Hamilton takes pole in Singapore

By on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's Singapore Grand Prix from pole position.

The McLaren man set a best time of 1:46.362 to finish comfortably faster than Pastor Maldonado, who joins Hamilton on the front row.

Practice pacesetter Sebastian Vettel could only manage third, ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Paul di Resta and Mark Webber, the latter under investigation for blocking Timo Glock in Q1.

Romain Grosjean returned from his one race ban but was too aggressive in Q3 and could manage only eighth.

Mercedes made it into Q3 but chose not to set a lap time and will start from ninth and tenth.

One of the big names to fall in Q2 was Kimi Raikkonen. The Lotus driver struggled throughout the session and managed only twelfth. He lines up ahead of Felipe Massa, who failed to make it through to Q3.

Kamui Kobayashi was the big name not to make Q2 as he struggled in an oversteering Sauber. He lines up ahead of Vitaly Petrov, who was three tenths of a second quicker than Heikki Kovalainen.

Charles Pic starts from twenty-first but he will have twenty seconds added to his race time for a red flag infringement in FP3. Pedro de La Rosa received a penalty for a gearbox change but qualified in last anyway.


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