Vettel on Valencia Pole

Updated: June 24, 2012

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards becoming Formula One’s first repeat winner of the season after qualifying on pole position for Sunday’s European Grand Prix for the third year in a row.

The 24-year-old double world champion whooped with joy over the team radio after beating McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to the top slot with a best time of one minute 38.086 seconds in the Valencia heat.

His 33rd career pole lifted Vettel to equal third place with four times champion Alain Prost and the late Jim Clarkin the sport’s all-time records.

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1:38.086
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1:38.410
3. Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1:38.475
4. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1:38.505
5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus 1:38.513
6. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:38.623
7. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1:38.741
8. Nico Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1:38.752
9. Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren 1:38.801
10. Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India 1:38.992