Felipe Massa produced a superb late lap to snatch pole position for tomorrow’s historic Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The Ferrari driver clocked a time of one minute, 44:519 seconds in his final lap under the flood lights on the Marina Bay street circuit to finish sixth-tenths of a second faster than McLaren’s Hamilton.
Massa’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, despite enduring a frustrating time during practice, finished strongly to take third.
BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica will start in fourth place on the grid while McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen is in fifth.
“The car was perfect,” said Massa. “I managed to do a perfect lap and that always helps when you have a good car.”
FIA Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
Leading Positions after Qualifying: 1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1min 44.801secs, 2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1:45.465, 3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:45.617, 4 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:45.779, 5 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:45.873, 6 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:45.964, 7 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.244, 8 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:46.328, 9 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:46.611, 10 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 1:47.547, 11 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:45.038, 12 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:45.133, 13 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:45.212, 14 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 1:45.298, 15 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault No Time, 16 Nelson Piquet Jr. (Bra) Renault 1:46.037, 17 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.389, 18 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:46.583, 19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:47.940, 20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India No Time