Hamilton takes pole position in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton will begin tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix from pole position after setting a fantastic lap to finish the Qualifying session over half a second up on anybody else! In second place is Pastor Maldonado. The last time Maldonado was 2nd behind Hamilton, Hamilton was disqualified from Qualifying and Maldonado claimed pole and won the race. This is the first time since 1999 that McLaren have had four consecutive pole positions.

It was clear going into Q3 that either Vettel or Hamilton would take pole, but Maldonado snuck in between them. Hamilton’s team-mate Button will start the race 4th, just ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso who will start 5th.

Paul Di Resta again had a strong showing at Marina Bay and qualified 7th ahead of Mark Webber whose car was not right after a crash in FP3. However, Webber is being investigated for impeding Timo Glock (How thing’s change!) and could be given a grid penalty. Neither Mercedes drivers nor Romain Grosjean set a time so save tires and so Schumacher is 8th, Rosberg 9th and Grosjean 10th.

Nico Hulkenberg starts in 11th, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in 16th. Bruno Senna damaged the suspension on his Williams after kissing the barrier in Q2 and failed to set a time. He’ll start in 17th.

Kamui Kobayashi had a disastrous Qualifying and couldn’t better 18th. Behind him was Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock, Charles Pic (Who has a 20 second post-race penalty for overtaking under red flags in FP3), Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro De La Rosa.


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