Mercedes star is well beaten and knows his German rival has never lost when starting first on the grid at this venue
SEBASTIAN VETTEL is on pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton could only qualify in FIFTH place.
It was Vettel‘s 49th pole of his F1 career and the fourth time he has taken P1 in Singapore and, in a worrying sign for Hamilton, he’s never lost here when he has started on pole.
Max Verstappen starts second while his Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo was third and Kimi Raikkonen fourth.
Hamilton, who had struggled all weekend, could only drag his Mercedes into fifth place while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts sixth.
Jolyon Palmer qualified in 11th after he was again beaten in qualifying by his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
While Williams also struggled as both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were dumped out at the first stage.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson will start at the back of the grid after he qualified last and will face further gearbox penalties.
Hamilton, who took the outright lead with victory at Monza last week, could now see Vettel overhaul him.
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And Vettel said: “I love this track. The car was tricky but it came alive and was getting better and better as the night came on.
“I knew we had it in us. It was a bit of a struggle to get there, but we did it.
“I shouted louder on the radio than probably ever before.”
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