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Vettel Pole After Action Packed Spa Qualifying

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Saturday’s qualifying session finally delivered some of Spa's famous driving, and some very interesting accidents and position shuffles.

The practice sessions over the past two days have failed to deliver anything more than a brief shock in fans; they have been quite frankly boring.

A mere one and a half minutes in Michael Schumacher decided to spice up qualifying with a heart stopping crash, not the way he would have wanted to start his race tomorrow, from 24th (subject to change if others are penalised). Although it is not known what caused the crash Schumacher said on his radio it was “something unexpected, I'm out.”

Another shock came at the end of the session when Paul Di Resta became subject to the first of many team miscommunications and was knocked out by none other than Team Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen, much to the disappointment of teammate Jarno Trulli.

Toro Rosso drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi appeared to have itchy feet today being the first cars out in most sessions. It paid off massively for Alguersuari who managed a spectacular sixth position with Buemi narrowly missing out in 11th.

The surprise knock out in Q2 was Jenson Button who has retired from the past two years at the circuit. A miscommunication with the team lead him to be in the pits and subject to the drop zone, he will start tomorrow in 13th.

Following Button's knockout came a bump to the other McLaren of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton who was on a hot lap to get himself out of 12th nudged Pastor Maldonado out of the way to cross the line first, Maldonado then drove into the side of Hamilton, the stewards are looking into the situation.

With gaffa tape holding his car together Hamilton qualified a great second, with Sebastian Vettel a not so surprising pole, and his teammate birthday boy Mark Webber in third. Shocks of the top ten are Felipe Massa fourth, Alguersuari sixth, Bruno Senna as very special seventh on his debut for Renault and Fernando Alonso a meagre eighth.

Such a mixed up grid means the race is going to be exciting.

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