Vet­tel on pole in Sin­ga­pore with Hamil­ton 5th

Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS -

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel put him­self on pole po­si­tion to re­take the For­mula One lead from Lewis Hamil­ton with a sen­sa­tional late lap in Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day.

Hamil­ton, who leads the Ger­man by three points with seven rounds re­main­ing, qual­i­fied his Mercedes only fifth for Sun­day’s night race with team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas set to start along­side in sixth.

Dutch teenager Max Ver­stap­pen will start sec­ond for Red Bull, af­ter go­ing fastest in the first two phases of qual­i­fy­ing, with Aus­tralian team­mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo third and Fer­rari’s Kimi Raikko­nen fourth.

Vet­tel, who lost the lead to Hamil­ton at the pre­vi­ous race in Italy, is a four-time win­ner in Sin­ga­pore and the pole was also his fourth in the city state as well as the 49th of his For­mula One ca­reer.

It was also his third pole of the sea­son, but he had to put ev­ery­thing on the line when it re­ally mat­tered to beat the Red Bulls in a close-run ses­sion, light­ing up the tim­ing screens with a lap of one minute 39.491 sec­onds.

“I’m still full of adren­a­line so maybe what­ever I say doesn’t make any sense,” a breath­less Vet­tel, who let out a loud whoop of joy over the team-ra­dio, said af­ter he stepped out of the car.

Red Bull had topped the timesheets in ev­ery ses­sion lead­ing up to qual­i­fy­ing and had looked on course for its first front row lock­out since the US Grand Prix in 2013, with Ver­stap­pen also fastest in the open­ing two phases of qual­i­fy­ing.

Had he been on pole, the 19-year-old would have been the youngest driver in the his­tory of the sport to start from the top slot.

“I think the fi­nal lap was not great but we were quite close so I’m pretty happy with that,” said the Dutch driver, who turns 20 in two weeks’ time. “Dur­ing the race it will be dif­fi­cult to pass IJN TP XF IBWF UP TFF PO UIF GJSTU MBQ u

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