Felipe Massa Takes Pole - Lewis Hamilton Second On Grid
During yesterday's qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix, Felipe Massa in his Ferrari Formula 1 car, had the best lap time of the day, beating Lewis Hamillton (see photo) to take the pole by a margin of two thirds of a second.
Lewis Hamilton's best qualifying lap was 1m45.465, which he achieved during the final moments of the qualifying session. Hamilton was hampered by a yellow flag during his first qualification run, and in the second session had problems where traffic slowed a flying lap. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team were eager for the pole position, but given the circumstances of the day, they were happy achieving second place on the grid. Lewis's team mate Heikki Kovalainen qualified fifth with a time of 1m45.873.
Third position on the grid was taken by Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari; and Robert Kubica took the fourth grid starting position in the BMW Sauber F1 car. Kubica won his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix this year in Montreal, Canada, and the Singapore circuit could again be where he has a chance to take the win.
Lewis Hamilton had the following to say about his qualifying session, "At the last sector, I was really fast, but I still have to improve in the first two sectors, particularly turn five, where I lost a bit of time. We had a good set-up; however the tire decision was not easy today, as I felt no big difference between the prime and the option tire."