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Alonso takes pole in rain delayed qualifying
Saturday 07th July 2012, 15:39 by Ryan Wood
Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso & Mark Webber
Fernando Alonso will start on pole position for the British Grand Prix, his first pole since mid-2010, after a risky lap in the rain.
The Ferrari driver starts ahead of Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher in P2 and P3 respectively.
Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa couldn't match their team-mates and ended up fourth and fifth quickest, whilst Kimi Raikkonen and Pastor Maldonado complete the top seven cars.
Lewis Hamilton will start his home race in eighth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean who failed to set a timed lap after ending up in the gravel at the end of Q2.
Torrential rain halfway through the second session left the stewards with no option but to red flag it. With the downpour continuing for over an hour, the session wasn't restarted until 15:07 (local time), which gave the track a chance to dry.
As the session began, it was Hamilton who took to the conditions best to go quickest, as Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg and Bruno Senna were among those unable to escape the drop-zone.
Jenson Button failed to make it out of the Q1 drop-zone after he missed the best of the conditions earlier in the session. He looked likely to jump up the order on his final lap, but yellow flags, the result of Timo Glock spinning, hampered his progress.
Button starts 18th ahead of the Caterham duo led by Vitaly Petrov, whilst the man who inadvertently ruined Button's lap, starts P21.
Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan will start ahead of Charles Pic who failed to qualify within the 107% time.
2012 British GP Qualifying Results (* = 5 place penalty):
Pos Driver Team Q1 Time Q2 Time Q3 Time 04. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:46.279 1:56.931 1:52.199 02. M. Webber Red Bull 1:47.276 1:55.898 1:51.793 08. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:47.433 1:54.897 1:53.543 18. J. Button McLaren 1:48.044 15. B. Senna Williams 1:47.105 1:57.426 01. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:46.515 1:56.921 1:51.746 05. F. Massa Ferrari 1:47.401 1:56.388 1:53.065 09. N. Hulkenberg* Force India 1:46.344 1:55.556 1:54.382 07. P. Maldonado Williams 1:46.449 1:56.802 1:53.539 12. K. Kobayashi* Sauber 1:46.649 1:57.071 17. S. Perez Sauber 1:46.494 1:57.895 19. V. Petrov Caterham 1:49.027 06. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:47.309 1:56.469 1:53.290 03. M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:46.571 1:55.799 1:52.020 13. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:47.724 1:57.108 10. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:47.043 1:56.388 No Time 16. J. Vergne** Toro Rosso 1:47.705 1:57.719 11. P. di Resta Force India 1:47.582 1:57.009 22. P. de la Rosa HRT 1:52.742 14. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:47.266 1:57.132 20. H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:49.477 24. C. Pic* Marussia 1:54.143 21. T. Glock Marussia 1:51.618 23. N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:53.040 Q1 107% Time: 1:53.718