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Michael Probst/AP/Press Association Images Spain's Fernando Alonso steers his car through the rain to win the qualifying of the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim.
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Dominant Alonso takes Hockenheim pole
The Formula One championship leader moved to the top of the qualifying standings with a time of one minute, 40.904 seconds just before the clock ran out this afternoon.

FERNANDO ALONSO HAS taken pole position at the German Grand Prix after a dominant qualifying performance in Hockenheim.

The Formula One championship leader moved to the top of the qualifying standings with a time of one minute, 40.904 seconds just before the clock ran out this afternoon.

That gave Alonso another chance and after his rivals failed to better his initial fastest lap, and the Spaniard confirmed his dominance at the Hockenheimring with a lap of 1:40.621.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished 0.405 seconds behind Alonso, while team-mate Mark Webber came in third with a time of 1:41.496. Michael Schumacher recovered from his crash during Friday’s practice to clock the fourth-fastest time.

However, the Mercedes driver will start at third on the grid after Webber received a five-spot penalty for illegally changing his gear box after Friday’s midnight curfew. Webber will start from eight spot. Niko Hulkenberg of Force India will join Schumacher on the second row for their home GP after setting the fifth-fastest time on Saturday.

Williams’ Pastor Maldonado will start in fifth ahead of McLaren duo Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Force India’s Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus will complete the first 10 positions on the grid.

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