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Vettel claims Australian GP pole

Sebastian Vettel showed that he means business down under by blitzing the top ten shoot-out in qualifying for the Australian GP.
Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in dominant fashion, blitzing the McLarens and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in the process.

After Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button set the early benchmark, Vettel produced a lap of 1min 23.529secs to put the issue beyond doubt, lapping almost a second clear of the 2008 world champion. To underline his position at the front, when Webber crossed the line on his first flying lap, he was fully eight-tenths off the pace, albeit in second place.

Vettel's subsequent attempts failed to lower the target time, but it was always out of reach, even though Hamilton improved to second - despite a KERS failure - denying Red Bull Racing a 1-2 lock-out on the grid. Webber survived a late assault from Button to give the first two rows a symmetrical look, while Fernando Alonso had to make do with fifth, despite his split times suggesting better was on the cards for Ferrari.

Vitaly Petrov ensured that Renault had a representative in the top ten, his sixth spot highlighting the disappointing performance of team-mate Nick Heidfeld, while Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Kamui Kobayashi and Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top ten. Massa's woeful session continued with a turn one spin that all but ended his chances of improving on eighth, while Kobayashi was unable to repeat his earlier performances as the pace hotted up.

Full report and times to follow....

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March 26, 2011 7:20 AM

so now we have some FACTS to comment on. those know it alls didn't know as much as they thought! not going to mention names :) Vettel is quickest as most suspected, but McLaren and Hamilton showed their class and put it on P2. Webber is probably kicking his sheep at the back of the pits somewhere seeing his team mate so far ahead of him with the same equipment. and Button wasn't too far behind. what happened to Ferrari and Teflonso? ... not too good eh? Massa is finished full stop and Schumi should join him after failing in Q2. so what are all the McLaren/Hamilton haters going to say now? the 'Dog' is out the kennel and the 'talent-less' Hamilton is on the front row even with his Kers failure! finally well done to Petrov, really pleased for him. Heidfield... no comment! bring on the race!!!

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