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Sebastian Vettel: My auto came alive in Q3

Sebastian Vettel: My auto came alive in Q3

"It will be a very close race".

Verstappen and Ricciardo have been trading best times for much of the weekend but were outclassed by Sebastian Vettel in qualifying, who stole the show with an huge final lap.

The Australian posted a best time of 1min 40.852sec on ultra-soft tyres, edging teammate Max Verstappen by 0.556sec.

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who is seeking his third successive victory, was third quickest ahead of Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.

McLaren-Honda continued to show strong pace at Marina Bay, with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne fourth and fifth respectively. [I am] so pleased we got it done. "It was pretty hot out there, the conditions are pretty awesome to cope with, but the grip on the track is fairly good", said Hamilton.

"We made some progress from the morning and even though we were the quickest in FP1, I still wanted to get more out of the vehicle and the set up in the afternoon".

But Verstappen was told to return to the pits slowly after reporting that the vehicle was "shifting by itself" while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo clipped the wall, forcing him to back out of his final attempt a low-fuel run. "But nothing is out of reach".

Red Bull is the most successful team in Singapore, with Vettel claiming three victories for the team between 2011 and 2013.

Kimi Raikkonen, seventh in the evening, ended the day as the fastest Ferrari in ninth.

"I'm after a dominant weekend and so far this has been a good start", Ricciardo said. "And that is Ferrari and Red Bull". In the long runs they are one second quicker so they are really doing an incredible performance at the moment. "So I needed to control the slides and the wheel slips more than I would wanted to and the pace is just slow", Bottas explained.

Verstappen, 19, had looked set to become the first teenager on pole but Vettel stormed through with two blistering laps in the final session to clinch it by three-tenths of a second. "But if not then you just settle down and get into the race".

Nico Hulkenberg put his works Renault F1 vehicle at the head of the fourth row of the grid ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda.