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Sport Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge

04:55  22 september  2019
04:55  22 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Lewis Hamilton expressed surprise at Ferrari 's shock Singapore GP qualifying pace - with the world champion simply "grateful" to secure a front-row slot. F1's world champion will start between polesitter Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel at the head of the grid for Sunday's race after a thrilling

Watch Singapore GP on Sky F1 on Sunday Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge Leclerc beats Hamilton , Vettel to pole. It was, without doubt, one of the most surprising results of the season. Leclerc and Ferrari - while looking for a third successive F1 2019 victory - had only previously won on tracks

Lewis Hamilton wearing a red hat © Getty

Lewis Hamilton expressed surprise at Ferrari's shock Singapore GP qualifying pace - with the world champion simply "grateful" to secure a front-row slot.

F1's world champion will start between polesitter Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel at the head of the grid for Sunday's race after a thrilling qualifying session in which Ferrari belied pre-weekend expectations that the battle for honours on the street track would be between Mercedes and Red Bull.

Hamilton had been one second adrift of the Ferraris after the first Q3 runs, but a stellar final lap when he ran the gauntlet between the Marina Bay's barriers meant he ended up pipping Vettel to second place by under a tenth of a second.

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Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge . Provisional Singapore GP grid 1. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari 2. Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes 3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull 5. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 6. Alex Albon, Red Bull 7. Carlos Sainz, McLaren 8. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault 9. Lando

Formula One F1 - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - September 21, 2019  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice   REUTERS/Thomas Peter © Thomson Reuters Formula One F1 - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - September 21, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Thomas Peter

"I don't know where Ferrari picked up their pace today because this was not meant to be potentially one of their tracks, but they just did a great job," said Hamilton.

"Charles put some great laps in and I really needed something special again. So I gave it absolutely everything I had. I'm really happy to be on the front row to be in the mix with them and we can try and divide them tomorrow."

Hamilton added: "Of course, we were not expecting to have such a strong performance from them and have that deficit. I'm grateful to have split them."

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 21: Second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP wipes his face in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 21: Second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP wipes his face in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) Ferrari leave the Singapore 'favourites' trailingAlthough Ferrari have led the field this year for straight-line speed - and capitalised to the full on that asset in the last two races at high-speed Spa and Monza - their car has lacked downforce relative to their chief rivals.

Hamilton: Ferrari have 'jet mode'

  Hamilton: Ferrari have 'jet mode' Lewis Hamilton admitted Russian GP qualifying could have been "a lot worse" due to Ferrari's "jet-mode" power advantage on the straights. Leclerc stormed to his fourth consecutive pole on Saturday, but Hamilton snatched a front-row grid slot from Vettel with a great final Q3 lap.That was despite Mercedes boss Toto Wolff's claim that Ferrari were gaining "seven to eight tenths" on the Sochi straights.

Hamilton arrived in Singapore expecting to fight Red Bull's Max Verstappen for victory but 21-year-old Leclerc put himself in contention for a sensational hat-trick of GP wins with a stunning 1:36.217 second lap to edge out Hamilton by 0.191s, with the Monegasque's teammate Sebastian Vettel in third.

Lewis Hamilton does not know where Ferrari ’s “big step” has come from and has admitted the pace of Mercedes’ Formula 1 rival in Singapore Grand Prix Charles Leclerc claimed his third pole position in a row as Ferrari surprised pre-event favourites Mercedes and Red Bull in qualifying, though Hamilton

On F1's previous visit to a high-downforce circuit - the Hungaroring at the start of August - Ferrari finished one minute behind Hamilton, the race victor.

But upgrades to the front of Ferrari's car for this weekend appear to have proved game-changing for the Scuderia in such conditions.

Lewis Hamilton wearing a uniform © Getty "They are gaining a few tenths on the straights, but they are also very quick in the corners. It's just quicker everywhere," said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to Sky F1.

"Their car is fast and we've just got to get our act together tomorrow."

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

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