Formula 1

F1: Leclerc takes pole under the lights in Singapore

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Charles Leclerc has taken his third pole position in as many races after an impressive performance in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver set a best time of 1m36.217s to go ahead of Lewis Hamilton by 0.191s.

Sebastian Vettel just missed out on completing an all-Ferrari front row as Hamilton’s final lap was 0.029s faster than the German’s, and will start the race from third.

Max Verstappen was fourth fastest ahead of the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas, while Alex Albon rounded out the top six.

Carlos Sainz had a strong performance in his McLaren going seventh fastest, ahead of the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

Sainz’s McLaren team-mate Lando Norris rounded out the top ten after a difficult Q3 session.

Sergio Perez missed out on a Q3 appearance by 0.050s, and will start tomorrow’s race 11th, ahead of the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Pierre Gasly was 13th fastest while Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen were 14th and 15th respectively.

Daniil Kvyat was the fastest driver to be knocked out in Q1 and will start 16th, ahead of the Racing Point of Lance Stroll and Haas of Romain Grosjean.

As usual, both Williams will line-up on the back row with George Russell ahead of Robert Kubica, who failed to get to the start/finish line in time to start his last flying lap.


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