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Singapore Grand Prix
Singapore, 26-28 September



Singapore Grand Prix
Qualifying: Saturday 1500 BST Race: Sunday 1300 BST
Coverage: Live on ITV1, text commentary on the BBC Sport website and commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live streamed on the BBC Sport website

Felipe Massa
Massa will start from pole in Formula One's first ever night race

Ferrari's Felipe Massa produced a sensational final lap to snatch pole ahead of McLaren title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Brazilian, only a point adrift in the title race, was six-tenths of a second quicker than Hamilton.

World champion Kimi Raikkonen took third under the floodlights, ahead of BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica.

Kubica's team-mate Nick Heidfeld qualified sixth before he was demoted three places for obstruction.

The German was penalised for impeding Honda's Rubens Barrichello in the first session of qualifying, meaning Sebastian Vettel moved up to the third row of the grid alongside McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

With overtaking difficult on the Marina Bay street circuit, grid positions are likely to be crucial - and Massa was understandably delighted to have pipped Hamilton at the death.

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"The car was so nice to drive and it is so great that I managed to do a perfect lap," said the 27-year-old after his lap of one minute, 44:519 seconds.

"It was a great achievement. I made the corners perfect, so it is fantastic and one of the most incredible feelings a driver can have."

Hamilton insisted he was happy with second after he almost missed out on the pole position shoot-out, sneaking through in 10th, but warned that overtaking in the race will be almost impossible.

"I'm happy with the result considering," he said.

"My lap was by no means perfect. Felipe said he did a perfect lap. We are not worried, we are in a very strong position tomorrow. I am happy where I am - we're looking quite good with our strategy.

"You won't be able to overtake here, you can't get close enough and it will be tough. I'll just play it by ear and give it my best shot."

While Massa celebrated his fifth pole of the season, Fernando Alonso reflected on a huge dose of misfortune.

The former double world champion had impressed in practice and in the first qualifying session, only for his Renault to suffer a suspected fuel supply problem in session two, leaving the Spaniard a lowly 15th.

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella fared even worse.

The Italian crashed in Saturday's practice, leaving his mechanics with a race against time to get the car ready for the first qualifying session.

They managed it, but Fisichella promptly crashed again without completing a lap.

In dry conditions, Vettel - fresh from his maiden Grand Prix win at Monza - once again impressed as he qualified his Toro Rosso in seventh.

That came after Vettel's team-mate Sebastien Bourdais failed to make it out of the first qualifying session, meaning he will start from down in 17th.

Britain's David Coulthard produced an excellent lap late in the first session to finish in the top 15 and the veteran will start 14th, behind Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

Coulthard's fellow Briton Jenson Button is just ahead of them in 12th.


Grid positions for the Singapore Grand Prix:

1 F Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1min 44.801secs
2 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:45.465
3 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:45.617
4 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:45.779
5 H Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:45.873
6 S Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.244
7 T Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:46.328
8 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:46.611
9 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:45.964 *
10 K Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:47.547
11 J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:45.038
12 J Button (GB) Honda 1:45.133
13 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:45.212
14 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:45.298
15 F Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:44.971
16 N Piquet (Bra) Renault 1:46.037
17 S Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.389
18 R Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:46.583
19 A Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1:47.940
20 G Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari, no time

* Heidfeld handed three-place grid penalty for obstruction


see also
Singapore GP qualifying as it happened
27 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Singapore GP photos
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Alonso edges Hamilton in practice
26 Sep 08 |  Formula One
F1 supremo plans Japan night race
26 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Coulthard wants Grand Prix points
26 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Hamilton calm ahead of F1 climax
26 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Title out of my hands - Raikkonen
25 Sep 08 |  Formula One
McLaren lose appeal over Hamilton
23 Sep 08 |  Formula One


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