(Motorsport-Total.com) – Before the Singapore Formula One season weekend (******************************************************) had expected only a few that Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc would enter his third pole position in a row. But after Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, the new hero of the Tifosi actually achieved the Q3 best time on the difficult street circuit in Singapore ( Formula 1 2019 live in the ticker ).
“Based on the track characteristics you could have expected Red Bull and Mercedes to fight for pole here, “said Toto Wolff directly after qualifying. With some time difference, the Mercedes motorsport boss but confirmed in his basic conviction that Ferrari should never write off.
“You always have to have Ferrari on the radar Then they fell off somehow, but last time they were strong again, “Wolff points in the Mercedes media round late in the evening that Leclerc in Spa and Monza not only driven to the pole position, but in both
“Singapore may be a special circuit and thus a bit of an outlier, maybe they were lucky,” muses Wolff, but he does not believe in this mental one himself Scenario: “I do not think so, [dass sie Glück hatten]. I think Ferrari is always to be expected.”
That Leclerc Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Marina Bay Street Circuit would drone almost two tenths of a second, but then surprised. Not least Hamilton himself admitted this directly after the time hunt and suspected the latest Ferrari upgrade as a reason for the strong performance of the Reds , Sebastian Vettel drove with just 0, 620 seconds behind Hamilton on the actually “Mercedes and Red Bull track” on the third starting position.
And like Hamilton, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas sees the reason for the surprising outcome of the Singapore qualifying in new parts of the Ferrari: “They have a few upgrades here and now obviously have about a really strong package in the corners. “
” Since the third practice session they have gained a lot and then again in the course of the qualifying, you could see that they increased their performance “, Bottas is auffa cases. But that's not all. “This weekend, they seem to be able to get everything out of their tires as well, and that's pretty damn good,” said the Finn.