Sebastian Vettel secured his first home pole in qualifying for the German Grand Prix although he admitted that the lap which edged out Fernando Alonso to top spot wasn't perfect.

Vettel clinched his third successive pole by just 0.002secs after Alonso had led the way in the first two stages of qualifying, although he admitted to losing time on his fastest lap when he pushed too hard in an effort to get ahead of his rival.

"That was extremely exciting, especially in Q3," he said. "I knew that both times I went out I only had one timed lap, so I had to get it right. It's difficult here, there are some places that can easily lead you into a mistake on this track. If you push too much then you can lose the edge of the tyres and some time.

"My final lap wasn't 100 per cent perfect and there were a couple of places where I went over the limit, which cost me some time. But, in the end, it was enough - although only just - to stay ahead and get the pole. I am extremely happy - thanks to the team. It is the first time I am on pole at home, but the main challenge will come tomorrow."

While Mark Webber made an error on his final flying lap that left him fourth, both Red Bull drivers are firmly in the mix ahead of race day and team boss Christian Horner is confident that the team will be able to score big as it looks to get ahead of McLaren in the title race.

"It was a fantastic lap from Sebastian to get pole at his home race, albeit by the tightest of margins," he said. "Mark was right up there throughout the two qualifying sessions and again the drivers were split by very little. Unfortunately he ran wide at Turn one at the start of his last timed lap, but first and fourth is still a strong team result and it promises to be a good race tomorrow."

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