Charles Leclerc had made it three pole position in a row at the Singapore Grand Prix, beating Hamilton’s Mercedes in to a second. Vettel starts third.
Charles Leclerc will start tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix on pole position, having secured a hat-trick of pole positions in the last three races and, just, beating Hamilton to the top spot.
It was nearly a pole position for Leclerc’s team-mate Vettel, but Vettel, sitting on provisional pole, had to abort his final run letting Leclerc squeeze to the front spot, narrowly beating Hamilton – by just 0.191 seconds. Vettel will start in third.
Frankly, Ferrari were expected to find the Singapore track a bit of a challenge, so they’ll be delighted with a first and third start, although if Vettel hadn’t had to abort his last run it could have been a Ferrari front row. And it makes Ferrari odds-on for the win tomorrow.
Behind the top three, it’s Max Verstappen joining Vettel on row two, with Bottas only managing a fifth place on the grid in his Mercedes, alongside Alexander Albon in the second Red Bull.
McLaren were the best of the rest with Carlos Sainz taking seventh, followed by the the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, and Lando Norris in the second McLaren starting the race in 10th.