Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for Singapore Grand Prix as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg struggle
Vettel, a three-time winner here, must however take the plaudits with this total inhalation of his competitors – even if it was only a Saturday. He was more than half a second faster than nearest challenger Daniel Ricciardo, as Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Kvyat completed the second row.
‘I’m surprised by the margin, but I think it just came together,’ Vettel, who will line up at the front of the grid with Ferrari for the first time, said. ‘I really had a near perfect lap at the end.
The four-time world champion was the only man to lap the Marina Bay street circuit in less than 1m44s in qualifying, and he ends an unbroken run of 23 consecutive races on pole for Mercedes.
The world champion team has struggled to be competitive so far in Singapore, and the best Lewis Hamilton could manage was the fifth fastest time, a massive 1.415s adrift of Vettel.
Vettel set the pace throughout Q2 and Q3, and found 0.4s between his first and second runs in the top-10 shootout to secure Ferrari’s
As it stands heading into the final runs:
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Max Verstappen
3. Daniel Ricciardo
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Valtteri Bottas
7. Fernando Alonso
8. Stoffel Vandoorne
9. Nico Hulkenberg
10. Carlos Sainz