The British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), leader of the F1 World Cup, achieved the pole position of the Singapore Grand Prix, ahead of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
The second row of the starting grid will be occupied on Sunday by the Ferrari of the German Sebastian Vettel, second in the World Championship, and the Mercedes of the Finn Valtteri Bottas.
With this 79th pole of his career, Hamilton delivered a stroke of authority on a circuit where Vettel’s Ferrari started as the favorite, the fastest in free trials.
With a time of 1 minute 36 seconds and 15 thousandths, Hamilton finished 3 tenths less than Verstappen and six tenths less than the four-time German world champion.
The Briton was exuberant when he got out of his car. “This lap was magnificent,” he said.
The other Finnish driver on the grid, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), and Australian Daniel Ricciardo will start from 5th and 6th places. AFP