Singapore Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from qualifying

Niki Lauda: 'Ferrari favourites for Singapore'

"I'm happy we got the vehicle where it deserved to be".

The Red Bull drivers had been fastest all weekend but Vettel found some extra pace in final qualifying to take pole.

Sergio Perez complained about having "no grip at all" on his second Q2 run and ended up 12th after being unable to improve on his first-run time.

Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, three points adrift after Hamilton won the previous two races, seized pole position with a blistering late lap under the floodlights at the Marina Bay circuit.

"We knew that we would come here and it would be hard", Hamilton said.

"Today I will accept a little bit of defeat but tomorrrow I am still confident we will get victory".

Hamilton was also surprised at Vettel's pace but he warned that Sunday's notoriously long, hot and physical race was "a marathon not a sprint".

The Renault engine is known to lack power compared to Ferrari and Mercedes in Q3 mode, but Ricciardo still felt Red Bull had a realistic shot at pole.

Bottas says of the deal: "I've been very impressed by the mentality, commitment and the team spirit this team holds".

"I got everything I could out of the vehicle - I got everything and more, I literally threw the sink at it".

"I got everything I could out of the auto, everything and more", he added. "I threw the sink at it and squeezed every bit of it". "But if not then you just settle down and get into the race".

Williams driver Felipe Massa slid into the barriers, puncturing a rear tyre, and he was one of the five to drop out in Q1 as Verstappen and Ricciardo led the way.

The former four-time world champion's pole time did not come without drama, however, as he pushed the limits around the street circuit that punishes drivers who lose control of their machines around the confines of the street circuit.

But the Milton Keynes-based outfit, who could have locked out the front row for the first time since the United States Grand Prix in 2013, were denied by a sensational one minute, 39.491 second lap by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

There was a flurry of activity when the session was restarted, with Vettel setting the fastest first and second sectors to go quickest with a 1m41.901s, 0.348s quicker than Verstappen.

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