Vettel Takes Silverstone’s Last Pole

June 20, 2009

Sebastian Vettel snatched pole position at the end of a tense quali three at Silverstone this afternoon.

In the closing stages Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello, and Vettel all put in tremendous hot laps, with Vettel coming out on top, after teammate Webber failed to put in a faster lap to claim his first F1 pole position.

For the British fans, it was a tense afternoon, with Jenson Button almost missing out on making the top 10 shoot-out. For Lewis Hamilton fans, it was even bigger disappointment, after he failed to make it into quali two yet again, after Force India’s Adrian Sutil crashed out in the closing stages of quali one. Lewis had just started his final hot lap, when the session was red flagged with 24 seconds remaining on the clock, as marshalls helped Sutil from his wrecked Force India. Lewis will start from 19th behind Sutil in 18th.

For Button, he managed to make it into quali three, but was out-qualified by teammate Barrichello, and he’ll start tomorrow’s race from 6th on the grid.

Barrichello joins Vettel on the front row, with Webber and Jarno Trulli making up row two. Kazuki Nakajima put his Williams on the third row in front of Button in fifth.

For Ferrari, Felipe Massa will start 11th after he failed to make it into quali three, and Kimi Raikkonen will start from nineth alongside Fernando Alonso in tenth. Heikki Kovalainen continued the disappointment for McLaren and will join the grid in 13th.

For the British fans, they are certainly hoping for something special from Jenson tomorrow as Silverstone hosts what could possibly be its last race in F1, with the British Grand Prix set to be hosted by Donnington Park as of next year.

However the fight between the FIA and FOTA stands, the British fans will be descending on Silverstone for one thing: to see Button take victory in Britain, and make it seven from eight.


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