Vettel on Valencia pole

Sebastian Vettel re-asserted Red Bull’s authority in qualifying today for the European GP by claiming his fourth pole position of the season.

The German went early among the contenders for top spot, but weathered every other effort in his wake to return to P1 with a lap of 1min 37.587secs, the best of the weekend as the circuit continues to pick up grip.

Vettel was backed up by Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who had held top spot through the first half of then 10-minute final session before being pipped by the German. Even though he improved on his final run, the Australian could not summon enough to deprive his young colleague, ending the session 0.075secs adrift.

Lewis Hamilton claimed third, but was lucky that no one behind him on the road was on a faster lap after backing his McLaren into turn 17 and blowing any chance of beating Vettel. Fernando Alonso will share row two with his former nemesis, but could not find enough in Ferrari’s development parts to reprise his Friday exploits.

Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, the inaugural Valencia race winner, will start from fifth, lining up inside Robert Kubica, who toppled reigning world champion Jenson Button from sixth with the final lap of the session. Button will share row four with Williams rookie Nico Hulkenberg, the German edging team-mate Rubens Barrichello by virtue of posting his 1min 28.428secs lap earlier than the veteran managed an identical mark. Vitaly Petrov rounds out the top ten.

Qualifying times

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 37.587s

2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 37.662s

3. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 37.969s

4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 38.075s

5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 38.127s

6. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 1m 38.137s

7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 38.210s

8 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 1m 38.428s

9. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 38.428s

10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 38.523s

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Anyway, well done there. Vettel’s such a nice boy

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yeah good qualifying lets hope vettel get a clean race .
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I feel for the Mercedes GP team; 12th and 15th. Must be hard to set it up. Time to start throwing money on next year’s engineering. Go Schumacher 2011, it is going to be a good year, I can feel it.

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What the hell happened to Mercedes?
Where did the genius called Brawn go?

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An S-Class can almost drive itself but the MGP W01’s clearly need more mammalian input. Shumi may have been indoctrinated on fezza’s technocars but House of Prancing Horse is only ahead of Merc by a nose in the F1 tech race & Hamilton has proven that good old-fashioned aggressive driving can still earn pole positions & podium finishes.

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how were mercedes so slow in quali, fp1 and fp2 looked promising

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Vettel for the win.
Hope it’ll be a decent race this year, unlike the other 2 years. Valencia is absolutely crap froma spectators’ point of view.
Hope it gets removed from the calender completely, and put a Russian GP on the calender. Spain already have a GP. They don’t need another one.
How about a European GP in Scandinavia, Poland or France now that Magny Cours has been taen off the calender?
Please, Jean Todt. Listen to what I’m saying. Valencia is crap!

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Congratulation McFIA and HaFIAlton. Another good race of maFIA&Hamilton Team

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what the hell is the whingeing hispanic racsist idiot moaning about now, maybe he should just concentrate on his own poor form eh!

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