Sebastian Vettel maintained a 100 per cent qualifying record in the 2010 Formula One season after claiming pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne's Albert Park.

The German, who also annexed top spot in Bahrain two weeks ago, produced a scintillating - if slightly ragged - flying lap to topple Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber from top spot, taking the benchmark time for the weekend down to 1min 23.919secs. He subsequently failed to improve on that with a second flying effort later in the ten-minute session, but had already done enough and didn't need to find any more.

Webber, having stolen German GP pole in 2009, got a taste of his own medicine by being restricted to second spot, but will line up ahead of Bahrain race winner Fernando Alonso as Red Bull underlined its position as fastest team in F1. The local favourite was just over a tenth slower than his team-mate, with a similar margin back to the best of the Ferraris.

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Alonso will share row two with Jenson Button after the world champion carried the flag for McLaren and improved by a place on his second run, pipping Felipe Massa in the process as the Brazilian improved on earlier sessions but still trailed by a bigger margin that he would have liked. Massa was nearly a full second off Vettel's pole pace, and will line up alongside Nico Rosberg, who again won the Mercedes battle by edging team-mate Michael Schumacher by the smallest of margins.

Rubens Barrichello did well to put the leading Williams into eighth, ahead of Bahrain top ten qualifiers Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil, who battled over ninth place once the German made a belated appearance.

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