Vettel storms to 35th F1 pole in India

Vettel storms to 35th F1 pole in India

27 October 2012 – Sebastian Vettel has picked up another pole position in India, leading Mark Webber in the third consecutive Red Bull front row lock-out. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button form an all-McLaren second row, with Fernando Alonso fifth for Ferrari. Both Force Indias were eliminated in Q2 and Narain Karthikeyan starts his home Grand Prix 23rd.

Heading into Formula 1’s 17th qualifying session of 2012, all Red Bull’s rivals could do was wonder what on earth could be done to prevent another blue front row. The answer was nothing, as Vettel easily took the top spot with his best effort of 1:25.283; this edged out Webber by less than half a tenth, but the fastest McLaren was three tenths off pole.

There were no major surprises in Q1, with HRT managing to stay ahead of Charles Pic’s Marussia. Heikki Kovalainen was out-qualified by Caterham team-mate Vitaly Petrov for the fifth time this year, just as the Finn threw his car into the gravel trap at Turn 11. Ahead of the three newest teams, Daniel Ricciardo removed himself from the drop zone which meant that Toro Rosso partner Jean-Éric Vergne was out at the first hurdle for the seventh time.

In Q2, Lewis Hamilton proved that McLaren could be rapid on the back straight as his McLaren hit the rev limiter. For Ferrari, the same piece of track had been used for Alonso to gain a tow behind Felipe Massa, but Red Bull’s speed in the high-speed, twisty second and third parts of the lap again proved unbeatable. The same could not be said for Romain Grosjean, who made a mistake and ended up 11th after running across the grass.

Hamilton managed to beat Button for second row honours
‘Disappointment’ did not sum up the general emotion at Force India. Vijay Mallya’s wish of seeing his two cars first-on track in qualifying was granted, but a non-appearance in Q3 was certainly not in the script for the team’s home Grand Prix. Nico Hülkenberg and Paul di Resta will line up 12th and 16th, with Bruno Senna, Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi also taking early baths when progressing to the top ten shootout could have been possible.

As Q3 began, sole Mercedes representative Nico Rosberg chose to bed in a set of Hard compound tyres before returning to the pits and settling for tenth place. Back on-track, Kimi Räikkönen – feeling the effects of Lotus’ lower budget in comparison with Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren – pushed hard to achieve seventh spot, ahead of Sergio Pérez and Pastor Maldonado. The Sauber driver should receive particular credit for managing eighth place, though, as on Friday he missed the entire first practice session after being taken ill.

Vettel maintains his pole position record in India
At the front, the championship-leading teams were flying in formation, with Red Bull making history by picking up their first ever third successive front row lock-out. Hamilton was congratulated by McLaren, having managed to beat Button, as Massa slotted in behind Alonso despite registering the best opening sector time on his final run. Alonso will now be hoping that a typically flying start can allow him to mix up the McLarens on Sunday.

Pole position for Sebastian Vettel is a fifth of the season for the reigning double World Champion, also marking Red Bull’s seventh pole of 2012. Last year, Vettel utterly dominated in India by sealing pole, victory and fastest lap. History could well repeat itself tomorrow.


Sunday’s 2012 Indian Grand Prix starts at 3pm local time (GMT +5:30) and can also be followed through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 19 October 2017

  2. 13:30

    Latest MotoGP photos: Thursday in Australia

    MotoGP
  3. Viñales relying on mistakes from rivals 12:32

    Viñales relying on mistakes from rivals

    Yamaha's Maverick Viñales has accepted that he is reliant upon mistakes from Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso if he is to…

    MotoGP
  4. Video: Rome ePrix circuit layout revealed 11:45

    Video: Rome ePrix circuit layout revealed

    Take an interactive look at the Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR, which will host the inaugural Rome ePrix around the streets of the…

    FE
  5. Formula E unveils Rome ePrix track layout 11:43

    Formula E unveils Rome ePrix track layout

    Formula E officials have unveiled the layout of the Circuto Cittadino dell'EUR, which will play host to the inaugural Rome ePrix…

    FE
  6. Video: 2017 Formula 3 season highlights 11:24

    Video: 2017 Formula 3 season highlights

    Watch the season review clip of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, which was won by McLaren-backed youngster Lando…

