Singapore Grand Prix: Vettel takes his first pole in “red”

The German is fastest in Singapore qualifying. Raikkonen third

Singapore – Against the splendid backdrop of the Marina Bay circuit Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the end of a thrilling qualifying session. The German lapped in 1.43.885 over half a second faster than Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen ensured there are two Ferraris in the top three, taking third place with a lap in 1.44.667. This is Vettel’s first pole at the wheel of a Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m happy to finish third considering the difficult day I’ve had compared to yesterday. I have been struggling all day with the set up of my car, finding the grip and the balance. It was difficult to make the car work as I wanted. We always try to do our best in a race weekend and here it seems to work. Some places seem to favor one team and some others other teams, this time we have been having a pretty ok weekend so far. Our aim is to improve for the race, tomorrow we’ll see how strong our opponents are, we’ll try to do our best and hopefully have a stronger race as a team.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Of course there are no points given today, but for the team, for all of us, this is a fantastic result! We had been waiting for so long for this pole to arrive, not just the team, but myself too. Perhaps I could have aborted the last attempt, but there was no much point in doing so, because I did not know what the others were doing and I felt fantastic, so I pushed to the end. Now I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow, knowing that it will be very difficult and challenging to master all the conditions that you experience in a race.

But we are starting from the perfect spot. I wouldn’t mind to pull away at the start, but it’s going to be a very long race. There are so many small decisions you have to take, and it’s easy to focus on the big result and neglect the small details… So we’ll have to focus on tomorrow, because so many things can happen on the way to the chequered flag, with the safety car and so on, as we’ve seen so often in the past. Hopefully we can have the same speed tomorrow, and then it could be a very good day”.

Scuderia Ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Singapore Street Circuit
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Qualifying report