NEW DELHI DEFENDING world champion Sebastian Vettel completed a third successive Red Bull front row lock-out on Saturday when he took pole position for S u n d a y ’ s Indian Grand Prix ahead of his teammate 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 topten shoot-out but responded with a second effort in one minute 25.283 seconds to grab pole.
It was his fifth pole of the season and the 35th of his remarkable career, but achieved without quite the luxurious advantage that he had appeared to enjoy through his domination of all three free practice sessions beforehand.
He said: “It was a tight session, especially having made a mistake on my first run on Turn Four. All in all it has been a great weekend so far.
The boys have been pushing very hard. “We have to keep pushing - there are a lot of races to go. The best chance to do well is to focus on every single step. We’re look forward to the race. I’m happy to be on pole but there’s a hard race coming up tomorrow.” His Australian partner Webber did his utmost to match him, but could only deliver 1:25.327 and took second as Red Bull proved they have the overall pace to start as clear favourites.