Vettel surprised by pole position margin

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Sebastian Vettel admitted the margin of his pole position was a surprise as he ended his and Ferrari's drought by romping to top spot during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel secured pole position by over half a second from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, halting Lewis Hamilton's run of topping seven qualifying sessions and ending Mercedes' Saturday supremacy in the V6 turbo era.

It also marked an end to Ferrari's absence from pole position, with the Italian outfit topping a qualifying session for the first time since mid-2012.

Its most recent pole position in dry conditions came at the corresponding event in 2010, when Fernando Alonso claimed top spot.

"Unbelievable" he said. "I know it’s only Saturday and the main job is coming tomorrow but I had to enjoy the moment when I heard that I made it.

"[I'm] surprised by the margin but I think it just came together. I really had a near-perfect lap at the end. I was very, very happy with the laps I had today, especially the last one.

"Around here it’s such a long, tricky lap; it’s so easy to go just a little in too deep or push a little bit too much but it just seemed to come in the end.

"I’m sure the Mercedes will be quick tomorrow – everything else would be a bit of surprise and it's already a bit of a surprise. And the Red Bulls of course, so tough job ahead tomorrow."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest but trailed Vettel by eight-tenths of a second.

"I was not very happy since this morning for whatever reason, so I’m a bit surprised to be in this position after how difficult it felt all day," he said.

"But it was good and we have to try to do a good job tomorrow and hopefully get the two cars on the podium."

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