Hamilton secures third Pole Position in four races
He doesn't like being called the ‘Defending World Champion' believing he simply hasn't had the car to be able to defend the crown this season, but McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has once again stormed to a Pole Position start for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
Now the odds-on favourite at 8/11 in our Race Winner market for the Sunday victory, Hamilton managed to lap the Marina Bay street circuit in 1:47.891 seconds before title contender Rubens Barrichello crashed his BrawnGP car and brought the final Saturday qualifying session to an end with only 26 seconds remaining on the clock.
"I'm very, very happy and pleased for the team" said Lewis Hamilton
"Friday practice was not special for me so I came in with a positive approach today. The guys rebuilt the car and they did a great job."
Both Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel (3/1) and Williams' Nico Rosberg (14/1) will begin the Singapore Grand Prix second & third on the grid respectively after the Brazilian's crash saw both have their final laps red flagged.
Fernando Alonso (18/1) gave the Renault team something to cheers about with a place on the third row along with Timo Glock (40/1) in the Toyota.
The BrawnGP boys had possibly their worst weekend of the 2009 season.
Although Rubens Barrichello did manage to make it through to the final qualification shootout and put down a time worthy of a P5 on the grid, the Brazilian has been forced to take a five place penalty following a change of gear-box after the final free practice session.
A heavy collision with the wall in the final session meant Barrichello will need his Brawn Mercedes rebuilding before lining up in P10 for the floodlit race, two places however better off than teammate Jenson Button who can be backed at 33/1 for the win.
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The BrawnGP team (now priced at 1/50 for the championship win) will have been eyeing the constructors' championship points this weekend, but following what can only be described as a disaster weekend for the team, Ross Brawn's boys will now be hoping not to lose out to the Bull's and limit the constructors points which may be regained by Vettel and Webber.
"It's not a good position to be in," said the British Brawn driver "It is tough, and yeah, I am worried I am not going to be able to get any points."
Team principal Ross Brawn was even more pessimistic.
"It's a disastrous session for us, we underestimated the competition in Q2 because we used an old set (of tyres), and then one new set, & didn't get the car balanced well on the new set."
The Formula One product a whole will be hoping for an incident free Sunday, as it looks to smooth over the Renault shaped cracks which began to appear this time last year.
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