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Vettel denies Webber pole in Melbourne

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2010-03-27

Germany's Sebastian Vettel clocked the fastest time Saturday to deny his Red Bull team-mate and home favourite Mark Webber pole position in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will start in third position.

AFP- Red Bull-Renault's Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position on the starting grid Saturday for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The German beat off his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to take his seventh career F1 pole.

Vettel clocked a fastest lap in the third and final qualifying stage of one minute 23.919 seconds, just 0.116sec ahead of Australian Webber.

Ferrari's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain was third fastest and will start on the inside of the second row of the race grid with reigning world champion Jenson Button.

Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was fifth quickest just ahead of German Mercedes GP driver Nico Rosberg.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in a Mercedes GP will start on the fourth row of the grid alongside Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.

The shock failure in the qualifying session was former world champion Lewis Hamilton, who missed out on the final stage of qualifying.

The British McLaren Mercedes driver was 11th fastest in the second qualifying stage in 1:25.184 and missed out on the top 10 cars into the third and final stage by 0.062secs.

Date created : 2010-03-27

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