Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic late pole from Sebastian Vettel in German GP qualifying

In an unexpectedly brilliant display of pace, F1's second Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified sixth for Toro Rosso ahead of the two Ferraris of Brazilian Felipe Massa and Spaniard Fernando Alonso - the Italian team having changed strategy to run on medium-hard tyres in the third qualifying session.

updated: July 06, 2013 23:59 IST
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Nurburgring, Germany: Lewis Hamilton delighted a vast crowd of Mercedes fans when he secured his second pole position in succession on Saturday with a dramatic fastest lap in the final seconds of qualifying.

Just a week after his dazzling feat at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix, he did the same again ahead of Sunday's German Grand Prix with an assurance that stunned his rivals.

The 28-year-old Briton, world champion in 2008, clocked a fastest lap of one minute 29.398 seconds in his Mercedes to outpace nearest rival Sebastian Vettel by one-tenth of a second in a dramatic finale to a tense hour's action.

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