Sebastian Vettel on Saturday kept his championship dream alive by putting his Red Bull on pole position for the Turkish grand prix.

Sebastian Vettel on Saturday kept his championship dream alive by putting his Red Bull on pole position for the Turkish grand prix.

The German, 28 points behind Jenson Button in the drivers' standings, pipped the championship leader to the front of the first row at the Istanbul Park circuit.

"If early season form is anything to go by, the Red Bulls are lighter than we are but we will have to see," Ross Brawn, referring to the fact that the FIA will publish the cars' qualifying weights later on, told the BBC.

Vettel's teammate Mark Webber is fourth, just behind Rubens Barrichello's Brawn. The Ferraris are sixth and seventh, with the winner of the last three Turkish grands prix, Felipe Massa, behind the sister red car.

Vettel was also fastest in the Q1 and Q2 segments.

"After my engine problems yesterday, I was confident we could do something today," he said. "The last couple of races have not gone our way but finally we are ahead of the white-car guys!"

In total contrast, it was an awful session for reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was slower than his teammate and eliminated in the initial Q1 session.

"It's the car, it just got slower and slower throughout the weekend as the track has got hotter," the McLaren driver said.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:27.330 1:27.016 1:28.316 17
2 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:27.355 1:27.230 1:28.421 22
3 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:27.371 1:27.418 1:28.579 19
4 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:27.466 1:27.416 1:28.613 20
5 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:27.529 1:27.195 1:28.666 24
6 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.556 1:27.387 1:28.815 24
7 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.508 1:27.349 1:28.858 23
8 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:27.988 1:27.473 1:29.075 20
9 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:27.517 1:27.418 1:29.191 27
10 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:27.788 1:27.455 1:29.357 20
11 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:27.795 1:27.521   16
12 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:27.691 1:27.629   20
13 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:28.160 1:27.795   18
14 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.199 1:28.207   18
15 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:28.278 1:28.391   18
16 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.318     9
17 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:28.582     8
18 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:28.708     12
19 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:28.717     11
20 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:28.918     9

 

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