The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

Vettel on pole for F1 Indian Grand Prix in Red Bull lockout


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel completed a third successive Red Bull front row lockout on Saturday when he took pole position for Sunday's Indian Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber.

The 25-year-old German, who is seeking to become the youngest triple champion in F1 history, made an error on his first flying lap in the top-ten shootout but responded with a second effort in one minute and 25.283 seconds to clock the fastest time.

His fifth pole of the season was achieved without quite the luxurious advantage that he had appeared to enjoy through his domination of all three free practice sessions beforehand.

His Australian partner Webber did his utmost to match him, but could only deliver 1:25.327 and took second place again as Red Bull proved they have the overall pace to start as clear favourites.