VETTEL NOW MEANS POLE POSITION!—
In wet conditions qualifying took place for the last race of the 2013 season. Lewis Hamilton led the way with a 1:25.342 with Sebastian Vettel hot on his heels. Jean-Eric Vergne needed to get out of the drop zone with his team mate, Daniel Ricciardo on the verge of falling into it.
Heikki Kovalainen who was filling in for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus managed to set the fifth fastest time.
Out in Q1 were: Pastor Maldonado, Esteban Guterriez, Charles Pic, Giedo Van Der Garde Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton
Times got slower in Q2 as rain got heavier. Vettel set a time of 1:26.515 with Nico Rosberg 0.111 seconds behind.
McLaren duo Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were struggling in Q2 whilst Felipe Massa was looking to go out on a high in his last qualifying with Ferrari.
With the session ended Perez spun hitting the wall in what was a disappointing way to end his time at McLaren.
Q2 losers were: Heikki Kovalainen, Paul Di Resta, Valterri Bottas, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil
World Champion continued to dominate setting the pace in Q3, but Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber were looking to make a last ditch attempt for pole position.
With a minute remaining Rosberg was a second adrift from Vettel, but then Fernando Alonso managed to take second, before Rosberg took it back.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.479s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.102s +0.623s 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.539s +1.060s 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m27.572s +1.093s 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.677s +1.198s 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m27.737s +1.258s 7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.052s +1.573s 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.081s +1.602s 9. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m28.109s +1.630s 10. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.582s +3.103s Q2 cut-off time: 1m27.441s Gap ** 11. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m27.456s +1.295s 12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m27.798s +1.637s 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m27.954s +1.793s 14. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.269s +2.108s 15. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.308s +2.147s 16. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m28.586s +2.425s Q1 cut-off time: 1m27.209s Gap * 17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m27.367s +2.025s 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.445s +2.103s 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m27.843s +2.501s 20. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m28.320s +2.978s 21. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.366s +3.024s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.950s +3.608s