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Sebastian Vettel secures pole position in Valencia // Engine mapping concerns are brushed away in qualifying

Published by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel secures pole position in Valencia
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Any doubts that Sebastian Vettel would not be able to continue his qualifying domination due to engine mapping rules, were brushed away today, when the German secured his seventh pole position of the season so far. It was a worrying start to proceedings for his teammate Mark Webber, as he only just managed to squeeze through Q1, but by the end of qualifying he was up to second.

Jaime Alguersuari was the name to drop out in the first session instead, although teammate Sébastien Buemi only qualified just one place ahead of him. The 107% rule was not an issue today,.

Q2 was red flagged briefly when Pastor Maldonado’s Williams came to an abrupt halt. He managed to qualify 15th, but the engineers are still looking into the cause of the problem.

Vitaly Petrov and Paul di Resta did not make it through to the final top ten shootout, whereas Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil did, although neither of them set a time in Q3.

With Red Bull locking out the front row, Lewis Hamilton managed to squeeze in ahead of both Ferraris, Alonso ahead, whilst Jenson Button qualified sixth.




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