    F3
  7. Miller passed fit for Phillip Island event 10:28

    Miller passed fit for Phillip Island event

    Marc VDS rider Jack Miller has been passed fit to compete at his home Grand Prix in Australia this weekend, following a…

    MotoGP
  8. Video: US Grand Prix title permutations 10:02

    Video: US Grand Prix title permutations

    GPUpdate.net's Mike Seymour explains the permutations required for the 2017 Formula 1 title to be settled in Lewis Hamilton's…

    F1
  9. Cairoli tests KTM's MotoGP bike at Valencia 09:38

    Cairoli tests KTM's MotoGP bike at Valencia

    KTM motocross legend Antonio Cairoli described a "fantastic opportunity" after the manufacturer gave the Italian a test on its…

    MotoGP
  10. Opinion: GPUpdate team picks F1 wildcards 09:02

    Opinion: GPUpdate team picks F1 wildcards

    Toro Rosso's unexpected decision to draft in Brendon Hartley created a discussion among the GPUpdate.net team. Given the…

    F1
  11. Williams reserve di Resta gets Daytona seat 08:51

    Williams reserve di Resta gets Daytona seat

    United Autosports has announced that Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta will compete for the team at next year's Daytona 24…

    Misc
  12. Dovizioso braced for 'more difficult' event 07:58

    Dovizioso braced for 'more difficult' event

    Andrea Dovizioso expects a "more difficult" situation in his title fight with Marc Márquez at this weekend's Australian Grand…

    MotoGP
  13. Double Turn 9 exit kerb installed at COTA 06:42

    Double Turn 9 exit kerb installed at COTA

    Officials at the Circuit of the America have installed a double kerb at the exit of Turn 9, as part of minor revisions ahead of…

    F1
  14. Video: Ferrari previews US Grand Prix 05:48

    Video: Ferrari previews US Grand Prix

    Ferrari looks ahead to the United States Grand Prix, by presenting some of the key challenges posed by the Circuit of the…

    F1
  15. Wednesday 18 October 2017

  16. Video: Nico Rosberg's exploits and DTM trip 19:28

    Video: Nico Rosberg's exploits and DTM trip

    Join F1 Champion Nico Rosberg as he and his friends and family have some fun on some jet skis in Monaco, before heading to the…

    F1
  17. Interview: Norris' F3 title in his own words 16:40

    Interview: Norris' F3 title in his own words

    McLaren-backed Carlin driver Lando Norris stormed to this year's European Formula 3 Championship, taking eight pole positions…

    F3
  18. Video: Lewis Hamilton meets Alex Thomson 16:24

    Video: Lewis Hamilton meets Alex Thomson

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton joins sailing legend Alex Thomson for a boat ride along the Thames in Central London, in the…

    F1
  19. Preview: F1 ready for Austintatious display 14:42

    Preview: F1 ready for Austintatious display

    Formula 1 heads Stateside for the first of another intense back-to-back sequence, starting at the popular Circuit of the…

    F1
  20. SPM confirms multi-year Hinchcliffe deal 13:08

    SPM confirms multi-year Hinchcliffe deal

    Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has confirmed that James Hinchcliffe has signed a multi-year extension to partner debutant Robert…

    Indy
  21. Video: Salazar demonstrates FE car in Chile 13:02

    Video: Salazar demonstrates FE car in Chile

    Ahead of the 2018 Santiago ePrix, former Formula 1 driver Eliseo Salazar demonstrates a Formula E car around the streets of the…

    FE
  22. MotoGP reduces pre-season testing for 2019 12:45

    MotoGP reduces pre-season testing for 2019

    MotoGP officials have outlined the regulations over testing, with the number of pre-season sessions set to be reduced for…

    MotoGP
  23. Mallya sure SFI can remain fourth fastest 11:37

    Mallya sure SFI can remain fourth fastest

    Force India boss Vijay Mallya has expressed confidence that his team can remain fourth fastest across the remainder of the…

