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Barcelona dishes up an unpredictable front row - Hamilton takes his third pole position of the year

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Qualifying in Spain was a stop-start affair, with bursts of action punctuated by extended periods of quiet. The first two sessions began with a good few minutes with no cars on track, whilst the final shootout for pole started with just Sebastian Vettel all by himself.

The first twenty minute period was notable for Narain Karthikeyan not setting a time within the cutoff, and for Bruno Senna - hustling to get out of the drop zone - losing control of the car and ending his session in the gravel.

Q2 featured Mark Webber believing he had done enough to get through to the top ten but gradually dropping down the order and then out. He finished the day 12th, with Jenson Button just ahead of him in 11th. The McLaren driver had spent all day complaining a bout the balance of the car and it was enough to see him drop out early.

The final top ten had three drivers not setting a time - Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi. Lewis Hamilton set a storming pole position, but beside him on the front row, the real surprise, Pastor Maldonado.