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Kobayashi misses cut in Singapore Q1

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi will start towards the back of the Singapore GP after being knocked out in opening qualifying.
Kamui Kobayashi might have, briefly, enjoyed life at the front of the f1 grid in Belgium, but was left with an altogether more sour taste in his mouth in Singapore as he failed to progress through the first phase of qualifying.

The Japanese driver was dropped back into the danger zone with a couple of minutes left, but proved unable to find the two tenths he needed to escape again before the chequered flag. The Sauber ace could not even really complain about being caught out by others using Pirelli's supersoft tyre, even through the three fastest times of the 20-minute session were produced on them, and joined an otherwise familiar line-up in the bottom seven, with both cars from Caterham, Marussia and HRT lining up beneath him.

At the front of the field, it also appeared to be business as usual as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel assumed the top two spots, albeit this time with the German initially behind his McLaren rival, but the decision of various lesser runners to employ the softer Pirelli rubber to ensure their place in Q2 eventually saw Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen take over. Vettel's response - having been asked to continue running despite posting a 'safe' time - lifted him above Hamilton, while Mark Webber - like his team-mate the last of the 24 runners to take to the track - Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso completing the top ten.

Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna all appeared to be under threat of becoming a big name scalp should those beneath the trapdoor respond by throwing supersofts at their plight but, even though the Williams driver brushed the wall, he survived to fight another session.

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21.09.2012 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
21.09.2012 - Free Practice 1, Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
21.09.2012 - Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
21.09.2012 - Free Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
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05.07.2015 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
04.07.2015 - Qualifying, 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
04.07.2015 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
04.07.2015 - Qualifying, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Sir Frank Williams,Team Principal Williams F1 Team
04.07.2015 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23, Sir Frank Williams(gbr),Team Principal Williams F1 Team and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37

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