Sebastian Vettel post a record 1min 39.491sec at the Marina Bay street ahead of Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo while title rival Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will start fifth and sixth respectively on the grid.
Verstappen qualified in second place ahead of Red Bull teammate Ricciardo, with Kimi Raikkonen steering his Ferrari to fourth place.
“Yesterday was difficult, this afternoon was difficult but tonight the car just came alive,” said Vettel, who looked surprised by his own performance.
“I’m happy we got the car where it deserved to be. Tomorrow is a long race and the Red Bulls are very quick. It will be a very close race.”
Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m a little envious today. I will accept a little bit of defeat but I’m still confident we will get victory.
“Seb turned it on today but I think we have better race pace.”
A first front-row of the season for Max Verstappen, although he appears slightly disappointed that first pole got away:
“It is promising, but a shame we couldn’t put it on pole The final lap wasn’t great. During the race it will be difficult to pass him [Vettel] so we will have to see in the first lap.”