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.