Hamilton edges Rosberg by 0.007s


Lewis Hamilton just beat Nico Rosberg to pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix after pipping his title rival by 0.007s on his final run. The qualifying hour had looked remarkably open, with Ferrari in the mix during the first two sessions and Felipe Massa taking provisional pole after the first run in Q3. However, when it came down to it, both Mercedes drivers upped the pace and took first and second ahead of the two Red Bulls. Hamilton's lap was far from perfect as he had to deal with a nasty lock-up into the first corner, but he went on to recover and just managed to beat Rosberg to pole. Daniel Ricciardo took third on the grid ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who had looked off the pace until his final run when he was able to get within 0.25s of Hamilton's pole time. Ferrari was perhaps the biggest disappointment after looking as though it was in the mix until Q3. Fernando Alonso still managed fifth on the grid, but team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had to abort his final run with a technical issue, leaving him seventh behind Massa in sixth. Valtteri Bottas took eighth, leaving Kevin Magnussen, who was only 0.6s off pole, and Daniil Kvyat to round out the top ten. Jenson Button was the biggest name to drop out in Q2 as he was pipped to a place in the top ten by 0.023s by Kvyat's Toro Rosso. Button admitted to making a mistake on his lap, which no doubt cost him a place in Q3 and will see him start 11th on the grid ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne in 12th. Nico Hulkenberg will start 13th ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber and Force India team-mate Sergio Perez in 15th. Romain Grosjean was 16th and returned to the pits complaining about his engine over the radio. Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado both dropped out in Q1 along with the Marussias and Caterhams. Sutil complained of car problems on his in lap, while Maldonado has been struggling with the balance of his Lotus all weekend. Jules Bianchi was a second clear of Marussia team-mate Max Chilton and Kamui Kobayashi outqualified his Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson by nearly two seconds.