Sebastian Vettel on Pole for Belgian Grand Prix 2011

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Lewis Hamilton tore around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the third round of qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix, bouncing over kerbs as he vied for pole position.

However, he could not beat the classy performance of Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing who cruised his way to pole position almost one second ahead of his team mate, Mark Webber. The Red Bull Racing team were ecstatic to have both cars in the top three of the Belgian Grand Prix grid, Vettel saying “that’s the way to do it!” as he cooled the tyres following the fastest lap of the day.

Following the results, Jenson Button explained that he fell to thirteenth after wrongly expecting another lap during Q2. Visibly upset at the loss of what he judged to be a good chance, he said that starting outside the top ten would be “tough”. Likewise Paul di Resta was the victim of poor judgement when the team called him into the pits. He was subsequently beaten into eighteenth.

It is expected that all cars will be allowed to compete in Sunday’s race.

Full Results from Qualifying

Position Driver Team
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP
6 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari
7 Bruno Senna Renault
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9 Sergio Perez Sauber
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault
11 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth
17 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault
18 Paul Di Resta Force India-Mercedes
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth
21 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania-Cosworth
23 Daniel Ricciardo Hispania-Cosworth
24 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP

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