Qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Valencia was another incredibly close affair – so close that the top 10 were covered by only 3 tenths of a second at the end of the second round, setting us up for a close fought battle for pole.

Sebastian Vettel managed to pull together one of his perfect laps to take pole position for Sunday, putting him 3 tenths clear of Lewis Hamilton in 2nd with Spanish GP winner Pastor Maldonado lining up 3rd for Williams.

Here’s the provisional grid for Sunday:

1Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing - Renault
2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren - Mercedes
3Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 - Renault
4Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 - Renault
5Kimi RaikkonenLotus F1 - Renault
6Nico RosbergMercedes AMG
7Kamui KobayashiSauber - Ferrari
8Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India - Mercedes
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren - Mercedes
10Paul Di-RestaSahara Force India - Mercedes
11Fernando AlonsoFerrari
12Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG
13Felipe MassaFerrari
14Bruno SennaWilliams F1 - Renault
15Sergio PerezSauber - Ferrari
16Heikki KovalainenCaterham - Renault
17Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso - Ferrari
18Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso - Ferrari
19Mark WebberRed Bull Racing - Renault
20Vitaly PetrovCaterham - Renault
21Pedro de-la-RosaHispania - Cosworth
22Narain KarthikeyanHispania - Cosworth
23Charles PicMarussia - Cosworth
24Timo GlockMarussia - Cosworth
Vettel improves his street cred in Valenica - credit: Red Bull Media