Sebastian Vettel takes pole at 2012 European F1 Grand Prix

As his world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel will start on pole, Aussie Mark Webber will have to make his way from 19th position after suffering car and traffic problems in qualifying for the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain.

Webber reported a hydraulic problem caused his DRS to not function and could not make it past Q1. The result was his worst qualifying result since the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix.

Alongside Vettel on the front row will be McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton. Behind them will be Williams pilot Pastor Maldonado and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.

Another Lotus will be on row three with Kimi Raikkonen to be next to Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Both Ferrari drivers failed to make Q3. Fernando Alonso will start from 11th while Felipe Massa continues to struggle down in 13th.

Aussie Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo will be directly in front of Webber on the 17th spot on the grid.

The race gets underway at 10pm AEST.

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
01:39.6 01:38.5 01:38.1
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:39.2 01:38.6 01:38.4
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 01:38.8 01:38.6 01:38.5
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 01:39.5 01:38.5 01:38.5
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 01:39.5 01:38.5 01:38.5
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 01:39.1 01:38.5 01:38.6
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 01:39.7 01:38.7 01:38.7
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force
01:39.0 01:38.7 01:38.8
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 01:39.6 01:38.6 01:38.8
10 Paul di Resta Force
01:38.9 01:38.5 01:39.0
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:39.4 01:38.7
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 01:39.4 01:38.8
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:39.4 01:38.8
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 01:39.4 01:39.2
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 01:39.4 01:39.4
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 01:40.1 01:40.3
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 01:39.9 01:40.4
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 01:40.2
19 Mark Webber Red Bull
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 01:40.5
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 01:42.2
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 01:42.5
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 01:42.7
DNS Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth

(Image credit: Getty Images via Red Bull Racing media)

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