F1: Vettel Takes Belgian Grand Prix Pole

Sebastian-Vettel-2011Sebastian Vettel put himself in a good position to break a mini dry spell in the ongoing Formula One 2011 season as the reigning world champion and Red Bull driver slipped past rival Lewis Hamilton of McLaren for pole position during Saturday’s Belgian Grand Prix qualifying round.

Vettel, who has not won a race since taking six of the first eight events of the season, clocked in at 1 minute 48.298 seconds in the later parts of the qualifying to zoom ahead of Hamilton’s 1m 48.730s. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber took third place to give their team a good chance of grabbing two of the three podium places in Sunday’s race.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa qualified a surprising fourth, while Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg claimed the No.5 place on the grid. Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari qualified a career-best sixth ahead of Bruno Senna in a Renault. Former world champion Fernando Alonso struggled to eighth place while Sauber’s Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov of Renault rounded out the top 10.