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Michael Emons

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    We've been treated to six brilliant races in a row and we're all set up for something very special tomorrow as well.

    Charles Leclerc, aiming for his third successive victory, starts on pole, with title leader Lewis Hamilton alongside him.

    Our live coverage begins at 11:30 BST on Sunday, with the race getting going at 13:10 BST. Hope you can join us then. Until tomorrow, bye for now.

  2. Leclerc takes surprise Singapore GP pole - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Singapore

    Charles Leclerc

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took his third pole position in a row with a superlative performance in qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix.

    The 21-year-old beat Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes by 0.191 seconds as both slipped ahead of early pace-setter Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari on their last laps.

    Vettel, who was nearly 0.2secs up on Leclerc after the first runs, aborted his final lap after an error.

    Hamilton snuck ahead of Vettel by 0.029secs to join Leclerc on the front row.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fourth, split from team-mate Alexander Albon by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

  3. How they line up on Sunday

    1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
    2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
    4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
    6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
    7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
    8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
    9. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
    10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
    11. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
    12. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
    13. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
    14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
    15. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
    16. Sergio Perez (Racing Point, five-place grid penalty)
    17. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
    18. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
    19. George Russell (Williams)
    20. Robert Kubica (Williams)
  4. Get Involved


    Jeremiah Kariuki: Let's wait for a tantalizing and sparks producing race tomorrow! Trust it be an exciting one between Hamilton and Leclerc. We can't rule out a big fight too from Verstapen and Vettel. Bottas may be, if he activates Bottas 2.0!

    Alex Lloyd: Leclerc is quickly showing himself to be the number 1 driver at Ferrari. All that pressure and Vettel collapsed again whilst Charles shined through and took pole. Stellar driving form the front row today.

  5. 'Too slow'

    Max Verstappen, who starts fourth tomorrow, tells Sky Sports: "The car felt alright but just not enough grip and I wanted to go faster but the four wheels were sliding.

    "A little bit surprised after a positive Monza we would expect to be really strong here and we weren't. We are too slow."

  6. 'I had some brain fades...I'm an idiot'

    Britain's Lando Norris is in tears, distraught at a poor second lap in Q3 that left him down in 10th. The McLaren man, who's still only 19, tells Sky Sports: "It was a good feeling I had, Q1 went well Q2 very well.

    "I was happy, confident, I didn't get the warm-up I wanted and I didn't have the confidence to push as much as in Q2. Then I had some brain fades, in the middle. It went wrong, very wrong and I lost time trying to make up for it because I'm an idiot.

    "It makes my life a bit harder. Just silly mistakes. Halfway around the lap I was even with my Q2 lap then I made a big mistake, the wrong gear in the hairpin, didn't down-shift enough and I have never done that before. As much as it was an awful lap, the lap in Q2 was nice. So the confidence is there I just didn't do it when I wanted to."

  7. What a difference a year makes

    Here's polesitter Charles Leclerc in 2018 after he crashed his Sauber into the wall after misjudging the exit from the Anderson Bridge.

    No such mistakes in a Ferrari in Singapore this time around, but only just as he narrowly avoided a repeat.

    Charles Leclerc 2018 Sauber
    Charles Leclerc 2018 Sauber
  8. Post update

    No-one has now had more poles in 2019 than Charles Leclerc.

    5 - Leclerc

    4 - Hamilton, Bottas

    1 - Vettel, Verstappen

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  9. 'Always nice to start at the front'

    Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto tells Sky Sports: "It's even better than we hoped.

    "We brought a new aero package, but the race is tomorrow and we shouldn't forget that but it's always nice to start at the front in Singapore. I still believe the arrows [Mercedes] are very strong."

  10. 'We have to get our act together'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: "This is a circuit we thought the Red Bulls and Mercedes would battle for pole. Their car [Ferrari's] is fast, they did a good job and we have to get our act together tomorrow.

    "They are gaining a few tenths on the strengths but also quick on the corners - quick everywhere. The statistics are against us but the race has not started. If Lewis is able to get a good start and Valtteri can get up a position then we're in a good position."

    Vettel and Hamilton
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    Leclerc takes pole #bbcf1

    T.Dennis: Wow! Ferrari had no right to be quick here, what a development job by the team & Charles!

    Koome Erick: Leclerc.. Wow! .. Where did that come from...

    JOkora: That's special from Lerclec. Where did Ferrari find all that pace?

    Charles Leclerc
  12. 'I peaked a bit early'

    Sebastian Vettel made it two out of the top three from Ferrari and he's third. He says: "The final one should've been better but overall the car was making sense feeling good.

    "Maybe I peaked a bit early, we had a tiny wobble [on his second run] and there was no point in finishing that lap.

    "It puts us in a good position tomorrow. It should be a good race, let's see what the tyres are going to do, if we can push for the two hours or will we have to manage them."

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  13. 'I gave it everything'

    Lewis Hamilton, who qualified in second: "I don’t know where Ferrari picked up their pace because this is not known to be one of their tracks, but they did a great job.

    "Charles really put some great laps in and I needed something special at the end, so I gave it absolutely everything I had.

    "It was very, very close – I’m sure I nearly hit the wall a couple of times – but it was as much as I could get out of the car.

    "I’m really, really happy to be on the front row in the mix with them [Ferrari] and try and divide them tomorrow."

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  14. 'Extremely happy'

    Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc, who had a gearbox problem on Friday, says: "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."

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    Leclerc takes third pole position in a row #bbcf1

    Lou: Glory days are back.. Ferrari

    Vinayak Pande: The guy is something else...

  16. 'Exquisite'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    People were wondering if they would win again and Monza is a Ferrari track and Spa too but Singapore wasn't but it is now and what a final sector from Leclerc it was exquisite.

  17. Post update

    "Oh my god, I lost control three times, yes. Well done guys," says a jubilant Charles Leclerc, who absolutely gave it everything. Fortune favours the brave.

  18. BreakingLeclerc takes pole position

    He has won two races in a row and been on pole at both of them, now Charles Leclerc makes it three.

    Sebastian Vettel had a big slide on his second attempt. Leclerc pole, Lewis Hamilton alongside him on the front row.

    1. Leclerc
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Verstappen
    5. Bottas
    6. Albon
    7. Sainz
    8. Ricciardo
    9. Hulkenberg
    10. Norris
  19. Post update

    Bottas fifth, Verstappen fourth, Vettel third.

  20. Post update

    Hamilton only second, Vettel drops down to third.