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Silver Arrows lock out front row in Valencia

August 22nd, 2009

Lewis Hamilton, Europe, 2009Lewis Hamilton scored his first pole position since China last year in qualifying for Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.Team mate Heikki Kovalainen will line up alongside him to make it an all-McLaren front row.

Hamilton had looked good all weekend and despite limited running time in practice managed to secure pole on his first flying lap in Q3. Kovalainen also showed good pace and looked like he could have been fast enough to take pole away from Hamilton but an error on his final lap meant he had to settle for second; Lewis didn’t even bother finishing his final lap and pulled straight in to Parc Ferme.

Hamilton said:

We stand in the best position going into tomorrow for a podium, but it all depends on strategy and the start and how the rest of the race goes.

Rubens Barrichello will start from third next to Sebastian Vettel, who suffered an engine failure in practice, while Championship Leader Jenson Button will start from fifth ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Of the new faces on the grid, Romain Grosjean, who replaced Nelson Piquet Jr at Renault, made it as far as Q2 and 14th while Luca Badoer seemed faster in the pit lane than on the track. The Ferrari test driver was fined four times for speeding in the pit lane but qualified last, nearly two seconds behind rookie Jaime Alguersuari.

With both the KERS equipped McLarens on the front row this looks like the start of a return to form for the Woking squad and a McLaren 1-2 finish on Sunday is a real possibility.

2009 Formula One European Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:39.498
2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 01:39.532
3 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 01:39.563
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 01:39.789
5 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 01:39.821
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:40.144
7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 01:40.185
8 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:40.236
9 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 01:40.239
10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 01:40.512
11 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 01:38.826
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:38.846
13 Timo Glock Toyota 01:38.991
14 Romain Grosjean Renault 01:39.040
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:39.514
16 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 01:39.531
17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 01:39.795
18 Jarno Trulli Toyota 01:39.807
19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:39.925
20 Luca Badoer Ferrari 01:41.413

Image: McLaren

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