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Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes doubted Ferrari had pace for pole

Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes doubted Ferrari had pace for pole”

The Red Bulls will take some beating, too.

Vettel's delight was evident by the high-pitched and prolonged shrill he let out after his lap record of 1 minute, 39.491 seconds. But I'm very happy with this. I go with what we have, what I'll feel on the track and how the auto performs.

"I am still full of adrenalin", Vettel said.

"It's a long lap - you gain a bit, you lose a bit, you kind of say I could've got more there - but I think the gap was, in the end, three or four tenths, it was quite significant".

Not that it had been all plain sailing.

Romain Grosjean, who paid two visits to the Turn 7 escape road at the end of the back straight in Q1, didn't post a time on his first run in Q2 and was unable to do better than 15th when he made his second attempt. On his final lap he even glanced the wall, giving him some concern when he checked the auto over in parc fermé.

"I struggled this morning and afternoon". Perhaps there was a bit of time in the last sector to find but in general I am very pleased with how the vehicle and I performed.

"I go with what we have, what I will feel tomorrow at the track and the vehicle that I have then under me", said Vettel.

"I'll take the fourth place, because if you purely look at where we were before qualifying, it could have been a lot worse", Raikkonen said.

"It's not going to be the easiest of weekends, but man I'm coming with positivity and with the plan of winning this race", said the Briton, who has won in Singapore twice. "Today I'll accept a little bit of a defeat", Ricciardo said.

Now the question is whether Vettel will be able to exhibit the same pace tomorrow and show his rivals a clean hair of heels. It's the longest race of the season in terms of duration. "It will be a very close race".

But with Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen only ninth in the standings, there will be some concern in the Ferrari camp on Friday night with the 5.15-kilometre street circuit expected to have played to their strengths. F1's marquee night race starts on Sunday at 1pm. "If he can get on the front row, Danny Ric has to be odds-on favourite".

"It's been a hard weekend, all the way through", Raikkonen added.

"In 2015, Singapore provided us with one of the most painful experiences in recent seasons, so we rolled up the sleeves, learned from it and managed to bounce back with a great win past year", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. Barriers await the drivers who stray rather than run-off areas and Vettel had a brush with a barrier in the final segment of the three-part elimination qualifying that left a visible mark on the vehicle. But it's still far from comfortable.

When does Sunday's Singapore GP start?

"It's a normal story".

"We target to win races".



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