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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole for German GP, edges 3-time champion Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes earned the pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix, edging Red Bull's three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton's second consecutive pole and third of the season made up for the disappointment of seeing the second Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg knocked down to 11th at the end of the second qualifying session.

Hamilton set the fastest qualifying time Saturday of 1 minute, 29.398 seconds. Vettel had dominated the last two practice sessions but ended up .103 seconds behind Hamilton, who gained his 29th career pole.

Marc Webber in the second Red Bull car was third, with the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean next.