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VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives the new F10 for the first time during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 3, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Formula One leader Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on pole for the first time in 31 races after mastering the rain-soaked track in a disrupted qualifying session on Saturday for the British Grand Prix. The reigning Silverstone champion was just 0.047 seconds faster than Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who will start Sunday's race alongside him on the front row and is his closest competitor in the championship. ''To complete a lap in these conditions was difficult, but I'm happy with pole position after nearly two years -- for Ferrari it is a long time,'' said Alonso, who has a 20-point lead over Webber. ''With these weather conditions, I think qualifying was probably one of the least important qualifying of the whole year because things will likely get mixed up in the race.'' Qualifying was halted during the second qualifying section and it took brooms and road sweepers to clear the track of standing water. Even when qualifying resumed after more than 90 minutes, visibility was restric...
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