Fernando Alonso and Kimmi Raikkonen lifts Ferrari gloom in Singapore F1 and unfortunately Raikkonen forced out of Q3 due to engine failure
Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Singapore GP by less than a tenth of a second from Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
Just less than a tenth of a second separated the two Mercs as they crossed the line at the close of a riveting top-ten shootout, amounting to barely a turn of a wheel from the unstoppable W05s but a potentially critical advantage for Hamilton around the notoriously tight Marina Bay Circuit.
From Mercedes themselves, however, there were only sighs of relief as they reflected on the closest qualifying battle of the season as Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari finally gave the Silver Arrows a genuine fight for supremacy.
The first stint was dominated by the Italian team and it was Kimi Raikkonen who put in the fastest lap of all on the super-soft tyres, beating Alonso – who had topped the third practice session earlier in the evening – into second place. It was the first time Raikkonen had won a qualifying run all season.
If qualifying is anything to go by, we’re set for an exciting Singapore GP tomorrow.