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Webber claims second successive pole ahead of Hamilton

Mark Webber edged Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position in qualifying Saturday for the German Formula One Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, who also took pole for the British GP at Silverstone two weeks ago, registered a time of 1 minute, 30.079 seconds for the 5.148—kilometre Nuerburgring circuit.

“My form has been getting a bit better in the last few races and the track has not been bad to me in the past,” said the Australian, who also claimed pole here last year.

“I don’t think I could have got much more out of it. It’s very satisfying.” Hamilton clocked 1:30.134 minutes and was delighted with his place on the front row of the grid, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third in the second Red Bull.

“We definitely, and I definitely underestimated how good the car is,” said Hamilton. “It was one of the happiest and most comfortable laps I’ve ever had.” Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth, with Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes sixth.

Jenson Button qualified a disappointing seventh, over a second slower than team—mate Hamilton, with Adrian Sutil, Vitaly Petrov and Michael Schumacher completing the top 10.

It was the third pole of the season for Webber after also qualifying for the Spanish GP on May 22, with runaway championship leader Vettel at the front of the grid for the seven other races.

Vettel, who has won six of the nine races so far this season, leads the drivers’ standings with 204 points, followed by Webber on 124, Alonso on 112, and Hamilton and Button on 109.

“It’s not really a disappointment, I would like to be a bit further up,” said the reigning world champion after failing to qualify on the first row for the first time this eseason.

“All in all, there wasn’t much missing to Lewis and to Mark. If it’s dry we have a very good chance.”

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