Formula One: Vettel on pole for Belgian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after posting the quickest time in his Red Bull in an incident-packed qualifying session in Belgium today.india Updated: Oct 14, 2011 16:55 IST
Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after posting the quickest time in his Red Bull in an incident-packed qualifying session in Belgium on Saturday.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will line up alongside the German world champion on the front row.
Mark Webber in the second Red Bull and the Ferrari of Felipe Massa occupy the second row.
The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg came in fifth with Torro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari in sixth and Rednault's new recruit Bruno Senna in seventh ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Michael Schumacher, celebrating his 20th anniversary since making his Formula One debut, will set off at the rear of the grid after crashing in Q1.
Hamilton set out on Q3 with his car patched up with tape after the 2008 champion was involved in a controversial incident with Williams' Pastor Maldonado who deliberately took a swipe at the Briton's car.
A strategy error cost Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button a place in the top ten after the winner in Hungary last time out trailed in 13th in Q2.
Button explained to the BBC: "It was a misunderstanding.
"I did my first lap and then cooled the tyres not knowing I didn't have any laps left. I was second quickest when I did my lap and then I didn't get another chance. Wow, that is massively disappointing and a huge shock.
"A big mistake on our part. In every practice session we've been in top three. Tough been back in 13th but we've got to deal with it."
First Published: Aug 27, 2011 19:21 IST