The tight twists of the circuit are expected to play to Ferrari's strengths, with the Italian outfit dominant at similar layouts in Monaco and Hungary earlier in the year.
'But notwithstanding that success, this is a circuit we have found difficult to master with its combination of short, sharp corners, relatively short straights and bumpy surface. The statement proved to be true and Ferrari struggled the entire weekend, with #Sebastian Vettel barely securing a place on the podium.
Vettel is a four-time winner at the Singapore night race, which started in 2008 and will now run until at least 2021 after organisers announced a four-year contract extension.
Verstappen, having topped practice three, was the fastest in the first two sessions of qualifying.
Vettel sent chips of paint flying as he brushed a wall en route to a 1:43.237, setting the early pace, before Hamilton timed 1.44.230 for temporary second.
"We got it, another step, I think we can get another half a step out of it, that's what I'm looking for". Horner also intimated that he realized the importance of Red Bull not only making a good showing but actually being competitive at the #Singapore Grand Prix.
"Ferrari will be the favourite in Singapore, but on the other hand it is difficult to say who will win".
Verstappen shares the front row with him after going just three one-hundredths of a second faster than Ricciardo, who did his best lap on his last attempt but couldn't beat his teammate. The race has been won from pole position on seven occasions.
"I knew we'd come here with a good car".
Ricciardo, ranked fourth but outside title contention this year, is adamant he can provide a strong challenge.
Jolyon Palmer was 0.281s off a place in Q3 after losing the rear of his car - and crucial tenths of a second - in the final sector. It was that lacklustre Mercedes performance which prompted Wolff to christen the W08 "a bit of a diva". Behind the top six, McLaren had a great qualifying with Alonso eighth and Vandoorne ninth.