Lewis Hamilton storms to pole in Singapore GP

Angelo Anderson
September 16, 2018

"That lap felt like magic". "I don't know where it came from".

Although Hamilton was unable to improve on his second run in qualifying, he finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who will line up on the second row of the grid in third spot.

"I don't know if that's real or not, we'll find out tomorrow, but the vehicle is definitely feeling better than it has done in the past".

"Now we need to put aside the happiness from today because we haven't scored any points yet this weekend", he said. "I think qualifying for us wasn't as smooth as it should've been, so I think other people obviously did better than us and that's why we're third". His middle sector had been 0.110s quicker than Hamilton's, giving Verstappen a shot at pole had he had a clean final sector of the lap, but he was forced to abort his lap after the issue.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest practice time for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday.

Putting Raikkonen on fresher tyres, potentially in clear air, and letting him set some fast laps could pressure Mercedes into pitting Hamilton earlier then they would.

Ferrari had their own problems in qualifying. However, his time wasn't fast enough on the ultra-softs, forcing him to switch to the hyper-soft for his second run to ensure a place in Q3. "That includes Lewis' lap as an individual, but (also) them as a team".

"I didn't have a wheelspin, I didn't have a snap anywhere, the auto was just underneath me and I managed to maximise every corner. and I do feel like I got absolutely everything possible on that lap", Hamilton added. I think obviously the gap is quite big, which is one.

"99.9 per cent of the time it doesn't go right, but that lap - honestly, I didn't have any wheel spin, I didn't have a snap anywhere, the vehicle was just underneath me and I managed to maximise in pretty much every corner".

Vettel acknowledged Hamilton's lap was strong but said he did not feel it was unbeatable.

"I don't think there's much point in going into detail".

But he doubted he could have beaten Hamilton's time.

OUT: Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Carlos Sainz (Renault), Charles Leclerc (Sauber), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso).

Hamilton's pole is the 200th for an English driver in F1 history. The first? Stirling Moss at the 1955 British Grand Prix.

Not even Hamilton's boss, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, could quite believe what he had just seen.

"I don't know where it came from but it all came together. We were half a second behind these guys and I was thinking there was no way I'm going to be able to find half a second".

"It's massively improved. Especially comparing to a year ago", Bottas said.

"I think it's very close". The second lap I tried to go that little bit more, braking half a metre later but the vehicle wasn't going to have it.

"I'm just so grateful".

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