Watch as Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari in a “class of their own” after Leclerc takes Singapore pole

Sport360 staff 22/09/2019
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Lewis Hamilton claims Ferrari are in a “class of their own” after Charles Leclerc secured a hat-trick of pole positions to put his Ferrari at the front of grid for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Formula One’s man of the moment continued his dazzling form under the thousands of bulbs that light up the Marina Bay Street Circuit to see off Hamilton’s late salvo by just 0.191 seconds.

Leclerc took his fifth pole position of the season and Hamilton said: “Well at the moment, particularly as we’ve not necessarily really had the pace for pole and going above and beyond really, in trying to get the car, to get it on that front row.

“To split the Ferraris is not easy, they are just so quick at the moment, they’re kind of in a class of their own, these last three races. I was not expecting that here but it is the case.


“So I’m really, really happy with the job that I did, it was super ragged but like Charles says, we were both nearly in the wall trying to get the lap out.”







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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice at the Singapore Grand Prix in an early indication the Formula One championship leader will be tough to beat in Sunday’s night race.

And after a searing performance on the track in Singapore, Hamilton was more chilled out after practice.

Hamilton cooled off with a cold shower and dressed for an interview in a hotel robe with shorts.







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Lewis Hamilton hailed Robert Kubica among the finest drivers he has ever raced against after the Pole announced his brief return to Formula One will conclude at the end of the year.

Kubica, 34, completed one of sport’s most remarkable comebacks by securing a seat on the grid eight years after he nearly died in a rally crash.

One month before the start of the 2011 season, Kubica, then regarded among the stars of his generation, severed his right arm and sustained multiple fractures in the life-threatening accident.

Kubica’s aspirations of a driving again in F1 appeared improbable, but the Pole worked tirelessly to return to the cockpit and after landing a reserve seat with Williams in 2018, he secured a full-time drive for the British team this year.

Kubica, however, has struggled for form, propping up the field in his under-competitive Williams and off the pace of his rookie team-mate, the Briton George Russell. He has scored the team’s only point of the campaign, finishing 10th in Germany.

“Robert is one of the most talented drivers I have competed against,” said Hamilton, one month younger than Kubica.

“We started racing karts together in 1997 and from the beginning I saw the talent that he had.

“What is really remarkable is the strength and determination he has shown, particularly following his incident. Not a lot of people could make it through those circumstances, make it back into the sport, and deliver against others who have not been in the same situation.

“It has been great to have him back. I hope he stays and there is a position for him next year.”

Despite Hamilton’s plea, Kubica has next to no chance of securing a seat for 2020. A simulator role at another team seems his best option.

“I am not really the kind of guy who is proud, but it has been a long journey and extremely hard for me,” said Kubica.

“It has been the biggest achievement of my life to come back to F1. It was the best final period I could deserve and I could imagine.

“But I have to do what will bring me back a lot of joy. It has purely been my decision and I will evaluate different opportunities.”

Hamilton will be bidding to increase his 63-point championship lead at the sport’s spectacular night race here in Singapore.

The Mercedes star admitted he will be seeking advice from his team about the poor air quality affecting the city state caused by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia.

The pollution levels improved from “unhealthy” to “moderate” on Thursday, but there are suggestions the situation could deteriorate.

“We all have doctors on hand,” added Hamilton. “I have been told not to go running outside because it will not be great for me.

“I am not sure how it will impact us in the race, but I will speak to the team about it.”

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