Sebastian Vettel claimed the 22nd pole position of his short F1 career by seeing off his rivals in the final session of qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Vettel, who has been on pole for all bar one of the eight races held so far this season, did enough on his first run, clocking 1min 36.975secs, and then watched as the other top ten contenders either came up short or aborted their final runs.

Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil did not bother to even set a time in the ten-minute shoot-out, but Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber all made concerted challenges to Vettel's supremacy before falling short of the German's benchmark.

Webber did enough on his second run to ensure that it will be an all-Red Bull front row for the race around Valencia's seafront, while Hamilton shares row two with Alonso, as the two Ferrari drives find themselves sandwiched between the two McLarens. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher start seventh and eighth after their possible threat to McLaren failed to materialise.

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