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Hamilton second on grid after epic qualifying battle

BATTLE: Hamilton was second to Webber.

Lewis Hamilton drove a stunning lap to take second place on the grid for tomorrow's German Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver was just behind Red Bull's Mark Webber after a thrilling battle for pole position.

Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel qualified outside the top two for the first time in 2011 to go third ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard's team-mate Felipe Massa was fifth from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

McLaren's Jenson Button aborted his final run and lines up in seventh place, 1.2secs behind Hamilton.

Both McLaren drivers were downbeat about their team's chances of challenging for pole after Friday's practice at the Nurburgring but Hamilton hooked up an aggressive lap to lose out on a first pole position of the season by only 0.055 seconds.

"I definitely underestimated how good the car was with light fuel," said Hamilton. "It was one of the happiest laps I've had. It felt incredible."

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard made Hamilton his driver of the day saying: "From where Lewis has come from this season he has been able to raise his game and deliver.

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