European Grand Prix 2012: The best photos from qualifying

We bring you some of the best action shots from the Valencia Street Circuit after Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel clinched pole

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his 33rd pole position for Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia, ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado.

The defending world champion’s lap in the final session proved to be sufficient to take top spot as he qualified in 1m38.086s, beating championship leader Hamilton by just 0.324 seconds.

Here are some of the best shots from Saturday’s qualifying session at the Valencia Street Circuit.

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Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Pastor Maldonado pose for photographers after qualifying in Valencia (Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Racing)

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Vettel, last year’s winner at the Valencia Street Circuit, posted a time of 1m38.086s to clinch pole for Sunday’s race (Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Racing)

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The impressive Pastor Maldonado sealed third spot for Williams (Photo: Williams/LAT Photographic)

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Hamilton was in solid form as he looks to build on his win in Canada a fortnight ago (Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)

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Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button qualified ninth, despite topping the timesheets in final practice (Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)

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It was a disappointing afternoon for Ferrari, as Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa ended up 11th and 13th (Photo: Ferrari)

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