Sebastian Vettel expects Mercedes will be a threat in tomorrow’s Singapore car despite the world champions only qualifying on the third row of the grid.
“I’m sure the Mercedes will be quick tomorrow,” said Vettel, “everything else will be a surprise, and it’s already a bit of a surprise. And the Red Bulls, of course.”
Vettel said his first pole position for Ferrari felt “unbelievable.”
“I know it’s only Saturday and the main job is coming tomorrow but I had to enjoy the moment when I heard we made it,” he said. “It was looking pretty good right from the outset of quali – and actually from this morning, to be fair.”
He took pole position by over half a second and admitted he was “surprised by the margin”.
“I think it just came together,” said Vettel. “I really had a near-perfect lap at the end. So I was very happy with the laps I had today and especially the last one.”
“Around here it’s such a long, tricky lap and so easy just to go a little bit in too deep or a little bit too far, push a little bit too much but it jut seemed to come in the end and I was very happy that I made it to the finish line because it felt like a good lap and it was a good lap in the end.”