Mercedes have dominated qualifying in the past two seasons – only beaten once since the start of 2014 – Mercedes was never in the chase for pole position in Singapore and ended over 1.4s slower than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo P2 and the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen third and Daniil Kvyat took P4.
Nico Rosberg felt his lap was a hard challenge but could not believe the extra grip the Ferrari was generating around the 5km circuit and the German could not believe what he was seeing when he watched back Sebastian Vettel’s flying lap for the Singapore GP.
Also, the He added that, Merc facing “an emergency situation” after being so far off the pace at the Singapore qualifying. Tomorrow championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start down in fifth place while Rosberg will start P6.
Whenthe reporters asked if he had ever experienced such a drop in performance at one race, Rosberg said: “Not this extreme, because we were so dominant and faster everywhere massively, then to go to the next race, we can’t lose 1.4secs on one lap. I just watched Sebastian’s on-board – I didn’t want to – but I shouted out in the engineering room ‘what the hell?!’ It seems like he is on a different planet in some corners.
“Everybody is surprised. We don’t understand it for now. We tried a lot of things because we understood we had an emergency situation. This morning we tried a lot of things and didn’t manage to make progress, we were just lacking grip. If I wasn’t looking at the lap times, I would think we would be on pole but then I look at the lap times and I am not on pole.”
“The main goal tomorrow is to try and beat Lewis. He is right next to me [on the grid], so the chances are there.
“It is always complicated because we have to score for the team. Of course, Vettel is also a threat to me points-wise because he isn’t that far away. We think that it is special here that they are so fast, we still think we will be quick in the races after this. Tomorrow will be a challenge.”