German F1: Fernando Alonso takes pole position image

Championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari mastered the treacherous Hockenheim thunderstorms to qualify on pole position for the German Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver managed a time of one minute 40.621 seconds for the 4,574 kilometre-long Hockenheim course, to beat defending champion Sebastian Vettel into second place by 0.405 seconds.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber were second and third fastest, respectively, although Webber drops down five places on the starting grid because of an unscheduled gearbox change.
Michael Schumacher of Mercedes will start in third place.

Alonso, who has 22 poles in his career to go with 29 wins, clearly didn’t enjoy driving his Ferrari on Saturday’s water-logged circuit — despite taking pole.

“It wasn’t fun for sure,” the Spaniard said.

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