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Vettel on Valencia pole

Sebastian Vettel heads Red Bull 1-2 in European GP qualifying.
Sebastian Vettel defied the suggestion that Red Bull Racing would not be the fastest team at the European Grand Prix by claiming pole position on the Valencia street circuit.

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 ten-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.

Full report and times to follow....



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Alan D - Unregistered

June 26, 2010 2:24 PM

I'm now starting to find Vettel's finger seriously annoying. Its only qualifying and he stuck his finger up at least eight times. Its stopped being a celebration. Its now become an irritating trademark, and I can see Vettel fans complaining if any other driver ever sticks a finger up. Maybe Webber starting from second can stick two fingers up as he beats Vettel into the first corner.

107SS2009

June 26, 2010 2:31 PM

People who are allergic to SV’S finger should keep a good distance away from him and even then should watch their behind especially if they drop something and have to bend down to pick it up.



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