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Vettel grabs pole in Singapore shootout

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after setting a phenomenal lap time of 1:39.491, a new lap record around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

After dominating every single session so far this weekend, the best the Red Bull could do were second and third with Max Verstappen out qualifying teammate Daniel Ricciardo by just three hundredths of a second. The best, Vettel’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, could manage was fourth, setting a time in the low 1:40s.

Championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, could only manage fifth on the grid, but was still six tenths ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in sixth. Nico Hulkenberg pipped the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to seventh, whilst Carlos Sainz rounds out the top ten.

Jolyon Palmer finished eleventh in what no longer looks like his final qualifying session in Formula 1, ahead of Perez, who could only manage twelfth, Kvyat in 13th, Ocon in 14th and Grosjean who was the slowest of the Q2 runners.

Kevin Magnussen just missed missed out of beating teammate Grosjean, and joined Massa and Stroll from Williams, and Wehrlein and Ericsson from Sauber in being eliminated in Q1.

The only penalty as of writing is Marcus Ericcson penalty for a gearbox change following his Free Practise crash, but will not affect the grid has he qualified last.

The 2017 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix gets underway at 12:00 UTC tomorrow.

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