Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Sunday’s 61-lap Singapore Grand Prix and it emerged following qualification that the defending champion is carrying significantly more fuel than his major rivals. This puts him in a very strong position to control the race from the front of
the field. Nick Heidfeld
is lightest on fuel and starts seventh on the grid in his BMW Sauber and will be pitting first for fuel, while front-row starter Sebastian Vettel is also relatively lightly fuelled in his Red Bull Renault and will be forced to stop well before pole-sitter Hamilton. With Mark Webber on a similar strategy to his Red Bull team-mate, a good getaway from Hamilton will make a Red Bull victory tough to achieve - errors aside.
Nico Rosberg starts third and is on a similar fuel level to Hamilton but will be pitting a lap before the McLaren driver, but as ever all of that depends of the start, traffic and the influence of the safety car.
Tonio Liuzzi starts at the back of the field in his second race with Force India Mercedes, and had gone for an aggressive fuel strategy while others outside of the top ten, including team-mate Adrian Sutil, have taken a conservative heavy fuel load approach.
Singapore Qualifying Weight (kg)
P. Driver Car Weight
1 . N. Heidfeld - BMW Sauber F1.09 - 650.0
2 . S. Vettel - Red Bull Renault RB5 - 651.0
3 . M. Webber - Red Bull Renault RB5 - 654.5
4 . R.
Barrichello - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 655.5
5 . V. Liuzzi - Force India Mercedes VJM02 - 656.0 *
6 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW31 - 657.5
7 . F. Alonso - Renault R29 - 658.0
8 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 660.5
9 . T. Glock - Toyota TF109 - 660.5
10 . R. Kubica - BMW Sauber F1.09 - 664.0
11 . H. Kovalainen - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 664.5
12 . S. Buemi - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4 - 678.0 *
13 . G. Fisichella - Ferrari F60 - 678.5 *
14 . K. Raikkonen - Ferrari F60 - 680.5 *
15 . K. Nakajima - Williams Toyota FW31 - 680.7 *
16 . J. Button - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 683.0 *
17 . R. Grosjean - Renault R29 - 683.0 *
18 . J. Alguersuari - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4 - 683.5 *
19 . J. Trulli - Toyota TF109 - 690.5 *
20 . A. Sutil - Force India Mercedes VJM02 - 693.0 *
* Declared weight (outside of top ten)