F1: Singapore Qualifying, Hamilton on the Pole, Verstappen at His Side
- Lewis Hamilton takes the Singapore Pole, as Max Verstappen beats Sebastian Vettel to P2
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton ran fasted to take the Pole position at Marina Bay, 3/10’s up on Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
Mr. Hamilton called it ‘Magic’.
MercedesAMG’s chief Toto Wolff said ‘Stardust’.
Mr. Hamilton went around the 5.063km Marina Bay lit circuit in 1m 36.015s, over 3 secs up on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s Pole time from Y 2017.
Mr. Wolff called it the most epic lap around Singapore that he could recall.
Mr. Vettel, Mr. Hamilton’s chief title rival, was visibly disappointed to manage G3, with his rival taking a huge psych advantage into Sunday night’s race.
Mr. Hamilton’s team mate, Valtteri Bottas did not match the front-running pace, finishing up 0.687s off in P4, ahead of the Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
It is tight midfield, but after some initial struggles Force India won the battle with Sergio Perez taking P7 – his 1st ever Top 10 grid slot in Singapore ahead of the Haas of Romain Grosjean, the second Force India of Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault.
- Charles Leclerc freshly-signed with Ferrari for next year is now on a streak of 4 races without a Q3 appearance.
- Stoffel Vandoorne has now been out-qualified by Fernando Alonso for the last 20 races.
- Romain Grosjean has given Haas their first ever top 10 start in Singapore.
- The driver on Pole has won seven of the last nine Singapore Grands Prix.
- Kimi Raikkonen’s P5 means the Finn maintains his record of starting on the front 3 rows for every race this season.
So Messrs Hamilton and Verstappen on the front row, with a fired up Seb Vettel desperate to get through to the front quickly, Sunday’s race is poised be a very exciting race.
1 Lewis Hamilton MercedesAMG 1:36.015
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.319s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.613s
4 Valtteri Bottas MercedesAMG 0.687s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.779s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.981s
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1.97s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.305s
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 2.35s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.573s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.641
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:38.716
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:38.747
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.453
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:39.691
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.644
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:39.809
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:39.864
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:41.263
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1:41.334
The racing will kick off under Marina Bay’s floodlights at 2010 local time Sunday, 1210 UTC, with conditions forecast to be not unlike those seen in qualifying: dry, with a temperature high of around 30 degrees Celsius.
ESPN coverage of the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix in the United States.
The schedule for the upcoming races are listed below (All times EDT)
On The Grid – Sunday, Sept. 16, 7:30 AM – ESPN2
Race – Sunday, Sept. 16, 8:05 AM – ESPN2
Encore – Sunday, Sept. 16, 6:00 PM – ESPNEWS
Encore – Sunday, Sept. 16, 10:30 PM – ESPN2
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