Hamilton makes it two poles in a row 16 Jun 2007
For the second consecutive race Lewis Hamilton edged out McLaren team mate Fernando Alonso to take pole position here at Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. Alonso made the running in the first two sessions of qualifying, but Hamilton settled the issue with a lap of 1m 12.331s in the third, when Alonsos best was 1m 12.500s.
The Englishmans car required an engine change last night due to an assembly problem but he will not receive a grid place penalty as Friday engines don't count. He described his two quickest laps in Q3 as perfect.
Having run the silver cars close all afternoon, the Ferraris line up on the second row with Felipe Massa third on 1m 12.703s and Kimi Raikkonen fourth with 1m 12.839s. As expected, BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld was their closest challenger, taking fifth place with 1m 12.847s.
Heikki Kovalainen signalled something of a resurgence for Renault by taking sixth fastest time, lapping his R27 in 1m 13.308s to edge out BMW Sauber rookie Sebastian Vettel, who has impressed many people with his smooth performance and a best lap of 1m 13.513s.
Jarno Trulli was the only Toyota driver to make Q3, placing his TF107 eighth with 1m 13.953s to head Mark Webber, who took his Red Bull round in 1m 13.871s, and Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 13.953s in the second Renault.
David Coulthard just failed to make the Q3 cut in Q2 after lapping his Red Bull in 1m 12.873s, then came Toyotas Ralf Schumacher (1m 12.920s), Hondas Jenson Button (1m 12.998s), Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 13.060s), Hondas Rubens Barrichello (1m 13.201s) and Super Aguris Anthony Davidson (1m 13.259s).
As Coulthard survived a spin in Turn Eight, the two Red Bull drivers were separated by a 1000th of a second in Q1 (1m 13.424s to 1m 13.425s) as Q1 accounted for Alex Wurz (1m 13.441s) in the Williams, Super Aguris Takuma Sato (1m 13.477s), the two Toro Rossos (Tonio Liuzzi 1m 13.484s and Scott Speed 1m 13.712s), and the two Spykers (Adrian Sutil 1m 14.122s and Christijan Albers 1m 14.597s).