SEBASTIAN VETTEL TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE USGP TEXAS STYLE!
Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the U.S. Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday with the German perfectly placed to secure his third Formula One title in succession.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, 10 points behind with two races remaining including Sunday’s and the only man who can deny Vettel the title, set only the ninth quickest time in Saturday’s qualifying.
The Spaniard will move up to eighth on the starting grid, and right behind Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa in sixth, due to a five place penalty imposed on Lotus’s French driver Romain Grosjean for an unscheduled gearbox change.
Alonso, who will have no problems getting ahead of Massa, will however have to start on the ‘dirty’ side of the grid.
Vettel, who dominated all three practice sessions at the sport’s newest venue, will have McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row.
The Briton, last winner of a U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis in 2007, was just a tenth of a second slower.
“It was a bit closer than I wanted, but fantastic to start on the front and on the clean side,” said Vettel, 25, of his sixth pole of the season and 36th of his career.
Red Bull are set to clinch the constructors’ title for the third year in a row on Sunday and have Australian Mark Webber, Vettel’s team mate, in third place on the grid with Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth for Lotus
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m35.657s 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.766s + 0.109 3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.174s + 0.517 4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m36.587s + 0.930 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m36.708s + 1.051 6. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m36.794s + 1.137 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.937s + 1.280 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m37.141s + 1.484 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.300s + 1.643 10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m37.842s + 2.185 Q2 cut-off time: 1m37.404s Gap ** 11. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m37.604s + 1.808 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.616s + 1.820 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.665s + 1.869 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.879s + 2.083 15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.206s + 2.410 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.437s + 2.641 17. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.501s + 2.705 Q1 cut-off time: 1m38.862s Gap * 18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.114s + 2.556 19. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.056s + 3.498 20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.664s + 4.106 21. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m40.809s + 4.251 22. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m41.166s + 4.608 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.011s + 5.453 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m42.740s + 6.182