Formula 1

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany celebrates taking pole position for the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone

RED BULL ON TOP IN FP2—
SEBASTIAN VETTEL  
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:47.885, Laps: 19
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:44.249, Laps: 34
“It was quite busy; it’s pretty hot out there, good fun and a nice place, but for all of us it’s quite hard work. The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I don’t think it’s completely representative. We seem to be quick, but I think Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow. I think Turn 10 is the best solution we have with the space that’s available.”
 
CAR 2, MARK WEBBER
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:47.420, Laps: 20
Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:44.853, Laps: 30
“We got most of the work done today that we planned to. It’s an easy venue to not get what you want, but in the end I think we’ve got a reasonable set-up. We’ve got work to do on the long run and also on the short run, you can’t neglect that. We won’t count our chickens yet, but it was a smooth day. Turn 10 is better now I think.”

GP2

PALMER

Palmer grabs maiden GP2 pole—
 
Briton leads Carlin front row in Singapore—
Jolyon Palmer picked up where he left off earlier today: the Brit dominated an eventful and tricky qualifying session at Marina Bay with a blazing laptime of 1:53.600. He beat teammate Felipe Nasr by two tenths. Series leader Fabio Leimer finished third, a hair’s breadth off the Brazilian.
Alexander Rossi and Nasr were leading the pack when the track went live. All drivers opted for the Super Soft Pirelli tyres. In the opening stages of the session, Nasr was quick to set the early pace in 1:54.244, his teammate in tow but two tenths slower. Mitch Evans locked up at Turn 10 and crashed into the barrier. The yellow flags came out and the track was cleared with eighteen minutes left on the clock.
Leimer was able to find a clear lap and dipped under 1m54s bettering Nasr’s time by three tenths. Soon after that, Daniel Abt stopped his ART car at Turn 14 followed by newcomer Gianmarco Raimondo who lost control of his Trident machine and smashed it at Turn 18. The session was red flagged with fourteen minutes to go.
At the restart, traffic intensified on the track, but just like he did during today’s free practice, Palmer managed to find a clear lap and the extra pace to improve his laptime and edge Leimer out of the top spot. Nasr also improved his best laptime, enough to move ahead of the Swiss, but not enough to claim pole.
And so, at the chequered flag, both Carlin cars came back to the pits and waited to see if Leimer was going to be able to beat them on his last attempt, but he couldn’t and it was Palmer’s time to celebrate on his first GP2 pole position. Behind the trio, Rossi finished fourth (his best qualifying result) ahead of Stéphane Richelmi, Tom Dillmann, Sergio Canamasas, James Calado, Marcus Ericsson and Sam Bird who will have to work extra hard tomorrow to try and catch up with title rivals Leimer and Nasr.
Singapore – Qualifying Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:53.600
11
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:53.852
10
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:53.870
12
4.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:54.285
13
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:54.403
11
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME1
1:54.695
10
7.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:54.812
12
8.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:54.822
13
9.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:54.987
13
10.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:55.163
12
11.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:55.25
13
12.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:55.268
13
13.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:55.567
11
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:55.683
14
15.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:55.784
10
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:55.880
10
17.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:56.048
6
18.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:56.057
13
19
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:56.114
11
20.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:56.210
13
21.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:56.333
13
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:56.753
12
23.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:57.153
13
24.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:57.560
11
25.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
1:57.837
6
26.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
2:29.069
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