F1 2011 Singapore Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton on second row
PUBLISHED: 16:17 24 September 2011 | UPDATED: 07:44 03 October 2011
FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton will line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) 2011 Singapore Grand Prix after an eventful qualifying session.
Previous Singapore Grand Prix winners
2008: Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2009: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2010: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver qualified fourth around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore city as Sebastian Vettel bagged yet another pole position – his 11th of the season.
Hamilton, 26, clocked a 1m 44.809s with his first flying lap of Q3, but was unable to get out for a second run after the team couldn’t get enough fuel into his MP4-26 in time.
His opening lap time put him ahead of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate Jenson Button with a 1m 44.928s.
However, Hamilton’s time was later eclipsed by Vettel, with the Red Bull driver bagging provisional pole position with a 1m 44.381s after his first run. Vettel later aborted his second run with pole secured.
With Hamilton stuck in the pits, the McLaren driver could only watch as his rivals went out again in the closing seconds of qualifying.
Mark Webber improved his Q3 time to a 1m 44.732s to complete a Red Bull lockout of the front row.
Hamilton’s time was also beaten by McLaren colleague Button, relegating the Tewin race ace down to fourth on the grid.
The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will start behind Vettel, Webber, Button and Hamilton on the third row.
Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit
Top speed: 295km/h
Average Speed: 190km/h
Circuit length: 5.1km
Pit straight length: 400m
Race length: 61laps / 309km
Number of corners: 23
Gear changes per lap: 40
Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will start on the fourth row.
Herts-born Hamilton got through the first phase of qualifying for the sport’s night race in third place behind Button and reigning world champion Vettel, who went quickest for Red Bull.
McLaren mechanics had to repair damage to the underneath of Hamilton’s car following Q1 and the 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire was one of the first out of the pits in Q2 to test the aerodynamics of his car, with the supersoft tyres on.
The second part of qualifying was red-flagged after Kobayashi crashed into the barriers in his Sauber.
Vettel had clocked the fastest time of the session at the point ahead of Button with a 1m 44.931s, with Hamilton’s tester lap down in fifth place.
Once qualifying was restarted, Hamilton dropped down three places and went out again to ensure a top 10 spot, but suffered a rear puncture on his subsequent hot lap.
As the clock edged towards 11pm Singapore time, Hamilton scraped through to Q3 in eighth position, with his earlier lap of 1m 46.829s just good enough.
Hamilton then tussled with Massa for track position before starting his hot lap in the final phase of qualifying.
The 2011 Singapore Grand Prix will start at 1pm BST on Sunday.
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