Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel is expecting a very close race on Sunday between the Maranello team and Red Bull Racing, with Mercedes whoc could also get in the mix, after the four-time Formula One world champion snatched pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.
Sebastian Vettel took pole by more than three-tenths to Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, whilst main title rivals Mercedes were a little further back with title rival Lewis Hamilton starting fifth, behind Sebastian’s Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver was of course ecstatic to score pole position at the Marina Bay Street Circuit after a difficult start to qualifying which saw him down on pace, similar to the situation seen during the first three practice sessions in Singapore:
“It was unbelievable, I’m still full of adrenaline. I love this track, the car was tricky but it came alive and was getting better and better and better as the night progressed, really happy we got it done. I think I need to calm down first, for now very happy. The car was amazing, amazing track, if you feel the car is coming alive and you can do what you want to. I knew we had it in us, was a bit of a struggle to get there, now I’m just happy.” – Sebastian Vettel said at the end of the qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport earlier today.
Sebastian Vettel admitted the fact that he is now a lot more confident the car will be where he needs it on Sunday, yet the Maranello team’s driver still expects a challenge from those behind him: “I am happy that we got the car where it deserved to be and then we can take it from there. But tomorrow is another day, it will be a long race, these guys are very quick, we had a difficult night yesterday, better night today. I am sure the car will be like today tomorrow so it should be better but it will be a very close race.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver concluded, as Sebastian will attempt to regain the lead in the Formula 1 Driver Standings at the end of the Singapore Grand Prix.