Vettel turns on the style to snatch Singapore pole

Vettel turns on the style to snatch Singapore pole

Vettel turns on the style to snatch Singapore pole

"Seb turned it on in qualifying - pole was the ultimate I was after, but we couldn't run with that [Vettel's final lap]".

"I still believe we can win - I'm still confident we'll get victory", said Ricciardo, who has finished on the podium in the last three straight races in Singapore and came within half a second of victory a year ago.

Qualifying has often been crucial in Singapore, where seven of the nine races so far have been won by the driver who started from pole.

On his overall qualifying session, Verstappen was left a little perplexed on why Red Bull could not solve their power problems which became more evident as the sessions passed.

Sergio Perez complained about having "no grip at all" on his second Q2 run and ended up 12th after being unable to improve on his first-run time.

Hamilton claimed the lead of the 2017 World Championship from Vettel for the first time a fortnight ago at Monza, a race in which Mercedes routed Ferrari on the Italian team's home ground.

"We knew today would be tough but I didn't anticipate Ferrari would be as strong as they were. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so we'll try and take that method into tomorrow". "It's important that we obviously keep that but I have a lot of faith we can stay there all weekend", he said.

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"I'm happy that we got the auto where it deserved to be and then we can take it from there. I threw the sink at it and squeezed every bit of it". "If not, you settle down".

Williams driver Felipe Massa slid into the barriers, puncturing a rear tyre, and he was one of the five to drop out in Q1 as Verstappen and Ricciardo led the way.

The four-time champion was clearly ecstatic to snatch the pole after a hard start to qualifying which saw him down on pace.

Ricciardo had earlier topped the opening practice session, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen was vying for the title of "youngest ever pole sitter" but his time of 1:39.814 was three tenths slower than championship contender Vettel.

"It was a shame we couldn't put it on pole".

"You always hope for better but probably its realistically where we are in Singapore", said team boss Toto Wolff.

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