Vettel breaks qualifying record with 15th pole

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Sunday 27th November, 2011 - 6:53am

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has re-set the record books yet again, scoring his 15th pole position for the season.

The German’s pole lap at Interlagos this morning (Australian time) has moved him ahead of Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record of 14 poles.

The world champion took his Red Bull around in a superb 1m11.918s, beating team-mate Mark Webber by just under 0.2s.

Behind the Red Bull pair is the McLarens, with Jenson Button taking third ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will start the Brazilian Grand Prix in fifth while Nico Rosberg upset the teams order by placing his Mercedes sixth on the grid, fractions ahead of Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

Rounding out the top 10 was Adrian Sutil (Force India), Bruno Senna (Renault) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), who did not record a time in the final qualifying session.

Just outside the top 10 was Force India’s Paul di Resta, who made two unsuccessful attempts in Q2 to better 1m13.584s. The Scot found himself 11th after a late improvement from Schumacher lifted the German veteran to 10th.

Local hero Rubens Barrichello did a strong job for 12th in what could be his last Grand Prix, ahead of the Toro Rosso twins of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi.

Hispania Racing’s Tonio Liuzzi spent a lot of the session in the pits, but outpaced Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for 21st place.

Qualifying results, Interlagos

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:13.664 1:12.446 1:11.918 17
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:13.467 1:12.658 1:12.099 16
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.281 1:12.820 1:12.283 18
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.361 1:12.811 1:12.480 22
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:13.969 1:12.870 1:12.591 22
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.083 1:12.569 1:13.050 21
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.269 1:13.291 1:13.068 18
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:13.480 1:13.261 1:13.298 23
9 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:14.453 1:13.300 1:13.761 20
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.694 1:13.571 No time 18
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:13.733 1:13.584 17
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:14.117 1:13.801 17
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:14.225 1:13.804 18
14 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:14.500 1:13.919 22
15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:13.859 1:14.053 16
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.571 1:14.129 18
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.430 1:14.182 21
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:14.625 11
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:15.068 11
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:15.358 14
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:16.631 8
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:16.890 9
23 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.019 10
24 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.060 10

 

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