Vettel snatches last gasp pole position

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel

In a last gasp run, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for his home Grand Prix in Germany.

The Red Bull Racing driver had a session-long fight with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, ousting Alonso out of the top spot on his final qualifying lap.

The pair was easily the fastest of the Formula One pack, setting lap times almost half a second faster than next best Felipe Massa.

It was a solid turn around in form for Massa, who will start the race at Hockenheim tomorrow alongside Australian Mark Webber who could only manage fourth place. Webber’s final shot at setting a fast lap was compromised in the first sector.

Sharing the third row will be the McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. It is only the second time this season that Button has outqualified Hamilton.

Robert Kubica (Renault), Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Mico Hulkenberg (Williams) round out the top 10.

Michael Schumacher would have been in the top 10, only to be bumped out of the final session by Hulkenberg on his last lap of the second session.

Vitantonio Luizzi was eliminated in the first round of qualifying due to an incident.

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Qualifying; German Formula One Grand Prix

1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:15.152 1:14.249 1:13.791
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.808 1:14.081 1:13.793
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.216 1:14.478 1:14.290
4 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:15.334 1:14.340 1:14.347
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.823 1:14.716 1:14.427
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.505 1:14.488 1:14.566
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:15.736 1:14.835 1:15.079
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:16.398 1:14.698 1:15.109
9 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:16.178 1:15.018 1:15.179
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.387 1:14.943 1:15.339
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:16.084 1:15.026
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.951 1:15.084
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:16.521 1:15.307
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.220 1:15.467
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.450 1:15.550
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:16.664 1:15.588
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:16.029 1:15.974
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.583
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.300
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.343
21 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:18.592
22 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:18.952
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:19.844
24 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth

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