Red Bull's Vettel takes Monaco pole

German world champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole for the fifth time in six races after posting the fastest time in qualifying for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix here on Saturday.

updated: May 28, 2011 20:02 IST
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Monaco: Defending drivers world champion Sebastian Vettel on Saturday secured pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after Mexican driver Sergio Perez survived a horrifying high-speed crash that halted the session for more than half an hour.

The 23-year-year-old German, in his Red Bull car, clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 13.556 seconds shortly before Perez's shocking collision with the barriers left his rivals with barely three minutes to respond.

After a prolonged delay, during which Perez was lifted out of the wreckage of his Sauber car by medical crews and the barriers at the chicane following the exit from the tunnel were repaired, the final drama turned into an anti-climax.

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