Alonso slides his way to pole

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Updated: July 8, 2012

Spaniard Fernando Alonso slid and splashed through atrocious conditions to hand Ferrari their first Formula One pole since 2010 in a rain-delayed British Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

The championship leader, last year’s winner at Silverstone, was joined on the front row by Red Bull’s AustralianMark Webber – also his closest rival in the standings after eight of 20 races.

The pole was Ferrari’s first since Alonso started the Singapore Grand Prix from the top slot on the grid in September 2010, 31 races ago.

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher qualified third fastest for Mercedes, despite having the wrong visor on at one point and seeing very little, with fellow German Sebastian Vettel, the reigning champion, alongside for Red Bull.

QUALIFYING RESULTS
1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:51.746
2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:51.793
3. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:52.020
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:52.199
5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:53.065
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:53.290
7. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:53.539
8. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:53.543
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:54.382
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault