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Belgium 2011 - Qualifying results // Red Bull snatch pole position but the session delivers regardless

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Sebastian Vettel staked his claim on yet another pole position, but the dominant Red Bull result belies what was a fascinating and unexpected qualifying session. From the very beginning the action never stopped, with Schumacher finding himself in the gravel and out of Q1, to the middle with Button in the garage and a Hamilton/Maldonado incident, to the end, where it was simply a matter of who could cross the line last.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:48.29822
2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:48.73021
3Mark WebberRed Bull1:49.37623
4Felipe MassaFerrari1:50.25621
5Nico RosbergMercedes1:50.55223
6Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso1:50.77324
7Bruno SennaRenault1:51.12124
8Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:51.25122
9Sergio PérezSauber1:51.37424
10Vitaly PetrovRenault1:52.30323
11Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso2:04.69218
12Kamui KobayashiSauber2:04.75718
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren2:05.15015
14Rubens BarrichelloWilliams2:07.34917
15Adrian SutilForce India2:07.77712
16Heikki KovalainenLotus2:08.35415
17Paul di RestaForce India2:07.7588
18Jarno TrulliLotus2:08.7738
19Timo GlockVirgin2:09.5669
20Jérôme D'AmbrosioVirgin2:11.6019
21Pastor Maldonado *Williams2:08.10617
22Tonio LiuzziHRT2:11.6169
23Daniel RicciardoHRT2:13.0779
24Michael SchumacherMercedesNo Time1

Q1 107% time - 2:10.339

Note: Jérôme D'Ambrosio, Tonio Liuzzi and Daniel Ricciardo all set Q1 times outside the 107% cutoff. Michael Schumacher did not set a time in Q1. All four drivers were cleared to race by the FIA, however.

* Pastor Maldonado originally qualified 16th but was handed a five place grid penalty after a post-Q2 collision with Lewis Hamilton.

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