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Stunning Sebastian Vettel grabs Singapore Grand Prix pole

Stunning Sebastian Vettel grabs Singapore Grand Prix pole

Vettel, who had struggled in practice, timed a record 1min 39.491sec at the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit ahead of Red Bull`s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Singapore to host the Formula 1 World Championship until 2021

Singapore to host the Formula 1 World Championship until 2021

The sport's first night race is marking its 10th anniversary this year and has established itself as one of the most popular and glamorous of Formula One's events.

Sebastian Vettel refusing to buy into Singapore favourite hype

Sebastian Vettel refusing to buy into Singapore favourite hype

The German heads into the weekend smarting from a crushing defeat at the hands of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, who led team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a dominant one-two at Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton chasing Singapore GP hat-trick but wary of Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton chasing Singapore GP hat-trick but wary of Ferrari

Hamilton led team mate Valtteri Bottas in a dominant one-two at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago to take his second successive win from a record 69th pole position.

Singapore GP: Street-fighter Lewis Hamilton out to upset favourite Sebastian Vettel

Singapore GP: Street-fighter Lewis Hamilton out to upset favourite Sebastian Vettel

The Italian team will be smarting after Hamilton`s crushing triumph at their home circuit this month -- spoiling their 70th anniversary party, and earning boos on the podium from irate fans.

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims 69th pole in Monza to break Michael Schumacher's long standing world record

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims 69th pole in Monza to break Michael Schumacher's long standing world record

Schumacher had set the record back in July 2006 at Magny-Cours, France. However, his record of 91 victories and seven world titles is still a distant dream for Hamilton.

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes record 69th pole, rain spoils Ferrari`s 70th birthday party preparations

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes record 69th pole, rain spoils Ferrari`s 70th birthday party preparations

The Mercedes driver was more than a second quicker than Red Bull`s Max Verstappen, the second fastest in a much-delayed session that ended more than three and a half hours after it started.

Italian GP 2017: Ferrari fever runs high at home race

Italian GP 2017: Ferrari fever runs high at home race

Vettel has led the championship from the outset in Australia, arriving in Monza seven points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton after a knife-edge battle to the chequered flag in Belgium last weekend.

Lewis Hamilton chases 'record' career pole positions, leader Sebastian Vettel at Italian GP

Lewis Hamilton chases 'record' career pole positions, leader Sebastian Vettel at Italian GP

Hamilton has won the Italian race three times overall and secured pole each of the last three years, a record that has encouraged him to believe he can secure another vital victory.

Belgian Grand Prix 2017: Lewis Hamilton marks 200th race with victory in Belgium

Belgian Grand Prix 2017: Lewis Hamilton marks 200th race with victory in Belgium

The Briton`s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career, came a day after he equalled Michael Schumacher`s all-time record of 68 pole positions.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel extends Ferrari contract until 2020

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel extends Ferrari contract until 2020

Ferrari announced earlier this week they had retained Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for one more season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fastest in first Belgian practice

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fastest in first Belgian practice

Hamilton was 0.092 faster than Ferrari's world championship leader Sebastian Vettel, with the German third on the timesheets and also setting his time on the quickest but least durable tyre.

Kimi Raikkonen signs contract extension with Ferrari for 2018

Kimi Raikkonen signs contract extension with Ferrari for 2018

Sebastian Vettel is also out of contract at the end of the season and the short Ferrari statement did not mention him. 

Formula One 2017 mid-season round-up: From Vettel’s ‘dangerous’ driving to Hamilton keeping his promise

Now, the teams have to close their factories down for two weeks and are not allowed to do any work on their cars, or even use work email.

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen set to stay at Ferrari, says president Sergio Marchionne

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen set to stay at Ferrari, says president Sergio Marchionne

Ahead of Formula One's European summer break, championship leader Vettel extended his lead to 14 points over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton by securing 25 points in Budapest.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: Sebastian Vettel wins at Hungaroring; Lewis Hamilton keeps his word

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: Sebastian Vettel wins at Hungaroring; Lewis Hamilton keeps his word

Two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso came home sixth and recorded the fastest lap of the race for McLaren-Honda after a stirring and often remarkable drive.

Sebastian Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: As it happened...

Sebastian Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: As it happened...

Vettel celebrated on top of his Ferrari, punching the air. He will enjoy the world championship lead for the next four weeks.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: Sebastian Vettel takes pole ahead of Kimi Raikkonen

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017: Sebastian Vettel takes pole ahead of Kimi Raikkonen

The 30-year-old four-time champion clocked a best lap of one minute 16.276 seconds to secure his third pole at the Hungaroring circuit and the 48th of his career.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fastest in crash-interrupted Friday practice

Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fastest in crash-interrupted Friday practice

Vettel was second fastest, 0.183 off the pace, after a slow start to his weekend. Mercedes` Lewis Hamilton, a point behind the German in the standings and chasing a record sixth Hungarian victory on Sunday, was third and fifth respectively in the two sessions.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson's death justifies F1 'halo', says Sebastian Vettel

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson's death justifies F1 'halo', says Sebastian Vettel

The governing FIA announced last week that the halo would be introduced next season as the best solution to a problem that has troubled the sport for years.