Williams arrived in Singapore on the back of five podiums in the last six races but after a woeful performance during practice on a circuit ill-suited for its car, hopes of another top-three-finish dwindled rapidly.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was only looking at the positives despite seeing a first Formula 1 pole position snatched away from him by title-chasing Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ahead of the 2014 Singapore GP.
Fernando Alonso is cautiously optimistic that he can collect a rare podium finish after his stuttering Ferrari surprised him with its competitiveness in qualifying for the 2014 Singapore GP.
Lewis Hamilton edged out his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on his final qualifying lap to secure pole position for the 2014 Singapore GP, crossing the line only 0.007sec ahead of Rosberg.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton edged out team mate Nico Rosberg to secure pole, his sixth of the season, from qualifying for the 2014 Singapore F1 GP. It will be their seventh 1-2 start.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during the third and final practice session ahead of the 2014 Singapore GP.
Formula 1 has back-tracked on a planned clampdown on radio and pitboard messages for reasons of fairness but remains determined to end driver 'coaching' during races, reports the FIA.