    F1
  24. Wickens joins SPM for 2018 campaign 10:28

    Wickens joins SPM for 2018 campaign

    Robert Wickens will make his IndyCar debut in 2018 after signing a deal to race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Wickens has…

    Indy
  25. Video: US Grand Prix's 'Hardest Braking Point' 10:06

    Video: US Grand Prix's 'Hardest Braking Point'

    Take a look at the forces required for the 'Hardest Braking Point' at the Circuit of the Americas, home to the United States…

    F1
  26. Leclerc: Recovery drives helped show speed 08:58

    Leclerc: Recovery drives helped show speed

    Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc believes his recovery drives in his title-winning Formula 2 campaign have been "very…

    F2
  27. Video: Red Bull drivers on race preparation 05:18

    Video: Red Bull drivers on race preparation

    Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen provide an insight into driver fitness, training and the work that goes…

    F1
  28. Tuesday 17 October 2017

  29. 23:29

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  30. Saudi Arabia set to host Race of Champions 23:27

    Saudi Arabia set to host Race of Champions

    Race of Champions organisers have announced plans to bring the annual end-of-season motor racing showcase to the Kingdom of…

    Misc
  31. Kubica completes another 'productive' test 16:09

    Kubica completes another 'productive' test

    Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica completed "another productive day" of running with the team at the Hungaroring on…

    F1
  32. Pierre Gasly's GPU column: My F1 debut 16:00

    Pierre Gasly's GPU column: My F1 debut

    It has been an eventful period for GPUpdate.net columnist Pierre Gasly, having made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso…

    F1
  33. Wolff: Hamilton on 'another level' since break 14:44

    Wolff: Hamilton on 'another level' since break

    Lewis Hamilton has been "on another level" since Formula 1's summer break, according to his Mercedes boss Toto…

    F1
  34. Video: Kvyat's 'Wild West' Austin preview 13:26

    Video: Kvyat's 'Wild West' Austin preview

    Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat looks ahead to the United States Grand Prix with a 'Wild West' themed guide to the challenging Circuit…

    F1
  35. Renault: Error-free Austin weekend 'essential' 12:02

    Renault: Error-free Austin weekend 'essential'

    Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul has stressed that an "error-free" weekend at the United States Grand Prix is "essential" in the…

    F1
  36. Video: Adelaide's 'Race To The City' demo run 11:42

    Video: Adelaide's 'Race To The City' demo run

    Watch as historic Formula 1 machinery hits the streets of Adelaide in this promotional film for the city's 2017 Motorsport…

    F1
  37. Bolt to launch formation lap at US Grand Prix 11:09

    Bolt to launch formation lap at US Grand Prix

    Eight-time Olympic Gold-medallist Usain Bolt will signal the start of the formation lap at this weekend's United States Grand…

    F1
  38. Tech 3 hopes Nozane gets another chance 10:56

    Tech 3 hopes Nozane gets another chance

    Tech 3 chief Hervé Poncharal says he hopes the outfit can give Kohta Nozane a chance to demonstrate his "full potential" after…

    MotoGP
  39. Leading F1 teams split on Mexico tyre choices 09:51

    Leading F1 teams split on Mexico tyre choices

    Leading Formula 1 teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have taken different stances regarding tyre compounds for next weekend's…

    F1
  40. Video: Rookie Rast clinches 2017 DTM title 09:42

    Video: Rookie Rast clinches 2017 DTM title

    Watch as Audi rookie René Rast clinches the 2017 DTM championship at Hockenheim, after finishing in second position in the…

    DTM
  41. Alonso optimistic of points return in Austin 08:54

    Alonso optimistic of points return in Austin

    Fernando Alonso is confident that he can return to the points-paying positions at the United States Grand Prix, off the back of…

    F1
  42. Video: British Superbike finale highlights 05:42

    Video: British Superbike finale highlights

    Watch race highlights from the British Superbikes championship showdown at Brands Hatch, which featured a terrifying crash for…

    Misc
  43. Monday 16 October 2017

  44. Espargaró left perplexed by race struggles 16:28

    Espargaró left perplexed by race struggles

    Aleix Espargaró conceded he had "big problems" during the Japanese Grand Prix and was left perplexed by his lack of pace…

    MotoGP
more news