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Red Bull ace Webber storms to maiden pole

Red Bull's Mark Webber won pole position for Formula One's German Grand Prix ahead of Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello yesterday.

Webber secured his first career pole with a fastest lap of one minute, 32.230 seconds around a slippery Nuerburgring circuit.

Overall leader Jenson Button, who has won six of eight races this season, will start third ahead of local favorite Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who is the only other driver with victories this year.

Webber is still seeking his first win, competing in his 132nd race.

"I'm in a fantastic position to do it," the Australian said. "A nice, boring grand prix would be fantastic for me."

That is unlikely with rain expected for today's 60-lap race. Cool conditions will also make it difficult for drivers to keep their cars on track with the designated Bridgestone tires lacking grip.

The race could offer the leading cars a chance to chip into Button's overall lead. Button has 64 points, while Barrichello has 41, Vettel 39 and Webber 35.5.

Car upgrades left McLaren back in contention as defending champion Lewis Hamilton starts fifth ahead of teammate Heikki Kovalainen.

Force India reached the final qualifying session for the first time in its 26th race, with German driver Adrian Sutil starting seventh ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa.


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