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Hamilton wins European Grand Prix pole

Updated: August 22, 2009, 12:25 PM ET
Associated Press

VALENCIA, Spain -- Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the European Grand Prix on Saturday to lead a McLaren 1-2 in qualifying.

Hamilton had a best lap of 1 minute, 39.498 seconds around the Valencia street circuit to give the defending Formula One champion his first pole of the season. Teammate Heikki Kovalainen will start Sunday's race from second spot.

"Clearly, we have very, very good pace this weekend," said Hamilton, who is coming off his first win of the season ...

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