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Alonso claims German GP pole

21 July 2012

Fernando Alonso repeated his British Grand Prix qualifying performance by again beating Red Bull to pole position in wet conditions at Hockenheim.

The Spaniard was the last of the big guns on track in a rain-soaked third session an d, even though he didn't have to improve on his final run as those around him had already fallen short, even if they improved their personal best times, posted a 1min 40.621secs benchmark to extend his advantage to around four-tenths of a second.

Alonso will share the front row of the German GP grid with local favourite Sebastian Vettel, who pipped RBR team-mate Mark Webber by four-tenths with his final lap, but the Australian will not be lining up behind them, as he incurred a five-place gearbox penalty prior to FP3 and will drop to eighth. That promotes Michael Schumacher - who only just survived Q1 - to the inside of row two, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in what turned out to be a decent session for home talent.

Pastor Maldonado, fastest for Williams in Friday afternoon's wet session, will start fifth, alongside Jenson Button, who finally got the better of McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying in 2012 after the latter was forced to compromise his final flying effort. Hamilton will start seventh, with Webber slotting in ahead of Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen.

Full times and report to follow....


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