For the third straight race, Charles Leclerc will have a familiar sight at the start. Leclerc, earned his fifth career Formula One pole position and third in-a-row as he will start at the point for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver turned in a lap of :36.217-seconds in the closing seconds to put his No. 16 Ferrari P1.
This wasn’t supposed to happen either. The Ferrari’s advantage was supposed to be a bigger more high speed tracks, not a slower circuit like Marina Bay. Sebastian Vettel had won the pole in odd numbered years from 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 but it was his 21 year old teammate taking the pole on Saturday.
The pole winner has gone on to win eight of the last 10 years in Singapore, so that’s great news for Leclerc.
Lewis Hamilton (1:36.408-seconds) will start second in his No. 44 Mercedes. Hamilton, has won three of the last five years on this track while Mercedes has won in four of the last five overall. The England native was third, first and second respectively in practice this weekend.
Vettel (1:36.437-seconds), will start third in his No. 5 Ferrari. He was second, third and third respectively in practice but searching for his first win of the season and first on this track since 2015. That victory in 2015 capped a six year run of a top two finish in each race.
Max Verstappen (1:36.813-seconds) will roll off fourth in his No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda. He finished second to Hamilton last year and was first, second and sixth respectively in practice this weekend. Verstappen, will try to stop his bad luck string that’s seen him not finish in Spa and come home eighth two weeks ago in Italy.
Three of the top four starting spots belong to three different powerplants.
Valtteri Bottas (1:37.146-seconds) rounded out the top five in qualifying after being fourth in all three practice sessions this weekend.
Singapore Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton
Row 2: Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen
Row 3: Valtteri Bottas, Alex Albon R
Row 4: Carlos Sainz Jr., Daniel Ricciardo
Row 5: Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris R
Row 6: Sergio Perez, Antonio Giovinazzi R
Row 7: Pierre Gasly, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 8: Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat
Row 9: Lance Stroll, Romain Grosjean
Row 10: George Russell R, Robert Kubica