Sebastian Vettel blew the other drivers out of the water as he breezed to pole position in the Brazilian Grand Prix, seven tenths clear of Nico Rosberg who will share the front row with Vettel. Fernando Alonso had his best Qualifying of the session and will start third tomorrow, ahead of Mark Webber who will be fourth on the grid for his final F1 race. Lewis Hamilton was fifth ahead of Romain Grosjean while both Toro Rosso drivers made it to Q3 and subsequently qualified seventh and eighth. Felipe Massa qualified ninth for his last race with Ferrari while Nico Hulkenberg took tenth for Sauber.
Heikki Kovalainen narrowly missed out on a space in the top ten and instead took eleventh, while Paul di Resta beat Valtteri Bottas to twelfth. The McLaren duo of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button were fourteenth and fifteenth to round out a poor season, with Checo slamming his car into the barriers at the end of Q2. Adrian Sutil was sixteenth while Pastor Maldonado was the first man to drop out of Q1. He was joined in the knock-out zone by Esteban Gutierrez who is followed by Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde and the Marussia duo of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.
Vettel’s ominous speed could be cut should the race tomorrow start in heavy rain. If not, Vettel seems set to win his ninth consecutive Grand Prix, and equal Alberto Ascari’s record from the 50s.