F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Vettel is on pole ahead of the Red Bulls

Sebastian Vettel will start P1 at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix ahead of the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo.

Vettel took his 49th career pole with a brilliant drive.

After disheartening practice sessions of seeing Red Bull dominating them and setting the fastest lap times, Ferrari have finally shown their true pace at Singapore to set a convincing lap to take pole here and start P1 ahead importantly of the two Red Bulls.

Red Bull say they have better race pace than Ferrari.

Things have gone exactly the way for Vettel and Ferrari with three cars separating them to Lewis Hamilton who will start in 5th. His teammate Bottas starts 6th. Vettel’s teammate Raikkonen starts 4th on the grid and will have an important supportive role to play tomorrow during the race.

Raikkonen will have a role to play on race day.

Max Verstappen won’t go down with a fight and will look to go for the victory as he has nothing to lose while Vettel has an ongoing Championship battle. Ricciardo is also close by looking to capitalize on any fall ups at the front.

Sparks will fly on race day!

A tight street circuit, the start will play a key role in victory as overtaking opportunities will be difficult to come by. Verstappen though will have other things in mind and Ricciardo said confidently that they have better race pace than Ferrari as well.

The best of the rest – Renault’s Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg was the best of the rest, ahead of the two McLaren Hondas soon to be Renaults from 2018 on wards. Carlos Sainz who will be partnering Hulkenberg at Renault in 2018 will start 10th ahead of Jolyon Palmer. It was a bad day in qualifying for Force India, Williams and Haas, with all of them starting at the back end of the pack.

Red Bull racing won’t disappear into the night without a fight.

Pos Driver Team Engine Time Gap
1 germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 1’39.491
2 netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 1’39.814 0.323
3 australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 1’39.840 0.349
4 finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 1’40.069 0.578
5 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1’40.126 0.635
6 finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 1’40.810 1.319
7 germany Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 1’41.013 1.522
8 spain Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1’41.179 1.688
9 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1’41.398 1.907
10 spain Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Renault 1’42.056 2.565
11 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault Renault 1’42.107 2.616
12 mexico Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1’42.246 2.755
13 russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1’42.338 2.847
14 france Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1’42.760 3.269
15 france Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1’43.883 4.392
16 denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1’43.756 4.265
17 brazil Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1’44.014 4.523
18 canada Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1’44.728 5.237
19 germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1’45.059 5.568
20 sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1’45.570 6.079


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