Vettel beats Button to Istanbul pole

Sebastian Vettel charged to his second pole position of the season setting a searing pace in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver edged out championship leader Jenson Button by a tenth of a second posting a fastest time of 1:28.316.

Rubens Barrichello slotted in behind Button, crucially dropping Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber to fourth.

Fernando Alonso vaulted up to fifth place ahead of Jarno Trulli and the two Ferraris.

But it was another miserable qualifying session for Lewis Hamilton. For the second weekend in a row – and only the second time in his career – the McLaren driver was knocked out of Q1 despite two flying laps in clean air in the closing stages.

More to follow shortly…

1       Sebastian Vettel        Red Bull        
2       Jenson Button           Brawn           
3       Rubens Barrichello      Brawn           
4       Mark Webber             Red Bull        
5       Fernando Alonso         Renault         
6       Jarno Trulli            Toyota          
7       Kimi Räikkönen          Ferrari         
8       Felipe Massa            Ferrari         
9       Robert Kubica           BMW     
10      Nico Rosberg            Williams        
11      Nick Heidfeld           BMW             
12      Kazuki Nakajima         Williams        
13      Timo Glock              Toyota          
14      Heikki Kovalainen       McLaren         
15      Adrian Sutil            Force India     
16      Lewis Hamilton          McLaren         
17      Nelson Piquet           Renault         
18      Sebastien Buemi         Toro Rosso      
19      Giancarlo Fisichella    Force India     
20      Sebastien Bourdais      Toro Rosso