Hamilton takes pole position for Singapore GP
SINGAPORE (AP) — McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position on Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton gave McLaren its fourth consecutive pole position for the first time since 1999, and his victory chances in Sunday's race were boosted by Williams' Pastor Maldonado earning a surprise second place in qualifying.
"We have put ourselves in the best position, so we need to capitalize on that," Hamilton said. "It's an incredibly tough track for tire degradation ... and everyone will struggle with that."
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel qualified third after being the fastest in all three practice sessions. He was surprised he couldn't manage at least a front-row spot.
"A little disappointed, especially Q3," Vettel said. "It's a shame it didn't come together at the end."
Jenson Button of McLaren qualified fourth, ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who holds a 37-point lead over Hamilton in the championship standings with seven races to go.
Force India's Paul di Resta equaled a career best by qualifying sixth, one place ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber, who was cleared by stewards after complaints by Marussia's Timo Glock that the Australian caused interference in the first qualifying session.
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