Saturday night fever for Hamilton in Singapore GP qualifying
PUBLISHED: 11:52 28 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap
LEWIS Hamilton overcame a qualifying scare in Singapore on Saturday to secure a front row spot on the grid for the sport s first night grand prix. The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts almost didn t make the crucial third part of qua
LEWIS Hamilton overcame a qualifying scare in Singapore on Saturday to secure a front row spot on the grid for the sport's first night grand prix.
The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts almost didn't make the crucial third part of qualifying for the top 10 competitors.
Tewin's Formula 1 hero just scraped into Q3 after encountering problems around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit.
However, he then put himself on provisional pole before Ferrari rival Felipe Massa nailed a perfect lap to relegate Hamilton into second spot.
"After I ran wide in the second part of qualifying, I decided to play it safe on the one remaining run and fortunately I moved up to Q3 and managed a place on the front row," said Hamilton afterwards.
"At the last sector I was really fast, but I still have to improve in the first two sectors; particularly at turn five I lost a bit of time."
Hamilton is happy with his McLaren's performance but is still not sure about his tyres.
"We had a good set-up. However, the tyre decision was not easy as I felt no big difference between the prime and the option tyre."
The Herts racer currently leads the World Championship by one point from Brazilian Massa with just four races left, starting with today's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix around the former British colony.