Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix, after a typically competitive final phase of qualifying around the quick Istanbul Park circuit.

The German set the fastest time of the ten-minute shoot-out session after the chequered flag had waved, denying points leader Jenson Button in the process, after the Briton had earlier done the same to the second Red Bull of Mark Webber. The Brawn driver had trumped Webber by almost two tenths and looked to be heading towards another pole, only for Vettel to summon up a late effort to claim top spot by 0.11secs.

Webber's hopes of starting directly behind his team-mate were dented by Rubens Barrichello, who popped up into second spot while Vettel was on his final lap and ultimately claimed third, while Jarno Trulli had to settle for fifth after an early challenge.

Ferrari, which had shown potential in FP3, ended up in sixth and seventh - with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of three-time race winner Felipe Massa, with Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica rounding out the top ten ahead of the respective fuel weights being published.

Full report and results to follow...


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