Leclerc wins 3rd straight pole in Singapore

Charles Leclerc gets final adjustments before winning the pole, his third straight
Charles Leclerc gets final adjustments before winning the pole, his third straight

Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc turned a sensational final lap in qualifying to win the pole position for the Singapore GP while Lewis Hamilton managed to push Sebastian Vettel off the front row after Vettel was quickest after the first runs.

Leclerc's time of 1m36.217s was enough to deny Hamilton another pole by 0.191s while Vettel messed up his final run and ended up 0.220s behind in third.

"If you look at the lap, there were some moments where I thought I had lost the car and now I'm on pole position… The team has done an amazing job to bring the package we needed," said Leclerc.

Ferrari were expected to struggle here. The track didn't suit their car. The opposition were too strong. Don't tell that to the Monegasque driver, defied expectations and under huge pressure laid down an unbelievable lap.

"The final attempt should have been better. I was feeling good, so maybe peaked a bit early. I had a tiny wobble so no point finishing the lap," said Vettel.

Vettel put a brave face on it, but he can't be happy with being out-qualified by his team mate for the eighth straight race. As for Leclerc. Well. The real deal.

"I don't know where Ferrari have picked up their pace today, Charles put some great laps in. I needed something special and I gave it everything. I got everything out of the car," said Hamilton

Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull and Mercedes.

More to follow…..

Qualifying Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:38.014 1:36.650 1:36.217 17
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.565 1:36.933 1:36.408 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.374 1:36.720 1:36.437 16
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1:38.540 1:37.089 1:36.813 15
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:37.317 1:37.142 1:37.146 18
6 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Honda 1:39.106 1:37.865 1:37.411 16
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 1:38.882 1:37.982 1:37.818 19
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:39.362 1:38.399 1:38.095 18
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:39.001 1:38.580 1:38.264 18
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:38.606 1:37.572 1:38.329 19
11 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 1:39.909 1:38.620 14
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:39.272 1:38.697 14
13 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:39.085 1:38.699 12
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:39.454 1:38.858 14
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:39.942 1:39.650 14
16 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 1:39.957 7
17 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 1:39.979 8
18 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:40.277 8
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:40.867 7
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:41.186 6

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