Formula One

 
                === Vettel grabs another pole for Indian GP ===
 
 New Delhi, India (Sports Network) - Sebastian Vettel won the pole for Sunday's
 Indian  Grand Prix,  while his teammate, Mark Webber, qualified second to give
 Red Bull the front starting row in a race for the third straight time.
 
 Vettel,  the two-time  defending Formula One world champion, made a lap around
 the  3.192-mile,  16-turn Buddh  International  Circuit  in 1  minute,  25.283
 seconds  during  Saturday's qualifying session.  The young German recorded his
 fifth pole of the season and the 35th of his F1 career.
 
 During  the opening  moments  of  the final  qualifying  segment (Q3),  Vettel
 oversteered  in turn  seven and ran off  course on his first lap but turned in
 his fastest time of the session on his subsequent lap.
 
 Vettel  has been  perfect in India this weekend, posting the quickest times in
 all  three practice  sessions  before winning  the pole  here  for the  second
 straight year. In 2011, Vettel led all 60 laps to win the inaugural Indian GP.
 
 "It  was a tight session, especially in the end when I had a mistake during my
 first  run," Vettel said. "Fortunately, I got the next lap together, and I was
 very  happy  with the lap itself.  All in all, it  has been a great weekend so
 far."
 
 Vettel,  who  is the  current points  leader, is attempting  to win his fourth
 consecutive  grand prix. He put on dominating performances in Singapore, Japan
 and  Korea.  Vettel enters the  Indian GP with a  six point lead over Fernando
 Alonso from Ferrari.
 
 "You  know a lot  of things can happen in the races these days," Vettel noted.
 "I'm  very happy to  be on pole, and it's the best possible position to start.
 There's  a hard race coming up tomorrow. I think we had a bit of a surprise on
 Friday in terms of long runs. Everyone was quite competitive."
 
 Webber,  who won  the pole  two weeks  ago in  Korea, qualified  0.044 seconds
 behind Vettel.
 
 "It  wasn't the  smoothest session for (Vettel) and also for me," Webber said.
 "The lap itself wasn't too bad, but on the last corner, I got on the Astroturf
 through  the  exit, which didn't give  me the cleanest run to the start/finish
 line, so that was disappointing."
 
 Lewis  Hamilton qualified  third,  followed by  his  McLaren teammate,  Jenson
 Button.
 
 "The  team has done a great job this weekend in setting up the car and putting
 us  on the second row," Hamilton said. "We weren't quick enough to be ahead of
 (Red Bull), but we can definitely challenge them in the race. I think our race
 pace was just as good as them during practice."
 
 Alonso  and Felipe  Massa placed their Ferraris fifth and sixth, respectively,
 on the starting grid.
 
 Kimi  Raikkonen from Lotus took the seventh spot, while Sauber's Sergio Perez,
 Pastor  Maldonado  from Williams  and  Mercedes'  Nico Rosberg  completed  the
 top-10. Michael Schumacher will start 14th in his Mercedes.
 
 The Indian GP is scheduled to start at 5:30 a.m. (ET).
 
 10/27 07:15:41 ET

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