Sebastian Vettel claims pole position, poor show by Force India

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel will be the man to beat at the Indian Grand Prix as the Red Bull ace claimed the pole position but none of the Sahara Force India drivers could make the top-10 on the grid for their home race during the qualifying session, here today.

It was 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.

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

It's extremely good result for Vettel since his closest rival in the drivers' classification Fernando Alonso, who is just six points behind at 209, will start the race from fifth position behind the two McLaren cars.

Lewis Hamilton (1:25.544) was third, followed by Jenson Button (1:25.659).

Alonso's fastest lap came in 1:25.773, which was good enough only for the fifth position. His team-mate Felipe Massa, who was excellent in the last two races, can continue his resurgence from the sixth position.

Kimi Raikkonen took his Lotus car in the seventh position ahead of Sergio Perez of Sauber. Williams' Pastor Maldonado and Mercdes' Nico Rosberg, who did not set time in Q3, fill in the fifth row.

"I am happy to be on pole. It's best position to start from. There is a hard race tomorrow as everyone was competitive and tyres lasted quite well. It was special to win the first race in India and to win it for second time is the target for tomorrow," Vettel said.

"The car was fantastic. It was good that we could work everything well today. We need to concentrate a lot. I pushed as hard as I could. It worked. Fortunately I got the lap together. I could have been faster. But it has been a great week-end so far. The boys have done a great job. We have to keep pushing," the German added.

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