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Vettel snatches seventh pole in Hungary

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Vettel snatches seventh pole in Hungary

Sebastian Vettel grabbed his seventh Fomula One pole of the season out of twelve races so far. The German outqualified his teammate, Mark Webber, by three and a half tenths of a second, and made it an all-Red Bull front row for the Hungarian...

Sebastian Vettel grabbed his seventh Fomula One pole of the season out of twelve races so far. The German outqualified his teammate, Mark Webber, by three and a half tenths of a second, and made it an all-Red Bull front row for the Hungarian Grand Prix tomorrow.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing.
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Vettel was thrilled to secure his fourth pole position in a row. "It was a very good day for us," he said. "We're pushing hard to finish first and second. Didn't have a smooth run in Q2, had a lot of confidence in Q3. I'm happy again to be on pole."

Despite their in-team battle for the top spot which came close in Q3, Webber just missed out to his team mate on the final flying lap.

"Seb deserved pole today," he admitted. "It wasn't my day today. We knew it was going to be tight for both of us. We can only go forwards".

The closest man on the track today, to the dominant Red Bull drivers was Fernando Alonso, who qualified just behind in third place for Ferrari.

"We found a big gap between Red Bull and us -- they dominate," said Alonso. "Hopefully tomorrow we can make it a difficult race for them".

The Spaniard's teammate, Felipe Massa, was quite behind him on the timesheets, but managed fourth place ahead of the race tomorrow.

The biggest shock of today's qualifying came for reigning World Champion, Jenson Button, who ended up missing the top ten shootout, and starts from eleventh place on the grid. Button was making a positive start to the race weekend in practice, but he just did not have enough pace in the car today.

"Not on the pace of a couple of the teams," he rued his result. "Just didn't have the grip".

Button's fellow McLaren driver, Lewis Hamilton, had a totally different qualifying session. Although he could not quite compete with the Red Bull and Ferrari teams, Hamilton was not too far behind, and will start from fifth position.

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing.
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Nico Rosberg was on form round the Hungaroring today, as he beat his teammate and seven times World Champion, Michael Schumacher, into the top ten and got sixth place. Schumacher had a disappointing run and only achieved fourteenth place in the other Mercedes.

Both Renault drivers converted their impressive performance in practice, and of the two, it was Vitaly Petrov, who got the higher grid position. The young Russian outqualified his team mate, Robert Kubica, for the first time this season and landed himself seventh, with Kubica in eighth place.

Pedro de la Rosa also had a good qualifying session, and got ninth position for BMW Sauber, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who rounds off the top ten for Williams.

Outside of the main grid positions, Virgin Racing won the battle between the new teams in Formula One. Timo Glock showed his best and will start from nineteenth place. He is just ahead of the two Lotus drivers, his Virgin Racing team mate, Lucas Di Grassi, which leaves Hispania Racing at the back of the pack.

As the lights go out for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix, all eyes will be on polesitter Sebastian Vettel, to see if he can transfer his dominance in qualifying into a race win.

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