There will be no team for the home crowd to support in the final phase of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, as both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil missed progression to the pole position shoot-out.

The Force India duo were unable to improve their positions significantly enough to escape the 'drop zone', eventually winding up twelfth and 13th respectively, and will be joined on the sidelines by both Toro Rosso drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican unable to match the exploits of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg - who made it through - after opting to complete just a single run right at the end of the 15-minute session.

The usual end-of-session shuffle saw Ricciardo dumped through the trapdoor, but the others were already there and could not muster enough pace, even on the softer of the two Pirelli compounds, to overcome the time difference to safety. Ricciardo eventually wound up six-hundredths of a second from a spot in Q3.

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At the top of the timesheets, Sebastian Vettel used a single run to re-establish his dominance, leading the field by half a second after using the soft compound for the first time in qualifying.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest for Ferrari, ahead of Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button who, despite his lowly position, starred with an earlier lap on a set of used soft tyres.