Hamilton takes Singapore pole after Barrichello crashes

Lewis Hamilton will start in pole position for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix after a late Rubens Barrichello crash brought out the red flags.

While on his final qualifying effort, Barrichello collided with the concrete wall, stopping the session and preventing any further running for the drivers. The incident will only add to the Brazilian’s misery, with the Brawn driver being forced to take a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Jenson Button’s world championship chances were dealt a blow when the Brit was eliminated in the second segment of qualifying – loosing out to his other title rivals who made it into Q3.

As a consequence of Barrichello’s crash, both Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg had their final qualifying runs ruined having looked strong all session. They will start second and third respectively.

Pos  Driver       Team                 Q1        Q2        Q3
1.   Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     1:46.977  1:46.657  1:47.891
2.   Vettel       Red Bull-Renault     1:47.541  1:46.362  1:48.204
3.   Rosberg      Williams-Toyota      1:47.390  1:46.197  1:48.348
4.   Webber       Red Bull-Renault     1:47.646  1:46.328  1:48.722
5.   Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes       1:47.397  1:46.787  1:48.828**
6.   Alonso       Renault              1:47.757  1:46.767  1:49.054
7.   Glock        Toyota               1:47.770  1:46.707  1:49.180
8.   Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber           1:47.347  1:46.832  1:49.307
9.   Kubica       BMW-Sauber           1:47.615  1:46.813  1:49.514
10.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes     1:47.542  1:46.842  1:49.778
11.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota      1:47.637  1:47.013
12.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes       1:47.180  1:47.141
13.  Raikkonen    Ferrari              1:47.293  1:47.177
14.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:47.677  1:47.369
15.  Trulli       Toyota               1:47.690  1:47.413
16.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes 1:48.231
17.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:48.340
18.  Fisichella   Ferrari              1:48.350
19.  Grosjean     Renault              1:48.544
20.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes 1:48.792

** Rubens Barrichello will start five places further back after changing his gearbox before the start of qualifying.