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Vettel rebounds from practice crash to win Turkish GP qualifying

Istanbul, Turkey (Sports Network) - Defending Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel continued his perfection in qualifying this season by winning the pole position for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

Vettel bounced back from his crash in the opening practice session on Friday to win his fourth pole in as many grand prix this year. The Red Bull driver turned a lap at one minute, 25.049 seconds around the 3.317-mile (5.338- kilometer) Istanbul Park. Vettel has recorded five consecutive poles, including one in last year's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"First of all, apologies to the team and to the mechanics; I damaged the car pretty much yesterday, so we couldn't run at all," said Vettel, who notched his 19th career F1 pole. "We missed the [practice] session in the afternoon, but they fixed it for today. I think they did a very good job. We have been there since this morning, so I'm very happy with the result."

Vettel also posted the quickest time in Saturday's final practice, held shortly before qualifying.

His teammate, Mark Webber, qualified at 1:25.454 to give Red Bull 1-2 on the starting grid. It's the first time Webber has appeared on the front row since the inaugural Korean Grand Prix last October.

"I would have liked to have a couple more tenths [of a second] to have the margin," Webber said. "Seb had a good lap for pole, but mine wasn't too bad."

Nico Rosberg from Mercedes GP turned in his best qualifying performance of the season with a third-place result.

"I think we have done really well to come back from a difficult start to all the way where we are now," Rosberg said.

Lewis Hamilton, the defending Turkish GP winner, placed his McLaren fourth on the grid, while Fernando Alonso from Ferrari took the fifth spot.

McLaren's Jenson Button qualified sixth, followed by Vitaly Petrov from Renault and Rosberg's teammate Michael Schumacher.

Nick Heidfeld from Renault and Ferrari's Felipe Massa completed the top-10. Massa suffered mechanical problems, which prevented him from doing a lap in the third and final qualifying stint.

Kamui Kobayashi suffered engine failure in his Sauber on the opening lap of Q1 and did not post a time. Kobayashi will need permission from race stewards to compete in the 58-lap event, due to F1's new Q1 107 percent time rule.

05/07 10:03:47 ET


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