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Vettel takes pole ahead of the Red Bulls – Qualifying Report

Ferrari man tops session with Hamilton down in fifth

Singapore Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel secured pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel’s championship challenge was aided by claiming pole position at the Marina Bay circuit with a lap record time of 1:39.491.

The Red Bull Racing pairing of Verstappen and Ricciardo were closely matched throughout the qualifying hour, with Verstappen edging ahead of his team-mate by less than 0.03 of a second.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen claimed fourth place ahead of the Mercedes duo; championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Nico Hulkenberg lead the battle of the midfielders by placing his Renault in seventh place ahead of the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz completing the top ten.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer missed out on a place in the top ten, but a below-par performance from Force India saw Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon eliminated during Q2. They finished twelfth and fourteenth respectively and were separated by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean completed only one run in Q2 with the team electing to preserve tyres for the race.

Kevin Magnussen was around 0.1 of a second away from progressing into the second part of qualifying, having been pipped by his Haas team-mate.

Felipe Massa tagged the wall and sustained a puncture in a difficult session for the Williams team. He and team-mate Lance Stroll took seventeenth and eighteenth on the grid ahead of the Sauber duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson.

To view the full results of the qualifying hour, click here.

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