2009 SINGAPORE GP: HAMILTON ON POLE, BARRICHELLO CRASHED HIS BRAWN


Lewis Hamilton clinched his third pole position of the season in Singapore, after a crash by Rubens Barrichello brought the qualifying session to an early end. Sebastian Vettel kept his and Red Bull's title hopes alive as he joined Hamilton on the front row - and the German will be particularly encouraged as the two Brawns will be starting from 10th and 12th.

The red flag was particularly unfortunate for Williams' Nico Rosberg, who had been quickest in Q2 and was on a very rapid Q3 lap when the session was stopped. He had to settle for third - which still equals his career-best.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:46.977 1:46.657 1:47.891
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:47.541 1:46.362 1:48.204
3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:47.390 1:46.197 1:48.348
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:47.646 1:46.328 1:48.722
5. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:47.397 1:46.787 1:48.828
6. Alonso Renault (B) 1:47.757 1:46.767 1:49.054
7. Glock Toyota (B) 1:47.770 1:46.707 1:49.180
8. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:47.347 1:46.832 1:49.307
9. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:47.615 1:46.813 1:49.514
10. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:47.542 1:46.842 1:49.778
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:47.637 1:47.013
12. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:47.180 1:47.141
13. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:47.293 1:47.177
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:47.677 1:47.369
15. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:47.690 1:47.413
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:48.231
17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:48.340
18. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:48.350
19. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:48.544
20. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:48.792

Rubens Barrichello will have to take a five-place grid penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix after his Brawn GP team opted to change his gearbox.