S ebastian Vettel rewrites the record books again. In Sao Paulo, the German will start the race from first position for the 15th time this year. The Red Bull driver exceeded the record set by Nigel Mansell in 1992, who achieved 14 pole positions in one year.
'There was a lot of talk about the record,' grinned Vettel afterwards. 'I tried not to think about it at all. We modified the car overnight. That certainly helped. I put everything in the last lap and knew on the finish line that it was all I had. Then mine was mine Race engineer announced that one after the other everyone had missed my time. '
On the drive to the record, the competition had little to oppose. In the top ten final, the Heppenheimer was the only one to stay below the magic mark of 1:12 minutes. Mark Webber was almost two tenths behind the target of his Red Bull team-mate, which was still enough for second place. 'I would have loved to help my friend Nigel,' joked Webber afterwards. 'But I got everything out of the car.'
Button wants to annoy Red Bull on Sunday
McLaren is waiting on the second row of the grid. Jenson Button is third on the clean side. Lewis Hamilton lost the seventh team duel this year by two tenths. 'I wasn't that good in qualifying for a long time,' said Button happily. I hope we can put the two Red Bulls under pressure in the race. '
Fernando Alonso is behind the two McLaren in fifth place. With more than six tenths on the relatively short route in Sao Paulo, he is The gap to the top but already considerable. If the second Ferrari win of this season is to work, the weather gods have to play their part. A rain probability of 50 percent is predicted for race Sunday.
Four German drivers in the top ten
Alonso shares the third row of the grid with Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes driver drove strong times throughout qualifying. Had he been as quick in the final as he was in the second knockout round, It would have even been enough for fifth place. But Rosberg will also be satisfied with sixth on the grid. Team-mate Michael Schumacher could not keep up with the pace and only started from tenth place. The record champion narrowly qualified for the final round, but Dor did not t but on a timedRound.
Things went better for Adrian Sutil. The Force India driver is eighth behind Felipe Massa's second Ferrari. The Bavarian took the lead for the first time this year in the training duel against Paul di Resta. Di Resta missed making it into the top ten and was only eleventh. In addition to Sutil, Bruno Senna also caused a positive surprise. The local hero is in ninth place ahead of Schumi.
In the midfield duel for seventh place in the team standings, neither Toro Rosso nor Sauber could put themselves in the spotlight. Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi are only a little closer to the points in ranks 13 and 14 than the Sauber duo Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez on 15 and 16. If both teams remain without points in the race, the duel goes to the Swiss racing team.
Glock with disaster day
Timo Glock has to start an extraordinary race to catch up on Sunday. The Virgin driver drove the slowest time in the first qualifying segment and has 23 cars in front of him at the start. Even team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio was a tad faster. The Belgian won his fourth training duel this year by just 41 thousandths of a second.
'We had a catastrophic Saturday,' complained Glock afterwards. 'The car was simply undrivable this morning. It wasn't balanced at all. We managed to do that to some extent by noon, but to make matters worse, a Toro Rosso stood in the way of my fast lap. Unfortunately, we only get the tires for one lap to work and that was it. '