Hamilton claims pole in Singapore by 0.007s

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Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday beating his teammate, Nico Rosberg, by just 7/1000 of a second.

The tires seemed to be the real challenging element in qualifying and practice and could play a key role in Sunday’s race which is traditionally one of the longest races on the calendar.

The qualifying session was exciting if for no other reason because the Mercedes seemed to be legitimately under some pressure with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo just a little over a tenth off of the Mercedes duo.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso even showed some competitive pace finishing just a shade over two tenths off the Mercedes pole sitter. Alonso says that degradation was massive on Friday’s practice so look for some creative tire-saving runs and strategy from the teams.

Red Bull’s Christian Horner reckons that Mercedes hasn’t had the smoothest of weekends and the race has produced a safety car every year it’s been ran so all of this could combine to see an interesting race.

 

Mercedes Singapore garage

 

 

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m45.681s
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m45.688s0.007s
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m45.854s0.173s
4Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault1m45.902s0.221s
5Fernando AlonsoFerrari1m45.907s0.226s
6Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m46.000s0.319s
7Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m46.170s0.489s
8Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m46.187s0.506s
9Kevin MagnussenMcLaren/Mercedes1m46.250s0.569s
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m47.362s1.681s
11Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes1m46.943s1.262s
12Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Renault1m46.989s1.308s
13Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m47.308s1.627s
14Esteban GutierrezSauber/Ferrari1m47.333s1.652s
15Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m47.575s1.894s
16Romain GrosjeanLotus/Renault1m47.812s2.131s
17Adrian SutilSauber/Ferrari1m48.324s2.643s
18Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Renault1m49.063s3.382s
19Jules BianchiMarussia/Ferrari1m49.440s3.759s
20Kamui KobayashiCaterham/Renault1m50.405s4.724s
21Max ChiltonMarussia/Ferrari
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