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10:17  30 september  2019
10:17  30 september  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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.

Ferrari 's tactics were again the subject of much debate as Sebastian Vettel appeared unaware of a plan for him to let Charles Leclerc past.

Vettel soon retired with a problem and Lewis Hamilton profited to take the victory, with Leclerc in third and frustrated by the delay in following tactics during the race . " I will always trust the team, but yeah, the tactic was me giving the slipstream for one-two at the end of the straight, which happened," he said.

a man in a red uniform: Ferrari team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc © Getty Images Ferrari team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc

Sebastian Vettel was left wondering if he had "missed something" as Ferrari's tactics were again scrutinised in Russia, where the German was asked to let Charles Leclerc through.

Vettel, who won last time out in Singapore, appeared to benefit from Leclerc's slipstream to emerge ahead of the pole-sitter at the first corner.

But Ferrari quickly sought to push Leclerc past Vettel again, with the younger driver having fumed in the last race when pitting strategy handed his team-mate victory.

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It ultimately counted for little as Vettel retired shortly after Leclerc nudged in front, allowing Lewis Hamilton to pit under the virtual safety car and claim victory.

Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge

  Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge Lewis Hamilton admitted he did not know where Ferrari suddenly found their Singapore GP pace after being beaten to pole.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.

Ferrari are struggling to juggle the ambitions of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel - a scenario rival boss Toto Wolff knows well. Vettel : Maybe I Missed Something With The Plan .

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto explained the team orders between drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel which caused a friction between the two drivers during the I spoke with Charles in particular before the race , I think it was quite clear, but I don’t know. Maybe I missed something .

Vettel was still left confused by the fuss around Ferrari's tactics, though, telling Sky Sports: "I don't know exactly what happened there.

"I think we had an agreement - I spoke to Charles, in particular, before the race. I thought it was quite clear. Maybe I missed something. I'm sure we will talk about it.

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"It's bitter today because we wanted to have the cars finishing one and two, and now Charles is third. It's not the result we wanted."

Asked for details of his agreement with Leclerc, Vettel replied: "I don't want to share, to be honest. It was not a great deal, but I don't want to put the team in a bad position afterwards because somebody said something here, there.

"I know it's not fair because people deserve to know, but it's no big deal. Obviously, I was in third, Charles was in first, and we were talking about a strategy to find a way past Lewis.

Hamilton: 'Painful' missing out on win

  Hamilton: 'Painful' missing out on win Lewis Hamilton believes he could have "easily won" the Singapore GP if Mercedes took a "risk" with their strategy.Hamilton only finished fourth on Sunday despite appearing to have the pace to challenge the Ferraris from second on the grid.

But after Ferrari tried to maneuver a swap between their leading drivers, allowing pole-sitter Leclerc through, Vettel was forced to retire and Hamilton capitalized. He pitted under the virtual safety car and came out in front of Leclerc, holding on from there for his first win in four.

But Vettel controversially ignored team orders and was then forced to retire, opening the door for I spoke with Charles especially before the race . It was quite clear. Maybe I missed something ?" The remainder of the race was a routine one for Hamilton. With the security of his Mercedes teammate

"I had a very good start so there were a couple of options on the table. Sorry, I'd prefer not to [say] anyway."

Vettel was still confident he and Leclerc had been able to enjoy a fair race until the point where he was pitted and his team-mate nipped in front.

"We did [race] until the pit stop, because I lost the lead during the stop and then the car broke down, so it's a bit irrelevant," he said. "Up to that point, that's what we did."

Despite the frustrating end to the weekend, Vettel also saw positives in the pace of the SF90, having endured a miserable winless season prior to his Singapore success.

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"From my point of view, it was a matter of time before things started to click - whether that was a win or a good position in a race," he said.

Leclerc extends pole run, Hamilton second

  Leclerc extends pole run, Hamilton second Charles Leclerc extended his breathtaking run of pole positions to four races, but Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to second.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 maybe I missed something . " I ’m sure we will talk about it. It’s obviously bitter today because we wanted to have a 1-2 with the cars. So not the result that we wanted.” Asked what was agreed before the race , Vettel replied: “ I don’t know if I want to share. Not a great deal. “ I don’t want to put the team

Ferrari came crashing back down to earth at the Russian GP as their winning run was ended — with Sebastian Vettel forced to retire and Charles Leclerc finishing third after a team strategy controversy. I don’t know. Maybe I missed something . I ’m sure we’ll talk about it.

"The positive thing overall is that the car is good. I think today is the first race where we had more pace than Mercedes.

"It wasn't really the case in Singapore - although yes we won - and also the race before, in terms of raw, race pace, Mercedes still had an edge. So that should give them a bit of a headache. It's good for us."

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