World champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position of the season as McLaren locked out the front row of the grid for Sunday’s European Formula One Grand Prix in Valencia. The Briton, fresh from winning his first race of the season last time out in Hungary, posted a time of one minute 38.498 seconds to beat team-mate Heikki Kovalainen to top spot by less than a tenth of a second.
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Red Bull 1-2 as Vettel claims British GP
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel led home Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to claim an impressive victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday. Vettel’s second success of the season leaves him 25 points behind world championship leader Jenson Button — who disappointed the home fans by finishing down in sixth place, the position he started from on the grid. Button’s Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished behind the dominant Red Bulls in third place, to close to within 23 points of Button in the world drivers’ standings, with Vettel breathing down the Brazilian’s neck.
Button dominance continues with Turkey win
Jenson Button continued his domination of the current Formula One season by taking the Turkish GP in Istanbul, his sixth victory in seven races, to move a step closer to clinching his maiden world title. A mistake from Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello and an error from pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull allowed the Briton to cruise to the line for a comfortable success
Vettel claims pole position for Turkish GP
Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul to deny Jenson Button a hat-trick of starts from top spot on the grid. The German Red Bull driver left it until the final hot lap of the closing 10-minute qualifying session to demote championship leader Button down to second, with Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello back in third position. It is the third pole of the 21-year-old’s career, with both his victories to date coming from the front of the grid, in Italy last year and China this season
Button claims pole for F1 new boys Brawn GP
Britain’s Jenson Button claimed pole position for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne — leading a sweep of the front row for Formula One new boys Brawn GP. Button edged out teammate Rubens Barrichello of Brazil by three hundredths of a second to claim the fourth pole of his stop start career. But Saturday’s qualifying provided little cheer for reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who will start 15th on the grid as his McLaren again struggled for pace.