Lucky for some, Vettel takes 13th pole of the season in India

Red BullSebastian Vettel (1st)“It was an interesting qualifying session; a new circuit and a new challenge – obviously I’m very happy to be on the front row. I don’t know if being on the left or the right side of the track (we are on the left), is really an advantage or not; there’s not one side that seems to be the clean side, as we tend to run down the middle. It was a good battle and after the first run it was very close, so I knew I had to do a little bit better on the second. We decided to only do one timed lap each time, it was still a bit slippery, but overall I’m very happy. Tomorrow it going to be a long race, we start starting the best possible position, so we’ll see what happens.”

Mark Webber (3rd)“This new venue has been a good challenge for us. It was tricky to work out the right strategy for qualifying. The tyres weren’t easy for one timed lap, so we had to work out how to do the right strategy - lots of teams tried different styles to get the best lap time out of the car. The first sector was tricky to get right on one timed lap. I could have done better in the first sector on my first lap in Q3; I couldn’t complete my second, as there were yellow flags after Massa’s incident. Overall it’s a good job for the team, we’ve come to a new venue, prepared well and we’ve laid a good foundation for a very good race tomorrow.”

Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal“A great qualifying for the team to have established our 16th pole and a new record for the most poles secured by a team within a season. Also to have achieved a front row lock out after Lewis’ penalty of yesterday has put us in the best position to start tomorrow’s race. The dilemma was whether to do one or two laps, but in the end Sebastian managed to make two laps which were effectively good enough for pole. Mark running two laps on his first set of tyres in Q3 was the right strategy, so first and second on the grid is a great place to be starting the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at a circuit that has been a real challenge for the drivers and is a really exciting venue.”

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time

Q3              1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m24.178s 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.474s   3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m24.508s   4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m24.519s  5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.950s   6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m25.122s   7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m25.451s   8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari

Q2                                11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault              1m26.319s   12.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m26.337s   13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m26.503s   14.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    1m26.537s   15.  Bruno Senna           Renault              1m26.651s   16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    1m27.247s   17.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m27.562sQ1                                   18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m27.876s  19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault        1m28.565s   20.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault        1m28.752s   21.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m30.216s  22.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         1m30.238s   23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      1m30.866s   24.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      1m34.046s

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