Fernando Alonso Snatches Singapore GP Pole

Fernando Alonso put himself in position for a second-straight win as the Ferrari driver grabbed the pole at the Singapore GP during Saturday’s qualifying.

Alonso, who is currently third in the race for the driver’s title, established his best time of 1 minute and 45.390 seconds in his first try to beat Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who settled for second with 1m 45.457s. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start in third place in Sunday’s race followed by his team mate Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Mark Webber, the current leader in the battle for the driver’s title.

With five races remaining in the season, five drivers remain in contention for the title, and, incidentally, they all qualified in the top five Saturday. Webber currently has a five-point edge over Hamilton with 187 points. Alonso has 166 points in third place, but a victory in Singapore would help him cut Webber’s lead. Button, the defending champion, is in fourth place with 165 points followed by Vettel with 163.