• Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Vettel leads Red Bull lockout

ESPN Staff
October 27, 2012
Sebastian Vettel beat his team-mate Mark Webber by just 0.046s © Sutton Images

Sebastian Vettel took pole position in a closer than expected qualifying session for the Indian Grand Prix.

Having made a mistake on his first run, Vettel needed only one attempt to secure pole, with team-mate Mark Webber ending the session less than 0.05s behind his team-mate. Lewis Hamilton starts third having got within a quarter of a second of Vettel as McLaren secured the second row with Jenson Button in fourth.

It's an all-Ferrari third row with Fernando Alonso ahead of Felipe Massa, with both drivers half a second slower than Vettel's best time. Massa had only just made it through to Q3 but managed to beat Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez, with Pastor Maldonado qualifying ninth as Nico Rosberg opted not to set a time.

Q2 was a tight affair with 0.5s covering fourth to 13th place. The last lap of the session saw a number of drivers improving, with Perez's effort dumping Romain Grosjean out in 11th place - just 0.025s behind Massa in 10th as 0.06s covered four drivers from eighth to 11th.

Both Force India's failed to make it through to the top ten, with Nico Hulkenberg dropping out in 12th place and Paul di Resta back in 16th. Bruno Senna just missed the chance to start a final lap and was pushed down to 13th ahead of the disappointing Michael Scumacher.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the man to drop out in Q1 as he was beaten by his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo's final flying lap. The session ended under yellow flags as Heikki Kovalainen spun in to the gravel at turn 11, not helping his chances of a new Caterham deal as team-mate Vitaly Petrov outqualified him as a result.

Timo Glock was ahead of both HRT's - with Pedro de la Rosa just 0.001s quicker than his team-mate Narain Karthikeyan - while Charles Pic was a second slower than Glock in 24th.