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Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton grabs third pole in four races

Lewis Hamilton grabbed his third pole in four races to further fire up his F1 world championship chances on Saturday. After winning from pole in Hungary and Italy of late, Hamilton will start Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix at the front of the grid in his McLaren alongside gatecrasher Pastor Maldonado in his Williams.

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McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton during the Singapore GP qualifying round on Saturday. Pic/AFP

It is the first time since 1999 McLaren have claimed four successive pole positions, with Hamilton now in prime spot for his fourth win this year as he aims to close the 37-point gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

Alonso will start fifth, with reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull and McLaren’s Jenson Button also ahead of him on the grid. Vettel won this race from pole last year and had been quickest in all three practice sessions, but had no answer to Hamilton’s lap of one minute 46.362 secs, the Briton finishing half a second up on Maldonado. — PA Sport

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