Who said Singapore wouldn’t suit Ferrari?

Date published: September 21 2019

Charles Leclerc made it three pole positions in a row with a mega lap to take pole for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen finished FP1 fastest before Lewis Hamilton took the honour in FP2, but these two went into the final practice session as very much the guys to beat.

The action hadn’t even begun, but Daniel Ricciardo was already on form.

Williams got it spot on, it was very humid out there as FP3 got underway.

Hamilton pumped in a 1:40.320 to set the early pace, but Charles Leclerc soon shattered that with a 1:39.3, though Hamilton was on the mediums while Leclerc had the soft tyres on his SF90.

There were issues for Daniil Kvyat as his Honda engine began to smoke. He returned to the pits for further investigations.

With 30 minutes to go Serio Perez brought out the VSC after hitting the wall and wrecking his right-rear wheel. That soon changed to a red flag.

Who ever said Singapore wouldn’t suit Ferrari?

It was bad news for Perez as SportPesa Racing Point took the gearbox off his car – a new one was fitted and it resulted in a five-place grid drop.

Meanwhile Hamilton went for a spin coming out of the pit-lane.

The pace had fallen away for Verstappen who was over a second down on Leclerc’s benchmark.

It was certainly a surprise top three to send us into qualifying…

Bottas headed a Mercedes one-two in Q1.

Kvyat, Stroll, Grosjean, Russell and Kubica were the drivers to depart.

Raikkonen was pushing to the limits of the Marina Bay Circuit and just about escaped his brush with the wall.

It was Ferrari who were back on top in Q2 with Leclerc fastest ahead of team-mate Vettel.

Perez, Giovinazzi, Gasly, Raikkonen and Magnussen were the drivers eliminated.

Talk about saving the best until last. A 1:36.4 from Vettel for his first run made him a comfortable P1 – both Mercedes had a second to find.

It would be Leclerc though who snatched pole from his team-mate – his third pole position in a row!

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