Kimi Raikkonen tops Singapore practice as Sebastian Vettel toils

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after securing pole position for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix

2nd row Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes).

"When I got close to Lewis due to back markers I never really thought the pass would be possible", Verstappen continued.

The Dutch driver finished ahead of Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, jumping him during the pit stop window after the German passed him at the start of the race.

"We can't expect miracles tomorrow because nobody has the pace to lap the others but overall I think it's good to have pace then we see what we can do and how much we can fight".

"Great job everyone, what a weekend", said Hamilton on team radio immediately after winning at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second year running.

Putting Raikkonen on fresher tyres, potentially in clear air, and letting him set some fast laps could pressure Mercedes into pitting Hamilton earlier then they would.

"Mercedes obviously got everything together yesterday - credit to them", said Vettel.

"It's going to be so hard to overtake. Just half a meter braking later, but it was just that little bit too much and the vehicle wasn't going to have it, so I do really think that I got everything possible from that first lap and was definitely nervous when I came in at the end because naturally you want to deliver each time you have an opportunity". "I think we have a good auto so let's see".

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For 14 laps Perez toiled behind the Williams until he managed to pull alongside on lap 34, but as the battling drivers exited Turn 18 he inexplicably steered into Sirotkin's side, damaging both cars and earning himself a puncture. Ferrari, pre-empting a Mercedes stop, pitted Vettel at the end of Lap 13 for a new set of ultrasofts in preparation for what was expected to be a two-stop race.

"With the way we raced today we didn't have a chance".

"We knew coming here that the characteristics of this track would suit our package".

Only six races remain, Ferrari have a mountain to climb and Vettel's self-flagellation and dissatisfaction with their strategy this weekend suggests they are reeling and have no answers to Hamilton's performances. "So for us it didn't go as smooth as it should have been", Vettel told reporters after finishing 0.613 seconds behind the Briton. There might be something extra in the fact that maybe we weren't quick enough...

Vettel emerged from his auto dejected and facing an nearly insurmountable 40-point title comeback. It was perfectly on the limit, it felt like one of the best laps (I've done).

The need for speed: The people of Singapore are the fastest walkers on the planet, at an average of 6.15kph Hamilton's pole position in Singapore was the 200th for an English driver in F1 history.

The 20-year-old apologized to his team on the radio as he left his vehicle stranded in an escape road with two minutes left in the session, a sight that will disappoint his future employers, who will hope he does not make similar mistakes next season. "If [being aggressive] works it's great - today it didn't work by quite a bit".

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