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Alonso, Webber, Massa, Vettel, Schumacher, Massa, Raikkonen, Maldonado, Hamilton, Hulkenberg and Grosjean is the order but Nico Hulkenberg will take a five-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after his Force India team elected to change the gearbox on his car. Join us at 14:00 BST on Sunday for the race.

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FERNANDO ALONSO TAKES POLE FOR THE BRITISH GP! A first pole for Ferrari at Silverstone since 2003 following a 1:51.746 for the title leader at the death.

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Chequered flag is out and Mark Webber has taken top position with 1:51.793. Drivers still out on the circuit with a chance to pip him.

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Ferrari x2 from Red Bull x2 with Hamilton sixth fastest on his second attempt behind Schumacher's Mercedes.

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Here comes Alonso again and it's a clear lead with a 1:52.544 as Ferrari look to end their pole drought.

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Massa enjoying the conditions on intermediates, he's top with a 1:53.549.

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Schumacher second on full wets with 1:54.091.

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Alonso is the fastest man with 1:53.699 on the intermediates.

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Teams have fuelled the cars to run through this 10-minute period so expect the quickest times at the end.

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Hamilton has changed to intermediates. Schumacher on full wet tyres.

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Maldonado is out first. Raikkonen and Hamilton on full wets. Alonso and Massa opt for intermediates. DRS is still disabled.

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Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Alonso, Massa, Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Maldonado in Q3 for the top nine spots on the grid.

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Alonso was slower than his previous best past the yellow flags so should get the ok from the stewards.

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Hamilton was fastest in 1:54.897s and Alonso produced a last-gasp lap to claim ninth - even though yellows were out after Grosjean's spin. Vettel slipped down to 10th in the final stages but is through by just under one-tenth of a second.

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In effect it turns into a one-lap shoot-out and Di Resta, Kobayashi, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Senna, Vergne and Perez are the slowest men but Grosjean, who was fifth quickest, has put his Lotus in the gravel at Vale so will not feature in Q3 and will start from 10th on the grid.

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The circuit is definitely faster than before the red flag and Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher have set the two quickest times.

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Improved conditions and Grosjean quickest as Rosberg goes into the gravel at Club.

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Maldonado, Di Resta, Grosjean, Schumacher, Massa, Alonso and Senna still in the knockout zone.

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Full wets looks to be the choice, Maldonado is first away as he resumed in 11th.

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And they are off!

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Two minutes until the green light and a queue is forming at the pit exit.

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Race control states that the session will restart at 15:07 BST.

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Conditions look much brighter and marshals have taken to the track with their brooms while a road-sweeping truck has joined in the clear-up of standing water. No precise time for a resumption yet.

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Race director Charlie Whiting says based on the weather forecast, a resumption is likely around 15:00 BST.

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The track is submerged in massive puddles that will take a while to drain even if the rain does stop.

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Still no change in the conditions, we all wait.

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The medical car has been sent out but this shower may not pass until 14:40 BST.

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Ferrari may have dodged a bullet with that red flag after making the wrong tyre decision, having chosen intermediates.

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Maldonado, Di Resta, Grosjean, Schumacher, Massa, Alonso and Senna in the knockout zone with 6:19 remaining of Q2 which is on hold.

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Red Flag!

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Big spin by Alonso at Chapel with the Spaniard doing superbly to guide his Ferrari clear of the wall.

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Perez on top with a lap of 1:59.092s ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg.

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Vergne is the first man to set a flying lap with 2:00.082 - standing water everywhere and Schumacher has spun.

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A lot of water on the circuit now and those who have chosen intermediates are coming back into the pits.

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Q2 begins in heavy rain.

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Pic missed the 107% time.

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Button was on course to make it before those yellows. Rosberg, who was watching from the pits, moves on....just.

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Glock spins at Club and is on the front straight, Button backs off for the yellows and is OUT. Petrov, Kovalainen, Glock, De la Rosa, Karthikeyan and Pic have also gone. Vettel was quickest.

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All three Britons are out of the top 10 as the chequered flag comes down. Can Button eliminate Rosberg?

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More rain comes down and a new set of tyres for Button who has one lap to save himself.

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Button drops to 18th, Petrov, Kovalainen, Glock, De la Rosa, Karthikeyan and Pic also in danger.

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Button improves but it is only enough for 17th at the moment. Vettel takes top spot.

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Perez now fastest. Rosberg crosses the line in 1:49.482s but that is only for 20th place.

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Track drying but Button has tumbled to 18th and is in the danger zone. Maldonado now quickest but it is changing every lap.

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Kobayashi, Vergne, Massa, Ricciardo, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Senna, Maldonado is the top eight.

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Conditions are expected to get worse over the next 15 minutes so there is a real rush out there to set a time as Lotus team-mates Raikkonen and Grosjean almost collide.

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All 24 drivers are on track as DRS is disabled due to the increasingly wet conditions.

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No KERS for Kimi Raikkonen, could be an issue.

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Q1 gets underway with a scramble out of the pits and rain falling from the sky.

12:55 

Red Bull are the form team in qualifying: four poles in five races. Sebastian Vettel could make it three in a row here.

12:50 

It was spitting on the track a few minutes ago but not sufficiently for a wet qualifying session. It is currently dry but that could change.

12:45 

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will be gunning for pole position in his home race but it was Fernando Alonso who led the way for Ferrari in a dry final practice session ahead of British Grand Prix qualifying at Silverstone.