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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel gets pole position for Italian Grand Prix

Associated Press
Sep 07, 2013 at 06:42pm IST

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position after posting the fastest time in qualifying Saturday, while Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fifth straight pole ended in disappointment.

Vettel has won the Italian GP twice and will be hard to stop after securing his 40th career pole in impressive fashion. The three-time defending Formula One champion will share the front row with teammate Mark Webber.

Fernando Alonso needed a strong performance but finished fifth behind his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa and Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, who was a surprising third.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel gets pole position for Italian Grand Prix

Vettel will start the Italian GP from pole position after posting the fastest time in qualifying.

Hamilton placed a lowly 12th in his Mercedes for his worst performance since last year's Spanish GP, while Kimi Raikkonen also recorded his poorest qualifying run of the campaign in 11th.

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