Alonso claims pole for German GP at Hockenheim
July 21, 2012 -- Updated 1541 GMT (2341 HKT)
Spain's Fernando Alonso (center) was quickest in Saturday's qualifying session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
- Ferrari's Fernando Alonso takes pole for German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
- Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's race from second
- Michael Schumacher promoted to third after Mark Webber is penalized five places for changing gearbox
- Australian will start race down in eighth; Lewis Hamilton starts one place ahead in seventh
(CNN) -- Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will start Sunday's German Grand Prix from pole position after a classy drive in wet conditions in Saturday's qualifying session at Hockenheim.
The former double world champion and current championship leader sped to his second consecutive pole of the season in a time of one minute 40.904 seconds, holding off Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who joins the Spaniard on the front row of the grid.
"We made a good strategy call to do a pit stop in Q3 so we could have fresher tires in the last minute. I think that helped us a lot to improve the lap time," Alonso said.
"It has been a strange weekend for conditions on the track, but the car was performing well in both conditions so we will see what happens tomorrow," he added.
Vettel's teammate Mark Webber finished third but will start Sunday's race in eighth after he was penalized for changing his gearbox late on Friday.
F1: Maria de Villota discharged from hospital
It has been a strange weekend for conditions on the track, but the car was performing well in both conditions so we will see what happens tomorrow
The Australian's demotion means Mercedes GP's Michael Schumacher, who crashed into a wall at the end of Friday's practice session, will now start from third.
One place behind is Schumacher's compatriot, Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India car with teammate Paul Di Resta completing a good day for Vijay Mallya's team finishing qualifying in ninth place.
Williams-Renault driver Pastor Maldonado will start in fifth place with McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton immediately behind in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen will start from 10th.
Earlier in Q2, heavy rain saw all the drivers scrambling to post a time as track conditions worsened.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP were notable casualties of the rain, failing to make it through to Q3.
Massa starts Sunday's race in 14th but Rosberg, who is sixth in the championship standings will start in 22nd place after he, like Mark Webber, incurred a five-place penalty for changing his gearbox.
Part of complete coverage on
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 2255 GMT (0655 HKT)
Despite being a sport well into its seventh decade, only two women have ever driven in Formula 1 but Susie Wolff hopes to become the third.
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 1736 GMT (0136 HKT)
Jann Mardenborough on the similarities and differences between driving a race on a video game and driving a real F1 car.
February 22, 2014 -- Updated 1226 GMT (2026 HKT)
How Russian president Vladimir Putin helped turn a muddy hole in the ground into a $400 million futuristic grand prix track in Sochi.
January 22, 2014 -- Updated 1217 GMT (2017 HKT)
CNN's Rosie Tomkins speaks to Caterham F1 owner Tony Fernandes on the team's driver line-up for 2014.
January 22, 2014 -- Updated 1352 GMT (2152 HKT)
Popular Japanese racer Kamui Kobayashi is back in Formula One with Caterham -- and fan power has helped him return to the grid.
January 17, 2014 -- Updated 2228 GMT (0628 HKT)
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas applies to enter a new team in the Formula One world championships.
January 15, 2014 -- Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT)
He is Formula One's undisputed No. 1, and next season Sebastian Vettel will have proof of that fact emblazoned on his Red Bull.
December 6, 2013 -- Updated 1417 GMT (2217 HKT)
Germany has only produced two Formula One champions -- and they can thank one man for spotting their nascent talent.
CNN's Amanda Davies travels to a small German town to discover the real Sebastian Vettel, F1's all-conquering champion.
December 4, 2013 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
A new era of F1 looms large on the horizon in 2014, but what do the new rules mean for how we watch the sport? Get up to speed here.
November 17, 2013 -- Updated 2015 GMT (0415 HKT)
It is 5 a.m. on Sunday morning in Austin, Texas and the grid girls are already up and getting ready for the race.
October 17, 2013 -- Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT)
Explore our interactive of one of F1's most important and complicated pieces of kit.
Today's five most popular stories