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British Grand Prix: Alonso takes pole in rain affected qualifying

| 08.07.2012

Fernando Alonso was the fastest in the morning practice session and it was he who took pole position for the British Grand Prix for the third time in his career, and he is 9/4 to take the chequered flag first on Sunday afternoon.

The Spaniard is perfectly placed to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship after securing Ferrari’s first pole in 36 races in a qualifying session dominated by the conditions and aquaplaning at Silverstone.

Ferrari’s other driver also performed well scoring a place on the third row in fifth and Felipe Massa will believe he has a chance to win a first race of the season at 20/1.

Jenson Button had a nightmare session at his home Grand Prix as he crashed out in Q3 after posting a poor time and being affected by a yellow flag on his final lap, meaning he will start 18th on the grid and priced at 33/1 for an unlikely win.

Lewis Hamilton was expected to attack the front row of the grid but he ended up in eighth position and the 14/1 shot will have a difficult task to win from the fourth row.

Fellow Brit Paul Di Resta exited the session in Q2 and he is 100/1 to win his first Grand Prix this time out.

Mark Webber is 7/2 to win on Sunday after he produced a great lap that saw him just miss out on pole with only four tenths separating the top four.

Champion Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth and he is also 7/2 to claim a win in England whilst the elder statesman of Formula One Michael Schumacher qualified third as he adapted well to the conditions and is temptingly priced at 8/1.



Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.