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Motor racing: Sebastian Vettel snares pole at Formula One Indian Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO:
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO:
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO:
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO:
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to the crowd after winning the qualifying session at the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, India, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to the crowd after winning the qualifying session at the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, India, on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (centre), Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (right) and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (left) after qualifying first, second and third for the start of the Formula One G
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (centre), Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (right) and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (left) after qualifying first, second and third for the start of the Formula One Grand Prix race at The Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi on Oct 26, 2013, ahead of the Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2013. Vettel put himself on pole position for a fourth successive Formula One title, after clocking the fastest time in qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

GREATER NOIDA, INDIA (Reuters) - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position for a fourth successive Formula One title, after clocking the fastest time in qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The German, whose best lap of 1min 24.119sec maintained his record of being on pole for India in every race since the country's F1 debut in 2011, will have compatriot Nico Rosberg of Mercedes alongside on the front row.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, 90 points behind in the standings with four races to go and the only driver who can put Vettel's title celebrations on hold, qualified only in eighth position on a hazy afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton will line up third for Mercedes, with Vettel's Australian team mate Mark Webber fourth.