British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix, the ninth race of the Formula One season, while Spain's Fernando Alonso, who drives for Ferrari, will start eighth.

Hamilton, who notched the 29th pole of his career, recorded a time of 1:29.398 on the 4.6-kilometer Nürburgring circuit in Saturday's qualifying.

German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, the three-time defending Formula One drivers' champion and leader of this year's standings, will join him on the first row on Sunday after posting a time of 1:29.501.

Australia's Mark Webber, Vettel's teammate, had the third-best time (1:29.608) and will be joined on the second row by Finnish Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Alonso, winner of last year's race, clocked a time of 1:31.209.