SINGAPORE — Lewis Hamilton and McLaren dramatically turned the tables on Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull in qualifying for Sunday’s 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix.
Fighting for the Woking team’s fourth consecutive win, the Englishman was fastest in the second qualifying session, and then put in a lap of one minute and 46.362 seconds at the start of the third session. That was good enough to best the two-time defending world champion’s best circuit of one minute and 47.694 seconds.
Hamilton kissed a wall on his second run, which was nevertheless still quicker, at one minute and 46.622 seconds, but the surprise of the session was a one minute 46.804 second lap, which left Pastor Maldonado on the front row for Williams.
Vettel wound up third with Hamilton’s McLaren teammate Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso rounding out the top five.