Singapore Grand Prix
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves to fans, flanked by team mate Nico Rosberg (R) of Germany and Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo (L) of Australia, after he won the pole position during the qualifying session of Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit.Reuters

The Formula One action returns to Asia as drivers compete under lights at Marina Bay Street Circuit, home to the Singapore Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton again grabbed the headlines as he secured the pole position by dramatically finishing first in the qualifying.

Despite Hamilton and his teammate Nico Roseburg finishing in third and sixth position, with a time of 1:46.921s and 1:47.244s respectively, in Q1, the duo moved back to the top in Q2, with the Brighton and the German clocking 1:46.287s and 1:45.825s respectively.

Finally Hamilton beat Roseburg in Q3 by seven-thousandths of a second to claim the pole position at Marina Bay.

Red Bull Racing-Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel claimed the third and fourth position in qualifying, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in fifth following by Williams-Mercedes Felipe Massa.

Roseburg, despite being heard saying "Damn it!" on the team radio after narrowly losing to Hamilton in the qualifying sessions, said he is satisfied with his performance.

"Lewis did a good job to get pole, fair play. And second place is OK, obviously first would be better but it's a long race ahead and, yeah, it's fine," Roseburg told Formula One's official website.

Despite admitting that the race is going to be very tough in "terms of tyres", the 29-year-old German insists that he is fully prepared for the race.

"Tomorrow is going to be a tough race in terms of tyres. They have a lot of degradation but I'm confident because I had some really good long runs on Friday, so I'm well prepared for the race and feeling good about it," he added.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing-Renault driver Ricciardo said he and Vettel, who has won the last three Singapore Grand Prix, have been boosted by their performances in the qualifying sessions.

"It's definitely encouraging. Coming into the weekend I thought if we could be within two or three tenths it should give us a bit more optimistic chance in the race to stay with them, so, yeah, I think we ended up a bit closer than we thought we would, particularly after yesterday. So I think it was a good day," Ricciardo told Formula One's official website.

Last season, Red Bull-Renault's Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix with a time of 1:59:13.132 followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus-Renault's Kimi Räikkönen.

Where to Watch Live

Race Start (Sunday): 8pm SGT, 5:30pm, IST, 1pm BST

Country TV Broadcaster
India Star Sports 2,
Canada TSN 2
UK Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports F1 HD
Middle East and North Africa Bein Sports Arabia
Germany, Italy Sky Sport
France Canal+
Asia Fox Sports F1
Country Online links
India HERE
Middle East HERE
Germany and Italy HERE and HERE
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