F1: Hamilton qualifies third as Alonso takes Singapore Grand Prix pole

PUBLISHED: 16:51 25 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:38 26 September 2010

McLaren F1 hero Lewis Hamilton driving at night around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

McLaren F1 hero Lewis Hamilton driving at night around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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LEWIS Hamilton qualified third for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit today (Saturday).

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton driving around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

The 25-year-old Herts-born Formula 1 driver will start tomorrow’s night race from the second row alongside Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate and defending world champion Jenson Button.

“I guess I’m pretty happy with third place on the grid,” said Hamilton afterwards. “However, you can always do better, and I reckon we had a decent change of pole today.

“My first lap in Q3 was a good, clean lap – but I was too close to Jenson [Button]. I could feel his wake ahead of me, so I lost a little bit of downforce, particularly in the last sector. On my final lap I got the gap, but I didn’t get the lap – but that’s motor racing.”

Ahead of Hamilton are Ferrari’s two-time world champion Fernando Alonso on pole position after a flying lap of 1m 45.390s and Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel, who clocked 1m 45.457s.

2010 Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying

1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1’45.390

2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1’45.457

3 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) 1’45.571

4 Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes) 1’45.944

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1’45.977

6 Rubens Barrichello (Williams) 1’46.236

7 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1’46.443

8 Robert Kubica (Renault) 1’46.593

9 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) 1’46.702

10 Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) 1’47.884

Hamilton is third on the grid with 1m 45.571s and Button will go from fourth after a lap of 1m 45.944s.

Then comes F1 world championship leader Mark Webber in the other Red Bull, with Rubens Barrichello starting sixth for Williams.

The front five on the grid are separated by just 24 points in the race for the world crown and today’s qualifying positions set up a tantalising Singapore GP on Sunday.

The first part of qualifying was red flagged for a period after Felipe Massa’s Ferrari stopped on the track at turn eight.

Earlier in the day, Hamilton was third fastest in this morning’s final practice session with Button down in 13th place.

Both drivers felt they could have gone quicker but the track was very busy at the end of the session and it was difficult to get a clear lap.


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