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Leclerc claims third straight pole in Singapore

21st September 2019, 20:21 by Craig Smithson

Charles Leclerc was "extremely happy" after his fastest final lap in qualifying secured him pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Monegasque driver has put his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the shade this season, having won the previous two races in Italy and Belgium.

And Leclerc again got the better of the German at the Marina Bay Circuit as he recorded a fastest final lap to snatch his fifth pole position of the 2019 season.

He told Sky Sports: "It was a very good lap, there were some moments when I thought I had lost the car.

"I would like to thank the team so much for what they've done. The team has done an amazing job and I'm extremely happy to be on pole.

"We had a very tough Friday, yesterday was not my day, but I worked hard in the car and it paid off today."

Vettel then watched as Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished 0.029seconds ahead of him to take second place on the grid with the four-time world champion dropping to third.

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Alex Albon were fourth and sixth respectively, with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas sandwiched between the pair in fifth.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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