F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Takes the Pole at Sing. GP
Sebastian Vettel took his 3rd pole position of the 2017 F1 season by outpacing the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo by over 3/10’s sec Saturday night at Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit.
On the final qualifying lap, Mr. Vettel touched the wall at Turn 19, and said after that he felt a big vibration towards the end of the lap.
“I was lucky on the final lap,” said Mr. Vettel.
“I kept going until I approached the last corner and had huge vibrations, but luckily there was only one corner left.
“I pushed as hard as I could. I felt these guys [Red Bull] would have something in their pockets, then I was very relieved when I crossed the line. I looked at screens and waited for the call.”
“The weekend so far has been a bit up and down, yesterday was difficult, this afternoon was difficult but tonight it came alive,” Mr. Vettel added.
The 4X Singapore GP winner praised his Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) team’s efforts, noting that junior drivers Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi played a role in the improvement.
“It has been phenomenal,” Mr. Vettel said. “The car was not behaving the way we wanted it to, but it has been pretty special, the amount of effort overnight, the support from Maranello.
“Charles has been in the simulator – it swaps between Antonio and Charles – they answered a lot of questions as we did not have time remaining.
“The guys here, I don’t know when they went to bed.”
Although championship rival Lewis Hamilton qualified down in fifth, Vettel was staying cautious about the prospects for the race.
“We have a long race,” he said. “There are a lot of things that can happen.
“Grid position here is crucial but still it is a long race.
“The fact that our car was good this evening is promising for tomorrow.
“I’m not bothered where others are. There are a lot of things we need to get right.”
Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen qualified 4th ahead of MercedesaAMG’s Lewis Hamilton at 5th and Valtteri Bottas at 6th.
Singapore Grand Prix qualifying results
|2||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||01:42.0||01:40.3||01:39.8|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||01:42.1||01:40.4||01:39.8|
|8||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||01:42.1||01:41.4||01:41.2|
|9||Stoffel Vandoorne||MCLAREN HONDA||01:42.2||01:41.2||01:41.4|
|10||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO||01:42.2||01:41.8||01:42.1|
|12||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||01:43.6||01:42.2|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO||01:42.5||01:42.3|
|14||Esteban Ocon||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||01:43.6||01:42.8|
|15||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||01:43.6||01:43.9|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||01:43.8|
|17||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||01:44.0|
|18||Lance Stroll||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||01:44.7|
|19||Pascal Wehrlein||SAUBER FERRARI||01:45.1|
|20||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||01:45.6|
Sunday | 17 September | 5:00a – 7:00a EDT
|NYSE:RACE||109.23||14 September 2017||0.43||109.32||109.43||108.42||550,900|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Neutral (0.23)||Neutral (0.11)||Neutral (0.16)||Bullish (0.42)|
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