Ferrari 's Vettel clinches Singapore pole position in stunning fashion

BAD INTENTIONS Hamilton is distinctly second favourite at Marina Bay street circuit but an unexpected victory for the Mercedes driver would set alarm bells ringing at Ferrari

The Finn in particular has found life very tough at the Marina Bay street circuit, qualifying in P6 and a whopping 1.3 seconds behind pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel will start from the front of the grid on Sunday and has Red Bull's Max Verstappen alongside him while Daniel Ricciardo qualified third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Ricciardo put in a time of 1:39.840, almost three and a half tenths behind Vettel's pole time of 1:39.492, with Verstappen splitting them on 1:39.814.

Don't know where it (lap) came from. I think we've got a good package.

"I'm still full of adrenaline so maybe whatever I say doesn't make any sense", a breathless Vettel, who let out a loud whoop of joy over the team-radio, said after he stepped out of the vehicle. "I knew we had it in us but we had to get there".

Ricciardo finished second on the Singapore podium a year ago, and he merely smiled when asked about the possibility of staving off the Mercedes and Ferrari challenge come race day.

"It was unbelievable, I'm still full of adrenaline".

Sebastian Vettel set a sensational time to take pole for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The result now means, Nico Rosberg has overtaken Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship as Rosberg leads with 273 points and 8 grand prix wins while Lewis Hamilton has 265 to his name with 6 grand prix wins this season. But this is a disgusting track for overtaking; it will be a long race. Barring a bad start from Vettel, or a race incident, the odds on Hamilton maintaining his slender three-point lead over Vettel look slim.

He clocked 1:42.598 in the first practice session to finish second, but the 30-year-old could not get going in the second practice, brushing his rear right tyre into advertisement boards on Turn 10, and finished 11th.

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"We knew coming into this weekend they would be strong but they were clearly the quickest today". It's usually just a long long train.

Fernando Alonso set the fourth-fastest time ahead of McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne just a day after the Woking-based squad announced a split with engine-supplier Honda and a new deal starting next year with Renault.

Vettel has won four of the nine Singapore races so far, and he has another Red Bull driver to beat, if he wants to add to that glowing record.

"It's a long lap - you gain a bit, you lose a bit, you kind of say I could've got more there - but I think the gap was, in the end, three or four tenths, it was quite significant". It was Ricciardo on top again though, with Verstappen behind and Hamilton third. "I'm sure the auto will be like today tomorrow so it should be better but it will be a very close race". "We'll see. During the race it will be hard to pass, so we'll have to see in the first lap". Carlos Sainz rounded out the top-ten for Toro Rosso.



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