Hamilton on Pole After Red Flag Haults Q3 in Singapore

September 26, 2009

Lewis Hamilton took pole in Singapore this afternoon, after Rubens Barrichello crashed in the closing stages of Q3, causing the session to be red flagged.

Lewis, who topped the time sheets in practice this morning and was fastest in Q1, grabbed pole after just one flying lap in Q3 with a time of 1:47.891. He had been about to start his final hot lap when Barrichello’s shunt put a hault to the session.

Sebastian Vettel, who will start tomorrow’s night race from second, had been on his final hot lap when Barrichello hit the wall at turn five, meaning the German was unable to complete his lap which was looking good enough to have put him on pole.

Barrichello, who had set the fifth fastest time prior to the crash, will start tenth, following a five-place grid drop after his gearbox was changed. His teammate, Jenson Button, will start in 12th after failing to get through to Q3.

Nico Rosberg will start the race from third in the Williams. Rosberg had been looking like a strong contender for pole after putting in an impressive 1:46.197 in Q2. Mark Webber will start in fourth, directly behind teammate Vettel, after both Red Bulls put in a great performance to qualify ahead of the Brawn drivers.

Last year’s controversial winner, Fernando Alonso, will start from fifth, moving up one place from sixth following Barrichello’s gearbox penalty. Timo Glock will start in sixth, with Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen in seventh, eighth and nineth, respectively.

The surprises during the late-night qualifying session came not only from Button, who failed to make the top ten shoot-out, but also Kimi Raikkonen, who starts behind Button in 13th, and Giancarlo Fisichella, who will start 18th after failing to make it through to Q2.

The Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, who both managed to qualify in the top ten in Monza two weeks ago, will start down in 16th and 20th respectively, after a poor qualifying session for the team.

After several crashes so far this weekend during free practice, and indeed Barrichello’s shunt in qualifying, it is likely there will be more in tomorrow’s race. If Hamilton has more fuel on board than Vettel, the race may be in favour of the McLaren driver, but with the possibility of yet more crashes during the race, and the possibility of a safety car, anything can happen.

For Button and Barrichello, who go into tomorrow’s race with an advantage over Vettel and Webber in the fight for the driver’s title, they will be hoping to score as many points as possible to help retain their lead, as both Red Bull drivers have the upper-hand for the race. With only four races left to go, the fight for the title is looking more and more like it will go down to the wire.



  1. […] Hamilton on Pole After Red Flag Haults Q3 in Singapore « An F1 Fanatic’s Blog lauraallard.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/hamilton-on-pole-after-red-flag-haults-q3-in-singapor – view page – cached Lewis Hamilton took pole in Singapore this afternoon, after Rubens Barrichello crashed in the closing stages of Q3, causing the session to be red flagged. — From the page […]

  2. Such a dangerous sport with all the crashes, but very fun to watch. Go Alonso!

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