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  1. Alonso fastest in final practice, Hamilton 6th
  2. Ricciardo 2nd, Rosberg 3rd, Vergne 4th
  3. Hamilton nearly hits wall with spin
  4. Spins for Button, Gutierrez
  5. Qualifying follows at 14:00
  6. Hot and humid conditions

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There was a handshake and smiles between Mercedes team-mates and pals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after the former beat the latter by just 0.007 seconds in a dramatic qualifying session.

Only one will be happy tomorrow, though, and he'll be the one on the top step. Who will it be? Join me from 12:00 BST to follow every single lap. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

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So Lewis Hamilton scored his sixth pole position of the season, but he has only gone on to win twice in five attempts from that position in 2014.


Andrew Benson's qualifying report. Keep an eye on the website for highlights later this afternoon or reach for your remote at 17:10 BST to watch it on BBC One.

Lewis Hamilton's brother Nicolas: 7 thousands of a second, now that's close! Good job Bro!

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Rivers are forming in the Singapore F1 paddock as the rain continues to lash down. This would cause utter chaos if it happened during the race. As it is, everyone - including the BBC F1 team - is simply getting soaked as they film segments for the highlights show, which will be on BBC One at 17:10 BST.

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Chief F1 writer in Singapore

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"The scene at Ferrari as we wait for Fernando Alonso #monsoon."


Mercedes: Did we mention what 0.007s look like in real terms? Yep, that's right, 33.5cm.

Fernando Alonso: Best qualy performance so far this year in one of my favourite tracks!! Very, very happy!! Looking forward to the race.

Daniel Ricciardo
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"Were are pleasantly surprised with the result and how close it was," says Daniel Ricciardo. "They (Mercedes) were a fair way in front yesterday but today it was only two tenths. We thought Mercedes had more in the bag so that's going to be interesting.

"It's tricky to overtake here but we have got a chance to race them tomorrow. It could be on! It's nice there are more teams closer to pole this weekend so it will make the race more exciting."

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Lee McKenzie has grabbed Lewis Hamilton for another chat. "I knew I had the pace, but it was just about putting the sectors together which is not easy," says the Mercedes driver.

"It's most incredible feeling on last lap, with all the pressure when the smallest mistake could lose you a lot. After the first sequence of corners, I was already two tenths down, but I said to myself let's keep going and see what happens.

"The previous lap wasn't perfect either, I lost time in 13 and 16, but I fixed that and got the time back and the last sector was pretty hardcore fast."

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says it "could be on" for victory tomorrow when speaking to BBC F1's Lee McKenzie. What a race we have in store.

The heavens have opened in Singapore! Time for the umbrellas as drivers continue their post-qualifying session interviews.


1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Sebastian Vettel 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Felipe Massa 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Valtteri Bottas 9) Kevin Magnussen 10) Daniil Kvyat

11) Jenson Button 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Esteban Gutierrez 15) Sergio Perez 16) Romain Grosjean

17) Adrian Sutil 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Kamui Kobayashi 21) Max Chilton 22) Marcus Ericsson

"I came into the weekend thinking if we could be within two or three tenths, we had a chance," says Daniel Ricciardo, who qualified third. "It ended up a bit closer than we thought we would so that is encouraging.

"It was good fun out there and the track was improving as qualifying went on. Street circuits keep you on your toes but it was certainly good fun.

"I have got a few mates here this weekend and maybe some I don't know about. It's close to home so nice to see a few Aussie flags and hopefully I can see a few more of you from podium."

Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, who starts second, says: "If I think back over the lap, seven thousandths of a second is nothing - a little bit here or there and I could have done it. But Lewis did a good job today. Fair play to him. Second place, it is OK. Sure first is better but it's a long race ahead, so that's fine.

"We changed the brakes heading into qualifying and I had got into a rhythm with the other brakes. That was a challenge and I expected it to take time to get into qualifying. Also the track had slowed down from the previous session, and I had to adapt to the settings. So I was pleased to be able to push flat out and get the qualifying time I did."

Replays show Lewis Hamilton punching the air after crossing the line to take pole position.

