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Button takes pole position for McLaren

AFP, SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium

Jenson Button of McLaren Mercedes celebrates yesterday after taking the pole position at the Spa Francorchamps race track near Francorchamps, Belgium.

Photo: EPA

Jenson Button took his first pole position for McLaren yesterday when he clocked the fastest time during qualifying for today’s Belgian Grand Prix.

It was the 31-year-old Briton’s first pole in 60 races for the Woking-based team, who endured a tough time in qualifying during the first half of the season.

The 2009 champion clocked a best lap time of the Spa Francorchamps circuit of 1 minute, 47.573 seconds, edging out Japanese Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber by two tenths of a second.

Charismatic Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado of Williams was third quickest, followed by Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and Mexican Sergio Perez of Williams.

Championship leader Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari could only manage sixth, closely followed by championship contenders Red Bull driver Australian Mark Webber and 2008 champion Briton Lewis Hamilton in the second McLaren.

Romain Grosjean was ninth fastest in the second Lotus, ahead of Paul di Resta, who clocked the tenth fastest time for Force India.

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