Hamilton baffled by Mercedes’ lack of pace in Singapore

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Lewis Hamilton was left baffled by Mercedes lack of pace during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday, saying that he does not know why the team was so slow.

Mercedes arrived in Singapore chasing a record-equalling 24th straight pole position in Formula 1, only to fade to fifth and sixth place on the grid with Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg.

The German marque could not contend with the pace displayed by both Ferrari and Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel stormed to his first pole position since Brazil 2013, finishing 1.4 seconds clear of Hamilton in fifth.

Speaking after the session, Hamilton revealed that he did not know what had caused Mercedes to be so slow in qualifying and that it will need to be investigated.

“It is what it is today. I enjoyed it out there but we just didn’t have the pace,” Hamilton said. “We weren’t surprised with the pace of the Ferrari as it was like that the whole weekend.

“We don’t know the reason why we weren’t as quick today, we obviously didn’t get the tires switched on like everybody else did, but we need to look into it. We haven’t lost any performance on the car compared to two weeks ago but the guys in front were just too fast today.

“Tomorrow is going to be hard; it’s difficult to overtake but I’m still excited, I’ll be pushing hard and will do everything I can to make up positions.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.