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FERNANDO ALONSO of Ferrari took his second pole position in two races ahead of today’s night-time Singapore Grand Prix around the Marina Bay circuit.

The Spaniard who ‘won’ the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 took pole with a Q3 lap time of 1:45.390, an average speed of 107.600 mph. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will start the race alongside him, with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton third on the grid.

The rest of the top ten are from fourth to tenth: Jenson Button (McLaren), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Robert Kubica (Renault), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber).

William’s Nico Hülkenberg has taken a five-place grid drop for having his gearbox changed and will start the race from 17th on the grid.

Nick Heidfeld makes his Grand Prix return with Sauber in place of Pedro de la Rosa, and starts from 14th. Christian Klien is also starting his first race since the 2006 Italian Grand Prix for HRT. He qualified 22nd on the grid, and was over a second faster than his team-mate Bruno Senna. Sakon Yamamoto (HRT) has food poisoning.

But the big story from qualifying is that Ferrari’s Felipe Massa will start from dead last after his car stopped out on track before he could even set a lap.

As always I want to see a McLaren 1-2, but being the sceptical realist that I am I believe that Vettel will win this race. But on the other hand Alonso has all of the momentum at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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