McLaren get both Hamilton and Kovalainen in the top ten for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton, already on provisional pole, was just revving up for a final shootout with Vettel for fastest lap in Q3 for the Singapore Grand Prix when Rubens Barrichello hit the wall and the session was red flagged.
Hamilton had already done enough to be on pole but Vettel was charging in a lightly fuelled car and looked set to pip him to pole. Barrichello’s accident looked to help Hamilton hold onto his pole position and also meant that no one else was able to leap frog Barrichello’s 5th position which looked vulnerable.
Barrichello will drop five places to tenth because the team decided to change his gearbox (after only two races, instead of the four that they are required to last) as a precautionary measure. This means that he will still start two places ahead of Jenson Button, his World Championship rival.
Button did not look comfortable all weekend and looked especially tight and under pressure in qualifying. His bid for the World Championship is distinctly looking at risk.
Hamilton looks to be in a strong position for the race as he seems comfortable in the car and it looks as if he may be fuelled heavier than those around and behind him on the grid. As long as he gets a good start and his KERS helps him to pull out into clean air for the first corner we expect him to have a good result on Sunday.