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Ferrari’s lack of answers to Red Bull’s rampage hit a new low at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday after Sebastian Vettel claimed yet another pole position while the Italian team struggled.
The qualifying session at the Marina Bay street circuit marked three years since Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s last pole position in dry conditions.
Since joining the team in 2010, the Spaniard – who will start Sunday’s race from seventh - has registered all four of Ferrari’s pole in that period with his last top position claimed at the German GP last year in wet conditions.
However, it’s been three years since Alonso has got a pole in the dry, the last of which came in Singapore in his first season with the Maranello-based outfit, suggesting that the Ferrari has been unable to optimise its single-lap runs.
The session was a further disappointment for the double world champion after he was out-qualified for the first time in Singapore by a teammate.
Felipe Massa, in his final season with Ferrari, clocked the sixth fastest lap and out-qualified Alonso for the fifth time this season – a first in the Brazilian’s career since he was paired with the Spaniard.
Alonso’s best qualifying position in 2013 has been third, which he achieved thrice, within the first four races of the season.
Alonso has not qualified on the front row since Germany last year, marking a 23-Grand Prix drought.