Max overcame a niggling mechanical issue to claim his second consecutive front-row position in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Dutchman suffered a series of small engine woes during the session, but found the pace in Q3 to post a lap of 1:36.344, three tenths of a second behind pole position Lewis Hamilton. Daniel will start the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from P6.
The Bulls opened their Q1 account in style. After Kimi Räikkönen set the early pace with a time of 1:38.534, Daniel powered into action midway through the segment, bypassing the Finn with a time of the 1:38.153. Max then slotted into P3 with his opening lap of 1:38.715.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who seemed to back out of his opening lap, then found clear air to post a time of 1:38.218. That was good enough for P2 behind Daniel, but it dropped Max to fourth spot. Haas’ Romain Grosjean then arrived with a time of 1:38.685 to shuffle Max down to fifth, but the Bulls had done enough and elected to sit out the final runs.
In the drop zone as the final runs began were McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Williams' drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.
It was Ericsson who made the jump to safety in the dying seconds. He vaulted to P13 and that dropped Haas’ Kevin Magnussen to P16 and out of the session. Eliminated behind the Dane were Hartley, Vandoorne, Sirotkin and Stroll.
The end of the session was nervous too for championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes elected to run the first session on ultrasoft tyres and as better times came in from rivals in the closing stages, Hamilton plummeted down the order. Fortunately for the Briton the fall eventually halted at P14.
Singapore Grand Prix - Qualifying Result:
- Lewis Hamilton
- MAX VERSTAPPEN
- Sebastian Vettel
- Valtteri Bottas
- Kimi Räikkönen
- DANIEL RICCIARDO
- Sergio Perez
- Romain Grosjean
- Esteban Ocon
- Nikko Hülkenberg