The all-time world record for achieving the most number of pole positions in one season was beaten today by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. He managed to beat team-mate Mark Webber to pole at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Nigel Mansell set his record way back in 1992 managing 14 poles in a season. Vettel managed his 15th pole with a lap time which was 0.181 seconds faster than his Australian team-mate.
Jenson Button of McLaren was the third fastest, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was fifth.
“Oh, this feels good” Vettel scream down the radio to his team. “There has been quite some talk about this record and the best thing was not to think about it at all”. He went on to say “Really special. It took the master Nigel Mansell a couple of races less and now I am looking forward to the race.”
In many ways Mansell’s record is still superior to Vettel’s. Mansell took 14 poles from 16 races in the year he won the championship, while Vettel has taken 15 poles from 19 races.
The Red Bull team dominated qualifying with Webber nearly 0.2 seconds ahead of Jenson Button on a Brazilian track where margins are tighter than at many other tracks.
Lewis Hamilton had been the closest rival to Vetel through the practice sessions, but he slipped backwards in qualifying over 02 seconds behind Button and only 0.111 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso.
These top five were well clear of the remaining pack with sixth placed Nico Rosberg was half a second adrift. Adrian Sutil of Force India took eighth place which was three places ahead of team-mate Paul di Resta. Brazilian Bruno Senna of Renault, at his home race, took ninth spot, ahead of Michael Schumacher.
The Brazilian Rubens Barrichello failed to get into the top 10 finishing 12th in what could well be his final grand prix, just behind Scotlands Paul di Resta.
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