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Sebastian Vettel at Pole Position for Singapore GP

Down south this weekend, our neighbour Singapore is playing host to the Formula 1 Grand Prix and for 2017, Sebastian Vettel is once again for the 4th time, at pole position at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with a time of 1:39.491. He beat Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen by hair’s breadth of 3/10s of a second. Vettel’s qualifying lap set a new record at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull qualified in 3rd position and Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari qualified fourth. Hamilton and Bottas will be placed on the 5th and 6th position of the grid in tomorrow’s race. Initially, at the start of the qualifying session, there were reports of some oil on the track near turn 20 due to the previous Porsche race. This caused Williams’ Felipe Massa, Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Force India’s Esteban Ocon to hit the wall at this narrow street circuit.

“I don’t know where I found the time,” Vettel admitted. “We struggled yesterday and also this morning. I’m still full of adrenaline so maybe what I saw makes no sense, but I love this track. The car was tricky but was getting better and better. I scraped the wall with my left rear, and I think I need to calm down, but I’m very, very happy. It’s amazing, on this track, and when you can feel the car coming alive you can do what you want.”

Mercedes had a nightmare of a qualifying session with both the drivers starting at 5th and 6th place. Lewis Hamilton would have to fight his way through to challenge his rival, Vettel, who he has a 3 point lead in the drivers’ championship.

Tomorrow’s race will be an exciting race as with such a narrow street race, Mercedes has a big challenge ahead of them if they want to get good results to stay in the challenge for the top position. Not only do they have to find a way to get past Red Bull, they need to think of a long term strategy for street circuits.

Here are the highlights of the qualifying session at the Singapore Grand Prix.

1 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:43.336 1:40.529 1:39.491 19
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:42.010 1:40.332 1:39.814 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:42.063 1:40.385 1:39.840 18
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:43.328 1:40.525 1:40.069 18
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:42.455 1:40.577 1:40.126 17
6 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:43.137 1:41.409 1:40.810 16
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:42.586 1:41.277 1:41.013 18
8 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:42.086 1:41.442 1:41.179 20
9 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:42.222 1:41.227 1:41.398 19
10 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 1:42.176 1:41.826 1:42.056 20
11 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:42.472 1:42.107 12
12 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:43.594 1:42.246 8
13 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 1:42.544 1:42.338 14
14 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:43.626 1:42.760 11
15 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:43.627 1:43.883 13
16 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:43.756 8
17 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:44.014 6
18 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:44.728 9
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:45.059 9
20 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:45.570 6