Singapore Grand Prix: Leclerc takes surprise Pole for Ferrari

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Well who saw that happening. Everyone predicted this would be an off weekend for Ferrari, as on paper this track does not suit the SF90. And yesterday seemed to prove that right. But yet come Saturday and Charles Leclerc was unbeatable, as he stormed to pole with an incredible last gasp effort. The thing that makes it even more impressive is the margin could’ve been even better. Charles made two clear mistakes but made it up in the rest of the lap to secure pole by two tenths over second placed Lewis Hamilton. A testament to Charles’ skill and the work Ferrari have done over the summer break.

Sebastian Vettel looked like he was the favourite for pole but as his rivals improved, mistakes on his final run meant he could not respond, so he lines up in third ahead of Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Alex Albon. Red Bull unexpectedly struggled but their race pace could be stronger. Carlos Saint was best of the rest in seventh ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, however the latter has been excluded from qualifying so will start from the back. This promoted his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg to eighth, Lando Norris to ninth and would promote Sergio Perez to tenth but a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change after a knock with the wall in Practice 3 drops him to fifteenth. This promotes Antonio Giovinazzi to tenth, the Italian out-qualifying his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, which will bode well for his 2020 chances.

Here is the full starting grid, with all the grid penalties taken into account.

1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1.36.217
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1.36.408
3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1.36.437
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1.36.813
5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1.37.146
6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) 1.37.411
7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) 1.37.818
8. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) 1.38.264
9. Lando Norris (McLaren) 1.38.329
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1.38.697
11. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) 1.38.699
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1.38.858
13. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 1.39.650
14. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1.39.957
15. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) 1.38.620*
16. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) 1.39.979
17. Romain Grosjean (Haas) 1.40.277
18. George Russell (Williams) 1.40.867
19. Robert Kubica (Williams) 1.41.186
20. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) 1.38.095**

KEY: Green = Q3, Orange = Q2, Red = Q1
* = 5 place grid penalty
** = Excluded from qualifying

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