Charles Leclerc was red hot as the 2019 Formula One season wrapped up its European portion two weeks ago in Monza. But a different continent has led to the exact same results.
Leclerc surprised observers by taking his third consecutive Formula 1 pole for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Singapore. A long, technical street circuit will prove to be an endurance race under the lights where Leclerc hopes to continue Ferrari’s recent run of momentum. They took advantage of the power tracks of Spa and Monza, earning their first two victories of the season with Leclerc.
Moving on to Singapore, a track that depends more on aero and chassis than power, Mercedes and Red Bull looked to be the favorites this weekend. However, to everyone’s surprise , it was Leclerc on top of the charts for his fifth pole overall of 2019. Lewis Hamilton could not match his impressive run from last season but was able to put his Mercedes on the front row.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap in the first run of Q3 and looked to be the man to beat on the final run. However, he made a few mistakes on that final hot lap and aborted, leaving his Ferrari third on the grid. Max Verstappen is the other man on the second row, qualifying fourth with Red Bull.
Valtteri Bottas has not had a great weekend after crashing on Friday and made a few mistakes in Q3. He was forced to settle for fifth in his Mercedes. Alex Albon rounded out the top three teams, qualifying sixth for Red Bull.
Carlos Sainz complained of having no power in Q1 but was able to turn it around and be the best of the rest, setting the seventh fastest time with McLaren. Eighth was Daniel Ricciardo with Renault, who out-qualified his teammate, ninth place Nico Hulkenberg, yet again. Lando Norris rounded out the top 10 in his McLaren.
After a straightforward qualifying session with not much drama in the first two sessions, we are all set for a Ferrari vs. Mercedes battle on Sunday with Red Bull looking to play spoiler. Lights out for the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix is set for 8:10 a.m. ET with TV coverage provided by ESPN2.