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17:25  28 september  2019
17:25  28 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

Lewis Hamilton "down for hard racing" ahead of Singapore Grand Prix

  Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton has warned he is "down for hard racing" following an incident with Charles Leclerc in Monza two weeks ago. Leclerc almost collided with Hamilton as the current world champion tried to overtake and Hamilton has said he is ready to battle for victory in Singapore. The Brit explained: “I look forward. There’s nothing I can do about the past. I’m down for hard racing.” Ferrari driver Leclerc received a warning for the incident at the Italian Grand Prix and, following the conclusion of the race, Hamilton admitted he would be willing to change his style of driving as long as there are clear rules and punishments.

Charles Leclerc extended his breathtaking run of pole positions to four races with a supreme performance in Russian GP qualifying - but Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to second on the grid. Leclerc has become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to claim four

Lewis Hamilton put in a sensational lap to take second to join Leclerc on the front row as he split the Ferraris. Charles Leclerc alongside Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel after the raceCredit: Getty Images - Getty. A mistake on the last lap from Sebastian Vettel sees him start third ahead of Valtteri

Lewis Hamilton holding a baseball bat © Getty

Charles Leclerc extended his breathtaking run of pole positions to four races with a supreme performance in Russian GP qualifying - but Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to second on the grid.

Leclerc has become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to claim four poles in succession and the 21-year-old now has six overall in 2019.

But Ferrari missed out on a front-row lockout for a second successive weekend after an "awesome" final lap from Hamilton split the two red cars for Mercedes.

In a fascinating additional twist for the race on Sunday from 12.10pm, Hamilton will start on the more durable medium tyres for the race's first stint, whereas the Ferraris are on the fater but more fragile softs.

Leclerc sets surprise Ferrari pace

  Leclerc sets surprise Ferrari pace Charles Leclerc unexpectedly set the pace for Ferrari in the final practice session at the Singapore GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton.Although Leclerc has won the past two races, the slow-speed nature of the Marina Bay street circuit has not been expected to suit their car and Friday's timesheet - when they finished 0.8s off Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's pace - appeared to underline such theories.

Leclerc has reinforced his dominance on pole position. Meanwhile Hamilton has overturned the odds and is on the front row of the grid. Vettel is pursuing his 57th career pole – as he looks to get the beating of his on-form teammate. But he has been unable to beat his time, while Leclerc has

Charles Leclerc took his fourth pole position in a row for Ferrari at the Russian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton joining the Monegasque on the front row for Mercedes.

(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © Getty (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

"I'm so glad it came together - I wasn't expecting to get on the front row, that's for sure. I'm really, really happy with it," said Hamilton, who has won in Sochi in each of the past two seasons.

Although Vettel won in Singapore last Sunday, the four-time champion has now failed to outqualify Leclerc for nine events in a row. Leclerc's pole time of 1:31.628 was 0.425s faster than the sister Ferrari.

Vettel, who conceded he "couldn't extract the maximum out of the car", will start third.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen beat Valtteri Bottas to fourth but drops down to ninth on the grid owing to a five-place penalty for engine changes.

  Leclerc extends pole run, Hamilton second © Getty

But Alex Albon crashed the other Red Bull in Q1 and will start from the back row at the Sochi Autodrom.

Charles Leclerc takes shock Ferrari pole in Singapore

  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.

Hamilton improved on his second run while Bottas could not but it was not quite enough. Vettel was struggling, the four-time world champion looking out of sorts all day and ending up 0.615secs slower than Leclerc , who has now beaten the German for three qualifying sessions in a row.

Hamilton ’s grid penalty reduces his chances of extending Mercedes record season-opening run of eight successive triumphs and gives Ferrari a Leclerc had secured his second career pole when clocking his best lap of one minute and 3.003 seconds in the final seconds of a dramatic session that

Carlos Sainz was a fine sixth-fastest for McLaren on the day the Woking team announced they are returning to Mercedes power for 2021, with the Spaniard to start fifth as a result of Verstappen's penalty.

Nico Hulkenberg continued a strong weekend at Renault to beat Daniel Ricciardo, while Romain Grosjean was a standout performer to return Haas to the top 10.

Russian GP Qualifying: Top 101. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull*5. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes6. Carlos Sainz, McLaren7. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault8. Lando Norris, McLaren9. Romain Grosjean, Haas10. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault

*5-place grid penalty

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