Indian GP qualifying: Vettel nabs another

There were no surprises in this morning’s Indian Grand Prix qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel enjoying an untroubled run to take his 13th pole position of the year. Lewis Hamilton kept up his strong Saturday form, clocking the session’s second fastest time, but will start tomorrow’s race in fifth after irking the stewards in Friday practice. Mark Webber starts second, then, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button filling out the second row. Felipe Massa starts sixth, but probably would’ve done better if he’d not smashed his Ferrari into a barrier in Q3 – an incident that could still leave Button with a grid penalty, since the McLaren man, who was just behind Massa at the time, didn’t appear to back off in reaction to the accident. Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil line up seventh and eighth, with the Toro Rossos enjoying a strong afternoon to round out the top ten.

So, thoughts on tomorrow’s race? Chances are we’ll see Vettel streaking off into the distance once again, especially with his slow-starting teammate sitting alongside him. The McLarens have looked pacy so far around the Buddh International Circuit, but with Alonso starting between them and the Red Bulls, an Englishman on the podium could be a big ask.

Here’s how they line up for Sunday’s race:

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber
3. Fernando Alonso
4. Jenson Button
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Felipe Massa
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Adrian Sutil
9. Sebastien Buemi
10. Jaime Alguersuari
11. Michael Schumacher
12. Paul Di Resta
13. Pastor Maldonado
14. Bruno Senna
15. Rubens Barrichello
16. Vitaly Petrov
17. Kamui Kobayashi
18. Heikki Kovalainen
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Sergio Perez
21. Narain Karthikeyan
22. Jerome d’Ambrosio
23. Timo Glock
24. Daniel Ricciardo

 

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