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Brazilian Grand Prix: Vettel storms to Sao Paulo pole

Sebastian Vettel emerges on top of the pile in a rain affected qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
Sebastian Vettel will start his bid for a ninth successive victory from pole position after storming to pole in a rain affected qualifying session at Interlagos.

The Red Bull driver produced a blistering lap in a delayed Q3 session to make it nine pole positions for the year, while he extended a record that has seen him qualify on the front row of the grid in eleven successive races.

Having made it through to Q3 without issue despite rain throughout the session, the top ten drivers were forced to wait for the top ten shootout as the rain that had affected the first two parts of qualifying intensified.

Going fastest on the wet Pirelli tyre on his first quick lap, Vettel then saw Romain Grosjean elect to abort his opening run to pit for intermediates – with the rest of the top ten following suit.

Grosjean therefore set the first 'quick' lap after his tyre switch to snare provisional pole only for Mark Webber and then Vettel to beat his time; Vettel going more than a second quicker than anyone else.

While his rivals did their best to respond, Vettel's lap of 1min 26.479secs proved to be unbeatable with Nico Rosberg more than six-tenths of a second behind in second.

Fernando Alonso took third for Ferrari to mark his best qualifying performance since Bahrain, while Mark Webber will start his final race in F1 from alongside the Spaniard having posted the fourth fastest time.



Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest ahead of Grosjean, who could only fractionally improve on his second timed lap, with Daneil Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top ten.




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ian.wright.16503323

November 23, 2013 10:00 PM

They say rain levels the playing field, bur not only does Seb still remain at the top of the class, but his gap to the rest increases. It is getting more difficult with each passing race for his detractors to down play his total dominance in F1 at present. The guy is the absolute stand out.

Murhp64

November 23, 2013 6:47 PM

I think this just shows how good Seb is in all conditions, look where his team mate was?? Isn't there some one eyed Brit commentators that think the sun shines out of Hamiltons ar*e thinking he would be on pole for certain & discounting Rosburg, ( beaten by the Germans again, lol )



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