Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Secures Shock Pole Position Ahead of Verstappen And Vettel in Singapore GP

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton produced one of the best laps of his career to take a surprise pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The F1 world championship leader – whose Mercedes team had been expected to trail Ferrari in Singapore – set the best time of 1m36.015s on his first run in Q3, with engineer Pete Bonnington telling him “that was an epic lap” after crossing the line.

Verstappen was second while Ferrari’s Vettel came third in a race they were expected to dominate.

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Vettel, who is 30 points behind Hamilton in the championship and came into the weekend as the favorite, was downcast.

“We wanted to get pole and we didn’t,” the German said. “It was a bit of a messy qualifying session, there was too much time missing.”

Valtteri Bottas was fourth with Kimi Raikkonen coming fifth for Ferrari, two tenths ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
Singapore GP Qualifying results
  1. Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes – 1:36.015, -4.111 from 2017
  2. Max Verstappen/Red Bull – 1:36.334, -3.480 from 2017
  3. Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari – 1:36.628, -2.853 from 2017
  4. Valtteri Bottas/Mercedes – 1:36.702, -4.108 from 2017
  5. Kimi Räikkönen/Ferrari – 1:36.794, -3.275 from 2017
  6. Daniel Ricciardo/Red Bull – 1:36.996, -2.844 from 2017
  7. Sergio Perez/Force India – 1:37.985, -4.261 from 2017
  8. Romain Grosjean/Haas – 1:38.320, -5.563 from 2017
  9. Esteban Ocon/Force India – 1:38.365, -4.395 from 2017
  10. Nico Hülkenberg/Renault – 1:38.588, -2.425 from 2017
  11. Fernando Alonso/McLaren – 1:38.641, -2.538 from 2017
  12. Carlos Sainz Jr./Renault – 1:38.716, -3.340 from 2017
  13. Charles Leclerc/Alfa Romeo Sauber – 1:38.747
  14. Marcus Ericsson/Alfa Romeo Sauber – 1:39.453, -6.117 from 2017
  15. Pierre Gasly/Toro Rosso-Honda – 1:39.691
  16. Kevin Magnussen/Haas – 1:39.644, -4.112 from 2017
  17. Brendon Hartley/Toro Rosso-Honda – 1:39.809
  18. Stoffel Vandoorn/McLaren – 1:39.864, -1.534 from 2017
  19. Sergey Sirotkin/Williams – 1:41.263
  20. Lance Stroll/Williams – 1:41.334, -3.394 from 2017

 

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