Singapore pole for Vettel

Niki Lauda: 'Ferrari favourites for Singapore'

Niki Lauda: 'Ferrari favourites for Singapore'

Sebastian Vettel is expecting a very close race on Sunday between Ferrari and Red Bull, with Mercedes also in the mix, after snatching pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel trails Hamilton by just three points in the standings, but the Mercedes driver has won three of the last four grands prix - including his crushing victory two weeks ago in Italy.

But aside from the dominant Red Bulls, Hamilton was half-a-second clear of his fourth-placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"The car was tricky but it came alive and it was getting better and better as the night progressed, so I'm really happy that we got it done". "Easy is boring. I think that's what we all want and I'm definitely looking forward to it".

With just 0.142s covering the top three teams, there is the genuine prospect of a three-way fight for pole when qualifying begins at 2pm BST live on Sky Sports F1.

Regardless, Horner was somewhat cautious ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

"So far this year, we have seen the pendulum swing according to circuit type".

There was no word from Renault or Red Bull on their future together, following reports that the French manufacturer will walk away from their partnership after 2018. Before talking about this weekend, Seb briefly looked back to the teams home race.

Joining the Williams cars at the back of the grid were Haas' Kevin Magnussen and the two Saubers of Wehrlein and Ericsson. Red Bull will be fast this weekend so it won't be the easiest of weekends possibly.

Having a challenger at last, that has been able to consistently trouble Mercedes AMG at these high-downforce venues, has been what has aided Vettel's cause in the title chase, whilst Lewis Hamilton flexes the muscle of the mighty Merc at the more power sensitive venues.

In Q1, Vettel and Raikkonen were the first ones to set a timed lap.

"You always hope for better but probably its realistically where we are in Singapore", said team boss Toto Wolff. Okay, at Monza perhaps a little less, but in my opinion this was due to a mistake in the Ferrari setup.

His team-mate Lance Stroll was 18th ahead of Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, who also had a minor brush with the wall at the penultimate complex of corners.

"We will approach it with healthy scepticism, leave no stone unturned and aim to deliver every bit of performance that we can". And he was right.

'There have been ups and downs - more ups, fewer downs - and some great highlights like his two race wins in Russia and Austria.

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