning of my last lap and atthat point I thought pole was lost. But I just kept going and managed to pull some time back. As a driver, through the weekendyou plan to have the last lap in qualifying as your best. By that time the track has improved and you should have the settingsas close to their optimum as they’re going to get. But there was so much happening out there and I was just trying not to lookat what was going on around me. I was surprised by how close everyone was - the Red Bulls and Ferraris looked quick all day –and it was really fun to be a part of that session. The team have done a fantastic job to bring the car here, to a circuit wheredownforce is so important, and be at the front once again, so a big thank you to them. It's going to be a tough race tomorrow.Coming into the weekend we had an opinion about how the tyres would behave, but the long runs yesterday changed all that.Trying to manage them will be a big challenge but hopefully it will be an entertaining one for the fans. I’m on the clean side ofthe track so I’m hoping for a clean start and a strong race.
Nico RosbergIn general that was the most difficult qualifying session of my career so far. It was really tough to find my rhythm. I had tochange my brakes for qualifying and then had to find the right balance in the early runs which was a struggle. I just thought,“that’s it, you will be 6th or 7th”. Then, at the end, I was really happy with the balance and feeling good. When I heard thatLewis was that tiny margin quicker I thought “damn”! I directly reviewed my lap and thought there were so many places to gainseven thousandths of a second – especially in the last corner. But in the end he did seven thousandths of a better job today,so fair play to him. P2 is still good for tomorrow’s race and I’m focused on having a good start. Last year I overtook Sebastianat Turn One, so it’s definitely possible to win from here. It’s going to be all about managing the tyres and I learned some goodlessons in my long runs yesterday, so I hope it will be an exciting race for the fans.
Toto WolffThat qualifying session was great to watch and a strong advert for Formula One. From our point of view, it’s clear that we don’tenjoy the advantage here that we have had on previous weekends. But this is a unique circuit and to produce a car which canbe fast at every venue on the calendar is a big task, so we must be very pleased with a 1-2 front-row lockout. Our performancethis weekend so far hasn’t been totally consistent and that is what we will need tomorrow evening. But the demands of racingare different to those of a single lap. I’m optimistic that we are capable of performing well when it comes to managing theenergy levels, the fuel and the brakes in the race. So, a good job today but still a lot to do tomorrow.
Paddy LoweWe came to Singapore expecting drama and that’s exactly what we got – and it’s not even Sunday yet! It’s great to havelocked out the front row after a very tense session. It was all about putting a lap together with the tyres in the right conditionand we weren’t managing to do that consistently during the session. It all came down to the final laps – with Lewis and Nico inP6 and P7 respectively – and they each delivered phenomenal performances. Well done to both of them. Looking to tomorrow,we know there are still many challenges to overcome. We need to get through the first corner cleanly, make the right calls inthe race and history has shown that a Safety Car period is almost inevitable at some point. There is still a very long way to go –but we’re starting from the best possible positions.