Vettel scores pole on mixed afternoon for Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow ‘s European Grand Prix from pole position after proving the class of the field in qualifying around the Valencia Street Circuit.

Vettel’s one-and-only Q3 lap proved 0.32s quicker than the best effort from second-quickest man Lewis Hamilton.

Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will share the second-row of the grid having both spent time at the top of the order in Q3.

Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Robserg, Kamui Kobayashi, Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta rounded out the top 10.

While there were celebrations in Vettel’s half of the Red Bull garage, team-mate Mark Webber will start just 19th after suffering hydraulic issues in Q1.

Local hero Fernando Alonso will also have plenty of work to do in the race after qualifying 11th. Just 0.22s had separated Alonso’s Q2 time from fastest-man Grosjean.

Just 23 drivers had taken part in the earlier Q1 session, with Marussia’s Timo Glock unable to compete due to illness. It is at this stage unclear whether the German will be fit for tomorrow’s race.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.626 1:38.530 1:38.086
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.169 1:38.616 1:38.410
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.825 1:38.570 1:38.475
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.530 1:38.489 1:38.505
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.464 1:38.531 1:38.513
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.061 1:38.504 1:38.623
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.651 1:38.703 1:38.741
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.009 1:38.689 1:38.752
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.622 1:38.563 1:38.801
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.858 1:38.519 1:38.992
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.409 1:38.707
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.447 1:38.770
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.388 1:38.780
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.449 1:39.207
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.353 1:39.358
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:40.087 1:40.295
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.924 1:40.358
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:40.203
19 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.395
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.457
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.171
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.527
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.675
DNS Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth

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