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Alonso snatches pole in two-part Silverstone qualifying // Qualifying for the British Grand Prix was split into two halves

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Alonso snatches pole in two-part Silverstone qualifying
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We knew the weather was going to play a part in the qualifying action today, but we hadn’t anticipated it playing a role in stopping the action. The first session went smoothly, although all 24 drivers hit the track at the same time - hoping to get a banker lap in - meaning traffic was a bit of an issue. Jenson Button suffered yet more qualifying trouble and dropped out in the first session.

Q2 was a split session as the drivers hit the track once more to get a lap in. Only Bruno Senna remained without a time, when conditions worsened and qualifying was red flagged. After a ninety minute delay, the green flag came out with six minutes of the session remaining. Romain Grosjean spun his Lotus off track and into the gravel right at the end - so that although he’d qualified, he could take no further part.

Q3 ran straight through with no problems, and it was a battle to be on the right tyres and get the most from the track. Fernando Alonso was the last driver to cross the line and he secured pole position, with Mark Webber alongside him on the front row. Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel line up behind them.

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