It was Vettel's fourth pole position in Singapore - but he had to work for it, and admitted over the team radio that he had "touched the wall badly".
"But I think still Ferrari are going to be quick there".
Vetttel was expectedly ecstatic after snatching the pole from Red Bull.
"Unbelievable. I'm still full of adrenalin", he said.
"I love this track". It's an awesome track when you feel the vehicle was coming together. I think the guys here went to bed about lunchtime! It's usually just a long long train. "It will be a very close race". "We are very pleased that it will continue to feature on the calendar for a further four years".
Hamilton has been on pole position at both races since the summer break, and qualifying is crucial in Singapore with overtaking virtually impossible. "We'll keep pushing and try to make the most out of it and see what happens".
Hamilton led a comfortable Mercedes 1-2 last time out at Monza, but had no answer to either Ferrari's or Red Bull's pace over a single lap.
"I took a little bit of risk to put down a good lap as we had predicted the others would improve from yesterday and this morning's sessions. Seb turned it on in qualifying but I am looking forward to tomorrow", Ricciardo noted. Hamilton was just 0.057 seconds behind Raikkonen with Bottas nearly seven tenths behind his Mercedes teammate.
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Brushing aside the expectations, Vettel said, "I have good confidence and trust in the team and I know there are a lot of things coming". The next closest team, Red Bull Racing, whose drivers split the two Ferraris, is also known to have a strong aero team, led by Adrian Newey, whose cars at Williams, McLaren, and Red Bull have been among the most dominant in the sport's history. "As I said many times whatever I do next year is because I want to win". Still, he remained hopeful.
"This is a disgusting track for overtaking".
"The start will be important and maybe if there are a couple of safety cars that could impact the result too".
Jolyon Palmer, who has been dropped by Renault in favour of Sainz for 2018, went out in 11th.
Force India's Sergio Perez closed out the top 10, a tenth clear of teammate Esteban Ocon.
Eliminated in Q1 were Magnussen, Massa, Stroll, Wehrlein and Ericsson.