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Singapore Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from qualifying

Singapore Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo insisted he is still confident Red Bull can take Formula 1 victory in Singapore despite only qualifying third on Saturday.

Verstappen too feels Ferrari can be denied, adding: "It's very close - and I expect it to be like that tomorrow". My quickest time was more or less the maximum I could do, Sebastian just had an even better lap.

"Every year it has been relatively hard for us in Singapore, so we knew that we would come here and it would be tricky", Hamilton noted.

Asked if Red Bull's pace could help his championship hopes, he said: "Oh I don't know".

"I've started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times, so my aim this year is definitely to start on pole and try to go one better in the race". "Seb turned it on in qualifying but I'm looking forward to tomorrow", said the Australian.

Vettel's performance was aided by his Ferrari SF-70H's aptitude for high downforce circuits and wide tire temperature window.

Mercedes have clawed back Ferrari's lead in recent weeks, but Vettel will fancy his chances here, having won four of the last six Singapore Grands Prix.

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With overtaking virtually impossible at this 3.2-mile street circuit - indeed seven of the previous nine pole-sitters have gone on to win - the German will start the race as the overwhelming favourite to move ahead of Hamilton and return to the summit of the title race.

Verstappen had led the first session but there was nothing between the two Red Bull drivers.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed his drivers' efforts, and said the fact they are not in world championship contention could count in their favour come Sunday. "In theory it should be better here than Monza, but I think it will be close".

Ahead of his 20th birthday later this month, Verstappen was aiming to become the first teenager to secure a pole position in Formula 1 in Singapore having topped the final free practice session. "It's usually a long, long train".

Qualifying is split into three parts, with five drivers going out of Q1 and Q2 to leave 10 fighting it out for pole in Q3. "So I have generally been pescatarian for the majority of the year and then I've cut fish". "It was a bit of a struggle to get there but now I'm just happy", Vettel said.

Nico Hulkenberg put his works Renault F1 auto at the head of the fourth row of the grid ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda. The Spaniard's team-mate followed him by clocking the ninth fastest time, while his Spanish counterpart Carlos Sainz sealed tenth spot, to complete the top 10 of the grid.