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Hamilton claims Singapore GP pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix twice over as his rivals wilted in the Marina bay heat.

Lewis Hamilton posted two laps good enough to secure pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after seeing off the challenge of weekend-long rival Sebastian Vettel by some distance.

The pair had vied for top spot through much of free practice and early qualifying, but Hamilton established the Q3 benchmark after he, Vettel and the second McLaren of Jenson Button all emerged together. Button laid down a marker but, as he has done in almost every session, Hamilton blitzed that to put himself out front. Vettel, perhaps having had to back off too much to find a gap, came in more than a second slower than the Briton's 1min 46.362secs target time.

The trio remained at the head of the field as their rivals opted only to set sector times on their first outing, before everyone re-emerged for another shot at top spot in the final few minutes. This time Hamilton was running last on the road and, while Williams' Pastor Maldonado threw a curveball to the pack by leaping into second place, no-one else could improve enough to dislodge the McLaren.

Points leader Fernando Alonso rose to third, further deposing Button, while Mark Webber and Paul di Resta both only managed fifth place, behind the Briton. When Vettel appeared, however, expectations were raised - only for the German to fail to beat Maldonado and at least grab a place on the front row. Button, too, came up short, moving back into fourth, leaving Hamilton untouched even before he completed his flying lap.

That that effort was better than anything anyone else had managed simply marked him out as the new man to beat on raceday.

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Clone - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 3:13 PM

0.5s !!!!! BOOOM! This is why we "fanboys" like this guy: (i) bucket-loads of talent (ii) prepared to takes risks instead of just sitting back and counting points (iii) not scared of overtaking and often succeeds (iv) actually shows some personality unlike some of the other robots in F1.

corkey - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 3:34 PM

I really wish you would all stop nattering on about having Taipan, Richard & co answer. What is the point in turning yet another topic into a stupid pointless flame war. Hamilton took a stunning pole. Maldonado (even though I hate the guy) did extremely well to get that Williams on to the front row. Not even going to bother commenting on where I think Lewis is going - I don't know. Bring on Singapore!



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