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Singapore Grand Prix 2017 qualifying results: Full classification from Marina Bay

Singapore Grand Prix 2017 qualifying results: Full classification from Marina Bay

Championship rival Lewis Hamilton, who leads Vettel by three points in the standings, could only qualify fifth as the Mercedes struggled in high downforce conditions.

Vettel was considered the favorite for pole position prior to qualifying due to his past successes in Singapore, winning it four times since it was first held in 2008.

"It was unbelievable, I'm still full of adrenaline".

"I am happy we got the auto where it deserved to be, then we take it from there", Vettel said.

All six drivers from the leading teams were on track in the final thrilling moments of the session - but only Vettel could improve his previous time as the championship momentum swings back towards Ferrari.

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 that the race pace we showed yesterday puts us in good stead for the race tomorrow, so we're happy with a front row start and third as well".

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"We knew coming here it would be hard", Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. I knew we had it in us but we had to get there. I think we've got a good package. "I said the Ferrari could be a problem, and now it's Red Bull", Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told Sky Sports television.

Red Bull arrived in Singapore hopeful of making the strength of its RB13 auto show around the street circuit, expecting to draw closer to usual leaders Ferrari and Mercedes at the front of the pack.

"You always hope for better but probably its realistically where we are in Singapore", said team boss Toto Wolff. The auto was tricky but was getting better, better and better. "And that is Ferrari and Red Bull".

"We knew that today would be tough", he said.

"I don't know where Ferrari have picked up that pace", he added. We definitely didn't anticipate Ferrari would be as strong as they were, I thought Red Bull would be as quick as they were but we remained hopeful.

Nico Hulkenberg put his works Renault F1 auto at the head of the fourth row of the grid ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne is ninth and Carlos Sainz rounds out the top 10.


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