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Hamilton flustered by Ferrari pace around Singapore

  • Published on 16 Sep 2017 17:03
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton was left surprised after qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Brit admitted that he was caught out by how much pace rivals Ferrari had, as Sebastian Vettel stormed to his third pole position of the season.

Coming into the weekend, it was widely expected that Mercedes would struggle around the tight circuit that contains many traction zones. Indeed, Hamilton's lap time in Q3 was over half a second down on Vettel, and only good enough for fifth place.

"We knew coming here it would be difficult," he said. "Every year it’s been difficult for us generally. We knew today would be tough but I didn’t anticipate Ferrari would be as strong as they were. I thought Red Bull would be as quick as they were. We remain hopeful. I got everything I could out of the car. I gave it everything and more. I threw the sink at it and squeezed every bit of it."

After the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, Hamilton took the lead of the championship for the first time. With pole position being statistically important at Singapore and overtaking presenting an almighty challenge, Hamilton knows Mercedes will have to get lucky for a strong result and to keep his lead in the standings.

"This is a c*** track for overtaking. It’s usually a long, long train. The start is an opportunity, strategy is an opportunity, Safety Cars. We’ll have to play the long game – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I don’t know where Ferrari have picked up that pace. We have some races coming up where I think we’ll be strong."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Ferrari even got the better of Red Bull, they sort of anticlimaxed...

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 17:09
  • boudy

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    Finally a 3 way battle for a win and they are moaning like hell. Mercedes has had it all their way by since 2014. Now the comments about that extra power in quali makes sense. Lets now see if they can overtake and hope that bottas doesn't take another ferrari out at the start. Looking forward to this race.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 08:30

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