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Rapid Leclerc takes shock Ferrari pole in Singapore ahead of Hamilton

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Charles Leclerc is on quite the roll at the moment. Having won in Belgium and Italy, the Monegasque driver secured a sparkling pole position under the lights in Singapore on Saturday It was the fifth pole position of his career and his third in a row, made all the more special by the fact that it came at a track where Ferrari had predicted they would struggle ahead of the weekend.

Leclerc set a scintillating 1m 36.217s around the Marina Bay Street Circuit to beat Lewis Hamilton’s time by 0.191s – meaning the 21-year-old now leads the Mercedes man and Valtteri Bottas for most poles this year.

Sebastian Vettel went fastest on the first round of runs in Q3, but had to settle for third on the grid in the second Ferrari, 0.220s off his team mate’s time after aborting his final effort. He was ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, with Red Bull’s threat in qualifying failing to materialise, as the Dutchman wound up over half a second off Leclerc.

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