Vettel takes pole to celebrate 100th Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the American Grand Prix which is his 100th Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was right behind him, loosing a a slight bit of time in the last sector to go P2 by 0.1 seconds. Mark Webber will line up P3 while Kimi Raikkonen will be promoted from P5 to P4 as his team-mate Romain Grosjean was given a 5-place penalty for changing his gearbox after FP3. Michael Schumacher put in a fantastic lap to put his Mercedes in P5 while his team-mate couldn’t beat P17. Felipe Massa in 6th and Fernando Alonso in 8th sandwiched Nico Hulkenberg in P7. Romain Grosjean starts P9 followed by Pastor Maldonado in P10.

Bruno Senna was the first man to miss the top 10, setting a lap only good enough for P11. Jenson Button was right behind him after loosing power out on track and coasting back to the pits. Paul di Resta was next in line, in P13, right ahead of the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne in P14. Sergio Perez, who crashed into Charles Pic in FP3, qualified in P15 ahead of his Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi in P16. Nico Rosberg had a dismal session and qualified P17, just making it out of Q1.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first driver knocked out in Q1, now making it the 10th time that a Toro Rosso has been knocked out of Qualifying at the first hurdle so far this year. Timo Glock was in fantastic form today to be make 19th on the grid, followed by his team-mate Charles Pic who also had a fantastic session today to make P20. Vitaly Petrov in P21 out-qualified his Caterham team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in P22. The HRT’s surprisingly made it into the 107% rule, Pedro de la Rosa in P23 and Narain Karthikeyan in P24, Karthikeyan pulling over on track with several minutes remaining, with a mechanical issue.


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