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Perez squeezed out of Q2

Sergio Perez thought he may have given Sauber a top ten start in Singapore - only for Paul di Resta to disappoint him....
Sergio Perez thought that he had done enough to secure Sauber a spot in the pole position shoot-out at the Singapore Grand Prix, but Paul di Resta showed that he was not prepared to miss out at the last gasp again.

With Kamui Kobayashi not able to set a time for the Swiss team after planting his car into the wall at the chicane, Sauber's hopes remained with Perez, and the Mexican, the last man to set a time in the 15-minute session, appeared to have delivered by vaulting into tenth spot after the chequered flag appeared. di Resta, who missed out in simialr circumstances at both Spa and Monza, was still on track, however, and managed to pull out just enough time from his Force India to reclaim the place.

Perez was thus condemned to join Williams duo Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado, and the two Toro Rossos of Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari - who sandwiched Bruno Senna in 15th - on the sidelines.

Sebastian Vettel continued to show that he will be the favourite for another Red Bull pole position by topping the time from Jenson Button, with RBR team-mate Mark Webber in third. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rounded out the top five, as Lewis Hamilton suffered a right-rear puncture while venturing out to improve on eighth spot. Fortunately for the Briton, no one below him improved enough to put his pole bid in jeopardy.

Related Pictures

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23.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
23.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
23.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
23.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
Sebastien Ogier, Red Bull, RB7, F1 test [Credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
Singapore Grand Prix
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H

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Hype - Unregistered

September 25, 2011 12:01 AM

Well done nevertheless. Its impressive when your teammate is down at 17th and you are knocking on Q1's doors. Its even more impressive when you are a rookie and its your first time driving a track. Perez to Ferrari!


September 25, 2011 11:51 AM

Mind you, his team mate was only in 17th by virtue of stuffing his car into the barriers before setting a time. I know you can argue that Perez did better by not crashing, but still hardly a meaningful comparison of grid position. I was expecting great things from Perez after his start to the year, but am feeling a little disappointed of late.

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