Qualifying – Hamilton on pole as Barrichello crash halts Q3
Rubens Barrichello may indirectly have helped Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday evening. The world champion had lapped his McLaren in 1m 47.891s on his first run in the final qualifying session, when the Brazilian crashed his Brawn in Turn 5 on his second and final run. As the red flag came out, everyone behind Hamilton had reasoned to feel chagrined.
Sebastian Vettel had just set the fastest time in sector one for Red Bull, while Williams’ Nico Rosberg had done likewise in sector two. Hamilton was also preparing to go quicker still as were Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Renault’s Fernando Alonso, Toyota’s Timo Glock, BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. But since Barrichello crashed 26 seconds before the chequered flag was due to fall, they were all out of luck. The grid would be formed on the basis of their first run times.
Originally posted on Formula1.com