Charles Leclerc is on quite the roll at the moment. Having won in Belgium and Italy, the Ferrari driver secured pole position under the lights in Singapore just 30 minutes ok It was the fifth pole position of his career and his third in a row, made all the more special by the fact that it came at a track where Ferrari had predicted they would struggle ahead of the weekend.
Leclerc set a scintillating 1m 36.217s around the Marina Bay Street Circuit to beat Lewis Hamilton’s time by 0.191s meaning the 21-year-old now leads the Mercedes man for most poles this year.
Sebastian Vettel went fastest on the first round of runs in Q3, but had to settle for third on the grid in the second Ferrari, 0.220s off his team mate’s time after aborting his final effort. He was ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, with Red Bull’s threat in qualifying failing to materialise, as the Dutchman wound up over half a second off Leclerc.
Verstappen was then ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the second Red Bull of Alex Albon, the Thai driver hooking up a decent last lap to end up 0.407s clear of the McLaren of Carlos Sainz in seventh.
Tomorrow’s race start could be exciting stuff with Ferrari and Mercedes heading off together down the long straight to the first tight bend that see’s many a collision each year.
We at the Euro Weekly News called our man Paul Mohamed in the pit lane to discover what took place he said “Ferrari were not supposed to be leaders today with the strength expected to come from Mercedes and Red Bull but Ferrari have been “sandbagging” everyone, they have fitted a brand new nose to the car that seems to have gathered them extra pace in the Singapore tight turns.The team’s new nose incorporates a sweeping section of bodywork that’s been nicknamed the cape. It’s certainly shocked other team owners by extracting more performance”