Sebastian Vettel took pole position in Singapore on Saturday night with a lap that was three-tenths faster than his team-mate Mark Webber, with Jenson Button third for McLaren, edging out his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who missed out on a final run but still managed to retain fourth place. It is not clear whether Hamilton was saving tyres after a puncture in Q2, or whether there was a problem. Ther was talk of a fuelling problem. Fernando Alonso was fifth, close to the McLarens but more than a second faster than Felipe Massa, who scrapped over sixth place with Nico Rosberg, while Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta did not set any times, although Schumacher did at least go out and do a lap, albeit without recording a time at the end. It was not a great session and a shame for the fans who had turned out to watch the action.
Early in the session Hamilton was help up by Massa, while the Brazilian aborted his first run after the incident.
Webber leapt up to P2 in the closing seconds which also saw Button pip Hamilton.
But Vettel was unbeatable… again.