F1: Hamilton takes fourth pole in a row as rain lashes qualifying session

Lewis Hamilton took his fourth pole position in a row for Mercedes on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013, after a rain-hit qualifying session at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Lewis Hamilton took his fourth pole position in a row for Mercedes on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013, after a rain-hit qualifying session at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (REUTERS) - Lewis Hamilton took his fourth pole position in a row for Mercedes on Saturday, after a rain-hit qualifying session at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

The 2008 world champion, the last man across the line, will be joined on the front row by Red Bull's championship leader and triple world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Australian Mark Webber qualified third for Red Bull, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg fourth. Ferrari's title contender Fernando Alonso could qualify only ninth.

The grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2min 1.012sec.

2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 2:01.200

3 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 2:01.325

4 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 2:02.251

5 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India-Mercedes 2:02.332

6 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 2:03.075

7 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus-Renault 2:03.081

8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus-Renault 2:03.390

9 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 2:03.482

10 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 2:04.059

Knocked out in Q2:

11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.088

12 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:49.103

13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:49.304

14 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham-Renault 1:52.036

15 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia-Cosworth 1:52.563

16 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia-Cosworth 1:52.762

Knocked out in Q1:

17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams-Renault 2:03.072

18 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2:03.300

19 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2:03.317

20 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Renault 2:03.432

21 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber-Ferrari 2:04.324

22 Charles Pic (France) Caterham-Renault 2:07.384