Sebastian Vettel blitzed the opposition to claim a record-breaking 15th pole position of the season ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
The German posted an early banker that already proved beyond the reach of the rest of the pack, but emphasised his dominant qualifying form but dropping into the 1min 11secs bracket on his second run. Although the rest then closed in, Vettel remained a tenth clear of anyone else with a best of 1min 11.918secs.
Jenson Button, on course for his best Brazilian GP qualifying slot in seven years after actually making the top ten, briefly slotted into second spot, only to be gazumped by Mark Webber in the second Red Bull. The Briton was then joined on row two by McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was last to cross the line, but unable to do anything about the three men ahead of him.
Fernando Alonso had temporarily held a top four slot before Hamilton replied, but held on for fifth, ahead of Nico Rosberg, the German unable to repeat his Q2 form, Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil, local favourite Bruno Senna - who had managed to save a brand new set of tyres for Q3 - and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who contended himself with setting sector times without actually posting a full flying lap.
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