Red Bulls Vettel takes record pole position in Indian GP qualifying

Written by Rajat Guha | Rajat Guha | Greater Noida | Updated: Oct 30 2011, 08:15am hrs
There is no stopping for the fastest man on the racing track for the last two seasons. Despite having already won the 2011 Formula 1 crown, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has claimed his 13th pole position of the season in the qualifying session of the first Indian Grand Prix to be held on Sunday.

The Germans qualifying race result of 1 minute and 24.178 seconds was too fast for the rest of the pack. "It's good to start the race from the front tomorrow. I think it's going to be an interesting race. Its a challenging circuit. I am looking forward to tomorrow, Vettel said.

And it will be an all-Red Bull front row for Sundays race. McLarens Lewis Hamilton was second quickest on the day, but his three-position penalty for a yellow flag infringement in practice will see the Englishman dropping to fifth, with Vettels teammate Mark Webber taking his place on the grid.

It is great to be on the front row in terms of how we qualified. Tomorrow, overtaking will be a lot easier than perhaps at other places. However, the penalty was a bit of a silly mistake. I have paid the price. I am still optimistic regardless of where I start, Hamilton said.

Fernando Alonso was just 0.011 seconds down on Webber in his Ferrari with another McLaren driver, Jenson Button, right behind. Felipe Massa came in sixth despite crashing right at the end of the third segment of qualifying.

Russias Vitaly Petrov produced the 11th fastest time, but the Lotus Renault driver will start from the 16th position due to a penalty for crashing into Schumacher at the previous race in South Korea.

The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is the venue of the first Indian Grand Prix in Formula Ones history. Mercedes celebrated team principal Ross Brawn said that Sundays race would throw up many surprises on the circuit to make the race super exciting. Some corners which are high and low could be the USPs of the Indian racing track. A great foundation has been laid for an exciting race to hold, Brawn said.

Vijay Mallya, team principal of Force India said, The track is very wide and offers great possibilities for overtaking. Our one driver is placed eight in the qualifying and we are well equipped to pose a striking competition to mighty ones.

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