Fernando Alonso will start from pole position for the second race in a row after pipping Sebastian Vettel in qualifying at Singapore.
The two McLarens will start from the second row of the grid with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Jenson Button.
The first qualifying session was interrupted when Felipe Massa suffered a car failure before he’d even set a lap. The red flags came out as the Ferrari was recovered.
That meant there was little prospect of anyone other than the three new cars being eliminated in Q1.
Sure enough, the session ended with Timo Glock fastest of those six cars, with Lucas di Grassi out-qualifying Jarno Trulli.
Christian Klien beat team mate Bruno Senna on his F1 return.
Vitaly Petrov’s qualifying ended when he crashed at turn five and broke his right-rear suspension.
He was running in the top ten at the time. But as he was unable to improve his time he was relegated into the drop zone.
The two Force India drivers were slowest in Q2, Vitantonio Liuzzi running across the chicane at one point.
Nico Hülkenberg was clearly frustrated after setting 12th fastest time. He already has a five-place penalty which will push him further down the grid tomorrow.
Jaime Alguersuari out-qualified team mate Sebastien Buemi to take 11th – and was just six-hundredths of a second away from reaching Q3.
Vettel looked on course for pole position as he set a dramatically quick time in the first sector of his lap. But he caught Michael Schumacher too soon and was only seventh after his first run.
Alonso headed the times after the first round of laps with a blistering run through the final sector of the lap. Hamilton was second behind him having lost time in the final sector when he caught his team mate.
Vettel found enough time on his second lap to split the pair of them with his last run, despite clipping a barrier in the second sector.
While Hamilton couldn’t improve with his last run Button moved up to fourth, relegating Mark Webber to fifth place and last of the five title contenders.
Full qualifying times
|2||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’46.960||1’45.561||1’45.457|
|5||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’47.088||1’45.908||1’45.977|
|11||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’48.127||1’47.666|
|13||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’49.063||1’48.502|
|15||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’48.496||1’48.899|
|16||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1’48.988||1’48.961|
|20||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’51.107|
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