European GP qualifying: Vettel still unstoppable

As if it was ever in doubt, Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s European Grand Prix from pole position, after inching out teammate Mark Webber in a straightforward qualifying session in Valencia. Just behind the two Red Bulls, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso fill out the second row of the grid, with Felipe Massa taking a decent fifth and Jenson Button a disappointing sixth. Rosberg, Schumacher, Heidfeld and Sutil also made it into the top ten.

There was talk before the session that this could be the end of Red Bull’s qualifying dominance, with a new rule that prohibits changing the cars’ engine mapping between qualifying and the race brought into play. But even that wasn’t enough to stop the finger-wagging German, who’s now half way to equalling Nigel Mansell’s world record of 14 pole positions in a single season.

So, who’s going to win it? With passing tricky on Valencia’s winding streets, another Vettel walkover looks pretty much inevitable. But with two world champions right behind him (one of whom we’ve heard doesn’t shy away from a tangle), could the blonde bombshell be pressured into another race-ruining error when the lights go out? Have a chew over the full qualifying results, then drop us a comment to let us know how you reckon it’s going to go down tomorrow. Oh, and don’t miss our live blog of the race, starting at 12.30pm tomorrow.

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Felipe Massa
6. Jenson Button
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Nick Heidfeld
10. Adrian Sutil
11. Vitaly Petrov
12. Paul Di Resta
13. Rubens Barrichello
14. Kamui Kobayashi
15. Pastor Maldonado
16. Sergio Perez
17. Sebastien Buemi
18. Jaime Alguersuari
19. Heikki Kovalainen
20. Jarno Trulli
21. Timo Glock
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi
23. Jerome d’Ambrosio
24. Narain Karthikeyan

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