Happy to secure pole but it will be a close race: Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel is a satisfied man, at least for now, as he claimed the pole position today in the Indian Grand Prix, four places ahead of his nearest title contender Fernando Alonso but said it will be a close race tomorrow irrespective of the advantage over his rival driver from Ferrari.

It was the fifth pole position of the season for Vettel, whose three consecutive wins have propelled him to the top of the table in the drivers' standings, just six points ahead of Alonso (206).

Vettel's flying lap of 1:25.283 in Q3 secured him the pole, his 35th in the career and will be joined on the front row by team-mate Mark Webber, who was just 0.34s behind.

Lewis Hamilton (1:25.544) was third, followed by Jenson Button (1:25.659) while Alonso, with a fastest lap of 1:25.773, managed fifth position.

"I am happy to be here. The car was fantastic. It was very good and it was good that we could work everything well today. I could have been faster, but it has been a great weekend so far. We started the weekend much better than last year," Vettel told reporters at the post qualifying session press conference at the Buddh International Circuit here.

"We have to keep pushing. Today we had a very good result. It is the best position to start from as it will be a hard race tomorrow.

"Tomorrow is the main day. It is best to have Fernando behind me than ahead, but you never know. Tomorrow will be along, close race," the cautioned-looking German added.

In the inaugural Indian GP last year also Vettel secured the pole position and then went on to win the race, and come tomorrow, the Red Bull driver has no qualms in admitting that the BIC has become one of his favourite circuits in just two-year time. "Last year was pretty special to be the first winner of the race in India. But let's see what happens tomorrow.

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