Vettel takes pole for home German GP

HOCKENHEIM, Germany, (Reuters) – Red Bull’s  Sebastian Vettel snatched pole position for his home German  Grand Prix yesterday after beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso  by barely the blink of an eye.  

“Yes, baby!” shouted the 23-year-old local favourite, taking  his sixth pole in 11 races and Red Bull’s 10th, after denying  Ferrari their first top slot since 2008 by a mere two  thousandths of a second.  

Vettel’s fastest lap of one minute 13.791 seconds came right  at the end of the session and Alonso, following him, could not  match it. 
 
“It would be interesting to calculate just how much it is,”  Vettel said of the time gap that clinched his third Formula One  pole in succession and first in front of his home fans. 
 
“Two thousandths of a second is not really the margin you  are looking for,” he added.  
“The main challenge will be tomorrow. It will be a tough  fight against the red cars I guess.”  
Brazilian Felipe Massa qualified third for Ferrari, a day  before the first anniversary of the Hungarian Grand Prix  qualifying crash that ended his 2009 season and left him in  hospital with life-threatening head injuries.  
Red Bull’s Australian Mark Webber, winner of three races  this season, was fourth after making a mistake and running wide.  

McLaren’s world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton,  the overall leader, will line up alongside each other on the  third row.

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