Vettel gets homeland pole by a smidgen in Germany

Vettel gets homeland pole by a smidgen in Germany

Sebastien Vettel got the pole he wanted in his home race at Hockenheimring but he took it over Fernando Alonso by only two-thousandths of a second. The Red Bull driver made it a hat trick, achieving another impressive performance this season. Of...

Sebastien Vettel got the pole he wanted in his home race at Hockenheimring but he took it over Fernando Alonso by only two-thousandths of a second. The Red Bull driver made it a hat trick, achieving another impressive performance this season. Of the six Germans in the field, Vettel was the one who secured the top spot, with a lap time of 1.13.791.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing.
Photo by xpb.cc.

"It is the first time I am on pole at home!" Vettel was pleased to get his third pole in a row, but admitted that the Ferraris were very close behind. "We had to push very hard...it was very exciting. "My last run was not 100% perfect but I'm extremely happy."

Today's Formula One qualifying saw a battle for the pole between the Red Bull Renaults and the Ferrari teams as their drivers took the top two rows for Sunday's German Grand Prix. However Felipe Massa turned the tables on Vettel's teammate, besting Mark Webber by 0.057 seconds!

Alonso had his own personal achievement in today's session, and landed a second place position for the grid tomorrow, this being his first time on the front row this season. The Spaniard described it as a "Massive step forward for the team. ...We are in a way surprised to be that close."

"I am happy to be back on the front row after such a long time!", added Alonso.

Webber failed to keep up with the pace, after running wide on his last lap, which ended his qualifying session and left him in fourth place. The Australian described how he couldn't compete with the pace of the Ferrari's and "Lost position to Felipe" before he praised his team mate's flying lap, to grab another Red Bull win in qualifying over McLaren: "Seb did a good job for pole."

With the dry track conditions and no rain to interfere, it was very a close competition for the front-runners. Each driver in the top ten, had a gap of 1.6seconds between them.

In terms of Drivers' and Constructors' competition, McLaren are still ahead of Red Bull, in the fight for the top spots. In their attempts to increase their lead, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were hoping to close the gap on their rivals in qualifying. However, both drivers still seem unable to find good enough pace to do so.

It was defending World Champion, Button, who impressed of the two British drivers. He surprisingly out qualified his team mate, for the fourth time this season, to land fifth place on the grid ahead of Hamilton.

After struggling in Friday practice, and having made changes for qualifying, Jenson felt the team have "Definitely made a step forward." And he admitted after todays close times that being "fifth on the grid, anything can happen".

The rest of the top ten were: Robert Kubica, Rubens Barrichello, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

Barrichello demonstrated how the Williams team seem to be improving throughout the season. He managed to qualify in eighth position for the race. "I think the team has done a good job to bring even more things for here and I'm quite happy. Hockenheim is still in my memory as a good place." The German Grand Prix is a race close to his heart, with it being the track he gained his first win in Formula One at.

Outside of the top ten did not seem a good day for some drivers and teams. The seven time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, just missed getting through to Q3, and will start from eleventh place for Mercedes.

Fellow German for Force India, Adrian Sutil also suffered in qualifying, and faced a five-place drop because of a gearbox change. Sutil will now start from nineteenth on the grid. His team mate, Vitantonio Liuzzi also had a tough time, after crashing into the pit wall in Q1, which ended the session for seven minutes. The Italian ran wide on Turn 17, which sent him off the track and into the wall. He escaped from the crash unhurt, but will start from twenty-second place as a result.

Virgin Racing driver, Timo Glock narrowly missed a flying wheel, which came off Liuzzi's car as the crash occurred. Glock like Sutil, will also be demoted five places, as his car will also have a gearbox change. This will put him twenty-third on the grid, just ahead of Force India's Liuzzi.

Among the smaller and new teams in the field, it was Lotus who came out on top of their rivals. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, managed to qualify eighteenth and seventeenth, respectively, ahead of the Hispania Racing and Virgin Racing teams.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Heikki Kovalainen , Vitantonio Liuzzi , Robert Kubica , Timo Glock , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil , Nico Hulkenberg
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , McLaren , Force India , Williams , Virgin Racing