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Mark Webber takes pole position for the German Grand Prix - The Red Bull driver secures the top spot in qualifying

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Mark Webber takes pole position for the German Grand Prix
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This is F1Minute - Mark Webber takes pole position for the German Grand Prix.

Qualifying in Germany was completely dry, despite constant forecasts of rain showers. Kamui Kobayashi was the surprise name to drop out in the first session, the Sauber driver joining HRT, Lotus and Virgin at the back of the grid. Tonio Liuzzi qualified 23rd but also gets a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox, so he will be last.

Q2 saw a really close battle between Force India, Mercedes and Williams, all drivers trying their best to get through to the third session. In the end, neither Williams driver made it through, Paul di Resta qualified 12th, with Nick Heidfeld also dropping out in 11th.

Both Mercedes drivers got through to Q3, but Schumacher could not improve on tenth place, Rosberg managed sixth.

At the front, Webber posted a storming lap and then improved on his own time to secure pole position. Lewis Hamilton put in a supreme lap that he oddly described as “comforting” and managed to secure second, leaving Vettel off the front row for the first time this year, lining up third.