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Sport Charles Leclerc takes shock Ferrari pole in Singapore

17:50  21 september  2019
17:50  21 september  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Madness at Monza! Charles Leclerc takes pole position for Italian Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton... but final runs turn into shambles as most drivers miss out on setting another lap FROM JONATHAN McEVOY AT MONZA: Charles Leclerc turned himself into an instant Ferrari favourite by taking a farcical pole position in front of the partisans at the Italian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old, buoyed by victory only a week ago in Belgium, outgunned his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the German who is paid £36million to bring the bacon home. The guard is changing. To loud cheers from the packed old stand on the start-finish straight bedecked in red flags and banners, Leclerc took the honours 0.039sec ahead Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second. Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, with Vettel 0.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were denied by Charles Leclerc in Singapore , with the Monegasque claiming his third consecutive pole .

Charles Leclerc is on quite the roll at the moment. Having won in Belgium and Italy, the Monegasque driver secured a sparkling pole position under the lights in Singapore on Saturday It was the fifth pole position of his career and his third in a row, made all the more special by the fact that it came at a

a fire truck sitting on top of a car: Charles Leclerc at the Singapore Grand Prix © Getty Images Charles Leclerc at the Singapore Grand Prix

In-form Charles Leclerc caused a shock at the Singapore Grand Prix by claiming a magnificent pole position.

The Ferrari driver, who has won the last two races, took his fifth pole of 2019 and third in succession with a tremendous lap of one minute and 36.217 seconds in the final moments of qualifying.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start second for Mercedes after coming in 0.191secs behind Leclerc.

Leclerc's team-mate Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third and has now been out-qualified by the Monegasque for eight straight races, with Max Verstappen coming fourth for Red Bull.

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Ferrari 's Charles Leclerc took his third pole position in a row with a superlative performance in qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix. The 21-year-old beat Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes by 0.191 seconds as both slipped ahead of early pace-setter Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari on their last laps.

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Valtteri Bottas was almost a second off the pace in fifth place and Alex Albon took the other spot on the third row in sixth.

Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Lando Norris rounded out the top 10.

Having won the last two races in Belgium and Italy, Ferrari were expected to trail Mercedes and Red Bull at a slower, higher-downforce Marina Bay Street Circuit.

That view was reinforced by Friday's action in practice, but after showing surprise pace in FP3, the Scuderia produced a magnificent qualifying performance on Saturday, clearly buoyed by upgrades they introduced this week.

Vettel was almost four-tenths clear of Leclerc after the first runs of Q3 and looked poised to take pole, with both Mercedes cars around a second back.

But the second runs shook up the grid as Vettel had to abort his effort after making a mistake.

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Leclerc took advantage and then held on to top spot after five-time Formula One champion Hamilton improved significantly but only managed to get in front of one of the Ferraris.

Eight of the 11 Singapore Grands Prix have been won by the driver on pole, with man of the moment Leclerc well placed as Ferrari look to win a third straight race for the first time in 11 years.

 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1:36.217

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.191s

3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +0.220s

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +0.596s

5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.929s

6. Alex Albon (Red Bull) +1.194s

7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) +1.601s

8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1.878s

9. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) +2.047s

10. Lando Norris (McLaren) +2.112s

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