Lewis Hamilton’s third no-score in four races following his controversial collision with Mark Webber has hit his championship hopes hard.
But just as worrying for him and Jenson Button was McLaren’s lack of pace around Singapore.
|Jenson Button||Lewis Hamilton|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’45.944 (+0.373)||1’45.571|
|Average race lap||1’56.458 (-4.342)||2’00.800|
Button had the edge on pace over his team mate on Friday but that changed overnight and it was Hamilton who headed the all-McLaren second row.
Although Button got away slightly better than his team mate Hamilton braked later into the first corner and re-took third place.
Neither McLaren could maintain the pace set by Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Button dropped back slightly more quickly than Hamilton and after lap 22 they were both in serious trouble, losing around two seconds per lap (compare their lap times here).
Button pitted one lap after Hamilton and fell behind Mark Webber. But he inherited fourth place when his Hamilton dropped out of the race.
His first lap in Q3 put him second on the grid but he couldn’t improve with his last run and slipped to third behind Vettel.
He came under little pressure from Button, but he couldn’t do anything about the two cars in front of him.
Nor could McLaren do much to prevent him from losing third place to Mark Webber.
Hamilton seized an opportunity to reclaim the place at the second restart. But he came off worse in a collision that was plainly a racing incident and only invited different interpretations because two major title contenders were involved.
2010 Singapore Grand Prix
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