McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won pole position for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix, the third time in the past four Formula One races he’s topped qualifying.
Hamilton posted a time of 1 minute, 46.362 seconds around the Marina Bay street circuit to beat out Pastor Maldonado of Williams by 0.44 seconds. Two-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will start third.
It’s the fifth pole of the season for Hamilton, who’s won two of the past three races to climb into second in the season standings. He won from the front in Italy two weeks ago and also at July’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
McLaren’s Jenson Button will start fourth ahead of points leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Force India’s Paul di Resta, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Mercedes teammates Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg round out the top 10 qualifiers.
Alonso leads the standings with 179 points. Hamilton has 142 points with Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen, who’ll start 12th tomorrow, third with 141 and Vettel fourth with 140.
Marussia team driver Charles Pic will have 20 seconds added to his race time after passing four red lights and overtaking another car in the final practice, officials said on the F-1 website.
In addition, Pic and his engineer must also perform a day of community service on behalf of the Action for Road Safety campaign established by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the sport’s governing body.
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