Sebastian Vettel pips Hamilton for Spa pole

Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel put his Red Bull on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix Saturday after pipping McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton in the final seconds.

In a wet and eventful qualifying, the 24-year-old German secured his team`s 13th pole in a row and 12th of the season.

Vettel`s Australian team mate Mark Webber, celebrating his 35th birthday with a new contract, will line up third and alongside Ferrari`s Brazilian Felipe Massa.

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher, who made his debut at the circuit 20 years ago, had a nightmare afternoon and failed to set a time in the first phase after skidding his Mercedes into the wall when a wheel came loose.

Bureau Report