The Briton is one of only four drivers to have won the race since it joined the calendar in 2008 but Hamilton has only two wins there to Vettel's four, according to Reuters. "We have some races coming up where I think we'll be strong".
"Every year it's been generally hard for us here but we knew today would be tough", he conceded. The vehicle was tricky but it became better and better and the auto came alive.
He would have gone even faster, had he not nudged the wall on his final attempt. "It was not just a little brush either, it was actually a hit". "I was lucky there was only one corner left".
Vettel's delight was evident by the high-pitched and prolonged shrill he let out after his lap record of 1 minute, 39.491 seconds. (Great work!). He could hardly control his emotions when speaking on the grid moments later, either.
This weekend Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel duke it out in Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix.
"I don't want in 10 or 20 years to have diabetes or have heart issues which has been in my family, cancer which has also been in my family", he said. "The auto switched from off to on". "We have worked as hard we can to understand the auto and we come here with full attack". Daniel Ricciardo had led a dominant one-two in that session but Vettel had been denied the chance to complete a clean qualifying simulation, encountering traffic on his first flying lap and then losing control of his auto and tapping the wall on his second. I still believe so.
"The drivers extracted everything there was from the auto - we've been quickest in every single session this weekend, and then the one that really counts. we just don't have that last little bit", he reflected. You always hope for better but probably it's realistically where we are in Singapore.
Hamilton complained of problems with his tire temperatures, while Bottas simply could not find any rhythm.
Renault's Nico Hülkenberg was in seventh place with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr in 10th.
But not to this extent.
"No, he is lagging behind since yesterday actually", Wolff said.
He has cause to worry.
Hamilton acknowledged the troubles that have plagued the team in this track in the past. It was Ricciardo on top again though, with Verstappen behind and Hamilton third. Williams duo Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were then 17th and 18th, the former tagging the wall at Turn 21, while Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson brought up the rear.