Updated: 22/09/2012 18:43 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton claims pole position



Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's Singapore GP from pole position

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's Singapore GP from pole position

Lewis Hamilton grabbed his third pole in four races to further fire up his Formula One World Championship chances.

After winning from pole in Hungary and Italy of late, Hamilton will start Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix at the front of the grid in his McLaren alongside gatecrasher Pastor Maldonado in his Williams. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel qualified in third place.

It is the first time since 1999 McLaren have claimed four successive pole positions, with Hamilton now in prime spot for his fourth win this year as he aims to close the 37-point gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

Alonso will start fifth, with McLaren's Jenson Button ahead of him on the grid in fourth.

Vettel won this race from pole last year and had been quickest in all three practice sessions, but had no answer to Hamilton's lap of one minute 46.362 seconds, the Briton finishing half a second up on Maldonado.

Force India's Paul Di Resta conjured a superb sixth, with Red Bull's Mark Webber seventh but under investigation and facing a five-place penalty for impeding Marussia's Timo Glock in Q1, whilst Lotus's Romain Grosjean starts eighth.

On the fifth row will be Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, neither driver setting a time after using up all three sets of their supersoft tyres in the first two sessions.

After claiming the 24th pole of his career, Hamilton said: "The guys have done a fantastic job all weekend.

"Coming here with some small things added from the last race and on a high-downforce track, we were not sure how it would work out. But the session was great, although I'm not sure what happened with Sebastian, who had been fastest all the way through before that.

"As for the race it is tough with high tyre degradation, so everyone is going to struggle. I'll have to get away cleanly. We'll stick to the strategy we have planned and be prepared if it doesn't work."

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22/09/2012 22:04
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Well done homegrown talented Hamilton. Put that in the pipe of the faithless.I vote for you all the way!
22/09/2012 18:43
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great drive lewis, Get on that top step again, At this race you wont get boo`d by the idiots in red.

          This title has your name all over it.....your the best driver....and with the best team.

22/09/2012 15:56
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Great job Lewis - I thought it was going to be closer but he was nearly half a second ahead. Should be an interesting first corner with Maldonado but hopefully he will come out of it in first and remember the last 3 winners here started on pole. Bag those points Lewis!
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Great Job Lewis.

He looksin a happy place. I'm tempted on sticking money on him for the title he seems pretty chilled.

I forget before I place a bet I need to consider the stewards are ready for any excuse to jump on the guy.

22/09/2012 16:21
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Nice one Lewis keep up the good work. Stay with Maclaren would be great shame to see your fantastic talent vanish if you went to another team. Your fab & I loved your wheel spin at British Grand Prix, 1st I've ever been too & I left wanting more!!

 

22/09/2012 17:42
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Now that was great driving and I am sure no one has any negitive views about today's performance. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you as you are right next to one of the wild man of F1 so be careful and try and get a good start as he is the only driver I have seen this season doing a jump start.
22/09/2012 18:52
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just as Ashley said the title is yours just be careful and stay clear of maldonardo the idiot.
22/09/2012 21:22
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Yesterday, I wrote, Vettel's free practice pace has no relevance to qualifying today and on Sunday.  I allso said, Hamilton and Button will share the grid 1 & 2, but getting 50% right is not a bad result!!  What counts is the day of the race.  If Hamilton can make a clean get away there will be no one to catch him except his shadow!! 

 

I do believe that McLaren duo are in a good position to share podium finishes and keep Alonso & Vettel at bay!  We can expect to witness a superb race tomorrow and Hamilton winning the race with Button right behind him!!

23/09/2012 07:19
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Hamilton has to be very careful with Maldonado on the first corner, otherwise it's going to be the end of his race..Because Maldonado drives without using any common sense. 
22/09/2012 18:49
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good drive ,,driving faster than the tyres again eh dude ,,,lol extra psi if your going for it ,,,,,,well done ,,,,
22/09/2012 23:19
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Lets hope that  " THAT BEAST " did not EAT HIM. WELDONE LEWIS. If this BEAST  stays away from LEWIS, then, we might count a fourth  WON for Lewis 
22/09/2012 16:21
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Nice one Lewis keep up the good work. Stay with Maclaren would be great shame to see your fantastic talent vanish if you went to another team. Your fab & I loved your wheel spin at British Grand Prix, 1st I've ever been too & I left wanting more!!

 

23/09/2012 10:42
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Lewis isnt the best of starters, so i do fear a coming together with Maldanado at the 1st corner.
Just hope lewis does get a decent start to keep him ahead of the wreckless Maldanado or if there is a coming together lets hope to see the FIA dish out the same punnishment to him that they gave to grosjean.
C'mon Lewis lets see another great drive from you.

23/09/2012 09:28
23/09/2012 12:04
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Some people writing very nasty stuff about lewis, Why you reading about him if you hate him so..stick to your own favorite, And kept your vile comments to yourselves.
23/09/2012 13:38
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Isnt it nice to see that olympic feel good factor still thriving amongst the Brits!!for goodness sake you muppets you have a star in Hamilton,so be proud,I dont even like F1 morea Rugby girl,where you see fans from either team sat alongside each other,without,a racist,comment,comment on a person you cannot possibly know or even come with ten feet of! assuming is a great british habit,and it always seems to make you happy even if your wrong...........now if only your brains could join your boodies and come down out of the tree's we all evolved from,there may be some chance of a decent debate,hey ho

go lewis go!!!!!!!

23/09/2012 02:14
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hamiltons second lap was still quicker than maldanados after the chequered flag went down,now if thats not good then what is,once again jenson lacks speed and complained about setup...they will offload him when his contracts up...as he by luck got a contract equal to hamiltons that he hasnt fulfilled,and he knows it too...stating perez could be at mcclaren ,how disrespectful to a teammate who is clearly better.the problem with the british(eddie jordan) is just because button is briti**** supposed to be a guarantee he should stay with a british team even if he is doing f-all to maintain his seat....i say bring in someone younger and more hungry as the vulture known as button will be waiting to pick up scraps should there be an accident at turn one.
23/09/2012 13:25
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I think Ann Should know theres is no better Lewes,WELL DONE LEWES SHOP UP FRONT
23/09/2012 14:35
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Getting more exciting drivers out couple of prangs no injuries thank goodness come on Jenson .
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