Vettel sweeps to dominant pole, Alonso ninth
AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel will line up for his 100th Formula One race in pole position on Sunday after dominating Saturday's qualifying session ahead of the United States Grand Prix with a dazzing display of pace in his Red Bull car.
The 25-year-old German, who needs to out-score nearest rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari by 15 points to become the youngest triple champion in F1 history, was fastest thoughout the session after topping the times in all three practice sessions.
He clocked a final best lap time of one minute and 35.657 seconds in the final seconds of a closely-fought hour of speed to leave nearest rival Lewis Hamilton adrift by a tenth of a second in his McLaren.
Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was third fastest ahead of Romain Grosjean of Lotus, but the latter will have to drop five places because his team fitted a new gearbox to his car before the session.