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Red Bull one-two in Valencia qualifying

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Saturday 25th June, 2011 - 11:13pm

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Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for the European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for the European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel has dominated qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain.

The Red Bull Racing ace set a time of 1m36.975s, nearly 0.2s ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber, who will start from second position.

Webber’s final lap of qualifying set the fastest time in the final sector, but it wasn’t enough to displace the reigning world champion.

Vettel himself was on an even faster lap on his final tour, but when Webber and home-town hero Fernando Alonso were unable to get near his time, Vettel pulled out of trying to go even faster.

To rub salt into their wounds, Vettel was on top in the first two qualifying sessions and will start as a clear favourite for the race.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start from third place ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso and his red team-mate Felipe Massa.

Jenson Button (McLaren) was disappointing in sixth place ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

Renault’s Nick Heidfeld and a surprise Adrian Sutil (Force India) was 10th.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.116 1:37.305 1:36.975 15
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:39.956 1:38.058 1:37.163 19
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.244 1:37.727 1:37.380 13
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.725 1:37.930 1:37.454 20
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.413 1:38.566 1:37.535 20
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.453 1:37.749 1:37.645 14
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.266 1:38.373 1:38.231 15
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.198 1:38.365 1:38.240 18
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:39.877 1:38.781 17
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.329 1:39.034 14
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.690 1:39.068 14
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.852 1:39.422 16
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:39.602 1:39.489 19
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.131 1:39.525 17
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:39.690 1:39.645 10
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.494 1:39.657 13
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:39.679 1:39.711 8
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:40.232 5
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:41.664 10
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:42.234 9
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.553 9
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:43.584 10
23 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.735 6
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:44.363 9

Click below to view Speedcafe.com’s Valencia Race Guide

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