Sebastian Vettel shows his dominance in the Marina Bay circuit and managed to earn the pole position this Saturday.
The peculiarities of the circuit did manage to make a difference. In Marina Bay, engine power isn’t as important as in circuits with longer straights. In Singapore, the driver’s skill is tested and the balance between speed and aerodynamics takes on an importance role. That is why, in the free practice, the Red Bull was expected to give a great performance. They gave the impression that not even Mercedes or Ferrari could overshadow the brilliance of their times. Nevertheless, the excellent piloting of Sebastian Vettel allowed Ferrari to rise to the pole position and steal the Red Bull’s possibility of the first line of the grill.
Vettel will race for the 47th time, the last one was in Hungary and will share the first line with Max Verstappen, while the second line will be Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.
The biggest disappointment was Lewis Hamilton, who didn’t find the special place that Mercedes usually concede and had to settle for the fifth place this time, sharing the third row with his partner Valtteri Bottas.
Here’s the summary of what happen last night in the Marina Bay circuit, Singapore:
Sebastian Vettel making his dominance and managed to earn the pole position.
Max Verstappen will start second, and Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo qualified third. Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel’s teammate at Ferrari, will complete the second row of the grid.
Lewis Hamilton, Vettel’s main rival in the world championship, had all sorts of difficulties and qualified fifth, and will start from the third row against his teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Vettel took his pole position with a time of 1 minute, 39.491 seconds, on a track where he has won four times and climbed to the podium six times.
The pole is essential for the race that is disputed at night, since the circuit is a winding one in which it is difficult to advance positions.
The German is second in Hamilton’s three-point world championship, who complained of tire temperature problems and failed to find the necessary adjustments to compete with the Ferrari and Red Bull.
The Red Bull team was the fastest in all three practice sessions and exhibited the speed and downforce needed to compete for victory on a track with tight corners.