Red Bull driver Mark Webber has taken pole position for the German Grand Prix with a blistering performance in a tense and competitive qualifying session.
Driving his Red Bull car with great poise and assurance, the 34-year-old Australian demonstrated his liking for the Nurburgring circuit by delivering his second pole in succession, his third this year and the ninth of his career.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second after a brilliant effort left him less than one-tenth of a second behind Webber.
Defending champion and runaway leader Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull to third - and off the front row of the grid for the first time this year.
Vettel was only able to take third place ahead of two-times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa who was fifth.