With Red Bull leading all three of the practice sessions in Singapore, they had looked in a great position to fight for pole position. The battle went down to the very last flying laps, but both Verstappen and Ricciardo were pipped to pole position by Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Räikkönen ended up fourth, with the Mercedes drivers having to settle for fifth and sixth on the grid.
Also in the top ten, both McLaren drivers with Alonso finishing eighth and Vandoorne ninth - after good performances in free practice as well. Nico Hülkenberg finished seventh ahead of them, with Carlos Sainz tenth behind them.
On the flip side, Williams were really struggling. Massa tapped the wall in Q1 which meant he needed to head back to the pit lane rather quickly. The crew got him going again, but both he and Stroll dropped out in that first session, along with two Saubers and one Haas. Force India missed out on a chance at the top ten, with Sergio Pérez particularly annoyed at the state of his tyres as he completed his final flying lap.
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References Kimi Räikkönen, Nico Hülkenberg, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Pérez
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