Singapore: Paul di Resta matched his career-best qualifying position today when he claimed the sixth place on the grid for tomorrow`s Singapore Grand Prix even as his Sahara Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg missed out on top-10.
Resta clocked his best lap in 1m 47.241 while Hulkenberg`s timing of 1:47.975 was good enough for only 11th place as he could not get into Q3.
It was 2012 season`s best qualifying result for Di Resta, who had a similar outing in 2011`s British Grand Prix.
An eighth place start at the Canadian Grand Prix was Di Resta`s best result before today`s qualifying session.
McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position with a flying lap of 1m 46.362s. The Briton was half a second quicker than Williams` Pastor Maldonado, who surprisingly took the second place on the grid.
Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel was third, ahead of McLaren`s Jenson Button and Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso.
Mark Webber was seventh in the second Red Bull, followed by Romain Grosjean of Lotus, Michael Schumacher and his Mercedes teamate Nico Rosberg.