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Hamilton takes Singapore pole


Lewis Hamilton was assured of pole position for the second Singapore Grand Prix after Rubens Barrichello smacked the wall on his final flying lap around the Marina Bay circuit.

The Briton was already fastest of the final ten runners when Barrichello lost his car over the bumps heading into turn five, collecting the wall heavily with the left-hand side of the Brawn.

While Hamilton was left sitting pretty in his third pole of the year - and one that many expected him to take - Q2 pacesetter Nico Rosberg could be a little more aggrieved, having been on a better lap at the time the red flags were shown. The German will subsequently start from the inside of row two, with countryman Sebastian Vettel between himself and Hamilton, having also been denied a final shot at top spot.

Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber will line up alongside Rosberg, while Barrichello remained fifth fastest. The Brazilian, however, will drop to tenth after taking his gearbox change penalty, putting him just two spots ahead of Brawn team-mate and title rival Jenson Button, who missed the cut for Q3.

Fernando Alonso, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen will all move up one spot because of Barrichello's penalty.

Full report and results to follow....



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Trickstar - Unregistered

September 26, 2009 5:36 PM

Anyone that says they shouldn't have red flagged the session obviously have zero experience of real motorsport. Armchair experts as it were. If there was no red flag and a driver plowed into Barrichello possibly killing them both you'd soon change your tone. When there is an accident where a car is on the racing line, or marshalls have to approach the car in a dangerous area (which rubens car was) means there is an instant red flag. Rubens could have been seriously injured, and marshalls had to attend a car on the racing line. There is NO arguement, it's an instant red flag no matter who is on a quick lap!



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