As the lights passed out in the Marina Bay, Singapore, the roar of the F1 cars filled the atmosphere with excitement and so did it filled the Mercedes' pit with anxiety. Being the first race after the radio ban episode over the last week, the teams were frightened over, how the drivers will perform and what will be the safety conditions. But the things went well and so did the results for the Silver Arrows.
Both the Mercedes will start the race tomorrow, ahead of the Red Bulls. Although, lacking behind both the Ferraris in Q1 and then his teammate Rosberg in Q2, Hamilton managed to finish at the top of the pole, meaning he will start the race on Sunday in Singapore. Although, both the Mercedes drivers were fighting for pole and finished up as the pole starters, the real competition was between Silver arrows and the Red Bulls.
Tomorrow's race will see the Grid as: Hamilton, Rosberg; Ricciardo, Vettel; Alonso, Massa; Raikkonen, Bottas; Magnussen, Kvyat; Button, Vergne; Hulkenberg, Gutierrez; Perez, Grosjean; Sutil, Maldonado; Bianchi, Kobayashi; Chilton, Ericsson.
"That 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 at that point I thought the pole was lost. But I just kept going and managed to pull some time back. 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. I'm on the clean side of the track so I'm hoping for a clean start and a strong race." said Lewis Hamilton.
Vijay Mallaya, Team Principal, Sahara Force India said "We were expecting to be a little higher up the grid today. Our starting positions tomorrow mean we will need to work a bit harder to score the points we need. However, I feel quite positive about our long run pace, which should allow us to race competitively. Singapore usually throws up opportunities to explore different strategies and we enjoy racing in the heat. We need to be ready to maximize the opportunities that come up in the race with the goal of getting both cars in the points."
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