Lewis Hamilton holds a first pole in Singapore Grand Prix

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McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying today at the 2012 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, posting a fastest time of 1:46.362 and in the process earning himself pole position for tomorrow’s race. Hamilton’s time was close to half a second faster than Williams’ Pastor Maldonado, who posted a fastest time of 1:46.804 to score himself second place on the grid.

Third fastest was reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. His best time was 1:46.905. The German youngster will be eager to claw back some championship points after failing to finish in the previous Italian Grand Prix, and third is certainly a good place to start.

There to stop him from gaining further points are McLaren’s Jenson Button, who will start at fourth on the grid tomorrow, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who will start at fifth.

Rounding out the top ten are Force India’s Paul di Resta, Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, and then the two drivers of Mercedes-AMG, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Sadly, Lotus’ other driver, Kimi Räikkönen, who is currently third on the ladder in the Drivers’ Championship, could only muster the 12th fastest time.

Hamilton believes in McLaren’s car

McLaren played down their expectations for qualifying here, but under the lights Lewis Hamilton was fast when it mattered and dominated Q2 and then Q3. Pastor Maldonado’s hot lap came out of nowhere for Williams, while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel ended up disappointed to be ‘only’ third after dominating all three practice sessions and Fernando Alonso was philosophical to find his Ferrari not as competitive as it had been at Monza. Qualifying isn’t the race, however, and the winner will be the man who stays out of trouble longest, looks after his tyres the best and whose team minimises the interruption of the almost inevitable safety-car intervention. We take a look at McLaren performance in qualifying…

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 46.362s, P1
Jenson Button, 1m 46.939s, P4
Hamilton said his McLaren felt great during his quicker lap, and even though he brushed a wall on his second it was still quick enough to have taken pole. It was McLaren’s 153rd, the first being set by Peter Revson in an M19C for the 1972 Canadian Grand Prix almost 40 years ago to the day. McLaren reported that Hamilton’s car was undamaged. Button struggled on his first run, and said that his car’s rear-end grip went away very quickly.

Formula One Standings

As of: Italian Grand Prix +/- Points Behind Wins
1
 Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
179
3
2
 Lewis Hamilton – McLaren
+3
142
37
3
3
 Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus
+1
141
38
0
4
Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
-2
140
39
1
5
Mark Webber – Red Bull
-2
132
47
2
6
Jenson Button – McLaren
101
78
2
7
 Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
83
96
1
8
Romain Grosjean – Lotus
76
103
0
9
Sergio Perez – Sauber
65
114
0
10
 Felipe Massa – Ferrari
+1
47
132
0
11
 Michael Schumacher – Mercedes
-1
43
136
0
12
 Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber
35
144
0
13
 Paul di Resta – Force India
+2
32
147
0
14
Nico Hulkenberg – Force India
-1
31
148
0
15
Pastor Maldonado – Williams
-1
29
150
1
16
 Bruno Senna – Williams
25
154
0
17
Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso
8
171
0
18
Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso
4
175
0
19
Heikki Kovalainen – Caterham
+1
0
179
0
20
 Vitaly Petrov – Caterham
-1
0
179
0

Click It!’s opinion:

Lewis Hamilton got his chance in this race ( Singapore Grand Prix) to narrow down the gap of points between him and the Fernando Alonso. But with advantage of pole position in this race, we can see Hamilton is a bit confidence to win this race.

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