It's very rare that we see that kind of emotion from him during qualifying - but the manner in which he beat Rosberg will have done wonders for his confidence.

"I think coming into the weekend, we had an opinion about how the tyres would behave," adds Lewis Hamilton.

"When we got into the long runs yesterday, we saw quite a big difference to what we expected.

"Tomorrow should be interesting. Looking after the tyres is not easy, but I think it will be a good race to watch for the fans."

"It was quite an exciting qualifying session," says Lewis Hamilton, who starts on pole. "I wasn't expecting to see so much difference in how close everyone was.

"We did some good laps in the first and second parts of qualifying and the Ferraris were close. The way it ends is good for our team.

"On my last lap, I locked up into Turn One, I lost a bit of time, but managed to pull it back. At that point, I thought it was over, but I just kept going and it got better and better. It's a great effort by the team."


Mike Willis: That was an intense qualifying! Probably more exciting than the race will be. Lets just say we probably won't see much overtaking.

Reece Young: Get in Lewis Hamilton, stellar lap right when he needed it. Bring it home tomorrow.

Daniel Day: Damn, Hamilton is very good 0.007 gap between him and Rosberg. Going to be good race.

Smiles and handshakes all round as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo pose for the traditional top three photograph before heading off for the news conference.

"They're catching up my friend, they're catching up," says Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda to Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe. He's not wrong. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was just over a tenth-and-a-half slower than the Mercedes.


1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Sebastian Vettel 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Felipe Massa 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Valtteri Bottas 9) Kevin Magnussen 10) Daniil Kvyat

"Damn it!" says Nico Rosberg over team radio when he told that Lewis Hamilton has just pipped him to pole position. It was so, so close. What a thrilling climax to a super qualifying session.


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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.


Lewis Hamilton makes a mistake into Turn One but he turns it round to go fastest now by just 0.007 seconds!


Nico Rosberg goes fastest now with a 1:45.6!


Daniel Ricciardo goes quickest with a 1:45.8! A huge roar from the grandstands. Still a few cars to come through.


More misery for Kimi Raikkonen who is told that he needs to stop out on track after reporting a problem with a lack of power. It's such a shame considering how quick he's been today.

Lewis Hamilton takes on another set of super-soft tyres and heads straight back out on track. Daniel Ricciardo is out there, too, along with Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel.

So with four minutes remaining, here's how they stand:

1) Felipe Massa 2) Daniel Ricciardo 3) Fernando Alonso 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Valtteri Bottas 6) Lewis Hamilton 7) Nico Rosberg 8) Sebastian Vettel 9) Daniil Kvyat 10) Kevin Magnussen

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"If you've got any more front wing, put it on," says Lewis Hamilton as he heads back to the pits for some tweaks before a final run.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams looks shocked as she gazes at the timesheets. No one expected to see Felipe Massa on top after the first flurry of laps.

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Daniel Ricciardo goes second, 0.061 seconds off the pace with Fernando Alonso third and Kimi Raikkonen (pictured) fourth.

You have to go down to sixth and seventh to find the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Remarkable.

Felipe Massa's first effort is a 1:46.007, with Kevin Magnussen slotting into second 1.5 seconds adrift.


Rian Hoskins: Button is desperate to race for McLaren next year but with Magnussen out-qualifying him again, his position is really under threat.

Bronie: Would love to see Ferrari on the front row

Pogba: The Ferraris are surprisingly quick.


This is it. Ten drivers, 12 minutes, one pole position.

We've just seen a replay of Nico Rosberg tell his team over the radio that a Red Bull, believed to be Sebastian Vettel, cost him some time on his last lap.

"I cannot believe it, bloody engine, bloody engine," says Lotus Romain Grosjean on team radio to which his race engineer says: "Understand Romain, I'm very sorry it's the same issue as we had in P3. Grosjean responds: "I don't care, I don't care, it's too much."


1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Fernando Alonso 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Felipe Massa 6) Daniel Ricciardo 7) Sebastian Vettel 8) Valtteri Bottas 9) Kevin Magnussen 10) Daniil Kvyat.


11) Jenson Button 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Esteban Gutierrez 15) Sergio Perez 16) Romain Grosjean