Webber to start from pole at the German Grand Prix

Mark Webber upstaged his Red Bull team mate at the Nurburgring on Saturday afternoon to take pole position for the German Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel failed to qualify for the front row of a starting grid for the first time in 15 races.

Webber redefined things on his second Q3 run to lap in 1m 30.079s, and it was Lewis Hamilton who gave McLaren a major fillip by snatching second place with 1m 30.134s. Vettel’s attempt to beat that fell short with 1m 30.216s, leaving him third ahead of Fernando Alonso, whose Ferrari could not quite recapture its Silverstone form as the Spaniard recorded 1m 30.442s for fourth.

Behind them there was a big gap to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on 1m 30.910s, while Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes on 1m 31.263s. Jenson Button lines up seventh after just one troubled run for McLaren yielded only 1m 31.288s.

Adrian Sutil maintained his strong form for Force India with 1m 32.010s, to head Vitaly Petrov’s Renault on 1m 32.187s, as Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes completed the top 10 with 1m 32.482s.

 At the back, Tonio Liuzzi just aced HRT team mate Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 37.011s to 1m 37.036s. But the Italian loses a place after a Friday gearbox change.

Later on Saturday, Buemi had his times from qualifying disallowed after the FIA discovered the fuel in his Toro Rosso did not conform to the regulations. The grid from P16 backwards thus reads: Alguersuari, Kobayashi, Kovalainen, Glock, Chandhok, D’Ambrosio, Ricciardo, Liuzzi and Buemi.

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