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2013-11-16 22:16

SECOND US GP POLE: Sebastian Vettel earns his second successive US GP pole position.

AUSTIN, Texas  - Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the 2013 US Grand Prix in a Red Bull front row sweep with team mate Mark Webber.

Vettel grabbed pole position at the inaugural 2012 US GP.

Romain Grosjean, chasing his first win, put Lotus third on the grid with Nico Hulkenberg fourth for Sauber. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, winner in Texas in 2012 for McLaren, will start fifth.


If Vettel wins, he will become the first driver to win eight races in a single season. The all-time record of nine in a row was set by Alberto Ascari over the course of two seasons in 1952/53.

He will also stay on course to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season, with only Brazil to come after Austin and 11 victories already under his belt.

Vettel: "I'm trying not to think much about these things. I think it is not the right mindset to go into a race thinking about a higher target than just the race. I've done well with that kind of approach so far so I don't see any reason to change."

Vettel's best lap of 1min36.338 seconds was set under overcast skies, with Webber threatening to take his third pole in four races.

Romain Grosjean, still chasing his first win, put Lotus third on the grid for November 17 race with Nico Hulkenberg a fine fourth for Sauber.

Heikki Kovalainen, who is replacing compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the last two races after the departing 2007 champion pulled out to have back surgery, continued to impress.


Making his first appearance in the final phase of qualifying since he was at McLaren in 2009, he qualified eighth. McLaren's season of suffering continued, with 2009 world champion Jenson Button missing the final cut.

Although he qualified 13th, he will start even further back on the grid after being handed a three place penalty for passing under a red flag during the first practice session.

Sergio Perez, who was told by McLaren in November 2013 that he would not be driving for the team in the 2014 season, gave the team a reminder of his talent with one of his best qualifying efforts of the season in seventh place.

Rookie Valtteri Bottas brought smiles to struggling former champions Williams with ninth place on the grid while soon-to-depart Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado qualified only 18th.

2013 US GP results:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull  1min36.338
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull  1min36.441
3 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus  1min37.155
4 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber  1min37.296
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min37.345
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min37.376
7 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min37.452
8 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus  1min37.715
9 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams  1min37.836
10 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber  1min38.034
11 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso  1min38.131
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes 1min38.139
13 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min38.217
14 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min38.364
15 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min38.592
16 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso  1min38.696
17 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min39.250
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams  1min39.351
19 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham  1min40.491
20 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia  1min40.528
21 Charles Pic (France) Caterham  1min40.596
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia  1min41.401
1-10: third and final qualifying session
11-16: second qualifying session
17-22: first qualifying session

Third practice
Second practice
First practice

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