Red Bull strike back with front-row lockout

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole for tomorrow's European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole for tomorrow's European Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing has struck back in today’s qualifying session at Valencia, with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix.

Vettel edged out his team-mate Mark Webber – the pair running the F-Duct aerodynamic system for the first time in qualifying conditions.

Australian Webber held the top spot late in the third qualifying segment but Vettel pulled out a stunning time (1m37.587s) to take the top spot.

Behind the two Red Bull stars is world championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who put his McLaren third ahead of Ferrari’s home town hero Fernando Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa.

Renault’s Robert Kubica took a solid sixth ahead of Jenson Button (McLaren), the Williams pair of Nico Hulkenburg and Rubens Barrichello and the second Renualt entry of Vitaly Petrov rounding out the top 10.

The biggest disappointment of the session was Mercedes. Nico Rosberg will start 12th while team-mate Michael Schumacher is down in 15th.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:38.324 1:38.015 1:37.587
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:38.549 1:38.041 1:37.662
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.697 1:38.158 1:37.969
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.472 1:38.179 1:38.075
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.657 1:38.046 1:38.127
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1:38.132 1:38.062 1:38.137
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.360 1:38.399 1:38.210
8 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:38.843 1:38.523 1:38.428
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:38.449 1:38.326 1:38.428
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.004 1:38.552 1:38.523
11 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:39.096 1:38.586
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:38.752 1:38.627
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.021 1:38.851
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:38.969 1:38.884
15 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:38.994 1:39.234
16 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.003 1:39.264
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:39.128 1:39.458
18 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.343
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:40.658
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:40.882
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.086
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.140
23 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:42.600
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:42.851

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