Provisional grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

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Despite dominating practice and the early stages of qualifying, Sebastian Vettel was somewhat fortunate to have secured pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after opting not to run twice in Q3. This allowed Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean to take advantage of the grippier track, but none of them could overthrow the German driver at the top of the timesheets when it mattered.

Further down the grid, Fernando Alonso was forced to settle for P7 behind teammate Felipe Massa, whilst Esteban Gutierrez hit the headlines by getting into Q3 for the first time in his F1 career thanks to an aggressive strategy. Things were less encouraging for Kimi Raikkonen, who could only finish thirteenth after a back injury nearly forced him to miss qualifying altogether. He is however expected to race today.

Following qualifying, there have been no changes to the grid due to penalties handed out in Singapore or pre-existing penalties. However, the stewards did fine Giedo van der Garde, Esteban Gutierrez and Sebastian Vettel after all three drivers were judged to have broken the pit lane speed limit during practice on Friday.

Provisional grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus
4 Mark Webber Red Bull
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
8 Jenson Button McLaren
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
14 Sergio Perez McLaren
15 Adrian Sutil Force India
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams
17 Paul di Resta Force India
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams
19 Charles Pic Caterham
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia
22 Max Chilton Marussia

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).