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Vettel takes pole in Singapore; Delayed hamilton

Vettel takes pole in Singapore;  Delayed hamilton

The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) achieved the pole position of the Singapore Grand Prix, which takes place this Sunday at the Marina Bay circuit, in a classification in which his rival for the title, the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), only was fifth.

On the narrow and winding circuit of Marina Bay, qualifying is often decisive: in nine Grands Prix held on this track since 2008, seven have been won by the driver who started from the head of the grid.

Leaving Hamilton on the third starting line, Vettel made a great operation to be able to overcome the Briton, who has three points of advantage over him in the general of the World Cup. A win on Sunday would ensure him return to first place.

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The Briton could only be fifth in the qualifying session, 635 thousandths behind his rival, on a track where the power of the Mercedes engine makes no difference.

This pole is the fourth for Vettel in Singapore, where he has also won four times. It is also the 49th of his career, the third this season. The German also achieved the circuit record, with 1 minute, 39 seconds and 491 thousandths.

«Yesterday was difficult. This morning it was difficult, but the car woke up in the afternoon, “explained Vettel excitedly referring to the difficulties suffered in free practice. ‘I knew we could do it. We fought a lot for it and now I’m just very happy, ”he added.

The Red Bulls of the Dutch Max Verstappen (at 323 thousandths) and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (at 349), who had dominated practice, will occupy second and third places on the starting grid. Fourth place went to the other Ferrari, driven by Finn Kimi Räikkönen (at 587).

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– The Red Bulls, referees –

«In the race it will not be easy to overtake. We will see what can be done on the first lap, “said Verstappen, who will seek victory. “I accept today’s defeat, but I believe that tomorrow we can win,” said teammate Ricciardo. “Races are not won on Saturdays,” insisted his crew chief, Christian Horner.

Hamilton will start with his teammate in Mercedes, the Finn Valtteri Bottas, sixth at 1 second and 319 thousandths.

Outstanding in practice, the McLarens were hampered in qualifying by the lack of power from the Honda engine. The Spanish Fernando Alonso and the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will start from eighth and ninth places, behind the Renault of the German Nico Hülkenberg.

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“The first six cars are very far in terms of top speed in the race, so our objective will be to defend our places and try, why not, to finish seventh,” stressed Alonso.

The other Spaniard, Carlos Sáinz Jr (Toro Rosso), will start from the 5th row of the grid after finishing with the 10th best time, just ahead of the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Force India), 12th best time.

Brazilian Felipe Massa was 17th and will start from the 9th row of the grid. AFP

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