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Vettel beats Hamilton for pole for Indian GP

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Sebastian Vettel, simply the fastest F1 driver of this era
F1 World Driving champion Sebastian Vettel won his 13th pole position of 2011 by beating McLaren's Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's Indian GP. 

Vettel's teammate Mark Webber was third ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

The Red Bull driver was quickest in Q2, and in Q3 he did a lap of 1m24.437s for provisional pole on his first flying lap.  Hamilton was close behind

Hamilton went back out to try and beat that, but he failed.  However, Vettel gave Hamilton yet another driving lesson and improved to 1m24.178s anyway to put pole out of reach.

Jenson Button was fifth and Felipe Massa sixth despite a crash at the very end of Q3 when his right front suspension collapsed on his Ferrari. 

Hamilton will lose three grid positions as a result of a penalty he received Friday for not slowing for caution flags.

So on Sunday Red Bull will lineup 1-2 in celebration of their 16th pole of the year, an F1 record.

Nico Rosberg was seventh for Mercedes, while the remaining Q3 drivers - Sutil, Alguersuari and Buemi - all chose to sit out the segment to save tires.

Kamui Kobayashi blamed his Q1 exit on Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, saying that the Brazilian held him up on his final timed attempt. The Japanese driver thus starts from 18th on tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix grid, but believes his Sauber team still is strong.

"Yeah definitely (it’s disappointing), the last lap was a really good lap but I had traffic with Massa," Kobayashi told reporters after the session. "I couldn’t manage any lap time. We are strong for sure, but I had no luck as well in qualifying."

Kobayashi’s Mexican teammate, Sergio Perez, made it through to the second phase of qualifying, ultimately claiming 17th position.

A big crowd was on hand Saturday for Indian's inaugural GP.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m24.178s +0.000s
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.474s +0.296s
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m24.508s +0.330s
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m24.519s +0.341s
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.950s +0.772s
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.122s +0.944s
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.451s +1.273s
8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes No Time -
9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari No Time -
10. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari No Time -
11. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m26.319s +1.662s
12. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m26.337s +1.680s
13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m26.503s +1.846
14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m26.537s +1.880s
15. Bruno Senna Renault 1m26.651s +1.994s
16. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m27.247s +2.590s
17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.562s +2.905s
18. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.876s +1.687s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m28.565s +2.376s
20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m28.752s +2.563s
21. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m30.216s +4.027s
22. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m30.238s +4.049s
23. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m30.866s +4.677s
24. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m34.046s +7.857s

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