Vettel ends Ferrari’s three-year pole drought in Singapore

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Sebastian Vettel stormed to Ferrari’s first pole position in over three years as Mercedes’ perfect streak of pole positions in 2015 came to an end in Singapore.

After setting the pace during the final practice session on Saturday evening, Vettel carried his good form through to qualifying as night fell to score his first pole position since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

A fastest lap of 1:43.885 in Q3 saw Vettel take pole by half a second ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen as Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were forced to settle for fifth and sixth place respectively.

Mercedes struggled for pace on both the soft and super-soft tires in qualifying, forcing them to take an extra set of both compounds whilst Ferrari and Red Bull were able to relax in Q1 and Q2.

In Q3, Hamilton wrung every last tenth out of his Mercedes W06 Hybrid, but his time of 1:45.300 was only good enough for fifth, 1.4 seconds behind Vettel at the front.

It marks the first race in 2015 that Mercedes has not started on pole position, and the first time since Vettel’s last pole that a Mercedes-powered car was not P1 in qualifying.

For Ferrari, the result marked its first pole position in over three years, its last being in the wet qualifying session for the 2012 German Grand Prix. The last time the team scored pole position in the dry was five years ago at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

Daniil Kvyat followed Vettel, Ricciardo and Raikkonen home in P4, finishing ahead of the two Mercedes drivers. Valtteri Bottas qualified seventh for Williams with his sole Q3 run, beating Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso and Williams teammate Felipe Massa. Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten for Lotus.

Carlos Sainz Jr. brought Q2 to an early end when he clipped the wall at turn 19, prompting the marshals to show yellow flags through the final sector due to the debris on track. This stopped Nico Hulkenberg from improving his time, leaving him 11th ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Sergio Perez finished 13th in the second Force India, two places behind his teammate, whilst Sainz and Jenson Button ended up P14 and P15.

Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson failed to live up to Sauber’s improved practice form as they were both knocked out in Q1. A late lap from Button dumped Nasr into the dropzone alongside Ericsson, meaning that they will start 16th and 17th on Sunday. Pastor Maldonado finished two-tenths of a second further back in P18.

Alexander Rossi’s first qualifying session in F1 saw him qualify 20th, half a second behind teammate Will Stevens. However, the American gained more experience behind the wheel of the Manor car ahead of his grand prix debut on Sunday.

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).