VALENCIA, Spain -- Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel will start from the pole at the European Grand Prix for the third straight year.
The two-time defending Formula One champion has won the race the past two seasons. He had the fastest lap Saturday, finishing in 1 minute, 38.086 seconds on Valencia's 3.3-mile street circuit.
Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes failed to reach the third qualifying session. Schumacher, a seven-time F1 champion, will start between the pair in 12th place.
Vettel's teammate, Mark Webber, was eliminated after the first period because of mechanical trouble. He will start 19th.