Perfect lap from Massa beats Hamilton to Singapore GP pole

PUBLISHED: 17:11 27 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from the front row. The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver qualified second on the grid around the floodlight Marina Bay street circuit. Tewin s Formula 1 hero was an incredible sixth tenths of

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LEWIS Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from the front row.

The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver qualified second on the grid around the floodlight Marina Bay street circuit.

Tewin's Formula 1 hero was an incredible sixth tenths of a second slower than pole-sitter Felipe Massa.

Brazilian Massa produced a stunning flying lap in the third session of qualifying to take pole position for the inaugural night race.

Massa's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start third ahead of BMW driver Robert Kubica.

Heikki Kovalainen, Hamilton's McLaren colleague, was fifth quickest in qualifying with Nick Heidfeld, the other BMW driver, sixth.

Hamilton was lucky to even make the top 10 shoot-out after only scraping in tenth fastest from Q2.

The Briton currently leads the World Championship by just one point from Massa.

But the Ferrari driver's awesome qualifying display will make him favourite for Sunday's Singapore race.

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