Lewis Hamilton will line up on the second row of the grid for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after struggling to find the right rhythm in his Mercedes to secure his fourth pole position at this track.
The Briton hasn’t been totally comfortable with the car so far this weekend and has therefore managed to set only the third fastest time during today’s qualifying session.
“It's not been my weekend so far. I've not got many good laps out there. Not for any particular reason. I just haven't been able to string it together.
“People have pointed out turn seven as the problem. But it isn't any more difficult than any other corner on the track. It's one of the heaviest on brakes and quite bumpy but that's it. I had an issue with the suspension not working properly in practice which affected my braking – but we fixed that and in qualifying braking wasn't a problem.”
Both Mercedes drivers completed a single run in Q1 and Q2, another two runs in Q3, using UltraSoft compound tyres throughout. Nico Rosberg did a better job than his team-mate and will start tomorrow’s race from pole position.
“Nico did a great job and showed the potential of the car today. I've not really looked at the long runs and I didn't get to do any yesterday. Nico did and, although our setups are slightly different, I don't think I’ll be in a bad position. I'll find out tomorrow.
“I've kind of been on the back foot for most of the year, so it's nothing new to be in this situation. I'll do what I can from here. It's tough to overtake here but I think we've made the right call on strategy. Red Bull will go longer on the SuperSofts at the start – but Nico will probably control the race from the front and make it hard to get by. Time will tell tomorrow.”