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No pole but Red Bull confident of Singapore win

17 September 2017, 07:55 | Opal Carroll

No pole but Red Bull confident of Singapore win

Formula One: Vettel on pole in Singapore, Hamilton fifth

Singapore, Sep 16 (PTI) Sebastian Vettel put together a stunning lap in the Ferrari to upstage the Red Bulls and clinch his fourth pole position in the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix here today. Barriers await the drivers who stray rather than run-off areas and Vettel had a brush with a barrier in the final segment of the three-part elimination qualifying that left a visible mark on the auto. Start is an opportunity, strategy, Safety Car, who knows, but tomorrow we're just going to have to play the long game.

Hamilton, who is in charge of the title race for the first time this season following his triumph at the Italian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, will feel somewhat relieved to have seen Vettel behind him with Mercedes braced for a hard weekend.

"It was unbelievable, I'm still full of adrenaline". Kimi Raikkonen will start fourth for Ferrari. And lining up on the third row of the grid leaves him with a challenge tomorrow on the Marina Bay circuit.

He could not have achieved it a more important meeting.

"This is a terrible track for overtaking". "But races aren't won on Saturdays".

His impressive streak at the night race includes three straight wins from 2011-13 during his run of four straight F1 titles with former team Red Bull. Furthermore, it is a track he enjoys racing, his overall record under the lights of Marina Bay is remarkable. This is how the official results looks like after incredible Singapore Grand Prix.

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Ricciardo topped the first practice session, run in unrepresentative afternoon conditions, and extended his advantage over the field after sunset in practice two, lapping more than half a second faster than teammate Max Verstappen. Comprehensively beaten by Hamilton on the low-downforce blast in the last round at Monza he will be confident in returning the favour on Sunday.

On how much Red Bull can turn up its power unit in qualifying, Verstappen added: "Maybe not as much!"

All eyes will also be on McLaren, with a split from engine partner Honda and new relationship with Renault set to be announced imminently. Fernando Alonso finished in eighth place and Stoffel Vandoorne in ninth.

Jolyon Palmer, who has been dropped by Renault in favour of Sainz for 2018, went out in 11th.

Force India were eliminated in Q2 with Sergio Perez finishing 12th fastest after complaining about his tyres. The others knocked out in Q3 were Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean.

His team-mate Lance Stroll was 18th ahead of Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, who also had a minor brush with the wall at the penultimate complex of corners.



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