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Sebastian Vettel secures 9th pole position of 2011 // Vettel reigns supreme at Spa, whilst drivers struggle with the rain

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Sebastian Vettel secures 9th pole position of 2011
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This is F1Minute - Vettel achieves 9th pole position in Belgium.

A chaotic qualifying session at Spa began with a damp but drying track. Michael Schumacher only managed to complete one lap when he spun into the barriers and out of the session. He didn’t set a time and thus qualified last. With the track getting faster and faster, three drivers fell foul of the 107% cutoff time - both HRT drivers and Jérôme D’Ambrosio, at his home race.

Paul di Resta was out in Q1 as well, after the team called him in, believing him to be safe, but the times tumbled. The same thing happened in Q2 for Jenson Button, when McLaren called him in to save a lap and he dropped to 13th place.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado were battling on track, even after Q2 had ended, and they collided, leaving the McLaren mechanics with work to do.

It didn’t stop Hamilton qualifying second, behind a supreme Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber was third, with Felipe Massa fourth for Ferrari - Fernando Alonso could only manage 8th. Bruno Senna outqualified his teammate on his first outing in the Renault this year starting 7th, whilst Jaime Alguersuari also did well, qualifying 6th.