Vettel on pole again

Vettel on pole again

Webber qualifies second; Force Indias in top-ten

German wonder Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel shows his happiness after claiming yet another pole in the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday. AFPVettel, who could be only a day away from becoming the sport's youngest double world champion if results go his way, lapped the floodlit Marina Bay Circuit in one minute 44.381 seconds to edge out team-mate Mark Webber by 0.351.

McLaren's Jenson Button was third fastest in Saturday's qualifying with a time of 1:44.804.

The pole position was Red Bull's 15th in a row stretching back to the final race of last season at Abu Dhabi and never looked in doubt once Vettel got a clear track following a frustrating final free practice earlier on Saturday.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will start fourth on the grid after an evening deflated by a puncture in the second qualifying session. A refuelling problem then meant he was unable to do more than one quick lap in the last session.

The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will fill the third row of the grid, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. Qualifying was briefly red flagged with nine minutes remaining of the second session when Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi went airborne after hitting the kerb at speed through the turn 10 chicane and crashed into the wall.

Vettel, 24, has a 112 point advantage in the championship and will take the title on Sunday with five races remaining if he can extend that lead by a further 13 points.
Alonso is currently second overall, with Webber and Button both 117 points adrift of Vettel.

Force India’s German driver Adrian Sutil will start ninth from the grid with his team-mate Paul Di Resta of Britain one place behind at tenth.

On another steaming hot night, the qualifying session began at 10:00pm local time under dazzling floodlights with the temperature hovering around 32 degrees Celsius and 67 percent humidity.

If it was taxing for a sell-out 75,000 crowd — the spectators perspiring around Marina Bay — it was a harsh test of fitness for the drivers and their teams.

Singapore GP qualifying

Driver    Team        Time           
1. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull                1:44.381
2. Mark Webber    Red Bull                1:44.732
3. Jenson Button    McLaren                1:44.804
4. Lewis Hamilton    McLaren                1:44.809
5. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                1:44.874
6. Felipe Massa    Ferrari                1:45.800
7. Nico Rosberg    Mercedes                1:46.013
8. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes            
9. Adrian Sutil    Force India           
10. Paul di Resta    Force India           
11. Sergio Perez (Sauber); 12. Rubens Barrichello (Williams); 13. Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 14. Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso); 15. Bruno Senna (Renault); 16. Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso); 17. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber); 18. Vitaly Petrov (Renault); 19. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus); 20. Jarno Trulli (Lotus); 21. Timo Glock (Virgin); 22. Jerome D’Ambrosio (Virgin); 23. Daniel Ricciardo (HRT); 24. Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT).