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Sebastian Vettel storms to brilliant Singapore pole

Sebastian Vettel storms to brilliant Singapore pole

Lewis Hamilton arrives in Singapore as Formula One leader and the season's first back-to-back winner, but Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel could dash the Mercedes driver's hopes of a third win in a row on Sunday.

A one-year deal could leave Bottas vulnerable at the end of next season, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo among the drivers who will become available.Bottas said he now had the opportunity to nail down a spot with Mercedes with his performances this year and next season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will start fourth with Hamilton, who leads Vettel by just three points in the standings, fifth ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

The German four-time world champion, who is three points behind Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship, clocked a quickest time of 1:39.491 in qualifying, nearly half-a-second faster than Verstappen.

Ferrari was expected to have the advantage in Singapore, and they have, but for Mercedes it's even more of a problem as the Red Bulls are the ones taking the fight to Ferrari. "I knew we had it in us but we had to get there".

"I think the final lap was not great but we were quite close so I'm pretty happy with that", said the Dutch driver, who turns 20 in two weeks' time. "I've started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times, so my aim this year is definitely to start on pole and try to go one better in the race".

The night race, which takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, will continue as part of the Championship as one of the most attractive and spectacular races, the organisers said on the official F1 website, reports Efe. If I perform well, there's going to be no problem, and we can have a long future together.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz completed the top 10, with Renault's Jolyon Palmer failing to make it through into the top 10 shoot-out by just under 0.3secs. "But it's another race, in different conditions and a different circuit". "On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull", said Wolff. It was fantastic to feel all their passion”.

McLaren and Honda stole the spotlight from the championship battle early in the weekend before finally confirming news of their divorce on Friday.

He matched, and then surpassed Michael Schumacher's pole record in Belgium and then Italy, while leading virtually every lap of both races.

"Red Bull seem like they're very strong. but nothing is out of reach".