The incredible run of form for young Ferrari superstar Charles Leclerc continued under the lights at Singapore as he took a stunning pole position from Hamilton and Vettel.
Fastest in FP3 and Q2, he delivered a stunning lap in the final segment of qualifying to snatch P1. It was a lap that was on the absolute limit as he pushed the car to its absolute maximum.
It’s three consecutive poles for the Monegasque and he now has the most of 2019 with five, too. Tomorrow he will attempt to score his third straight win.
Charles Leclerc – 1st
“Coming to Singapore, we expected to have a difficult weekend. I struggled with the car yesterday and was not satisfied with my driving. I knew that there was more to extract and focused on the improvements I had to make on myself to do a better job today.
Pole felt out of reach but this morning, the car came alive and felt great. The team in our factory in Maranello did an incredible job to make this result possible by giving us the high-downforce package we need on this track.
The lap itself was not perfect. I made some mistakes and there were some close calls. To finish it like this just feels amazing. I have to keep my head down now and stay focused. It is difficult to overtake here, so the start will be the most important part of the race for me. I hope it will be an exciting one.”
The most unexpected pole 🇸🇬— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) September 21, 2019
Very happy, let's focus on the race tomorrow now. pic.twitter.com/OV4dDwW7FB
It was a good qualifying performance by Sebastian Vettel as he just missed out on pole position by a couple of tenths. After struggling to match Leclerc in FP3 and Q1, he closed in during the final segments of qualifying.
The German was fastest following the first timed laps in Q3. However, a scruffy final run saw him fail to improve and lost out to Leclerc and Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel – 3rd
“I’m not completely satisfied with my Q3, as I wasn’t able to improve on my second attempt. I made a mistake in sector 1 and I realised I was not improving, so I decided to abort the lap. It started off very well, but I wasn’t able to put together the lap I potentially had. Overall, first and third is great for the team and even if I cannot be entirely happy, we can say that we were able to extract the most from today.
The new parts we have on the car worked as expected this weekend, since we are not losing out in the corners to the extent that we were in in Hungary, a track quite similar to this. We were able to extract more performance and also, in terms of race pace, I think we can be competitive.
Yesterday we suffered with a lack of front grip, but tonight as the temperature dropped, it was better for us, the balance also improved from yesterday to today. The race will be really long but I think we could have some opportunities.”