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Hamilton takes pole for Singapore Grand Prix

media Lewis Hamilton is 30 points ahead of Serbastian Vettel in the drivers' championships with seven races to go. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix in pole position after his Mercedes finished Saturday’s final round of qualifying with a lap of 1 minute 36.015 seconds at the Marina Bay street circuit. Max Verstappen of Red Bull will begin in second place on the grid with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in third place.

"That felt like magic," said Hamilton of his lap record, which was 3.4 seconds quicker than last year's pole effort.

"It was really special,” added the 33-year-old Briton. “I don't think there was a bad moment in the lap, it was just perfect.

"I don't know where it came from but it all came together. It's one of the best laps I can remember."

Ferrari's Vettel, who is 30 points behind Hamilton in the title race with seven races to go, said he was disappointed with his best effort of 1 minute 36.628 seconds.

"It's not ideal obviously. We wanted to get pole and didn't," said the German. "It was a messy qualifying session and there was too much time missing so we didn't get any better than third," he added.

Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished the qualifying rounds in fourth place and Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s race in fifth in the second Ferrari.


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