Vettel rues messy qualifying session before Singapore showdown

Vettel rues messy qualifying session before Singapore showdown

Vettel rues messy qualifying session before Singapore showdown

But shortly afterwards Vettel's race engineer told him: "Hamilton reports there's not a lot left of his tyres".

Raikkonen lapped the 5.063 km Marina Bay Street Circuit in 1:38.699 seconds, with Hamilton just behind as the rejuvenated Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished third and fourth respectively half a second further back.

"We can recover most of it tomorrow so we are not that anxious", Vettel told Sky Sports.

"Yesterday was looking really good for us and then we came into today, we made some changes and we didn't have a good (practice) session".

"Of course it feels great but I've been here a long, long time so I know I can't get ahead of myself, we can't get ahead of ourselves". As we'd gone through the qualifying session again, the real challenge in Q1 on the ultra-soft, and then we obviously got into that last session and it was just about pulling all of the little bits you'd found through practice and trying to see if you could put it into a flawless puzzle.

"Ready to go for the rest of the weekend and I think tomorrow is going to be very close". I had to go on a massive defence and even then I was racing the back marker and they still weren't lifting as I was alongside them. A small brush with the wall in practice on Friday limited his running, however, and may be the cause of his lost time.

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"I was a bit nervous going into qualifying because I didn't think we had the pace".

There has, however, been a safety auto period in every race in Singapore since it joined Formula One in 2008 and it was deployed on the opening lap after Sergio Perez pushed his Force India team mate Esteban Ocon into a wall after Turn Three. It's the most challenging circuit, I think, for us in the year.

It was a similar story to Monaco in May, when the hyper-soft tyre tyre was also used and teams were similarly trying to eke their tyres out to do a one-stop strategy.

"After the way the vehicle has felt at certain points this weekend, qualifying on the front row and taking second place today is an wonderful result".

It was late Saturday in sweltering Singapore and archrival Lewis Hamilton had just driven brilliantly to secure pole position for Mercedes. "Definitely not. But I'm very grateful for those points and for all the hard work the team have put in". "Obviously you see across all sessions that everybody's been up top", he added.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel got past the young Dutchman just as the safety auto came out on the opening lap, but couldn't stay there as Red Bull pulled off a great pitstop to get their man back out on track millimetres ahead of the German.

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