Sebastian Vettel storms to brilliant Singapore pole

Sebastian Vettel storms to brilliant Singapore pole”

Lewis Hamilton was third and 0.7s off the pace for Mercedes, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel only 11th after hitting the barriers around the floodlit circuit.

Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest after his ultra-soft run, 1.983s off the pace. Nico Rosberg prevailed in last year's race, the first in Singapore since the inaugural race in 2008. "Whatever happens along the way happens".

"I have a lot of faith we can stay here all weekend".

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing have emerged as the force to beat at the Singapore Grand Prix while pre-weekend favourite Ferrari struggled for pace.

Seven of the nine previous Singapore GP pole sitters went on to win the race, with only Felipe Massa (2008) and Hamilton (2012) failing to secure victory.

"We knew coming into this weekend they would be strong but they were clearly the quickest today".

He lost the lead in the drivers' standings after Hamilton won back-to-back races in Belgium and Italy - the two races preceding Singapore - and it was clear that he would not enjoy seeing the gap widen between him and Hamilton. After a quick pit stop he headed back out. While he is aiming to chalk up a hat-trick, the triple champion is expecting to have a battle on his hands come Sunday.

"It's down to us to produce a good vehicle, be competitive and then, of course, why would the drivers want to be anywhere else?" said Horner.

The BBC, Sky Sports, Daily Mail and the website all reported that Renault was going to split with Red Bull after 2018, without naming sources.

The team now run Renault engines under Tag Heuer branding.

Hamilton, who heads Sebastian Vettel by three points at the summit of the Formula One championship, was only third in practice at the Marina Bay circuit on Friday.

That time was almost a second slower than team mate Daniel Ricciardo's effort on Friday.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz's move to Renault on loan for the 2018 season was also confirmed.

However, finally tired of the constant criticism, and probably aware of Red Bull's potential switch to Honda in 2019, Renault is to pull the plug, ending its 11 year relationship with the Austrian outfit.

"We are very pleased that it will continue to feature on the calendar for a further four years". "As I said many times whatever I do next year is because I want to win. It is the first time in my professional career that I've been a free agent".

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