Singapore GP: Vettel (Ferrari) on pole, Hamilton (Mercedes) 5th in qualifying
Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), the pole position of the Singapore Grand Prix, was scheduled for Sunday’s race at Marina Bay, where his rival Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) could not do better than the fifth time qualifications
This is the fourth pole position for Vettel in Singapore, where he has won four times, the 49th of his career and the third this season. The German also signed the circuit record in 1 min 39 sec 491/1000.
After dominating free practice, Red Bull of Dutchman Max Verstappen (323/1000) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (349/1000) will occupy the second and third places on the starting grid, ahead of the other Ferrari of the Finnish Kimi Räikkönen (at 578/1000).
By relegating Hamilton to 635/1000, Vettel seems about to make a very good operation. Only three points separated him from the British at the World Championship and a victory would assure him to take the lead at the end of the race.
However, in nine GPs on the narrow and winding circuit of Marina Bay, seven were won by the pilot riding in pole position.
The other Mercedes driver, the Finn Valtteri Bottas (sixth at 1 sec 319/1000), will leave with his teammate in the third row.
In view since the beginning of the weekend because they are not handicapped by the lack of power of their Honda engine, the McLaren of the Spanish Fernando Alonso and the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will take the start in eighth and ninth position behind the Renault de l ‘ German Nico Hülkenberg.
The qualifiers were complicated for the French Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Romain Grosjean (Haas), respectively fourteenth and fifteenth.
The Swede Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), who signed the 20th and final qualifying time, was also awarded a five-place penalty on the grid for changing gear after a free-kick 3 .