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Vettel beats Hamilton to snare first Texas pole

Paul di Resta was 13th for Force India with Jean-Eric Vergne enjoying his best qualifying performance for some time to take 14th; the Frenchman bouncing back from his issue in the final practice session earlier in the morning.

Sauber pair Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi struggled to 15th and 16th positions while Nico Rosberg was well off the pace as he proved to be unable to get anywhere near team-mate Schumacher and was slowest in Q2.

With Vergne escaping Q1, it was the turn of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to instead fall at the first hurdle in 18th with Marussia duo Timo Glock and Charles Pic then comprehensively beating the Caterhams of Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen to give them an advantage ahead of race day in the battle for tenth spot.

Both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan were able to lap within 107 per cent of Vettel's fastest time in Q1 to earn their place in the race, although Karthikeyan would end his session parked on the side of the circuit with a mechanical issue.

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November 17, 2012 9:55 PM

sunny are you sure you got that right, I thought webber would have been the only one with a car to match cos he's in an identical car, say what you like about LH ( as you often do I know ) but give credit where its due LH did a damn good job of getting that car on the front row, feel free to be negative my friend


November 17, 2012 8:49 PM

sakkie your right, he beat the entire field, but your wrong, the entire Red Bull outfit from driver to messenger boy is way better than Mac , at least for three years counting.If LH can find a tenth, SV and company can find a a half second etc etc. suck it up

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