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Vettel: Pole record 'special'
26 November 2011
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has said it was 'special' for him to claim his 15th pole of the year today in Brazil and in the process set a new record for the most in a single season.
The German, who blitzed the field again in the top-ten shootout and who was the only one to break the 1 minute 12 second bracket, has now gone one better than Nigel Mansell.
Mansell managed 14 back in 1992, although then 16 races made up the season and this year there have been 19.
“It's pretty special to get the record. Nigel obviously took three or four races less to achieve it, but nevertheless it's been an incredible year for us and an incredible journey,” said the double F1 world champion.
“It's not yet over [either], we've got another chapter tomorrow and I'm very happy.
“It's hard to believe. I didn't feel that happy yesterday, but this morning I was much happier with the car and how it felt, it was much more to my liking and I was able to go from there and improve to get the pole.
“You know what you can do and the time you should be able to get ahead of the lap, but when you cross the line – you know if you have done it or not, without looking at the time.
“There wasn't much left today and that gives extreme satisfaction – and it gets even better when the engineer comes on the radio and tells you you've done it.”
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner meanwhile was delighted to see Vettel take yet another pole - and to see Mark Webber secure second on the grid in the sister RB7.
“An awesome achievement by Sebastian and the team today. It's a new record in F1, which is a small piece of history for Sebastian and is thoroughly deserved,” Horner said. “He shared the record with Nigel for two weeks and he now has some fairly illustrious names behind him, so a great performance.
“A great performance also from Mark Webber today to lock out the front row ahead of what I'm sure will be a really exciting final Grand Prix of 2011,” he summed-up.
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